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Browse job boards for Android contract (not permanent, as contract ratres much higher)

If the job board isn't clear enough, call a recruiter listed on such a post for an Android contract and ask him what the average rates are.


Secondly, look into the accounting position of how you would work. In UK, working for your client via a one-man Limited company is a tax efficient way to do contracting; I don't know about in USA.
9 years ago
I passed OCMJEA. I browsed the Dell web site for expensive servers, decided what was appropriate for my project, then nicked some of the text from there.

Example, for each app server:

CPU, I included: CPU name, Cores, GHz; Mb size of Cache
Memory, I had: Gb size, DDR3
Hard drive, I had: Gb size
OS, I had: Red Had Linux 64-bit

I had two active app servers, and one standby server for failover.
I used Visual Paradigm (Community Edition) v7.2.

I wrote about taking screenshots to avoid the watermarks on this forum post.

I found Visual Paradigm easy to use. I wasted two hours on trying to get a nice relational database management system stereotype icon (one of these fat cylindrical containers) for Deployment Diagram. Visual Paradigm 7.2 doesn't have one. Tried creating my own one using raw vector shapes, and again with image import, but all attempts were poor, as you lose diagram connectivity, resize, etc. In the end, just used a classic Node icon for the databases. Passed with that.

Crucially, I found Sequence Diagrams intuitive using Visual Paradigm.
The workaround is screengrabs!


I passed Enterprise Architect in 2010, with all my diagrams created with Visual Paradigm for UML 7.2 Community Edition.

I agree that "File -> Export.. -> Active Diagram As Image..." leads to the watermark. Do not submit files with the watermark as it looks ridiculous.


Instead use full-screen screengrabs:

1 Right-click Windows taskbar -> Properties, select "Auto-hide the taskbar" then maximise the Visual Paradigm window.

2 Double-click the tab for your diagram, or hit F11. It is a full-frame size view.

3 Ensure each diagram fits on your monitor screen! **

4 Press "Print Screen" button on top right of keyboard, or alternatively use Programs -> Accessories -> Snipping Tool (from Windows Vista etc)

5 Use Ctrl+V to paste the image in your graphics editor, e.g. www.getpaint.net offers a free high-quality graphics editor then crop it to remove the Visual Paradigm frames and borders. Good luck.



** If any problems fitting your diagram in:

  • Set your screen resolution to the highest amount supported by your video card
  • e.g. I took my screenshots on a 1280 x 1024 resolution (with a 19" screen)
  • Rearrange your diagram! Or split your diagram into two related diagrams! In general in UML, complicated and extremely detailed diagrams are a failure to clearly communicate!
  • > 'Honors and Awards' sections, I have mentioned 'OCMJEA 5.0'

    In my opinion, 'OCMJEA 5.0' is not a good way to communicate.


    Many years ago, a recruiter warned me about needless acronyms on my CV.

    Also, as a hiring manager I see bad communication and lack of clarity when someone is describing something obscure using an acronym
    E.g. some guy's CV states he worked on the XENOPS project for their client using OCMXUP with XXW-10 server. It's just nonsense.


    It is best clarity to refer to the exam on LinkedIn's Certification Section and CV in English ('Oracle Certified Master, Java EE 5 Enterprise Architect' [albeit yes, EE is an acronym]) rather than 100% acronym ( 'OCMJEA 5.0')
    * The new Cade book (JEE 5) doesn't give a solutioon using JSF.
    * The old Cade book (purple cover, J2EE 1.4)) gave a solution using JSP + Servlets + EJBs.

    I have a solution using JSP + Servlets + EJBs, for Part 2, but I want it to be using JSF.

    To make it "JSF compliant" diagrams, what happens to the Servelts?


    Prople have written here that a FacesServlet is provided for free with JSF.

    OK, well how does this all translate to:

    - Component Diagram (the detailed version; I plan to have two component diagrams)
    - and Sequence Diagrams: Actor -----> JSPs -----> ??? ------> EJB ------>

    A) "JSF compliant" solution leads to all custom Servlets removed? Only FacesServlet left?

    B) "JSF compliant" solution leads to Managed Bean appearing in places? (As part of the design, which I am not changing, is that where I have session state, it is in a SFSB.)

    B) "JSF compliant" solution can still have all places I have JSPs remaining as.... being called JSPs? (Another author suggested "JSF Page" stereotype -- a bit abstract?)

    Many thanks.
    On June 10 2009, I passed Part 1 exam for SCEA....

    In January 2010, I downloaded Part 2 Assignment.....


    Is there a time limit that forces you to submit a completed assigmnent and sit the exam, all within one year of having passed Part 1?

    i.e. does Part 1 exam pass expire after 1 year, if you haven't yet passed Part 2 and 3?

    You see, June 10 2010 is getting very close! Help!


    Maybe I am getting mislead by a post on this very forum that I read months ago (can no longer find it).
    The only related info from T & C's I found was:

    http://ibt.prometric.com/sun web page says: "4. ...... You have up to one year to complete the assignment and the essay."

    However that does not state the time relationship between the Part 1 exam and the rest!