This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Did the test on Saturday and passed with a respectable 86%. Exam was full of thread questions. Question 12-20ish were all thread questions with 3 of them with some nasty bits of long code. It's difficult to trace through the code from a screen I find. I started studying in January by reading Kathy and Bert's book. I am working as a programmer over here in Japan so it was tough to find the time as I have Japanese exams to keep me busy aswell. I read it twice, the second time round I made notes. This took maybe 3 hours a day 4 days a week for the 2 months(other days spent studying japanese ) My one recommendation would be if possible do some every day. I couldn't but I noticed my level was down any time I took a long break from the Java. I only finished the second read 2 weeks ago and then I got stuck into the mock exams. Dan Chisolms exams were a bit too difficult but very good as a study aid(especially Collections and Keywords exams) Below are links I used. The velmurugan_p study notes were for the 1.2 exam but excellent.
I have few questions aswell. I am thinking of moving to Australia in November and wanted to squeeze in another certification or two before I go. Does anybody know if it is possible to pass the IBM486 exam by August using the study plan described above? Also my job at the moment is creating Web portal software. I write code from the frontend JSPs to the backend EJBs using VAJ for Java. My question is, would it be useful to have SCBCD certificate aswell, or just concentrate on IBM486? Any advice on this would be great since I can't get advice from my team here