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SCBCD - passed : just thought I would pass on a few things

Goan Balchao
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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The exam is really pretty starightforward . There were absolutely no questions that were "left to interpretation" as in SCWCD. Sun has done a remarkable job in trying to eliminate all the confusion from the question and answers.
The QL questions (drag and drop) were pretty starightforward too -- didn't experience any difficulty . the only hitch is that they "the answers" have to be perfectly positioned into the slots or the application refuses to accept them.
One other nagging problemm which frankly should be a source of irritation is that you cannot go back and review the "task" questions. You have to re-answer them . Sun should look into rectifying that.
The time factor did not even come into play - I had completed the first round in 50 minutes. Overall, I found the exam too simplistic, there were just a couple of questions that called for any cogitation at all. I think Sun has lowered it's standards a bit here, by making this exam really simple - I got 100% and did not even second guess a single questions as opposed to SCJP where I had to sweat over a few questions.
All in all I would say it was worth the effort . Here's hoping that EJB stays around for at least some nore time !


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Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
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Hi Akasmat,
Congrad!
How do you feel about the DND type questions? Many people point out that they lost marks becos the DND interface is not good, and it removes the pervious answer if we wanna review it.
How many DND type questions are there? Which topics of questions are with this type, except EJB-QL?
Thanks.
Nick


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Sujatha Kumar
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Joined: Jan 05, 2004
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Congratulations and that is a great achivement !!!
Enjoy your day.


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Goan Balchao
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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"How do you feel about the DND type questions? Many people point out that they lost marks becos the DND interface is not good, and it removes the pervious answer if we wanna review it.
How many DND type questions are there? Which topics of questions are with this type, except EJB-QL? "
Well as I said, the DND questions posed no problems at all - just that it was a little irritating that I had to re-answer the questions. This is because
1. I did not know this untill I reviewed the first DND
2. I had a lot of time on my hands anyway, so figures it wouldn't hurt - sinceI coudn't review them
Without going into the specifics, I can say that the only DND questions that I answered were based on EJB-QL, the "which methods belong to which interface" types, the "which lifec cycle methods get invoked when" types and the " which Tx attributes go where" type questions.
Just rememer that you can't review the DND questions. So answer them correctly and "properly" the first time even if you take a little longer.
Hope that helps.
Goan Balchao
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 93
"How do you feel about the DND type questions? Many people point out that they lost marks becos the DND interface is not good, and it removes the pervious answer if we wanna review it.
How many DND type questions are there? Which topics of questions are with this type, except EJB-QL? "
Well as I said, the DND questions posed no problems at all - just that it was a little irritating that I had to re-answer the questions. This is because
1. I did not know this untill I reviewed the first DND
2. I had a lot of time on my hands anyway, so figures it wouldn't hurt - sinceI coudn't review them
Without going into the specifics, I can say that the only DND questions that I answered were based on EJB-QL, the "which methods belong to which interface" types, the "which lifec cycle methods get invoked when" types and the " which Tx attributes go where" type questions.
Just rememer that you can't review the DND questions. So answer them correctly and "properly" the first time even if you take a little longer.
Hope that helps.
Valentin Crettaz
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Joined: Aug 26, 2001
Posts: 7610
Nice shot Akasmat
Mocing this to the Results forum. Please continue this discussion there. Thank you
PS: Please do not crosspost the same post in multiple forums. Thanks.


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Francis Amanfo
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Joined: Nov 02, 2003
Posts: 44
Originally posted by Akasmat de Goa:
The exam is really pretty starightforward . There were absolutely no questions that were "left to interpretation" as in SCWCD. Sun has done a remarkable job in trying to eliminate all the confusion from the question and answers.
The QL questions (drag and drop) were pretty starightforward too -- didn't experience any difficulty . the only hitch is that they "the answers" have to be perfectly positioned into the slots or the application refuses to accept them.
One other nagging problemm which frankly should be a source of irritation is that you cannot go back and review the "task" questions. You have to re-answer them . Sun should look into rectifying that.
The time factor did not even come into play - I had completed the first round in 50 minutes. Overall, I found the exam too simplistic, there were just a couple of questions that called for any cogitation at all. I think Sun has lowered it's standards a bit here, by making this exam really simple - I got 100% and did not even second guess a single questions as opposed to SCJP where I had to sweat over a few questions.
All in all I would say it was worth the effort . Here's hoping that EJB stays around for at least some nore time !

Well done!!
I hope your hardwork is worth it but from what I read on the net the last few weeks, I suspect that the current EJB as it is will disappear. There are many who are proposing a simpler and less blotted frameworks like Spring and Hibernate. EJB 3.0 has copied many of the features of these 2 frameworks. Check the discussions going on at http://www.theserverside.com/news/thread.tss?thread_id=25779 and this one http://www.theserverside.com/news/thread.tss?thread_id=25804. You'll notice that there is a complete overhaul of EJB and that the knowledge you've just aquired will evaporate shortly.
For those of you planning to take the exams, I'll advise you to think twice. I'll suggest spending time instead on Spring and Hibernate. By the time EJB 3.0 is complete and embraced by the industry, you have a head lead because it will be full of features borrowed from these 2 frameworks. Taking an exam for EJB 3.0 would be also easier.
Regards,
Francis
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Vishwa Kumba
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Joined: Aug 27, 2003
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Congratulations!
Keristufer Blaze
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Joined: May 01, 2004
Posts: 31
Congratulations.

100% ?... impressive.

Can you list what books/resources you used to prepare for the exam?
 
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