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Passed SCDJWS with 89%

 
Sathiya Shunmugasundaram
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I passed Sun Certified Developer for Java Web Services with 89%.

Studied Richard Monson Haefal's J2EE Web Services, Sun Blue Prints on Web Services, MZ's guide for Security.

Sathiya
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Congratulations !!!

Delighted to hear that my WSD Guide was helpful.

regards,
MZ
 
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congratulations!
 
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Hello Sathiya,
Can you offer some guidance in preparing for the exam in terms of emphasis on topics etc?
Thanks.
Bharat
 
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Tips

RMH - Richard Monson Haefal - J2EE Web Services

Section 1: XML Web Service Standards

RMH Chapters 2,3

Section 2: SOAP 1.1 Web Service Standards

RMH Chapter 4

Section 3: Describing and Publishing (WSDL and UDDI)

RMH Chapters 5,6,7,8(Though UDDI is comprehensive, it is good to understand so that JAXR can be easer)

Section 4: JAX-RPC

RMH Chapters 9 thru 15(Covers SAAJ too)

Section 5: SOAP and XML Processing APIs (JAXP, JAXB, and SAAJ)

RMH Chapters 20, 21 for SAX, DOM in JAXP
RMH Chapters 13, 14, Appendix E, F, G for SAAJ
Processing XML with Java by Elliotte Rusty Harold - Chapter 17 XSLT and TrAX
http://java.sun.com/webservices/docs/1.5/tutorial/doc/JAXBWorks.html for JAXB

Section 6: JAXR

RMH Chapters 16,17,18,19

Section 7: J2EE Web Services

RMH 9 thru 21, Appendices E, F, G all of which you would have studied already

Section 8: Security

MZ's Guide

Section 9: Developing Web Services

RMH Chapters 22,23,24

Section 10: General Design and Architecture

You can read each pattern in Core J2EE Patterns book and some GoF Java Companion Book.
or
MZ's guide read it in a nutshell.

To fully appreciate design patterns, you have should have used them somehow

Section 11: Endpoint Design and Architecture

Sun Blue prints on web services - Bu sure to read about Interaction Layer and Processing layer and about Correlation ID to implement Statefull web services

I have purchased whizlabs software which helped a lot.

Bottomline is that first try to read RMH end to end without bothering about objectives. WSDL, UDDI will be a nightmare for a while. After reading for a couple of more times, it should be ok.

After done with RMH, read bluerpints, MZ to round the objectives.

I expected around 80 before going. However I got a bumper prize in Security 100% thanks to MZ. It pushed the score beyond my expectaions. I got 62/69. I missed a couple in XML and SOAP which I feel bad.

It took me 3 weeks in total with one aggressive week.

Good luck guys.

Thanks,
Sathiya
 
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Congratulations on a great result!!!

Just as a measure of what I need to do:

I was just wondering how much real world experience u had in
1. programming
2. j2ee
3. web services
before you did this exam.

how many hours did you study/read over all

I am going to try to do a superfast prep for the exam. I have a whole lot of real-world J2EE experience - but am yet use Web services (keen to start!!!)
 
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1. programming 9 Years
2. j2ee 5 Years
3. web services 0 Years

Thanks,
Sathiya
 
Sathiya Shunmugasundaram
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I have studied Richard Monson Haefal's book for about 2 weeks with probably 2 hrs a day. This was the key.
MZ's security for 2 hrs.
TrAX 1 hr.
BP 1.0 1 hr.
Sun's blue prints on web services 4 hours

As a J2EE developer, all except SOAP, UDDI, WSDL ust be easier. However all of them depend on your understanding of above. Hence try to put 50% of your time in understanding XML, XML Schemas, Namespaces, SOAP, WSDL, UDDI. Remaining must be cake walk.
 
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Well done!!!

I found it is quite difficult for me to memerize the core part of BP.
Still, luckily, I can manage it.

What's next then?

Nick
 
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I am doing my Part II in SCEA and preparing for BEA 8.1 Developer for Integration Solutions which is related to my present job.

I am looking at PMP as next major one.
 
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