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agrah upadhyay
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Hello ranchers,
i am very happy today coz just now i passed SCJP 1.4 with 85%.
I am a 3rd year bioinformatics student studying in SASTRA deemed University.The Credit goes to this saloon, and my bioinformatics staff and class mates.Any question is welcomed!


<i>--Agrah Upadhyay--</i><br />Final Year B.Tech SCJP,SCWCD,SCBCD <br /> <br /><b>Now since the real test for any choice is having to make the same choice again,knowing full well what it might cost.</b>-Oracle
Santana Iyer
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congrats!!!
I too passed on 30th.
Srikanth Nandiraju
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Dear certified ranchers.

Can any one of you comment of the questions breakup for the exam. Like what % of questions appear from what modules etc.

Cheers
Srikanth.


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Karen Jirak
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Argah, congrats! I passed today, as well! Thanks again for your help !

Karen
Santana Iyer
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Shrikanth,

Score report just says section name and percentage e.g.
Collections 100%
it does not say 3/3 (no mention about total qst asked).

In my oinion,
I think for each objective you can expect atleast one question.
For GC I got around 3 questions,
Flow Control, assertion, exception I got around 8 question,
Thread must be around 6 to 9 question (I am not sure).
Collections around 2 to 3 question.

in short for each objective around 1 to 3 question.

I can not say for sure because some question might include inner class and thread together (it may be about thread or about inner class which you come to know by question and answers given).

When you give mock see if you get breakup section wise it must be nearly same for real exam.
[ October 02, 2005: Message edited by: Santana Iyer ]
agrah upadhyay
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I Started java 3 months ago .when i started java ,i was having SCJP in my mind.So i started preparation for it as well.Before exam i used to think that i am good in garbage collection but that came as weekest area...i scored only 66% in that.I think garbage collection and thread related questions are usually long and twisting.In my question paper i was tried to get confused difference betweeen implements and extends.ABOUT MY PREPARATION: I was not having any book...............just i found 2 books in library related to SCJP1.2 .So i prepared from them....then later i came to know that AWT portion is not there in exam .Later i shifted myself towards online learning.I think danchisholm tests are best one!sun's assertion notes helped me.Complete reference is very good book for basics and method signatures.....one more thing i am having very less handon experience in java.Just till now i am having theoritical knowledge only.i devoted total 325 hours for whole of my process(starting from very beginning to certification level).Hello ranchers can anybody please help me what should i go for-SCWCD,SCBCD or SCMAD.And one more thing if i go for SCWCD how much time will it require as i am having 0% knowledge about jsp or servelets.what book should i refer for preparation?please help me soon!
agrah upadhyay
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Congratulations Santana And Karen!
Let us share something
My email id is :agrahout@indiatimes.com
Santana Iyer
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Dear Agrah, Karen,

what next?
agrah upadhyay
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Preparing for SCWCD?Which is entirely new for me!But i am passionate for java and wanna denote my career to java world .You also?
Santana Iyer
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not very much sure,
I did course in adv java, .net I like both.

I did servlets, jsp, ejb in my course.

I have not yet decided between WCD/BCD.
what is your advice?
when are you planning wcd.
[ October 02, 2005: Message edited by: Santana Iyer ]
agrah upadhyay
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Santana what your career qualification,education level?Why don't you concentrate yourself only to java-language of future.Am I Right?
Santana Iyer
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Agrah I did not understand that fully, what you want to say.

I completed BE in computer engineering recently.
I completed SCJA and SCJP1.4 exam recently.
agrah upadhyay
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Nothing I just meant to say java as language of future over .net.
Then Santana can you please suggest me what should be my first step towards
starting of SCWCD?What topic or book should i follow.Will it require hand on experience?How much time it require as i denoted almost 325 hours for starting java to certification level?
Thanks
Santana Iyer
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first of all I am not in position to guide you for wcd as I also want to know whether actual handon exp. is required for WCD.

I have asked question to my tutor and waiting for his reply.

325 hrs is too much, great you seem very serious fan of java.

I may have put around 10 weeks of effort.

Head First Servlets and JSP for SCWCD,
Head First EJB for SCBCD.

you can go and check reviews of this books at amazon.com
Karen Jirak
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Thanks Argah! And congratulations Santana!

I have to say that I agree with Argah - I would definitely stick with one thing, Santana, be it either Java or .net. People in the industry (at least around here) seem to like specialists who are gurus in one thing (and its related associations) rather than people who know a little of everything and a lot of nothing. I had also thought about going the route of diversifying, but it seems that all the jobs around here seem to want one specialty, with related things, rather than something like both a lot of Java and .net knowledge. For this reason I am definitely going for the SCWCD exam, next (perhaps be seeing you in that forum next, Argah ). I started the book Head First Servlets and JSP by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates yesterday - I do enjoy the head first series very much. In addition, in the book Kathy and Bert say that even if you are brand new to servlets and JSP, studying should probably only take 6 to twelve weeks, depending on how much time you have to devote to it per day. I'm finishing up my masters degree in computer science right now (will be done next month) and trying to find a new job at the same time, so it may take me just a bit longer. I am thinking that the K&B SCWCD book in addition to the whizlabs SCWCD simulator that I bought will be enough to prepare for this test (in addition to coming to the SCWCD forum here, of course).

Good luck to you both, and congrats again!
[ October 02, 2005: Message edited by: Karen Jirak ]
Shivani Chandna
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Hey -- Sanatana - what was your score ?
You never posted ??


Cheers,
Shivani.


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Santana Iyer
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Shivani I got 96%.

I did not post because I was disappointed as I wanted more, silly mistake in one qst and one qst felt was not explicit enough. I finished test 35 mins before so afterwards I was thinking should have utilised time. (anyways forget it)

I think in your post you mention that you were helped by thread posts of mine (if it is me than I am glad, believe me I am also helped by javaranch a lot esp. in job discussion and other forums. it is good thing we all virtually come together and try to help each other).

Karen I am going for either WCD or BCD yet to decide, I have HFSJ and going to start it tommorow.

I also need to find job so need to prepare for other things.

I will do keep in mind your comment/advice about sticking to one tech and mastering it.
could you tell me where are you, education etc. (I think you should be in US as doing MS).

keep in touch all of you.
all the best to all of you.
[ October 02, 2005: Message edited by: Santana Iyer ]
Karen Jirak
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Agrah, I'm sorry for misspelling your name!

Hi again Santana! Yes, I agree with you, it was a toss up for me in deciding which was next, the BCD or the WCD exam. In the end, I decided to go for the WCD because servlets and JSP seem to be in most of the lists of things that employers around here want, even a bit more than EJB. But, I do have the head first EJB book, as well, and you can be certain that that one will be next in line for me, too .

You are correct, I am in the state of North Carolina in the United States. I have a background in biology as well, having gotten a batchelors degree, as well, so I am looking into some of the biotech companies around here (although I am not limiting myself to that area by any means). Luckily, we have an area here called Research Triangle park that is between 3 of the biggest and most esteemed universities in the state, and many technology companies are in that area. Hopefully, it will not be all that long until I can find a job out there . Where are you located? And you, as well, Agrah?
Santana Iyer
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Hi Karen,

I am in Mumbai, India.
I recently completed graduation in Computer Engineering.
Also completed SCJA and SCJP1.4.

bye.
agrah upadhyay
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Hai Karen i am located in Thanjavur,Tamilnadu.I am studying in SASTRA Deemed University,doing my B.Tech in Bioinformatics.Sorry for late reply.
Thanx
agrah upadhyay
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I have to say that I agree with Argah - I would definitely stick with one thing, Santana, be it either Java or .net. People in the industry (at least around here) seem to like specialists who are gurus in one thing (and its related associations) rather than people who know a little of everything and a lot of nothing.

Yaa you said what i was also having in my mind..............java is language of future and is only in its infancy..........then why to ship to any other platform .Right?Correct me if i am wrong
Shivani Chandna
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Firstly Sanatana Congratulations - I think that was a good score.
I too plan to give SCWCD . i was thinking of buying head first servlets/jsp and the book by marty hall ( more on servlets/jsp) .

Let's see
Good Luck ! to you and others.

Shivani.
Akhilesh Trivedi
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Hey Friends!
I am planning to write the exam in November, how about the exam software, I mean will I be able to scroll back and forth, and recorrect my previous answers, if not then will they atleast provide me a rough-work sheet???


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Santana Iyer
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THANKS SHIVANI,

Hi Akhil,

If you have any book like k&b or khalid you can read about exam in books like how is real exam, about software etc.

you can go back and forth there is prev and next button.
if you feel you do not know answer or have doubt than MARK it there is checkbox at top. after you complete all question you will be presented a screen which shows which question you have marked and if you have not answered some qst it will show ? so you can click particualr qst and go to that qst directly or there is also an option to review all marked qst.

I used JQ PLUS V 4 commercial software if you have it use it it is very similar to real (in temrs of software).

bye. and all the best.
[ October 03, 2005: Message edited by: Santana Iyer ]
Akhilesh Trivedi
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Thanks Santana! That was a great relief.
Good luck to you as well.
Karen Jirak
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Hi Agrah,

Yes, you are correct, I do think that Java is the language of the future and I hope that it will be around for a long time. While I do like the .net platform and .net certainly has its niche, I do think that it is limited by lack of portability, among other things. Right now, Java use seems to be increasing around here, at least, and I think the more that we can learn of it and its related technologies, the better off we will be!
agrah upadhyay
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Hai Karen,
Then we should start preparation for SCWCD Ready !!!
But i will start in late and my progress will also be very slow cause i am being crushed in busy schedule of my college.............I want to know that for SCWCD preparation ,networking and server is necessary?I am having only one PC in my room.Is it sufficient?And whether HFSJ is sufficient cause I don't hav enough money to buy any simulator.........I am hardly having money to buy HFSJ!
Karen Jirak
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Hi Agrah!

I've gotten through about 50 pages of HF jsp and servlets so far, it's great! I really don't think it will be necessary to get a whole network running, but I am not positive, yet. The thing that you need to do (and they walk you through this) is install a web server and a web server application - that would be apache tomcat. This is free software, and it is easy to install with the instructions given. Now I have it up and running - I did my first mini servlet yesterday . That's too bad you don't have enough money for the simulator - when I got my SCJP 5.0 simulator, they had a buy 2 get 1 free special, so I got the SCWCD and the SCBCD simulators at the same time, as well. In any case, if the difficulty of the SCWCD test is on par with the SCJP test, I would think that head first book in addition to the SCWCD study guide by MZ would be enough. And coming to java ranch, of course! I would bet we can probably find some other sources, as well. Sounds like your progress may be similar to mine... we'll get through it !
Santana Iyer
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Hello to both Karen and Agrah,

Me too going for WCD, I am going to buy HFSJ.
I read 2 chap from HFSJ (book belongs to my friend),
I am not 100% comfortable but will be.
Karen Jirak
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Hey Santana and Agrah,

Santana, good to hear you are going for the SCWCD exam, as well! Yeah, I am on to chapter 3 of HF servlets and JSP, good so far! I am looking forward to seeing you both in the SCWCD forum !
agrah upadhyay
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Santana and Karen,Both of you Keep it up!
But as i stated my progress will really be very very slow.
Best of Luck to both of friends
Shivani Chandna
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Originally posted by Santana Iyer:
I read 2 chap from HFSJ (book belongs to my friend),
I am not 100% comfortable but will be


hmm even I am not at present feeling comfortable with HFSJ.
hopefully will be.
 
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