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Passed SCMAD with 88%

 
Ariel Ortiz
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I took the exam on Friday, December 16. I answered correctly 60 out of 68 questions giving me a passing score of 88%. The exam's section analysis is as follows:

JTWI ...................... 100%
CLDC ...................... 85%
Security .................. 100%
Networking ................ 100%
Application Lifecycle ..... 100%
RMS ....................... 100% (Hey Bert: I got all my RMS questions right!)
Push Registry ............. 83%
MIDP UI ................... 70%
Game API .................. 100%
MMAPI ..................... 60%
WMA ....................... 83%

My first exposure to the J2ME technology was through the second and third editions of this book:

Sing Li, Jonathan Knudsen
"Beginning J2ME: From Novice to Professional, Third Edition"
APress, 2005
ISBN: 1590594797

I really recommend it to anyone new to MIDP programming. In general, it covers most of the practical aspects required for the SCMAD exam.

Undoubtedly, you need to read the JSRs and APIs for this exam:

JSR-185: Java Technology for the Wireless Industry (JTWI 1.0)
JSR-030: Connected, Limited, Device Configuration (CLDC 1.0)
JSR-139: Connected, Limited, Device Configuration (CLDC 1.1)
JSR-118: Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP 2.0)
JSR-120: Wireless Messaging API (WMA 1.1)
JSR-135: Mobile Media API (MMAPI 1.1)

The following book nicely summarizes JSRs 30, 129 and 118:

Roger Riggs (Editor)
"Programming Wireless Devices with the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition, Second Edition"
Addison-Wesley, 2003
ISBN: 0321197984

I programmed an important number of MIDP applications using Sun's Wireless Toolkit 2.2, aiming to test every single aspect mentioned in the exam objectives. It was cool to see most of these applications running in my mobile phone (Sony K700i) and PDA (Palm LifeDrive). I believe this technology has an enormous potential, I hope it becomes as popular as it deserves to be.

A week before taking the exam, I studied using the exam simulator from J2ME Certificate (http://www.j2mecertificate.com/). I found a few errors in some questions, mainly typos, but I always got a promptly feedback when reporting any problems or questions. I definitely recommend this resource for anyone taking this exam. It really made a difference for me.

Finally, I recommend "Head First SCMAD" by Kathy and Bert. Even though it hasn't been written yet, I'm sure it'll be some day the best resource for this exam. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to wait indefinitely for this superb book.

Now it's time to celebrate and take a break (I'm going a few days to Acapulco with my wife and kids ) . On January, I think I'll start my preparation for SCBCD or SCEA Part 1, I haven't yet decided.

Thanks to everyone in JavaRanch for their support.

...Ariel
[ December 18, 2005: Message edited by: Ariel Ortiz ]
 
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Congratulations Ariel Ortiz

Do we need to remember the API level details to answer the questions.

Cheers,
Srikanth
[ December 18, 2005: Message edited by: Srikanth Nandiraju ]
 
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Do we need to remember the API level details to answer the questions.

Yes. If you have enough experience programming MIDlets, you probably won't need to memorize a lot.

...Ariel
 
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Hey Ariel - 88% is awesome!


RMS ....................... 100% (Hey Bert: I got all my RMS questions right!)


Man Ariel, you have a great memory


Finally, I recommend "Head First SCMAD" by Kathy and Bert. Even though it hasn't been written yet, I'm sure it'll be some day the best resource for this exam. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to wait indefinitely for this superb book.


This kind of thing might just force us to write that book (You got a laugh out of Kathy on this one!)

Thanks Ariel, and again, congrats, we're glad the virtual book helped

Bert
 
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Ariel,

Many congratulations, what a great score !

We are really pleased the website was useful for you. You are right about the virtual SCMAD book too, this probably will be the most sold SCMAD book.

Also many thanks for providing such a great feedback on our practice questions.
 
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Ariel Ortiz wrote:I took the exam on Friday, December 16. I answered correctly 60 out of 68 questions giving me a passing score of 88%. The exam's section analysis is as follows:

JTWI ...................... 100%
CLDC ...................... 85%
Security .................. 100%
Networking ................ 100%
Application Lifecycle ..... 100%
RMS ....................... 100% (Hey Bert: I got all my RMS questions right!)
Push Registry ............. 83%
MIDP UI ................... 70%
Game API .................. 100%
MMAPI ..................... 60%
WMA ....................... 83%

Nice! Congratulations, sorry for I am very late.

Can you please tell the number of question subject wise as you expressed percentage(%)


My first exposure to the J2ME technology was through the second and third editions of this book:

Sing Li, Jonathan Knudsen
"Beginning J2ME: From Novice to Professional, Third Edition"
APress, 2005
ISBN: 1590594797

I really recommend it to anyone new to MIDP programming. In general, it covers most of the practical aspects required for the SCMAD exam.

Undoubtedly, you need to read the JSRs and APIs for this exam:

JSR-185: Java Technology for the Wireless Industry (JTWI 1.0)
JSR-030: Connected, Limited, Device Configuration (CLDC 1.0)
JSR-139: Connected, Limited, Device Configuration (CLDC 1.1)
JSR-118: Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP 2.0)
JSR-120: Wireless Messaging API (WMA 1.1)
JSR-135: Mobile Media API (MMAPI 1.1)

The following book nicely summarizes JSRs 30, 129 and 118:

Roger Riggs (Editor)
"Programming Wireless Devices with the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition, Second Edition"
Addison-Wesley, 2003
ISBN: 0321197984

I programmed an important number of MIDP applications using Sun's Wireless Toolkit 2.2, aiming to test every single aspect mentioned in the exam objectives. It was cool to see most of these applications running in my mobile phone (Sony K700i) and PDA (Palm LifeDrive). I believe this technology has an enormous potential, I hope it becomes as popular as it deserves to be.

A week before taking the exam, I studied using the exam simulator from J2ME Certificate (http://www.j2mecertificate.com/). I found a few errors in some questions, mainly typos, but I always got a promptly feedback when reporting any problems or questions. I definitely recommend this resource for anyone taking this exam. It really made a difference for me.

Finally, I recommend "Head First SCMAD" by Kathy and Bert. Even though it hasn't been written yet, I'm sure it'll be some day the best resource for this exam. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to wait indefinitely for this superb book.

Now it's time to celebrate and take a break (I'm going a few days to Acapulco with my wife and kids ) . On January, I think I'll start my preparation for SCBCD or SCEA Part 1, I haven't yet decided.

Thanks to everyone in JavaRanch for their support.

...Ariel
[ December 18, 2005: Message edited by: Ariel Ortiz ]
 
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Congratulations!!!
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Congrats and keep up the good work
 
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congratulations
 
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