Hi, Passed SCJWS with 73% on Jan 6th. Did not have much experience on Web Services, but had a chance to work on a transition project and have seen how web services are used. WSAD was used in the project so got familiar with web services by developing few simple web services. For all who are new to web services, the exam is not that difficult, but get familiar with webservices or concepts by creating atleast one webservice (with or without UDDI). You get plenty of tutorial on how to create simple java web service. If you do not have WSAD, try to get free software like Apache Axis. Or just put a post to the Java ranch web services forum, there are lot of experts who are willing to answer you. ( I do not consider myself in the expert list becos i did not get a good score , but surely I will help if I can answer .
Regarding the preparation:
Read Success stories of people who are passed the exam, i just picked up 2-3 and followed the same materials they have used. I am listing the same below. My preparation started from Dec 1st week till Jan 5th...3-4 hrs everyday..
1) J2EE Web Services by Richard Monson Haefel - Must read
( And in one of the post in Java ranch SCJWS forum he has done a mapping with the objectives with the chapters)
Not all objectives are covered in this book, so please be aware of that.
2) SCDJWS Study Guide by Mikalai Zaikin - Nice tutorial - Must read, for few objectives like XML security I have referred only this and scored 85%
This is a must read, I have not read this and lost all my marks here..
I got only 40% in Endpoint Design...
MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ MUST READ
4) Had whizlabs simulator, this simulator did not have 3 practice exams like other simulators, it has got only one (and one diagnostic and final exam) and the questions are more difficult compared to the actual exam. The simulator helped me but could not utilise much, I could use the simulator only for 3 days due to the time restriction
5) Did not concentrate much on XML becos on December I had completed the XML certification
You do not need to pass XML certification for passing web services exam. The questions related to XML are pretty simple.
That's all about my preparation.
I am targetting few more certifications in a couple of months like MQ Series, WSAD, OOAD, RUP, SCEA. Nice to have the certification becos you do not need to talk much on interviews ... Just landed in US lastweek to work as a consultant and got through the first interview on the first day
All the best to everyone who are preparing for the exam.
Sun Certified Java2 Programmer - (May 2000) IBM Certified Solution Developer (WAS3.0) - (Dec 2000) Sun Certified Web Component Developer - (Oct 2004) Sun Certified Business Component Developer - (Jan 2005) XML Ceritification - (Dec 2005) Sun Certified Java Web Services Developer (Jan 2006)