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Passed SCDJWS with 100%... yeah baby... the Magic Number!!!

 
Gaurav Agnihotri
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Hi Folks

I took the exam today after about 6 months of preparation. I cannot thank enough to javaranch for this lovely forum. Although I have not been very active in posting but I did spend lot of time going through previous posts. Trust me, there is a wealth of information here. One just needs to search.

As for my exam, I was expecting lot of questions on JAXR and UDDI in worst-case-scenario however I was pleasantly surprised to see an equal blend of questions from all the topics . There were some tricky code snippets on SAAJ, JAXB and JAXP. Make sure you are well conversant with them.

My preparation:

1. RMH: Go through it at least twice. Most of the topics are covered in much more detail than is required for the actual exam. Richard has written in a fantastic style and it makes an amazing reading. If you come with no prior experience in Webservices (like me) then RMH is a must read.
2. Notes from www.xyzws.com: Very much exam oriented, concise and to-the-point. Excellent resource to revise on the concepts.
3. MZ Notes: Excellent study resource. MZ has really put in quality stuff. Although I must say that I found the writing style bit difficult to follow, esp the initial 1-2 chapters. However the notes are very exam-oriented and a must-read.
4. Blue-prints: Only do the relevant chapters.
5. XML Security:
Article 1
Article 2* You can skip the code examples from certification perspective.
6. Mock exams:
a) www.xyzws.com: Take for atleast 7-8 times so that you cover all 200 questions
b) MZ's Quiz: Again an excellent work by MZ. The questions and their accompanying explanation is excellent stuff. The quiz offers much more than what it costs. Go get it.
c) Whizlabs Simulator: I got the trial version. The questions are very good, much tough than the actual exam.
d) Sun's quiz

I am also quoting some text from two previous posts for the benefit of everyone. Till the time I read these posts, I personally had overlooked some of things that they mentioned. I just thought to mention the posts here for the benefit of everyone.

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(1) Remember the code snippets to use JAXP api (DocumentBuilderFactory, SAXParserFactory, TransformerFactory.. and setting the namespace/validation properties..etc)

(2) Code snippets for using SAAJ API (ConnectionFactory, MessageFactory, getting the SOAPBody ..etc)

(3) Code snippets to query/update using JAXR API

(4) Code snippets to make web service calls using Stub/Call interfaces..

(5) Understand how WSDL is structured (purpose of all elements and how they are organized)

(6) Though UDDI/JAXR goes over your head, just understand the info models (businessEntity, businessService..etc and relationship with JAXR Java Objects..)

Remember one thing the topics are wide-open, so they can ask anything.. But what I believe is they are checking the conceptual knowledge in each area..


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For UDDI and JAXR, you really need to have deep understanding at the API level. BusinessQueryManageger, LifeCycleManager, UDDI Publishing and UDDI Query APIs, how connections (for Registry) are created, what properties you need to set for authenticating the connections, how do you validate an URI before publishing etc. are important to learn in detail. There was some mention about EntityResolver too. I have no idea where that came from. Instead of spending too much time reading RMH book, I would recommend to prepare from MZ's guide. MZ's guide is really tailered towards the needs for SCDJWS.

From Security side, master XACML, SAML, XML Digital Signature, XML Encryption, Web based authentication (Basic, Form ,hybrid), role based authentication, authentication controlled by programming, HTTPS etc. etc. I spent less than 5% of my preparation time for security. About 20% of prep time need to go towards security. Well - I am suggesting from what I experienced, it may be different for a different question set.


Another informative post. Scroll down till you get postings from Richard Monson-Haefel and read through from that point on.

All The Best to everyone planning to write the exam .

cheers,

Gaurav Agnihotri
SCJP, SCDJWS, IBM Six-Sigma Yellow Belt

[ December 22, 2007: Message edited by: Gaurav Agnihotri ]
[ December 26, 2007: Message edited by: Gaurav Agnihotri ]
 
Remko Strating
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Congrats ....

 
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Gaurav , congratulations !!!

Perfect score !!!

Glad to know my WSD Guide and WSD Quiz helped you.

regards,
MZ
 
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Congrats!!!

Do we really need six months of preparation?

Regards,
Muhilan

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Congrats
 
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Wow... excellent score!! Thanks a lot for your tips and congrats
 
Abdulvakhid Shoudouev
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Congratulations and thanks a lot for your advices!

I've followed your advice to go several times through mock exams at www.xyz.com.
I did it yesterday and today i've passed with 94%.
Going throuth RMH second time would be an overdose for me
 
Gaurav Agnihotri
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Thanks everyone for your wishes

Muhilan, The preparation time might vary from person to person and cannot be generalized The scope of the exam,although, is very vast.

Abdulvakhid, Excellent score on the mock-exam. When are you planning to take the actual one? Keep it up and All The Best!!

Regards,
[ December 26, 2007: Message edited by: Gaurav Agnihotri ]
 
Abdulvakhid Shoudouev
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It was the actual one, Gaurav,
mocks were yesterday
 
Abdulvakhid Shoudouev
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By the way, my score report says that my knowledge of UDDI and JAXR is 100%.
I do not trust it

Thus, this advice is also very usefull:
(6) Though UDDI/JAXR goes over your head, just understand the info models (businessEntity, businessService..etc and relationship with JAXR Java Objects..)
[ December 26, 2007: Message edited by: Abdulvakhid Shoudouev ]
 
Gaurav Agnihotri
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Excelent score on the exam Congratulations!!!

Btb... I also dread UDDI and JAXR
 
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Congrats Gaurav!!!.. Nice to see your score..

Good show!!
 
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That's a excellent score....
Congrats...
 
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Congratualtions on the truly outstanding result.

Thanks for taking the time to share you wisdom on how to learn the material. There is so much it seems overwhelming to figure out where to start.

-John
 
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Great score Gaurav! Well done!
 
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Congrats and thanks a lot for information.

but can you please tell me where i can find these resources???

i have a plan to study SCDJWS

thanks again
 
Raghavan Muthu
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Congratulations Gaurav for an excellent, unbeatable score

Thank you for sharing your preparations with suggestions
 
Gaurav Agnihotri
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Thanks once again to all of you for your kind wishes

something something, I suggest you change your name before one of the moderators prompt you to do so . OK.. as for the material, I did mention some URLs in my post but here is the complete info with URLs for all the resources.

1. RMH: Go through it at least twice. Most of the topics are covered in much more detail than is required for the actual exam. Richard has written in a fantastic style and it makes an amazing reading. If you come with no prior experience in Webservices (like me) then RMH is a must read.
2. Notes from www.xyzws.com: Very much exam oriented, concise and to-the-point. Excellent resource to revise on the concepts.
3. MZ's Notes: Excellent study resource. MZ has really put in quality stuff. Although I must say that I found the writing style bit difficult to follow, esp the initial 1-2 chapters. However the notes are very exam-oriented and a must-read.
4. Blue-prints: Only do the relevant chapters.
5. XML Security:
Article 1
Article 2* You can skip the code examples from certification perspective.
6. Mock exams:
a) www.xyzws.com: Take for atleast 7-8 times so that you cover all 200 questions
b) MZ's Quiz: Again an excellent work by MZ. The questions and their accompanying explanation is excellent stuff. The quiz offers much more than what it costs. Go get it.
c) Whizlabs Simulator: I got the trial version. The questions are very good, much tough than the actual exam.
d) Sun's Quiz

Hope this helps. All The Best with preparations

Cheers,
[ December 30, 2007: Message edited by: Gaurav Agnihotri ]
 
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Congratulations for the perfect score!

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That was an amazing score. Thanks for sharing the information!
 
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Congrats.... and thanks a lot for providing such a valuable information..
 
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Hello, I have one question. Kindly please tell us what are the relevant chapters to be referred from blue-prints?

Thanks in advance.
 
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Originally posted by something something:
Congrats and thanks a lot for information.

but can you please tell me where i can find these resources???

i have a plan to study SCDJWS

thanks again


Howdy "something something",

Kindly adjust your display name according to the naming policy of ranch, which insists the people to use their *real* names with their first and last names separated by space.

You can do the same by editing your profile.
 
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Amazing score! Congrats
 
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