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Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 4982
Hi all,
I have passed 486 today with 72% (a bit danger ).
Below is my score distribution:
1. Development Process 71% (5 out of 7)
2. Requirement Modeling 80% (8 out of 10)
3. Architecture 86% (6 out of 7)
4. Static Modeling 83% (10 out of 12)
5. Dynamic Modeling 46% (6 out of 13)
6. Design and Implementation Techniques 71% (5 out of 7)
It is not a great score, but I feel very happy, cos I am running out of time. I have only prepared for 1 week, since I need to take SCMAD on 7 Mar
Lucky, get a pass finally.
Below shows the materials I used:
1. Apply UML and Patterns, Chapter 1-6
2. UML distrilled, All chapters
3. Larmen's notes
At first, I wanna read all materials, however, as I am running out of time, I have selected the most important materials to read.
Among the 56 questions, the ratio of conceptal and diagramatic are 6:4, which is a bit different to others (4:6). I feel the diagramatic questions are not that difficult, most of the questions are related to Class diagrams, Sequence diagrams and Interaction diagrams. The conceptal part is more difficult, as it asks very in depth questions on how the UML diagrams are used.
So, if you dont know UML diagrams, or not sure the basic stuffs, you need to read through UML distrilled 1st. Larmen's notes is very useful for the last minute prepartion, it covers all *MUST KNOW* concepts of ALL objectives.
Best wishes to those who are on the same way.
Nick


SCJP 1.2, OCP 9i DBA, SCWCD 1.3, SCJP 1.4 (SAI), SCJD 1.4, SCWCD 1.4 (Beta), ICED (IBM 287, IBM 484, IBM 486), SCMAD 1.0 (Beta), SCBCD 1.3, ICSD (IBM 288), ICDBA (IBM 700, IBM 701), SCDJWS, ICSD (IBM 348), OCP 10g DBA (Beta), SCJP 5.0 (Beta), SCJA 1.0 (Beta), MCP(70-270), SCBCD 5.0 (Beta), SCJP 6.0, SCEA for JEE5 (in progress)
Hari Vignesh Padmanaban
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Joined: Oct 07, 2003
Posts: 578
Congrats Nick !!!
people like you inspire me to take more certifications !!!
hopefully I beat you some day in the certification list ..
maybe I will!!!
Goood luck with your future exam's
Hari
[ March 13, 2004: Message edited by: Hari Vignesh Padmanaban ]
Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 4982
Hi Hari,

hopefully I beat you some day in the certification list

Definitely you will beat me
I will take a long break after passing 287 (hopefully) SCJWSD beta and SCBCD.
My next exam will be 287, which has been scheduled on 20 Mar.
Best wishes for your exam as well.
Nick
Hari Vignesh Padmanaban
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Joined: Oct 07, 2003
Posts: 578
Hey nick,
will take a long break after passing 287 (hopefully) SCJWSD beta and SCBCD
Do you when SCJWSD beta will take place? sometime aroung end of march ?
and wany idea when the beta exam vouchers will be available ?
I would love to take the exam !!
Thanks and Good luck again
Satish Avadhanam
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Joined: Aug 12, 2003
Posts: 697
Hey Nick, Congrats.
SCWSD -- Is this for Web Services? I will be glad to know if any beta exam is going to come soon and ofcourse will be more happy to get a free voucher
Thanks.
Hey Hari...you from SVU, Tirupathi?
Axel Janssen
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Joined: Jan 08, 2001
Posts: 2164
congrats Nick.
You are kind of human certi Ferrari.
Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 4982
Hi Hari,
I guess the exam will be held during end of Apr, or beginning or May.
But that's not confirm yet. Still tune with the Web Services forum, Evelyn will let us know more.
Nick
Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 4982
Hi Satish,
SCJWSD refers to Sun Certified Java Web Services Developer.
You can find more in Web Services forum when the exam or the survey is available.
Nick
Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 4982
Hi Axel,
That's why I need to have a long break. I guess SCBCD will be my last exam till Dec 2005.
Nick
Ko Ko Naing
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Joined: Jun 08, 2002
Posts: 3178
Congratulations, Nick. You are really agressive in taking lots of certs like this... Anyway, I do admire you, Nick....
Cheers
Happy Celebration for you


Co-author of SCMAD Exam Guide, Author of JMADPlus
SCJP1.2, CCNA, SCWCD1.4, SCBCD1.3, SCMAD1.0, SCJA1.0, SCJP6.0
Satish Avadhanam
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Joined: Aug 12, 2003
Posts: 697
Originally posted by Nicholas Cheung:
Hi Satish,
SCJWSD refers to Sun Certified Java Web Services Developer.
You can find more in Web Services forum when the exam or the survey is available.
Nick

Thanks Nick. I will keep up with the Web Services forum for further details.
R.x Lan
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Joined: Dec 27, 2003
Posts: 83
Did you use any mock exam simulator?


(SCJP SCWCD SCBCD SCDJWS)
Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 4982
Hi Rixin,
No. I only read those materials I pointed out in above.
Of course, having on hand practices is better, however, if you have some basic knowledge before, such as Class diagrams, Sequence diagrams, Activity diagrams, Collaboration diagrams and Interaction diagrams, how they are used and when they are used, and what diagrams are used together with which diagrams, you find the exam easy.
In my exam questions, the diagram questions are very straight forward, it gives you a case, some background information, and ask you which diagram is correct.
But the conceptal part is more difficult, you need to know those project management issues, SDLC, etc. Thus, I read Chapter 1-6 of Larman's book, and I read his notes 3 hours before I take the exam.
I even feel that ICE's pre-assessment is more difficult than the real exam. As the complexity of the diagrams in ICE is much more difficult that the real ones.
Best wishes to you.
Nick
Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 4982
Hi Ko Ko,
I taken those certs are because of promotion. If I need to pay for it, I will not take IBM exams, cos it is vendor dependent. In fact, I have never thought about IBM exams before I know there was a $10 voucher promotion.
As I told you before, all my certificates are either have great discounts (like SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.3), company paid (SCJP 1.2, SCJD 1.4, OCP) or nearly free of charge (ICED, SCWCD 1.4, SCMAD 1.0).
Nick.
Ramon Gill
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Joined: May 15, 2003
Posts: 344
Nick,
Good score - well done. Wish you all the best in the others. Interesting that your company pay for some of your exams. I've had to pay for them all (apart from the first, SCJP). My manager doesn't believe in encouraging people to take certs. He thinks people leave once they get certified (is it any wonder?).
Interesting about 'web services'. I'll keep an eye on this cert.
Good luck,
Ray
SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCEA (part 1), IBM-484
Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 4982
Hi Ramon,
My company works with latest technologies. We used VAJ for J2EE applications 3 years ago. My company *not encourage*, but *force* us to get certified, so that she can claim that all developers know the technologies well.
Nick
Vijay S. Rathore
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Joined: Oct 29, 2001
Posts: 449
Congratulations Nicholas


SCJP, SCJD, SCWCD1.4, IBM486, IBM484, IBM 483, IBM 287, IBM141, IBM Certified Enterprise Developer - WebSphere Studio, V5.0
Author of IBM 287 Simulator Exam
Krishna Mukdapu
Greenhorn

Joined: May 06, 2002
Posts: 3
Congrates Nicholas Cheung..... Pass is always Pass...... Great...
You mentioned that you studied Larman's notes..... Can you please tell, where you did find it. Could you please help me....

Thanks,
Krishna


Regards,<br />Krishna
Marc Peabody
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Joined: Feb 05, 2003
Posts: 4727

I think this may be it:
http://www.objectsbydesign.com/books/larman_notes/larman_notes.zip


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