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Passed Part II with 95%

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Hi everybody,
Recently, I passed the exam and I thought I would like to share my experiences with you since you have helped me greatly in achieving the certification. My score was:
Class Diagram (44 maximum) .......................... 43
Component Diagram (44 maximum) ...................... 44 Sequence/Colloboration Diagrams (12 maximum) ........ 08
My class diagram was in the style of the Cade book where the only J2EE classes shown are the Session Facades. The class diagram followed the BDOM very strictly, but of course a few additions were necessary.
When I started designing, I had several component diagrams a la Cade, but they had a high degree of redundancy and the decomposition into several diagrams were quite hard to get right. Finally, I decided to go with one component diagram and I felt that was much easier. Granted, the diagram is quite large, but it is still manageable for this size of project.
I had four sequence diagrams, one for each use case. The sequence diagrams were very detailed. Perhaps too detailed for an overall architecture, so that might have cost me the points in that category.
The accompaning document was quite brief. It listed the assumptions made (approx. 10) and explained the design of each tier in broad terms. Printed I think the document was 1-2 pages long.
I used 50 hours on Part I and 75 hours on Part II. I had no prior experience with J2EE, but have learned a lot by reading the "Core J2EE Patterns: Best Practices and Design Strategies" which is highly recommended for Part II. Playing around with Sun's J2EE-server and JBoss also helped put one or two things straight.
Finally, I would like to thank all who have contributed to the lively discussions in this forum. Searching the archives have really cleared up a lot of things for me!
Nishant Anshul
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Joined: Sep 10, 2003
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Thats good Jacob...congrats !!
I like the way u put all those numbers - 4 seq diag, 50 hrs on part1 etc etc.. Its an inherent indicative for guys starting afresh and also who r in WIPstage...Congrats once agn and thnx for sharing ur exp !!

with rgds,

SCEA-I, BCJP<p>IBM (India)
Ashok Kumar

Joined: Sep 16, 2003
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Congratulations. Good job on your part. How was your Part-3 exam? What do you suggest for the part-3 preparation?
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Congratulations Jacob - good score

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dinesh pande
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Congrats Jocob !!
Great job. All your suggestions are of great help.
John Wen

Joined: Nov 20, 2003
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What does "BDOM" stand for? Thanks in advance.

dinesh pande
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i guess BDOM stands for 'Business Domain Object Model'
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Originally posted by Ashok Kumar:
Congratulations. Good job on your part. How was your Part-3 exam? What do you suggest for the part-3 preparation?

Thanks Ashok. The part-3 exam is an essay exam with a few questions related to the assignment. The exam is designed to test if you made the assignment yourself, so the only possible preparation is to memorise the design choices you made. If you take the exam right after you upload the assignment, you really should not need any preparation since the stuff is present in your mind.
The exam is similar to the essay exam for the SCJD-exam.
[ November 22, 2003: Message edited by: Jacob Grydholt ]
sanj amatya

Joined: Nov 25, 2003
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What are the tools to be used for UML etc?
Sivasundaram Umapathy
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Any tool which supports the UML spec.I used Together

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