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Passed my SCEA Part I with 85% today...

Saravanan Subramanian
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 04, 2005
Posts: 5
Hi Amigos

I wrote my Part I exam this afternoon, and successfully cleared it with a score of 85%.

Breakdown:

Concepts: 100%
Common Arch: 83%
Legacy Conn: 80%
EJB: 88%
EJB Container Mod: 50%
Protocols: 66%
Applicability: 100%
Design Patterns: 100%
Messaging: 100%
Internationalization: 100%
Security: 50%

My scores probably reflect the fact that my background was/is in developing Swing-based real-time and fat-client applications using Java and J2EE, and not in the usage of EJBs. In retrospect, I should have read even more on EJBs since I tend to use JDO these days instead of EJBs (seem too heavy somewhat), and so, my skill levels are apparently still lacking in this area.

Anyhoo, my preparation included the following:

1) Sun's J2EE Tutorial
2) IBM DeveloperWorks Tutorials on EJBs
3) Some notes (John Weatherbie?) and mock exams found on the web
4) J2EE Design Patterns

I can't thank the people (especially John and others) in the group enough for your enthusiasm and help for one another.

My advise to people that want to take this exam is, just book your date, set up a plan, and simply go for it with a concentrated effort.

A note of caution: When I took my exam today, almost every question had the word EJB in it, and I was quite frazzled by it during my first pass. So, my advise to you, read on EJBs a lot before you approach the exam.

Best of luck to all of you,

"The only failure in life is the failure to try"
[ October 14, 2005: Message edited by: Saravanan Subramanian ]

Saravanan Subramanian<br />----------------------------------<br />Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for Java 2 platform, J2EE (Part I)<br />Sun Certified Web Component Developer<br />Sun Certified Java 1.4 Programmer<br />Sun Certified Java 1.2 Programmer<br />IBM Certified XML Developer<br />Oracle Certified Professional <br />Oracle Certified 6i Internet Application Developer<br />----------------------------------
Marco Yeung S
Greenhorn

Joined: Sep 19, 2001
Posts: 14
Congratulation to you.

For Part I,
1. Concepts
2. Legacy connectivity
3. Common Architectures

Are there any good books or/and reference materials available?

How about messaging, are they also related to concept only?

what is your reference materials on security?

thanks


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SCBCD,ocp 9i,ocp 8i,SCP,SCWCP,MCP
Laxmi Raghu
Ranch Hand

Joined: Feb 16, 2005
Posts: 218
Congratulations!!

Thanks forthe infor on your experiences and books you referred. It's going to help us.

All the Best for Part II and III.
Laxmi
Saravanan Subramanian
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 04, 2005
Posts: 5
Thanks, guys.

For the topics of concepts, common architectures, legacy connectivity as well as security, I read from a number of sources including Sun's whitepapers, IBM DeveloperWork's tutorials as well as notes from this newsgroup (John Weatherbie?).However, for me, these areas required the least preparation.

Instead, the areas that I concentrated more were on EJB and EJB Container Model as well as reading on some design patterns that I normally do not implement in my day to day life as a software developer (like Interpretor, Visitor, etc).

Overall, I would highly recommend that you compile your own notes by mixing different sources since I don't think any one book or site covers all the topics in depth.

I found that Sun's website had plenty of useful material needed towards this exam.

Hope this helps.

Good luck.
[ October 14, 2005: Message edited by: Saravanan Subramanian ]
sammaiah kyatham
Ranch Hand

Joined: Aug 03, 2003
Posts: 104
Hi Saravanan Subramanian,
I have a work experience in Swing,JDBC,BC4J (EJB Framework).
Iam very much interested to write SCEA. Can you please suggest how to start my preparation, because I've not any experience in messaging, containers, legacy systems etc...

Thanks in advance,
sam
nitin pahwa
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 28, 2005
Posts: 16
Congrets!

Please share some experience about last minute prepration before exam.

Thanks


Shashi Bhushan<br />SCJP,SCJD,SCEA-I
Giju George
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jun 08, 2004
Posts: 333
Congrats Saravanan. And all the best for the part 2 and 3 preparations.


SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.4, SCBCD 1.3, SCEA
vikram kumar
Ranch Hand

Joined: Aug 01, 2005
Posts: 58
Hi Sarvanan,

How long it took for you to compleate Part-1.

-Vikram
 
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