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How to start with Part-2 preparation

sanjay gautam
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Joined: Aug 13, 2000
Posts: 35
I need some advice on part-2 preparation.What resources(books,links) should i read before downloading the assignment.
Luiz Reginaldo Curado
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Joined: Jan 19, 2006
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Core J2ee Design Patterns is a must.
Phil Haigh

Joined: Jan 19, 2006
Posts: 26

I started part 2 about three weeks ago and aim to submit before Christmas. My advice is as follows:

First, plan. Get familiar with the assignment you've been given and the deliverables that are required. Completing the assignment should take from 40-100 hours (I'm not doing the beta) depending on experience, I expect to take 50-60. Decide how you're going to split that time, put together a schedule and stick to it. Make sure as you complete each stage that you've produced all the things you planned to.

Treat it like a real project. Extract the functional and non-functional requirements from the documentation, you'll find yourself making assumptions and architectural decisions. Make notes of these and any questions as you do so. You will keep coming back to them and revising them.

Then move on and just work at it like a typical UML-based project. I've put together some system sequence diagrams and analysis sequence diagrams, they have helped me understand the interactions in the system, I am now working on packages, design sequence diagrams etc etc.

In short, produce a Software Architecture Document and you will then have much of the information you need for your submission. You then have to decide how much supplimentary information to include from the SAD and other stuff you may have done along the way.

Paul Michael
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Joined: Jul 02, 2001
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The most common tip I got from fellow ranchers was to read the assignment over and over for days (or even weeks) before starting with your design.

If you're gearing towards a JEE 1.4 solution, then Core J2EE Patterns is a must have. However, if you're planning to submit a JEE 5 Solution, then it might be worth buying any of the EJB3 books below.

Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0 (5th Edition)

Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0

Pro EJB 3: Java Persistence API (Pro)

Also make sure to get a UML book since a significant part of your assignment score for the old SCEA will depend on UML compliance. Below are some of the top rated UML 2.0 books.

UML 2.0 in a Nutshell

UML Distilled (3rd Edition)
[ December 01, 2007: Message edited by: Paul Michael Laborte ]

SCJP 1.2 (89%), SCWCD 1.3 (94%), IBM 486 (90%), SCJA Beta (96%), SCEA (91% / 77%), SCEA 5 P1 (77%), SCBCD 5 (85%)
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