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Greetings from an SCWCD!

Roger Yates
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Joined: Aug 31, 2004
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Howdy partners!

Just passed my SCWCD 1.4 with 94%

Here's what I did:
1. Read and worked through Head First Servlets & JSPs (HFS)
including "Sharpen your pencils", and end of chapter tests, and making sure I understood why the right answers were right and the wrong ones wrong, by referring to the specs as annotated in the answers!

2. Read HFS again, implementing the bits of code I'd skipped on the previous run through, taking all the tests again.
During this phase, made myself some 1 page summaries of each chapter (hand-copied diagrams!) as memory joggers.

3. Skimmed through HFS a third time, taking all the tests again, and going over material that I'd got wrong on any of the tests 1st time through.

During steps 1-3, read, raised, and replied to posts, and generally participated in this forum. This cleared up several of my problem areas - thanks to all those who replied to me!
...and made full use of the O'Reilly errata page http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/headservletsjsp/errata/ and search facility in javaranch.

4. Took Mock Exam
...and scored 52/69.
Went through all the questions I got wrong and looked up those I needed to. Revisited what I thought were my weak areas based the questions.

5. Didn't get put off by getting 52/69 since from experience on HFEJB, this test is harder than the exam

6. Downloaded some Whizlabs and JWebplus trial versions, did the sample questions.

7. Took real exam!

8. Had a rest...

All in all, this took me about 4 weeks of studying from a background of Java & EJB experience.

Hope this helps anyone studying!
[ October 22, 2004: Message edited by: Roger Yates ]

Cheers,<br />Roger<br />SCJP 1.2, 1.4, SCBCD 1.3, SCWCD 1.4
Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 4982
Thanks for sharing, Roger!!!

Congrad!!!

Let's party now!!!

What's next?

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)
Roger Yates
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Posts: 118
Nick,

What's next?


This should answer:




Actually, in a week's time, I'm off to Ayer's Rock, Darwin, Broome, Perth, Melbourne, Tasmania, New Zealand.
These darn Ozzies wouldn't let me work here (unlike my partner with her working holiday visa that I am too old for ) so I thought I'd make use of my spare time brushing up on my qualifications!

Then I guess I'll have to seek employment again (which I hope these certs will help.)

Thanks for your help, we've had some interesting debates - I'll keep an eye out for a SCWCD 1.4 (non-beta) on your signature!
Manzar Zaidi
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Joined: Oct 21, 2004
Posts: 43
Congrats Roger and thanks for sharing your success plan.

Virtual
-Java Toddler SCJP


SCJP 1.2, SCWCD 1.4.<br />What goes around comes around ... with ver 1.1
Nicholas Cheung
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we've had some interesting debates - I'll keep an eye out for a SCWCD 1.4 (non-beta) on your signature!

Why did you say so?

Nick
Raju Sri
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Joined: Mar 10, 2004
Posts: 108
Contratulations Roger for your Excellent score at exam.
I wish you all the best.


Cheers :-)


SCJP 1.4<br />SCWCD 1.4<br />SCBCD 1.3<br />SCDJWS 1.4
Roger Yates
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Joined: Aug 31, 2004
Posts: 118
Nick,

The two comments were unconnected - the first re: the various posts we've made that have helped my understanding - but I still maintain that EL is part of JSP2.0 . The other comment because I thought on one of your posts you'd hinted that you were thinking of taking the 1.4 (non-beta) exam, but I must have been mistaken, or tired, or both! No offence meant.
[ October 22, 2004: Message edited by: Roger Yates ]
Nicholas Cheung
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Never mind, Roger.

I have taken SCWCD 1.4 beta on Jan 2004, while currently is working for 1z1-043. I will also take SCJP Tiger Beta in Jan 2005 (hopefully).

Nick
Romy Huang
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Joined: Sep 30, 2003
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Congradulation!!! Roger
Kathy Sierra
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Joined: Oct 10, 2002
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Whoo-hoo Roger!!

We are of course *so* not surprised

But I just wanted to point out an error in your initial post, because I think it's misleading...

"and made full use of the O'Reilly errata page http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/headservletsjsp/errata/ "

Didn't you mean to say, "and created much of the O'Reilly errata page..."?

This is great news!
And that's an awesome score (we *know*).

Very cool Roger. You rule! Thanks for all the help you've given *everyone* (us included) and please don't disappear.

cheers,
Kathy
Bert Bates
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Roger -

Congrats! 94% is a fantastic score on a really hard exam!

Like Kathy said, thanks for all your help, and we hope you'll stick around the ranch and continue to help out - your knowledge and the way you share it is great!

- Bert


Spot false dilemmas now, ask me how!
(If you're not on the edge, you're taking up too much room.)
Colin Fletcher
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Joined: Sep 10, 2004
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Congratulations Roger :-)



SCJP 1.4 SCWCD 1.4
Shiang Wang
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Joined: Jun 20, 2003
Posts: 96
Roger, congrats, and thanks for your help on my question in the other thread.
I am following your steps and hopefully in three weeks, I will be taking the exam too.


SCBCD, SCWCD, SCJP
Roger Yates
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Joined: Aug 31, 2004
Posts: 118
Thanks for all the congrats

Good luck to all those taking thier exams in the next few weeks. As per my earlier post (travels in Oz), my time here will be sadly restricted over the next month or two owing to the need to find internet cafes for access, from Wednesday! I'll pop back when I can (and my partner isn't looking !)

There's just one more thing. (I think I managed to use all the graemlins apart from that one!) Now I've got the set
Henrik Krievs
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Joined: Jan 05, 2004
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Congrats Roger ! Does that mean I can't expect any more help from you ;

Rgds, Henrik
Nicholas Cheung
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Roger, take care.

Let's talk when you back.

Nick
alzamabar
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Congrats, Roger. And thank you for your postings!


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