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passed SCWCD with 84% ... and suggestions

Jon Su
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Joined: Dec 31, 2005
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Eventually I put it behind me with smile. The score is not the best, but I am absolutely okay with it.

For those who are preparing for the test, these are my suggestions.
1. First Head is such a wonderful book that I believe it is a must for you to pass. Read it at least twice and make sure to memorize those bullets and Bangs.

2. Have a copy of JSP2.0, Servlet2.4 and JSTL1.1 specs available for reference. When I read the book once in a while I came across questions that the book didn't explain clearly. This is when the specs came in handy.

3. I didn't do many mocks - there are not many mocks out there anyway for the new version of the exam. But make sure you go through those questions in the book. Fully understand why the answers are right or wrong - it turned out for me to be a good way to review the topics.

Good luck!

Naresh Chaurasia
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Joined: May 18, 2005
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thats a nice score. and thanks for ur advice


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rakesh mittal
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Joined: Oct 10, 2005
Posts: 27
hi jon

congrats
i want to asked a question to you , how much experienc it is needed.
how much experience do you have in servlets and jsp. before exam .
Akhilesh Trivedi
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Joined: Jun 22, 2005
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Thanks jon, that is a great help.


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Jon Su
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I've been working on Servlet and some JSP for 2.5 years before taking this exam. Never used those new features added to Servlet2.4 and JSP2.0, including EL, JSTL, tag files, and SimpleTag.

I do feel that the FirstHead book is little weak on patterns, relatively. So if you want to get all 6 pattern questions right, you might want to turn to other books for help.
Mikalai Zaikin
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Congratz !!!


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Bert Bates
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Great job Jon!

We're glad the book helped. BTW, if you have any specific thoughts about where we were weak in describing the J2EE patterns, we'd love your input.

Thanks,

Bert


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Jon Su
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Hi Bert,

Thanks again for the book! It is really fun to read and very effective for the exam preparation.

As far as the pattern part, the book builds the concept from bottom and up, meaning it creates a simple case first with a pattern applied to it. Then keep refining the model or adding new requirements, which allows other patterns to play a role.

It is a good way to learn those patterns. However, in the exam the questions are brought up in a "from top down" way, i.e. it gives complete requirements first place and requires us to decompose it to see what patterns apply.

It would be great that if the book gives several examples just like those questions in the exam - "A company plans to build a system ...". Then explain how to analyze the statements and map requirements to the patterns.

Another minor thing is, I saw Data Access Object (DAO) in the exam which is not covered in the book.

Regardless, this book is so great and I would recommend to any one who plans to take the test. In fact I am thinking of working on the business component certificate. If I go for it, FirstHead will be my book again.
Karthikeyan Balasubramanian
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Joined: Apr 20, 2005
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Congrats...Friend.
Great Score.
All the best for ur SCBCD Certification.


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Marc Peabody
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Originally posted by Jon Su:
Another minor thing is, I saw Data Access Object (DAO) in the exam which is not covered in the book.


That's one of the patterns that isn't in the objectives, so you know that it isn't the correct answer easily.


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mani mathesh
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Joined: Jan 08, 2006
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congrats


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Naapa Sekhar Ramesh
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Joined: Nov 07, 2001
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Congratulations Jon!!!

All the best for the SCBCD. Please give the URL for the SCWCD mock exams if any.

Regards,
Ramesh


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Dishaan Ahuja
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Joined: Aug 13, 2005
Posts: 25
Congrats for being SCWCD

Can you kindly tell me how many questions did you get on Design Patterns and how did you cope with them since HFSJ did not cover those. Did you read anything else besides this.

Regards,

Dishaan
Jon Su
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I got 4 right out of 6 on patterns. I didn't use any other book than the First Head.
 
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