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A Bit Of Guidance Please

ryan sukale
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Joined: Aug 11, 2007
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Hi Ranchers

I am here to seek some advice regarding SCBCD exam. My situation is as follows:-
I have been studying java for almost more than 1.5 years now. During this time i completed 2 certifications, SCJP and SCWCD. During my preparation of both these exams practiced a lot by writing numerous 'use and throw' code snippets. I made small and insignificant applications just to test the concepts that i had learned.

But regarding the SCBCD exam, I have heard that having an industry experience is a plus. Now, the problem is that since I am a fresher, I have an extremely high probability of landing up in a rolw where i would be doing the project documentation or similar stuff.

The problem lies in the fact that i am unable to decide if i must go for the BCD exam. Because, if i do so, i believe ill face the following problems :-
1)Since there is a lack of a proper exam prep book, i might end up reading more/less than what is required or might even end up reading things irrelevant to the exam.
2)I might have to create a fictious project of my own to implement what i have learnt which is going to be pretty difficult since ill have to do it all by myself.
3)I might have to learn other technologies like SQL and database table design more than what may be required thereby considerably increasing my exam preparation time.
4)Even if i manage to get certified, i dont know how it might help me out at my workplace because of my lack of industry experience in the J2EE domain.

I am currently preparing for the exam by doing a lot of reading and and writing small snippets just clear my concepts, the same way i did for my previous 2 certifications, but i am unaware of the fact if doing so is even going to help me get certified, if working in a real project is the only proper way to actually be able to learn the concepts.

If its not going to work out, then i would rather read other stuff as well other than place all my attention on the BCD exam. Even then, i would continually read the BCD stuff until it is suitable for me to give the exam.

But if having industry experience is not such an important factor, then i might as well prepare for the exam with all i've got. Because this is what i really want to do.

Kindly help out. I am really in a fix.

Thanks in advance.


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Promod kumar
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Joined: Jun 26, 2006
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My 2 cents:

Your approach of writing a lot of code and studying makes complete sense. I say you are on the right track, just go for it without second thoughts.
Niranjan Deshpande
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The problem lies in the fact that i am unable to decide if i must go for the BCD exam. Because, if i do so, i believe ill face the following problems :-
1)Since there is a lack of a proper exam prep book, i might end up reading more/less than what is required or might even end up reading things irrelevant to the exam.
2)I might have to create a fictious project of my own to implement what i have learnt which is going to be pretty difficult since ill have to do it all by myself.
3)I might have to learn other technologies like SQL and database table design more than what may be required thereby considerably increasing my exam preparation time.
4)Even if i manage to get certified, i dont know how it might help me out at my workplace because of my lack of industry experience in the J2EE domain


About 1 : Yes you are correct. But EJB3.0 in Action, Pro EJB3.0 chapters 3-8 (skipping the advanced topics), MZs notes
and mocks (java beat, enthuware) should be enough and would avoid you from getting strayed.

About 2 : Yes, you are correct. Since there are hell lot of servers and databases available, with some differences
in each, it's very difficult. It took me two weeks to write a CRUD application on Mysql database,
could not find any information about connecting to HSQL database, through a java app.

About 3 : Yes, you are correct. A basic familiarity is neeed. . The JOIN is the most important of it.
You can walk through this http://www.w3schools.com/Sql/default.asp
tutorail to feel comfortable

About 4 : If you get a role where your EJB3.0 skills are put to test, then you will 'add-on' to your certification!

Even I have struggled a lot with the material and still preparing...


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ryan sukale
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Joined: Aug 11, 2007
Posts: 53
Hi All

Thanks a lot for the encouragement. I am gonna prepare, and just let fate decide whatever good is to come out of it.

Thanks again.
Niranjan Deshpande
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Joined: Oct 16, 2005
Posts: 1277
Ryan,

We are in the same boat!
 
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