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SCJD - Exam 310-027 (Essay)

Roberto Demestri
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Can anyone give me any recomendations for this essay? What kind of preparation is needed?
What to espect? I'm taking it next monday.
Should I send my project before/that day/after taking the exam??
Regards!.
Roel De Nijs
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Using this forum's search engine will give you the necessary answers, e.g. this thread.


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Bernd Wollny
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But, more than two hours seems to be very much time for four questions? Someone out there that can explain that?

Thanks and regards
Bernd


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Matthew Brown
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It's an essay exam. You should have a lot to say!
Roberto Perillo
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I myself took about one hour to write everything. I certainly had a lot to say


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Bernd Wollny
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I could understand that if i have to do this about my hole assignment but for 4(!) questions i really have my doubts... what i don't want to do is to write down words only because i have to....
Roberto Perillo
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Well champ, you don't have to write just to say that you wrote something... just write what you have to write. But, the more details you give about your assignment, the better. Remember that the purpose of this essay exam is to show them that you are the one who coded everything. So, if you can say "I created a class MyAbstractTableModel which extends AbstractTableModel and has a method getX()...", then it will show them that you are the one who coded everything.
Matthew Brown
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I took it recently, and finished about 10 minutes before the time was up. One thing I did was go a bit beyond the questions asked. For instance, there were parts of my design I wanted to talk about, but weren't directly asked about. But they were related to things I was asked about. So - after making sure I'd covered the specific points - I digressed a bit.

I think I actually had five questions. At least, I thought I had. But I can only remember four of them now, so I may be mistaken!

(Edit: of course, I haven't had my result yet, so how useful my advice is is yet to be known....)
Bernd Wollny
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Ok guys, i will take a closer look at my code tonight, because i have the exam tomorrow...it's a long time ago i implemented the first lines of code...

Thanks!
Matthew Brown
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Bernd Wollny wrote:Ok guys, i will take a closer look at my code tonight, because i have the exam tomorrow...it's a long time ago i implemented the first lines of code...

I think that's the best preparation you can do. That and review your choices.txt file. Try to remember why you made the decisions you did, because that's what you'll be asked about.
Roel De Nijs
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I don't remember how much time I took for my essay exam, but I needed more time than I thought to need, because you need to write in English (and that's not my native speech), so sometimes I had to reformulate sentences 3-4 times to make it understandable And like Roberto already said: the questions are open questions, so the more you can tell about your assignment, the better (if it's on topic or related to the topic of course).
When you developed your assignment on your own, you don't need to worry at all, this part will be the easiest you have done for this assignment

Good luck!
Roberto Demestri
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Thank's a lot fellas. Well it seems that I have to read it all over again.
i wonder about the califications issues.
For instances... when I decided to work with Sockets instead of RMI
was because on the jobs we have to deal with legacy system wich already use sockets
and i took this chance to learn more about it considering all the projects we got on our agenda.
I know that RMI is a better choice over Sockets; but I need something to deal with my reality.
Hope it doesn't matter much.
Bernd Wollny
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Howdy guys,

just took my essay exam. Now i know what you guys mean that we don't have to worry about the essay. It's quite that simple compared with the
programming part. But, i had five questions and only two hours, not more....

I hope that i don't have to wait too long...

Regards
Bernd
Roberto Perillo
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Bernd Wollny wrote:But, i had five questions and only two hours, not more....


Hum... interesting. When I took the essay exam, it was 4 questions. I guess this is one of the "updates" of this certification. But hopefully, pretty soon you'll also be a OCMJD!
 
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