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Question about JSF beta exam

Baba Sahbi
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Hello everybody,
I am planning to sit for the JSF beta exam tomorrow (1Z0-896).
I already have a practical experience with JSF since I use this technology in many professional projects.
During my short preparation, I mainly focused on the JSF/Web security sections of the Oracle Jee 6 tutorial which can be found here :
http://docs.oracle.com/javaee/6/tutorial/doc/
as well as on the JSF 2 specifications which can be found here :
http://download.oracle.com/otndocs/jcp/jsf-2.0-fr-full-oth-JSpec/
Since I don't have an idea about the exam itself, I wanted to take the opinion of some of you who already sat for this beta :
- Are there many implementation related questions (such as JSF tag names, validator/converter syntax, configuration file syntax...) ?
- Are there many fill in the gaps questions ?
- Your overall feeling about the exam difficulty (lengthy, tricky, straight forward, clear or unclear questions...) ?
- Any other remark worth mentionning (for instance resources which you consider useful for exam preparation) ?
I will post my review once I have sat for the exam in case it can help.
Thanks a lot.
Best regards.


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Baba,
I think you are the first one here to take the beta exam. Which unfortunately means you won't get the answers to these questions. I look forward to your post tomorrow where you enlighten us with the answers though! I'll even give you a cow for it. (We give cows when people are particularly helpful)

Good luck tomorrow!


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Baba Sahbi
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Hi all,
I have just came back from the JSF beta exam.
I will post my review in case someone finds it useful.
First of all, the exam lasts 3 hours and there were 130 questions.
I found the exam to be long and tough and I only encountered a couple of questions which had "trivial" answers...
The exam is mainly focused on implementation details, I was waiting for more questions related to the theroretical aspects of the framework.
I would say 4 out of 5 questions had code snippets of facelets and managed beans, so one needs to be fully concentrated to understand the question and select the correct choice.
The most recurring subjects are JSF phases and PhaseListeners, standard/custom validators and converters and facelets syntax (composite components, templating..).
I had a few questions on web security (application and container managed security) as well.
There were no fill in the gaps questions.
Hope that helps.
Best regards.

P Wang
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Joined: Nov 05, 2006
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Great info. Thank you for posting.

Did you encounter any questions on custom components and custom renderers? How about custom facelet tag?


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Baba Sahbi
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Hello P Wang,
Yes, I remember having a couple of questions about custom components and one question related to taglib definition. As said before, they are all syntax related and you will have to select the choice which has the correct "grammar".
Best regards.
P Wang
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Thanks for the pointer. I hate to prepare custom components because I don't use them in my project.
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Thanks Baba! As promised, I gave you a cow. It's great to know the expect level of detail.
Liviu Carausu
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Baba Sahbi wrote:
The most recurring subjects are JSF phases and PhaseListeners, standard/custom validators and converters and facelets syntax (composite components, templating..).


Hi Baba,
Thank you very much about your informations...
Do you remember, there were questions regarding about enhancing JSF application using HTML5 components ? securing a JSF application ?
what about debugging techniques in a JSF application ?


Thanks,
Liviu


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Baba Sahbi
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Hello liviu,
I don't remembrer any question specifically asking about html 5, but i do remembrer a couple of questions having "use html 5" as a possible answer.
For security topic, there is no particular question related to jsf, it's all about securing a web application (programmatically or in a declarative fashion).
Last but not least, there were a couple of questions about the use of uiebug component.
Hope that helps.
Regards.
Liviu Carausu
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Baba Sahbi wrote:Hello liviu,
I don't remembrer any question specifically asking about html 5, but i do remembrer a couple of questions having "use html 5" as a possible answer.
For security topic, there is no particular question related to jsf, it's all about securing a web application (programmatically or in a declarative fashion).
Last but not least, there were a couple of questions about the use of uiebug component.
Hope that helps.
Regards.


Hi Baba,
I have only two days left, started since yesterday to read the specs, sometimes is really difficult to follow.
Which documentation did you use for preparing to the exam ?
Thanks,
Liviu
Baba Sahbi
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Hello liviu,
As stated in my first post, i used the Jee 6 tutorial as well as the jsf 2 specifications. I think the jsf parts of the tutorial are really useful, and particularly the advanced concepts one.
Regards.
Liviu Carausu
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Baba Sahbi wrote:
For security topic, there is no particular question related to jsf, it's all about securing a web application (programmatically or in a declarative fashion).
.


Hi Baba,
I have another question regarding security. How deep are going the security questions : also at the servlet level @ServletSecurity, with @HttpConstraint and @HttpMethodConstraint and so on ?

Thanks,
Liviu
P Wang
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Took the test this morning. I echo Baba's observations. They are pretty close to my impressions. Here are my 2 cents.

* Core JSF book is not enough. The test is deeper than the book.

* There is not enough time. Averaged less than 1.4 minutes per question and there are very few trivial (straight answer) questions. Most of the questions requires looking at code snippets and the answers are mostly snippets too. Half of the questions would not fit in one screen. So one must read very fast and understand the questions and answers very quickly.

* I encountered more listener questions than converter and validator questions. There are a lot of AJAX questions.

* Several security questions too (at least 5). Application and container manged. One login config question that I particularly dislike. I was expecting form or basic. The question is on client which most people don't use and most of the books don't cover in details.

* As Baba mentioned, most of the places that mention html5 are in the answer choices. One caught me of guard: how to configure html5 under JSF 2.2.

* Didn't see any custom component questions though it's in the exam topics.

* Notice after the exam says result will be given after 8 weeks. It was 11 weeks on the Oracle web site. This disparity supports the theory that the test date has been moved to end of May.

 
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