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Passed 486, 70%, some thoughts....

SAFROLE YUTANI
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Joined: Jul 06, 2001
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I am so glad this test is behind me. It was so damn boring studying for this test, I dont know what I would have done if I failed.
Anyway, I used UML Distilled as my study giude, and that's it! I was able to take the test on a large monitor, but it still made no difference with the exhibits. They are very big and require scrolling no matter what. Some of the exhibits looked terrible! I could barely read one of the class diagrams. What the hell is IBM thinking?
Oh well, now I am a Sun Certified Solution Developer since I have passed the programmer and developer exams as well. Has it made a difference in my life? Well, it's only been a few hours since I passed 486, and I can honestly say that I now view the world differently. I expect to be place on very large projects and have people bow to my statue in the halls. hehehe, I hope you're not taking me seriously.
Well, it feels good to pass! A great way to go into the weekend, that's for sure.
Good luck people,
SAF
Qudsia Jaffery
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Joined: Jun 20, 2001
Posts: 16
Congratulations! All that counts is your certification and the fact that you did it.
Best of luck, and let me know if they bow to you in the halls, I will come work at your place.
Qudsia

Qudsia
Desai Sandeep
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Joined: Apr 02, 2001
Posts: 1157
Safrole,
Congratulations on passing Test 486!So what next?
-- Sandeep
Deepak Arora
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Joined: Jul 10, 2001
Posts: 26
Congratulations SAFROLE,
Original posted by SAFROLE YUTANI
now I am a Sun Certified Solution Developer since I have passed the programmer and developer exams as well.
I do not what do u mean by that I am also JCP & IBM Certified XML Developer, Preparing for 486, can you please recall number of theory & exhibit questions, do you have any prior experience in OOAD with UML.
Any way passing (and before it taking) the test without reading Larman is something unheared of & people should bow you for that if not for becoming Sun Certified Solution Developer.
can you please elobrate how to go for Sun Certified Solution Developer.
Thanks in advance
Deepak Arora
SAFROLE YUTANI
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Joined: Jul 06, 2001
Posts: 257
Desai,
The next test for me is Enterprise Connectivity with J2EE, Test #483. I already took the preassesment test and passed on my first try. I have prior experience with EJB, JSP, and Servlets, so I'm thinking this will be a big help.

Deepak,
I do have prior experience with OOA/OOD, but nothing very extensive. I've used class diagrams and use cases on real-world projects, that's it. Understanding UML and the concepts associated with it is just common sense really. If you've programmed in an object oriented language before, then some text book knowledge from a good book that does not go into too much detail, such as UML Distilled, will be fine to enhance your understanding of OOA/OOD from a theoretical perspective.
I would have to say that there was an equal number of exhibit questions as there were nonexhibit questions. If you understand UML notation and you are also familiar with all UML diagrams, especially interaction diagrams, then you already have half of the exhibit questions answered, really.
Yes, I did'nt bother reading Larman. UML distilled was boring enough, thank you very much. I dont think I could have studied another hour for this exam. To be honest, for the last 2 days leading up to my exam, I was spending more time surfing the web than I was getting prepared for the exam. But I can tell you this: You should be able to take the preassesment test and pass with 80% consistently. I must have taken the preassesment test 100 times!
Sun Certified Solution Developer is a jCert certification. You need to take the following tests to receive the overall certification.
Sun Certified Programmer Java 1.2, Exam number: 310-025
Sun Certified Developer, Java 1.2, Exam number: CX-310-252A
IBM Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with UML, Test 486
Hope that helps you,
SAF
Desai Sandeep
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Joined: Apr 02, 2001
Posts: 1157
Hi Safrole,
Good to know that you are following the Jcert track.I have taken Test 483.Since I didn't have much experience with Enterprise Java, I couldn't score much in the test.However, it shouldn't be a problem in your case as you said you have some experience.
I didn't know that Sun Java Developer (SCJD) Test falls in the Jcert track.I know that Sun is one of the members of Jcert.I suppose, Sun supports the Jcert Initiative through iPlanet Application Server 6.0 Developer Certification.I found this information here.
Do let me know the site which says the SCJD is a part of Jcert Certification
-- Sandeep
[This message has been edited by Desai Sandeep (edited July 15, 2001).]
Muhammad Asif
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Joined: Jul 13, 2001
Posts: 202
Congratulations !
and best of luck for ur future !

Muhammad Asif Abbasi


SCJP, SCBCD, SCWCD 1.4, IBM-OOAD, SCEA, TCP, TCSS, TCIS, ATCP
Hassan Mumtaz
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Joined: Jul 04, 2001
Posts: 15
Dear Safrole,
Congrats! Yes, it is a relief getting it off the back!
Best of luck for the future.
Hassan
karmegam
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Joined: Jul 05, 2001
Posts: 8
Safrole,
I planned to take the test on July 19th. I have object oriented programming experience for almost 3 years and some good understanding of UML.
Is it enough to study UML distilled by Martin Fowler and take mock exam from IBM site. can you suggest me some points.
what is exhibit and non-exhibit questions?

thanx in advance
karmegam
karmegam
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Joined: Jul 05, 2001
Posts: 8
sorry the exam date is july 26th

thanx in advance
karmegam
shailesh sonavadekar
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Joined: Oct 12, 2000
Posts: 1874
hi. that is great news. great score. great to hear that you are certified in many areas. that will definitely help you. all the best for the future endevours. be with javaranch & help other aspirants. cheers.
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