Ok, so it's not as good a grade as others around here, but it's a pass, and I am ready to be done with this exam. I was running out of time on my voucher, so I had to take the test before I felt confident about it.
I cannot study at work, and I don't have much time to study online at home, so I found this certification very difficult to study for, as most of the good, concise, and non-dry information is on the web. So for the first 9-10 months of my studying, I was stuck with RMH, which is so boring that I would fall asleep rather quickly every time I picked it up and read a few pages (I am not exaggerating). I am not sure we should use a reference book for this ideally, but it's what we are stuck with.
For the others, in no specific order...
Whizlabs was decent, but the free piece expires before I can use it much.
XYZWS is a nicely organized website, and provides easy reading. The mock exam is a really good test. But some of the material, and the mock exam, was difficult and confusing at times because I think they had trouble with the English language. Some of the answers on the mock exam I also believe are wrong. For the exam, I just tested 10-20 at a time, and then earlier this week I took the full thing and got exactly a 68, so it is not much different in difficulty than the real thing (I tested 76 after a lot more cramming).
The Java blueprints are nice easy reading, as well as the J2EE tutorial for the topics covered in the exam. I wish I read those more in the beginning.
MZ, you are awesome. I can't thank you enough for what you have done for us in our pursuits in our certification exams. Your study materials are simple, nicely organized, and easy to understand. The quiz is reasonably priced, and provides lots of good information. I was a little discouraged because there is a lot of code reading in the MZ quiz, but thankfully the real exam didn't have much code reading. In the end, the MZ quiz's code reading was probably a good thing because it covers a lot of information in one question. Well worth the money.
Val's Blog - Matrix was also fairly important, to cover any remaining objectives that I didn't see as covered by the materials I have already ready. Props to Val, I am grateful. I couldn't have done it without you.
If I had to label the importance of all these, I would go with: 1. RMH (because it's there and portable) 2. MZ 3. XYZWS 4. blueprints and j2ee tutorial 5. Val's Blog 6. The Sun mock exam 7. Whizlabs
I think they all played a good role in my learning.
Unfortunately, I don't think I can call myself a web services expert after passing the exam, but at least now I have a decent knowledge of Java web services, though it's certainly the older version.