Cleared SCDJWS with 98%. The exam turned out to be easier than expected. I had prior experience of 2+ years with J2EE Web Services so was familiar with quiet some stuff from the objectives.
Preparation time was 1 month and preparation material includes the following
1. RMH book - Read the Book twice, The first time through each and every page and 2nd time glimpsed through the pages. It's more of an reference book than a certification book.
2. MZ notes [Study Guide] - short and sweet notes which covers each and every objective and cumulates all the important points from all the specifications into a singe guide. It's a must read guide. I read it twice thoroughly.
3. MZ notes - It's more than the worth I paid for it to get them. Covers all the objectives and have detailed description of the answers
4. www.xyzws.com - Cool mock exam for preactice. I give 1 exam daily for the last 10 days and was falling within the bracket of 80 to 90%.
For JAXB, JAXP Security and Design Patterns - MZ notes are more than sufficient for the exam.
Would like to thank MZ for his lovely notes!!
I did not download any specifications or blue prints, because it's not in me to read those boring specs, I am a more of a Head First guy and would love if they come up with a HF-Web Service for the SCDJWS examination.
Rest, I did not practice any code from any chapter specifically, because I didn't feel the need so as I usually write Web Service [using Bea Weblogic 9.2] at job.
Would like to thank you all for the humble support!!
Spent my day at the Cenrtal Park, New York City and enjoyed the bird watching
Mike, My mistake, It was a typo. What I meant was the following 2. MZ notes [Study Guide] 3. MZ quiz
You could get both from MZ (please follow instructions in his signature) for some nominal charges.
Also the RMH book is more than sufficient for any XML related concept being asked in the exam.
Hani, to answer your question, the exam is at power with the xyzws mock exam. Probably it was my day, so you never know what's in store for you on the final day.
Parvathi, If you are new at Web Service, then probably you should do some basic reading on XML, SOAP and WSDL, and then try out some sample webservice using JAX-RPC Axis API [2 techniques], then try to create JAX-RPC clients [3 techniques]. This would cover the basics of Web Service and some deployments, Later on you could deal with the advanced [and less frequently used ??] topics like UDDI, API for UDDI (JAXR) and then move on the XML Parsing (JAXP), XML Binding (JAXB) and finally round it off with 7 Design Patterns, 4 messaging modes, and 4 MEP's. Finally by-heart the BP 1.0 Rules.
Hope, I am able to convey some direction to start with. Let me know if you need anything else and/or further guidance on some specific topcis.
Currently m pretty busy with my CFA-LI stuff and my workout at the gym to get my tummy trimmed to 2 pack, if not 6 pack
I'm currently preparing for my PMP , after which I pretty much will have achieved my certification goals (SCEA, DBA, PMP). I've worked in finanical industry for 5 years now (on the technical side), and I'm considering taking the CFA, sitting for either the Dec or June 2008 exam, to boost my knowledge of the business side.
If you are on Chapter 1, then I assume you're not taking the exam this weekend!
OMG, You have reached the ends of Architect side, Database side and the Project Management side by taking all these certifications and now you want to move to business side by taking the CFA . Well, I am in the same well as you, want to migrate from Technolofy side to Trading side by taking CFA [or atleast start the journey by the Level 1]. I have just started preparing for the same and finding it pretty difficult to understand stuff . Dunno if I can complete my preparation by this Dec for the exam . And also finding the Kaplan series pretty nice and well formatted to begin with.
Yes, Brain ... Indeed the rates are that low but there is no way out and that's the reason CFA relishes being the most prestigious financial degree around, closely followed by MBA(Finance) which gives it a business edge.
So you just thinking of reading the Kaplan Series just to improve your business knowledge?