John Ewing

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I just passed the 4th of the four new MySQL 5 tests (DBA exam #2). Here's my scores for the various tests - Developer 1 & 2: 62, 59. DBA 1 & 2: 56, 58. (I believe each test has a maximum score of 70.) I have been taking these tests on & off throughout this year. My study resources were the official study guide in addition to a lot of hands-on experimenting.
I just passed the 1.4 -> 5.0 upgrade test. I used only the K & B book.
16 years ago
I just passed the Sun Certified Network Administrator test for Solaris 9. I used the associated Exam Cram 2 book to prepare for it.
16 years ago
I haven't ordered it from Amazon yet since I don't know what I'll get. If you hit Search Inside, what's shown is the old book (eventhough the new book is shown in the initial image). There's references throughout the page to version 1.4. I sent an email to Amazon recently, asking them to modify their page for this book to clarify if it's for v1.4 or v5, but they haven't done anything.
Here's the link to the login page of the Sun/Prometric area.
I just passed CompTIA Network+ with a score of 74%. I used the All-In-One book by Mike Myers.

The new MySQL 5 exams are out now - I will focus on them next.
This is what worked for me:

javac -classpath "C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Tomcat 5.5\common\lib\servlet-api.jar;classes;." -d classes src/com/example/web/BeerSelect.java
I used HFSJ and re-read the old Deshmukh & Malavia book. The upgrade test has a surprisingly big focus on design patterns.
16 years ago
I've been working on these continuously over the past 3 years. After getting past a certain number of tests, everything seems to get easier.
I just passed Oracle 1Z0-147 "Oracle 9i: Program with PL/SQL". The resources I used are PL/SQL Programming (by Urman/Hardman/McLaughlin), an Oracle Complete Reference book, plus additional info from the web.
You can ask for one by sending an email to certify@us.ibm.com
There's no single technology that guarantees longevity in the IT field. It seems important to acquire a lot of certs so you can tailor your resume to whatever needed for available jobs.
17 years ago
Yesterday I passed the Sun Certified Security Administrator exam with 71%. I found the exam to be very difficult, eventhough I've been dealing extensively with Solaris security at work over the past two years.

I used the new book by Chirillo and Danielyan. Though it is a good book, it is not sufficient to pass the exam. Anyone taking this should thoughly know all security-related config files and the man pages for security-related commands.
17 years ago
Solaris is used where I work, in addition to Windows-based machines. Of the certifications I have, the Solaris Certified System Administrator one is actually most relevant to my current job task.
I found it here. I saw where it is by doing a search on this forum.