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nchollis
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Registered: Dec 2001
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Just passed 486...81%

I haven't posted here before, but since I have browsed this forum extensively...I feel I should contribute something back!

My background is 5 years software development, but with only really the last year in OO Development with Java. Overall, before I began to study for this exam my exposure to UML was next to nought.

I concur with some other people in that this in an absolutely fantastic opportunity to learn UML, and you should treat it in this light. This exam goes beyond a "piece of paper" and is a real career/knowledge building exercise. I have both an MCSD and SCJP2, but by far this was the greatest learning experience I have had with regard to "vendor" exams.

My Preparation:
2 months just reading Larman. I took my time, made sure I understood the principles, and made a conscious effort to ensure I did not just "read" it. At the time I was developing a J2EE web app for my work, so I took the time to write my own fully dressed use cases for it (we had our own BA...but the development process was waterfall... ). I drew a domain model, some interaction diagrams, did some refactoring. Trying all the time to work out how all the pieces hang together.

I then bought Fowler and read it in a couple of days. It's a great overview, but now after sitting the exam, I feel that Larman is the real key. Fowler's insight into the development process is probably the most important thing. I found Fowler easier to understand, so if something wasn't totally clear to me in Larman, I consulted Fowler (if I still didnt understand it, I came here...)

I then took the ICE exam and got around 70%. I then consulted here and JavaRanch to work out the correct answers (until I got 100%). I then went through every question to make sure I fully understood why each question answered the way it did (took about two weeks).

I then went through each exam objective to clarify any grey spots and problem areas ( 5-6 hrs)...and here I am!

Thanks to all contributors to this forum and especially Stephen Hosking whose knowledge and experience are a fantastic asset to this forum.

Nathan Hollis
SCJP2, MCSD, UML

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Study notes

Pls can you help me with your study notes i guess it would contain the answers to the ICE test

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