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IBM Certification - I've done it..!

manj ananda
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Joined: Jun 14, 2001
Posts: 16
I've done it.
I am now a IBM Certified Developer!
Here are some points on my sitting experiences...
On the Score
============
My score range to Seventh of A Century besides my expectations
in 90's.
The BreakUp
-----------
Nonagree18%
Design23%
Information Modelling25%
Xml processing10%
Xml Rendering5%
Xml Query 19%
(Implemenation & Testing..? Is it Nonagree? Strange terms!)

The least of my score was 57% in XML Query & best was 94% in Design.
Please Note , My break was entirely different! Did they change?.

My Overall View on the Test
---------------------------
"Book Syntax will alone will not make you get thru
You need to be good at relating IT business models"

Anyone who is in highend cutting edge realtime will get thru
easily.
My Realtime exposure to business model implemntation helped me a
lot!!..a lot!.
Anyone working in projects with legacy systems and XML applications?,You can be the guru there in the test.

On the Test
-----------
- I had only radios to click(No multiple choices or Fill ups)
- It is more of "How do you think this might fit here".
- All the answers seems to be correct, but stress on words like
MOST LIKELY, LIKELY, NOT LIKELY, BEST etc.(you need to understand to choose them!)
- Some had exibits , XSL outputs etc.,
- Some were easy (may be 10%).
- You are required to know 'Why this technology evolved?, What is the purpose of this new technology ?, What are its objectives?, What are its Shortcommings?
(I highly recomment this point, I don't find any book materials giving you this. The only good source are web articles, specs)
- Time is bit sticky, be carefull. Since most of the questions makes you think & choose, you have to be very carefull!!
- None of the mocks,(brainbench etcetc) help you to doing wonders. Ofcourse Mocks may not provide you judgement issues, business modelling etc.,
- I had very few direct questions.

My Preparation
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- Duration was around two weeks. (Guys i warn, please do not take it for granted. You may require atleast more than a month. Read the NextPoint..!)
- I am leading a team for b2b projects. I implement XML with C++ & Java. It helped me solve problems in the test(I am proud I got 94% in Design).
- Books..!! I had only book 'XML BIBLE', I had read some chaps of book.
- Specs..Specs..Specs. The real things is there.. I had lots of those..
- I did very little research on XLinks & related, Schemas.(May be I am not experienced using those).
- I am a guy of probing cutting-edge issues. It really helps.
- I had good exposure to XSLFO, but got only one Question!!.
- Last but not the least, the JavaRanch., Thnak to Ajith.

Map & Ajith , how does my experiences sound you?
I am moving towards UML.(the final part for my ICSD)
Best Of Luck,
KrisVs
[This message has been edited by manj ananda (edited June 21, 2001).]
[This message has been edited by manj ananda (edited June 21, 2001).]


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Madhav Lakkapragada
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Joined: Jun 03, 2000
Posts: 5040

congrats.
- satya

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Ravi Naidu
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Joined: Apr 23, 2001
Posts: 43
Congrats on your achievment. Can u please chart the course for a newbie(IT pro. but who lack XML exposure) as how to go from very limited XML knowledge to being Certified. I do have time constraint and need to have a proof of XML expertise to move on to next project.
I have checked Ajit's list, but can u share a list of steps you think I shd take to achieve certification in 6 weeks or less. I am sure a lot of readers are sailing the same boat so your answer would definitely enlighten many XML ranchers.
Ajith Kallambella
Sheriff

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Congratulations! Not too different from what I felt!


Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
kishore js
Greenhorn

Joined: Jun 21, 2001
Posts: 3
i am a newbie in xml
and want to get certified in xml
if u happen to get any more information plz do let me know
bye

congrats
and all the best
kishore
Originally posted by manj ananda:
I've done it.
I am now a IBM Certified Developer!
Here are some points on my sitting experiences...
[b]On the Score

============
My score range to Seventh of A Century besides my expectations
in 90's.
The BreakUp
-----------
Nonagree18%
Design23%
Information Modelling25%
Xml processing10%
Xml Rendering5%
Xml Query 19%
(Implemenation & Testing..? Is it Nonagree? Strange terms!)

The least of my score was 57% in XML Query & best was 94% in Design.
Please Note , My break was entirely different! Did they change?.

My Overall View on the Test[/B]

Anil Vupputuri
Ranch Hand

Joined: Oct 31, 2000
Posts: 527
Can u give us some light on XML query and XML for legacy systems ( do u mean data transfer XML thru CICS). How much percentage was asked on XSL. Do we need to have experience on all the parsers like Sun's,Apache's and Oracle's. Did they any debugging problems.
Thx.
Anil
[This message has been edited by Anil Vupputuri (edited June 22, 2001).]


SCJP 1.5, SCEA, ICED (287,484,486)
manj ananda
Greenhorn

Joined: Jun 14, 2001
Posts: 16
Thank you all,
thanks Ajith,( i'would like to prepare a Mock and Material on SAX ,DOM for javaranch, where and how to proceed..?)

Anil,
No great things appeared on XML Query,(even i didn't get a better exposure). But more questions were on legacy applications based.
Much of the questions appeared on XSL part, (about 20%) . It dealt with exibit outputs, methodology, application issues, very few direct questions.
Experience of all parsers is not required. The required things is, You should get proper exposure(may be depth) of DOM API & SAX API.
Hope I am clear for you..Best wishes!

Kisore,
If you are a newbie, you should start active implementation & code part. My suggestion is First get worth of XML with tools like XML Spy, Cocoon etc., Then try preparing in Cert. point of View..!
Don't leave Javaranch!!
Get set Go , Now!! Best of luck!
Ravi,
If you are well with real time exposure(any tech related), then it might not be a problem, but i cannot get you the time limit, its upto the individual.
If you do some great projects, get into gaps where you can do better with XMLs. Try to Mock-Implement them. It may reap you more of Syntax & the Imlemntation knowledge, which are the two essential part.
Read views from us(Ajith, Map, myself and many..). You would get a concrete on what is required.
All the Best,

Guys Don't ever forget W3 Specs.( start with xml,xslt,).
Use a parser , Don't rely browsers. (xalan,xerces etc. from apache)
expecting sucess,
KrisVs
Mapraputa Is
Leverager of our synergies
Sheriff

Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 10065
Congratulations, Manj and thank you for sharing your experience with us!
If you could prepare some mocks on DOM/SAX � it would be great! You can send them to Ajith or to me and we will put them on our site.
I had the same impression about the exam. It pays little (too little IMHO) attention to syntax and �low-level� details, and concentrates mostly on �global� questions � to do so and so, would you use XLink, or XSLT, or DTD?
Familiarity with what these technologies can and cannot do plus some common sense � and you can answer such questions.
Few questions did not make sense for me. For example, I had a question �What kind of mistake is most typical when working with XXXX technology�? A list of four mistakes followed and all four looked quite possible to commit I wonder if anybody has solid statistics to prove a correct answer Or I could miss some clue in this question � also possible.

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manj ananda
Greenhorn

Joined: Jun 14, 2001
Posts: 16
Thanks Map
I'll make up things(prep. materials, docs) & send you,
My weekend schedule include work for javaranch!
Mapraputa Is
Leverager of our synergies
Sheriff

Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 10065
Thank you, Kris.VidhyaSagar (manj ananda) !
That�s a good example for everybody: got certified � help others!
Now we have DOM/SAX mock exam!
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All our weekends belong to JavaRanch...
[This message has been edited by Mapraputa Is (edited June 24, 2001).]
Harry Singh
Ranch Hand

Joined: May 02, 2001
Posts: 124
HI Gurus,
Congrats Ananda. for clearing the exam. well can u please tel me how to get started..well i am workin on XMl project right and know a bit about XMl. i have been into production, and know about DTD. but i am just a starter and dont know much about XMl. so can u please tell me how should i start preparig for exam, which book to follows.. and tell me some good links of XML. as u saidm that its good if u have some practical exposure, well i do have some and i think now i should start preparing for the exam. so can u let me know everything.. currently i am following Profesional XML by Wrox publications.. so any help will be of great help... and do tell me can i get any mock tests like for JCP and all.. and do tell me is it necessary tio know java if u have to work with parsers and all.
Thanks in advance
Harry
 
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