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Passed WAS Test 488 with 88%

Richard Brown
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Joined: Jul 16, 2001
Posts: 79
dear ranchers,
I fell great inforoming you all that i could successfully cleared Test 488. Its a great feeling.
But it would not have been possible without your help - knowingly or unknowingly all of youst posts had a great contribution to my score. many thanx to all of you. this place is really GREAT. in last few months i've got scjp, scwcd and now websphere.. with great xperience at this place.
here is my story:
i had few months exprience on websphere but on previous version, have good java and design concepts, learnt j2ee concepts sincerely in last few months.
>appeared for mock exam at ibm's site, its good one unlike sun's one for scjp.
>followed ejb by o'rielly
>gone thru various tutorials at
>likewise scjp and scwcd, i followed websphere@whiz from, these whizkids have great quality products for j2ee
> gone thru the websphere tutorial at apart from the ibm's one
> read most of the certification messages at this great site
more or less thats it... feel free to bug with me with ur queries.. i owe my success to all of you.

Rich Brown,<BR>You can always do it!!!
Dharmesh Chheda
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Joined: May 08, 2001
Posts: 204
Hello Richard
Congratulations man .. good going .. over here i am planning to give the same one in next two months.. and thanks for letting us know regarding the stuff you referred.. will surely contact you in case i have some queries.. i hope you wouldnt mind ..
anyways you have said you wouldnt mind.
bye and all the best for your future certs.
Dharmesh Chheda

regards,<br />Dharmesh Chheda
Axel Janssen
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Joined: Jan 08, 2001
Posts: 2164
thanks for the info.
Maalti Iyer
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Joined: Jul 11, 2001
Posts: 52
Hello Richard,
Congradulations on your success!.
I'm planning to take 488.My problem is I'm not familiar with VAJ.We're using Together control center (IDE) for our development.
My question is, what level of expertise on VAJ is expected from us.
Thanks in Adv
Maalti Iyer
Sun Certified Java Programmer
Ian Lockwood

Joined: Aug 01, 2001
Posts: 22
Hi Richard congratulations. I am thinking of starting to follow the certification routes to improving my skills, Have you found that they have helped you in the job market or not?
I hope to do the SCJP this summer.

When eating an Elephant take one bite at a time.<p>Ian...........
Gagan Indus
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Joined: Feb 28, 2001
Posts: 346
Congratulations Richard!
n thankx for the comments
Which other technologies/products are you certified in ? And which all you now planning for?Can you share your views, what you think of this..
Good luck for your future efforts

Gagan (/^_^\) SCJP2 SCWCD IBM486 <br />Die-hard JavaMonk -- little Java a day, keeps you going.<br /><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">My Blog</a>
mounika paruchuri

Joined: Feb 12, 2002
Posts: 26
hi Richard,
congrats ...u must have really worked hard to give all the exams in such short time...
can u tell me how u studied and what u studied for good learning of j2ee concepts and how much time did it take for u to prepare for test 488...
and also did u follow the ibm website's self study plan...does it help with the real exam ?
thanks in advance...
Richard Brown
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Joined: Jul 16, 2001
Posts: 79
Sorry for delayed response as i had to be at client site for my present consulting assignment. For this exam, I had few months hands on exp on websphere but on the previous version, still there are many things which are part of the exam but not commonly used in the practical life; thus i had to dovote some time understaing those issues. I didn't follow the study path given by IBM. I am expecting my next assignment to be on WebLogic or iPlanet. More chances are that client will be accepting to WebLogic and thus I will go for this WLS also. Yes, it is definitely helping me viewing as a careers asset. More than this, i had learnt so well to tackle all kinds of issues.
Best of luck to all who are appearing for it.
Srinivas Velamuri

Joined: Apr 02, 2001
Posts: 28
Can you please provide this other link (ibm's one) you are referring ...
> gone thru the websphere tutorial at apart from the ibm's one
Thanks !

I agree. Here's the link:
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