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Websphere CErtification Exam 488

Mohit Deshpande
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Joined: May 15, 2002
Posts: 42
Hi All,
I am new to the group.
Can some body please guide me about How do I go
about IBM WAS 488 certification?
Plase tell me any resource you know.
Thanks in advance
Axel Janssen
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Joined: Jan 08, 2001
Posts: 2164
Hi Mohit,
first a bad news:
this exam times out on Juni 30:
http://www.coderanch.com/t/143841/po/certification/will-withdrawn-June

The good news: There's a very similar new one (IBM.158). No VAJ but WSAD.
Full name is:
IBM WebSphere Application Server, Advanced Single Server Edition for Multiplatforms, V4.0 ... WebSphere based
(its the exam with the longest name I ever took. )

Another good news: I hope I will post the prep-exam answers of the ice-tool this weekend.
Maybe I don't have all the question right, but I've reached 79%, in some areas 100%. You can help to get the 100% (which maybe not possible, because 2 questions seems to be broken.

(in case you dont know here is the link to the prep exam, with information about materials etc.
http://www-1.ibm.com/certify/tests/info.shtml#158
)
Another bad news: I am quite sure, that this exam will time out soon, because IBM will ship WSAS 5 in the 3rd quarter, which will change a lot of things in EJB (to the better). I don't think that any employer cares if you have IBM.158 or the follower. In any case I would prepare for 158, because WSAD is much better than VAJ (I think).
Will take exam tomorrow. 11:00 GMT. Don't know if I will pass. Have to take it soon for some political reason in my company.
Learned a lot the past 4 weeks.
Axel
its not easy. Many people say, its not easy.
[ May 15, 2002: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]
Matthew Comer
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Joined: Aug 10, 2001
Posts: 37
First, instead of 488 you should look at 158. IBM is withdrawing 488 (I believe at the end of June, from the top of my head).
Second, I was able to prep for 488 (and these same resources should work for 158) by using:
(Available from java.sun.com)
1) The EJB 1.1 Spec
2) The JSP 1.1 Spec
3) The J2EE 1.2 Spec
(Available from www.ibm.com/redbooks)
4) The WAS 4.0 Handbook
5) The WAS 4.0 Developer's Guide
Take a look at www.ibm.com/certify and examine the recommended educational resources. Also take the practice test.
I basically blew off the VAJ portions of 488 since I knew I would be taking 157/158 in the future. I was able to pass 488 just fine without worrying about VAJ.
Matt
Axel Janssen
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Joined: Jan 08, 2001
Posts: 2164
Good ressource is Monson-Haeffels book, 3rd edition (you find in the resources of exam).
I liked that tutorial a lot: http://www.webspherepro.com/wparchive/was4tutorial/was4Tutorial.html
Mohit Deshpande
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Joined: May 15, 2002
Posts: 42
Thanks you very much Axel.
Best of Luck for tomarrow.
I will think of taking Exam 158 but I dont have any experience on Websphere Studio.
Let me know how was exam...
Mohit
Mohit Deshpande
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Joined: May 15, 2002
Posts: 42
Thank you Matthew for your helpful reply
I think I should do the same just ignore Websphere studio and take exam 158
Please suggest
Mohit
Sunit Mukherjee
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Joined: Dec 28, 2001
Posts: 18
Nice thread infor for new comers
 
Consider Paul's rocket mass heater.
 
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