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 ]
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