Just back from the exam center, the exam is much more difficult than SCDJWS. Lucky, I passed it marginally.
I used 2 books for this exam: 1. RHM - J2EE Web Services, for core WS concepts 2. IBM Redbook - WSAD v5.1 Web Services Handbook, for WSAD related topics
Below is the % of each section: 1. Architecture and Core Concepts: 87% (7 out of 8) 2. Develop Web Services: 57% (8 out of 14) 3. Access Web Services: 40% (2 out of 5) 4. Package, Deploy and Publish: 62% (5 out of 8) 5. Testing and Validation: 66% (4 out of 6) 6. Security: 33% (2 out of 6) 7. Web Services and Java: 100% (6 out of 6)
Due to the expiry of IBM vouchers, I dont have enough time to study. I have only read the Redbook once, together for some concepts review from RHM's book when there are some unclear concepts in the redbook.
Honestly, the Redbook is not enough. It does not cover all the exam objectives, such as command tools, WSAD wizard (like WSE, WSDL editor, etc), Encoding, and WSE for JMS, security, etc.
The questions are difficult, not becos of the concepts, but the IDE specific issues, like which of the following option does not appear in XXX wizard, which of the following cannot be configured by XXX wizard. Thus, you really need to know about those IDE specific questions.
In addition, for those who taken SCDJWS, you will find section 1 and 7 are relatively easy, as these topics have been overlapped with SCDJWS. If you have studied throughly with SCDJWS, you will find no difficulty at all.
Finally, I have one beta exam left.
Best wishes to those who will take this exam before 30 June 2004.