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Passed IBM 348 with 92%

Nicholas Cheung
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Just back from the exam center.

Passed IBM 348: WebSphere Portal V5.0 Application Development today with 92%, below is the details:

1. Install, Setup and Configure the Development Environment: 100%
2. Architect, Implement and Design a Portal Solution: 100%
3. Write a Portlet: 85%
4. Testing and Debugging a Portal Solution: 100%
5. Backend Portlet Services: 80%
6. Additional Portlet Concepts: 100%

The exam is not really difficult, but I did worst in section 3.

Lots of questions related to Portlet APIs, and Portlet properties with HTML tags. Do pay attention to APIs related questions, they are quite tricky, the name of the methods are very similar.

I refer to the following 2 books:
Building Portals with the Java Portlet API

IBM WebSphere Portal V5 A Guide for Portlet Application Development

Thanks Dave, who is the author, gives me his excellent Portal book to me, it helps me a lot to understand the basic Portal concepts and the APIs. Without Dave's help, my study will not be that smooth.

The red book provides lots of information on using WSAD to write, develop and debug portal applications.

ICE sample test is also useful. Some questions, around 10, are quite similar to ICE questions. Make sure that you understand the theory behind each question, not just the correct answer for it.

Finally, thanks IBM provides this voucher promotion.

Nick
[ January 13, 2005: Message edited by: Nicholas Cheung ]

SCJP 1.2, OCP 9i DBA, SCWCD 1.3, SCJP 1.4 (SAI), SCJD 1.4, SCWCD 1.4 (Beta), ICED (IBM 287, IBM 484, IBM 486), SCMAD 1.0 (Beta), SCBCD 1.3, ICSD (IBM 288), ICDBA (IBM 700, IBM 701), SCDJWS, ICSD (IBM 348), OCP 10g DBA (Beta), SCJP 5.0 (Beta), SCJA 1.0 (Beta), MCP(70-270), SCBCD 5.0 (Beta), SCJP 6.0, SCEA for JEE5 (in progress)
Gian Franco
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Hi Nick,

What can I say congratulations

Cheers,

Gian


"Eppur si muove!"
Billy Tsai
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congratulations
what certification will u accomplish resulting from a pass of this exam?


BEA 8.1 Certified Administrator, IBM Certified Solution Developer For XML 1.1 and Related Technologies, SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCDJWS, SCJD, SCEA,
Oracle Certified Master Java EE 5 Enterprise Architect
Ko Ko Naing
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Congratulations, Nick!!! Like Gian, I don't know how to congratulate you anymore...

Anyway, you are extremely fast to read for a cert... Experiece matters, doesn't it?


Co-author of SCMAD Exam Guide, Author of JMADPlus
SCJP1.2, CCNA, SCWCD1.4, SCBCD1.3, SCMAD1.0, SCJA1.0, SCJP6.0
Sean Gildea
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Congratz Nick.

How do you do it? Alot of coffee?


SCJD, SCBCD, SCJP
Nicholas Cheung
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what certification will u accomplish resulting from a pass of this exam?

IBM Certified Solution Developer - IBM WebSphere Portal v5.0 Application Development

Nick
Nicholas Cheung
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Congratulations, Nick!!! Like Gian, I don't know how to congratulate you anymore...

Thanks Ko Ko, I wish I can congrats you on ICED as well.


Anyway, you are extremely fast to read for a cert... Experiece matters, doesn't it?

We are currently developing applications using Portal v5.1, however, as this exam is not yet released (according to IBM, it will be released on Mar 2005), I just take this exam first. I will take the new exam in coming Mar if IBM continues to provide the promotion.

Nick
Nicholas Cheung
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How do you do it? Alot of coffee?

I have worked with WAS Portal v5.1 for 2 months already, and the exam questions are quite API and server setting related, which does not that difficult to me, but just a bit tricky.

I got 3 questions wrong in Portlet section, but I feel I know them all in fact.

Nick
Peter Sin
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Joined: Jan 13, 2005
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Congrats to Nick for great achievement ! What's next except Tiger Beta and Websphere Portal Development v5.1 ? I think you are full of energy to obtain certifications. Which certification you own or want to own is most market valuable ?
Nicholas Cheung
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What's next except Tiger Beta and Websphere Portal Development v5.1 ?

SCJD 1.5 and SCEA 1.4


Which certification you own or want to own is most market valuable?

I guess OCM and SCEA.

Nick
Madhu Kumar Vatts
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Hi Nicholas,

Wanted to know how did you prepare for the IBM 348 objectives using these two books. Do you have any notes which you can share, please let me know.

Thank you


Oracle Certified Enterprise Architect (Part 1);SUN Certified Programmer;SUN Certified Business Component Developer;SUN Certified Web Component Developer;
Oracle Certified WebServices Developer;Oracle Certified Java Persistence API Developer;Oracle Certified SQL Expert;IBM Certified XML Solution Developer
Nicholas Cheung
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Wanted to know how did you prepare for the IBM 348 objectives using these two books.

Dave's book gives you general ideas on Portlet APIs, while the redbook provides you info for how to develop Portal applications using WSAD. I read through the books 2 times, the 1st time is a fast scanning, then goto ICE test, and then 2nd time reading for unclear concepts.


Do you have any notes which you can share, please let me know.

Nope, I havent written any notes. Sorry for that.

Nick
Billy Tsai
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I would be very glad if u aim to acheive OCM
Nicholas Cheung
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I would be very glad if u aim to acheive OCM

Currently, I am negoiating with the sponsership, I wish I can become OCM in 2005.

Nick
Arulkumar Rajaraman
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Joined: Feb 01, 2005
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Hi
Iam preparing 348 - IBM Webspshere portal v5.0 Application Development PRE Assessment Test.
I need Source Material and Some Questions and Answer.
and I need to know the which area covers the PRE Assessment Test
Iam Eagerly waiting for yr reply ASAP..

Thank u

Regards
Arulkumar Rajaraman
Arulkumar Rajaraman
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Hi
I need some questions and answers related to Pre Assessment Test "348-IBM Websphere Application Development".
Iam eagerly waiting for yr +ve reply ASAP..

Thanks
Jayadev Pulaparty
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I have a question on setting the portlet mode.

I'm trying to click on a link in the view mode and thru the action event, i want to traverse to the edit mode. I'm trying to set the mode modifier to REQUESTED. I want to tell the portal engine that my requested mode would be EDIT. How to do i do that?
Jayadev Pulaparty
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The documentation says

REQUESTED - switch to requested mode as specified in the
action

How do we request a specific mode in the portlet action? The following is what i'm doing in the doView() method for setting up the URI with action -

PortletURI viewURI = response.createURI(PortletWindow.State.NORMAL);
viewURI.addAction("EDIT_MODE");

And trying to get to the edit mode as shown below in the action handler -

if(actionString.equals("EDIT_MODE"))
{
event.getRequest().setModeModifier(Portlet.ModeModifier.REQUESTED);
}

I know that the actionString stands for conveying the "type" of action performed, but i don't have any other ideas.

Can someone help
 
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