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Pallavi Roy
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Joined: Jun 01, 2006
Posts: 37

This is pallavi roy Thanking Senthilkumar Panneer Selvam.
I cleared the exam today and without the link to tkhis post it wouldnt have been possible.
I would also like to thank my husband for coaxing me constantly for the exam and all his support and encouragement.[He even searched topics :-)]. [Passed IBM 829]
I have been working for 3 years on Portals now.Worked mainly on Faces Portlet development and Portal and WSRP framework and Portal Server administration.

The questions i found a few additional topics of interest.

Architecting a Portal Solution
� Develop themes, skins and screens
IBM WebSphere Portal V6 Information Center (Concentrate on custom themes)
Designing and Transforming Content(wp_dev_pdf.pdf).
Their favorites are Theme.policy.

Identify portal dependencies on existing software
� Search the IBM Workplace Solutions catalog
What is the purpose of catalog in IBM.
Check out how a portlet can be searched
� Size the custom portlets that have to be written
� Use out-of-the-box portlets

Install, Set up and Configure the Development Environment
� Debug a portlet on a local server - sg247501.pdf
I would recommend to go to RAD help contents and read each line on local and remote portlet debugging.I got all my questions from there.

� Diagnose problems with development environment installation
� Identify Software Requirements
If you had done installation of RAD, you would be able to answer. These are pretty simple.� Optimize development environment� Understand software prerequisites (including compatibility questions)

Write a portlet
� Ajax basics
[URL=]� Compile and package a WAR file
� Describe the portlet life cycle
� Develop Portlet applications utilizing Portlet JSR 168 API core objects
� Effectively use JSPs to supply portlet rendering markup
� Effectively utilize portlet configuration and state objects to control portlet behavior
� Effectively utilize portlet modes and states
� Embed references to resources within a portlet
� Implement action processing
� Make effective use of portlet application wizards
� Support multiple locales, clients and devices within a portlet application
� Support multiple markup
� Use APIs to forward and redirect URLs
� Wiring cooperative portlets
� Work with portlet deployment descriptors (caching)
portlet-1_0-fr-spec.pdf � JSR 168 Spec.

I wouldnt like to add more to this.Their favorites are Portlet Context,Portlet Preferences.

Backend Portlet Services Just want to add They love this topic]I covered each type of Portlet Service all from wp_dev_pdf.pdf.
Trust me the coverage is exhaustive.

1) Content Access Service
2) Credential Vault service.
3) Property Broker Service
4) PUMA Service.

� Configure and access application-specific data sources
� Create a portlet service
IBM WebSphere Portal V6 Information Center
Developing Portlets (wp_dev_pdf.pdf)�
� Implement cooperative portlets� Use a portlet service
IBM WebSphere Portal V6 Information Center
Developing Portlets (wp_dev_pdf.pdf)
� Use Service Data Objects (SDO) tooling to enable access to remote systems
� Use the credential vault service
IBM WebSphere Portal V6 Information Center
Developing Portlets (wp_dev_pdf.pdf)

Testing and Debugging a Portal Solution
� Debug a portlet on a local server
� Debug a portlet using WebSphere Portal remote - sg247501.pdf� Set up portlet parameters
� Troubleshoot portlet applications
Go to RAD Help contents and search for error conditions table.And others is how you have been exposed to working with RAD and WPS.

Additional Portlet Concepts
� Implement personalization within portlet application
� Use struts concepts within the portal framework and JavaServer Faces
Though it talks about RAD6, I referred this for struts portlets.
The content provided in wp_dev_pdf is also very good.
� Use the business process engine (bpe) API
IBM WebSphere Portal V6 Information Center
Integrating business processes (wp_admin_pdf.pdf).

Same applies here the better you know process of creating a business proces application.� Using Content Manager APIs
IBM WebSphere Portal V6 Information Center
Managing Web Content (wp_wcm_pdf.pdf)
� Work with composite applications/templates
Lots of questions on these know how to implement a composite application and its API.

Apart from this:
1) Know the type of portlet preferences provided at portlet mode level.
2) Packaging your components into war file.
3) Accessing your Portlet Service,Credential Vault Service.
4) Try doing an installation of RAD and Portal Server.
5) Know where your log files are updated.
6) JSR-168 specification is required more than 60%

Best of luck to everybody.

Best Regards,

Break the ice - SCJP 1.4,<br />Where There's a will- SCWCD 1.4.<br />Back in action - Websphere Certified Portal 6 Application Developer
Swapnil Sonawane
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Joined: Jan 02, 2008
Posts: 190

Swapnil S. Sonawane<br /> <br />B.Tech (Expected May 2009)<br />Computer Science, NIT Durgapur, India<br />SCJA 1.0
Marcelo Sousa Ancelmo
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Joined: Jan 17, 2002
Posts: 498

Congrats Pallavi, great job!


Marcelo Sousa Ancelmo - Brazil
giuseppe fanuzzi
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Joined: Sep 18, 2006
Posts: 99
contrats roy!

Kartik Makati

Joined: Jun 06, 2008
Posts: 1
Congrats !!!

Actually I m taking this exam two weeks from now, going through all these threads to find out different material to read. Thanks guys for all the information so far.

And please forward if you find some more information or mock tests !!
Shashidhar Yarabati
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Joined: Jun 17, 2007
Posts: 175
Hi Pallavi Roy

For our project purpose we need to use Portlets with IBM Websphere Portal Server. I am in learning stage to develop with Portlets.

Meanwhile I thought of giving the same exam. So, that it would be benificial in both the ways.

Could you please help me to startup with the preparation towards the exam.
Can you please tell me which books/resources i need to start with?

Shashidhar<br /> SCJP 1.5<br /> SCWCD 5.0
Joe Harry
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Joined: Sep 26, 2006
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SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.4 - Hints for you, Certified Scrum Master
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Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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Joined: Aug 26, 2006
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Congratulations! Great info!

-Cameron McKenzie
Mayuresh Khandelwal

Joined: Jul 17, 2008
Posts: 1
Congrats Mrs. Pallavi Roy ...

Not surprised, I know you deserve for this ...

I am also preparing for same exam and looking forward for your help ..

Regards,<br />Mayuresh Khandelwal,<br />CNAP, SCJP, SCWCD,<br />Accenture Certified Application Developer - Java Track
Lily Nathaniel

Joined: Dec 27, 2009
Posts: 1

a) Do we have any sample questions for this or any question dump?
b) Can there be multiple correct answers?
c) I am using this link for preparing for SDO. Please suggest any other which is better for exam preparation point of view
d) Do I need to go through Model SPI?
Vinod Tiwari
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Joined: Feb 06, 2008
Posts: 466

I agree. Here's the link:
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