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IBM 399: Some help in exam objectives

Puneet Srivastava
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Joined: Nov 15, 2004
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Hi All

I am preparing for IBM 399 Certification exam and this forum is a great source for any sort of help. I have tried to identify the study material for exam objectives but need some help in few objectives. Please correct me if I am wrong and help in those objectives where I have marked as �NOT KNOWN�

Architecting a Portal Solution
a.Identify portal dependencies on existing software (NOT KNOWN)
b.Use out-of-the-box portlets (NOT KNOWN)
c.Search the Workplace Solutions Catalog(NOT KNOWN)
d.Size the custom portlets that have to be written (NOT KNOWN)
e.Develop themes, skins and screens Configuring Document Libraries\Awareness (Chapter 33: sg246681.pdf)

Write a Portlet
a.Describe the portlet life cycle (portlet-1_0-fr-spec.pdf)
b.Develop Portlet applications utilizing Portlet JSR 168 API core objects (portlet-1_0-fr-spec.pdf)
c.Effectively utilize portlet configuration and state objects to control portlet behavior (portlet-1_0-fr-spec.pdf)
d.Effectively utilize portlet modes and states (portlet-1_0-fr-spec.pdf)
e.Implement action processing (portlet-1_0-fr-spec.pdf)
f.Use APIs to forward and redirect URLs (portlet-1_0-fr-spec.pdf)
g.Support multiple markup (portlet-1_0-fr-spec.pdf)
h.Embed references to resources within a portlet (portlet-1_0-fr-spec.pdf)
i.Effectively use JSPs to supply portlet rendering markup (portlet-1_0-fr-spec.pdf, Chapter 11: sg246681.pdf)
j.Support multiple locales, clients and devices within a portlet application (portlet-1_0-fr-spec.pdf)
k.Compile and package a WAR file (portlet-1_0-fr-spec.pdf)
l.Work with portlet deployment descriptors (caching) (portlet-1_0-fr-spec.pdf)
m.Make effective use of portlet application wizards (Chapter 5: sg246681.pdf)

Testing and debugging a Portal Solution
a.Set up portlet parameters (Chapter 33: sg246681.pdf)
b.Debug a portlet using a local Portal Unit Test Environment (UTE) (Chapter 30: sg246681.pdf)
c.Debug a portlet using WebSphere Portal remote server attach ) (Chapter 31: sg246681.pdf)
d.Troubleshoot portlet applications (NOT KNOWN)

Backend Porlet Services
a.Use a portlet service (Chapter 19: sg246681.pdf)
b.Create a portlet service (Chapter 19: sg246681.pdf)
c.Configure and access application-specific data sources(NOT KNOWN)
d.Use Service Data Objects (SDO) tooling to enable access to remote systems(NOT KNOWN)
e.Utilize the credential vault service (Chapter 20: sg246681.pdf)
f.Implement cooperative portlets (Chapter 26, 27: sg246681.pdf)

Additional Portlet Concepts
a.Use struts concepts within the portal framework and JavaServer Faces (Chapter 13, 15, 16, 17, 18: sg246681.pdf)
b.Implement personalization within portlet application (NOT KNOWN)
c.Utilize business process engine (bpe) API (NOT KNOWN)

I am going through JSR 168 specs very thoroughly and ONLY concentrating on following chapters from sg246681.pdf

Chapters 2, 3, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 30, 31, 33


PMP, IBM Certified Solution Designer(OOAD), IBM Certified Solution Developer (Websphere Portal V5.1), SCEA (Only Part I), SCBCD, SCJP1.4, Brain Bench: J2EE 1.4, Brain Bench:Java 2
Puneet Srivastava
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Joined: Nov 15, 2004
Posts: 48
Hi All

Can any body please suggest me study material for "Architecting a Portal Solution" exam objective. I am not able to figure out where to look for this.

I have scheduled my exam next week and would really appreciate any help on this.

thanks in advance
Mandar Nadgouda

Joined: Aug 08, 2008
Posts: 3
Hi Puneet,

Let me know once you are done with the est. I am planning to give the test sometime in this month and I too am relying on the material mentioned by you.

Thanks & Regards,
Puneet Srivastava
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Joined: Nov 15, 2004
Posts: 48
Hi Mandar

I cleared 399 last friday. What i realized is that you dont need to follow each and every objective mentioned in the exam objectives. If you follow following 3 resources, you will surely pass the test.

1. This test is heavily based on JSR 168 specs. So understanding JSR 168 APIs are must. Take the Java APIs for JSR 168 from its Java Doc and remember/understand the methods for each Interface/class.

2. Chapters (2,3,8,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,,19,20,26,30,31,33) in sg246681.pdf

3. RAD 6.0 info center. Just read the topic �Developing Portal applications� http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/rtnlhelp/v6r0m0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.rational.rad.books/icwelcome_product_rad.htm

4. Mock exams from Cameron�s website

thats all i did and passed the exam with 80% marks.

Good luck
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