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Passed XML Certification

Sanjay Mishra
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Hi Friends,
Today I passed the IBM Certification for XML and Related
Million thanks to Javaranch and Mapraputa.
I got only 67%. The only excuse I can offer is that I could not prepare to my satisfaction because I wanted to take the test
before I leave for India.

Yes the time is a constraint as many have already told. But I
managed to come back and have a look at the questions which I had
I am planning to prepare a questionare based upon the test and
xml specs and will request Map to put on the site.
I read XML Bible and the initial chapters from Kay's book "XSLT Reference". He is one of the best author. Just have a look at the book if you get a chance.
I read DOM from the w3 specs and did little coding to understand
basic concept.
I used XML spy (one month), mozilla, IE5 and xt as tools.

Thanks again to Map and Javaranch
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Big congratulations, Sanjay!
Thank you for helping others !

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Gemini Moses
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Can u tell me what should I read in order to be able to solve the design questions?
Sanjay Mishra
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Thanks Map and Gemini,
For design questions:
U have to be quite thorough what XSLT can does and What it can not. Keep in mind that XSLT needs a well formed XML and
outputs a well formed XML. Sink this concept deeply and quite
a few questions get solved easliy.

There were many questions where either input or output was from
a legacy system there (IMHO) I do not think you can use XSLT.
What CSS can does and where it can be used.
General experience.
1. Be thorough with the difference between well formedness and validness. I am sure u will at least couple of questions on that.
2. I got only one question on xsl:fo.
3. 3-4 questions from DOM. 2 easy 2 difficult.
4. 1 question from SAX . easy.
5. 3 questions where xml and xsl was given and output was asked.
6. 1 questions on schema could not answer. It was not general but relating to w3 specs.
8. Got question like why would you like to use xml for this particular situation. All answers to me seems valid. But it asked the "BEST".

Hema Menon
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Joined: Oct 29, 2000
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Congratulations Sanjay!
Looking forward to your questionnaire and other information.


Harry Prasad

Joined: Feb 13, 2001
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Does the test conform to the latest standards or is it outdated?
Madhav Lakkapragada
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Congrats, Sanjay.
Is this test a computer based one like the SCJP - where
you have to select from multiple choices?
When you say "
5. 3 questions where xml and xsl was given and output was asked."
Do you mean theat we should write the o/p or do we have to
select the o/p from the given choices.
- satya

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Sanjay Mishra
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Yes, It is computer based test just like SCJ Exam.
Unlike Java Certification I did not get any questions where you
are asked to fill in the blanks.
Both xml and xsl code was given in exhibits and output was asked in multiple choice question.
Since this exam was introduced last year only I suppose the specs
are up-to-date.
IBM Certified Developer XML and Related Technologies
SUN Certified Java 1.2 Professional
Madhav Lakkapragada
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Thanks Sanjay.
- satya
Ashu Sharma
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Joined: Apr 03, 2001
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congrats Sanjay
if anybody(Mapraputa,ajith,sanjay)of you have gone through the book Professional XMl by wrox publication i would like to know that does this book cover the aspects of the Exam.
as of seeing the table of contents it seems it covers everything right from XML syntax to XSL,XPATH,namespaces,schemas,Xlink ..
i wanted to know is this book enough ..
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Congratulations Sanjay! Great show!!
It feels nice when so many new people at Javaranch is getting certified. Soon we will be the place to go for XML certification also, just like SCJP.
Ashutosh, that book you mentioned is quite good. But again, unlike SCJP, since there are no Certification Guides for XML certification, no one book will cover all the required concepts exhaustively. You may have to either refer to about three or four books, or just browse through the various XML sites on the web for a good coverage of concepts.
Just my opinion..

Good luck,

Ajith Kallambella M.
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java�2 Platform.
IBM Certified Developer - XML and Related Technologies, V1.

Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
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