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Mapraputa Is
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... yesterday with 79%...
Scores in each section:
Design : 76%
Information Modelling : 88%
XML Processing : 78%
XML Rendering : 100%
XML Query : 50%
Implementation/testing : 71%
Qustions were very similar to IBM practice test. To my big disappointment no questions from practice test are included in real thing But some questions ask about very similar problems, so IBM �mock� is worth to scrutinize.
As it was already said, the exam concentrates on three technologies:
1) XML itself (well-formedness, elements, attributes, processing instructions, entities... )
2) DTD
3) XSLT (not XSL-FO!)
Other technologies are only mentioned (one basic question on each). Maybe only DOM gets more attention, but questions are basic also, so you do not need to memorize all interface names and method parameters
For XML, you should be accustomed with all parts of specification and know what they can/cannot do (like difference between general and parameter entities) and how they can be used. For this part I found last chapters of C.Goldfarb's �The XML Handbook� useful, so if you can afford $50 for a few chapters go ahead.
For DTD, �The XML Handbook� again and �XML Elements of style� by Simon St. Laurent are good.
For XSLT I would strongly recommend Khun Yee Fung�s �XSLT. Working with XML and HTML�. There is another classic book on XSLT, written by Mike Kay. I should addmit that I have not read it, but from what I can conclude from its brief examination and from mister Kay�s articles and advices, he is a very sophisticated developer himself and his book is good if 1) you already mastered basics and 2) you are an experienced and well educated software engineer
If you are beginner, then Khun Yee Fung�s book is a better choice. It explains how XSLT works in easy language and with many illustrations.
Mike Kay, however, is a priceless and inexhaustible source of clever tricks and elegant solutions.
Of course, online resources are great help also, I will systematize my links and post them here. Soon.
In general, I liked the questions. They are designed to test your understanding, not how well you can memorize specifications and API's.

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Hema Menon
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Big Congratulations!!!
Looking forward to your links and additions to the mock questions page,

Praveen Zala
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Hi there !
I am looking out for the links desperately !
Please put them on ASAP !
Gemini Moses
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Thanks for the tips.
Looking forward to new mock!!
Ajith Kallambella

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WOW!! GREAT NEWS!! Congratulations Map!

Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
Sanjay Mishra
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Mighty Congratulations!!! Map .
Please post u'r detailed experience ASAP.

[This message has been edited by Sanjay Mishra (edited May 24, 2001).]
Alex Ayzin
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How does it feel to be the first Russian who certified on XML?
Hopefully, we'll follow in your footsteps.
Buduchi XML developerom ya znay, naskol'ko slozhen bul etot test. Molodets!
Best Regards,
Satish Varanasi
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Congrats Mapraputa Is!!! Great Score.
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One of the regular visitor to this forum.
fazal musekhan

Joined: Mar 21, 2001
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Congragulations ! Mapraputa
I am looking forward to the links & mock test.
Please do let me know the fees requirement also.
Mapraputa Is
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Here are links (in addition to our XML links page)
To start:
W3school�s tutorials are IMHO the best place http://www.w3schools.com/xml/default.asp http://www.w3schools.com/xsl/default.asp http://www.w3schools.com/dtd/default.asp
Annotated XML specification http://www.xml.com/axml/target.html
A Technical Introduction to XML http://www.arbortext.com/Think_Tank/XML_Resources/A_Technical_Introduction_to_XM/a_technical_introduction_to_xm.html
XML patterns (thanks to Meadowlark Bradsher for this link!) www.xmlpatterns.com
More XML patterns (thanks to Jim Baiter for this link!) http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?XmlPattern
Entities: What are They Good For? http://www.xml.com/pub/a/98/08/xmlqna0.html?page=1
Entities: Handling Special Content http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2001/01/31/qanda.html
DTD Design Tips http://www.xmleverywhere.com/tips/designTips.html
DTDs, Industry Markup Languages, XSLT and Special Characters http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2001/03/28/qanda.html
From DTDs to Documents http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2000/09/27/qanda.html
The Attribute/Text Conundrum
Document-Centric" vs. "Data-Centric" http://www.xmleverywhere.com/newsletters/20000525.htm
What kind of language is XSLT? http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-xslt/?dwzone=x
XSLT Surgery http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2001/04/25/styleqanda.html
Do you Grok XSLT? http://www.xmleverywhere.com/newsletters/20000329.htm
Saxon: The Anatomy of an XSLT processor
What is current state of the art in XSLT optimization? http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/library/x-xslt2/
XSLT examples http://www.zvon.org/HTMLonly/XSLTutorial/Books/Book1/bookInOne.html
and http://www.zvon.org/xxl/XSLTreference/Output/index.html
Namespaces and XSLT Stylesheets http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2001/04/04/trxml/index.html
Namespaces and Stylesheet Logic http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2001/05/02/trxml.html
Entities and XSLT http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2001/03/14/trxml10.html
Merging XML Documents http://devguy.com/fp/XML/XSL/Merge/
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
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Map, how 'bout having a separate page for certification resources? I'm sure there will be some overlappings with the original XML links page( your great creation, ) but the new resouces page will be of great help to those who want to study only for getting certified.
Sounds good? or you have concerns??
Mapraputa Is
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No concerns! Great idea!
And finally we will stop to call this place JavaRanch...
Chris Salivar
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What about xsl:fo; do we need to study the whole chapter from XML Bible for that?
Chris Salivar
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What about xsl:fo; do we need to study the whole chapter from XML Bible for that?
Mapraputa Is
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Chris, I remember only one question on XSL:fo. I did not study FO at all , and apparently answered that question correctly, since I got 100% on "rendering" section. This question could be answered by simple choosing an option which looked "better" using nothing but common sense
Jyotsna Clarkin
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Congratulations Map !
Ashu Sharma
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congrats Mapraputa
u have done it..
now u have even more responsibility in helping us all to achieve
the same.
Tiger Scott
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How much stress is there on XPATH and HTML4.0 in the exam.
Thanks a bunch
Mapraputa Is
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XPath apparently goes under �XML Query� section, which oficially occupies only 5% of questions � and my own observations proves this number. So do not anticipate lots of questions on XPath, maybe one or two. HTML4.0 per se is not in exam objectives, but there are a lot of questions about rendering to this format and the like. So you do not need to study each and every HTML tags with all accompanying parameters , but you are expected to understand what HTML can do and what it cannot.
Louis Fegun
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Question for MAPRAPUTA
What book/resources would you recommend for Design?. How useful is the XML Handbook?.
I am looking forward to hearing from you - one of the gurus.
Tanya Rawat
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Great M !!
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Congrats Map on such a great score.
I assume from your comments that we can pass the exam without buying XML Bible.
What will you say, for xml certification prepration, is xml bible an absolute must, or can we do without it.
I have couple of other books ,like XML HOW TO PROGRAM(DEITEL),XML IN 21 DAYS, XML IN RECORD TIME, And was wondering still I need to go through bible as well.
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