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RE: Prof XML (Wrox) & Certification

Phil Young
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Joined: Sep 06, 2001
Posts: 24
I just finished reading the Wrox Professional XML 2ed cover to cover. I took the sample test today and just barely missed passing ( I thought the test was tough!) . Because I had very little exposure to XML before, maybe this is useful for someone in my situation. I think with a better memory, I would have passed today essentially from what the book taught me ( I used some outside resources, but few).
The upshot on this book with respect to the cert is that it covers most of what you need, and is the only book I found which does so for 141. This includes fairly detailed chapterS on Web Services. However, at 1100+ pgs it doesn't cover things concisely. Might make a good refernce in the future if I ever use this technology. For someone who likes to have a book on the shelf as opposed to bookmarks in their browser, I give this book a "B" grade.
If you're a web jockey who can learn from material online, there are equally good tutorials and other resources posted on JavaRanch (from what I've seen / skimmed ) . But I like to highlight my book up, and carry it with me (keeps me in shape ).
Of course either way, setting up parsers & messing around with actual examples etc is a must.
I hope this helps people who are browsing titles for the exam.
Who is taking the exam soon? I'd like to hear how it compares to the sample on IBM's website. I hope it's easier, or else I've got some reviewing and additional resource hunting to do.
Ajith Kallambella
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Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
I couldn't agree with you more. This book surprisingly has almost everything that is required for the new test and beyond. Really good coverage.


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Eduardo Cobian
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Joined: Nov 07, 2001
Posts: 45
Thanks for the information.
This is what I was looking for.
Sivaram Anantuni
Greenhorn

Joined: Dec 17, 2001
Posts: 11
I agree with Ajith....really a good book which covers the whole xml technology including webservices.
Sivaram
Kodo Tan
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Joined: Aug 14, 2001
Posts: 105
Hello all
I just want to confirm it before I purchased the book. Is Professional XML or Professional Java XML that you guys are recommending for the certification.
Thanks !
Phil Young
Greenhorn

Joined: Sep 06, 2001
Posts: 24
ISBN 1-861005-05-9
Professional XML 2nd Edition
Johannes de Jong
tumbleweed
Bartender

Joined: Jan 27, 2001
Posts: 5089
Phil I'm posting a refrence to this thread in the Book Review Forum. Thanks for your comments.
lakshmi jonnala
Greenhorn

Joined: Jan 21, 2002
Posts: 4
Hi,
I am new to this forum. I bought Professional XML by wrox publications (ISBN : 1-861003-11-0) after seeing the educational resources from IBM site.
How different is this from Professional Xml 2nd edition? What additional info does this book cover? Can anyone please help me.
Doug Wang
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Joined: Oct 05, 2001
Posts: 445
Originally posted by lakshmi jonnala:
Hi,
I am new to this forum. I bought Professional XML by wrox publications (ISBN : 1-861003-11-0) after seeing the educational resources from IBM site.
How different is this from Professional Xml 2nd edition? What additional info does this book cover? Can anyone please help me.

Hi, lakshmi
I havenot read the 2ed of professional xml, so i cannot give you any suggestion on the 2ed. I own the first edition. It's too dated (it covers SAX1.0, XDR Schema - a M$' dialect, weak on XPath and XSLT) , not fit for the exam. The 2ed might be a good xml book, but I am bored with such books written by many authors. The concepts don't smoothly flow together, and it covers many technologies but fails to extend each.


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lakshmi jonnala
Greenhorn

Joined: Jan 21, 2002
Posts: 4
Thanks doug.I will not waste my money in buying books. I will rely on Javaranch and NET for the latest info.
Doug Wang
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Joined: Oct 05, 2001
Posts: 445
Originally posted by lakshmi jonnala:
Thanks doug.I will not waste my money in buying books. I will rely on Javaranch and NET for the latest info.

Hi, lakshmi
I've recommended some links here. You could check it out.
 
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