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Online resources for XML certification - your opinions needed

Mapraputa Is
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I am maintaining XML links page and one problem is that I put there links that helped Me, Myself, Mapraputa exclusively. I have no idea how useful they are for other
Until we find some kind of voting mechanism, let's just use what we have - our forum. If some resource was particularly useful for you, say it here, or E-mail me. I'll update vote count and put your name, so you cannot vote twice This way we can collect some statistics and finally have well-grounded, highly objective list of most useful certification resources.
To start:
Basic XML
W3School - very good tutorial, but only to start with
For serious studying:
Two commentaries on XML specification:
1. annotated XML specification by Tim Bray,
2. XML: The Annotated Specification
by Bob DuCharme.
Chapter 2 online:
From Wendell Piez's Review:
"DuCharme's annotations can be usefully compared to those of Tim Bray, a co-editor of the specification, as they appear on the World Wide Web (at Where Bray presents advice on how to go about reading and interpreting the specification (which sections are important, which need clarification, etc.), his annotations do not provide as much direct explanation as DuCharme's. (Where they do, they are effective and to the point, but as a whole they are necessarily more succinct for the web medium. They also have the advantage of hypertext links for relating parts of the spec to one another). DuCharme's notes are more extensive, more elementary, and probably of more direct help to the new user, giving more attention to the underlying concepts, for example, of element content modeling."
Specific issues:
Norman Walsh. Entities: What are They Good For? (1 vote, Doug Wang)
Short reference on syntax: (1 vote, Doug Wang)
More technical text (may be good for XML certification aspirants)
Pankaj Kamthan XML Entities and their Applications
(2 votes, Doug Wang, Anitha Lingam)
Zvon tutorials and examples (1 vote, Doug Wang)
Jeni's XSLT pages:
XSLT Questions and Answers:
Structuring XML Documents, by David Megginson
CHAPTER 3: Ease of Learning
ZVON's DTD Tutorial
The Attribute/Text Conundrum
Document-Centric" vs. "Data-Centric"
DTD Design Tips
"Understanding XML Schemas" by Norman Walsh
XML Schemas: Best Practice (1 vote, Doug Wang)
Describing your Data: DTDs and XML Schemas
by Simon St. Laurent
XSD Schema Tricks and Tips by Kurt Cagle
XML Namespaces FAQ
ZVON's Namespace Tutorial :
Namespace Myths Exploded, by Ronald Bourret
[ July 31, 2002: Message edited by: Mapraputa Is ]

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Mapraputa Is
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SOAP and Web Services:
Programming Web Services with SOAP
By James Snell, Doug Tidwell & Pavel Kulchenko
Chapter 3. Writing SOAP Web Services
Web Services Essentials.
Distributed Applications with XML-RPC, SOAP, UDDI & WSDL
By Ethan Cerami
Chapter 6. WSDL Essentials
Programming Web Services with XML-RPC
By Simon St.Laurent, Joe Johnston & Edd Dumbill
Chapter 3. Client-Server Communication: XML-RPC in Java
Professional Java Server Programming, J2EE 1.3 Edition
By Subrahmanyam Allamaraju, Cedric Beust, John Davies et al.
Chapter 22. J2EE and Web services
Gori Chawla

Joined: Nov 20, 2001
Posts: 20
To add to your collection:
IBM Test 141 info :
XML@Whiz -
XML Gramps :
Also there was another link on the top of this forum, which i dont see now.
Joseph Hammerman
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Joined: Jan 19, 2002
Posts: 76
For a tutorial designed for certification:
For all sorts of XML resources and links:
Hema Menon
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Joined: Oct 29, 2000
Posts: 569

Mehul Jasani
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Joined: Jun 13, 2002
Posts: 65
Hey Thanks All,
A great noble work for all developers community. Keep up the good work.
Mehul Jasani.
Vasudha Deepak
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Joined: Mar 15, 2002
Posts: 86
A very helpful link for XML and other standards
XSL-FO Tutorial:

IBM Certified Developer -XML and Related Technologies(141)<br />SCJP2 SCWCD
ankur rathi
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Joined: Oct 11, 2004
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Don't you feel that it is too confusing ... lots of link ....

Can any body please mention one or two best link for cirtification as well as knowledge perspective ...

Thanks a lot .
I agree. Here's the link:
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