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Shreya Menon
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Hi all,
I am starting preparing for XML certification. Can any one please guide me in how should I go forward here ?
Please let me know what books I need to read, Are there any online exam similators available ?
Thanks again
Maya
 
Joseph Hammerman
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Check out the IBM website and previous discussions in this forum. IBM mentions three books, the most important of which is "Professional XML".
 
Shreya Menon
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Thanks Joseph,
I was reading thru the entire forum and I came to a conclusion that I have to start with the Professional XML Second Edition, Is that correct ?
XSLT Complete
For XSLT and XPath, I should read zvon.org's tutorial.
It would have been much better if we had a couple of other Mock Exams that are available
Thanks
Maya
 
Hema Menon
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Maya,
Check out the links and the mock exam pages here. You can see the links at the top of the page. "Professional XML" second edition does cover pretty much everything too.
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Hema
 
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Here are some links to help you get started

XML Cert post - http://www.javaranch.com/ubb/Forum31/HTML/000367.html
XML cert. small mock exam - http://www.javaranch.com/ubb/Forum31/HTML/000510.html
XML Mock Exam list at Javaranch - http://www.javaranch.com/xml/XMLexamList.jsp
Checkout the Javaranch XML links page !!
 
Shreya Menon
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Thanks Ajith,
BTW, Hema did you mean to give me any links ? Your reply had no links in it.
If you were please let me know.
Thanks,
Maya
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Hema Menon
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Originally posted by maya menon:
Thanks Ajith,
BTW, Hema did you mean to give me any links ? Your reply had no links in it.
If you were please let me know.


If you look at the certification forums, most of them will have the links & mock exam links at the top of the page. XML Certification forum has
this ..
Do not post questions from the actual certification exam. To discuss a question from a mock exam, please mention which mock exam and the question number (if provided) so we know it's not from the real exam. Check out our Links Page! and List of Mock Exams.

That's the links that I was referring to. Anyway the links are given in Ajith's post.
Later,
Hema
 
Shreya Menon
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Hi all,
Yes, I started the preparation by buying the Big Professional XML second edition.
I started it on this sunday. Thinga are going okay.
I do have a quick question.
For practising with XML examples, which parser do u all recommend ?
I have worked with Xerces and used DOM APIs in Servlets.
So if I use Xerces, which all examples do I need to work out ?
How much programming exposure is recommended ?
Thanks
 
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For practising with XML examples, which parser do u all recommend ? I have worked with Xerces and used DOM APIs in Servlets.

Xerces is good enough. The test does not focus on specific parser implementations, but on the general parsing related issues only. Unless you are interested in understanding the subtleties of different parsers, you only need one. Any one will do the job.
Having said that, it is good to checkout the example programs that come with different parsers. They should all work with any parser you choose, with very little tweaking.

So if I use Xerces, which all examples do I need to work out ?

General parsing
- with and without DTD(with and without external entities )
- with and without Schema
- with and without validation turned off
- one schema against many instances ( to understand how validation works ).
- SAX and DOM parsing to understand different Handler interfaces.
- DOM implementation and tree navigation
- XSL Transformation - you can do this by just using the standard web browser. No programming experience required for this.
- Everything else that the exam covers and not in this list

How much programming exposure is recommended ?

Not much, because you will be peppered with questions related to Specs, not implementation. Even non-Java programmers such as VB or C++ write this test. That's the whole idea. You only need programming experience to understand and play with implementations. If you can assimilate the specs without hands-on, you don't need any programming exposure!
If you prefer to use Java as your language as choice( which I hope you do, ) you will need to know very basic language fundamentals such as defining and implementing interfaces, writing, testing and debugging stand-alone Java programs and browsing JavaDoc API references. As you can see, anyone who has worked for a couple of months in Java will have the required level of skill to do these things.
Hope that helps!
 
Shreya Menon
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quote:
General parsing
- with and without DTD(with and without external entities )
- with and without Schema
- with and without validation turned off
- one schema against many instances ( to understand how validation works ).
- SAX and DOM parsing to understand different Handler interfaces.
- DOM implementation and tree navigation
- XSL Transformation - you can do this by just using the standard web browser. No programming experience required for this.
- Everything else that the exam covers and not in this list

This gives be a good understanding of how to proceed
Thanks
Maya
 
Ashish S Yadav
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2012.....is the xml certification worth it ?
 
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Only you can tell.
 
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