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Scott Lee
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Joined: Mar 19, 2002
Posts: 6
I need to know HOW similar to the ICE exam it is, i didn't like that at all because i found you had to examine the questions very carefully to understand them. I have "professional xml 2nd edition". i'm pretty well through it. After reading a bunch of stuff here i'm getting kind of worried about the exam though...
Jerry Sheehan
Greenhorn

Joined: Mar 19, 2002
Posts: 12
And I am taking the test Thursday and was wondering if it is the same questions re-ordered or is it totally different questions with only a few of the ICE questions on the exam. I have been working with XML for almost a year now and I haven't yet read the 2nd edition of the xml book
Scott Lee
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Joined: Mar 19, 2002
Posts: 6
anyone?
Saravanan Subramanian
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Joined: Feb 24, 2002
Posts: 13
Yes, the questions test similar concepts. They look very similar on the surface, but don't be fooled. For e.g., expect questions from DOM, SAX, XLink,etc. There was even a question regarding data modeling, and how to integrate a parsing process well with a database.
They use the same exhibit, but they ask different questions based on the exhibit. They may also ask you multiple schema definitions that can help validate the same XML document.
Trust your gut instincts during the exam. You have prepared well, and now leave your knowledge to take over and answer the questions for you.
Learn to relax during the exam and try to eliminate the impossible answers. You will definitely pass.
Good luck
Saravanan Subramanian
http://www.attcanada.net/~ssubramanian
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Scott Lee
Greenhorn

Joined: Mar 19, 2002
Posts: 6
My main concearn is the types of questions. I'm 18, so i don't have a big business head on my shoulders and that seems to be what the questions are geared twords. i can understand pretty much any question they throw at me...if i understand what is BEING asked of me. syntax is a joke, so i'm not worried there. i'm re-reading the suggested chapters in professional xml. even staying home from school tomorrow so i can prepare for it all day long. I heared of people doing very well on the SCJP2 exam, and doing pretty bad on the XML. I did ok on the SCJP2 (givin the time i had to learn java....passed my first write on jan 11 with 77% and i could have put a lot more work into it than i did)...is there any specific stuff in the book that will help me understand HOW to understand the questions a little better? thanks
Saravanan Subramanian
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Joined: Feb 24, 2002
Posts: 13
Hi Scott
Since you say that you know the syntax in and out, this is what I will do if I were you for the next two days.
1)Read surface level articles on XML applications and uses on the Internet or other sources. Understand how XML is used in the real world.
2) For each objective in the exam, find their uses, what they can and cannot do. For example, read the limitations of DOM and SAX. Also, why you would choose XSD over DTD. Repeat the process for every objective listed.
I cannot divulge the exact questions, but be assured that there will plenty of questions like this asking you to choose something over the other. In some cases, they will ask you to choose multiple answers to solve the same problem.
3) Remember, you can always write it again if the worst case scenario happens. You can't control everything. And so, believe in yourself and go for it.
Good luck
Regards
Saravanan Subramanian
http://www.attcanada.net/~ssubramanian
[ March 20, 2002: Message edited by: Saravanan Subramanian ]
[ March 20, 2002: Message edited by: Saravanan Subramanian ]
Scott Lee
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Joined: Mar 19, 2002
Posts: 6
Thanks for the info. The one bad thing about having 90 mins is, if its a big theory question, i might second guess myself (which usually leads to a wrong answer) But thanks for all the information. Also....is there any of those real easy questions that are just like "gimme"'s??
Done in edit: just fixed typos
[ March 20, 2002: Message edited by: Scott Lee ]
Cleland Early
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Joined: Apr 16, 2001
Posts: 38
The real test is more difficult and detailed than the ICE test. I would pay attention to the details of the processing APIs and the syntax of all of the XML thingys listed in the objectives.
Saravanan Subramanian
Greenhorn

Joined: Feb 24, 2002
Posts: 13
Hi Scott
Yes, there are few gimmies on the aspects of XML well formedness, DTDs, etc.
Regards
Saravanan Subramanian
http://www.attcanada.net/~ssubramanian
 
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