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Axel Janssen
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here� report:
There are lots of questions with quite a lengthy business case. I�ve first focussed on the question, then the answers. Often I knew the answers without having to understand the business scenario prosa completly. My advice: follow this sequence. Did not run in a time problem. There were 25 minutes left after first answering all the questions. This time I disciplined myself to use mark feature (good idea).
I have used
- lots of material on the internet (see sections-part)
- Whizlabs (really a help if you don�t expect the same questions on the exam. It helped me to discover lots of weak parts of my knowledge and the explanations are good)
- Professional XML by Wrox (first 17 chapters, not all of them exam related).
Used xml in projects/trainings from time to time, but never in a midscale/bigger project. I did a little preparation since january (with long breaks) and more intensively the last 4 weeks, though there were lots of other things to do. It is really important to get a general overview. You might pass the test by reading skonnard 3 times, but this would drive me nuts.
This was the least effective last days preparation I�ve ever had. This war stuff depresses me.
1. Architecture: 100% (18% of test)
Those are mostly those �scenario based questions� which are quite good investigated yet . Look article of Pradeep Chopra, or the question assembled by Ajith Kallambella in Javaranch mocks. Even better is to use Whizlabs exam simulator. You�ll get to know the tricks with the time.
2. Information Modelling 80% (27%)
XML-Schema-Primer(0) spec is the best preparation I think now. This is very dense, but quite easy to read. Also I recommend powerpoint slides and excercises from Costello on (1st class learning material). I had lots of Schema questions, just 1 DTD questions. Whizlab convinced me to occupy myself with some important details a second and a third time.
3. XML Processing 72% (33% of questions)
Lots of questions about DOM. My advice: Concentrate yourself on Core DOM-1 stuff and read the DOM-2 stuff, too. There were just 1 question about DOM-2. Important is getting understanding of class diagramm of DOM-1. And some feeling for what�s in those interfaces.
Another point: Its good idea to get some understanding about Webservices and SOAP. But not too deep. Just to know what UDDI, WSDL, SOAP, Webservices in general are about. When to use them.
Btw. Skonnard is not bad neither (especially for xml in general). Ist dense and dry. Sometimes its effective this way.
Some understanding of Xlink and Xpointer (2 questions) is usefull. Chapters of XML-Bible are more detailed than necesary.
4. XML Rendering 66% (11%)
That�s what I most used in praxis . Unexpected for me there were not 1 xsl-fo question, but 4 or 5 of those. Some quite theoretical for my taste. I have used xsl-fo in 2 projects and have read some deeper theory stuff (but have forgotten the theory in the meantime ). Re-reading the tutorials of Tidwell on dev-works should have been usefull for this exam.
I�ve used zvon, Costello on and Prof. XML2 to deepen my understanding of xpath and xslt.
Important: To get some practise (allways a good idea) take something which is fast and easy like saxon processor of Mike Kay. I first used WSAD and ist good, because it has some interesting features for midscale/larger projects, but for quick learning easy-to-use-tools are better.
5. Testing and Tuning 83% (11%)
No idea what these questions were about, but I�ve reached a decent 83%.
Not yet mentioned: I�ve often visited Roseanne Zhangs FAQ 1 and 2 (part 2 is xml forum of where she monopolizes answers) for code snippets and explanations, though I haven�t yet understood anything.
Good luck
[ March 25, 2003: Message edited by: Axel Janssen ]
Valentin Crettaz
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Nice shot Axel
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