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Kishore Dandu
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What is the XML certification about.

Does it cover basics of XML or goes to any advanced aspects like XSLT, XSD etc.


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Hari Vignesh Padmanaban
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Originally posted by Kishore Dandu:
What is the XML certification about.


In short, the XML certification is about testing your knowledge to solve real world problems involving use of XML. To do this, IBM tests you on 5 different sections namely Architecture, Information Modeling, XML Processing, XML rendering and Testing and Tuning

More information about this and what the certification covers can be found at IBM's Certification web site for XML

Does it cover basics of XML or goes to any advanced aspects like XSLT, XSD etc.


Fortunately You dont really have to know the advanced aspects of XSLT, XSD or any other XML technology I feel that a little bit more than teh basics would suffice ..If u know teh advanced aspects it will always be an advantage

Having said that, what YOU SHOULD know is how all these technologies help in solving real world problems and how they would fit together . And it is also important to know the pros and cons of one technology over the other !!

For example
In cases of similar technologies like SAX and DOM (which are both API's for XML parsing) you should be able to say when you would one choose SAX over DOM or vice versa..

Another example would be in knowing the advantages of DTD over Schema
..etc

Hope this helps

Good luck with the exam
[ October 26, 2004: Message edited by: Hari Vignesh Padmanaban ]
Matt Kidd
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So essentially, its more of an "applied" SCJP meaning you need to know the basics really well but more advanced topics like XSLT and XQuery equate to the SCWCD or SCEA?

If this is the case I'm glad as some brief study for the XML certification this past summer made me worry as I have no development experience with XML and all books that I read seemingly wanted to cover EVERYTHING under the XML "sun" when I only wanted to fully understand what was on the test.
Hari Vignesh Padmanaban
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Originally posted by Matt Kidd:
So essentially, its more of an "applied" SCJP meaning you need to know the basics really well but more advanced topics like XSLT and XQuery equate to the SCWCD or SCEA?
.

"Applied SCJP" Well you could say that !!! Even though in the SCWCD and SCBCD exams you are just tested on the knowledge of teh technologies not on their application to solve a problem !!!

Most of the questions in XML in contrast are Scenario based questions in which you are given a real world situation and asked to solve the problem !!

As I mentioned before, you dont really have to know abt XSLT and XQuery in Detail but YES you should know about them !!

I personally feel thats really nice as its more application based and thats what you really need to know in the real world ..how to use a technology for solving a problem ..Once you decide on a technology you can always dig deep into the advanced concepts of that technology



If this is the case I'm glad as some brief study for the XML certification this past summer made me worry as I have no development experience with XML and all books that I read seemingly wanted to cover EVERYTHING under the XML "sun" when I only wanted to fully understand what was on the test.

I undersatnd I was in the same situation when i strated preparing for the exam !!

And trying to read all the specs just made me go

And MAtt,
If you want abook that covers what is required for teh exam,
"Professional XMl" the book prescribed by IBM for teh exam is the only book that covers all the topics (Almost )at a level that is more than sufficient to prepare for the exam

Hope this helps
Good luck with the exam
[ October 26, 2004: Message edited by: Hari Vignesh Padmanaban ]
Matt Kidd
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Thanks for the book suggestion Hari. The XML exam is one of 3 I have planned: SCJP, UML, and XML.
Eusebio Floriano
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IS Xml Certification tightly accopled with web services ?

Regards,


SCJP 1.4 / 5.0 - SCBCD 1.3 - SCWCD 1.4 - IBM 484
Hari Vignesh Padmanaban
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No Its not tightly Coupled !!
You have to know the most basic stuff about web services..
You dont need to know anything mopre than "what SOAP, WSDl and UDDI are ? and how they are used in Web Services !!!

If u need a tightly coupled exam you can take teh web services developer exam offered by SUN
http://training.sun.com/US/certification/java/java_webj2ee.html
 
 
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