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Serge Adzinets
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Joined: Nov 26, 2002
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Hi, Hari and all!

What books/tutorials do you recommend for the exam?

Here is what javaranch FAQ says:
IBM just recommends the books, but these chapter references are helpful. Professional XML 2nd Edition ch. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 24, 27. Professional XML Schemas ch. 1-9. "XSLT" O'Reilly: ch. 1-9


Do you agree with this point, or do you have a better list?

BTW, "Professional XML" has a chapter on XML schemas (#6). Isn't it enough for the test?


Best Regards,<br />Serge
Hari Vignesh Padmanaban
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Joined: Oct 07, 2003
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Originally posted by Serge Adzinets:
Hi, Hari and all!

What books/tutorials do you recommend for the exam?

Here is what javaranch FAQ says:
IBM just recommends the books, but these chapter references are helpful. Professional XML 2nd Edition ch. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 24, 27. Professional XML Schemas ch. 1-9. "XSLT" O'Reilly: ch. 1-9

Do you agree with this point, or do you have a better list?



The list is sure good But I do have A list And it sure seemed like a better list to me as I had used that to prepare for the exam

Here it is :

BOOKS
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Three Books

1. Professional XML
Almost covers all parts of exam other than security.
Chapters 2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10, 11, 12, 16, 20, 24

2. Essential XML Quick Reference - Aaron Skonnard (Author), Martin Gudgin Covers all topics except security, XSL-FO, XQUERY

3. Processing XML with Java - Elliotte Rusty Harold
Chapters 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Covers SAX, DOM - You dont need anyotehr book, tutorial if you go thro this book on these topics!!!

GET THIS BOOK!!!. It is the best book that I have read !!. The book is so interesting and informative. Apart from the certification it is an awsome book to add to your collection!!!

These were the only 3 books that I looked upon.

ONLINE CONTENT
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Other than the books, the online tutorials and sites I referred to were

1. w3schools.org
An introduction to XML concepts including basic syntax, DTD, Schema, Xpath

THIS IS teh best site for XML Schema that I have come upon. In fact I found this equivalent (and more clearer) than XML schema explained in XML Professional and Esential XML

2. IBM Developer works
I refered to these sites for XML Security (teh very basics) and XSL-FO
If you do a search on teh developer web site in IBM, you will come up with these articles

Other good sites for articles and other related contents that I refered to were

Namespaces - http://www.rpbourret.com/xml/NamespacesFAQ.htm
Entities - http://tech.irt.org/articles/js212/#intro
Schema - http://vbxml.com/xml/articles/xsd/default.asp
XSLT - http://perfectxml.com/TipsXSLT.asp

Quizzes and Exams
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XSLT - perfectxml.com/Quiz/XSLTQuiz.ASP
XML - http://perfectxml.com/Quiz/XMLQuiz.ASP


XML - http://sys-con.com/xml/article.cfm?id=634
This site Gives a NICE explannation of what to really expect in the various sections in the exam and also has some example questions :-)


Exam Simulator
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Whizlabs Exam Simulator


BTW, "Professional XML" has a chapter on XML schemas (#6). Isn't it enough for the test?

I think its more than enough .. I felt that the tutorials at w3schools.org was the best ever tutorials I read abt schema As it really lets you get a good grasp on the schema fundamentals and its SHORT

But The exam does not test you only on the concepts but as mentioned before it tests you on the application of these to real world situatuins and thats where Our Product comes in.

It gives you a clear idea of what exactlt to expect in the real world exam and most of the questions are scenario based which help you in understanding the application of the XML technologoes to solve real world problems

Hope this Helps
[ October 27, 2004: Message edited by: Hari Vignesh Padmanaban ]
Serge Adzinets
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Joined: Nov 26, 2002
Posts: 166
Thanks, Hari for your guidance!

Yes, I've heard many good words about "Processing XML with Java". I think I'll go with it

Sure Whizlabs simulator is of help as well
Mala Gupta
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Hi Hari

Thanks for the list of very useful books/ resources.

Mala


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