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should i go for 142

 
nandan johri
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hi i am a java developer and am scjp and scwcd .. was actualy hoping to start prep for scbcd bout with the current 2.0 / 3.0 thing coming up am in a confusion to go about it ... so was planning to go for some other cert ...was just thinking if 142 would be good ... i have no exp in xml more than what we use in j2ee/spring ... so what i be doing?? shpuld i go for it not? if yes how long would it take tp prepare ??
 
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if you are confident enough that you can learn wsdl and XSLT than go for it.
I took sample test of 142 and failed with 52%..I just want to evaluate myself about where i stand in the world of xml..There were loads of XSLT stuff...I was confortable with schema,DTD,WSDL etc as i have worked on it but no clue about rest of the stuf..I will take 142 but after sometime..Now my suggestion to you is that it may take 2-3 months depending on how you prepare..There are good books/ web tutorials for getting prepared..Also it may be a while before SCBCD3.0 gets released..So you can still attemp SCBCD1.3 as its quite easy..

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nandan johri
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just out of curiousity prashant ... what kind of j2ee dev work really needs that much amount of xml that 142 asks you of .. i am working on j2ee app that is built on spring and hibernate and i have never touched anything else than xml , never xslt etc. ,( a little dtd sure ) .. so is the job profile of the two technoogies very different ??? can you give me some reference article where a spring / struts relates with xml technologies carried in 142 ???
 
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i too have worked on spring/struts...i think the main work there is just to use configutaion xml files...
I advise you to have a look at exam objectives...
Also look at the xml-142 article series at ibm developerworks
http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/edu/x-dw-x-cert1425.html
There are 5 articles...each skimming through various objectives..Than you know where you stand..You really need some time to learn XSLT as its bit difficult technology..

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It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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