This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Not as good a result as I had hoped for, even during the test, was cruising along...thought I would do better. At any rate, a pass is a pass! For those folks curious about 142 vs. 142, I would say the main thing would be some additional questions that focus on DOM 2, SAX 2, and JAXB. I think if you stick to the basics - XSLT, SAX 2, DOM 2, Schema, DTD's, plus the architecture questions, you'll be fine. IBM has some Architecture material scattered around. Be sure to know how to improve performance in various situations. Here's my reading list -- most of which was done on books24x7.com:
Professional Java XML by Kal Ahmed et al. Apress � 2003 Professional XML, 2nd Edition by Mark Birbeck et al. Apress � 2004 Professional XML Schemas by Kurt Cagle, Jon Duckett, Oliver Griffin et al. Apress � 2004 XML 1.1 Bible, 3rd Edition by Elliotte Rusty Harold John Wiley & Sons � 2004 XML For Dummies, 3rd Edition by Ed Tittel, Natanya Pitts and Frank Boumphrey John Wiley & Sons � 2002 XML Schemas by Chelsea Valentine, Lucinda Dykes and Ed Tittel Sybex � 2002 XML Step by Step, Second Edition by Michael J. Young Microsoft Press � 2002 XML Technologies by Narain Gehani Silicon Press � 2002 XPath 2.0 Programmers Reference by Michael Kay Wrox Press � 2004 XSLT Programmer's Reference, Second Edition by Michael Kay Wrox Press � 2001
I would say that this was one of the most difficult exams I've ever taken, like some have said, the sheer volume of material is daunting. I found that reading the same material sa expressed by different authors was very beneficial, as some authors completely skip or cover certain areas very lightly. I did purchase the Whizlabs XML test and have the usual gripes about the bad grammar and the excessive amount of "noise" in the scenario questions--the real test is quite straightforward. I did find it helpful on the whole, though. Good luck to all who try! Regards... Doug (SCJP, SCJD, SCJA, SCWCD, and now IBM 142)
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With regard to Jothi's question, I mainly used the classic work - Professional XML, 2nd Edition by Mark Birbeck - it's pretty dry, though, and does not cover Schema in sufficient depth, in my opinion. As I said, reading through the same topics as covered by different authors gives you a more rounded treatment of this expansive terrain.