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3. Following chapters from Sun tutorial. http://java.sun.com/j2ee/1.4/docs/tutorial/doc/index.html Chapter 8 : Building Web Services with JAX-RPC Chapter 9 : SOAP with Attachments API for Java Chapter 10 : Java API for XML Registries Read every line. Try and work all the examples with Sun Application Server.
4. Chapter 14(handlers) from RMH
For JAXP, I trusted my past experience and little working knowledge on SAX, DOM, XSLT. I skipped JAXB completely and read it only from MZ quiz.
Optional: Try to read RMH chapters on JAXRPC, JAXR, JAXP(if you have time. I did not)
5. MZ Quiz : MUST. Most helpful. (Note to MZ, please try and improve the format. Answers can be given at the end of all questions) 6. Whizlabs : I am a great Whizlabs fan but it didn't help much for this exam. But gives you a good idea of what to expect. It is much harder than the real exam. (Note to whizlabs: THe new "improved" format of whizlabs sucks.Please go back to your old format. And concentrate more on quality of questions rather than presentation.)
About the exam: It was not as difficult as I expected. There were atleast 10+ questions on security. MZ Quiz was sufficient. Many of the questions were scenario based and had some tricky options which were difficult to eliminate. My experience might have helped here. Luckily there were not many questions on web.xml and webservices.xml.
Final advice. Don't waste too much time on preparation!!
Originally posted by Vasim Patel: Final advice. Don't waste too much time on preparation!!
Waste might be a bit of a strong word - but "too much" is difficult to quantify in this case. There certainly comes a point where "you've had enough".
It seems that if you have relevant working experience to the point that you are not "afraid" to write your own WSDL, you wouldn't be lost without the Java2WSDL tool, and you have a good understanding of all the different technologies purposes and how they interact then you might get by with a quick study of MZ's notes.
If you are new to Web services however you better settle into study mode for the long haul...
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Thanks Milakai, Wise, Peer.
Sure Peer. You are right. I was trying to drive the point that there comes a point when preparation seems endless and might put you off, inspite of working so hard and covering most of the topics. Your point clarifies when to stop.
I am in preparation mode right now and I wanted to know if the exam covered a lot of API questions.
RMH gives a lot of API details and I am not sure if I am expected to memorize these for the exam. This is true for JAXP, JAXR and SAAJ etc. I know a lot of the classes' functionality but I wouldnt know all the methods in it. Are there any trick questions on these?
Also, how much JAX-RPC mapping did you cover? Was that of any relevance? I ask this because theres a whole chapter in RMH on this and I dont know if it is of any significance in the real world.
Thanks in advance! [ April 12, 2006: Message edited by: S Kapoor ]