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is there any portal/portlet (vendor-independent) certification?

Jesus Angeles
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Is there any portal/portlet (vendor-independent) certification?
Ryan Wilson
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Seeing as how Sun published the JSR 168/268 specification the certification would most likely come from them.

A few years ago I had asked someone at Sun if there was a going to be a certification for portlets and at that time they had no plans to do so.

Of course things could have changed since then. I would suggest that you contact them.

Please post your findings.
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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I haven't seen any independent portlet development certifications. The portal API relies heavily upon the Servlet & JSP API, so Sun probably feels that the SCWCD exam is sufficient to prove web based, portlet programming skills.

I've taken the IBM Certification exam 399 and IBM exam 829, both of which are pretty heavy on JSR168, but you do need to know a bit about the Struts and JSF portlet, and IBM's C2A and PortletServices to get a really high score. The exam isn't generic enough to be industry wide.

-Cameron McKenzie
Jesus Angeles
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Originally posted by Cameron W. McKenzie:

I've taken the IBM Certification exam 399 and IBM exam 829, both of which are pretty heavy on JSR168, but you do need to know a bit about the Struts and JSF portlet, and IBM's C2A and PortletServices to get a really high score. The exam isn't generic enough to be industry wide.

-Cameron McKenzie


Yesterday, I tried to search this 399 and 829 exams on IBM certification list, but they are not there. I used this link tests by number. Am I looking at the wrong list?
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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I know what you mean. It scared me the other day when I wet to schedule exam 829 and it wasn't there.

I've put direct links in yellow, at the top of my page, to the exam objectives for IBMs Portlet Development exams, tests 399 and 829:

Links to IBM exam 829 and IBM Exam 399 Objectives

-Cameron
Emad El-Agouz
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Hi there
I passed the 399 exam.
Does is worth the time & effort to target the 829 exam.
and how are they different?


Emad El-Agouz<br />Software Engineer<br />-----------------<br />SCJP,SCWCD,SCBCD & SCEA (Pt 1)<br />IBM 399
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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If you passed IBM Exam 399, then you'll likely pass the WebSphere Portal IBM Certification Test 829 as well. After all, they both test you on the same JSR168 API. The big difference is knowing the wizard support for C2A (WebSphere's Click-to-Action) wizards in IBM's Rational Application Developer 7. And know some of the other wizards that have changes from IRAD 6.

There's also a question or two on the Ajax Portlet framework, mainly knowing about the XMLResponse object and stuff.

But even if you miss the new stuff, there's enough JSR168 stuff in there that will give you a passing score on exam 829. Knowing the other stuff will really just put you over the 80% mark.

It's a good exam, and a tough test, especially if you're not familiar with the portlet specification JSR-168.

-Cameron McKenzie
Jesus Angeles
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It looks like both exams below are not available where I am now (Singapore).

[Portlet 1.0)
Test 829 - IBM WebSphere Portal 6 Application Development (IBM Certified Solution Developer - IBM WebSphere Portal V6.0)

[Portlet 2.0)
Test 959 - IBM WebShere Portal 6.1 Application Development (IBM Certified Solution Developer - IBM WebSphere Portal V6.1)

Are there any other good exams out there not necessarily from IBM, for these APIs?
Preeti Baderiya
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Hello Cameron,

I am going to give IBM WebSphere Portal 6.0 Application Development exam (Exam code-829)within 15 days.I have read a book for this exam which had syllabus topics and I have worked on WebSphere Portal 6.0 + RAD 7.0 so I have knowledge about it, but I am not getting any sample paper for preparation please help me. This exam is manadatory for me.

Please mail me at:- preet.priya@gmail.com
I will be thankful to you.
 
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