Fazal Ahmad

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Hi Everybody:
Cleared the exam today with 91%. The exam is quite straight forward. The questions were from the following topics:
a. A lot of questions from the deployment file.
b. Quite a few from using beans in a JSP file.
c. Simple questions from the Patterns.
d. A couple of them from session and security.
e. One question on Thread Safe
f. A few on custom tag and tag-libraries.
I used the following books:
1. Beginning JSP Web Development (Wrox Series)
2. Core Servlets and Java Server Pages
3. Java Servelets 2.3 (Wrox Series)
4. Miftah Khan's notes.
Preparation Time: 10 days
Relavant Web Development Experience: None
Note:
1. Definitely try to remember the different methods is the different classes and interfaces.
2. Study the DTD for the web.xml file
3. For Patterns, Khan's notes are good, and you could also use Core J2EE Patterns book; just read the ones which are there in the syllabus and Front Component.
Hope the above helps.
Fazal
Sun Certified Programmer for JAVA 2 Platform
Sun Certified Web Component Developer
IBM Certified Developer - XML and Related Technologies.
Tang:
The reason I used "Beginning XML" because I did not have any prior knowledge of XML and I felt that (as also pointed by you) that the "Professional XML" is not very readable if one does not have any prior knowledge of XML.
Hope the above helps.
Fazal
I think the best place to start is Wrox Publications "Beginning XML". This book covers the basics that you would need to know. After you have done the above, you might just want to go through the relevant chapters of "Professional XML" also.
For XSLT: you can use XSLT by Doug Tidwell (O'Reilly Publications).
Hope the above helps.
Fazal
Tito:
I used the "Beginning XML" for the Schema. It has 2 chapters. I think they are called a)Introduction to Schema, and b)Advanced Schema.
I did not use any of the online resources as I did not have the time for it.
Hope the above helps.
Fazal
Hi Bhargavi:
I took the exam a couple of days back; they did ask questions about FO, but they were basics. The questions were more related to design involving FO than anything about the elements. Personally, I dont think its worth the effort to learn all of them.
Fazal
Hi Tang:
Sorry about the error, the book is called "Beginning XML" ISBN: 1861003412 and NOT "Beginner's XML".
Fazal
Tito:
The exam is definitely not a monster exam. After taking the exam I believe that you dont have to be an expert to clear the test. I took the test without actually "working" with XML at all.
- Lot of the questions were concerning what one would use (XSLT or CSS, DOM or SAX, etc...) in a given scenario. So it would be definitely be a good idea to understand the pros/cons of each approach.
- Quite a few questions of schema (The 2 Schema related chapters in Wrox's "Beginner XML" was sufficient; at least for the questions that I got).
- Would be good if you knew the functions that are available in XSLT (Appendix of book titled "XSLT" by Doug Tidwell, Publishers reilly).
- Some very basic questions on Namespaces, DOM and SAX.
- There were a few questions on Information Modelling that I had no idea what they were talking about.
- Couple of questions on XML Security and interaction of XML with databases.
Hope the above helps.
Fazal
Hi Everybody:
Cleared the exam today with a score of 73%. Quite happy with the score as I just studied for a week for it with no prior knowledge of XML. Had to rush through to add the certification on my resume as I am hunting for a new job lately.
The exam is quite simple; I believe it's the same level as the Sample Test on IBM. The only pain for me was the Information Modelling Section.
Study Plan that I used:
1. Studied the Wrox "Beginner's XML" for 5 days.
2. Went through the relevant chapters from "Professional XML" in the last 2 days.
3. Studied the Appendix of XSLT(Doug Tidwell)
Note:Average Hours of Study Per Day was 6hrs.
Hope the above information helps.
Fazal
Just a general idea is more than sufficient. I dont believe they ask questions about the specifics.
Hi:
Mark is correct..When you are using the equals() on 2 StringBuffers which are same , you still get a false value is because of the following (I guess...):
- The StringBuffer class does not override the equals() provided by the Object class. Hence you are actually calling the Object's version of equals(); and this version does a "shallow" comparision i.e. it does a "==" comparision and hence it returns
a false.
Hope the above helps.
Fazal
Hi Arvind:
Quite true; if you call the toString() on a String object, it would return itself i.e. a String object.
However, if you call the toString() on a Byte object, it would return a new String object representing the Byte object's value.
Fazal
Hi Veneet:
Congratulations !!
Cheers,
Fazal
19 years ago
Hi Hima:
It is permissible to subclass java.lang.Error; it is not a final class.
Fazal
Hi Preeti:
The output would be 'False'. The reasoning behind is that the b1.toString() would return a String object each time and we all know that if we use '==' on 2 String objects they would not be equal (until and unless they were constructed using the same literal, however thats not the case here)
Hope the above helps.
Fazal

Hi Albert:
I used the Khalid Mughal's Java certification book to study the inner-classes. Though I did not use it for I/O, I saw after the exam it has more detailed and excellent coverage of it. I would advise that u use it instead of RHE.
Hope the above helps..
Fazal
For Deepak:
RHE -> Complete JAVA 2 Certification Study Guide
(simon Roberts, phillip Heller, michael Ernest)
KM -> Khalid Mughal's book on JAVA Certification
19 years ago