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Passed IBM 158- Websphere [68%] !!!

 
Amittttt Jainnnn
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Hello there,
I passed my IBM Test158 on valentine's day with 68%. JavaRanch was obviously quite a great help in the sense that it provides a platform to share and benefit from the valuable experience of other adventurers! but my special thanks goes to the user community here at JavaRanch who have made this whole talk look so meaningful & of utmost importance.
Coming down to the point, the resources I used for this were:
Cover to cover reading of:
J2EE Spec
EJB1.1 Spec
Servlet2.2 Spec
JSP1.1 Spec
Websphere ASSE Bible
Websphere Infocenter- There are h*ll lot of PDFs to go through - gettingStarted, EJB, JSP, Servlets, web services to name a few.
RedBooks- I consulted three :
sg246176
sg246124
sg246144
WhizLab Mock Test - INfact, I feel like I wasted my money in purchasing it especially for this exam coz their 160 ques were NOT EVEN NOWHERE NEAR to what has been asked in the real test. This WhizTest concentrates on the technical aspects like "how to remove an EJB" -[can be answered by a 2-days old lad!] while the real ques would be something like "When to remove an EJB and how based on certain circumstances" - obviously, as you can see my disappointment with WhizLab, I think while they are in this business- they should try to design their tests around what is actually asked in the exam instead of designing something to test candidate's knowledge bank.
Remember, Knowledge is important but APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE IS WHAT COUNTS! and this is what a leading company like IBM is expected to check so be prepared aspirants!!
Your concepts should be as clear as a crystal before you take on this and Yes, the most important thing in this exam is your real-life experience with Websphere, EJBs etc. If you dont have it- do it!!!
It took me 22 days(22/1-14/2) to prepare from scratch so time is not a problem but it included my earlier experience as an architect with weblogic technologies.
Enough said!!! Any ques, shoot at me! I would be glad if i could be of help..
Thanks,
Amit Jain
IBM Certified Websphere
SCJP1.4,XML-SOAP
 
Ruff Young
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Congratulations!
 
Tony Chen
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Congratulations! What a great Valentine's Day for you!
Do you mean you had no websphere experience whatsoever prior to Jan 22 ?
What's the percentages of pure websphere questions and pure j2ee questions? 50/50?
Any overlap between 158 and 483?
[ February 15, 2003: Message edited by: Tony Chen ]
 
Sridhar Srikanthan
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Congrats Amit
Sri
 
Amittttt Jainnnn
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Thanks All!
Tony, I did have some experience of websphere but that was years back when we were asked to evaluate the websphere vs weblogic - That time, we unanimously voted for weblogic [thats understandable - but websphere has come a long way now- especially the "J2EE full cert." - it has got in v4.0 onwards] To understand Websphere application server that too J2EE compliant- was not the major problem since it resembled weblogic in every respect be it- EJB, JSP or servelts- obviously creating J2EE compliant jars is the same everywhere- The difficult bits for me were -
1. understaning tools from websphere and how to use them and their limitations.
2. Non- J2EE concepts- like Access Beans, inheritance, associations etc etc..
3. different extensions IBM has over and above the normal spec
I am quite happy at the news from SUN where they have announced a "J2EE Verifier tool" for all the appl servers. Now only those servers will be given J2EE-compliant certificates who follow J2EE cover-to-cover without any sort of non-standard features- "part of the reason which is holding J2EE back is over-smartness of the companies to introduce non-standard features to improve the marketability of their product, but infact they are beating the whole concept of portability!" Personally, I wont like to use the features in any appl server which will tie me to a specific flavour! I would rather, architect new classes similar to their features and introduce them as common classes in the project , where beneficial & possible..I know you guys think the same too...
Anyways, Toni coming back to your ques., yeah, I would say the split was 60/40 -[40 Websphere] if I include al the design questions in J2EE..
I haven't taken 483 so I have no clue about the similarity these two tests might share but I gather from other's opinions- there is marked similarity in these two tests- perhaps 483 explores some concepts more vertically!
Thanks,
Amit Jain
IBM Websphere, SCJP, SOAP
 
Dennis L Chen
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Congratulations! Admit.
Could you tell me where can I find information about "2. Non- J2EE concepts- like Access Beans, inheritance, association" in your last post.
Thanks in advance.
 
Amittttt Jainnnn
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Hi Dennis,
I consulted the redbooks and websphere bible for this - the subjects are really scttered over the books with no clear explanation for all in a single place but these 3 redbooks will help if read selectively-
sg246176
sg246124
sg246144
& websphere bible
Cheers,
AJ
 
Sachin Kansal
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Hi! Amit,
Congrats on clearing this exam in the first attempt. Most javaranch guys have failed in the first attempt. I plan to take it soon.
But I find it quite hard to digest that u did it in 22 days and that too read so many things. Do u mean 22 days full time? Did u get a question on SOAP? Do u remember it?
Anyways congrats again!!
I would be thankful if u can send some questions across.
bye.
Sachin
 
John Lee
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Congratulations!
 
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