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Need help on 158 for the quick readers

 
Ravi vv
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Hi
I am new to this site. I read some of the postings and found excellant things happening around here..
I recently did my SCWCD with 83% and planning to do Websphere Test 158. I had little bit experience in Websphere.. Could someone help me to give tips to prepare for this exam in a week time..That would be great help
Thanks
Ravi
 
Muriel Boutefeu
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Websphere test 158 contains about 70% questions on JSP, EJB, ... and only 30% questions on WebSphere itself. So it's possible to pass the test without knowing the product.
JSP, servlet, ...
If you pass SCWCD, you should already know quite well servlet and JSP specifications.
EJB
If you have already some knowledge of EJB, I would recommand you put the focus on the first book in IBM education resources:
Enterprise JavaBeans, 3rd Edition
By Richard Monson-Haefel
Publication Order Number: Published by O'Reilly & Associates; ISBN: 0596002262
Note: Read a thorough explanation of the EJB 1.1 specification, as well as designing and programming EJBs.

It's a nice book giving first good explanation on the why and then only details of code. For the certification 158, you don't really need details of code. 158 is only on EJB 1.1 and this book contains description of both 1.1 and 2.0. But the separation between the 2 is well marked in the book and you will have only to read half of the book for this current certification. Read it twice.
You must know perfectly:
  • difference between EJB (stateful session, stateless session, container managed
  • transaction management by container, isolation level, types (mandatory, RequiresNew,...). You will have some scenario questions on this)
  • transaction management programmaticaly. When you can use it.(on which type of bean)
  • LifeCycle of beans
  • how to write the Deployment Descriptor for the different types of beans and the different types of transaction management + some question on JNDI resources


  • Now if you don't have any understanding of J2EE yet, it would be better to start with the book of Marinescu (another IBM education resources but for test 483 - J2EE 1.2):
    EJB Design Patterns
    By Floyd Marinescu
    Publisher: John Wiley
    ISBN: 0471208310
    or
    Download the pdf version of the book from (You may have to register to download): TheServerSide.com
    (http://www2.theserverside.com/
    books/EJBDesignPatterns/index.jsp)

    Websphere And then, for Websphere questions, I recommand posts of other ranchers:
  • Recommendations from Axel Janssen
  • Wee T

  • ICE
    And of course don't forget to understand the answers of ICE test posted on this forum:
    ICE questions and answers
     
    Ravi vv
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    Muriel,
    Thank you so much...
    I will start at the earliest...
    Do we have some more links for the tests to practise?
    -Ravi
     
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