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Study Guide for IBM 287

 
Kevin Bradley
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Has anybody had the opportunity to review the new study guide by Howard Kushner?
 
Nikhil Pendharkar
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Kevin ,
Just got the book last week !
I am bit disappointed because details of EJB are not covered as well as it should have been .
But the book seems to be useful resource for following Objectives :
2. Design, build and test web components
5. EJB transactions
6. Assemble enterprise applications and deploy them in
IBM WebSphere Application Server
7. Validate, tune and troubleshoot an application within
a WebSphere Application Server environment
But you can study these using the listed redbooks also, I have figured out the topics that map to specifications . So I don't think that buying this book would help much ....
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Nikhil
 
Luciano Queiroz
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Do you think the 3 redbooks mentioned by IBM are enough to cover all the needed details about WebSphere Application Server?
As I said in a previous topic, the 287 exam is composed around 75% by J2EE concepts, only 25% is directly about WAS.
Anyone who already did the exam could please comment this?
Thanks.
 
Jim Cramer
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I've passed all four IBM tests for jCert CED: 155, 486, 484 and 287.
If you're seriously considering the self-study approach B for the 287 exam, you will need to read more than just the three redbooks. Even with Monson-Haefel and Ed Roman's books (both very good), you will not have covered it all. You better know your J2EE specs, as well as some patterns and best practices. The WSDD is a help as well as the InfoCenter. Be sure to check out the ICE (certify.torolab.ibm.com) site for sample questions. Good luck!
 
Nikhil Pendharkar
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Jim ,
How close is the ICE Sample Test to actual 287 Test ?

Thanks ,
Nikhil
 
Jim Cramer
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Amazingly close.
 
Nikhil Pendharkar
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Jim ,
Thanks for your info !
Which area you feel that is most difficult to score and needs more preparation ?
I have got abt 72% when I gave ICE .

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Nikhil
 
Jim Cramer
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The ICE tool Examination Score Report breaks it down for you section by section. Each of us is different in our strengths and weaknesses. I was scoring in the 80's on ICE before I sat for the test 287. You must determine for yourself which areas you will need to work on. I prepare extensively for an exam before I risk the money.
 
Howard Kushner
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The Test 287 WebSphere Cerification Study Guide is intended to address all certification objectives in one single book. Of course real world experience will be a benefit, as well as knowledge of the various specifications and API's. There are entire books dedicated to EJBs available for purchase, if you are so inclined. The Redbooks and the help that is built into WSAD v5 will be a benefit as well as you prepare for the 287 exam. All in all, the study guide written by and my team and myself is a tool, which can greatly assist you in your preparations. I welcome any questions, comments, or concerns.
 
Sainudheen Mydeen
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Hi Howard Kushner
I think you could improve the "Review Questions" section (at the end of every chapter). You may provide questions with the caliber of real exam. I feel that part is missing in the book. How about a practice exam stimulator?
Thanks
Sainudheen
 
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Hello Sainudheen,
You bring up an excellent point, which merits a thorough explanation. The intent of the book is actually twofold. The first, obviously, is to be a certification study guide for test 287. The second, not so obvious purpose is to serve as a graduate level text for universities. The end of chapter review questions are just that: questions for student review in a classroom setting. We were asked by IBM to leave the true sample questions in the ICE tool, so as not to reinvent the wheel, while at the same time preserving the integrity of the exam. I would encourage you to use the ICE tool. And I wish you good luck in your preparations. Thanks for the valuable feedback. If we are asked by IBM to do a second edition, we will certainly take remarks such as yours under serious consideration. I welcome any additional comments, questions, and concerns.
Best Regards,
 
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