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To those guys who have passed IBM 287

 
Edy Yu
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Is the difficulty level of the real test similaer to that of the ICE test?
Thanks in advance.
 
Luigi Smith
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I thought it was the toughest out of the series. Be well prepared and pick up Kushner's book. It helps a lot.
 
Nicholas Cheung
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I agreeed with Luigi. I am now preparing the test, and will go for it on coming Saturday, before the voucher expired.
I just received Howard's book, and starting reading it. Some of the topics, like EJB, Web Components, are quite easy, as they have been overlapped by various exams (SCWCD, SCBCD, IBM 484). For the rest, they are quite difficult, as they are belongs to IBM WCAD only.
Those configurations are difficult, and there are lots of tools, like IBM AC, Profiling Prespectives, to learn.
I hope I can overcome these topics!
Anyway, best luck for those who are on the same direction.
Nick
 
Serge Adzinets
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I found 287 to be as difficult as 484. I would even say it is a bit easier. Those IBM specific questions are not so difficult, even if you haven't had WSAD experience before
 
Nicholas Cheung
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Hi Serge,
Any hints for WSAD specific questions?
Nick
 
Serge Adzinets
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I just installed WSAD and played with it a bit, creating a simple app, running and trying to set different params.
The most important things are WS deployment descriptors, settings available, required or optional, what they mean and where to set.
If you're short of time, don't get deep in advanced stuff, like profiling, stand-alone clients or app server logging. Just learn the basic concepts. If you use Kushner's book, chapters 11, 12 and 15 may be skipped through.
 
Nicholas Cheung
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Hi Serge,
Thanks for your info. I will try my best to at least scan through Howard's book once. And revise the server specific setting stuffs once again before I take the test.
Nick
 
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