I believe that I am not newbie in IT certifications. I already took 08 tests, and until yesterday I was successful in all of them. Also, I believe that I have extensive background in IT. I hold a masters in Computer Science and I worked with C++ for several years in my native country. I realized that I prepared for those tests in a completely wrong way.
IBM tests are more difficult, because the show scenarios and you have to choose the best J2EE solutions or WebSphere configuration.
I felt the huge difference in trying to take not famous IT certifications: the lack of good books. The Howard Kuschnr one, which I used, was completely useless. It was badly written and some chapters are completely confusing. I don�t recommend it to anybody. Don�t waste your time with this rubbish!!! I did not find answers for most of the questions that they asked at the exam.
Before yesterday, I was planning to take the IBM�s 341 certification. So I bought the Roland Barcia book. Well, I hope that it is better written so it will give more knowledge about the WebSphere configuration information that I failed at the former exams.
My question is: does anybody recommend good books where I can find information about cases study, best practices in J2EE or any similar information?
SCJP-SCWCD-SCBCD-IBM 286-IBM 484-IBM 287-IBM 486
The IBM exam, despite the same technology used, it is completely different from Sun. This is the main reason why I failed.
I did not studied at Kushner's book for 484, only for 287. Besides its terrible text structure, it failed because it did not give me the information needed in the detail level that they asked at the exam.
Well, I will tell you the truth, I am completely lost. It is difficult to overcome the lack of experience in a short time.
I found answers for several questions that were asked at my exam and I did not find any clue at Kushner's.
I don't see the sense in that strategy at all. I say go for the 287 and forget about the other two.
Originally posted by Kevin Conolly:
I haven't sat for the Websphere exams yet, but from reading the IBM Objectives page, I plan on doing the Websphere exams in this order:
285 - 286 - 287.