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IBM 255, 256, 257

 
Nick Kelly
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Has anyone completed any of the IBM exams, 255, 256 or 257?

What books did you use to study?

How long did it take?

I'm hoping to do one or more of these soon so any advice would be welcome.

Thanks
 
Leon Wang
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Nick,

I spent two weeks for 285, and one month for 287. I am selling my 285 and 287 books (only books available at market).

http://page.auctions.yahoo.com/auction/93756169?aucview=0x70

http://page.auctions.yahoo.com/auction/93756125?aucview=0x70

Good luck !

Leon
 
Mikalai Zaikin
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Originally posted by Leon Wang:
Nick,

I spent two weeks for 285, and one month for 287. I am selling my 285 and 287 books (only books available at market).



Leon,

Nick is asking not about WSAD 5.0 tests, rather RAD 6.0 test. Those are completely different.

regards,
MZ
 
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Hi Nick,

Currently I'm studying for 257, my guess is to do the exam by the middle of december.
I'm using the redbook for RAD, RAD online help and some tutorials from developerworks.

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Nick Kelly
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Thanks for your replies.

It looks like the red book is the main source of information for exam 255.

I'd like to get an idea of what sections of the red book apply to the different exam objectives.

The following is how I think the exam objectives (from http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/tests/obj255.shtml) match the sections in the red book (from http://publib-b.boulder.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/sg246449.html?Open)

Section 1 - Workbench Basics (15%) 3, 4
Set Workbench preferences 3.2
Work with prespectives and views 4
Use the import and export wizards ?
Use the Help feature to aid in development activities 4.1.1
Use the Local History to compare and replace resources 3.2.4
Manage workspaces 3.1.1

Section 2 - Java Development (24%) 3.3, 5.5, 7
Create Java projects packages, classes, and methods 7.2
Manage the Java Build Path 3.3.1
Use the Outline view 7.1.7
Use the refactoring features 7.4.16
Use the Java editor features such as content assist and code formatting 7.4.11, 3.3.3
Add and organize import declarations 7.2.7
Use the Java search function 7.4.8
Use the Task and Problems views 4.2.2, 7.1.4
Use the Hierarchy view 7.1.2, 7.1.3
Use the resource and project property dialogues 5.5

Section 3 - Web Development (20%) 11, 12, 13
Create dynamic and static Web projects 11.5, 11.6
Understand classpath and module dependencies ?
Use Page Designer to add and modify HTML, JavaScript, and JSP content 11.2.4, 11.6
Configure Web project properties ?
Understand the available JSF (JavaServer Faces) development tools 13
Understand the available Struts development tools 12
Create and configure Servlets 11.6.2

Section 4 - Databases (5%) 8
Create a database connection 8.4.2
Use the SQL Statement wizard 8.7.1
Sample contents of a database table ?

Section 5 - Running Applications (9%) 19, 23
Use WebSphere Application Server V6 to run J2EE applications 19
Create and configure data sources 23.4.1
Add and remove projects from the server 19.3, 19.4
Run stand-alone Java applications 7.2.12

Section 6 - Debugging and Testing (18%) 4.2.3, 4.2.10, 20.2, 21.3
Manage breakpoints 21.3
Step through and examine Java code 21.3
View variables and execute, display and inspect expressions 21.3
Create and run code in Scrapbook page 7.3.4
Perform JSP debugging 21.3
Use step-by-step debugging 21.3
Locate and view WebSphere application server logs 4.2.10
Perform unit testing using JUnit 20.2

Section 7 - Packaging and Deployment (9%) 23
Create J2EE projects 16.4.1
Import and export J2EE modules 23.2.3?, 23.3.6
Create and locate resources in the appropriate location of the project hierarchy 16.1?
Work with Web and Application Deployment Descriptor Editors23.1.4, 23.1.5

Please let me know if you have any comments!

[ October 20, 2005: Message edited by: Nick Kelly ]
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