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passed IBM certification XML

 
Scott Collens
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I passed the test today and I thought I'd pass along my experience which more or less confirms what others have offered.
The test itself is indeed heavy on DTD, XSL and XML Design.
There was a business case where they ask you architecture and design questions. They also ask you questions on how to achieve a desired result from the application provided. (Ajith's sample test on Design is a good test of your understanding of these concepts).
I only had one question where XML & XSL were supplied and the output was asked for. (easy)
One question on xsl-fo, XLink, and schema. IMO: Don't bother with the specifics of these, just know the general specs.
Know XPath! 4-5 questions. For this, use the tutorial at www.zvon.org and the w3 specs (the XPath specs are straightforward and not so long). For good examples of XPath -- use Wrox's XSLT - Programmer's Reference by Michael Kay, Chapter 5.
I also strongly recommend going through Michael Kay's book for XSLT. It is an excellent source. There are many good examples on www.zvon.org, but I didn't find them as useful as the book for the high-level type of questions that were asked.
There were approx 5 questions where the DTD or some specs were given and you had to choose which answer conformed. (For DTD I used Wrox's Professional XML).
5-6 question on DOM & Sax: Again Wrox's Professional XML helped.
Overall: I would say that syntax was only an issue in 4-5 questions. Most questions were high-level, designed to test your understanding of the concepts. Alot of common sense and a decent grasp of specs should get you by.
As mentioned before. Time is an issue. Manage it wisely.
Hope this helps.

[This message has been edited by Scott Collens (edited July 26, 2001).]
 
Vladan Radovanovic
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Thanks for the great feedback.
 
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Congratulations to Scott Collens, IBM Certified Developer - XML and Related Technologies, V1.
Congratulations, Scott!
 
Scott Collens
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Thanks Map.
No problem Vladan. Let me know if I can be of anymore assistance.
 
Ajith Kallambella
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Congratulations Scott.
Best wishes,
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IBM Certified Developer - XML and Related Technologies, V1.
 
Madhav Lakkapragada
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Congrats.
- satya
 
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