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Cleared the Exam today

 
Fazal Ahmad
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Hi Everybody:
Cleared the exam today with a score of 73%. Quite happy with the score as I just studied for a week for it with no prior knowledge of XML. Had to rush through to add the certification on my resume as I am hunting for a new job lately.
The exam is quite simple; I believe it's the same level as the Sample Test on IBM. The only pain for me was the Information Modelling Section.
Study Plan that I used:
1. Studied the Wrox "Beginner's XML" for 5 days.
2. Went through the relevant chapters from "Professional XML" in the last 2 days.
3. Studied the Appendix of XSLT(Doug Tidwell)
Note:Average Hours of Study Per Day was 6hrs.
Hope the above information helps.
Fazal
 
Tito Ortiz
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Fazal,
Congrats!!! thanks for posting, its very inspirational hearing this. I'm taking the test next friday and doing something similar as a study plan. glad to hear it's not the monster test i've been hearing alot of ppl say, and as long as the time is put in it can be conquered.
what kind of questions does the core of the test cover? i've heard topics like Schema and XSLT at the top of the list for concentration of study.
Also what was the book title you used for xslt study you mention?
Thanks and Congrats again!
 
Fazal Ahmad
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Tito:
The exam is definitely not a monster exam. After taking the exam I believe that you dont have to be an expert to clear the test. I took the test without actually "working" with XML at all.
- Lot of the questions were concerning what one would use (XSLT or CSS, DOM or SAX, etc...) in a given scenario. So it would be definitely be a good idea to understand the pros/cons of each approach.
- Quite a few questions of schema (The 2 Schema related chapters in Wrox's "Beginner XML" was sufficient; at least for the questions that I got).
- Would be good if you knew the functions that are available in XSLT (Appendix of book titled "XSLT" by Doug Tidwell, Publishers reilly).
- Some very basic questions on Namespaces, DOM and SAX.
- There were a few questions on Information Modelling that I had no idea what they were talking about.
- Couple of questions on XML Security and interaction of XML with databases.
Hope the above helps.
Fazal
 
Yingtang Tang
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Fazal, you have had a big success today!!
You are bringing us an amazing and encouraging news. One week to settle down it! I am hesitating whether I have time to take it, though I already have some experience on XML. Now I like to try it earlier.
Thanks a lot for your information. Good luck in your job hunting.
Yingtang
 
Yingtang Tang
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Originally posted by Fazal Ahmad:

Study Plan that I used:
1. Studied the Wrox "Beginner's XML" for 5 days.
2. Went through the relevant chapters from "Professional XML" in the last 2 days.
3. Studied the Appendix of XSLT(Doug Tidwell)

Fazal, could you please verify that the title of the book "Beginner's XML", should be "Beginning XML (2nd edition ISBN: 1861005598) "? I just made a search, the later shows up. Thanks.
Yingtang
 
Fazal Ahmad
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Hi Tang:
Sorry about the error, the book is called "Beginning XML" ISBN: 1861003412 and NOT "Beginner's XML".
Fazal
 
Tito Ortiz
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Fazal:
Could you clarify the two chapters in regards to your study of Schema in the professional book?
I find three chapters; 6, 7, 13
I didn't buy the XSLT book from Oreilly there are alot of reviews on amazon that talk that book down. Instead I'm reading portions of New Riders Inside XSLT and Oreilly's Java and XSLT, these seem to have pretty decent reviews from both amazon and on the boards here at javaranch so i went out and bought those. hope it will be enough :roll:
Oh one final question, did you use on online material for studying? like zvon or ibm/xml.com articles? webcasts on webservices, etc?
Thanks,
Tito
 
Fazal Ahmad
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Tito:
I used the "Beginning XML" for the Schema. It has 2 chapters. I think they are called a)Introduction to Schema, and b)Advanced Schema.
I did not use any of the online resources as I did not have the time for it.
Hope the above helps.
Fazal
 
Yingtang Tang
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Originally posted by Fazal Ahmad:

I used the "Beginning XML" for the Schema.

Fazal, one more question for you, why you focused on reading of "Beginning XML", not Professional one? Do you feel it's more readable? Few people talk about using that book for the test. Thanks.
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Fazal Ahmad
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Tang:
The reason I used "Beginning XML" because I did not have any prior knowledge of XML and I felt that (as also pointed by you) that the "Professional XML" is not very readable if one does not have any prior knowledge of XML.
Hope the above helps.
Fazal
 
Faraz Ahmed
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thank you ms fazal for ur kind information... It was all i need.. Wish me gud luck 4 my XML certification xam
 
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