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XML Certification FAQ

 
Joseph Hammerman
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The same questions seem to be asked repeatedly in this forum. I have prepared this XML certification FAQ to give the answers to these basic questions in on place.

I. Mock Exams

Q: Where do you purchase XML mock exams?
A: http://www.whizlabs.com/jwhiz

Q: Does IBM have a sample test?
A: Yes, http://www-1.ibm.com/certify/tests/sam141.shtml

Q: Where do I find IBM’s sample exam for their defunct 140 XML exam?
A: http://viktor99.virtualave.net/IBM140a.html

II. Books

Q: Are there any books specifically for IBM XML certification?
A: Not at this time (3/2002).

Q: What are IBM’s recommended readings for the exam?
A: IBM just recommends the books, but these chapter references are helpful.
1.Professional XML 2nd Edition
Recommended Reading: ch. 2,3,4,5,6,8,9,11,12,24,27
2. Professional XML Schemas
Recommended Reading: ch. 1-9
3. XSLT O'Reilly
Recommended Reading: ch. 1-9

Q: What is the one most important book for XML certification?
A: Professional XML (Second Edition).

Q: What other books are useful for Certification Study?
A: XSLT Programmers Reference (Wrox), Beginner’s XML (Wrox), XML in a Nutshell (O’Reilly), XML Bible

Q: What are good beginners books on XML?
A: “A Complete Idiot’s Guide to XML” is accurately named, a very easy book without a lot of information. It may be useful as something to get you started. “XML for Dummies” is at a somewhat higher level.

III. Online Information

Q: What information does IBM give on its XML exam?
A: http://www-1.ibm.com/certify/tests/obj141.shtml

Q: Where does Java Ranch have XML information?
A: http://www.javaranch.com/gramps/XMLLinks.jsp

Q: Where are some posts from this forum with good information on the XML exam?
A: http://www.javaranch.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=52&t=000241
http://www.javaranch.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=52&t=000277

Q: What are good online resources for XML?
A: Follow this link:
http://www.javaranch.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=52&t=000206

IV. Other

Q: What is the pass mark and time limit on the IBM XML exam?
A: You have 90 minutes to get 38 of 57 correct.

Q: What languages do you need to know to learn XML?
A: Anyone with a decent software background can learn XML. I would say that XML is easier to learn and get certified in from scratch than Java. It is somewhat similar to HTML, so HTML background helps. It helps to know Cascading Style Sheets. Web development background helps. However, XML is used as a data transfer format apart from web uses. Background with parsing and string manipulation languages such as Perl helps. A lot of XML jobs require Java, but there is no similarity between the languages of Java and XML.
The IBM exam is called “XML and Related Technologies”. Learning XML for certification and practical use involves learning related languages such as DTDs, XSLT, and Xpath.
[ July 19, 2006: Message edited by: Jim Yingst ]
 
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