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Passed Saturday 72%

 
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I passed Saturday with a 72%. It's not a great score I know, but at least I didn't miss any architecture questions. Here are my suggestions to the struggling among you:
1. Go ahead and buy the professional XML and XML Schemas books. The books are highly influenced by the information in those two texts. I mean HIGHLY influenced.
2.Read the API documentation for DOM2 and SAX2. I know it's not fun, but it helped me.
3.Know the difference between the different technologies - what they can and can not do. This is especially important for namespaces, scheams content models, and XSLT vs CSS.
I took the practice test and bought XML whiz. In my humble opinion, don't waste your time. Just read. In fact, the practice test may give you a false sense of confidence, since MY real test didn't resemble the mock or the test product AT ALL!
The tests are very schema heavy. So pay attention a lot to those questions. Since a lot of technologies are based around XPath, make sure you are very familiar with how it works.
I hope this helps.
codediva
 
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Oh yeah... In terms of time, I had plenty. I had 38 minutes left after I reviewed every single question.
codediva
 
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Congratulations !!!
Approximately, what percentage of questions are from DTD,Schema,DOM,SAX,XSLT ???
Also could you tell us, how much time it took you to prepare for the test and if you had any XML experience before you started preparation ?
Congrats once again.
Shashank
 
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Congrats!
I'll make sure I brush up on Schemas and XPath.
John
 
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Congratulations!!
could u please tell me how deeply XSLT topic is to be covered? Is Prof. XML sufficient for this topic? OR do we need to to read O'Reilly's XSLT by Doug Tidwell.
Thanks
Malvika
 
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hi congrats!!!
can yu tell how many question were form dom2, sax 2, api ,xslt ???
if possible can yu get the split of the questions???
any one if yu knew the split up , pls do post a reply
thanks in advance
senthil
 
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Congrats!
How about the questions from Dom and Sax?
-Anitha
 
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I will post the percentages in about an hour when I go out to my truck and get my score sheet. I didn't buy the prof. XSL book, so I didn't feel I needed it. I thought professional XML was enough for the XSLT coverage. I also read the spec though. I think the real key to the XSLT stuff is understanding what the Xpath selects. I didn't even read about the XSL-FO (though I should have since I scored 33% on rendering which was only 11% of the test!).
As far as studying. I studied about 2 weeks. I'm a single parent and a consultant that works a bunch of hours. I read the schema book 1 time and it took me about 3 days. I went back and read the highlighting the night before the test. I didn't do any example work. If english isn't your native language, you may want to work a little harder since the questions are often tersely worded.
Oh yeah, there's a chart in the schema book that shows the difference between DTD, schema, and competing schema technologies. While you don't need to worry about the competing tech. the chart is useful for comparing DTDs and schemas.
In closing (I know I type a lot :-), make sure you understand schema content models, stuff like, how you make a list, how to make something null, how to extend, restrict, or substitute. It seemed as if there were many questions on this. Know SAX and DOM -- just go ahead and read the spec. especially if you worked with MSXML and think you understand the DOM -- you probably don't know it in adequate detail. SAX is so small, just read the API. there is bound to be a couple of questions about the interfaces or the order that processing occurs. Know the DOM hierarchy -- what inherits from what and what you in general you can pass to the methods.
I hope that helps... I'm studying for Java programmer and IBM OOA and OOD now.
That's all folks,
--codediva
 
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Congrats codediva. And thanks for the tips. Hopefully in 2 or 3 months I'll be ready.
-Marlon
 
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Malvika & anithalingham,
Could you please check out the JavaRanch naming policy and change your display name? You can do that here.
Thanks,
John
 
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