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DOM and SAX - theory or actual coding skills tested?

 
Andles Jurgen
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It seems a little much to expect developers/Test candidtaes to be tested on the specifics of the various API's/Specs that make up the "Related Technologies" of XML - and I also noticed the number of posts saying that the exam was full of "scenario based" questions.
What is the best way to go when preparing for this exam. Do I learn the SAX and DOM API's/Specs inside out, or merely know the characteristics of these approaches?
I am getting the impression that this exam is also something a manager or IT archtiect / adviser could do - and not neccasarilly just a programmer. This would explain the amount of scenario based questions and the supposedly simple nature of the questions on API and Specs.
So, is a person to go "wide and shallow" or focus on the core API's and Specs and "dig deep" ?
Andles.
 
Scott Duffy
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Having just taken this exam, my experience is that you have to:
- know when to use DOM and SAX
- have a basic understanding of the interfaces exposed by DOM (in particular their names, what they are, and how they relate to each other)
- have a basic understanding of the event listeners exposed by SAX (including their names, and what they are for)
No programming knowledge required for DOM/SAX. But I wouldn't think a "manager" level could take and pass this test. There were quite a few questions dealing with specific XML, XSLT, XPath, and Schema code. You have to go "wide" on the overview level, and "knee-deep" on the proper syntax, names of elements/functions for the key technologies.
Best of luck!
Scott
MCSD, SCJP, IBM-XML
 
Andles Jurgen
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sounds like a plan - thanks for the tip,
 
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