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I passed the XML Exam, now on to SCEA Part I

 
Kevin Thompson
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I passed the XML Exam this morning. Finally!
The only new comments I have that have not already been said are:
I really like these two books ==>
Book # 1: Essential XML Quick Reference.
I know that the content is available for free as PDF files, however the PDF files can not be printed. I really like hard copies of books to mark up and this is a book I used hundreds of times to look up the rules and various examples.
Essential XML Quick Reference
Book #2: XML - How to Program by Dietel and Dietel - the Complete Training Course.
I like listening to the audio. I know people have complained that the audio is just somebody monotonously going thru lines and lines of code - but my attitude is that SOME audio is better than NO audio. Sitting here at home studying it was a relief to be able to listen to XML code being explained. The Complete Training Course is the book "XML How to Program" PLUS a CD with the course on it.
The Complete XML Training Course (1st Edition)by Deitel and Deitel
Good luck to everybody still studying!
[ December 16, 2002: Message edited by: Kevin Thompson ]
 
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Congratulations and thanks for advices !!!
Can you tell us for how long did it takes you to prepare and (is possible) what score you had ?
Thanks
 
Kevin Thompson
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It took about 3-4 months to prepare. I studied sort of off and on - so I am not sure how many hours it was.
I agree with previous posters - that this XML Exam is at least as difficult, if not more difficult than the SCJP Exam.
As for my score - I am not posting it for numerous reaons:
1. I am not really proud of it.
2. It makes no difference. When it comes to certifications - you either have it or you don't.
3. I am suspicious of people who say they scored real high on ANY exam.
This is post exam fatigue talking - but it is unfortunately the truth ==> I have worked with liars. I had a co-worker who said they scored real high - but actually they were lying and had no certification at all! (Yes - they admitted this to me.)
You would think they would be exposed for their lack of knowledge. Unfortunately most of what goes on in IT is based on "perception" as opposed to actual work produced.
I was thinking about all this on my way home from the exam ==> The reason I actually like studying for and getting a certification is that HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION actually counts for something when applied to certification exam.
In the workplace, that frequently is not the case.
I wish I knew how to get rid of my crappy attitude!
[ December 16, 2002: Message edited by: Kevin Thompson ]
 
Valentin Crettaz
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Nice shot Kevin
 
Jagdeep Singh
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Kevin Congrutalations and thanks for the advice.
 
Syed AliRaza Zaidi
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congrats ! for passing
 
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