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Cleared with 83% on 28th April.

 
Dhananjay Goswami
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Hi folks,
I cleared the test 141 with 83% on 28th April. I must really thank this forum and must also apologise for not having been able to contribute. The following were the resources that I used:
www.w3schools.com - Its a great place to start learning about new things from ground 0.
www.xfront.com: Excellent tutorials on XSL and Schemas with lab exercises and examples. An absolute must read.
http://cafeconleche.org/books/xmljava/chapters - For an absolutely great book called Processing XML with Java. This ones a really great book for SAX, DOM, SOAP etc.
www.whizlabs.com: The sample package of the product was also great. I was only held back by the price of the product. Otherwise, if the sample is any indication, its a real must-have.
Professional XML, XSLT, Professional XML Schemas: How can I ignore IBM's recommendations???
And of course, this forum and www.tek-tips.com.
I started preparing for the test some 3 months ago and I didn't know the ABC of XML at that time. Also, I've never worked on XML and that made it slightly more difficult for me. I had to abandon my preparation for the test for about a month because of work pressure from office but thankfully, it somehow didn't affect my preparation too much. After the work pressure eased, I was able to get back on track in just a week. Overall, a very satisfying experience.
Thanks to this forum for its great support.
Now, I'm planning for either the RUP or SCWCD test. I think I'll go for the WCD first. And of course, I'm relying on javaranch again. And this time, I'll make it a point not to be a silent visitor to the forum.
Thanks once again.
And all the best.
Dhananjay
 
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Congrats !
 
Saket Barve
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Hi Dhananjay,
Congratulations on clearing the XML Certification exam. Well done, and wish you all the best for your future endeavours.
I am planning to give the exam within a month. While I haven't specifically studied for the exam, I've had good experience working in XML for the past few months.
The sites you mentioned are helpful indeed. Other than that, it'd be great if you could give some insight regarding the pattern of exam questions, difficulty level and an approximate weightage for the relevant topics.
Thanks,
Saket
 
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Well done & Congratulations!~
 
Parth K
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Good Job Done, Dhananjay !! Congratulations !

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Dhananjay Goswami
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I should have done this yesterday itself. Well, anyways, here's what I remember about the test now.
The questions, for most of the part, were not tough. Some of them were real whackers and will leave you totally floundering. But there will be the extremely simple ones too to make up for the tough ones. You can expect a lot of questions on DTDs, XSL, SAX, DOM. Schemas also have about 4-5 questions on them. If you haven't gone through DOM and SAX, you're in trouble. And get some practise too. A lot of questions on DOM & SAX are about the interfaces, methods etc. There was just one question on SOAP and that was very basic too. Apart from that, be sure to get some practise on sample tests. The IBM sample test is almost exactly identical to the real test as far as difficulty and coverage of topics is concerned. So, do try that. Also, the test 140 is also available somewhere (I've forgotten which site I found it at but I do remember that I had got hold of it from a search on google).
XSLT and Schemas should be practised and understood. Basically, if you study just XSLT (including XSL, FO and XPath), DTD & Schema, and DOM & SAX and understand some design aspects then you should be through.
For completeness, you could also go through SOAP, UDDI, WSDL, Xlink, XPointer and XQuery. But these topics will have just about 3-4 questions between them. So, its a very small portion of the test. I spent a lot of my time on these areas also.
Hope this info helps.
All the best.
Dhananjay.
 
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Nice shot Dhananjay
 
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Conmgratulations.....and all the best for ur next test...
a few questions:
what is the pattern of questions relating to DTD and schemas..r they syntax based or scenario based.
What book or material did u follow for 'DESIGN'. did u study any other chapters other than recommended chapters in Prof XML.
 
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Congratulations! This is a good score!
 
Jack Yan
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Congrats!!!
 
Micheal Jacob
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congratulationssssss ....
Micheal
 
Dhananjay Goswami
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Hi Daisy,
About your query on Schemas and DTD questions, there are almost an equal no. of questions on syntax and scenario based questions.
I just followed the Professional XML for getting some inputs and clarity on the design issues. And again, practise helps here too. Make as many schemas and their DTD counterparts, give yourself situations etc.... for practise. It really helps to have some friends you can discuss these issues with. Try to understand the reason behind providing any feature in these technologies (this goes for xslt, schemas, DTDs, SAX, DOM etc.). Just thinking about those issues will clear a lot of doubts from your mind.
Thanks to everyone for your wishes.
All the best to everyone for their future endeavors.
Dhananjay.
 
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Congrats!
 
John Lee
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Congratulations!
 
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Dear Dhananjay ,
Many congratulations on your success!!!
Thank for your appreciation about Whizlabs Exam Simulator! I would highly appreciate if you mail us your detailed feedback on our product at feedback@whizlabs.com.
Looking forward to continuously adding value to your career!
Best wishes,
Pradeep
 
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