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Just Passed 141 (83%)

 
Chuck Caplan
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Hi All,

Long time watcher, first time poster.

I just passed my 141 and I just wanted to post some resources that helped me the most:

Professional XML, 2nd Edition
Professional XML Schema
ZVON XPath Tutorial - http://www.zvon.org/xxl/XPathTutorial/General/examples.html
Enabling XML Security - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/library/s-xmlsec.html
Excellent Regular Expressions Tutorial - http://www.silverstones.com/thebat/Regex.html
All the sample tests and resources recommended by this website.
Apache FOP to test out XSL-FO documents, though I didn't mess around with it too much.

I also tried all the DOM and SAX examples in Professional XML (using Java), which helped a great deal.

I would say the thing that helped me the most is the Whizlabs simulator software. I heard some bad things about it, but for me, it was great. Some people have said that the Whizlabs tests were too easy, but I found that I actually scored better on the real test than the Whizlabs test. There were more mistakes than there should have been (mainly grammar-related), but it was still worth-while for me.

Also, I used IBM's Websphere Development Studio Client as an IDE to test a lot of the examples from the books. It has some amazing XML tools that really helped. It is based off of the Eclipse Framework and if you own a recent IBM iSeries model, it should be free.

I would say that the 3 most helpful resources were Professional XML, the IBM Websphere IDE to test XML, XSL, DOM, SAX, DTD and XML Schema, and the Whizlabs software. In addition, this website and the XML-Cert group on Yahoo! Groups gave me a good idea of what to expect from the test. I was expecting the worst, but I also studied A LOT, way more than the SCJP test. I am pleased with my outcome and I want to thank you all very much for your help.

If I can think of any more resources I liked, I will post them. Thanks.

Chuck
 
Hari Vignesh Padmanaban
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Congrats Chuck

Glad to know that the exam simulator helped
 
Serge Adzinets
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Good job, Chuck!

Thanks for your feedback.
 
Lasse Koskela
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Congratulations and welcome to Da Club
 
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