I just finished reading the Wrox Professional XML 2ed cover to cover. I took the sample test today and just barely missed passing ( I thought the test was tough!) . Because I had very little exposure to XML before, maybe this is useful for someone in my situation. I think with a better memory, I would have passed today essentially from what the book taught me ( I used some outside resources, but few).
The upshot on this book with respect to the cert is that it covers most of what you need, and is the only book I found which does so for 141. This includes fairly detailed chapterS on Web Services. However, at 1100+ pgs it doesn't cover things concisely. Might make a good refernce in the future if I ever use this technology. For someone who likes to have a book on the shelf as opposed to bookmarks in their browser, I give this book a "B" grade.
If you're a web jockey who can learn from material online, there are equally good tutorials and other resources posted on JavaRanch (from what I've seen / skimmed ) . But I like to highlight my book up, and carry it with me (keeps me in shape
Of course either way, setting up parsers & messing around with actual examples etc is a must.
I hope this helps people who are browsing titles for the exam.
Who is taking the exam soon? I'd like to hear how it compares to the sample on IBM's website. I hope it's easier, or else I've got some reviewing and additional resource hunting to do.