Just passed IBM XML Certification today.
Now I'm qualified for the following titles:
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java�2 Platform.
IBM Certified Developer - XML and Related Technologies, V1.
How does the questions look like?
Most of the questions are same as the IBM sample test and as posted by previous test takers. The design questions are provided with one separate exhibit containing the requirements (one question got two exhibit one containing the XML file fragment and the other containing the XSL file fragment)
All the other questions are normal ones that can be displayed in a single screen shot without requiring any further scrolling.
Most of the questions are on XML 1.0 (with DTDs) and XSLT. I got two direct questions on SAX (fundamentals only), one direct question on Schema (again fundamentals only), 4 to 5 questions on CSS and only on direct question on FO.
Most of the questions on DTDs (No notations) and XSLT (including some tags and code)
My Scoring in each section
Design : 76%
Information Modelling: 88%
XML Processing: 89%
XML Rendering: 85%
XML Query: 50%
The breakup of questions is as given in IBM sample test( 18%, 23%, 25%, 10%, 5% and 19% respectively for each section)
I suggest the follwing readings:
1) XML Bible (including updated chapter No 14 and Erratta available on net)
This book is sufficient to achive up to 60%( You also have to read the two Appendices on XML spec.)
I suggest to read this book cover to cover excluding chapters on CSS2, Xlinks*, Xpointers* and chapters 19 through 22. (I suggest to read only the first two or three pages and the summary of these chapters to understand the FAQ on these topics)
*Get updated versions on Net.
2)Free on line chapter on Xpath (Orielly book)
If you still want higher score and you can read the following in the order specified
1)Any article on SAX design
2)DOM spec (XML portion is enough) and DOM API
4)XML NameSpaces Spec*
7)Any article on Schema
Take the sample test on Javaranch
Probe the IBM sample test (I mean it) to understand the type of wording/confusion in the actual exam questions.
Follow the javaranch postings regularly�
I thank all the participants on this forum and especially all the previous test takers who gave valuable suggestions that helped me to achive a good score.
Thank you and Good Luck to all of you.