Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where on the IBM Web site can I find more information about the XML Certification Test 141?
for more information on Test 141.
I have read about XML and related standards, and have tried out XML@Whiz
and the sample test
on IBM site. I am ready to give the actual test. How and where should I register for the test?
Depending on where you are located, you can either register with Prometric, Inc. (www.2Test.com)
OR VUE Testing Network (www.vue.com)
. Contact IBM at [email protected]
or at cer[email protected]
for more information.
Q: What type of and how many questions are asked, and what is the passing score?
A: There are total 57 multiple-choice questions that needs to be answered in 90 minutes. To pass this exam you are required to answer 58% questions correct.
Q: Apart from the books and resources on the Web, what are other solutions that can help in better preparation for the exam?
WhizLabs has created an attractive test simulation software that is available
here on PerfectXML. See XML@Whiz
section for more details.
Q: I know XML, XPath, XSLT, Schema; but I don't know anything about SOAP or Web Services. What's the best way to learn Web Services?
The Sun Microsystems Web site contains excellent articles on Web Services
(dcb.sun.com/practices/webservices). Also see the Web Services
Focus section on perfectxml.com for links to many articles and tutorials. PerfectXML Free Library
also contains many sample chapters on SOAP and Web Services.
Q: I am absolutely new to XML world, and am looking for a job change, and hence would like to prepare for IBM XML Certification. How do I start learning XML?
Start with Professional XML 2nd Edition
. Periodically check PerfectXML IBM XML Certification Resource Web site (this Web site) for up-to-date news, resources and more such information.
Q: I have heard that the test consists of questions on XPath, XSLT, Schema syntax. Is there any Web site that provides kind of a quick reference to these technologies?
Q: I was told that there will be couple of question on XML Security. Is there any good article or book on XML security?
Q: Is there anything special that I need to remember to obtain good score?
A: Many people read on XML, XSLT, Schemas, etc. but they forget to also read up on XSL FO, XLink and XPointer, DOM Level 3, DTD, etc. So, remember to brush-up on these topics as well, in case a question pops up on these subjects. Also, be prepared to answer any B2B scenario questions, read and answer lengthy problem/scenario questions (but mostly with a simple answer :) ), and practice enough with XSLT, XPath and Schema syntax. And finally, (most importantly) make sure that you understand the role of each specification in XML applications.
Q: I am a Java developer, and would like to know how to use XML in e-commerce application; and I guess this would be useful for the test prep also. Any good books?
Q: Some time ago I had heard about IBM XML Certification Test 140, how is it different that test 141?
A: Test 140 recently retired (Jan 31, 2002) and is superceded by test 141.
Q: I would like to practice DOM and SAX XML Processing, XSL Transformation, Schema, etc. Which is the good tool and programming language I should use?
Depends. If you are on Microsoft platform (non .NET) - the best option would be play around with MSXML
; If you are a Java programmer, check out various offerings from The Apache Software Foundation
. Also see JDOM.
Q: Where can I find information on SAX2?
A: Check out www.saxproject.org.
Direct download link. NO registration required!.
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