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This study guide is designed specifically for professionals who are preparing for test 285-IBM's world-class certification program for programmers seeking to learn IBM WebSphere Studio application development. Programmers are guided through the basics of using WebSphere Studio Application Developer, from fundamental concepts through the development of a complete web application. Development, debugging techniques, and implementing a complete application with HTML pagesare covered, and information on JSPs, Servlets and back-end database access is provided. Review questions and key-term definitions are designed to help reinforce learning.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 7" Height: 9" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2003
Publisher MC Press, LLC
ISBN 1931182116 ISBN13 9781931182119
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More About Gary Craig & Peter Jakab
Gary Craig has been deeply interested in personal improvement through psychology from an early age. He is the originator of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Gary is a Stanford engineering graduate, a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, and trained in other forms of Energy Psychology.
Gary Craig currently resides in the state of California. Gary Craig was born in 1940.
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Better with the book than without Mar 14, 2006
After taking the exam (and passing it) solely using this Guide, I have some feedback on it. The conversational style and illustrations make it quite easy to read. If you've never done J2EE, the book does an excellent job of both introducing you to the technology and to the WSAD tool set that supports it. The CD has both WSAD and WAS, and includes a workspace with a prepared sample project for each chapter so that you gain hands-on experience with WSAD. The syllabus covers the essentials from developing static web pages through JDBC. It doesn't venture outside the web container, meaning no EJBs. (EJB development is not covered on the exam.) There are some shortcomings that future candidates should know about, so I'll focus on those:
1) While the book is pretty thick with J2EE technology, the exam focuses tightly on WSAD itself and how to use it. Take the Sample/Assessment Test fairly early in your study course. It is very much like the Exam. I've used the debugger and Help subsystem for years, but the Exam found parts of them that I didn't know much about. BE SURE that you use the list of Exam Objectives from the IBM web site.
2) The book is a little long in the tooth. It assumes WSAD 5.0 while most of us have been using 5.1 (and now the Rational Application Developer 6.0), so the illustrations may differ from what you will actually see. I found this a problem in two places: a) loading the Project Interchange tool, and b) specifying tag libraries to the project.
3) Not all of J2EE is covered by the book, and not all the relevant technologies. No Struts (other than a brief overview), no Filters, none of the more recent Markup Languages. CSSs get short shrift, too.
4) The section about JDBC and the Data Perspective is generally weak. No mention of Level 4 drivers. No illustration of how to use the schema wizards (the exam has a few questions about them).
The certification obtained by Exam 285 is being retired at the end of 2006. It is being replaced by 'IBM Certified Associate Developer - Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software V6.0' and Exam 255, which appears nearly identical to Exam 285. Therefore, with the caveats above noted, this Study Guide should be of considerable help well into the future. As a novice approaching either exam, I'd much rather have this book than not have it!
Good Book to help Prepare for Certification Sep 22, 2005
The book was extremently useful in parparing for the DB2 certification. I can personally recommend it.
Read the readme.txt!!! Jul 25, 2004
You won't be able to do the exercises unless you read, very carefully, the instructions in the book's readme.txt. Thanks to another reviewer, I learned this and was able to get beyond page 65. The instructions in the book for loading the start-up files needed for the labs are wrong, and won't work!
Incomplete May 27, 2004
I bought this book for the certification, exam #285. Definitely incomplete. There is about 50% of the exam covered in this book.
Conclusion, use the redbooks on ibm web site, otherwise, work a lot with wsad, then you might pass the exam (beginners, forget about this book if you want to pass the exam).
Great Intro to WSAD and J2EE Development In General Mar 2, 2004
I found this book to be an excellent introduction to both using WSAD and to J2EE Application Development in general. I quickly learned (being a newbie to both) and highly recommend it as a first step- especially if you are new to both.
Getting workspaces set up was difficult until I more carefully read the documentation and realized that "Project Interchange" was needed to do so. After that it was no problem.
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