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Info on IBM WS Certfns

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Some information about IBM WebSphere Portal V5.1, Application Development Exam
http://www-142.ibm.com/software/sw-

lotus/services/cweeducation.nsf/wdocs/exam399preppage
for some more information on the tests and levels
http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/certs/ws_index.shtml

some important points to note in the links

IBM WebSphere Portal V5.1, Application Development Exam Competencies
(Exam 399):
Job Role Description / Target Audience

This certification targets intermediate level J2EE developers, architects or consultants
with extensive product knowledge, who design or develop portal solutions. These
individuals have a breadth of knowledge in basic operational services and skills for IBM
WebSphere Portal Enable V5.1 and can:
\u2022 program and design portal solutions using IBM WebSphere Portal V5.1.
\u2022 develop, test, debug, deploy, and configure portlets based on JSR 168 and the IBM

provided extensions plus other applicable JAVA standards for portlet development.
\u2022 understand portal development, portlet development, and debugging using IBM
Rational Application Developer (RAD)
Prerequisite Skills and Knowledge
(Note: Knowledge and skills one needs to possess before beginning to prepare for this
job role certification)

\u2022 Strong knowledge of JAVA programming
\u2022 Experience with Rational Application Developer (RAD)
\u2022 Experience with JavaServer Pages Standard Tag library (JSTL)
\u2022 In-depth understanding of WebSphere Portal
\u2022 Understanding of J2EE web container programming

Exam Competencies:

The test consists of six sections containing a total of approximately 51 multiple-choice
questions. The percentages after each section reflect the approximate distribution of the
total question set across the sections.

Section 1 - Install, Set up and Configure the Development Environment (8%)

A. Understand software prerequisites
B. Choose development scenarios (Topologies)
C. Diagnose problems with development environment installation

Section 2 - Architecting a Portal Solution (12%)

A. Identify portal dependencies on existing software
B. Use out-of-the-box portlets
C. Search the Workplace Solutions Catalog
D. Size the custom portlets that have to be written
E. Develop themes, skins and screens

Section 3 - Write a Portlet (43%)

A. .Describe the portlet life cycle
B. Develop Portlet applications utilizing Portlet JSR 168 API core objects
C. Effectively utilize portlet configuration and state objects to control portlet behavior
D. Effectively utilize portlet modes and states
E. Implement action processing
F. Use APIs to forward and redirect URLs
G. Support multiple markup
H. Embed references to resources within a portlet
I. Effectively use JSPs to supply portlet rendering markup
J. Support multiple locales, clients and devices within a portlet application
K. Compile and package a WAR file
L. Work with portlet deployment descriptors (caching)
M. Make effective use of portlet application wizards

Section 4 - Testing and debugging a Portal Solution (12%)

A. Set up portlet parameters
B. Debug a portlet using a local Portal Unit Test Environment (UTE)
C. Debug a portlet using WebSphere Portal remote server attach
D. Troubleshoot portlet applications

Section 5 - Backend Porlet Services (17%)

A. Use a portlet service
B. Create a portlet service
C. Configure and access application-specific data sources
D. Use Service Data Objects (SDO) tooling to enable access to remote systems
E. Utilize the credential vault service
F. Implement cooperative portlets

Section 6 - Additional Portlet Concepts (8%)

A. Use struts concepts within the portal framework and JavaServer Faces
B. Implement personalization within portlet application
C. Utilize business process engine (bpe) API
IBM WebSphere Certification Test Fees
The IBM WebSphere certification test fees are set to the economy of a country. For the
applicable test fee within your country, refer to the test delivery vendor.
In general, however, effective January 1, 2007, the test fees are as follows (shown in USA
dollars):
$150 in developed countries
$ 75 in emerging market countries

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