Last week I passed the Arcitura SOASchool exam S90.02 as part of the SOASchool Architect certification path I would like to complete.

The exam covers basic SOA technology concepts like XML technology, SOAP & REST. But also very specific concepts like WS-Policy, WS-Coordination framework and WS-AtomicTransaction standard.

I used the Arcitura self-study module and the book “SOA Technology Concepts, Technology and Design” by Thomas Erl as preperation for the exam:

I used the following steps for studying:

  • Just followed the study guide and read the required chapters from the book
  • Used the audio CD (in my car while driving, so didn’t use the printed powerpoint sheets) to verify if there are any gaps in knowledge
  • Q&A cards to check your knowledge (just a few days before the exam) and fill in the blancs where necessary.

And make sure you are familiar with the following concepts (source: SOASchool Module 2 page):

  • Basic XML and XML Schema Concepts
  • Overview of Standards Organizations
  • Contrasting Component-Based Architecture with Web-based Services
  • Service Roles and Service Agents
  • Basic WSDL and SOAP Concepts plus UDDI, Discovery and Service Registries
  • Basic REST Service Concepts and Patterns
  • Web Service Anatomy (physical architecture)
  • Message Exchange Patterns (MEPs) and Service Activities
  • Context Management and Coordination
  • Atomic Service Transactions and Compensations
  • Orchestration and WS-BPEL
  • Advanced Messaging, Reliable Messaging and Policies
  • Fundamental Security Concepts
  • Fundamental Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Topics
  • REST Services: Contracts, Resources, and Messaging
  • REST Architectural Goals
  • REST Constraints

Good luck !

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