InterSystems IRIS Core Solutions Developer Specialist Exam

The InterSystems IRIS Core Solutions Developer Specialist exam is designed to validate core skills for developers who build applications using ObjectScript and other InterSystems IRIS technologies.

Target Exam Role
Core Solutions Developer Specialist

A development professional who:

  • is familiar with object-oriented programming concepts
  • uses SQL for application data access
  • uses ObjectScript specific and InterSystems IRIS specific technologies

Recommended Preparation
Complete all available InterSystems IRIS development learning content (Classroom: Developing with InterSystems Objects and SQL and Online: Building a Server-Side Application with InterSystems IRIS) and at least six months of on-the-job experience, or the equivalent skills.

Exam Parameters

  • Number of questions: 62
  • Exam time limit: 2 hours
  • Passing score: 66%
  • Language offered: English

Exam Resources
This exam includes the InterSystems IRIS ObjectScript Reference as a look-up resource available during the entire exam.

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Exam Practice Questions
This exam includes a set of practice questions to help candidates familiarize themselves with question formats and approaches. The document is available here.

Exam Topics and Contents
The exam contains question items that cover the areas for the stated role as shown in the KSA (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities) chart immediately below. The question items are presented in multiple formats including multiple choice, multiple response, etc. Many questions will present code samples to be evaluated.

T4Defines and uses classes and methodsT4.1Creates classes and subclassesCreates classes; Creates classes that inherit from super classes; Compiles classes; Identifies compilation process and generated routines; Creates datatype classes; Identifies class types and their purposes; Identifies class definition structure; Documents classes; Imports and exports classes.
T4.2Creates and uses class membersCreates class members; Identifies class and member naming rules; Uses class member parameters and attributes; Creates and uses foreign keys.
T4.3Creates and uses methodsDefines methods; Specifies method arguments and return type; Uses inherited methods, including callbacks; Calls methods; Passes arguments to methods; Overrides inherited methods; Uses relative dot syntax.
T5Creates and uses objectsT5.1Creates and uses objectsUses methods to Create/Read/Update/Delete objects; Creates objects to test classes.
T5.2Creates and uses complex objectsUses list and array collection objects; Creates collection properties; Uses stream objects; Creates stream properties.
T5.3Uses JSON and XMLManipulates JSON or XML; Uses JSON Adaptor*** or XML Adaptor to serialize and deserialize objects.
T6Uses variables and functionsT6.1Uses variables and operatorsAssigns, displays and destroys variables; Uses multidimensional variables (arrays); Identifies variable naming rules; Uses mathematical and logical operators.
T6.2Uses ObjectScript functionsPerforms string operations; Performs list operations; Performs date/time operations.
T7Controls application flowT7.1Uses decision constructsUses If constructs; Uses For, While, Do/While.
T7.2Implements error controlUses Try/Catch; Throws and handles exceptions; Uses %Status for error processing; Logs errors.
T8Accesses and manipulates dataT8.1Ensures data integrityImplements appropriate object concurrency controls – locks, version checking; Describes transaction commit process and concurrency issues.
T8.2Accesses and uses globalsStores values in globals; Deletes global nodes; Retrieves values from globals; Defines globals and subscripts; Iterates over data in globals.
T8.3Chooses OOP or SQL for data accessDistinguishes OOP vs SQL for specific design needs; Describes 1:N relationships in OOP and SQL.
T8.4Uses SQL for data accessWrites class queries; Uses embedded SQL; Uses dynamic SQL.
T8.5Identifies connection optionsIdentifies connection options such as ODBC/JDBC, REST, and XEP.

***Note – starred feature is only available in InterSystems IRIS 2019.1 and higher.