I passed!!! Without any exposure to real Java programming, without actual programming experience... I started studying in September of 2004..all on my own..no study buddies, no classes, no teachers. The preparation process was constantly interrupted by a myriad of things that I don't want to go into..
I want to thank all my friends for support, Kathy and Bert for their book that I read at least three times...JavaRanch crew for the Rules Roundup game..Whizlabs' creators for powerful, magical, and eeeeevil questions. THANK YOU!!!