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Skip Cole
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Hi,
I would just like to say thanks to all of the people who contribute to this web site. I have learned a lot reading the discussions you have, though I have not found reason to jump in on anything yet. I am very glad that the fine people at JavaRanch have provided this forum.
I am also glad that Sun created this cool assignment. I see my coworkers working on expensive and labyrinthine MS certifications, and I think writing code is much more fun!
(The only thing I don't like about the test are the two paragraphs at the end that say "These are the specs, think it through." I can see why they say this, they can't run a fair test and give out individual advice, but I think these 2 paragraphs send out a bad message. These days I think programmers are learning to talk more to the customer (Extreme Programming), and not less. But enough of my soap box, overall the test is great.)
Thanks Again!
Skip
 
Matt DeLacey
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Skip...
I would agree with you on all accounts. I'm particularly grateful for all the insight that's given here. I'm a little frustrated by the lack of a better specification given by Sun. I realize that this being the Developer's Certification that is partially the point, but it seems they leave WAY too much open to be misconstrued. It worries me to no end that I could develop a fine project, and have it documented so well and on and on, but that I might not pass because I misconstrued something. Well, I resolve that frustration in two ways. One, that's what forums like this are for, not for sharing code, but just hashing out thoughts to be a sort of sanity check, and two, they purposely are vague so that you have to write the code with the anticipation that this project is a sort of "proof of concept" although perhaps a bit more fully developed. We have to try, throughout the project, to develop in such a way that even if very significant changes are required, the core of the code is not inviolate. Just my thoughts.
With Respect,
Matt
 
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