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Adrian Yan
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I was at testing center yesterday, and I saw something that upsets me evry much.
Anyway, I was just checking out some Oracle classes. As I was walking out the classroom, I saw couple of guys were talking about SCJD, (they just finished their SCJP exam). I was about to congradulate them on their success. I heard this comment:
"Let's do SCJD together, Sun says we are not allow to give the requirement to someone else, but Sun doen't mention anything about collaborate on the assignment, why don't we just sit down and write code together?"
I was just shocked by such comment, here at Javaranch, we dicuss many topics regarding the assignment, most of them are simple hind s and pointers, tips on design issue, or discussions on particular subject. But sharing code never come into my mind, I was planning to give my class files to my friends, and have them test for me.
Anyway, I was about to argue with those guys, then I realize that if that's the way they work, they will never be a good Java programmer anyway. I don't think I can argue with guys intellegently anyway.
So, sorry with this rant. I need to take it out somewhere, why not Javaranch!

 
Michael Ernest
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Hello Adrian --
The structure of the Developer's exam leaves open this problem. There's no way knowing someone has done their own work, other than by making them write about it on the exit exam.
I don't have that much of a problem with collaboration; if you read the requirements for the Exam, nothing asays you may cannot or should not discuss it.
If I were Sun, I'd simply ensure the exit exam was rigorous enough that anyone who didn't write their own code would still have to demonstrate detailed knowledge of it to pass.
That said, I see a lot of people who obsess over how many points they earn. What would be truly sad is to hear someone brag about a high score when they didn't do entirely their own work.
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Michael Ernest, co-author of: The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide
 
Adrian Yan
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Thank, Mike --
I'm kind of suprise to see an author visiting javaranch. Let me thank you for your book, it helped me tremendously during my study for SCJP.
I think you are right about the essay exam, I havn't taken it yet. But from what I hear, it seems that the exam is nothing more than a jesture.
 
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