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Passed with 135

 
Donald Wedding
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FLAME ON !!!
Well, after 6 weeks and one lost test Sun finally graded my exam.
I was given a rather low score of 135.
Very disappointed in Sun for how unprofessionally they acted these past 6 weeks. Took them forever to figure out what actually happened to my exam. Definitely no sense of urgency on their part to fix the problem. The low score of 135 was just a little added bonus.
Here's the breakdown:
Score: 135
The maximum possible # of points is 155;
the minimum to pass is 124.
General Considerations(maximum = 58): 48 Documentation(maximum = 20): 20
GUI(maximum = 24): 18
Server(maximum = 53): 49
I've worked as a professional software engineer since 1988 and have coded Java since 1997. I am usually the lead programmer and chief software architect on my projects. My program worked flawlessly and my design was very simple, elegant, and straight forward. At least that's
what *I* thought. Apparantly the Sun Grader thought different.
The GUI score was not a shock. I almost always work behind the scenes in the code and let others who are better than I am do the GUI (I find that kids right out of college are great at GUI). My GUI interface was simple and did the job (and idiot proof), but if they say I lose 6 points, who am I to question.
Server lost 4 points? How? It worked and I tested with a thread application I wrote for like 48 hours without a deadlock. Simple and to the point. Not much of a history between me and RMI so hey, I won't argue. But it was a suprise.
Perfect score on documentation was a bit of a relief considering how I got hammered in the other sections.
General Considerations cost me 10 points. This is the one that really frosted me. Hey, my design was simple, maintainable, understandable, and worked. I've coded professionally for 15 years in the financial, defense, and medical communities. The assignment said to design my code so that a junior programmer could understand it (good advice and something I always do). Perhaps I should have designed my code so that a mouth breathing baboon could understand it, just to make it more clear for the Sun Grader. This was a good design and how I lost 10 points is beyond me. I suspect that my design had as much meaning to the Sun grader as a string of pearls would have to an ape.
FLAME OFF !!!
Nonetheless, I know that a grade is just a number so I won't let this poison me from continuing. I
am glad I took the exam. It cannot hurt me professionally and it was a good learning experience (particularly with the RMI and the GUI). I would still recommend others pursue their SCJD exam. I also intend to go for more certifications as I think I can learn a great deal from them.
I will go into detail on my assignmet a bit later to help others who are still working on their assignments.
Hope I haven't offended to many of my friends here at the JavaRanch. This forum is outstanding.
 
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Well congrats for passing Donald.
Good luck on your next Cert.
Mark
 
Donald Wedding
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Originally posted by Mark Spritzler:
Well congrats for passing Donald.
Good luck on your next Cert.
Mark

Thanks Mark!
You were a great help to me!
Hope I didn't come across as too big a jerk in my post. Just really annoyed with what I thought was an unfair assessment of my work.
Basically I'm a warm, caring human being.
Just ask me.
 
Kalichar Rangantittu
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Congrats Donald. When humans grade they are often in error. Its really bad that they dont tell us where we lost
 
Yingtang Tang
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Hello Donald,
Your message shows that the grader in Sun holds different views from you. Perhaps your work is really unique to most of other testers and the grader cannot make the sense out of it immdeiately when he graded it. Anyhow, you got whatever you are supposed to get from the cert. Congrats.
Please share your experience in here with us. Thanks.
Yingtang
 
Bal Sharma
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Hey Donald!
Why do you care about score? SUN could not say you are not certified. Congrats being for JAVA DEVELOPER. Pass is pass, either it is 154/155 or 120/155. Both are certified. I wish they would show us why they took off those points.
-Bal
 
Donald Wedding
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Originally posted by Bal Sharma:
Hey Donald!
Why do you care about score? SUN could not say you are not certified. Congrats being for JAVA DEVELOPER. Pass is pass, either it is 154/155 or 120/155. Both are certified. I wish they would show us why they took off those points.
-Bal

You are right of course. It's like the old Med School joke, what do you call the guy who graduates last in his class from Medical school? You call him "doctor". Ha! Ha!
 
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Well... I agree that passing is passing, but if I had spent weeks working on a project, worrying about all the tiny details and somebody assigned a grade I didn't like, I think I'd want to know why too.
It seems funny (funny strange, not funny ha-ha) that Sun doesn't have any kind of feedback other than the number of points in each area. I'd think there must be some way of finding out what was considered good or bad in the submissions.
Then again, I think that it would make sense for Sun to tell us how many SCEA's there are... :roll: so maybe I'm waaay off base.
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Mark Spritzler
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Then again, I think that it would make sense for Sun to tell us how many SCEA's there are... so maybe I'm waaay off base.

LOL. Unfortunately I think the number is really low, and they don't want to publish a low number.
Mark
 
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