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NX - concerns over using too much book code

 
BillLeighton
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I am reading "The Sun Certified Java Developer Exam with J2SE 1.4" which is a great book. This book does not address the exact requirements of the exam of course, but comes pretty close as far as issues! I am worried about using too many of the ideas, and, eventually, too much of the code. I am not talking cutting and pasting, but is there a danger (as Sun may see it) of not really "doing" the assignment? Or is it a matter of if you can get your assignment to work, and can answer the follow-up test intelligently, you're golden? IT is a great book and it is hard not to think "I am not going to be able to come up with a better solution then this!" in spots. Thoughts?
[ June 21, 2003: Message edited by: BillLeighton ]
 
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Hi Bill
Could you please change your displayed name to meet the JavaRanch naming policy. You can change your displayed name here.
I think as long as you understand what is written in the book, and can apply it to different situations (such as to the real problems in the assignment), then you should be OK. If you follow the discussions in this forum, you will also see other ways of meeting different requirements.
You do have to write a design choices document, describing what choices you made. You will also have an exam once you submit the assignment, where you will have to justify some of your choices. If you blindly follow any book, I dont think you will be able to do these. But if you take the time to understand the concepts of the book and what the alternatives are, then you should be able to do the documentation and the exam.
A similar question comes up in this forum from time to time, along the lines of whether this forum gives away too much of a solution. The general answers seem to be that different solutions to individual issues are discussed here, so anyone reading this forum still has to understand the answers in order to incorporate them, plus they have to be able to choose between the alternate solutions.
Just my opinion.
Regards, Andrew
 
BillLeighton
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Those seem like good guidelines. Of course the real purpose of the exam is to learn, which books and these forums help you do. I was just wondering if others were concerned that they were following any one particular source too closely.
[ June 21, 2003: Message edited by: BillLeighton ]
 
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