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Tony Collins
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What is SUNs new exam that questions should be prefixed with NX ?
 
Andrew Monkhouse
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Hi Tony,
There is no new exam. There are several assignments you may receive, however there is only one exam.
Questions relating to the new assignments are the ones prefixed by "NX:" in their subject line.
There are three known assignments:
[*]Fly By Night Services" (FBNS) flight reserverations system
[*]URLyBird" hotel reservation system
[*]Bodgitt & Scarper" contractors
FBNS is the old assignment. The other two are the new assignments. To differentiate between the old assignment and the new assignments, the topic line for questions relating to the new assignment is usually prefixed by "NX:".
The assignments are very similar in scope, and most of the same issues apply for all assignments. In all of them, you have to write a GUI (using swing and a JTable), and connect it to a database either directly or via a network. For the network you must choose either RMI or Serialized Objects over Sockets.
Although there are only three known assignments, there are different versions of these assignments, so the instructions for your assignment may be different than the instructions for another user even if they appear to be doing the same assignment. Sun have the following warning in the instructions you receive with the assignment:
"You may not use files from sets issued to other certification candidates - even if you believe they are identical."
To give some examples of the differences:
In early versions of FBNS, applicants had to convert data from a text file into the "db.db" database file. In later versions the "db.db" file was provided already populated.
The URLyBird instructions come in at least 5 different versions, and some method signatures have been identified as differing between versions.
Regards, Andrew
[ July 04, 2003: Message edited by: Andrew Monkhouse ]
 
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