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any failures out there?

 
Jim DiCesare
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I submitted my program, and the same day I took the written test I got a failure notification. I'm not sure if I'll get any feedback on why.
Is there anyone out there who failed the exam, and if so do you know the reasons why?
I know I didn't synchronize my file access methods, so that alone probably failed me, and I didn't put my file closings in a finally block, but I'd like to make sure I fix everything before I spend another wad of cash. I tested my program with thousands of transactions and hundereds of threads, and never had a problem, so I really need to know what I am looking for as far as going wrong, or if there are some other tests I can perform.
If anyone has some advanced topics on what I may have done wrong I'd appreciate the help.
 
George Marinkovich
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Originally posted by Jim DiCesare:
I submitted my program, and the same day I took the written test I got a failure notification.

Hi Jim,
You almost certainly have not failed.
At least not yet.
Sun does not even look at your upload until you take the written test. Then it's up to a four week process to grade.
What you're probably seeing is the result of Sun's transition to a new cert manager. Several other people have reported this problem and I think in most (if not all) cases have found out that they had in fact passed.
So don't panic.
Topic: NX: Automatic Failure Notice Received by Sun
Hope this helps,
George
[ January 09, 2004: Message edited by: George Marinkovich ]
 
Jim DiCesare
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thanks man, but I'm quickly noticing that I may have failed for a few reasons. the recent posting on US-ASCII was something I had no knowledge of. I just read in byte[]'s and wrote out byte[]'s without using the form
fieldValue = new String(bytes, 0, findNullTerminator(bytes), "US-ASCII");
, and I never addressed null terminated fields. I also only used synchronized around my record locking, and not around my file accessing methods, and my file closings were not in finally blocks.
I think this may be enough to fail me, and I though not being synchronized might be a good way to get a real quick failure from the computer parsing process.
 
George Marinkovich
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It is also discussed here:
Topic: Passed SCJD (originally saw failed)
You certainly might lose points for some of those things (maybe even enough to fail), but the grade you've seen is almost certainly premature. It is a side effect of the transition from the old to the new cert manager.
If you tested the program as you describe (and didn't notice any locking problems, file access problems, etc.) then I think you're much more likely to lose points rather than be subject to automatic failure. Of course, that's just my opionion.
Also, some of the things discussed on this forum may or may not be required. I wouldn't necessarily panic because something was dicussed that you didn't consider.
-George
 
Jim DiCesare
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Thanks, I can stop crying now, but I'm not going to stop fixing my program until it's right.
 
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Hi Jim,
As George has said - this is almost certainly the standard thing everyone gets, so don't worry about it.
To answer your original question - if you fail then you will be told why you failed.
If it was an automatic failure, then you will be given an explanation of what it was that failed.
Otherwise you will get a breakdown of points by section, so you can see which sections you lost points in (and therefore what you have to fix for your resubmission).
Regards, Andrew
 
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