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Anna Hays
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Hi,

I have bought the B&S assignemnt a year ago. I am wondering if anyone know what the expiry date for that is?? I remember it was 18 months after the next release of JDK final release date, which is J2SE 1.5. But I can not find that release date now on Sun's website, but I seen it before, it was like about 1 year now. Which means, my assignment will expire in a few months. Can someone comfirm that to me please? I have left the assignment for so long and I am beginning to worry...

Thanks for any help!

Anna
 
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Hi Anna,

There is no expiry on the assignment per se. You can continue working on it as long as you like.

However when you do finally submit it, you must have tested and confirmed that your submission works with a version of the JDK that has not been superseeded by more than 18 months.

Right now that means that you can develop and submit your code using either JDK 1.4 or JDK 5. However JDK 5 was released on Sept 29 2004, which means that JDK 1.4 will be superseeded on March 29 2006. If you decide to submit on March 30th, you will have to compile and test your programs using JDK 5.

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Thank you for making it clear!
 
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It isn't clear to me if I can use JDK 1.4 or 1.5, since my exam title is "SUN CERTIFIED DEVELOPER FOR THE JAVA 2 PLATFORM" and, as far as I know, Sun officially renamed their JDK 1.5 as "Java 5", then it is not "Java 2" I am affraid I have get my work tested with JDK 1.4 and submitted till 29th March 2006... or maybe I am supersensitive?

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Hi Andy,

as far as I know, Sun officially renamed their JDK 1.5 as "Java 5", then it is not "Java 2"
The correct title is Java 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0, so it is still the Java 2 platform.

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Thanks Andrew, you are right.
What is more I have received official answer from Sun:
You may submit your assignment at your convenience. We only recommend that you submit within 18 months after the new platform has been introduced.

So maybe such message could be placed in FAQ or something...

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Hi Andy,
Originally posted by Andy Michalec:
So maybe such message could be placed in FAQ or something...
Thanks. The original JavaRanch SCJD FAQ entry for this question read:
From the JavaRanch SCJD FAQ:

  • How long do I have to complete the assignment?


  • You have an unlimited time to complete the assignment. The date on your voucher for the assignment has no meaning. If you buy your voucher for the Essay portion of the SCJD, then you will have one year from the date of the Essay Voucher to take the Essay exam. The Essay portion voucher is not related to the assignment. So please don't ever think that you have a year to complete your assignment, because that is untrue.
    I have now added to it as follows:
    From the JavaRanch SCJD FAQ:

  • How long do I have to complete the assignment?


  • You have an unlimited time to complete the assignment. The date on your voucher for the assignment has no meaning. If you buy your voucher for the Essay portion of the SCJD, then you will have one year from the date of the Essay Voucher to take the Essay exam. The Essay portion voucher is not related to the assignment. So please don't ever think that you have a year to complete your assignment, because that is untrue.

    In confirmation, we have the following statement from Sun thanks to Andy Michalec:


             You may submit your assignment at your convenience. We only
             recommend that you submit within 18 months after the new
             platform has been introduced.
    How does that sound?

    The JavaRanch SCJD FAQ is hosted on our Wiki, so everyone can update it with anything they feel is relevant. If there is anything you feel should be in there, please feel free to add it. Or if there is anything you feel is wrong, please feel free to correct it.

    If you have not had experience with Wikis before, you might like to check out the link to an explanation of what wikis are all about (with notes about the version of the wiki we use), and front page, which has links to the page formatting instructions and to a sand box where you can experiment without worrying about damaging anything.

    Regards, Andrew
     
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