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SCJD Preparation...Initial Fears

 
Animesh Saxena
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Hi,
Well I have started preparing for SCJD but it seems like its too tough. SCJP was so easy. I have coded in Java before but atleast the coding conventions and all seem too gruesome to follow.
What I would like to know is if i have purchased the voucher now. Which JDK version should I use to complete my assignment? How much time do i have? The SUN site says NO TIME LIMIT. Does that mean , After 2 years I can still use JDK 1.4 to complete my assignment!
Please reply ASAP
Anyone who has done SCJD ......kindly guide me in removing the initial jitters.
 
Ronald Wouters
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Hi,

in the SCJD assignment instructions there will be the following
... and that platform must not have been superseded by a new production version for more than 18 months by the time you make your submission.

End march 2006 the JDK 5 will be out for 18 months. If you still manage to submit your solution before end of march 2006 you can still use JDK 1.4. If you submit your solution after that time it MUST have been compiled and working using JDK 5.

The coding conventions are not that "gruesome". It just takes some getting used to. Also the tool Checkstyle is a great aid in assuring you follow these conventions.

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Surya De
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Animesh,

I have been using an IDE and I got a jdk 5 reference guide to make sure I understand what generics are and autoboxing and enums and some other features of jdk 5. Even though I signed up for 1.4 I am compiling on jdk5 since it does both 1.4 and 1.5 no problem with the occasional compiler warnings. Believe me porting your code to jdk 5 the biggest change you will require is the implementation of generics and that is it...from my experience. Good luck on your assignment. IT is a brain buster.

Cheers,
Surya
 
Andrew Monkhouse
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Hi Animesh,

Welcome to JavaRanch and this forum.

You might like to check out the JavaRanch SCJD FAQ - there are some questions and answers in it that you might find valuable to read.

Although it is strongly recommended that candidates use the Sun coding conventions (and posters will certainly be told about it if they post something that does not appear to hold to any convention), it is not mandatory for you to use these conventions in your submission - just as long as you use some convention consistantly. If it just hurts your brain too much to be using Wipro's conventions at work and Sun's conventions at home, then just stick to the Wipro conventions for the assignment. But make sure you do stick to them!

(What I am really trying to say here is: don't give up on the assignment just because of the coding conventions)

Regards, Andrew
 
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