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Ray Muirhead
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Hi all!

I am doing a subject in web development at uni right now and have a mini-assignment which I have chosen to do on JavaRanch. If anyone would like to help out by answering the questions about themselves that I have listed below, I would appreciate it very much! The questions are to be used to gather information about the general characteristics of JavaRanch users.

The Questions

Your name:
Your age:
Your knowledge of technology --
* beginner (no-one here is a beginner),
* intermediate (know your way around a computer but can't program, yet),
* expert (can program computers and have an in-depth knowledge of them),
* professional (you work in the field):
Learning style --
* Do then read -- read the manual when you get stuck
* Read then do -- read up as much as you can before you start coding
General education level --
i.e high-school, tertiary, computer school - whatever you want to say about yourself!
(the end!) What do you do for a living?
Are you a computer programmer? Curious student? Looking to break into the field or going for your first certification? Tell me about yourself.

Anything else you'd like to tell me about yourself, write a biography if you like! I'd like to hear whatever you'd like to say.

Thank you very much for completing my questionairre!
[ August 13, 2004: Message edited by: Ray Muirhead ]
 
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Here ya go!

* Your name: Jessica Sant
* Your age: 26
* Your knowledge of technology -- professional/expert -- but realize that someone who works in the industry could still be considered an intermediate.
* Learning style -- Prbably more "do than read" -- its like I read as I go when I get stuck (check the API, read a tutorial, etc).
* General education level -- Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, currently studying for my Master's degree in Software Engineering
* What do you do for a living? -- Software Developer at HP
 
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name: Fred Rosenberger

Age: 36

Knowledge: professional/expert, but there are MANY people who are much more of an expert than me.

Learning Style: ...Read then Do then Read then Do then... I beleive learning is cyclical. you read, comprehend some (but not all) so you can then do stuff, but then you get stuck, so you re-read and a) learn more, b) better understand what you thought you already understood....

Gen Ed Level: BA in Theatre. Certification to Teach Mathematics 7-12. 3 years CS classes (part time).

What i do for a living: Programmer/Analyst for a Library Software company.
 
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Ray,
Your name: Jeanne Boyarsky
Your age: 23
Your knowledge of technology -- expert/professional
Learning style -- Read then do
General education level -- Bachelors, currently getting Masters
What do you do for a living? Developer

The JavaRanch contact page has some info about the sherriffs and bartenders here.

[edited to add link]
[ August 13, 2004: Message edited by: Jeanne Boyarsky ]
 
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Name: Bear Bibeault
Age: 47
Level: professional/expert
Learning style: both, closest description might be: do, read, do, do, read, do, do, read, do
Education: MS Computer Engineering
Work: Software Architect for a surviving dot.com, freelance web developer, wannabe author
Other: more info here, try not to let the picture scare you.
 
Julian Kennedy
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Hi Ray,

I like the use of the graemlins. I assume you're interested in details from us mere mortals as well as the exalted bartenders, sheriffs and other special people. Here's my contribution:

Your name: Julian Kennedy (Jules to my friends)
Your age: 34
Your knowledge of technology: Professional. I wouldn't count myself amongst the ranks of experts, although there are a few on here, but due to the chasm between your "intermediate" and "expert" categories I guess that label fits. However, I would class most of the people who I've worked with as intermediates. To me being an expert means really knowing your stuff, at least well enough to teach it, and without big gaps (like I have). I'd class myself as a strong developer (top 10-20% maybe) but my knowledge is broad rather than deep.
Learning style: I'm very much read then do. I probably spend a lot of time reading when I should be doing. I'm really a lazy sod (doing-wise), but then I don't think that's a bad quality for a developer (it makes you think of the most efficient way to solve a problem). I also like to ensure that I'm following best practice, which is not common amongst developers in my experience, and that often requires some research.
General education level: BSc in Computer Science from the University of Wolverhampton, UK. Nothing illustrious but it stood me in good stead.
What you do for a living: Freelance (contractor)programmer/analyst/architect/tea boy. I used to work in consultancy but quit a year ago to start a small web solutions company. It didn't really work out for a number of reasons. I'm now looking for a Java contract in the finance sector in London, UK, where I live.

Hope that's interesting. You never know...

Jules
[ August 13, 2004: Message edited by: Julian Kennedy ]
 
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Your name:

<--- Look over there.

Your age:


40

Your knowledge of technology --

* professional (you work in the field):

Learning style --

* Do then read -- read the manual when you get stuck

General education level --

Ph.D. in Chemistry, of all things.


(the end!) What do you do for a living?

I work for a U.S. Government lab. My official title is "Computer Scientist", but I think I'm bsaically a developer/architect. I design and develop mostly desktop software and libraries, mostly in Java. I
 
Ray Muirhead
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Thank you very much girls and guys, I had no expectation at all of recieving this many replies so quickly! I only need a minimum of 5 users, and the assignment is worth 2% and due monday, so if anyone else posts I may get to use it, but may not too. It is pretty interesting reading about everyone anyway, and I can use a few more if you feel like telling your story.

Thank you!

Actually, I do have one more question if anyone views this post again - what made you come to JavaRanch? What do you use the site for? How does it help you with the goals you wish to acheive in your life?
[ August 13, 2004: Message edited by: Ray Muirhead ]
 
Julian Kennedy
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Actually, I do have one more question if anyone views this post again - what made you come to JavaRanch? What do you use the site for? How does it help you with the goals you wish to acheive in your life?

That's 3 questions, dude! But I'll let you off.

I came to JavaRanch as I'd seen it recommended in a number of places when I did my SCJP. I didn't use it during SCJP but when I saw it recommended for SCJD too I thought I'd take a look.

I'm really using the site to help me dust off some of the cobwebs that have built up while I've been busy trying to be all things to all people running a small company, instead of honing my technical skills (though there was a bit of that ) I enjoy helping people (those who are prepared to help themselves, at least) and you need to have a good understanding of a problem or subject to explain it adequately to someone else. Also problem solving is, and always has been, what I do best. I enjoy it.

As far as life goals are concerned I want to improve my technical knowledge to make myself more attractive in the job market, to gain recognition amongst my peers (in a new job, e.g.) and for personal satisfaction. Sadly, I've met very few people professionally in recent years that I can learn from but there is no shortage of them here on the Ranch.

That's it in a nutshell.

Jules
 
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Before I used JavaRanch, I used jguru. I found out about JavaRanch when I was searching google for the answer to a problem at work. The moose really caught my eye so I investigated further. I like the community here better and have stayed here since.

I use this site for three things:
1) When I need the answer to a question for work or learning something
2) To find out people's opinions on technical topics
3) To think about different technical problems/questions. Problems are more relaxing to think about when you are under a deadline to solve them

[edited to add - good luck on your assignment Ray! ]
[ August 14, 2004: Message edited by: Jeanne Boyarsky ]
 
Ray Muirhead
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Het thanks guys, pretty much the same here, I came because I am a college student not finding a level of challenge I really want in school - the Cattle Drive sounds like a great way to learn Java. Everyone I've 'met' here has been awesome - almost all of the people are really nice, and you can kind of tell that the ones who aren't just wont stick around.

Thank you for all your help!
 
Jessica Sant
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what made you come to JavaRanch? First time... I came because I was searching for something to do with the servlet spec and google pointed me here. I kept coming back because I found that I learned a lot by answering other people's questions. That's how I studied for the Certification Exam too.

What do you use the site for? I ask questions every once in a while -- but mostly I answer them as much as I can -- Plus I've made some neat industry contacts and met some great folks

How does it help you with the goals you wish to acheive in your life?
The Industry contacts I've made have been pretty neat. I got to speak at a Bird of a Feather Session at JavaOne. I got to be a co-technical Editor for Head First Java. Who knows what else will come??
 
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Originally posted by Jeanne Boyarsky:
Before I used JavaRanch, I used jguru. I found out about JavaRanch when I was searching google for the answer to a problem at work. The moose really caught my eye so I investigated further. I like the community here better and have stayed here since.


JGuru has a community??? :roll:
 
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Originally posted by Ilja Preuss:
JGuru has a community??? :roll:

It used to. But then I started to hang out at the 'ranch instead
 
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Originally posted by Ilja Preuss:


JGuru has a community??? :roll:

I meant that Javaranch has a community while Jguru doesn't.
[ August 15, 2004: Message edited by: Jeanne Boyarsky ]
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