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We have Winners!!! (Study aids contest)

 
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Study Aid contest Winners, et. al.
As promised, we took an arbitrarily long time to run and judge this contest, however, after much hair pulling and anquish we have chosen our winners, runners up, and other honorable mentions. (Be assured that bribes played a very minimal role in our selection process .)
We had a LOT of great entries this year that focused on topics that aren't really on the exam, although you might think they are. So these entries have the double benefit of helping you learn core Java, AND helping you remember what's NOT on the exam!
We'll work our way up...
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Honorable Mentions go to:
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Abdulla Shabbir Mamuwala for:
parseXxx, primitive achieved by removing String element
AND
The Collections Poem
(Abdulla, thanks for your enthusiastic responses!)
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J Johny Rufus for:
"VIP"
(Very good, except that isChar isn't on the exam!)

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La Vish for:
The three stanza ode to JavaRanch...
(This entry also wins the shameless bribery award )
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Sindhur Sat for
ACURA
(Hey Sindur - what's your reference for this? If it's correct, it's a GREAT mnemonic, but, again, sadly, it's not really on the exam. But it's good Java!)

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Runners Up
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We've decided to award actual physical prizes in this category. (In addition to the fame that all winners receive.) All runners up will receive fashionable "wickedly smart' t-shirts, please tell us what size, when you send us your email!

Gian Franco Casula for:
"pucmasrebbbllca"
(It's a common misconception that the exam includes tricky knowledge of precedence rules... it DOESN'T! There might be one or two questions that assume some basic precedence knowledge, but for everyone studying for the exam; relax already on the precedence stuff. If you see mocks with precedence questions, feel free to skip them - there's almost certainly more important stuff to study for!)
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Thomas De Vos for:
"The lumberjack (oops I mean aspirant) song"
Friends of Monty Python unite!

and the winners are...

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2nd Annual JavaRanch Study Aid Contest Winners
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All winners will receive a copy of our SCJP Study Guide in hopes that it will aid your studies! (Please send us an email with your shipping address.)
Abdulla Shabbir Mamuwala for:
"PAM, Please Sustain Fabulous Figure"
This entry also wins our "Most Politically Incorrect Award"
AND
"Public protects by default, its private rights"
(This greenhorn is GOOD!)
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Richard Quist for:
"Polly Rides Over Runt Objects"
Short, sweet, memorable, and useful!
AND
"An Ode to Overriding"
(with Kathy's edits)
You pass the same types of params
And get the same return.
Exceptions are always the same,
Or narrower you've learned.
You only declare what you need,
for the ones that might get thrown,
And access to the method must be
at least as wide you know!
(Greenhorns are kickin' butt!)
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Imre Leber for:
"BeFoRe TeN"
We really like this one, even though it's not on the exam - it's great Java!
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Mel Edwards for:
"Good Threads Negotiate"
We liked this one too, but, you guessed it, not on the exam...

Congratulations to all you greenhorns! (We swear we didn't plan it this way )

Thanks everyone for all you time and energy, we'll be back soon with another contest of some sort, and we're always open for suggestions!
Bert and Kathy
 
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I thank all the judges for going through our entries and also appreciating the ones I posted. Congrats to other contestants for winning. These study aids are really proving useful for my preparation. Thanks Bert and others.
 
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I send 3 entries to study aid contest
hoping to win one atleast
Judges take their sweet time
to announce the winners name
I eagerly scroll through the list
hoping to find my name first
and lo and behold!what do I win,my friend?
The shameless bribery award!

My congratulations to all the winners and the contestents and
hats off to judges for not falling to my trick!
[ March 29, 2004: Message edited by: La Vish ]
 
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Hi Bert,

I've got another mnemonic

Alive

Thread
-
Status
Halts
If
Run
Terminates

Cheers

Gian Franco
[ May 28, 2004: Message edited by: Gian Franco Casula ]
 
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