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Dan D'amico
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someone said that if I want to suscceed on the exam I need to learn WHAT and FOO really good .what are they ? I haven't encoutered them yet. and I already learned about 98% from the material
 
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I think that person is having a joke at your expense.
 
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Foo is a name informally given to any type unspecified.
 
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oh i see. i asked him and he said that he meant that in exams they give you a method called foo with parameters like a,b
and you must understand the code even that the names are not clear on purpose
 
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metasyntactic variables
 
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Dan D'amico wrote:oh i see. i asked him and he said that he meant that in exams they give you a method called foo with parameters like a,b
and you must understand the code even that the names are not clear on purpose

And I agree with him about the "what" part. In fact it's very important when you're designing too.

So important that I wrote the WhatNotHow page...

Winston
 
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Dan D'amico wrote:and you must understand the code even that the names are not clear on purpose


As far as I can see (based only on questions that people have posted here about the certification exams), any code you see in those exams is meant to confuse you. So while you're studying for the exams, don't let yourself start thinking that any code you see there is something that you should write in the real world. Because much of it isn't. Many of the language features that you are tested for are things that you should never do in real code; however you are learning about those features in case you have to work with code written by somebody else who didn't get warned not to use them.
 
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Paul Clapham wrote:
Dan D'amico wrote:and you must understand the code even that the names are not clear on purpose


As far as I can see (based only on questions that people have posted here about the certification exams), any code you see in those exams is meant to confuse you. So while you're studying for the exams, don't let yourself start thinking that any code you see there is something that you should write in the real world. Because much of it isn't. Many of the language features that you are tested for are things that you should never do in real code; however you are learning about those features in case you have to work with code written by somebody else who didn't get warned not to use them.


i understand.
yes, such a code look like a mess.
so i just start from the first interation and write it on paper. then work my way untill i understand the code.
 
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