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Do you take the exam when you are in java peak condition?

 
Guillermo Ishi
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Roel, I have a question. You're the high score guru. When you take a test do you feel like you have to time your preparation and hit the test at a peak, or do you just brush up a little and whatever. Also, are you involved with java daily to the exclusion of other languages and does that help keep you in java peak condition?


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I don't think it matters if you use only one language or multiple languages. Being good at anything requires dedication. You can be good at multiple things if you dedicate yourself to achieving that goal.
 
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Guillermo Ishi wrote:When you take a test do you feel like you have to time your preparation and hit the test at a peak, or do you just brush up a little and whatever.

When I took my first certifications, I took them right after my preparation. I went through the study guide 2 times, studied the study guide (using my own studying method), wrote plenty of code snippets, asked some questions on these forums,... and when I had studied everything and felt confident about my level, I took the test. In those days I was also a full-time Java developer so I could practice and get more experienced on a daily basis.
My last certification (OCAJP7) I took without any dedicated preparation at all Of course, although I didn't have any dedicated preparation (as in reading/studying a study guide) I was very well prepared: 10 years java developer, answering a few question in this forum on a daily basis, one of the technical reviewers of Mala Gupta's OCAJP7 study guide, one of the technical reviewers of K&B7 study guide.

Guillermo Ishi wrote:Also, are you involved with java daily to the exclusion of other languages and does that help keep you in java peak condition?

I think this one is very personal. I'm currently working full-time as a (senior) Java developer. And I'm working on a web application, so I have to write JavaScript, AngularJS, SQL stored procedures,... as well. I'm probably the strongest Java developer of the team, so I also have to coach junior/medior colleagues and do code quality assessments as well.
During my Applied Informatics education we've got plenty of different programming languages (Cobol, C, C++, Java, VB6, RPG,...). Each year we got courses in at least 2 programming languages. Some class mates struggled with the different syntax of each programming language, others didn't at all. I was a member of the latter group.

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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Roel De Nijs wrote:Each year we got courses in at least 2 programming languages. Some class mates struggled with the different syntax of each programming language, others didn't at all. I was a member of the latter group.

I've learned lots of languages sequentially incl. lots of different assembly languages and don't have a problem with new syntaxes. But in the middle of Java study I had to take about two months off and did nothing but about two months of long days of Python. When I got back to Java, I couldn't even remember if main() was supposed to be capitalized or not. I couldn't remember for sure was the modifers in front of it were supposed to be, although I remembered the return type comes last, and that it's ok to have 'final' in it, if the test wants to spring that. Point being, it destroyed my Java for a couple of weeks.
 
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Guillermo Ishi wrote:But in the middle of Java study I had to take about two months off and did nothing but about two months of long days of Python. When I got back to Java, I couldn't even remember if main() was supposed to be capitalized or not. I couldn't remember for sure was the modifers in front of it were supposed to be, although I remembered the return type comes last, and that it's ok to have 'final' in it, if the test wants to spring that. Point being, it destroyed my Java for a couple of weeks.

I knew there are some very dangerous pythons in the world, but didn't know Python was so constricting for your Java knowledge
 
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I blend languages in my mind. I was doing a mix of Java, JavaScript and Groovy fairly intently for two weeks. I'd write "def varName" instead of "var verName" and vice versa. It was obvious when I got an error what I did wrong though. For the exam, I'd practice a good bit before hand so Java was on my mind.
 
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