Here's a possible answer to your question. It's taken from an older discussion, but could very well still be valid:
Originally posted by Bert Bates:
Teachers asked us not to provide answers to all of the "sharpens" - the book is often used as a textbook, and this helps teachers by providing built-in testing and/or homework examples.
Bert said they were asked not to provide the answers to all the questions. If you have a question about a specific one, I doubt people would object to discussing it. Keeping in mind the usually tips for posting questions - write your thoughts about it, don't just ask for a solution.
Quite reedonkulous, I need feedback. VERY lame excuse that this is used by students. Wouldn't the JOB of the instructor of such a class be to create exercises to supplement the book? And are you inferring that, given the chance, that students would cheat ?
Are you asserting that no one downloaded the answers for the first half? Does the fact that people downloaded the first half at least prove that there is a desire?
Making a point without hyperbole is a thousand times harder.
Cyndie Enfinger wrote:I am new to Java and really like this book so far. I found this forum when trying to find where the solutions are to the Sharpen Your Pencil excercises in the later chapters. I am not taking an instructor lead course and wonder if there is a way to get these answers if we are going through this book in a self-paced manner? I can see if I'm correct for chapter 9 by typing it in and trying each one, but wonder if later chapters will be that way.
A good possibility would be to work through the sharpens and then ask in the Beginning Java forum for some feedback (even for the ones with answers, if you want). 'Round these parts you get plenty of help from friendly folks when you're able to show that you've taken a whack at the problem already. So you're already halfway there...