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16 hours ago

Campbell Ritchie wrote:

Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:The certs are still listed as retiring December 31, 2018. . . .

That is less than four weeks.

Yes it is. They announce dit 8 months ago. That's plenty of lead time!

Campbell Ritchie wrote:The fact that an answer about failure to compile is included should make you suspicious.

More than half of the exam questions have "does not compile" as a choice. So you should be suspicious always!

Jimmy: Missing parens aren't common on the OCA, but they aren't unheard of either. (Missing squigglies are rare though). On the OCP, missing parens are really rare.
The certs are still listed as retiring December 31, 2018.

Note there is a separate thing for companies called the Java specialization. I don't know when that retires, so it could be different. But it's not the cert!
Like you said, this is probably country specific. My two suggestions:
  • Look for remote work in other EU countries. Where theys peak English or another language you speak. A country bigger than Belgium is probably more likely to have remote jobs
  • Go to the local Belgian user groups and network there. Try to find out if anyone knows of a place where you can work remotely
  • 1 week ago
    CCNA is a network cert. So I imagine it is useful in the network space. However, this is a programming site. And in the programming space, I wouldn't' expect it to be important at all.
    1 week ago
    Manning is running a Go tournament through January 30th. You can sign up on their site..

    Everyone who signs up recieves digital copies of Deep Reinforcement Learning in Action, Grokking Deep Reinforcement Learning, and Reinforcement Learning in Motion completely free until the end of the contest. There's also a 50% of code buildyourbot50 to get half off Deep Learning and the Game of Go.

    The contest is a Ladder format (So beat those directly above you to go up a step), with the top 3 winners winning prizes.

    What do you win?
    1st place wins a liveBook sub for one whole year (That's every book we've released) along with permanent digital versions of Deep Reinforcement Learning in Action, Grokking Deep Reinforcement Learning, and Reinforcement Learning in Motion.
    Manning has a handy cheat sheet and step-by-step guide to building the bot and joining the contest at

    No Go or bot experience required. Sounds fun!
    1 week ago
    Start with total. That's the easiest. Could you create a variable outside the loop and update it each time you go through the loop to keep a running total?

    Once that works, you can start to think about what variables you would need for the other things in the assignment.
    1 week ago
    Think about the different scenarios for replace:
    1) The element is found. Here you would check that the method returns true and the map has the new value.
    2) The element is not found. Here you would check that the method returns false and the map has the original values.
    1 week ago

    Harry Kar wrote:Luckily I do have this book already, so could let my copy go to the next luckiest person. Can somebody please spin the magic circle once again?

    Updated list. Congrats Davin!

    Note: At this point, all winners stand. (I'm tired of drawing winners.) If any other winners have the book, I recommend asking a teammate if they'd like a copy.
    1 week ago
    There's not one right way to right tests. That's a lot of code, but it looks fine at first glance. Was there something specific you were wondering about?
    1 week ago
    Welcome Jurgis! Learning to program is fun!
    1 week ago
    Liutauras and Junilu already have the book so I drew to more winners. Congratulations Himanshu and Tony!
    1 week ago
    First, a big thanks to Corey Haines for being here to promote the book Understanding the Four Rules of Simple Design (ebook only).

    The winners are:

    Harry Kar
    Liutauras Vilda
    Junilu Lacar
    meenakshi sundar
    Himanshu Ahuja
    Tony Singh
    Davin Thomas

    Please send your e-mail address to bookpromotion AT javaranch DOT com. To ensure the quickest response, please provide the following:

    Your name (first and last - if your CodeRanch name is different, please include both your real name and Ranch name)
    Country (needed even if requesting an e-book)

    Also, please include the following as the subject of your Email.

    Book Promo Winner - Understanding the Four Rules of Simple Design (ebook only) - Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

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    As noted in the Book Promotion Eligibility Requirements and Legal type stuff, the winners have 8 days to submit their information. Within 3 days of receipt of your email, we will reply to let you know we got it. If you don't hear back, the goat might have eaten your email. Please let us know by posting in the Ranch Office so we can check on it. Once you have received your copy please let us know by editing the Book Promotions Winners Page and updating the 'Status' column to say you have it.

    Thanks and congrats to all the winners.
    1 week ago