Maggie Leber

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Recent posts by Maggie Leber

I'm glad somebody elss agrees with me on this one. I'm going to report it to booktech@oreilly.com, because it's still not in the official errata list.
Sudhir: Thanks for the O'Reilly URL...I'd gotten into the habit of thinking of www.wickedlysmart.com as being "the site" for Kathybert books; especially since the first one I used was an Osborne rather than an O'Reilly. (The "Shrapen Your Pencil" answers are at Wickedlysmart too....maybe some crosslinks are in order).
Kathy: Thanks for your reply as well. I've been promoting your books among people who come to me for advice on studying for certifications. The "Head-First" approach (which the SCJP book also follows to a certain extent, although perhaps not with the delightful gay abandon of the others!) has been sorely needed in our field; not everybody is prepared to cope with the additional mental workload imposed by more traditional presentation styles. Besides, if this stuff can't be fun too, there's something wrong. :-)
Further, I'd *much* rather have HFE {in hand now as it is} than {with every tiny blemish polished away four months later}.
Cheers...
poop. Of course the subject was supposed to read "...HFE errata".
I may be missing something here, but the answer(p369) for question 9 (p364), chapter 6 in Head First EJB says you can call getEJBObject() from within EJBCreate(). Page 179 of the EJB spec lists getEJBObject() as callable from EJBPostCreate() but not from EJBCreate().
Also, in trying to find out if anybody had encountered this before, I found that trying to search HFE errata here is daunting; everybody's using slightly different ways of expressing mock exam references, and even the title of the book ("HFE", "HF EJB", "Head First EJB", etc.). Somebody may already have hit this issue but I can't spend all day searching here to try to locate it.
(Lest anybody get the wrong idea, I *love* Head First EJB, and Kathy and Bert's SCJP book got me though that exam too. But anything this big is gonna have some glitches in it.)
Kathybert: Is there a preferred central reporting point for suspected HFE errata? During my study I've bumped into a few obvious typos I'm sure you'd like to clean up. And it would be great if there was a single point where we could easily find officially confirmed errata for the book.
"For those of you keeping score at home", the email Pradeep requested was sent on 10/20.
No reply has been received.
> Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 11:25:31 -0400
> To: pradeep@whizlabs.com, support@whizlabs.com
> Subject: [Fwd: Linux version of wroxscwcdwhiz]Pradeep Chopra wrote:
> Pradeep Chopra wrote:
>> Maggie: I agree with you that eventhough we've shifted the technology
>> of our Test Engine Software part of our Exam Simulator from Java to
>> VB and Wrox "on Wrox", we ought to stick to our promise.
>>
>>I couldn't find your e-mail id in your profile. I would request you
>> to please send a mail to us at support@whizlabs.com and I promise you
> the required action from our end.
>>
>> Best wishes, Pradeep
>-------- Original Message --------
>Date: Tue, 07 Oct 2003 10:11:52 -0400
>From: Margaret Leber <maggie@****.com>
>To: Margaret Leber <maggie@****.com>, webmaster@whizlabs.com,
>support@whizlabs.com
>Subject: Linux version of wroxscwcdwhiz

>-------- Original Message --------
>Date: Sat, 04 Oct 2003 13:29:40 -0400
>From: Margaret Leber <maggie@****.com>
>To: webmaster@whizlabs.com
>Subject: Linux version of wroxscwcdwhiz
>
> The URL given for the Linux version of your practice exam software
> shipped with "Professional SCWCD Certification" by Dalton and Jepp is
> given on page 8 as
>
> http://www,whizlabs.com/wrox/wroxscwcdwhiz.zip
>
> This is currently coming up "not found" on your site. Has it been moved?
>
For $75, the sim ought to walk on water.
Whizlabs aren't exactly my favorite people right now; they included their (non-Java based) exam prep software in the Wrox SCWCD book, with a promise that a Linux version could be downloaded from the Whizlabs website. The URL in the book 404s, and repeated requests to their webmaster and support pages have gone unanswered.
Yes, I know that Wrox is "on the Wrox", but the book is still in bookstores and is sold bearing the Whizzlabs logo. Whizzlabs still lists Wrox as a partner on their website.
If they couldn't be bothered to write cross-platform testing software for Java tests, at least they could live up to their promise.