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Sriram Chintapalli

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Recent posts by Sriram Chintapalli

Hi all,
can you guys post some JSTL 1.0(forEach) code which works in Weblogic 8.1 and uses collections to iterate.

-sriram
17 years ago
Hi all,
can you guys post post some JSTL 1.0(forEach) code which works in Weblogic 8.1 and uses collections to iterate.

-sriram
17 years ago
JSP
congrats Mel thats an awesome score!
-sriram
17 years ago
congrats juliane good job.
-sriram
17 years ago
thanks for congratulating me Kathy. Its cool that an author is congratulating me, usually its more like "alright thats the last book of mine you are studying, you are a disgrace to this subject".
I agree with what Kathy says please dont' drink alcohol the night before the exam. Yes Joe, beer IS alcohol.
-sriram
17 years ago
Thanks Satish and Fethi for the congatulations. The real exam difficulty level is comparable to the mock exam level. I thought K&B and Marcus Greens' exams would be the closest.
-sriram
17 years ago
Hi Ranchers,
I finished my SCJP last friday with 93% and wanted to post it here right away but coudnt have posted much about my experience preparing for the exam. Most of the inspiration I got was from these posts in JavaRanch. Whenever I felt down or needed some pep I used to read the posts here. It was my dream to post one with a pass percentage of more than 90% and I dont believe I am actually saying this but I used to rehearse it

I did not know a lot of java 2 months prior. I did some projects in school but my approach was not right, it was just "ok lets get the job done" kinda stuff. I decided to hone my java skills and get certified. For anyone who thinks it is very tough to get 93% in SCJP well its not, but dont get me wrong,its NOT HARD only if you WORK HARD and push yourself REEEEAL HARD.

Now here is my experience with SCJP:

I bought the best book for the exam Kathy & Bates and started studying pretty seriously, practicing the examples, taking tests and basically do everything they asked me to do. It took me around 3 weeks to finish all the chapters from the book. Once I was done with it I started taking mock exams. I did the very easy ones first so I could build my confidence. I started revising K&B and simultaneously take Dans' exams. I swear these tests will make you cry and run back to your mama. No I didnt run to my mama but bought Mughal & Rasmussen and started studying couple of chapters which needed further study. I started taking exams from Mughals' also along with Dans'. Once I finished both I was a little confident that I could do good on other mock exams. Dans' exams helped me a lot to think out of the box, Dan you the Man.

I used to visit JavaRanch regularly and post questions which helped me a lot to understand some hard to learn topics.

I was about a week and a half from my exam at this point. So I revised K&B again this time paying very close attention since I have learnt a lot after taking the mock exams. I pasted about ten pages from K&B on my wall basically Wrapper Classes, Collections and primitive ranges. All this made me remember them easily so that I could concentrate more on the difficult part of the exam.

I was a week away from my exam now. I did all the chapter wise tests from K&B(again) and Mughal. At this point it was time for me to do the comprehensive exams. I did all the comprehensive exams from K&B,Mughal,MarcusGreen,JavaCertificate and revised Dans' exams. My scores from individual exams and comprehensives are:

K&B first time study : 75%
K&B second time study : 90%
Dans' exams : 70%
K&B comprehensive : 90%
Khalids' comprehensive : 75% (could have scored a lil high if I didnt chat with my roommates during the exam)
Marcus Greens comp. : 87%
JavaCertificate aggregate : 95% (my name is still on there as the trial exam topper )

I hope this gives a good picture of how these would map to the actual exam.

Couple of tips:

I tried studying when I could concentrate the best and take the mock exams when I coudnt concentrate at all. Think im whack??? that way I made a lot of mistakes which I coudnt have made otherwise. While taking Dans' mock exams I marked questions which I would like to try again days' before the exam. During your final days of prep I would advise you guys to concentrate on where you make mistakes, more specifically the ones you knew the answers but overlook some details or make calculation mistakes so that you would not repeat them in the main exam.

So the last day I answered questions I marked in Dans' exams and revised K&B again. By this time the book was totally abused by floro marking and scribbling.

Now the worst part of the whole deal was that I could not sleep the night before the exam. I tried drinking beer, eating yogurt, listening to music even reading a book(the best soporific of all times) but nothing seemed to work. I ended up sleeping 1hr after 7hrs of trying. This did affect me a lil bit during the exam because I had to concentrate more than usual but I guess this is where my "taking the mock exams when I coudnt concentrate" crap logic worked. So my advise is try to get a good nights sleep before the exam, yes it is very important. The difference between anybody who scores above 90% and the one who scores 100% is only how good one can concentrate in the exam. Also I would think it is best to take your time and answer questions after checking the answers twice rather than zoom thinking that you would come back and check the correct answer, however definitely mark the questions you were not sure about and check them again if you have time, I did answer one question correctly this way.

I want to thank these people behind my success:

-All the people at and behind JavaRanch, specially the Bartenders who answer questions promptly.
-Kathy and Bert for their wonderful book I would recommend this book anyday for the exam.
-Mughal for a very good book, I only rank this book second because it has stuff which goes beyond the exam.
-Dan Chisholm for his wonderful mock exams one more time everyone Dan you the Man
-Marcus Green for his mock exams
-JavaCertificate for their wonderful website
-my cousin Hari for paying my fees for the exam thank God I didnt let him down.
-finally, I always save the best for the last:
My 2 best friends, I dont have words to thank them. They believed in me and set high standards for me, they were tensed, worried and spanked me if I didnt study. They would have been more disappointed than me if I didnt score good.

whew thats a really big post hope it helps aspiring SCJPs'.

-sriram

[ November 03, 2005: Message edited by: Sriram Chintapalli ]
[ November 03, 2005: Message edited by: Sriram Chintapalli ]
17 years ago
thanks sandeep. guess a lot of us are confused by heap and garbage collectible heap.hehe
-sriram
Thanks Dennis for letting me know. Have been trying since last night and still getting the same "The system has reached the maximum number of simultaneous guests for the guest ID entered" error.
Hey Harvinder the id is programmer and when you get the error message it automatically makes it programmer0000 so remove the 0000 and try again to login.
-sriram
hi Dennis,
this links to the sun learning center into which I tried logging in unsuccessfully by using the defaults like programmer0000,guest0000 and guest but coudnt. Do you guys know any other default passwords?
thanks
sriram
hi all are all objects instantiated in inner classes and all objects of inner classes placed on the (garbage collectible) heap?
thanks,
sriram
thanks Bert and Yosi,
one more thing I dont need to be worried about
-sriram
thanks guys! that was scary! I am taking my exam this friday and suddenly I bump into this site which says I will have to answer fill in the text questions whew! thanks for the re-assurance!
-sriram
hi people,
the scjp 1.4 exam does not have fill in the text(blank) type of questions does it?I read that the exam would have these somewhere(possibly outdated) but wanted to check with you guys.thanks.
-sriram
Hi Corey ,
that was a nice explanation kinda what of expected but I coudnt understand this part though.
However, there is no problem accessing a non-static class.A class is always "available" as it needs no enclosing instance in which it must exist, unless you're talking about inner classes - which you happen to be using here. With such a case, you must have an enclosing class.
So do you mean a non-static inner class is always available???and what do you mean by "unless you're talking about inner classes? which you happen to be using here. With such a case, you must have an enclosing class." Are non-static inner classes and inner classes the same?
-sriram