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Howard Ralston
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Joined: Jun 25, 2001
Posts: 105
Hi guys,
I took the test two weeks ago, and passed. If I can do it, anybody out there who wants to badly enough can do it. I work and go to school full time, and studied a few minutes here and a few hours there. I maintained a 3.97 at school, but they were not teaching Java at the time (4.0 in Cobol, but who will care?)
I am 37 years old, and have no programming experience. Like I said, if I can do it, anybody can!
I would like to thank the good folks here at Javaranch for the help I received over the last few months, and I consider myself lucky that I found this site early on. By reading the posts, posting questions myself, and utilizing JQPlus and RHE, I felt confident when I went to the testing center.
Now I am starting to study J2EE and find myself fighting another uphill battle, but I know that I will learn, and will become a good programmer. Passing the test was just the first step in a
process that will continue for many years to come.
Thank you all!!!


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Ravi Naidu
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Joined: Apr 23, 2001
Posts: 43
With the positive attitude you have, I am sure things will work out great for u J2EE and beyond.
- another optimist.
Hassan Naqvi
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Joined: May 03, 2001
Posts: 158

<h1><marquee>CONGRADULATIONS</marquee></h1>
Regards,
Hassan.


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Jane Griscti
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Joined: Aug 30, 2000
Posts: 3141
Congratulations Howard
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Jane Griscti
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java� 2 Platform


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SCJP, Co-author Mike Meyers' Java 2 Certification Passport
Patricia Anderson
Greenhorn

Joined: Jun 15, 2001
Posts: 24
Congratulations!!!
Your triumph and continued optimism encourages me to go on.
Donald Nunn
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Joined: Nov 11, 2000
Posts: 200
Congrats, Howard. I guess that's the attitude you have to have in order to be successful and it seems like your on your way.
Donald

<b>Donald Nunn</b><br />Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform
Revathi R ganesh
Greenhorn

Joined: Jun 27, 2001
Posts: 6
Congrats Howard.
Your post gives everbody a big BOOST. I just passed SJCP and looking forward for the preparation for the architect exam.
I wish u all the best in ur endeavour
Regards
Revathi
Donald Nunn
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Joined: Nov 11, 2000
Posts: 200
Hello, Howard. In total, how long did you study for the exam?
Donald
Howard Ralston
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Joined: Jun 25, 2001
Posts: 105
Hi Donald,
I started studying in February 2001. At the time, the only thing I knew about Java was that it was a programming language, an island, and another name for coffee.
I started with Java Programming for Dummies, then bought the RHE Certification Guide. I checked Core Java vols I and II from the school library, and used them to augment the RHE. I wrote code, and used Java Ranch to solicit help when I could not figure out my errors.
After I started to have a small degree of confidence in my grasp of the basics, I started to do the free mock exams from Maha Anna's list. I learned my weak points ( and there were many! )
and studied and wrote more code to cover them.
About one month before I went for the test, I bought JQPlus, and started taking the tests. It helped me a lot, because I could go go back and study the questions that I had missed. I was averaging around 63% for the first 9 practice exams, and was thinking of rescheduling my exam. However, I took the random exam two nights before the real test, and scored 80%. That boosted my confidence enough that I took the test that Saturday morning as scheduled, thinking that I would be satisfied if I scored at least a 61%. Lo and behold, the score was 79%, and I was prouder at that moment than when I discovered that I had aced my first semester at college.(shameless plug)
I studied Java after work, before classes started, during lunch at work, and during the weekend after doing homework, and between projects in the yard or parties that my wife dragged me into.
Now I have the freedom to study XML, servelets, EJB, and other interesting things that I did not have time to look at before. I have altered my resume to reflect the certification, and have began looking for a job in programming. I realize that it will take time, and it will require more specific skills than I learned for the certification test, but I am confident that by the end of the year, I will be employed doing what I enjoy, programming!
Howard
Howard Ralston
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Joined: Jun 25, 2001
Posts: 105
Thanks to everyone who responded to my post. As so many others have said before me, it is the feeling that you are among friends that keeps us coming back to Java Ranch.
lusha tak
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Joined: Dec 30, 2000
Posts: 185
Congratulation !
i was wondering how to find time to study. but ur post is undoubtedly a great moral boost. if u can do it besides managing ur work,ur studies & ur family life then why can't i....
thanks a lot.
and congratulations again....
Lusha
Ajith Kallambella
Sheriff

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Congratulations Howard!
Ajith


Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
Vanitha Sugumaran
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Joined: Apr 11, 2001
Posts: 356
Congratulations Howard! All the best for your future.
vanitha.
Greg Georges
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Joined: May 10, 2001
Posts: 116
Congrats Howard, much success in your career


<b>Greg Georges</b><br /><i>Sun Certified Java Programmer for the Java2 platform (SCJP)</i><br /><i>Sun Certified Java Developer for the Java2 platform (SCJD)</i>
Donald Nunn
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Joined: Nov 11, 2000
Posts: 200
I read you success story quite often because it gives me inspiration. I decided to reschedule my exam because I took the random exam from JQplus and scored poorly, so I decided why take the chance when you still have time. Why rush it. So, I decided to re-read Khalid's book and answer all of the questions in the relevent chapters and go through JQPlus again. I guess with work and family it will probably take about three months for me to really feel secure. If it takes longer then it takes longer. I really need to feel confident before I can go forward again.
Thanks,
Donald
Howard Ralston
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Joined: Jun 25, 2001
Posts: 105
Donald,
The important thing is to understand what you are studying.
If you feel that you need more time to understand a subject and be comfortable with it, take the time. Remember the fact that we want to be programmers, like so many of our fellow Javaranchers, and not professional test takers. So write code, have fun with what you learn, and take the test when you feel ready to do so, not because you have been studying for a certain length of time.
Good luck, and be sure to let us know when you do take the test, because I for one have no doubt that you will do well.
Howard
murtaza
Greenhorn

Joined: Jul 07, 2001
Posts: 1
Hi Afsha,
Well done little friend, you did great not for your self but for our coutnry and we people are proud to have such a tallent in our homeland.
Murtaza
 
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