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Michael Tu

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 29
4 weeks no result. Feedback say SCJD submission jar file affected by Virus. Submit again immediately.
2 weeks more no result. Enquiry and feedback say assessor can't open the submission file. However, I've tested it on all platforms (Windows/Linux) and OK. Don't know what happen? Must I make it a self extraction jar file?
This is the efficiency of Sun. I faint...
Junilu Lacar

Joined: Feb 26, 2001
Posts: 6529

Hang in there Michael. Just keep communicating with Sun (at reasonable intervals, of course). I'm sure they'll get around to taking care of you sooner or later.

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Michael Tu

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 29
I think I have very good patience.
I just not understand why each time until so late then I was informed the problem (whether it's a real problem is not certain). This wouldn't happen if there is a sense of responsibility.
Do I need to instruct the assessors how to extract a jar file? They suppose to be java experts and have full knowledge to deal with such file. Also, no such requirement in SCJD instruction.
I'll give them one more time the submission, without any change, together with the extraction instruction though there is no point to do so.
I wish this bad experience will be over soon.
ravi janap
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Joined: Nov 04, 2000
Posts: 389
I am also planning to upload the submisiion jar soon. What I want to know more about this extraction instruction. Is it a text file containing the command to unjar the submission jar which is uploaded seperately along with the submission jar file.

Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
I understand that it is frustrating to wait. On the other hand here is what Sun is trying to accomplish:
- Keep the price as low as possible - most of the exam fee goes to the testing center - not Sun
- Provide a service that includes evaluating each submission individually. Someone will take several hours reviewing your submission, this person is an expert in Java, it's not something that an untrained person can do.
So, for less than $75 a true Java expert will personally, load your software, run it, review your code, and give you a grade. It's a grueling task to do this over and over again.
I suppose Sun could consider an 'expedited' service, where an applicant could pay more for a faster turn around.
Who would pay more for this, I'm curious ?

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Michael Tu

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 29
After a long waiting (>7 weeks). Finally I got my score posted (As attached) although not a very appealing one.
Through my experience with Sun, there is much to improve for its service. Think that they could not open my submission jar file twice while the last successful one is just the same, nothing changed. There must be very messy in their backend which we do not really know but can see from many other's experience. Sun is killing itself by being like this.
Anyway, everything is over. It's time for me to take a breath.
Last, many thanks to Mark, Peter, Eugene and many others for your help. This is an excellent forum.

Test: Sun Certified Developer for the Java 2 Platform (310-027)
Date Taken: 2003-02-21 11:24:44.327
Grade: P
Score: 140
Comment: This report shows the total points that could have been awarded in each section and the actual number of points you were awarded. This is provided to give you per-section feedback on your strengths. The maximum possible number of points is 155; the minimum to pass is 124. Section Summary Report: General Considerations: Maximum=58 Deductions=8 Actual=47 Documentation: Maximum=20 Deductions=0 Actual=20 GUI: Maximum=24 Deductions=7 Actual=17 Server: Maximum=53 Deductions=0 Actual=53 Total: Maximum=155 Deductions=15 Certification Score=140
[ February 22, 2003: Message edited by: Michael Tu ]
Mark Spritzler

Joined: Feb 05, 2001
Posts: 17276

Congrats Michael. The wait is over.
Could you please post your results in the Certification Results forum. I am going to close this thread, so you can post it there.

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