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Ready for the exam - what should I expect?

John Dove
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Joined: Jun 04, 2003
Posts: 4
Hi All,
I just finished *implementing* my solution to the SCJD programming assignment. Now it's time to take the exam.
My question: what should I expect, exactly?
I thoroughly understand what I have developed for the programming assignment, so if the questions pertain simply to what I have done (i.e. in an attempt to verify that I actually did the work - which I did , I should be ok. However, if the exam will cover everything that exists in swing & rmi (i.e. all the language specific details), I might not do so well. For example, I chose to implement the network communications using serialized objects over direct sockets, which I completely understand. If I get only RMI related questions on the exam, I might not pass. So you see my dilemma.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Best Regards,
John Dove
John Lee
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Joined: Aug 05, 2001
Posts: 2545
Originally posted by John Dove:
Hi All,
I just finished *implementing* my solution to the SCJD programming assignment. Now it's time to take the exam.
My question: what should I expect, exactly?
I thoroughly understand what I have developed for the programming assignment, so if the questions pertain simply to what I have done (i.e. in an attempt to verify that I actually did the work - which I did , I should be ok. However, if the exam will cover everything that exists in swing & rmi (i.e. all the language specific details), I might not do so well. For example, I chose to implement the network communications using serialized objects over direct sockets, which I completely understand. If I get only RMI related questions on the exam, I might not pass. So you see my dilemma.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Best Regards,
John Dove
Damian Ryan
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Joined: May 09, 2003
Posts: 117
If you did the work yourself the exam will be a breeze. It really is a no-brainer.
Just four questions about your main design choices, like, "How did you implement your record locking?", "Did you use RMI or sockets, and why?" etc
Anyone who has done their own work can answer these questions in five minutes without breaking a sweat.
You'll be fine, I'm sure!


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Mark Spritzler
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Don, I couldn't agree with you more. Your comments are very insightful.
Don't worry about the essay exam, it is really just there to prove that you did your own assignment.
But I would take it fairly soon, so you don't forget what you did in your assignment.
Just before taking the exam, just read through your design decisions document, design.txt or choices.txt, and you will be fine.
Mark


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John Dove
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Joined: Jun 04, 2003
Posts: 4
Hi All,
Thank you for your answers.
It's good to hear that the intent of the exam questions are simply to verify that you did the implementation work, and are not designed to question whether you know -all- the aspects of swing and rmi.
As far as the programming project went, I loved working on it and have learned a lot. Overall, I am not too worried about taking the exam now. Hopefully I will pass.
Thanks again for your advice/insight.
:-)
Regards,
John Dove
 
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