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should I do it or not?

Hanna Habashy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2003
Posts: 532
hi all:
I started preparing for SCJD few weeks ago. I have never programmed using RMI or sockets before. I have a little experience with swing package. So, I have a lot to learn. I was thinking to download the assignment and using it as a learing process, however, I got dicoureged by a remark on Javaranch. It says the assignment will take about 6 to 8 weeks working 40 hours a week. that is about 320 hours of work. I have a full time job, and I can't work on my assignment more than 10 hours a week. It will take me on average about 32 weeks to complete it. I thought I can do it in matter of 8 to 10 weeks. Did I underestimate the scope of the assignment?
I want to hear form people who did it, and people who are doing it. How long it took you, or how long have you been working on it.

SCJD 1.4<br />SCJP 1.4<br />-----------------------------------<br />"With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.<br />" Aristotle
Jay Ashar
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Joined: Oct 13, 2002
Posts: 208
I am preparing for SCJD too, from what I have read and heard is that it takes on average about 120 hours to complete the assignment head to toe. My guess is somewhere around that time frame, but thats just me. It will all vary individually.

SCJP 1.4<br />SCWCD 1.3
Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 4982
It really depends on how many you want to do, and how in depth you want to do.
For myself, I used:
4 days, 3-4 hours per day to finish reading the instructions and the system design;
2 weeks, 6-10 hours per day to finish the programming, and;
3 days, 2-3 hours per day, to finish the documentation and user manuals
I havent written JFC before, and I think it is the most challenging part to me.

SCJP 1.2, OCP 9i DBA, SCWCD 1.3, SCJP 1.4 (SAI), SCJD 1.4, SCWCD 1.4 (Beta), ICED (IBM 287, IBM 484, IBM 486), SCMAD 1.0 (Beta), SCBCD 1.3, ICSD (IBM 288), ICDBA (IBM 700, IBM 701), SCDJWS, ICSD (IBM 348), OCP 10g DBA (Beta), SCJP 5.0 (Beta), SCJA 1.0 (Beta), MCP(70-270), SCBCD 5.0 (Beta), SCJP 6.0, SCEA for JEE5 (in progress)
Al Guzman

Joined: Oct 07, 2002
Posts: 4
Hanna: Go for it! Right now I�m in the process of developing this exam; have a full time job like you and a full time girlfriend , is just a matter of discipline. Every day I sit in front of my computer from 2 to 3 hours and in 2 months I�m about to finish it. It was a good practice cause I�m more into the web programming.
My recommendation: Check this forum for early tips and read a good book about design patterns (good if you have sleeping problems).
Good luck!

SCJP SCWCD Coming soon: SCJD
Hanna Habashy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2003
Posts: 532
hi Guzman :
Thanks for the encouraging post. I agree it is a matter of descplined.
I am going ahead and getting my assignment.
Burk Hufnagel
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Joined: Oct 01, 2001
Posts: 814
Just a suggestion from someone who's taken much much longer than he expected and stil isn't done. Treat this like you would an assignment from work. Read the requirements, figure out what the "real" requirements are, design your solution, develop and test according to the plan, document as you go.
This way, if you have to stop for more than a day or so, you don;t have to try and remember what you were doing, or what you had decided to do to solve a problem, etc.
I had to stop after about six weeks and didn't get back to it for several months. I spent the first week or so going over what I had done and trying to figure out what was next. Don't make the same mistake.
Good luck, have fun!

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