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Ste Graham
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Joined: Sep 15, 2003
Posts: 23
I've kicking myself at the moment. When i first received my assignment I copied the db file over to a CD. I did this because the instructions said that I needed to include the db as i received it (unchanged) when I finally submitted the application. Over the last few weeks I've been testing and testing and been really careful. On Monday i uploaded the assignment (exam questions this afternoon), BUT I copied the db file over to my jar file from the CD before I sent. I forgot that the file comes off a CD as read-only ......... I was in such a rush (relieved) to be sending it, I just didn't test again. I've just tried the application and the gui doesn't load because the file is read only. I'm guttted. I can guess that I'll get automatic failure for this. I checked in my code to make sure that the suncertify.properties files could be read/written, but not the db file - WHY?!! I'm still going to sit the exam this afternoon, but I'm totally deflated and do not feel like doing it at all.
[ December 12, 2006: Message edited by: Ste Graham ]
Sam Codean
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Joined: Feb 26, 2006
Posts: 194
do not worry!! give the written test with full zeal as though nothing happened. and next time be more careful!!

Mistakes do happen that does not make a man small. I believe you are still a good coder and will clear the test soon
-sam


-Sam Codean<br />SCJP 1.4 (98%)<br />SCJD 5.0 (87.5%)
Ste Graham
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Joined: Sep 15, 2003
Posts: 23
Well, I sat the Essay exam - quite straight forward really - but I'm annoyed with myself for submitting the application with the read only file. I just wanted to make sure that the db file was the original one. I had several "untouched" copies on my PC, but couldn't be 100% sure, so I copied it from the CD! I suppose I should really put a check in my code to see what the properties of the file are and print a nice error out if it read-only. I suppose just because it wasn't an issue in the development I should have thought of it! Got to wait 4-6 weeks now before I can re-submit! Boo!!!
[ December 12, 2006: Message edited by: Ste Graham ]
Mark Smyth
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Joined: Feb 04, 2004
Posts: 288
Originally posted by Ste Graham:
Well, I sat the Essay exam - quite straight forward really - but I'm annoyed with myself for submitting the application with the read only file. I just wanted to make sure that the db file was the original one. I had several "untouched" copies on my PC, but couldn't be 100% sure, so I copied it from the CD! I suppose I should really put a check in my code to see what the properties of the file is and print a nice error out if it read-only. I suppose just because it wasn't an issue in the development I shouldn't have thought of it! Got to wait 4-6 weeks now before I can re-submit! Boo!!!


You may as well send an email to sun explaining your error before the examiner has had a chance to correct the project, they may pass the information on to the grader. I think that the grading process is quite fair and I am sure that they would not fail you over as small a point as this. It's worth a shot anyway you have nothing to lose.

Best of luck I hope you will not need to resubmit.
Regards,
Mark


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Roy Mallard
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Joined: Jul 14, 2005
Posts: 53
I think you might be ok actually. The original .db file won't have any modifiable records due to the 24 hour rule, so maybe Sun will use another .db file to test your program with.
However if your program quits without even showing an error message I think you will fail.

That is an interesting point about making the .db file writable. My spec says that I must submit the file unchanged, and I'm not sure if making the file writable constitutes a change.

Anyone have an opinion on this?


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