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Matt Midcap

Joined: Jan 07, 1999
Posts: 440
And the winners are....
<h2> Anil Kollur </h2>
<h2> Damodar Katti </h2>
<h2> Kavita Ghia </h2>
<h2> shailesh sonavadekar </h2>

Let's here it for our winners! Wooo Hoooooo!!!
Here is how the winners were chosen: I went through the forum and read EVERY message posted on or after the 21st. If the author had a proper name and the message had some substance (not just "thanks" or "enter me in the contest" or "yeah, what he said") then I added the name to a list in a text file.
I ended up with 45 lines in the text file. Some names were repeated several times.
I used this little program to pick a number from 1 to 45:
import java.util.* ;
public class Pick
public static void main( String[] args )
int numPicks = Integer.parseInt( args[0] );
Random r = new Random();
for( int i = 0 ; i < 10 ; i++ )
System.out.println( r.nextInt( numPicks ) + 1 );
Fair enough?
Thanks to the good folks at John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Publishing ( ) for the books! John Wiley & Sons, Inc., develops, publishes, and sells products in print and electronic media for the educational, professional, scientific, technical, medical, and consumer markets worldwide.
Questions? Comments? Should we do this again? I think we should! As a matter of fact the next big book giveaway will be:
Nov 28: We will give away FOUR copies of Bill Brogden's new servlet book! So mosy on over to the "Servlets and JSP's" forum and get ready to win another book!
Best Regards,
Matt Midcap
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Best Regards,<br />Matt Midcap
shailesh sonavadekar
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Joined: Oct 12, 2000
Posts: 1874
Woo , hooo . I am the winner. I am very happy . I can't explain the mirth which I am having right now.
Congratulations , Damodar , Kavitha , Anil. Fantastic . You must be feeling the same way. Great Job , Matt for having the contest.
Thanks Paul For this wonderful contest that you are putting up. Thnks John Wiley & sons For sponsering the books for giveaway.
The Biggest Thanks goes to Eric . Eric , thank you very , very , very much for helping out on so many occasions with the problems. I hoipe you will be reguraly visiting javaranch ( j2me forum ). Hoping another good book from you. I am going to nag you more with my questions , if you don't have any problem , Eric.
So , what are you waiting for , guys ? it is time to say THREE CHEERS FOR ERIC , HIP HIP HURRAY , HIP HIP HURRAY , HIP HIP HURRAY .
Eric Giguere
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Joined: Oct 25, 2000
Posts: 170
Thanks guys.... listen, I'd like to ask everyone who reads a copy of my book to do me a simple favor: post a review of it up on If you're really keen, you can even do it up on and Just be honest, and if you have criticisms (no book is perfect, and no book can please every reader) try to be specific. Actually, that goes for the good points, too. Just saying "this book is great" or "this book sucks" with no supporting argument isn't very helpful to most people using the reviews....
Eric Giguere
author of:
Java 2 Micro Edition : A Professional Developer's Guide
PalmTM Database Programming: The Complete Developer's Guide

Eric Giguere
Author/Co-Author of: Mobile Information Device Profile for Java 2 Micro Edition: Professional Developer's Guide, Java 2 Micro Edition: Professional Developer's Guide and PalmTM Database Programming: The Complete Developer's Guide
Anil Kollur
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Joined: Mar 25, 2000
Posts: 101

Hi! Matt,
Thanx, thank U very much, I have not expected that I will win the book. Just posting one topic and winning the book is just a bit of luck I feel.
Anyway thanx Eric, for clearing my doubt and also to Shailesh.
I will be visiting this wonderful site throughout my career and to almost all topics.

Everyday is a Learning phase! Hence ask "What have I learnt today?"
Kavita Ghia
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Joined: Oct 10, 2000
Posts: 91
Hi Matt,Eric,Shailesh
I am once again delighted to receive a book from you guys.Just feeling very lucky and really excited about such contests.So when is the next contest(28th Nov. right!).I will continue my participation in all the various discussion topics as I have been doing quite often. And my special thanks goes to Eric as well as Shailesh for clearing my doubts and giving more and more insight into the relatively new topic of J2ME.I am thakful to u as well-Matt,for selecting the winner.
And last but not the least my hearty congratulations to Shailesh,Damodar and Anil for being as lucky as have been.
A Java Ranch folk,
shailesh sonavadekar
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Joined: Oct 12, 2000
Posts: 1874
Hello , Kavita & Anil . Nice to here from both of you. I am very , very satisfied today that my messages have helped you. it is big prize for me. I will always try to help javaranchers. I also request you to help other javaranchers & help make this place universal brotherhood to share the knowledge & in turn getting valuable insights .
Guys , I am really unhappy. Eric is the person to be congratulated for spending his time , helping out us.
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abdulwajed khan

Joined: Nov 07, 2000
Posts: 9
I have read about the books by lucky draw. what i want to know is that if there would be any further draws in this regard and also if you people plan to distribute some other free stuff.
Last of all i would like know if the dates for 1 or 2 upcoming draws could be anounced well in advance.
Best Regards
Abdul Wajed
Matt Midcap

Joined: Jan 07, 1999
Posts: 440
Hello abdulwajed,
We are currently having another book giveaway in the "Servlets/JSP" forum. I did anounce that we would be having this giveaway when I anounced the winners here in this thread (see the first message).
I also e-mail all registered users at the JavaRanch (assuming you gave us your e-mail address) about the giveaways.
Best Regards,
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