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Jason Kretzer
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Is it just me or does anyone else get the idea that the exam mainly measures how well you can interpret the code of others? Like all the questions that Sonir Shah is posting, they revolve around how well you can read code. I mean lets face it, if you can't read code very well(that you did not author) you have little chance of determining what the output of a snippet would be.
Just an observation, comments welcome.


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Corey McGlone
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Originally posted by Jason Kretzer:
Is it just me or does anyone else get the idea that the exam mainly measures how well you can interpret the code of others? Like all the questions that Sonir Shah is posting, they revolve around how well you can read code. I mean lets face it, if you can't read code very well(that you did not author) you have little chance of determining what the output of a snippet would be.
Just an observation, comments welcome.

Indeed, that seems to be a major focus of this exam - interpreting code. When you move on to the designer exam, you get to write code of your own, but the programmer's exam throws ungodly code at you that, hopefully, you'd seldom see in practice, just to make sure that you know all of the details of the language syntax and semantics.
Corey


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Rob Ross
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This is analogous to learning a spoken language. Most people have a much larger reading comprehension vocabulary than a spoken vocabulary.
It's important to understand the breadth of possible syntax constructs in order to develop a sense of how to write correct code. Ideally, after a while your brain starts organizing things into patterns, so you don't have to memorize specific examples anymore, but can generalize solutions from higher level principles.
So as a starting point for a larger career as a java developer, it's important to develop a solid "reading comprehension vocabulary" of java language constructs.


Rob
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Jose Botella
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I think the exam tries to checked that you really have done some Java coding. And you don't merely know things by heart. That is why there are so many snippets of code.


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Jim Petersen
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Chances are, along the way, if your'e working in a Java environment, You'll have to interpret some one else's code. A certain amount of the work you'll be doing will be maintenance/improvement not just greenfield development.
I think it important there is room for the interpretation in the exam - even though it may not be the right way... The Developers exam looks like the place for using some initiative
just my 2p!


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