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Larry Lynn
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Joined: Apr 06, 2003
Posts: 2
I'm coming from a Delphi background and I may need to learn java quickly - the next few months. Does anyone have experience with any of the 5 day classes? I see that Learning Tree, Technow, HOTT, Mindview (Bruce Eckles) all offer them. My plan is to take the cert exam as a means of structuring my learning and putting the pressure on - even if passing it is not the likely outcome.
Dan Chisholm
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Joined: Jul 02, 2002
Posts: 1865
Larry,
Welcome to the JavaRanch!
If your employer is willing to pay for the class and continue to pay your salary while you attend the class then I would certainly encourage you to give your employer the opportunity to pay for your education. If your employer is not willing to pay, then I would suggest that you instead pick up a book from the Bunkhouse and learn the material on your own.


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Rattan Mann
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Joined: Jan 21, 2003
Posts: 44
I have always been curious to ask a question and today finally I am mustering courage enough to ask it. Has anybody really been able to learn a new field from a 5-day course? I find those courses of very,very limited use - more like a sugar-pill for the employee but a real boost to the conscience of the employer that he has done his duty. And a fat cheque to the trainer.
Larry Lynn
Greenhorn

Joined: Apr 06, 2003
Posts: 2
Lets just say that if one of these courses made a big difference, it would be worth it to me to pay for it in this case. I planned on working through some books first, then taking a 5 day course - if I'm convinced I will learn alot. I think a hands on course might be worhtwhile, but I've never tried them.
Marcus Green
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Joined: Sep 14, 1999
Posts: 2813
If your primary purpose is to pass the certification exam, you probably want to take a course that specifically says it will help you pass the exam and only cover the subjects on the syllabus. If you are spending only 5 days and they are expensive days you probably don't want to be spending time on non-exam topics.


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