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john c. : is there an update #2?

John M. Gabriele
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Joined: Feb 18, 2001
Posts: 232
john, i haven't seen anything about your job search in a while.
how's it going? did i miss an update somewhere? any leads?
please let me know if i'm butting in too much. i figured
you likely wouldn't mind since you started update #1.
i'm especially curious b/c i'll likely be java job hunting
pretty soon (entry level, taking SCPJ2 in a few weeks, currently
working as a beginner c/c++/other-configuration-stuff person
in a company that is being bought very soon (ie.
possible layoffs on the way) looking to make the transition
to java client-side programming (i can still dream, can't i?)
[This message has been edited by john gabriele (edited April 26, 2001).]
John Coxey
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Joined: Oct 24, 2000
Posts: 503
John Gabriele:
I've been contacted by several companies - but thay are all moving at a snails pace. Can't release details until I hear either way.
Right now - the job search is not my top priority. It's a priority - but fly-fishing and the SJCP2 exam are higher up on my list.
Been spending about 5 hours a day at libary reading up for the SJCP2 exam. Every time I think I know a subject - something else pops up in my readings.
Am planning on a June 30th date for the exam.
I have not been on any on-site interviews as of yet.
I will also admit that I have been lazy with the job search - I've been fishing alot the past couple of weeks. Went to Utah last week to fish.
I do have an on-site interview scheduled for May 7th with a Fortune 50 outfit here in Denver. But it is for C++ not Java. But, you never know until you go in and talk with them.
No Java work at my old job at AMS. Actually, I am still waiting for the severance check.
I may do one of those resume blaster things in a few weeks. See how things go. Right now the resume is on: and ... as you can see I haven't done much with the job search yet.
Will let everyone know what happens.
John Coxey

John Coxey
Evansville, Indiana, USA
John M. Gabriele
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Joined: Feb 18, 2001
Posts: 232
thanks for the reply john.
it's unnerving.. you mentioned you're planning on taking the
exam june 30; i just scheduled mine for may 11 and you're likely
already better prepared than i! i'm working full time now,
stealing moments when i can to study java at my desk.
good luck on the fish, err.. job search.
John Coxey
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Joined: Oct 24, 2000
Posts: 503
The SCJP2 studying is very slow going.
Most of the certification texts do not go into the depth on Threads / Inner Classes / File IO that they need to. For example: if you synchronize on a static method and a thread has a lock on it - you can have a different thread call a synchronized non-static method but not another synchronized static method.
Wonderful!!! Why is this not mentioned in the Exam Prep texts???
You'll know when you are ready to take the SCJP2 exam. I feel that passing it is not all that difficult - 2 months study at 2 hours per day. (120-150 hours study time).
But to get the 80% to 90% range - I feel you need around 600+ hours.
Again, just my opinion, and what I have seen.
John Coxey

Joined: Apr 28, 2001
Posts: 3
If you can tear yourself away from fishing, take the exam sooner rather than later. I'm an IBM mainframe programmer without any background in OOP, and I got an 89 on the SJCP three weeks ago. The actual test was EASIER than most of mock exams, i.e., JQPlus and Marcus Green 1 and 2.
Looking back, I wish I had taken the test a month earlier.

I learned Java rather haphazardly from Thinking in Java, over 6 months of weekends. Like you, I spent December/January weekends fishing for Steelhead in Northern California. Then I spent 5 weekends studying. When I couldn't stomach another weekend of studying RHE, I registered for the test.
The actual test was so unchallenging, that I was actually disappointed. I 'd rate my test-taking skills as average or only slightly above. In a nutshell, the test consists of a large volume of easy questions, the challenge being the time limit.
So unless you need 95% or above on the exam, relax ...

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