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Mark Barrett
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Joined: May 25, 2009
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Hi there,

I've decided that I'm going to do that SCJD exam in the very near future. However, I've been out of practice on the design side of things and in order to brush up on my skills before I pay for the assignment etc, I want to create a practice project or two.

I know you're not allowed to give the game away on what is actually included in the assignment, but I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions of what I could do to get back into the swing of things and ready for the assignment?

Sorry if this a little vague!

Cheers


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Fernando Franzini
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Joined: Jan 09, 2009
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Hi Mark

First of all....You should buy and read that Andrews Book about SCJD. I'm sure that you wont regret ! After that you will be well to made your plans.


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Mark Barrett
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Joined: May 25, 2009
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Hmm I've heard this book mentioned a lot on this forum. I think I will invest. Thank you!
Roel De Nijs
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Joined: Jul 19, 2004
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Hi Mark,

First of all: welcome to the javaranch!

Secondly, can't agree more with Fernando. This book gives you a complete view of the assignment and discusses all the important parts for your assignment in depth: locking, database file access, rmi, sockets and gui (swing). You have also Denny's DVD, the assignment used in the book to describe all these parts and you can download the sources of the apress website. It's without doubt the best starting point you could have.

Kind regards,
Roel


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Paul Anilprem
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Enthuware provides sample projects that can help you prepare for SCJD. More details here.

HTH,
Paul.


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Fernando Franzini
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Hi Paul

Did you buy Enthuware ? Wich package ? Did you like ?
Tell us about it....
Mark Barrett
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Joined: May 25, 2009
Posts: 12
Thanks for all the replies! I'm going to get myself that book ASAP.

That Enthuware website seemed pretty useful as well. It's certainly something I would look into if after reading 'Andrew's book' I was still scratching my head!

On a more off topic note, I've managed to glean enough information from this website about the SCJD file format (for one of the URLyBird assignments I think) and I'm working on a simple program which can create the data file and read the data file. If it's worth anything I may post the code for people who might be struggling to have a play around with (if that's permitted..)

Cheers
Paul Anilprem
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Fernando Franzini wrote:Hi Paul

Did you buy Enthuware ? Wich package ? Did you like ?
Tell us about it....


Hi Fernando, as my signature reflects, I work for Enthuware.
Here are the details and some testimonials.

HTH,
Paul.
Mahesh Kumaraguru
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Mark Barrett wrote:

I'm working on a simple program which can create the data file and read the data file. If it's worth anything I may post the code for people who might be struggling to have a play around with (if that's permitted..)

Cheers


You can post any code which is NOT the "REAL" SCJD assignment.


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Roberto Perillo
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Real code can be posted... you can post the necessary code to help someone find a solution for something. As long as it doesn't show your complete solution, and just helps other people to think about their solution, it's fine. You just can't post your complete solution for something.


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Mahesh Kumaraguru
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You are right Roberto Perillo, for real SCJD, only minimum snippets of code can be posted.
From Mark Barrett's post I understand he is planning to post a complete non SCJD program to create and read a data file.
Mark Barrett
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Joined: May 25, 2009
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Mahesh Kumaraguru wrote:You are right Roberto Perillo, for real SCJD, only minimum snippets of code can be posted.
From Mark Barrett's post I understand he is planning to post a complete non SCJD program to create and read a data file.


That is correct!
K. Tsang
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Joined: Sep 13, 2007
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Hello Mark, regarding sample SCJD project, Javacamp.org has a sample project that looks pretty much like the Sun's instructions here. Yet it doesn't provide you the database schema which I think is a key as well as the "interface" which is also another key.

But I'm sure you can figure out what the interface is like given all these posts on the forum. As for the database file, you can just create your own but then you probably need to know a bit about I/O


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Mark Barrett
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Hey thanks for that. I'm currently working on implementing the Denny's DVDs project in the SCJD Exam book, but I'm looking to get a lot of practise in before I slump the cash for the actual assignment so I'll most definitely look at this project afterwards. As for the database file format, it's not too difficult to dream these up. ;)
 
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