This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Hi all, This is my first post here. I have enjoyed my stay so far. I needed a site like this to challenge me enough to be interested. I can safely say after going through some of the exercises I have learned a lot and feel more comfortable w/ Java. I have gotten Say4b to work with 34 strings and about 230 lines total..way too many compared to the instructors 115 but hey, it works for all values from 0 through 999,999,999,999. I have spent about three weeks on it off and on after the kids go to bed. The characters start to look alike at 3:00am . Anyway, what a great challenge and I look forward to many more. ddave
Hi ddave, good to meet you. The real fun starts when you submit your programs for nitpicking. You will soon see how to "reduce the programs to the max", as they say. Edward Sissorhands is nobody compared with these guys. -Barry
Just to reiterate what the previous posters have said, the nitpicking process helps tremendously! You'll be surprised at how even the "simple" assignments like Java-1a and b can be reduced to make the code more efficient. Heck, I tried passing over the very first assignment when I started because I thought I had it down. WRONG! Took a couple of nitpicks just to get past that one! Welcome on board, you'll learn a lot from the folks that hang around these parts.