I did the essay yesterday. Sun didn't allow me to upload submission jar again, but I really hope there is no automatic failure.
About the essay. There was 4 questions. For 2 questions I had quite long answers. But with other 2 questions, which were about some big design choises, I had some problems. I found out that I didn't list real advantages etc. for the first big design choice. I had in my choices.txt that I chose my choice, because it was easy for me to understand. I didn't have other quite big design choice in my choices.txt at all. But I wrote how things are in my application. So from my essay they can found out that I coded my application.
I had in my design choices.txt quite detailed situations (for example rare exception situations), but I found out that maybe I didn't handle some big issues enough well.
Also other potential problem with my choices.txt can be that I had the advantages and disadvantages about the choices, but in the essay and in the essay page of the SUN they want also an explanation why I chose some choise (
Briefly justify your choices in terms of the comparison of design and implementation objectives with the advantages and disadvantages of each
). I only put in my choices.txt that for example I chose alternative b and that's all. My justifications were in the advantages and disadvantages.
Champion, even though in the choices.txt file we have to say that "I chose A because this, this and this", I don't really think that is going to be a problem. I thinkg the mix essay exam and choices.txt file will show them why you chose the things you chose and that you were the guy that coded everything.
As Perillo said, If you wrote why you did these choices, It is just a matter of time to they evaluate your essay and give your score. I did the same thing in the choices, well I only said " I used A instead B, because I knew more A than B "... and was just it.
Lucky for you and please post your score here soon..
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