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How long does it take - roughly?

 
Amy Phillips
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I know that obviously you work through the cattle drive at your own pace but I am just wondering how long it usually takes to complete?
If I join up now is it possible to finish by christmas?
I hope so it sounds great but I am just checking it is possible for me....
 
Barry Gaunt
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Hi Amy. Well, I've been at it since the middle of October 2002. I'm about 2/3 the way through in nearly six months. The assignments get harder, the enthusiasm waxes and wanes. So I guess that it will need another 1/2 year to complete. By then there may be some more assignments in XML, RMI or something. So I look at it as a means to an end, not as an end itself.
Anyway, Spring is here, time to go out in the evenings, ride a bike, sit by the lake, so I may even be "hibernating" for the Summer.
The answer to your question is the same as that to the question "How long is a piece of string?"
 
Amy Phillips
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Hmm I guess you are right....
Still it sounds quite hopeful I really need to be quite good with Java for january so fingers crossed....

If I had my credit card with me today I would be joining right this minute
 
juliane gross
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Hy Amy,
just wanted to "warn" you, because Barry is "Speedy Gonzalez" of Cattle Drive!
He obviously has been a stone washed programmer before he began sending in the assignments!
So I would take his velocity for common only if I would be as experienced as him!
I am the opposite (a newcomer to programming),
started the assignments in June/July 2002,
and finished 2nd. course (OOP) some weeks ago.
I was working quite regularily on my assignments.
This only, to give you a "range" according your question how long it could take..

Have fun!
Juliane
 
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Theoretically you could finish the currently posted assignments in three months. Most people take longer. How long depends mostly on the student.
[ April 08, 2003: Message edited by: Marilyn de Queiroz ]
 
Amy Phillips
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I have done some Java before but need to polish up my skills a bit (well a lot!) but I think it will take me longer than 3 months - taken me about 3 weeks to even start getting registered (currently waiting for the paypal registration number....)
Still hopefully I will be joining soon so if someone would get me a horse ready I would be mighty grateful
 
Barry Gaunt
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Nice to have you on the 'drive Amy. When you do get the reginumber from Paypal do not forget to mention (when you pay that is) that the payment is for the CattleDrive, otherwise it might go into the tip jar. Well you could practise making payments into the tip jar, I guess.
-Barry
 
Amy Phillips
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Yeah thanks for the hint! Wouldn't like to make that mistake too many times
 
Amy Phillips
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ok so I have managed the painful bit and given over my cash what do I do now? Do I get a welcome email or can I just start submitting?
btw Howdy everyone I have managed to get onboard!
 
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I gave my money and then sent in my first version of Hundred Java-1a, pitiful as it was, to nitpick@javaranch.com. Later that day I received an e-mail from Paul Wheaton that was sent to Marilyn de Queiroz stating that she had another one to pick on.
So get that assignment in and let the fun begin and welcome to the Cattle Drive.
[ April 25, 2003: Message edited by: John Hembree ]
 
Amy Phillips
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Thanks John
 
jason adam
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Welcome onboard Amy, hope you enjoy the pain and suffering that is the Cattle Drive
 
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