I'm a student right now studying for my SCJP cert and I am having a serious isolation problem. I don't know anyone who speaks Java. This site is a great help in answering questions and giving me practice material (I especially like the rules roundup. It makes me feel dumb for missing easy questions then insults me at the end... ) but sometimes I just need someone who speaks my language. (When I talk to my wife about Java her eyes glass over and I'm pretty sure she is either hearing seagulls or just static...)
Anyway, I'm on the west coast of the U.S. so if anyone is in this time zone and wants to chat occasionally about Java stuff let me know.
if you like being insulted you might try shelling out the cash for the cattledrive. TOTALLY worth it (I just finished round 1). And you get a nitpicker for each assignment to teach you to make it better.
As for SCJP, I'm using the Sierra and Bates SCJP 6 guide. Love it.
And as for someone who speaks Java, well everyone here is really helpful, so if you have a question or anything you can post in one of the forums.
When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.
Joined: Feb 18, 2010
Haha, thanks for the tip. I might do the Cattle Drive if I have time. My SCJP exam is in a week and a half and I also have the K&B book to study (again...) before I sit for the exam.
Also, I noticed you mentioned WGU in your signature line. Are you still a student? I am just finishing up the Programming track and I'm quickly becoming a cert collector as well. I just finished Perl and when I pass my SCJP, I'll only have my Capstone left until I'm finished (so close I can taste it...).
Anyway, I can find lots of people to mock and scorn me (a friend of mine is the author of an advanced Python book...) not to mention my compiler seems to enjoy screaming incomprehensible garbage at me as well...
I was just looking for someone to converse with about Java because I seem to learn better when I can explain it to someone else or just have a discussion about it.
Actually, I find it useful when learning something new in technology to imagine explaining it to my dad. You could do the same thing with your wife. If you can explain it clearly enough for her to understand, that means you truly understand it. Whether or not my dad or your wife actually ever listens to the explanation is less relevant.
Many cities have Java user groups. That would be a good place to find people who speak Java.
Yea, I'm in WGU... I'm in the database track, and average about 35 CU's a semester. I have 7 classes left, including the big 3... tech writing, portfolio, and capstone.
I should finish this term
This site is a wealth of information, and has a lot of really nice people. You get a lot of different kinds of answers and learn different ways to do things by participating. The best part is, there's almost always someone here because of so many international users. Is it 4 in the morning and you wanna know why a question in the S+B book is right/wring? Post in the SCJP forum... you may even get an answer from Bert Bates himself!
Hmph... maybe this thread belongs less in Beginning Java and more in the Ranch House......... maybe some nice moderator will move it for us.
Joined: Feb 18, 2010
I'm new here. Only 4 posts (well 5 now) so hopefully I'll get away with only a warning...