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Barbara Flink
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I've been a software developer for 30 years (but not Java) and I was recently laid-off (again).
I just finished a Java class at a local community college and now I'm hoping to get through the SCJP exam so I have something substaintial to put on my resume.
I'm trying to plod my way through Kathy and Bert's book.
Please help!!!

 
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Welcome to JavaRanch!

Barbara Flink wrote:...developer for 30 years ....
Great!
 
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Barbara Flink wrote:
Please help!!!



What do you need? =D


Abimaran Kugathasan wrote:Welcome to JavaRanch!

Barbara Flink wrote:...developer for 30 years ....
Great!

 
Barbara Flink
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Mostly I need some self-confidence.
 
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Barbara Flink wrote:Mostly I need some self-confidence.


Haha, that you start to gain when you do your first HelloWorld! [=

Study and study hard and you can make it!
 
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Barbara,
Welcome to JavaRanch!

As you read, do post back here when you have questions. People will definitely help.

It's probably a bit early to wish you good luck on the exam, but you can save it - "good luck on the SCJP" .
 
Barbara Flink
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Thank you all for your encouragement!
(I really need it right now.)
 
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And know that you're not the only non-spring chicken in the pot. There are quite a few of us seasoned developers at the Ranch.
 
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Welcome to the ranch, we are friendly here.

Bear Bibeault wrote:And know that you're not the only non-spring chicken in the pot. There are quite a few of us seasoned developers at the Ranch.


Yes, and I'm even older than Bear.
 
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Pat Farrell wrote:Yes, and I'm even older than Bear.

As difficult as such a possibility is to believe!
 
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At some point the rounding error takes over and it's impossible to tell the difference.
 
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Especially when the ages in question need to be represented in floating point to cover the range.
 
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This explains the loss of precision.
 
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developer for 30 years???

GREAT!!!


 
Abimaran Kugathasan
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Barbara Flink wrote:Mostly I need some self-confidence.


We expect it from you Sir!
 
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Barbara Flink wrote:
developer for 30 years


Barbara Flink wrote:
Mostly I need some self-confidence.


we will try our best
 
Barbara Flink
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I'm so old that my age needs to be displayed in scientific notation!

Seriously...
Does anyone know the age of the oldest person to take (and pass) the SCJP?


 
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Barbara Flink wrote:I'm so old that my age needs to be displayed in scientific notation!

Seriously...
Does anyone know the age of the oldest person to take (and pass) the SCJP?


I must be in the upper 10%. I've had my bus pass for the last 6 years.
 
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Welcome to the Ranch

I tried to post earlier but something went wrong with my post. Please always use the "code" button when posting code. Since you are new, I have edited your post and you can see how much better it looks.

I think that code will compile, but not run; you will suffer an Exception passing a double to a %d tag. Ty changing the type of x to int.
 
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Also you need to close your printf statement with a right paren.

Hunter
 
Barbara Flink
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Okay, okay...
How's this?


 
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How do you know whether I am 9999999.9999 years old rather than 9999999.9998?

You will need a %f tag for fixed-point output. More details in the Java™ Tutorials and the Formatter class.
 
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Hi Barbara!

I too am an "older" software developer.

I have been doing serious Java development for three years now. I 'm fortunate to live in an area where I'm a big fish in a small pond, so when I applied for my current position 3 years ago I think my employer looked at my past experience an gave me a chance.

As you probably know, learning anything new involves some

There is plenty of aspirin at the ranch, it's helped me with a lot of my problems.

Good luck with the exam.
 
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Thank you for reminding me; I was mistaken about %e which will print 9.99999e6 or similar.

Sorry for that mistake.

And always use %n, not \n in printf and similar methods.
 
Barbara Flink
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Thank YOU, Campbell.
I appreciate your guidence.
 
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Hi Barbara,
Welcome to the Ranch!!
As for the SCJP,
study K&B book.
practice mock exam using Devaka Cooray's examlab www.examlab.lk
check out old posts, there have been some really good threads in the past.
Keep visiting this site. it's a great site.

Regards,
Vinayak
 
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Does anyone know the age of the oldest person to take (and pass) the SCJP?


Well I was 59 when I passed but that was 11 years ago. Learning new stuff keeps the brain active!

Bill
 
Abimaran Kugathasan
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William Brogden wrote:
Does anyone know the age of the oldest person to take (and pass) the SCJP?


Well I was 59 when I passed but that was 11 years ago. Learning new stuff keeps the brain active!

Bill


Definitely! So, you are 70 now!~
 
Campbell Ritchie
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I, yesterday wrote: . . . %e . . . will print 9.99999e6 or similar. . . . .
1.00000e7 is more likely, however

And we're only too pleased to be able to help. Helping on JavaRanch keeps one's brain . . . err . . . err . . . err
 
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welcome
 
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