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Rory Lynch
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Howdy everyone!

I am ready to jump in the saddle and start the Cattle Drive, I have a few questions first.

I have not yet payed my $200 fee but will be doing so today. How soon after that may I submit my first assignment?

Will my name automatically appear in the assignment log?

I will also be ordering Just Java 2 from Amazon today, is it ok to submit the first asssignment prior to getting my hands on the book?

I am really looking forward to this, should I be?

Rors
 
Pauline McNamara
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Hey Rory, welcome along!

Questions, questions, we likes that.

How soon after that may I submit my first assignment?

Usually you'll hear from someone that your payment made it in. As soon as you get the word, you're good to go. I see that we're using PayPal now, so I assume that when you get a confirmation from them, you're OK. Marilyn knows more about this, she can say for sure.

Will my name automatically appear in the assignment log?

No, not at first. You need only to post to that thread that you've submitted an assignment. As soon as the log gets updated you'll see your name. (Make sure to read the instructions at the top of the thread.)

I will also be ordering Just Java 2 from Amazon today, is it ok to submit the first asssignment prior to getting my hands on the book?

Yep.

I am really looking forward to this, should I be?

Bwahahahaaa, another innocent victim, heh, heh Uh, I mean yes, of course!

Seriously though, doing the Cattle Drive is a really fun, rewarding experience, especially if you love learning. That said, it does take some work, and might sometimes feel like you're trying to solve a tough puzzle that just doesn't make sense - until it does. It's those "Aha! moments" that make all the difference.

The cool part is that you get live feedback, you're not alone, and you get to ask questions to your heart's content. So you're already off to a great start.
 
Rory Lynch
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Thanks Pauline.

The payment has been made via PayPal,
the book has been ordered from Amazon.co.uk,
and Assignment 1a has been emailed,

so I guess it has begun, I'm having fun already.

Rory
 
Marilyn de Queiroz
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Originally posted by Pauline McNamara:
How soon after that may I submit my first assignment?

Usually you'll hear from someone that your payment made it in. As soon as you get the word, you're good to go. I see that we're using PayPal now, so I assume that when you get a confirmation from them, you're OK. Marilyn knows more about this, she can say for sure.

As soon as I hear from Paul Wheaton that he has received the payment, we can begin. Oh ... wait ... I see an email now. Welcome to the drive, Rory.
 
Carol Murphy
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Welcome to the Drive, Rory!
Check the log, yer already there!
Post each submission, and we'll try to keep track of yer position on the trail.
And don't think you'll get lonely out there. There's actually a lot of folks strung out along the trail, and we'll be hearing from them pretty soon, I'm sure.
 
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Way to go, Rory! Welcome to the abuse

If you are anything like me, you will submit a perfect work of art everytime... and discover exactly how wrong you were when the nitpick arrives.

There are moments of "oh, duhhhh", and moments of "huh? How can that be?" and occurrences of "now, that is just unfair... no, wait a sec, I think I see why".

I remember one assignment when I spent <em>days</em> trying to come up with a really elegant solution, and had to give up. After a few goes my inelegant solution turned into something more acceptable, and I finally got an "okay, here is the instructor's solution". The instructor's solution was absolutely awesome, and totally obvious... in hindsight.

Anyway, welcome, and enjoy!
 
Rory Lynch
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Well thanks everyone.

Yup, I've checked the log and there I am, just startin' out.

Carol and Katrina I see you are on the trail too, but passed this way some time ago. Not far to go for you guys.

I guess the trick is to just keep going.

Thanks again for the warm welcome.
 
Pauline McNamara
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I guess the trick is to just keep going.

You said it. We don't have statistics on it, but I think I probably took the waaaay longest to get through the whole thing (counting in years, not days!). And that was a bit shorter version of the assignments.

Sometimes other stuff gets in the way, and the getting back to it can take some time. Once you're hooked, though, there ain't no staying away for long.

Maybe one day I'll do the new ones too, but so far I haven't come up with the same kind of persistance that Carol has. She's re-doing the revamped ones: that's an impressive feat.
 
Rory Lynch
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Ok, I get it now.

So Pauline, you and Carol are both graduates of the Cattle Drive,
Katrina is still out there but very near the end, and I am at the very beginning.

Carol has decided to go round again and redo any assignments that have changed
 
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I'm on the last assignment of the third section... one more section to go. I haven't taken many long breaks, but definitely some shorter ones. At one point I was working full time in one job, part time in another, and taking exams at university. They didn't hear from me on the ranch for a few weeks then
 
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