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Cattle Drive - Maybe

Lawton Garvin

Joined: Apr 12, 2008
Posts: 9
I'm enrolled in a programming class (Java) at my college. It has been difficult, to say the least. I want to continue in computer science, but I really need to improve my Java programming skills over the summer. I'm thinking about the cattle drive, without having looked at any other alternatives. Could someone/anyone give me their current opinion about the program and advice for this newby?

Thanks in advance....
Marilyn de Queiroz

Joined: Jul 22, 2000
Posts: 9059
I have to say that I'm surprised that nobody has responded to this thread yet.

I think that the Cattle Drive enhances your knowledge of Java and teaches you engineering skills that are applicable in more general situations as well.

Although it won't teach you everything you need to know to pass the SCJP certification exam, you will get a broad knowledge of some very practical concepts.

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that's why they call it the present." Eleanor Roosevelt
John Abong
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Joined: May 14, 2007
Posts: 79
Lawton, DO IT!

You won't find a better resource when it comes to learning java (or anything that you apply this model to). You'll be tasked with completing a number of assignments meant to expose you to the nitty-gritty of java programming. It won't be easy, but you'll walk away with experience that you won't get in school. You won't be handed any answers in this spirited environment, as a matter of fact, the only way out is through a sheer will to succeed. You will have grown both as a person and a programmer when you get through this fantastic journey.

Good Luck,

John A
Katrina Owen

Joined: Nov 03, 2006
Posts: 1367
Here are some threads where people have shared their impressions of the Cattle Drive:

confidence building

what we've learned

early impressions

real world payoff
Lawton Garvin

Joined: Apr 12, 2008
Posts: 9
Thanks, all, for the input. I think I'm gonna do it.......
I agree. Here's the link:
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