Tuesday, October 05, 2004

I took the Sun Certified Programmer Exam for Java this morning and passed with a 90% (you need 52% to get your certificate). The map to the Prometric test center took me to the wrong building, but luckily the correct one was only a half mile down the road. After waiting ten minutes for them to figure out what their Windows password was (someone had changed it), I sat down at a Windows 3.1 e-Machine with a 20Hz refresh rate monitor to take the exam. There was nothing really unexpected since I'd taken a bunch of practice exams. If you're planning on doing it, some basic studying is all you need.

I used the Kathy Sierra study guide mainly, although it was disgustingly full of stupid jokes and could have been a much better guide with 400 fewer pages. As an alternative source, I used the Exam Cram book which was more concise, but also had a lot of typographical errors in it.

Surprisingly, the section of the test I did the poorest on was the one I taught to new Java programmers back in June.

Now that that's over, I can start focusing on other tasks again, like finishing that bar in the basement...

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