Monday, March 17, 2008

What Gosia means...

What Gosia Means

You are deeply philosophical and thoughtful. You tend to analyze every aspect of your life.
You are intuitive, brilliant, and quite introverted. You value your time alone.
Often times, you are grumpy with other people. You don't appreciate them trying to interfere in your affairs.

You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.
You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.
At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.
You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.
You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

Won the battle with Tomcat!

I don't want to bore you with details, but I won my two day long battle with Tomcat installation. Of course, those are two precious days of learning lost, but at least I found the solution on my own and now have a running system ;) I can run both Servlet and JSPs, and try out everything I want to. I'm also on page 300 of 750 of my textbook, but I admit I haven't memorized everything from those 300 pages, so there's still awfully lot to do for me.

Anyway, getting Tomcat to run is a very good closure of a very bad weekend. Actually nothing happened, but every single thing that could go wrong went wrong. Taxes have to wait, because the form I got from my ex-employer has errors, I didn't manage to get as much done as I wnated, Tomcat was giving me headaches and DD had a stmach bug making doing anything else than cleaning almost impossible. I'm so happy, it's Monday!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

SCWCD, job hunt, and such.

I started working on my new exam on Monday I can't shake off the feeling that at least the book is easier than the previous one. I'm almost at page 200 (of 750), so I hope things stay this way. I have nothing against passing an exam that is not that difficult, for a change.

I have also been seraching for a job application coach, but I have no idea which one to choose. The price differences are not that big, but how do I judge one, just having their webpage as a reference?? I do not know anyone who has used them personally, and they are basically all online, so I guess I'll restort to the phone when I'm ready to start with revamping my cv and such... and hope I get a decent one. I won't be able to afford a couple, just to see what they can do with my cv (I have a somewhat twosted one and I don't know what I should include and how. Like for example all the classes I took towards my master degree, they are definitely job relevant, but I don't know what I should write, if I am not getting my Masters after all).

All this job hunting is very stressful, especially as I have no experience at all. The only job I've ever had was offered to me after two months internship (and I did not even apply for that, my school took care of that). So I really have no experience at all. I also need new photos (in Germany you have to attach a photo to your application, I hate it) and I significantly gained weight, which of course makes taking those photos a very pleasant event. I need to go to the hairdresser anyway, but this has time until mid-April. Maybe I'll lose a bit until then and will feel better about myself, but it's not my top priority at the moment. The new exam is most important.

I also have problems getting servlets to run on my laptop, which annoys me. We'll have to watch what's wrong both, with DBF, he's usually better at the whole installation game than me. In the menatime I can continue with my book.

I also have loads of paperwork to do at the moment, taxes, mountains of things for the divorce, bankruptcy filing and so on, but I'm moving along there too. It just takes so much time... But it gets done, so I'm not complaining.

Monday, March 10, 2008


I passed my SCJP with 86%. I could have done better, but I went for the newest 6.0 version and I'm happy it's done. I lost points in one area only, I find those questions were much more difficult than on the mock exams I took. Pity, but I passed and the result is quite OK too :)

Now, on to the next one - SCWCD 5.0!!! I would like to do it in just 30 days, which ios very little for this exam, but I'm going to try :)

Thanks for all crossed fingers!!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Scheduled the exam!!!!

I have scheduled my SCJP exam for the coming Monday, so I only have three days left to prepare. I am scared, but I'll be so happy when it's over!! I just need to succeed in something to start believing again I am not totally useless. I think I am prepared for the exam, but I'm still going to go through the whole book again on the weekend and I still have three mock exams to go through and revise the questions I got wrong. So enough work before Monday.

I have also already installed Tomcat on my Linux laptop and got it to running under Eclipse. It means I can write JSPs and Servlets immediately without worrying about the configuration cram first. I know I still need to learn it all, but I admit I hate starting to learn a new technology with loads of configuration problems. There will be still enough time to learn why things do not function, when I first get a grip of how things function when they function ;)

I am going to go for exactly one month of preparation for the SCWCD exam. I know it's very little time, but I can learn effectively around 6 hours per day, which ought to be enough.

I lost so much time on the first exam, because I felt worthless and depressed. It was so stupid, because from the very beggining I had no problems understanding the book, I just felt it was too much for me to learn and memorize all the details. But with time and learning every single day it is perfectly possible to achieve it. Just one chapter at a time. And of course allowing enough time for solving mock exams and getting the "big picture" in place. I am already excited about the preparation for the next exam :)

I started my career as a web developer (in ASP, though) and I really liked it. At that time it was still fairly easy and the learning curve was not that steep. Now, it's almost as difficult as programming EJBs, etc. but I still have a lot of warm feelings for dynamic webpages :) When I'm done with SCWCD, I am going to go for the next exam - SCBCD, which is more difficult, but I hope those three will help me to get a new job soon. I will still not really be ready with all three exams before my unemployment money runs out, which I'm trying not to think about at the moment. I will also still need to learn Hibernate and Spring in the meantime (pity, there's no exam for them, I find learning towards a goal so much easier than just getting to know a technology) and just hope to find a job soon. But slowly I am cautiously optimistic about my future, or at least I am feeling about it much better than when the school big bang happened.