FAQ(Frequently Asked Questions)
Regarding the conversion of
"Javapassion.com" into "Paid subscription" service
What are the
reasons behind the decision of converting "javapassion.com" into "paid
- As a consequence of recent Sun/Oracle
merger, I (Sang Shin) left Sun/Oracle .
- As it currently stands, I see there are two choices at the moment
"javapassion.com". The first choice is killing it because it is
highly unlikely that I can afford the cost and time anymore if I get
another full-time job. The second choice is maintaining and
improving it using my own money and time meaning it will be my
full-time job. I happened to choose the latter for
- I feel immensely grateful to my former employer, Sun Microsystem,
giving me an opportunity working as a Java technology evangelist, which
in turn allowed me to work on "javapassion.com" in my spare time in the
When is the site
going to be converted into "paid" subscription service? Can I start now?
- As it currently stands, I am moving
forward with March 17th, 2010 as the new conversion target date.
could be sooner or later depending on how the conversion work goes.
- You are welcome to start a course right now (and start submitting
homeworks if you want to), then when the site is converted, you can
do the registration and subscription.
What value do I get from
the "paid" subscription based service?
- What you get from the yearly
subscription is pretty much what you get right now for free. (Yes, I
know I am not a good salesman saying this. But I want to be upfront and
honest in every possible way I can.)
- Basically with a subscription, you have "unlimited access" to all
existing and new courses in javapassion.com. You can take these
courses as many times as you want.
- The "javapassion.com" certificate has no affiliation with any
institution or company. Having said that, "javapassion.com" is
relatively well known in my opinion, there are many cases in which
people were able to made advancements in their career because they were
able to show "javapassion.com" certificates and prove what they've
learned. (I wish I had saved all those emails I received.)
- Based on market research we've done, there are no other sites out
there which offer the type of service that "javapassion.com"
provides with the price tag we are suggesting. But I will let you be
the judge on this.
Will there be any
free contents after the conversion?
- Some part of each course - first 2 or 3 topics - will be
available for free.
Will there be a student
- I am giving a thought to
I am living on
non-U.S./European countries. And $89 subscription fee per year is
too expensive for me . Is it possible to get a discount or free
- I am giving a thought to this. I
am not sure if there is a good scheme to handle this, however.
I am currently
unemployed. Can I get a discount?
- I am giving a thought to this.
Is there a money back
- I am trying to find a way to implement
I was not able to submit
all the homework tasks before the conversion date. Is there any
provision for me?
Is it possible for
me to offer my help to "javapassion.com" in exchange of free
- You don't have to resubmit homework because all the homeworks
are saved from July 2009.
- However, the contents will be available only as "paid"
subscription service after the conversion date.
"javapassion.com" courses start again?
- Yes, I would need the same help I needed before the conversion
such as someone who can actively answer technical questions in the
class alias (and/or forum). Maybe 2 or 3 people per course and
other tasks. Anybody who has been active in "javapassion.com"
course aliases will be given strong preference.
- If you are interested, please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Your technical background
- Your past contribution to "javapassion.com"
- We will let you know whether we will need your service or not via
My company needs a training in
technologies. Can you provide instructor-led and on-site training?
- The courses will start again after the conversion date, which is
scheduled to be around March 1st, 2010.
My company is interested
in buying training material from javapassion.com. Is that
- Yes, Sang Shin (and his qualified associates if he is not
available) is available for instructor-led and on-site training on any
technologies mentioned in javapassion.com.
- There is a 20% finder's fee (after expenses is covered) for
anyone who landed me a training opportunity.
- Participants of any instructor-led courses will receive 1-year
free subscription to "javapassion.com"
Taking "javapassion.com" Courses
What is it like
take javapassion.com online courses?
- Online attendees of this course are expected to
do the following coursework at the convenient
time of their choice
- Read pre-class reading material (if there
is some) or tutorials mentioned under resources section of each topic
convenient time of their choice - the dates are specified only as a
- Read the presentation slides
- Do the hands-on lab (those are the most
- Do weekly homework - the due
date of all homework tasks is about two weeks after the final class of
current session so you have
time to finish them - for example, if a course runs from March
1st, 2009 to Sep. 10th, 2009, the due date of all homework tasks is
24th, 2009 midnight U.S. Eastern Time
- Participate in class
for asking and answering questions or starting discussions.
- At this time, I don't have any plan (nor
resource) to offer
When will this
course be offered again?
is my plan to offer each javapassion.com online courses on a regular
a year of course if time permits
- A subsequent session
get started roughly 6 to 8 weeks after the previous session ends.
date will be announced at each course's website and through each
Can I take this
my own pace? If yes, what is the date information
for? What happens on the date specified in the class schedule?
- You can take this
course at your own pace, indeed. The dates are there mainly as a
- I am also using the
dates as the dates I post the final version of the course contents
- presentation slides, hands-on labs, and
Are all the contents
(presentations, hands-on labs, and homework) ready for
though most contents are ready for downloading even before the dates,
there are some contents
that might not be ready until the dates specified, especially new
a new course.
The course website
says that the next session starts at a certain date in the future? Do I
have to wait until that time to register?
- No, you don't have to wait. You can register anytime.
You can study the material and submit homework even before the starting
I did not register before or at
the starting date of this course. Can I still register?
You can register anytime before the class ends and as long as you
submit all your homework tasks before the deadline (2 weeks after the
class), you are considered to be in the class.
If I take this
course again in the next session, should I resubmit all the homework
- No. You can just send
homework you have not done since I keep homework
submitted for 2 years
Using and Helping javapassion.com
Can I use
- Usage of
javapassion.com course contents is free for non-profit organizations,
which includes schools, colleges & universities, JUGs, etc.
Please let Sang Shin
know if you are using
- There is a fee for
the usage of
javapassion.com course contents for internal training for a for-profit
company or for external training by a training/consulting company.
Please contact Sang Shin
- If you have other
usage case, please send an email to Sang Shin
Where are the OpenOffice
- The OpenOffice files are now removed from the website. They
will be available upon request depending on the terms mentioned
above. Please send an email
to Sang Shin
for further information.
I want to translate
javapassion.com courses. How can I proceed?
- There are many things
you can help with. Please contact me (email@example.com).
Regarding Communicating with Sang Shin
Is it OK to send
technical questions directly to Sang Shin or ask for a mentoring?
- The answer is unfortunately "NO". Not because I don't want
to respond to
you but because I simply don't have time to do so. The reality is
that if I take the questions directly sent to me and try to
answer them, I will probably have to
quit my job or give up working on other important tasks such as
creating and updating
javapassion.com course contents.
- I am teaching javapassion.com online courses in my spare time and
the combination of my daytime job, which is actually pretty demanding -
who else's is not? :-) -, with javapassion.com work virtually leaves no
time - I have to use whatever extra time I have for essential
activities such as eating, sleeping, etc. :-) So if you
don't receive any response from me, it is
- In general, posting questions (technical or non-technical) to the
(instead of sending it directly to me) is a strongly recommended
practice. And large percentage of the questions are the ones that
are already answered in this FAQ.
- However, please feel to send me "mistakes"/"typo" you find in the
course contents - specifying <which course>, <which lab>,
<which exercise>, <description of the problem> in the
email. Thanks much.
Is Sang Shin
available for teaching a course?
How do I submit homework?
to", "what files", and "how" to submit homework are described at the
end of each hands-on lab. For example, for the class of "Web
Application Structure" topic of Java EE programming course, homework is
specified at the end of
hands-on lab of the same topic.
What are the prerequisites and
where do I get more information on these prerequisites
- It depends on the course. Please go to the
course website for course specific prerequisites.
What software and IDE
going to use in this course?
- Each hands-on lab has
homework exercise at the end.
Where should I send
- Each hands-on lab has
"where to send" and "what to send" information at the end of the
Do I get a
certificate if I finish all homework?
- If you submitted all the homework tasks, you will
given a certificate.
- The certificate has no affiliation with any
institution, company. Instead, it is just my personal recognition
you have done your share of work, thus successfully finished the course.
- You will be noted as "Graduates of the course" in the class website. Example
certificates can be seen from below
- At the end of the course, I will ask you to send
your personal information, for example, as following:
- The deadline for
homework tasks is <due date>. If you submitted all homework
please send an email to the homework alias (<homework alias of a
the following information. The subject of the email should be <specific subject
for a course and session>.
- <First-name Last-name>, <Nationality or Country
Origin>, <One paragraph you want to say about this course
- Sang Shin, Korea, This is a great course or whatever you
I know homework I sent is received? Can I get some confirmation?
your email with homework attachment is not bounced back, please assume
I received it. The scheme has been working for me for several
without a major problem.
get any response or acknowledgment from instructors regarding my
- Homework iw
designed such that you know you have done your work or
not. In other words, you should not submit homework
unless the work is done. If there is a vagueness in the homework
description, please post it to the class alias so that it can be
discussed and corrected by the instructors.
- Unless it is an
extremely unusual case, you will not get an individual response from
the instructors indicating the quality of your individual
This is more or less due to time constraint of the instructors.
Given that there are thousands of students taking the class, and
instructors are teaching this class as their spare time activity, there
is simply no way each homework can be reviewed/commented/corresponded
When is the deadline for
all homework tasks?
- The due date of all
homework tasks is 2 weeks after the last class of the current session
you have plenty of time to submit your homework.
Can I take this course
without submitting homework?
- Yes, but you will not
get a certificate.
Can I submit homework in any
order I want (in other words, not in the order of topics specified in
the course website)?
- Yes, you can submit
homework in any order you want.
How we communicate in this course
alias usage guidelines
class email aliases are set up for attendees
share knowledge, and exchange ideas among themselves during the course
period. Attendees are strongly encouraged to post technical
questions, interesting articles, tools, sample programs or anything
that is relevant to the class.
What are ground
rules for posting questions to class email alias?
you are posting a question, please make sure you've done
your share of work. Make sure you read the relevant
documentation, presentation slides, FAQ, and other posts before you
post your question.
please capture as much relevant information as
possible such as following
- trace of the exception
- screen output message of the failure
- environment variable settings
- OS platform you use
though the folks who usually answer questions
(including myself and Sean) are trying to address them as speedy and as
as they can, please understand that these folks are using their spare
time and resource to do these as voluntary activities. Please
note that answering questions like "I did this and somehow it doesn't
work" kind of questions are never easy to answer. Consequently
not all questions can be nor would be answered in timely manner.
ask questions that are relevant to the topics of the week
if possible so that we can have more focused discussions.
you find any answers to the questions, please feel free to
post to the alias so that other people can benefit.
know sometimes you want to send technical questions directly to me
(Sang Shin) but doing so is strongly discouraged due
to the following reasons:
most cases, you will get faster responses by posting them to the class
alias. After all, that is what the community is all about. I
expect members to help each other on technical questions.
personally cannot keep track of who sent what questions due to the
large number of emails I have to deal with. (I am sure many of you are
in the same boat.) Your questions posted on the class alias will remain
there so that they can be answered at a later time by someone.
general, I am always and extremely stretched out in
terms of time.
What is the
suggested netiquette for posting to the class email alias?
- Please do not post a
simple "Thank you" note or "Hello" message to the class alias.
This class alias is subscribed by several thousand people so please be
aware that these messages are considered as noises by many people.
- Given that we are all
living in "instant messaging" age, it is not unreasonable to see folks
posting their messages using just lower case letters like following and
I know it is perfectly acceptable in instant messaging.
- "i write this with
only lower case letter i."
- But for posting
messages to an email alias where more than several thousands of people
I would recommend everyone to follow a couple of guidelines if possible.
- Start a statement
with a capital letter like following.
- "I write this
with a capital letter I." (Recommended)
- Please do not use
- "u are my friend."
- "You are my friend."
- It is generally a
good practice to remove irrelevant contents when you reply.
- Now having said that,
I know large percentage of the folks on this alias are not speaking
English as their first language (including myself - I speak Korean at
home.) Please don't feel intimidated in posting in English. Less
perfect English grammar is perfectly acceptable.
Do I have to read
all the emails on the class alias?
- No, you don't have to read all the emails in
order to proceed with this course. Required material is
going to be accessible from the class website.
If I choose not to
read posts on the class alias, can I unregister myself from the
class alias and can still take the class and submit homework?
- Yes, you can.
But I would personally ask you to stay on the alias and change the
delivery option to "no email" since the class alias is how I keep track
of how many people have registered.
Are we expecting to
have this large number of posts on the class alias as we move on?
- A large number of
posts on a class alias indicates that we are building a very
successful community. So it is not a bad thing. Of course, the
quality of the posts should be such that people want to read them.
- It is very typical
there is a very large number of posts in the beginning of the a new
course simply because there are lots of newbie questions.
Things will settle down to reasonable levels as we, as a group, begin
to learn the best way to conduct the class.
Is the class email alias
- Yes or no. I,
Sang Shin, as a primary moderator, turn the moderation on and off
depending on the circumstances. Also there are volunteer moderators in
each course. In general, only the posts from newly joined
members are moderated.
Software and IDE
What OS platform
can I use to take javapassion.com courses?
- Windows, Solaris X86,
Solaris Sparc, Linux, Mac OS, or whatever platform that supports Java
Can I use other IDEs
other than NetBeans? Why is this course designed with
NetBeans in mind?
- In theory, you could
use other IDEs than NetBeans.
Practically, it would be much easier for you to use NetBeans since most
of the hands-on labs are created with NetBeans in mind. It would
require minimum effort (less than 5 minutes) to learn NetBeans since
you can get by just using minimal features of NetBeans in most cases.
(Of course, you are welcome to and in fact encouraged to utilize
all the wonderful features of it.)
- The selection of
as an IDE of choice for this course is mainly due to its "best out of
box" experience (meaning you don't have to search for plug-ins