Movin' them doggies on the Cattle Drive

It's where you come to learn Java, and just like the cattle drivers of the old west, you're expected to pull your weight along the way.

The Cattle Drive forum is where the drivers get together to complain, uh rather, discuss their assignments and encourage each other. Thanks to the enthusiastic initiative of Johannes de Jong, you can keep track of your progress on the drive with the Assignment Log. If you're tough enough to get through the nitpicking, you'll start collecting moose heads at the Cattle Drive Hall of Fame.

Fresh riders on the Drive...
Got three new Cattle Drivers signed up on the assignment log: Chuck Wannall, Nick Revak, and Terry Broman. Whoa, Nelly! Y'all are in for a ride!

Another moose on the wall for...
Yep, that's right, you make it through, you get yerself a nice little moose to hang on the wall. Well, OK, so it's a virtual moose on a virtual wall, but you can be right proud of 'em! Thanks to the efforts of Marilyn deQueiroz, you can now proudly admire your codin' accomplishments at the Cattle Drive Hall of Fame. Check it out, pardner, it's worth a wink.

This month, three cowpokes bagged their first moose on the trail. Nicholas Burgett, Tom Purl, and Amy Phillips all earned moose badges for completin' the first set of assignments.

Ol' timer Barry Gaunt added another moose to his co-lection when he finished the last of the current assignments. Somebody buy that bartender a drink!

Back in the saddle...
Cowpoke Greg Harris is back in the cattle-ropin' saddle after spendin' a spell out on the range. Look's like he's workin' on the last of the servlet assignments and will be ready to wrassle JDBC real soon.

Special mention...
I'm not a-certain what all them letters mean, but folks are a-tellin' me John Hembree's added "SCWCD" to the list of varmints he's bagged. It ain't a moose, but I hear it's somethun to be rightful proud of too.

Cattle driver Donald Cossitt's been hanging out it other parts of the 'Ranch and he's gone and won himself a copy of that new-fangled larnin' book "Head First Java." Gonna have himself a liberry full o' books real soon if he keeps it up.

Nitpicking is hard work too...
We know they're workin' reeeeeally hard, after all, we've seen what those assignments look like once the nitpickers have combed through 'em. Hats off to Marilyn deQueiroz, Pauline McNamara, and Jason Adam for their dedication and patience with the pesky vermin that always manage to make their way into those assignments.

Those gentlemen behind the bar...
Notice the fellas wipin' the bar and shinin' up the sarsparila glasses? Updating that assignment log is tough work too. Big thanks to Michael Matola and Barry Gaunt. Mosey up and place yer orders. Rumor has it Michael keeps some special stuff under the bar, if you know what to ask fer.

Joinin' the Drive
You think ya got what it takes? You ready for some work and some good learnin'? Then pull up a stool and read up on Joinin' the Drive. Good luck!

Content and format adapted from Ol' Timer Pauline McNamara's original column. -Michael Matola.