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 us three new ranchers this month signed up for that wild bronco ride known 'round here as the Cattle Drive. Tip your ten-gallon to Marie Mazerolle, Craig Thomas, and Greg Neef -- our latest pardners on the trail.

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.

Ol' timer Greg Harris bagged himself a moose for the servlets assignments and is hard at work on that mean varmint known as JDBC. Sherry Cuenco's got herself a moose this month for completin' the first set of Cattle Drive assignments. And whoa, Nelly! Chuck "just call me Chuck" Wannall's servin' up mooseburgers after finishin' up them OOP assignments.

Back in the saddle...
Hadn't heard from Cattle Driver Adalberto Altamirante for a spell, but he's back in the saddle, wrasslin' down them cattle (and codin' some Java assignments too!).

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.