Friday Aug 28, 2009

Open Source for Students

                   Welcome back!This is one of the very interesting blogs were I am going to share about the experience we had in a session by Kumar Abhishek,Open Solaris Marketing Executive,who gave a lightning talk on the "Open Source for Students".

He started to tell need of information,and then usage of platforms,production and how to take people's need and in corporate world and then introduced the concept of open source and its need.He also told how the student community can make use of FOSS and enhace their employability.He also shared his experiences he had in devloping applications.He was asked about the recession for which he explained with

1.Circle of Interest

2.Circle of Concern

3.Circle of Indifference

                   He also explained the students how to participate and after session was over I annouced a blogging contest of the "Best blog about the event" in order to encourage the students for their first step of particiaption.Here are some entries,I received for the contest,

     Thanks to Prof K.S Ravichandran,and SCANIT team for making this event big.



Friday Jul 24, 2009

Sun Student Seminars at Chennai-In collobaration with Aptech

       Long time back I wrote a blog,which is some two weeks before,and now I am here to share some of my experiences with Aptech seminars at Aptech has become Authorised Sun education center and they want to kick start sun certifications at Chennai and other branches,they have arranged for a orientation session with many of the colleges in chennai and they decided to do it in colloboration with Sun learning services.

            With this big intro,I will start relishing my trip along with you,they have planned for three student seminars in two days at three places,

1.Valliammai Womens College

2.AMS college of Engineering

3.MGR janaki womens college

                First day was bit early,the student seminar was organized at 9am in the morning and I was asked to address some 550 candidates.I met the principal after the assembly and she was shocked to see me as a very small boy.(Rather she was also bit puzzled).When I started the seminar I got a different reaction from the crowd,but I slowly persuaded them to the listen to me and then we discussed on open source,Java,and then there was a demo on JavaFX,Netbeans and its cool features.There was also lots of questions from them regarding java,J2me and also in javaFx.

            Second Seminar was organized at AMS college of Engineering,Avadi.It was college with lots of boys and they intially behaved very eratically,but slowly they were back in track and plunged me with their questions.

           The second day seminar was a totally delayed one.It was not just my seminar,they had an industry expert face to face interaction before my session,where some companies top HR managers,engineers from IBM and many other people were giving about the recession and how to start your career.So I was bit puzzled,how to start my presentation.Before my seminar,I had two surprises there,one was in the seminar banner,there were also topics like Glassfish,Virtualisation which I was not aware of before.So I created some slides for all these topics,and installed Glassfish with my Netbeans,and installed virtualbox for the demo.

       I started off my presentation with albert einstein quotes and then showed them javaFx demo,Glassfish demo and Virtual box demo.Many of them became so interested that they registered for SCJP directly.

Gallery: To be updated soon

Thanks to Sirish for giving me this oppurtunity,and Ganesh for helping me in this regard

Tuesday Jun 30, 2009

I am in Cloud Nine or u? Netbeans 6.7 Released

Netbeans 6.7 was released on 29.06.2009 with real cool features.It is the release I was waiting for a long time as it has enhanced PHP support.

List of new feautures,

- Create Kenai-hosted projects from within the IDE
- Manage your Kenai projects and collaborate with like-minded developers
- File issue tracking reports with Jira and Bugzilla

- Library dependency graph viewer
- Improved code completion for Maven plugin parameters
- Support for Java EE, Web Services creation and consumption

- PHP Unit support
- Code coverage and Selenium support
- SQL code completion in the PHP editor

- Out-of-the-box support for Grails 1.1
- Code completion
- Invoke Grails command or custom script from context menu item

- Hudson services integration for Ant and Maven projects
- Generated source roots now displayed in the Projects tab
- Struts library migrated to version 1.3.8

- Glassfish v3 Prelude instance with pre-configured Derby (Java DB) integration
- Code completion support for GlassFish v3 Prelude

- Remote debugging support
- Improvements to Ruby constants support

- DLight profiling tools for C++ projects
- Integrated support of popular Qt library and tools

- Export profiling data into CSV, HTML and XML formats
- HeapWalker supports OQL queries

- Bundled with the Java Platform Micro Edition Software Development Kit 3.0
- Support for the Java Card Platform 3.0
- Full support for SVG Rich Components in the Visual Mobile Designer

                   They have also promised to release the next release with JavaFX support.I think with all these new cool features Netbeans is all set for next Developer 2000 award.

Good Luck Netbeans!


Dwarakanath J


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