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Adri's New Year Resolution





adri
Adri's New Year Resolution


First of all, Happy New Year guys! Hope you enjoy my post.

To be honest, it has been a while since I last made some resolutions… I think the last time I made a list was about 6 years ago, whilst being forced by my sister to make one. -_- But anyway, here's a list of things that I wish to do in 2011.


So, let's start with my main goal in 2011. My main goal is to succeed in my first year in college, as you may or may not know I'm studying engineering. All I can say now, as I did not have had any exams yet, that everything is going fine until now. Wink

My second goal is that I hope to get a job during the summer (just a holiday job, I'm not planning to stop with college!), whilst that isn't too hard, I do hope that it will be a very interesting job! I worked the past 3 years, also during the summer for only two weeks, at the Federal Services. But that was not exactly the most fascinating job: classifying files, copying files, adding data to excel files, making text files, you get the point. Razz So I'm hoping that I'll get accepted by a local Web Development company, a few miles from my home. I think, I could learn a lot there about the working and development of whole systems, not just a website, but also a brand, merchandising etc..

My third goal is NOT to break anything in 2011. In 2010 I have spent most of my summer sitting at home doing nothing. Not that I would have done a lot more if I didn't broke my foot, but just the thought of being free if I wanted to be, is a much more pleasant thought than being able to do nothing, except watching the Tour de France and trying to work with a laptop whilst sitting in some very uncomfortable positions.

My fourth goal is being more active on the internet instead of being passive. In 2010, I have spent numerous hours reading things, refreshing pages hoping that something has changed (like new comments, new topics, etc.) and I wish to change that and make more content myself. Not really a biggie but I think it's an important resolution.

My fifth and final goal, which is related to the second goal, is to learn other coding languages. First up, would be PHP & MySQL. It would probably help me a lot while developing themes for Content Management Systems, in stead of looking for plugins whole day long (whilst not having a *that's exactly what I need* moment), I can code these things myself. Secondly I'll be learning Java, but that's related to my first resolution because I'll be getting a course where they expect from you, that you master Java. So I can only succeed in my first goal, if I learn Java…. (but I'm sure you figured that out by yourself already)


So that was my New Years Resolution… I'll probably look back on this post in about a year at the end of 2011, to see if I succeeded. (Be sure to check my Frihost blog for that Smile )


I wish you all a Happy New Year!!!


adri
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deanhills
adri wrote:
My main goal is to succeed in my first year in college, as you may or may not know I'm studying engineering. All I can say now, as I did not have had any exams yet, that everything is going fine until now. Wink
Great post Adri! So how's it going with this resolution so far? Very Happy

adri wrote:
My third goal is NOT to break anything in 2011. In 2010 I have spent most of my summer sitting at home doing nothing. Not that I would have done a lot more if I didn't broke my foot, but just the thought of being free if I wanted to be, is a much more pleasant thought than being able to do nothing, except watching the Tour de France and trying to work with a laptop whilst sitting in some very uncomfortable positions.
Have you thought about spending your summer holiday completely away from Belgium as a travelling and volunteering student? There are wonderful opportunities available. Some of them are money makers for the organizers, but there are also genuine opportunities if you do the searches, like maybe the Red Cross in your area. The link below is also very interesting. Gives you an opportunity to connect with a very different culture, and do something useful, such as teaching children how to make a Website for example. If you do your searches correct, you may even be able to make a little money on the side to pay for the travels.
http://studenttravel.about.com/od/decidedestiny/a/volunteer.htmVery Happy

adri wrote:
My fourth goal is being more active on the internet instead of being passive. In 2010, I have spent numerous hours reading things, refreshing pages hoping that something has changed (like new comments, new topics, etc.) and I wish to change that and make more content myself. Not really a biggie but I think it's an important resolution.
While I was checking out student volunteering jobs, I arrived at this neat Website where you stay at home but get opportunities for doing volunteer projects online called Virtual Volunteer Opportunities.
adri
deanhills wrote:
adri wrote:
My third goal is NOT to break anything in 2011. In 2010 I have spent most of my summer sitting at home doing nothing. Not that I would have done a lot more if I didn't broke my foot, but just the thought of being free if I wanted to be, is a much more pleasant thought than being able to do nothing, except watching the Tour de France and trying to work with a laptop whilst sitting in some very uncomfortable positions.
Have you thought about spending your summer holiday completely away from Belgium as a travelling and volunteering student? There are wonderful opportunities available. Some of them are money makers for the organizers, but there are also genuine opportunities if you do the searches, like maybe the Red Cross in your area. The link below is also very interesting. Gives you an opportunity to connect with a very different culture, and do something useful, such as teaching children how to make a Website for example. If you do your searches correct, you may even be able to make a little money on the side to pay for the travels.
http://studenttravel.about.com/od/decidedestiny/a/volunteer.htmVery Happy


I was rather thinking to go on Erasmus. (aka the Erasmus Project) My sister went to Germany (Bayern) for half a year to study there. She found it very nice and she had a lot of experiences with the local people, especially the kindness of the local people there. And for my parents it's ok if I do it too (if I get the permission of the University of course Razz )

Although, the University where I'm currently studying has some partnerships (my sister went to another University (University of Brussels)), well not some partnerships but a lot of partnerships with some other great Universities. I just did a quick search on partnerships in the Economics area for the UK and the USA, they have connections with:
University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
University of Leicester
University of Southampton
University of Chicago, The Graduate School of Business
University of Cornell
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania


So with good grades, your changes of going to one of these universities for some months or a year are somewhat higher than if you would try to do it on your own. Smile

Oh yeah a link to the Erasmus Project: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erasmus_Programme


adri
deanhills
I looked at the Erasmus programme and it really looks great. When are you planning to enrol in it?

In the meanwhile, what about this summer for just spending a few weeks somewhere, i.e. a short version. I know a student here in the Emirates, who from his first year in Medicine, has been spending every summer "doing research" at Universities abroad. During his first year it was the Medical Faculty at the University of Malaysia. Then last year, during the summer of his Second Year he went to Oxford University, also for "doing research", and this year he is going to Belfast in Ireland. None of his fellow students are doing this. And since he is so enthusiastic, he is finding helping hands everywhere. He seems to be having fun, as well as is collecting experience and credits that will be of great use to him later on. Smile
ankitdatashn
Resolutions are a great way to have a control,
But it's a problem when they fail and don't roll,
Having a great will power is a must,
Otherwise it's just another loophole!... Smile
Ghost900
Those seem like pretty nice goals, is PHP and MySQL a part of your degree or is your degree more about the basics of programming as well as designing the site. If I remember right a web developer is part web designer and part web programmer.

I am going into web designing but am trying to learn PHP and JavaScript on my own.

Good luck with your college and I hope you succeed at your goals.
deanhills
Ghost900 wrote:
I am going into web designing but am trying to learn PHP and JavaScript on my own.
I'm also keen to learn, if I may ask, what are your sources for learning on your own? Very Happy
adri
Ghost900 wrote:
Those seem like pretty nice goals, is PHP and MySQL a part of your degree or is your degree more about the basics of programming as well as designing the site. If I remember right a web developer is part web designer and part web programmer.

I am going into web designing but am trying to learn PHP and JavaScript on my own.

Good luck with your college and I hope you succeed at your goals.


PHP & MySQL are a part of my degree if I choose to study Computer Science as my specialization in Engineering.

I have my exam of Java tomorrow by the way. Dancing I do find it silly that we have to learn the proofs of algorithms too. Sad A lot of the students in their first year will never choose Computer Science as their specialization, though they must know this. It's so useless. Razz


Java on the other hand, is quite cool (especially making GUI's and such Very Happy ).


@deanhills: I would suggest to buy a good book actually and use the internet as an extension for your book. Or you just go to your local library. (Are there libraries in UAE? I have weird prejudices about the middle East Razz With libraries I mean, does every normal town have one where you can rent books for free? )



adri
RefTest
I doubt you'll see a lot of php (unless for a specialized project) in a computer science curriculum.
deanhills
adri wrote:
@deanhills: I would suggest to buy a good book actually and use the internet as an extension for your book. Or you just go to your local library. (Are there libraries in UAE? I have weird prejudices about the middle East Razz With libraries I mean, does every normal town have one where you can rent books for free? )adri

Laughing you're so right. There are a scattering of libraries in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that I know off, but mostly serving Arabic citizens. One could probably also check out the Universities. The book shops aren't too great with their variety of computer books either and some of them are dated books. Not like in Vancouver BC. The Vancouver Library has to be the best ever and almost all book shops carry a fantastic collection of up to date computer books. I'd camp out at those over weekends and work through stacks to arrive at the perfect one. Better yet, they also have some great second hand book shops as well. We have maybe a couple decent book shops, one in Dubai Mall. The solution over here for expats is Amazon, but only for books as Amazon does not ship DVDs or software or other of its nice goodies to the UAE. Most expats I know off order books through there. My hesitancy is price of course but also not really knowing what I am buying. I tried it once and got a whammy.

So now that I'm in the company of a specialist-in-training, do you have a recommendation for a really good author? I like books that communicate in simple English language. I'd rather have 25% of the knowledge in a book that is focused on detailed crystal clear non-geek step by step instructions than 100% of the knowledge in Computer Bible language, if you know what I mean .... Wink

You won't believe it, you made me think to check which books had worked for me in the past and I seem to recall that I had done well with Visual QuickStart Books, maybe I should try them again, viz:

and
and

Have you seen these around, or are there better ones like these that you know off? Very Happy
adri
I actually liked the "Sams, teach yourself..." . But it does depend on what you want to learn. Sams, teach yourself CSS in 10 minutes was my first book ever that I bought for making websites. Although I don't look at it anymore (I've made so many websites that all the things in that book are now "basic knowledge" for myself), I still consider it as a very good book for beginners. I do have to say that a lot has changed since I bought that book, so might consider buying a book that also has a few chapters on CSS3.

The latest book I bought was "The Smashing Book 2" from Smashing Magazine. I haven't read most of it though, due to a lack of time but the things that I read were quite interesting. I wouldn't suggest this for beginners though as it doesn't really talk about code.

I learnt HTML on a very good dutch website: http://users.skynet.be/pixeldev/allsites/htmltutorial/ . I printed out every lesson and used it with my first coding experiences. Maybe you can use Google Translate to read something but I'm sure there are some good tutorials on the web about HTML too, in english that is.

At first you shouldn't be too bothered with HTML5 and CSS3 and just learn the basics: What is CSS and how can I use it to make good websites and such questions. Only after you fully understand the use of CSS and HTML, you can begin to further investigate the options with CSS3 and HTML5.

For the designing part, just look at websites (and a good exercise is also thinking how you would code such a website and peeking into the source code Shhh ) and especially websites from people who make websites. I follow several websites but I especially like Veerle Pieters and Elliot Jay Stocks. Veerle Pieters makes very colorful websites whilst I like the ideas Elliot more (in terms of how he builds websites)

(You can always make a new topic in the HTML forum. Smile )

P.S.: Forgot to mention sitepoint: http://www.sitepoint.com/ They have some really good books too. Smile


adri
deanhills
adri wrote:
At first you shouldn't be too bothered with HTML5 and CSS3 and just learn the basics: What is CSS and how can I use it to make good websites and such questions. Only after you fully understand the use of CSS and HTML, you can begin to further investigate the options with CSS3 and HTML5.

For the designing part, just look at websites (and a good exercise is also thinking how you would code such a website and peeking into the source code Shhh ) and especially websites from people who make websites. I follow several websites but I especially like Veerle Pieters and Elliot Jay Stocks. Veerle Pieters makes very colorful websites whilst I like the ideas Elliot more (in terms of how he builds websites)

(You can always make a new topic in the HTML forum. Smile )adri
Thanks Adri. Awesome tips, particularly the learning the basics part which I am really very short on. I'll check up on all of the Websites. By the way, good luck with the exam tomorrow ..... Oops, I've just noticed you must have already completed the exam - how did it go? Any more still to do? Very Happy
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