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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Thesis of a Cruel Angel

Thesis of a Cruel Angel

Hi everyone! I have been so busy lately because of my three thesis advisees are busy rushing their thesis projects and having it checked hoping that their thesis projects will not be on the re-defense table. I also am sitting as a member of the panel to the other thesis groups. Regarding my thesis groups, I have the best thesis teams in my care! I am confident on their works and am very proud of them. It was a very difficult and hard adventure but it was worth it! God bless guys and good luck as well in your future endeavors! KAMPAI!!!!

Regarding thesis, I met an instructor of STI Baguio last Friday and talked about how our schools conduct our thesis defense. For them, their panelists are coming from their main branch at STI Manila. What really shocked me is that their thesis defense can take as along at a whapping 12 hours (max) for one group only! (Whooahhh… slow down dude, how are you conducting your thesis defense that it takes the students and your panelists that long) For them, as mentioned by this instructor, they can question the code their students used. As in, they are going to delete segments of codes and ask one of the students to fix the program. Another is that the panel individually asks the students to re-create a certain module of their work. I do not know regarding the other details but is it not that thesis is a group work sort of thing? You cannot expect the group to know all the codes thrown for their project. I think it is absurd! SLU, UC, UB, and UP does not do this kind of defense. Hey, in the real world, programmers that work in a team does not need to know each of the others code. All they need to know is the concept and the theory that the other programmers on the team did for that programmer to know his next modules. I have been in the industry and it certainly works that way. My friends that are in the IT industry also said the same thing! He is taking pride in telling me that many of the students are failing thesis that many of their students took their thesis 4X and still taking it right now. It also does not mean that when the group passes, each member pass as well. Oh my God! If that’s the case, they should make their thesis project individually rather than a group effort. What are they trying to prove? That they are that good in par with a student? Aren’t they just be happy and contented that their students did something amazing? For me, it is still best if a member of the group did something and every member understands how their project works. Memorizing and understanding are very different. In the real world, an IT project does not only consist of programmers, there are other IT specialists that be involved for the success of the project. Well, that is my opinion on this matter. What do you think?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Are Computer/IT Certifications Worth It?

Are Computer/IT Certifications Worth It?

By: Brax Marrero

A lot of people have already read about different computer certifications and how it helped them with their careers. I also read in articles and in forums that computer certifications are the best stepping-stones when trying to go to the IT industry when changing careers. However, are computer certifications really that worth it? For me, they are worth it! In fact, having computer certifications behind me puts the exclamation point to all my career achievements but most especially, it puts me ahead of the rest of the other IT professionals. However, choosing the right certification must carefully be considered. It would definitely raises your chances of being noticed but it does not guarantee you anything. Choosing one of the hottest computer certifications (because it’s just hot) would be a big disappointment in your career if that computer certification is out of place (especially if you’re asking for a raise or a promotion or simply just getting employed!). CompTIA Security+ (which is a $251.00 certification) or CISSP (which costs around $500.00), would be of no use if you are not (even an inch) in the IT security field (and oh, did I forgot to tell you that you need to pay $85.00 a year and earn 120 credit points for 3 years for you to keep that certification?). But having the right job experience would be the deciding factor for an employer. Job experience plays a big role in the industry rather choosing an inexperienced individual with a computer certification (So career changing guys, better think thrice before doing such leap).

Presently in the Philippines, many employers are not aware of these computer certifications. It was really a shame that when one of my prospect companies interviewed me, they ask me what are my A+, Network+, etc. certifications were! By God almighty! I explained to them each of my certifications!

If you are on the IT field, taking a certification would be a big plus but choose the right certification suited for your work or the dream work you have set for your self in the near future.

Monday, March 10, 2008

10 Hottest I.T Certifications for 2008

Yo IT fanatics! I got this news letter from CompTIA. I am yearly looking for the HOTTEST CERTIFICATIONS that is: POPULAR, FAMILIAR, and which would help me boost my career in IT at the same time alot of learning experience. Here are the hottest certs for 2008 as predicted by mr. trapp. I too think that this certs would be the leaders of certs this 2008. Also, half of the certs that appear on this prediction happend to appear last 2006 and 2007. Hope this would be a great guide for everybody who are thinking of getting the IT boosting career certs.

10 Hottest I.T Certifications for 2008
By: Michael Trapp
It is that time again. To sort through all the certifications out there and try to pick the ones to have for 2008. The list looks a little different than years prior in that Microsoft is not dominating the list. We tried our best with this list based on job growth, sales of certification training material and a little guess work. Read through it and tell us what you think. If you are starting your IT. career or looking to enhance it, any of these certifications would be a great asset to have.

MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional)
Like I even had to list this one. This will probably always be number 1 for the next 1,000 years. There are over 2 million people with this certification.

CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
This one comes in 2nd as most network administrator jobs right now are IP related and they are in more demand at higher professional level as compared to Microsoft Certifications.

MCPD (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer)
This has been a rocket since last year. Demand for these developers are up over 80% compared to last year, and does not seem to be slowing down any time soon. There are only a little over 3000 currently with the certification. If you are looking for a certification track, I would give this one a lot of consideration.

SCJP (SUN Certified Java Programmer)
Today, a Java credential is one of the most valuable credentials that a programmer or developer can have. About 70% of business entities' development projects are done through J2EE.

CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)
One of the elite certifications. With CISSP's earning $94,070 a year on average, it is easy to see why this one is on the list. The exam lasts up to six hours and includes 250 multiple choice questions. It is also $500, so you might want to study for this one.

Comptia A+
I figured everyone had this already, but I guess not. This is the first certification almost everyone gets when first starting in the IT field. It is by far the most popular entry level certification.

Comptia Network+
Coming in right behind A+. This is usually the 2nd certification that most IT. Professionals acquire. Which is great because Network systems and data communications analysts is ranked Number 2 on the 'Most in Demand Jobs' list.

MCTS SQL Server 2005 (The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist)
SQL Server 2005 is going to be hot next year. A lot of companies are switching to SQL Server 2005 and these guys are going to be in big demand. Companies of all sizes need these professionals to manage everything from planning a new database to managing and supporting existing databases.

RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer)
About 25% of enterprises will be running mission-critical business applications on the Linux open source operating system by 2009, according to a survey by Saugatuck Technology and Business Week Research Services. By the end of 2007 the figure will be 18%. RHCE is called the 'crown jewel of Linux certifications'.

Comptia Security+
Growth in Security+, which covers topics like communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, access control and authentication, shows no signs of slowing down. Comptia's Security+ Credential is a must have in today's world.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my blog!

I was very skeptical on creating this one since I am so busy with my work, researches, and my family. I'll try to update this blog as frequent as possible and expect a lot of happening on my end.

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