Arien vs. The World

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At work we can ask for formation, courses, etc. to expand our knowledge in our areas of interest. Finally we have resources dedicated exclusively for this task, and woah, they’re out of bubblegum! They want us to take the MySQL Certification exams this year, to know PHP5 as if we had coded it ourselves and so on. It’s nice to know that formation is now really a priority in the company, although it comes with small nasty surprises.

Like today’s. We were told a month or so ago that there would be an exam about PHP5 and MySQL Soon(tm). And that “Soon(tm)” was actually this morning. We have a meeting scheduled, and when we get there, bam! “Hi guys, enjoy the exam, k?”. Would have been a great moment to make us a pic, I bet.

Oh well, I never liked surprise exams, but the purpose of this one was more like an autoevaluation, so it wasn’t that bad. I got to the conclusion that I should reread the theory and the documentation of PHP again, because even though I knew what some of the questions were refering to, I couldn’t find the words to describe them. And yes, much to my dismay there were a few things I couldn’t answer because I didn’t know or had completely forgotten… So I hope I have some time to study, I surely can use it.

On a less self-depressing note, tomorrow the English classes start again at work! I love to have this small break. On hard work days it’s so relaxing to go there and have fun while polishing my English skills… Tiny things like this make this job worthwhile in the worst moments 🙂

I just came back from a presentation of coding contest entries. The contest is organized by my company and pointed at us developers, as a way to get fresh ideas for our website and some R&D done about them. All the participants had such great ideas, it’s amazing what you can build around software. Big clap for everybody.

I had to present my own project, and whew, I was so nervous. However, I think it went well… I worked hard on my PowerPoint presentation and practiced what I wanted to say while writing it. I will always be a shy kitten, so probably didn’t talk loud enough and I stuttered here and there, but it’s done now, and I did my best. It’s a shame the application isn’t ready yet for the public, since I got some requests to see it. This weekend is going to be stressy, the live testing of all the applications starts Monday.

I kinda wish I had teamed with a designer (although Jaumet helped so much :D). Most of the apps looked fancy and flashy, compared to mine. But I tried to focus on the idea and what can be done with it, I hope it makes up for it, somehow. Also, learning a new programming language and a new framework (go go Django!) took most of the time dedicated to the project, and I think it’s better that way.

Oh well, will see who won this contest in a week from now. It will be hard for the judges, in my opinion all the apps were impressive. The price is a juicy MacBook Air or MacBook Pro! I’m not a fan of Apple, but I guess even I can’t say no to a free Mac 🙂


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