Last week has been quite hectic. My youngest sister has just arrived from Myanmar for her tertiary education and I’ve been helping her out with all a newly immigrated person would need: a phone line, a bank account and etc.
Me, Rachel, the sister and a bunch of friends scaled the Bukit Timah Hill (537′/164m). Though it’s hardly a mountaineering affair, it was quite a fun thing to do. I could imagine myself doing it again (if oppurtunity arises).
As for my dev works, I’ve started working with Cucumber a lot and also managed to successfully deploy a test application to heroku. Nothing profound though except a lesson I learnt while I got stuck. I will talk more about it if I found something better to share.
I have shared some links below for your reading pleasure too. Check it out.
"I'm gonna finish implementing a feature today."
"Why isn't this working?? This is supposed to work!"
Google, SO, RailsForum, Github, GoogleGroup and even, IRC
"I have tried literally everything. I feel stupid"
"I might as well try restarting my computer too."
When the restart didn't work
"Yes, I am stupid."
"Great! I'm stuck at a scenario and a half let alone implementing a feature."
When I eventually found the bug.
"WHY AM I SO STUPID! What was I thinking!?"
Moral of the story:
Just because it’s simply one line of code, do not implement unrelated feature B (and forget about it), when you are working on feature A. Especially during TDD.
Due to my schedule and my forgetfulness, I must beg forgiveness from two of you out there who read my blog and have been waiting for the Part II. I have half-written this post and totally forgotten about it.
This is the second part of the post about BarCamp Mandalay 2013. I had booked the 11:00 am to 12:00 pm schedule to talk about 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
The session before me was the session about speaking good English, a lecture given by an English lecturer from Mandalay University. I arrived early and joined the previous session, which was very popular that they had to add another row of chairs just to fit everyone. Once it was over, it was my turn.
I started by writing the title of the session “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey. I did a brief explanation about what I was gonna talk about and there it goes.
Either by contradicting myself or following the traditions of BarCamp, I didn’t plan ahead well enough to fit all of the habits well enough into the 45 minutes. Typical!
If having to add in yet another row of chairs for the audience is a sign, I must say it was a well-received presentation.
Unfortunately, since I didn’t prepare any materials for this presentation, I do not have any artifacts to share except to send you in the right direction if you ever wanted to read the books.
After attending and speaking at BarCamp Yangon for the first time ever, I couldn’t get enough of the energy, the people and the atmosphere of BarCamp. Having originally intended to go to Mandalay BarCamp even before I have come back from Singapore, it made it easier to decide to attend Mandalay BarCamp.
It was a cozier and much more tightly knitted BarCamp. I was speaking the same topic of Introduction to MVC and CakePHP. However, learning from the experience, I had went in to this session better prepared: with a bag of candies (rewards for those who participate in discussions or raise questions) and the decision to change my plan and the presentation topic according to the audience who attended. I tried a less formal way of engaging the audience and spoke mainly in layman terms and thankfully, I reckon they have at least learnt something new by the end of the day.
I guess I learnt something new that day too: Never assume to know who your audience are, engage with them to really know who they are.
Looks like the mayans had it all wrong, eh? Well, it’s not as if they had a great track record for predicting the end of civilizations anyway. They couldn’t even predict their own demise, could they?
If you know me and this blog, you know that this is one of those posts that I write in about every 6 months. These days things are changing with the light of speed that my blog hasn’t been able to keep up with it much.
Some highlights include that I had attended one of those things. That one where parents rejoice. The same one where loads of photos are taken both by your personal cameras and the professionals with a great cost. The only one where you could dress like a bat and get away with it. Nope, not halloween, the graduation ceremony. Yeah, I had one of those. I figured the forefathers of the academic community thought it’s too douchy for one to show off your degree cert to your friends and relatives. Then they put on their thinking hats, sat around a round table a came up with this most elaborate thing called the graduation ceremony. Did I enjoy it? Meh…
Other highlights include that I have started a bit of a teaching/consultant job (mostly related to development). I am quite enjoying it, not only because it pays, but also it’s a nice way to revise on some of the things that I already know and discover alternatives solution to the same set of problems.
Starting from tomorrow, I will be a full-time start-up founder of the company behind MyanmarCarsDB.com and MyanmarJobsDB.com among other things.
Just recently, I have picked up a few interesting projects like Android application development and Ruby. (Which I may or may not talk more about in the future)
Things are great and looking up.
To quote Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are A-changing”. I’m doing my best with keeping up with it. Let me know if you have been too.
Firstly, this is not about the template change of this site. It’s been around for a while. There’s really no need to apologize if you didn’t notice. I myself was so consumed with other facets of my life that I almost forgot about extending the contract for the site’s hosting and domain.
I believe the relationship of me and my blog has been like the Myanmar government and the employees of the public sector. For long, the suffering of the public sector and the insufficient salary for a sustainable life is ignored by the goverment, with constants rumors of big pay raise every now and then. In this analogy, me being the government and the blog being the employee of public… Nevermind. Bad choice of example. Back to the topic.
Why mmhan 3.0?
For everyone, there have been significant changes in life that could be considered a new version and with the most recent change I have brought it to the version number to 3.0.
What are the earlier versions you ask? Well, 1.0 was when I have migrated here to Singapore to study at SP, it was tough, an unknown territory and full of surprises, both good and bad. 2.0 was when I started working, a better, more independent version and little more reckless, if I may say so myself.
In this post I am going to take a look back into my venture of a part-time student pursuing my bachelor degree in Business Information Systems and Computer Science. The main reason I am writing this post is not only for me to be able to analyse how I have spent many months of the studying to attain the academic background and to achieve this status of a degree holder and also for the readers (if any) to be able to gain some knowledge into Murdoch, Kaplan and this degree course, if it’s of any interest to them.