Monday, August 29, 2005

DISCUSSION - What's the Point of IT Certifications?

Slashdot has a post about the point of IT Certifications. This is something that I have been thinking heavily about for the last year or so. I am Java certified professional. I really think that Java certification helped me understand the details of Java programming language and gave me some troubleshooting tools as well as lessons learned about what NOT to do. I can't say that it gave me a lot about what a good programmer should do..
Of course there is the MS side to this story. I haven't taken any certification classes, lessons, or tests from Microsoft. I heard that they use to be pretty useless but they are claimed to be more useful right now. It is a gamble though. My company does not pay for the certifications so $150 a pop, and $50 a book for studying, it is not a cheap gamble. A basic certification would run you up about $1500-$2000 and 3-6 months of studying. Well this is not a huge investment compared to taking classes, going for masters, second degree, etc but will I be getting anything out of it?
If any of you out there have anything to say about this subject please do so by adding a comment or sending an email directly to me (listed under my account details)..

Monday, August 22, 2005

TECH - MS SQL 2005

I thought I would include a little bit of tech in my blog.
As a developer/ programmer I really like the idea that is being introduced with SQL Server 2005: You can write your stored procedures in any .NET language you like/ or comfortable with. That is pretty cool for me because I don't really like T-SQL and I believe a programmer should use whatever language they are comfortable with. I have a couple of concerns though. First of all, why would microsoft list that option as a security risk at the installation. Hmm, I have a couple of ideas but have not read anything about it yet, so I am not going to speculate on that one. Second of all I would feel pretty bad for the DBAs who are mostly from a non-programmer background and are only familiar with T-SQL. They would have a heck of a time to support such variety of coding and as a result if the programmers start to support their code in SQL they would start to support their own DBs which would really be harsh on the DBAs. The latter might be more of a problem in smaller companies but who knows, in 5-10 years the DBA job function as we know it might diminish.. Time will tell.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Horror Movies?

Okey, Horror movies. Who watches them, why do they watch them, what is the pleasure that is gained by watching the horror movies..
Those are the questions that I don't have an answer to, because since I was 7 I really never understood the purpose of horror movies. I know a lot of girls that really likes horror movies most of which were terrified of them and had hard time sleeping after watching them. So then what's the point? I am guessing that it is the rush, but like I said I am going to leave the explanation of that part to a person that really likes horror movies...
Me on the other hand. I don't like 'em. Okey some of them are good, suspense is fine but not horror movies. I would watch them and I used to watch quite a bit of them but nope, not anymore. I just don't see the point and until someone explains it to me I am on strike..
We just watched "The Saw" few minutes ago with a couple of friends. It was actually a pretty good movie, better than I expected, but I am not sure if I got anything out of it.
Disclaimer: Do not read the next few lines if you do not want to hear about the contents of the movie.
Okey now that the disclaimer is out of the way. The movie is all about a guy who in his dying bed thought he needs to be teaching people a lesson about the value of life. As a result of his lesson, the people who are really willing to live and willing to sacrifice certain things for staying alive stayed alive. They probably would need a lot of hours of therapy but at the end they would appreciate their lives more (which is probably true for the one girl that survived). Okey the concept is original. I'll give 'em that. Sick but original. Still though, I am not sure if that concept was worth the scenes that we had to see like the one where a cop gets his head blown off by a shot gun. I am actually more concerned about my friends who watched the movie and might have hard time sleeping tonight..
In short; I really am not interested in horror movies anymore. I would watch them if there is nothing else available, my friends when you go to blockbuster with me know that my vote will be against picking a horror movie 99% of the time..
Please write me back if you like the horror movies and please include why.. If you do not like it write me back and let me know why you don't like it..

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Friendship..

The last few weeks have been educational for me. I am not saying that my other weeks, months, years were not educational but I realized more in the last few weeks about the importance of friends and the value of friendship. This may not be true for everyone of course but for people like me, who try to socialize, who enjoys things more when he/ she is sharing it with other people you need friends to enjoy your time.

One of my friends left the city, a few others went to vacation and even though I had some of my close friends here the temporary loss of others effected my mood quite a bit. I would not have thought this could happen to me but it happened. This made me realize that without your family and friends life is less enjoyable..

For all of my friends out there, if you are reading this, I do appreciate your friendship!!!

ENES

Monday, August 01, 2005

I am BACK!!!

I just noticed today that it has been 5 weeks since I posted anything on my blog.. It is on the verge or being forgotten! I need to change that. Here I am writing about my comeback to the blog world.

I have been pretty busy at work. We are doing a lot of upgrades and stuff. To a non-IT person that would probably sound pretty straightforward and easy but that's why they are the non-IT person and that is why we (IT people) work too hard to make sure the customer does not even notice what we do in the background. I actually take pride in that. When we were done with our work I told one of my customers about what happened just to see if they have noticed anything unusual and when I learned that they would not have known that an upgrade of the scale that we have done happened unless I have told them. Even though it was almost 1 AM in the morning knowing all my hard work helped my customers gave me the comfort and made my efforts worth while.

That's what differenciates the different professionals in every field. Taking pride in the work that you do. I was going to talk about something else but this sounds like a decent discussion so I'll continue.
Taking pride in what you do. This is a really magical concept. This does not mean that you love your job, does not mean that you are the best at what you do, to me it solely represents the effort you put into your work and acknowledge that what you do in turn represent who you are. Isn't that true for everything that we do? How does other people know us. By our good looks? Our wealth? Our origin? or more importantly the things that we do, how we act, how we treat ourselves and others, how we react to certain things... In short what we do is our window to the outside world. Some people would disagree with that. They would think that they only work for the money, they would do as much as they can to get away with the least possible effort. Not me. And I am not trying to say that I am better than other people, or I am smarter or anything. I am just saying that at the end of the day when I design and application, when I maintain a system, whatever I do if I make just a few peoples jobs easier even without them knowing the hours that I had to put in to make it happen, that would be my satisfaction.

I just wish that more and more people take pride in what they do. Approach every issue with "I care" attitude... For my wish to come true, I will start with myself and try to see what I can do..