A Semi-Charmed Life: Mike's Journey

Learning things from scratch ...

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Jack of All Trades , Master of Nothing

"Jack of all trades, master of none" is a figure of speech used in reference to a person who is competent with many skills but is not outstanding in any particular one.

A Jack of all trades may also be a master of integration, as the individual knows enough from many learned trades and skills to be able to bring their disciplines together in a practical manner, and is not a specialist. Such a person is known as a polymath or a Renaissance man, and a typical example is someone like Leonardo da Vinci. - from WikiPedia

I really don't want to start it as a firestarter for some but im only here just to say my opinion, I've met and seen people doing this and i guess they feel that they are somewhat extraordinary! I mean they will tell you i knew that and i also knew that and again wait i think i really knew that! WTH? Yes they really knew it, but then again when it goes deeper to its roots they don't know how to use the whole thing and where to use it in the long run, cause they stay studying and eating things in a little way as far as im concern, they really don't put their knowledge in a mastery that really matters.

Since im a programmer, YES there are also many people in this field, i actually bumped into a chat and he started lecturing me things about "When you're stuck in one programming language then you're really not ... " i forgot the words but in a nutshell he is telling me to study more and be like him!

Well i don't blame him, but he did blame me for what i'm expressing that time, i just gave a simple opinion that Learning many PL are difficult and it is much better to be specific like JAVA to really master it, and thus make new technologies out of it!

He still doesn't like that! well i really don't know for others but right now, the place im working in, im like this (Title Post) because i get to shift from J2EE - J2ME - J2EE - Microsoft .NET, i know it is easy for you guys but im not really good yet! so i take it as one platform or technology then ill move on if it really annoys me or anything like that! so the learning thing is so difficult that in the end you're going to hate the entire process ! I just wish that every employer or their boss managed to help Fresh Grads like me to be specific in one Platform or Technology (J2EE please!) at first .

There i guess i did not made myself clear about the topic, well anyway just a note here, this is just a BLOG POST so you may not read it!

im done in: Android(i will continue this)-j2me -blackberry- back to j2ee for a project yes im learning something new again! eheheh

Out now for Java Bluetooth Wireless Technology

In the past week i had to study JSR 82 also known as Java API for Wireless Technology a.k.a "Bluetooth" , and i had managed to stuff it in J2ME that sends a simple string to another Bluetooth enabled device. I had to learn things that are advanced for a non mobile developer like me! waaaa!

Ofcourse since we also do Blackberry they wanted me to make it happen there, in which i honestly i don't like coding in Blackberry(don't ask me why), and again it is advanced coding in Blackberry!

Luckily i managed to also send a string out of it!

- Right now i need to get back in reviewing J2EE cause got a new project that i think would be difficult and exciting!

ill post things about it when it is done!
Android development at pause cause of big projects coming in!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Google DevFest Manila @ U.P Diliman

About Google DevFest Manila,

Google DevFest Tour, covering six cities in five countries - Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh and Manila.
Goal is to provide technology and tools to developers, who will, in turn, write first class applications that benefit the Internet as a whole.
They also provide the so-called lightning talks in which you will get selected and then have the opportunity to present to you the project you are working on.

Event hosted at:

University of the Philippines
Diliman Campus
College of Social Welfare and Community Development
Bulwangang Tandang Sora (3rd Floor)
Magsaysay Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City

The topics include :
Shindig, Partuza
Maps API
App Engine
App Engine + OpenSocial + Maps(Integration)
also a Whrilwind Tour to other Google API (not all 66 ofcourse)

There are also talks coming from the partners like :
Exo Platform

The lightning talks were:
CMS using Drupal
OpenSocial App Proposal for Google Android - a guy from NEC
Android QuickLog - Novare Technologies !

They all share a common goal Social Networking on the web, Globe Labs team also presented about their SMS/MMS API for public use.
Google Engineers go crazy making themselves silly that Pamela Fox rapped "Baby Got Back"(her hair was Google colored and she presented without her shoes on) and the DevFest team dance to the theme of Thriller from the youTube prison in Philippines video , anyway they are approachable and cool for they do understand the bad internet connection (SMARTBro / Globe) they say this was the fastest connection -lol.

380 developers from different companies /freelance programmers

check my friendster for pics : www.friendster.com/michang05

Hmm, the response i think is above ok, cause they actually clapped their hands and started to say nice tech and app some of the Google engrs started to say you should try adding more API like OpenSOcial in the app since it is in mobile and in Android which is in Google, the Google DevFest Team liked it because they can recognize me as ("Oh your the one who presented an Android App) and i had to asked them questions of some of the API i used in which something is going wrong and they appreciated that, Jason Costa , their Technical Programs Manager did approached me to my table and told me i did a great job and that the presentation was great to be discussed and clean about the details, upon the end of the fest he then asked me to wait and gave me his calling card to which he also asked me but unfortunately i dont have one , so i said i did wrote my contact to Mr. Rovagnati (Globant/Google, this guy also approached me and asked my calling card, he just grab his own calling card and told me to write it there) maybe you can ask him, so he said ok no problem! :-[

We were two to present the Android the first one is from NEC, he presented about putting OpenSocial in his proposal project for Android but no app available, and then im next to him (actually im next to the Google table and i heard that they wanted to put the 2 Android presentors.

so basically that's what happend, beginner's luck :-D !

PS: it's been a while since the last post, ill talk more about this Great Tech which is Google Android later.... back to coding Android