Sunday, March 7, 2010

Upcoming local events and seminars

Over the next few weeks there will be quite a few local events and seminars for IT professionals. To help raise interest and awareness I've compiled a list below:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010. Delta Hotel and Conference Centre, St. John's, NL.

Thursday, March 18, 2010, 1:00 pm., Room EN-2022, Memorial University:

Thursday, March 25, 2010 6:00 PM, Room A1045, Memorial University:

Thursday, March 25th, 2010, 7:30pm, Room EN-2006, Memorial University:
Dr. Stephen Cook (University of Toronto)

Thursday, April 1, 2010, 1:00 pm., Room EN-2022, Memorial University:

Thursday, April 8, 2010, 1:00 pm., Room EN-2022, Memorial University:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Local programming

Each Fall and Winter semester at Memorial University's Computer Science Department an ACM rules programming competition is held. I've participated in these events for numerous years in various capacities, this year I wanted to boost student interest by providing some prizes. So after considering several options the first, second and third place students each received a text book on programming, and an Ubuntu mug, pen, and install disc. The remaining competitors each received an Ubuntu pen and install disc as a thank you for participating. I'd like to congratulate Chris Whalen, Tim Oram, and Megan O'Connor for their exemplary performances!

After presenting them with their prizes I took some time to discuss open source programming and getting involved early in their careers in projects such as those hosted by the Apache Software Foundation. Living in St John's, Newfoundland the opportunity to contribute to open source projects represents, in my humble opinion, the best exposure to world class development practices and technologies.

I'm looking forward to the next programming competition this Fall 2010, and seeing the competition levels increase as each semester passes.

Update: For anyone interested in reviewing the competition questions and sample solutions please visit here.