Saturday, July 26, 2008

Netbeans Workshop-2 delayed!!

I am extremely pained to inform all of you that the 2nd 'Netbeans Workshop', that was supposed to be conducted tomorrow ( sunday 27/07/2008 ), has been delayed due to power-cuts in the afternoon.

It becomes difficult to bear an extended seminar without working air-conditioners, and I would not want ruin students' "precious Sunday evening" by taking the seminar in the evening.

I hope to soon be able to find a viable date to conduct the seminar. Until then, I would prefer all the students to keep experimenting with the IDE at home.

Thanks for your support and understanding!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Announcement - Sun Campus Ambassador.


This is to formally announce that I (Jay Mahadeokar) have been chosen to be the new Sun Campus Ambassador for SRKNEC. I will take over the reigns from Siddharth Vadera - our First Sun Campus Ambassador.

Sun Microsystems has organized a 3 - day Induction Program for all campus ambassadors chosen from all over India. It is scheduled to be held on 27 - 29th July 2008.

I would like to consider this as an opportunity (rather than responsibility) to give my best. Mr Vasusen Patil (IV Year CSE) will be assisting me through all the activities. I hope I can give full justice to this role and all my teachers and colleagues will help and contribute so that we can take the Sun - SRKNEC relationship to a new level.

May Sun always shine on SRKNEC!


Sunday, July 20, 2008

NetBeans Workshop for III year Students

Me and Vasusen Patil (IV Year CSE) conducted a 5 hour workshop on NetBeans for III Year students of CS on Sunday - 20-7-08. Sumit Roy (IV Year CSE) provided valuable support.

The workshop was attended by 46 students and got a great response. Here is a brief account of the workshop:
Started at 11 AM.

In the introductory speech overall scenario of the Software industry highlighting the three main players - Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and Google, what technologies do they provide and support. We mainly wanted to convey that there are various technologies available to carry out any task, importance must be given on building the basic concepts. Various questions were answered.

Quick Overview of java:
They had java in the last Semester. So we asked basic questions just to brush up the basics. (20 Chocolates were on offer for correct answers). The session was an interactive one and lived up the atmosphere.

Introduction to NetBeans IDE:
A basic overview of the NetBeans IDE was given. All students practically were asked to work around the IDE on their respective PC. The Major components like Projects, Files tab and all menus available were explained in brief.

Display of features using console based application:
A simple console based java application was taught. Following NetBeans features were highlighted:
1. Syntax highlighting.
2. Code folding.
3. Intelliscense(Automatic code completionusing ctrl+space)
4. Short Keys.
5. Debugging faciilities.
6. Exception Handling mechanism.
7. Refactoring.
And some more.....

It was almost 1:30 and then 1/2 hour break was provided.

Windows Based Application.
Next a windows based application was taught and all students created it interactively. How to create classes, Frames etc were told.

The application simply took two variables in text-boxes and displayed addition in third text-box when add button was clicked. How the code is automatically generated and what other options are available on the pallete was explained. The program control flow through the application was also discussed.
Introduction to Mobile Development.
A small hello world Mobile application was taught. The basic features provided by the IDE for mobile development were provided.

At the end the opportunities that Sun Microsystems offers to students in terms of contests were told. The open source stance was highlighted and its advantages were highly appreciated. A small assignment was also given.

The response was unexpectedly overwhelming. We plan to conduct PART - B of the workshop next Sunday where the students will be introduced to NetBeans plug-in development , how online projects are carried out using CVS/SVN and other features.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Sunny days at SRKNEC!

Shri Ramdeobaba Kamla Nehru Engineering College, Nagpur, India has associated with Sun MicroSystems for the past year and a lot of activities and events have unfolded since then. The last year saw Siddharth Vadera, become the first Sun Campus Ambessador at S.R.K.N.E.C, Mr Rohan Ranade Sun MS, Banglore grace the campus and give a three-day long seminar on java - netbeans and other Sun - related technologies and we also saw students actively participating in various Sun organized events (Code for Freedom, Blogging Contests and more).

To make a long story short, Sun Microsystems has influenced many students in SRKNEC and as a result many active project and research is going on on various Sun Technologies - NetBeans, Opensolaris and Sun SPOT being at the forefront.

Me (Jay Mahadeokar) and Vasusen Patil (both IV Year, Computer Science) will make use of this blog-site as a platform to share the various activities and research work being undertaken at SRKNEC with the community.

Let the Sun always shine on SRKNEC!