2008 has been a good year for me.I passed out of school and entered college.I also celebrated my 18th birthday.Now it's time to say goodbye to 2008.I'll have to get used to writing 2009 in the date.This is the last post on my blog in 2008.I'm not in mood to do a full year review so I'll contend with a short formal note.Goodbye 2008.
Monthly Archives: December 2008
IDUG is sponsoring an awesome online contest for developers. You can win some great prizes by participating. This contest is meant for students, professionals and hobbyists to increase awareness and familiarity with XQuery, XML and DB2. Professionals can gain some recognition for their XML skills and students can enhance their skills. This contest can help developers in more than one way. Here are some more details about the contest-
The IDUG contest has five separate tracks. These tracks include-
Video Contest: Upload a video showing XML, XQuery or DB2.Videos will be judged by the community and prizes will be awarded monthly.
Gadget Contest: Participants will have to develop a small widget or gadget. The gadgets will be judged by community and prizes will be awarded monthly.
XQuery Challenge: Developers have to answer a series of questions by developing queries in XQuery. All correct entries will win prizes. The best queries will win the best prizes.
Port an Application: Participants will have to port or develop a new application for DB2. Both individuals and teams are allowed to participate. This event will be judged by a panel of judges.
Develop an application: Participants (Individual or team) will have to develop a brand new application XML and XQuery. This will be judged by a panel of judges.
So hurry up,developers,you can bag some great prizes. All the best for the Contest!
Blogger's old commenting system was poor.The pop-up comment window was very irritating.Blogger 'not very recently' introduced the embedded comment form which is a much better way to comment.All you need to do is to go to your blog settings and under the comments tab look for 'Comment Form Placement'.Select 'Embedded below post'.That's it if you are using a blogger template.
If you are using a customised template like mine,there's an extra step.Just go to Layout->Edit HTML and check the 'Expand Widget Templates' box.Now look for this line-
<b:include data='post' name='comments' />
Immediately after this line,add the following line of code:
<b:include data='post' name='comment-form'/>
That's it.You now have an improved comment form.
My end semester exams are finally over (including practicals) and I'm back in Delhi to enjoy a 3 week long semester break.Actually my second semester is supposed to commence from 12th January but the first week is going to be a mass bunk so I'll be going back on the 18th.There are rumours that the second semester is going to be shortened because of the water shortage expected in Bhopal.
The exams were easier than I expected as there were a good number of choices between questions in every paper.One thing I couldn't digest was that derivations were asked in some exams.I feel that derivations should have no role in a BTech exam question paper.My practical exams were scheduled on 23rd,24th and 26th December.
I took a train to Delhi on the 26th and to my delight,I was auto-upgraded from AC-3 Tier to AC-2 Tier.Had a comfortable journey unaffected by the morning fog.This is a delayed post as I was busy doing other stuff on 27th.I'm getting back to my normal routine so you can expect some posts soon.