Future of a Java Professional

Monday, 1 February, 2016


Present Scenario

Java programming is one of the most renowned platforms where an individual can choose to work. With the advent of technology, this programming domain has experienced an exponential rise and hence provides an individual with many opportunities. Java programming jobs are in abundance in today’s word and many people choose it as their career path.

In the present scenario, the scope of professionals in this domain is high and people with expertise in Java get hired without delay. However, professionals must follow a strategy in order to survive in this ever evolving Java environment.

Future of Java

The concept of Java programming will keep on evolving with time and a professional in this domain has to upgrade his knowledge on a regular basis in order to cope with the programming requirements. The Java programming language will continue to exist, however with time there may be further change in forms, styles and frameworks used to write codes.

The explanation is simple. As new programming languages continue to evolve, Java has to upgrade itself regularly in order to survive the competition. Thus, the strategy that a Java professional should use is ‘future proofing’ himself against all odds and keep himself upgraded with each and every version of Java that evolves in the market on a regular basis.

Future Proofing Strategy

Take an example of the latest version of Java: Java 8. It is the latest release of Java that contains new features, enhancements, greater bug fixation capabilities and improved efficiency. Since this has come up recently, professionals who are experts in previous versions should make themselves familiar with this environment as soon as possible. This will improve their chances of getting hired in the future in several organizations which will use Java 8 functionalities. 

Will Java Survive?

As Java is a very established programming language, people can rest assured that it won’t go obsolete all of a sudden. Programming languages may continue to emerge, but the strong platform that Java has created will remain unharmed even 10-15 years from now.

There will always be jobs available for Java programmers no matter what the situation is. However, in order to survive in this evolving Java environment, which is getting more sophisticated and modern day by day, professionals must also evolve their skill-set in order to excel.     

The Latest News in Computer Programming

Monday, 25 January, 2016

the latest news in computer programming

Computer programming has steadily advanced in innovation. Nowadays, the aim of computer programming is to provide user convenience by developing several user friendly and useful software applications. Some latest news from mid November until early December about new software innovation.

Computers Have Now Become Artists (Nov 23, 2015)

Source: Umea University

Could we have ever imagined that machines could understand drawings and paintings and draw images much like humans? This imagination has become real. This concept has been given light by Researcher Bo Li, in his doctoral dissertation at the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics at Umea University. He has named this method “Interest Curves” and recalls that with the help of this method the computer can redraw an image using curve strokes and recognize objects using these curves.

Detecting False Feedback (Nov 30, 2015)

Source: Inderscience Publishers

This innovation is aimed to identify false feedbacks posted at online rating sites. This is aimed at helping consumers who get carried away into purchasing products by viewing false feedback posted at these sites. The research team of Soon Keow Chong and Jemal Abawajy of the Parallel and Distributed Computing Lab at Deakin University, Geelong, Australia has designed an algorithm to identify and block these malicious feedbacks being sent to the site’s management system and thus make it prone to such attacks.

Therapist Rating

Source: University of Southern California

Therapeutic sessions rely on empathy as their foundations. To know whether a therapist is empathetic, researchers from USC, University of Washington, and the University of Utah have designed a machine-learning algorithm which can rate therapists based on speech recognition. The software takes speech as input and generates an empathy rating. Thus patients can know whether a particular therapist will be of convenient to them or not based on is empathy rating.

Software to Detect Reliability of Apps

Source: University of California – Riverside

The problem with apps according to a new study is that the apps downloaded via Google Play almost 9% of them interact with websites which can be a threat to user security and privacy. To overcome this situation, a team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside is now developing a tool called AURA (Android URL Risk Assessor). This tool has been designed to allow users to assess the riskiness of individual apps before downloading them. This system is currently under improvement to make it more robust and user friendly and will be soon released as open source software.

Learning Style Assessment

Monday, 18 January, 2016

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Every person is different. Each individual learns and acquires knowledge through his or her own unique style. Some individuals are outspoken and tend to acquire knowledge in a lively classroom environment with lot of interactions happening, while other individuals prefer a lonely silent place and do self study rather than a classroom environment.

Based on research done, the ways in which people acquire knowledge have been categorized on the basis of learning styles. According to Walter Burke Barbe, there are three basic learning styles namely auditory, visual and kinesthetic.

Auditory Learning Style

The auditory learning style is based on learning and acquiring knowledge by hearing things. Auditory learners are those who tend to learn using this style. For example, you may have had a student during your school days who would immediately grasp a poetry read aloud by the teacher. That student would be categorized as an auditory learner.

Visual Learning Style

Visual learners are those who prefer to learn by looking at things, reading, or through a practical demonstration. These are the learners whose way of acquiring knowledge is based on self capabilities and they tend rely on themselves in learning matters. For such learners, if a matter is explained by using audio methods, it may lead to problems in their grasping and understanding of the subject.

Kinesthetic Learning Style

This learning technique is based on the sense of touch. These learners tend to acquire knowledge by conducting an experimental demonstration themselves or by writing down a certain material. In other words, they learn a particular activity by doing the activity by themselves. You may have come across the saying “write once, read many”. For these learners, writing down or penning down an article makes them learn the article.

Which One Are You?

Often an individual is not aware about which category he or she falls into. Often many people from their childhood tend to follow a particular learning style that might not be relevant for them. Nowadays with the advent of modern technology, people who are unaware about their style can find out exactly what type they fall into. Various websites pertaining to learning style assessments are available all over the web which can tell you exactly what type of learner you are by assessing you based on a few objective questions answered from your side. Such technology can help people in their future by enlightening them about their own self and if they were following the wrong learning technique they can rectify it immediately.

Should I Learn to Program?

Monday, 11 January, 2016

should you learn to program

“Should I learn to program?” This question had been asked to me several times by my fellow colleagues in my last organization. My answer was always “Yes”. I strongly recommend that an individual learn some programming languages in order to survive in the modern competitive environment.

With the advent of the IT boom, those days are gone when work used to be carried out by typewriters or hand written documents. It has been reported by the U.S. that IT jobs will grow by 22% through 2020. Now even the most basic jobs require the use of computers. Computer literacy is essential for any person to find a job and along with it if by chance a person is equipped in any programming language, like Java, HTML, C++, Python etc, he or she can expect an exponential career growth.

Computer technology has advanced rapidly and within the next few years it is going to take a quantum leap. Nowadays, the number of jobs requiring ‘technical literacy’ is on the rise. Such jobs require a person to be well versed in some or the other programming languages.

Thus, if people know Java, HTML or any other programming languages getting into these jobs become very easy for them. One of my colleagues in my previous organization was well versed in Java. He was working with us in an accounting process which was not relevant for an expert programmer like him.

One day, a requirement arose on a different process for a Java programmer and he got selected with a very high salary package. Thus, it can be very well seen that learning to program does no harm, but in fact it opens doors to several opportunities.

Learning to program not only boosts a person’s career but also improves his or her problem solving and decision making skills. Apple’s co-founder and CEO, Steve Jobs had empathized on learning to program to be essential for mental development and quoted, “Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think”.

Program coding is like playing chess, a person has to decide his code for a particular program that he or she wants to implement by thinking logically. As a result, through programming, he or she develops sound mental abilities, which is the basic requirement for any kind of job.

Learning to program is always beneficial even if a person does not choose programming as his or her career choice.

All About Jean Bartik

Monday, 4 January, 2016

all about jean bartik

Source: Bartik Biography- University of St Andrews (http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Biographies/Bartik.html)

Early Life

Jean Bartik was born in Gentry County, Missouri, in 27 December 1924, under the name Betty Jean Jennings. Her father, William Smith Jennings, was from Alanthus Grove and was a schoolteacher and a farmer. Her mother’s name was Lulu May Spainhower and she was from Alanthus. Bartik had five elder siblings, three brother and two sisters. She graduated in 1945 from Northwest Missouri State Teachers College majoring in mathematics.


In 1945, she was hired by the University of Pennsylvania as a maths major to calculate ballistics trajectories for the Army Ordinance. She was required to carry out this work by hand as a human computer. She applied and got selected for a project when the Electronic-numeric Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) was developed and became one of its first programmers. ENIAC was programmed by setting dials and changing cable connections. As there was no manual, she and her five other original programmers gained expertise in programming the ENIAC only by reviewing its schematic diagrams and interacting with engineers.

She and a group of programmers worked at a later stage for the conversion of the ENIAC to a stored program computer. Thus she came up with the BINAC and UNIVAC computers by working along with ENIAC designers in the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation. She resigned in 1951, the same year UNIVAC was introduced.

Personal Life

While working for Army ordinance in the University of Pennsylvania, she met an engineer working on a Pentagon Project named William Bartik. They got married in 1946 and later divorced in 1968.

Later Life

In 1967, Bartik returned to the regular job portfolio and became an Editor for Auerbach Publishers. Later she worked for a firm named data Decisions in 1981 as a Senior Editor. However, Data Decisions shut down in 1985 as it got acquired by McGraw-Hill. As a result, she lost her job and started her career as a real estate agent at the age of 61. She died on March 23, 2011 from congestive heart failure.

Significant Awards

She, along with other original programmers of the ENIAC, was introduced into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame. She also received a fellowship at the Computer History Museum for her contribution in converting the ENIAC into a stored program computer. She also received awards like IEEE Computer Pioneer Award for her pioneering work regarding the ENIAC and Korenman Award from the Multinational Center for Development of Women in Technology (MDWIT).

Highest Paying Jobs in Computer Programming

Monday, 28 December, 2015

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Computer programming in itself is a very specialized domain. In order to get a job in computer programming aspirants must be affluent with software and coding pertaining to the job requirement. As the skill set pertaining to this job domain requires an individual to be well versed with various programming languages and problem solving attributes, the pay scale for jobs pertaining to this domain is high compared to other domains. The highest paying jobs in computer programming have been listed as follows (Source: http://www.computersciencezone.org/50-highest-paying-jobs-computer-science/).

Applications Architect

Salary range: $66,000 – $183,000

The requirements of an application architect include project management capabilities, software development experience and broad knowledge of software used within the company. The application architect defines the architecture of the application within an organization and oversees the entire software application development endeavor in an organization along with interacting with various senior level personals pertaining to the same portfolio.

Applications Development Manager

Salary range: $86,000 – $162,000

He or she is responsible for overseeing the software applications that are internally developed within an organization along with interacting with senior level personals for various application requirements. This job requires senior level experience in database designing.

Information Systems Security Manager

Salary range: $115,000 – $160,000

The Information Systems security manager is responsible for overseeing all IT security needs and manage data privacy and security within an organization. He or she is responsible for documenting and implementing policies pertaining to information security.

Software Engineer

Salary range: $61,000 – $160,000

The role of the software engineer varies from software testing to software development roles. The software engineer is responsible for creating, testing or documenting software according to an organization’s requirements.

Network Architect

Salary range: $78,000 – $156,000

The network architect is required to design, test and upgrade networks like LAN, WAN, Internet, VoIP etc and incorporate any new business requirement pertaining to these. The requirement to become a network architect is to have around five years of experience as a network engineer.

Data Warehousing Manger

Salary range: $115,000 – $154,000

This job requires a person to collect business data from internal or external sources and perform data analysis along with interacting with stakeholders to incorporate business requirements.

Quality Assurance Manager

Salary range: $67,000 – $150,000

The quality Assurance Manager is required to manage a team of software testing quality specialists consisting of quality testers, analysts and leads. They are also required to attend project meetings for upgrading software within the organization.

These are the top few of the many highly paid jobs pertaining to the area of computer programming.

Get Your Dream Job by Learning to Program

Monday, 21 December, 2015

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In the modern world, computer programming and coding does not land a person to only software programming jobs. In fact, programming has gained huge prospect in several types of jobs to date. In the present day, starting from car designing and sports, to fashion and art industry, everywhere the need to program is prevalent. Due to this vast outlook that the programming field has gained, a person can surely find their dream job, in any career, by learning to program.

Programming is the essence of today’s world. With the IT boom each and every job field has some sort of programming and coding involved in them. In fact, in the UK, according to a survey, it was seen that almost 60% of the population considered coding and programming to be an essential skill set for getting jobs. But sadly, only 10% of the UK adults know how to code or program (Sources: Go ON UK, YouGov and O2).

Get Your Dream Job Through Programming

Apart from software programming jobs, a person can follow his passion and opt for jobs in the following fields if he or she learns to program.

Car Designing 

Nowadays, the best job that a programmer can get is in the field of designing cars. With the help of software, the performance of designs under real conditions can be analyzed. Engineer Jamie Davis used the programming technique to analyze accident test data for designing luxury cars.

Fashion Designing

In the area of fashion designing, artists are creating their design collections using design and stimulation software. Thus, through programming they are able to create the best patterns in the fashion industry.

Art and Culture

Nowadays, artists are moving away from their traditional way of showcasing their works in exhibitions. Instead many have opted to create their own online exhibition store by learning how to program. By learning HTML and other website designing programs, people can pursue their career as artists and exhibiting their work online.

Sports Industry

In this industry, the performance of players are tracked and analyzed by analysts using software. Tom Forrest, a football fan, joined a sports media company in 2012. Using programming he built software to analyze player performance using on screen graphics. Computer programming in the present scenario has spread its wings to almost every kind of job. Those jobs which once had no relation to computer technology are now guided by programming.

With the advent of the year 2020, it has been predicted that almost one million new technology jobs will get filled. There is indeed a vast opportunity in this field in the coming years.

Apps to Learn on the GO

Monday, 14 December, 2015

apps to learn on the go

Mobile Technology has expanded on an exponential scale. Along with innovation in newer versions of smartphones and tablets every year, we see several new applications coming up to suit these devices. These applications provide interactive and entertaining platforms for users to study, discover and learn new things.

There are several applications that all users must be aware of. People with smart phones and tablets must download these applications as these may prove to be extremely useful to them. Some of the applications are listed below.

 Duolingo

Duolingo is the best free language learning application. This app provides courses in several languages like Spanish, French, German, Italian etc along with high emphasis on vocabulary and grammar.

Available in: iTunes- Google Play- Duolingo.com

 TED Education

TED education provides the user with a platform consisting of inspirational and educational articles and happenings around the world. One can read a variety of articles and get knowledge of global instances.

Available in: iTunes- Google Play- TED.com.

 Curious

This application comprises of several free and paid tutorials. People can download this application if they have a tendency to learn things regarding various aspects of life like how to run, how to exercise, how to avoid strangers etc.

Available in: iPhone- iPad- Curious.com.

 VideoJug

This application is similar to Curious with more emphasis on the topics along with video equipped articles. Articles comprise of aspects of day to day life like fitness tips, grooming, art, music etc.

Available in: iTunes- Google Play- VideoJug.com.

 Lift

This application is used for obtaining coaching and mentoring for several issues. This is not exactly a learning tutorial platform but instead it helps a person to have better living by improving or changing habits through mentoring.

Available in: iTunes- Google Play- Lift.do.

Youngest Computer Programmers & How They Did It

Monday, 7 December, 2015

youngest computer programmers and how they did it

We have heard a lot about child prodigies or gifted children. Although, most of them are gifted, some have been lucky to get a favorable environment. Behind the limelight, these young achievers try to balance their lives. They try to keep their feet firmly on the ground while aiming high in life.

Here is a bit about some young achievers:

Wasik Farhan-Roopkotha (Age 6)

Wasik Farhan-Roopkotha, termed as a child prodigy from Bangladesh, began computing when he was seven months old. By age four, he already knew how to program and download game emulators. He has played more than 700 games and mastered video games like Metal Gear Solid and Modern Warfare. He aims to become a computer expert, and work for a big computing firm.

Zoya Ball (Age 7)

Zoya Ball snagged the title of the youngest person to create a full-version mobile application video game. The app created in Bootstrap programming language helps children aged 12 to 16 understand complex mathematics. Studying at Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School, in West Philadelphia, she picked up the tricks at Harambee’s 48-week after-school program offered by STEMnasium Learning Academy.

Marko Casalan (Age 8)

A boy from Macedonia, Marko Casalan is the youngest Microsoft-certified computer programmer. Raised by parents who run a private school specializing in computer studies, Marko was able to read and write at the age of two. An administrator with Microsoft at the age of six, he aims to be a computer scientist and develop a new operational system.

Pranav Kalyan (Age 9)

Introduced to the world of computers at the age of two, Pranav Kalyan is the youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist. Capable of solving complex problems in integral and differential calculus, he began writing small software programs when he was six years old. A fourth grader at Willow Elementary School in Agoura Hills, California, he passed the MCTS test in ASP.NET Framework 3.5 in January 2013.

Lim Ding Wen (Age 9)

The person behind the Doodle Kids app, Lim Ding Wen became the youngest iPhone developer at age 9. Hailing from Singapore, he can develop programs in Java, JavaScript, Action Script, and Objective-C. He rewrote the Doodle Kids for the iPhone and then Android platforms. Right now he is working on an iPad arcade game, Invader War 2.

Mahmoud Wael (Age 14)

At 14 years of age, Mahmoud Wael is qualified to teach C++ in master’s courses. He learned to read, write, and speak English in just three months. Born in Cairo, Egypt, Wael possesses an IQ of 155, and is a Cisco Certified Networking Professional and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert. He dreams to win a Nobel Prize.

We wish them all the best!

Should I Go Back to College or Take an Online Course?

Monday, 30 November, 2015

should i go back to college....

Going back to college after staring a career might be overwhelming for some, while to others it provides a second chance to pursue their dream career. It might arise from a need for career advancement or just a desire to learn. A lot of adults are returning to universities or opting for online courses. Over the years, adults returning back to colleges have increased. Some opt for a part-time online program while others go back to regular colleges.

Before enrolling in a degree program, you need to consider the following options:

 Reason you want to pursue it

 Energy and commitment required finishing it

 Learning mode: Regular or part-time

 Number of years required

 Source of funding a degree

Thanks to the changing times, going back to college has become much easier. As a professional, going back to college means learning a new skill along a pre-defined set of responsibilities, that is, family, parents, spouse etc. Nowadays, colleges offer weekend classes and flexible class times. A college prospectus provides a full view of the various options available. Before going back to college, ask yourself: Would a college degree enhance my job prospects? Can I afford it? How much time will it take?

When you go back to college after pursuing a career, you take with you experiences and skills that you developed on the job. You can always share your thoughts and experiences with the students. A lot of universities consider work experience an important requirement for a degree course.

If the degree you want to pursue is not available at a nearby college and you don’t want to travel, you can opt for an online course. Similarly for people who want to earn money while pursuing a degree, going back to a regular college is not an option. A growing number of employers also provide tuition reimbursement options. A number of colleges offer online training programs. Also termed as “distance education”, in an online course students can learn a skill without physically visiting a college. Online courses offer a customized timetable, video tutorials, weekly assignments, and online study resources.

If human interaction is what you crave and want to experience a student life, join a college. However, if you cannot afford a pay cut, and do not wish to compromise your family time, you can always opt for online courses. Whatever your choice, make sure to pick up the right course and the right degree and go build yourself an excellent and a rewarding career!