Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Intro, or What Are You Doing Here?

Recently, after << mumble >> years in the workforce, I've found that getting work has been a bit slower than usual, I've been told I'm "over-qualified," "not in touch with new computer trends," "we are concerned that if you take the position at the salary we offer  you'll leave when the economy picks up," yada, yada, yada.

So I'm back in school again.

Some  things stay the same: study groups; the vending machines are overpriced and steal your money; between 30% and 60% students desperately try to cram a full semester's worth of studying into the 2 days before the finals; and students are still taking courses that they are woefully unprepared for.

Other things change: the use of online resources; the requirement for every student to be at least minimally computer literate (we have a course for that); courses that are taken  online only; use of computer spreadsheets, presentations, etc as part of your required coursework (we have a course for learning  that); etc, etc.

But, O. M. G., they all look so young now. I don't remember them looking so young before....

But that's not the purpose for this post (or this site).

Which is that, along with pursing a Shiny! New! Associates! Degree!  (in CIS/Database) I'm getting to play with newer technologies that don't live only in the mainframe world, newer computer languages, newer software concepts, and database technologies I never played with before.

One of these is Oracle, you know the company that tries to install the Ask toolbar every time you get a Java Update.

Yes, that Oracle.  As part of actually trying to impart skills that people might be able to use for, you know, a job, the college is teaching things like database concepts, and using databases, one one of those is Oracle. 

Aside from random rants on odd subjects, I'll be putting in some "gotcha's" that I run into in my class, as well as routine progress from the  courses.

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