Mar 29, 2008

Lines Written in Early Spring

I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.

The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:--
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature’s holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?

William Wordsworth

Mar 28, 2008

SCJP : sun certified java programmer

who can be more reliable to give Java certification than Sun itself ! To become an SCJP : Sun Certified Java Programmer one need to appear on an exam and get at least 59% to pass it. The current exam format contains 72 questions, so at least 43 of them have to be answered correctly.
The exam code for Sun Certified Programmer for the Java Platform, Standard Edition 5.0 is 310-055.

This certification program tests the basic skill and concept of a Java programmer with tricky questions ! Maximum questions have multiple choice answers , 20-25% of are drag-n-drop format, that means one has to drag the options to the correct place.
To prepare for the exam , first we have to make up our mind ! Yes, if you are determined, half the work is done.
And for registration, have to purchase the exam voucher( price varies from 200 to 300 $) that contains a unique id for each examinee. This voucher expires within one year, so once you have bought the voucher, you should sit for the exam within this period unless you don't want to waste your money.
For preparation, the best reference book will be
SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 5 Study Guide (Exam 310-055) by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates.

There are loads of other helpful materials in the web and many forums who discuss about SCJP.
The certification tests on some special criteria, these are listed as the exam objectives. They are as follows:

  • Collections / Generics
  • Fundamentals
  • Declarations, Initialization and Scoping
  • Flow Control
  • API Contents
  • Concurrency: thread
  • OO Concepts
Question come from each of these objectives. I think if
someone is in short
of time preparing, he can have perfect
conception about at least 5 of the topics and seem through the others.
Total time of the exam is 3 and half an hour, so time is not a problem at all. But it won't be intelligent to make any rush. Take your time and prepare in relax mood :) This is the way I've done it. First I thought it would be very difficult because I was extremely busy with other stuff and had no time to practice !

You can go back and forth while answering, can also change the answer of any previously answered question. So this is quite flexible in comparison with other computer aided test.
After becoming a sun certified java programmer, anyone can use the certification
logo on his/her website or blog with the permission of Sun. Isn't it nice?
As this is an international certification and given none other than Sun itself, one can easily realize that it can be a boost into one's carrier and a nice thing to add on the CV.

Mar 23, 2008

Arthur C Clarke: science fiction turns to fact

Raymond Whitaker writes in THE INDEPENDENT on 23 March 2008 about visionary sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke, "The futurologist, engineer and writer, who died last week aged 91, showed an uncanny ability to predict technological advances."

Five he got right:

1. Clarke was the first to suggest that satellites which remain at a fixed point relative to Earth could be used for worldwide communications. The geostationary orbit is now known as the "Clarke orbit".

2. The father of the internet, Sir Tim Berners-Lee credits Clarke's short story, Dial F for Frankenstein, as an inspiration.

3. In his novel Rendezvous With Rama, Clarke created "Project Spaceguard", a system to track asteroids that might collide with Earth. When such a system was set up in 1996, it was called "Spaceguard", in homage.

4. The space station, now under construction, was put on screen in 1968 by Clarke and Stanley Kubrick in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

5. In 1951 Clarke envisaged nuclear-powered spacecraft, a prediction that came true with several satellites, launched by the Soviet Union, which had small reactors on board.

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Bird Flu in Bangladesh

The avian influenza is generally known as bird flu and now this is a very familiar term in Bangladesh.Bangladesh has about 220 million chickens and 37 million ducks. Five million people are directly employed by the poultry industry, millions of households rely on poultry production for income generation and nutrition.After bird flu broke out in several farms in Bangladesh thousands of birds were culled and army troops called out to assist police in carrying out an “intensive” monitoring . But the confusion about the prevention still remains. Should we or should we not eat bird flesh now ? And also about eating eggs.
Most often, signs and symptoms of bird flu resemble those of conventional influenza, including:
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
Three or four times every century, a flu pandemic sweeps the globe, claiming millions of lives. That the flu can cause so much misery is a result of its ability to change quickly and unexpectedly, to outwit "best guess" vaccines, and to take the immune system by storm.Young children seem especially vulnerable to the virus, although some experts note that children are more likely to have contact with sick birds or to play on ground contaminated with droppings.

Some suggestion from experts about preventing bird flu:
  • Steer clear of raw eggs. Because eggshells are often contaminated with bird droppings, avoid mayonnaise, hollandaise sauce, ice cream, and any other foods containing raw or undercooked eggs.
  • Wash well. While preparing poultry for cooking, carefully wash cutting boards and all surfaces that have come into contact with raw poultry in hot, soapy water. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling poultry and dry them with a disposable towel.
  • Cook thoroughly. Cook chicken until the juices run clear, and it reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 F (74 C).
As our meals depend a great deal on poultry and the government just can't abandone the poultry industry of Bangladesh to stop spreading bird flu, we all have to be careful to prevent it from attacking our near and dear ones.

Writer Arthur C Clarke dies at 90

Legendary British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90.'British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in his adopted home of Sri Lanka at the age of 90.The Somerset-born author achieved his greatest fame in 1968 when his short story The Sentinel was turned into the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.His visions of space travel and computing sparked the imagination of readers and scientists alike. Sir Arthur's detailed descriptions of space shuttles, super-computers and rapid communications systems inspired millions of readers.When asked why he never patented his idea for communication satellites, he said: "I did not get a patent because I never thought it will happen in my lifetime."

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Diseases spreading on season change

It's glorious spring, but it's also a transition of climate. Winter is passing by and summer is creeping in. This time of year is more vulnerable to diseases like jaundice and chicken pox. And students who are preparing for their SSC examination should be vary careful in this time.

Mar 13, 2008

My first Jamdani Sharee !!

This Friday I went to a river cruise on Sheetalakhya river with my colleagues to celebrate the successful completion of project "Template-kit" and "Simple publishing". We started from Demra ghat and after one hour we landed at Murapara where we got to visit a jamidar bari which is now converted to a college. It was the "palace" of jamidar ( lord ) Jogodish Banarjee and now called Rupgonj college. We also visited the nearby nursery and took a lot of pictures.
Then returned to the boat and headed towards the Jamdani Village. Many weaver-family live in this village and their family business is to make jamdani shari.

The Mughal emperors were patrons for jamdani industry . The earliest mention of jamdani and its development as an industry is found in Kautikaya (about 3rd century BC), where it is stated that this fine cloth was used in Bangla and Pundra. Dhaka, Sonargaon, Dhamrai, Titabari, Jangalbari and Bajitpur were famous for making superior quality jamdani and muslin at that time. Traders from Europe, Iran, Armenia, as well as Mughal-Pathan traders used to deal in these fabrics (source:banglapedia) . These villages are the ruins of that time bearing the heritage of that era. As we proceeded farther we could hear the sound of shuttle of jamdani making machine right from the time we stepped there.
After a while we visited one of such jamdani mill. I got to see the jamdani making process and one of the weavers told me that it takes several weeks to make one jamdani shari and no two sharis are of the same pattern.Each and every piece of shari is different from each other. Actually there are similarities , but I noticed that there is a subtle difference in the geometric pattern( Jamdani saris mainly contains floral or geometric motifs , the expert weavers work from memory, they do not draw the design on paper). Jamdani is the most expensive product of Dhaka looms since it requires the most lengthy and dedicated work. When I wanted to buy one, they asked for a very high price, more than twice the actual price . After a few minutes of bargaining I bought two sharis from there for half the price they asked and it was the first time I bought any sari myself . Actually it was the first time I bought any clothing material myself. Generally my mom buys these stuffs. I just make my choices and then the rest of the job is upon her. So I felt a bit " grown up " at that moment.