Team SARA wins Imagine Cup Sri Lanka 2007. Off to Korea!

June 18, 2007

Another gala Sri Lankan Imagine Cup Finals just ended a while ago at the Galadari Hotel where the University of Moratuwa proudly celebrated the victory of one of their teams the Software design category and will now start to prepare to make it to Seoul Korea to attend the World Finals of the Imagine Cup 2007 from August 5 ~ 11, while the team ‘TEAR’ (from the University of Colombo) won for in the short film category for their “little girl” movie.

The team ‘SARA’ (from the Faculty of Information Technology @ UoM) won for their application “ISECED” and this ultimately happened to be the team that I mentored. Well, I felt really good to see them win and I recalled those instances they had alarm bells ringing in their heads 🙂 Nevertheless they put up a great effort to achieve this success and I’m sure they’ll need to put in much more from now, along with quite some brushing up of their presentation if they are to make a good mark in Korea.

So the great challenge has just begun for this team and *wink* I have already requested them to take a nice break and then meet up to get ready to face the next level.

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Congratulations Team Sara!


Winds of Change: Time for some Sharepoint!

June 15, 2007

So it seems like some winds are coming in from a different direction towards me and I will gradually have to change the sails accordingly to keep up with it. Anyway this entry comes after quite some time away from the blog-o-sphere.

Lots of interesting stuff taking place at the meantime, like Sri Lanka losing to the Aussies in the World Cup. But the most interesting one, is that I just got through 70-630 : Configuring MOSS 2007 (with every little effort) after a 5 day bootcamp covering WSS 3.0 and MOSS2007 (**wink** some of the terms, even my wife will have to put up from now on….) and I guess I will be a MCTS on MOSS2007 configuration. Next Target: MOSS2007 Application Development (70-542)

Well, one thing I like in Sharepoint is that it supports some of the very things we try to implement in practical life to work with corporate information, just out of the box, in a very straight-forward way and with very little sweat. Mind you, the demand is very high cos the future of this empire of information collaboration looks very promising.

I know what you’re thinking…. No way… ASP.NET is and will always be the back-bone of Sharepoint Development. So I’m yet not ready to give up on it. And this is definitely not the right time to do that with some of the cool stuff like WPF, Silverlight, ASP.NET AJAX, Orcas & the Expression Suite taking its VIP seats in the arena. Then what about WCF and WF? … Well ….. I’m just another happy UI Guy!

Pro C# 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform

June 14, 2007

One of the most comprehensive books on .NET (in C# of course) that I’ve read in the recent past is “Pro C# 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform” the 3rd Edition from APRESS. Theres no doubt that it is equally a great tool to both the toddler taking the 1st .NET steps and also the season .NET developer.

Even though the book was quite heavy (with over 1000 pages, LOL!) , I bet it was more incentive than attending a .NET class paying a lot more.

Well I cant wait to check out Andrew’s follow up of this book, the 4th Edition, “Pro C# 2008 and the .NET 3.5 Platform”, which is sure to catch a lot more of the excitement .NET3.5 has to offer.