Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A Fortnight in Cebu

Blog-absent the past few days as I'm in Cebu and adjusting to a new albeit temporary schedule. I'm here for two weeks, attending a Java programming class of the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS) of Japan.

No, I'm not the instructor, thank goodness. I'm attending as a good ol'-fashioned student, and in the process giving the instructors a lot of headaches. Well, no, not really. I'm a good boy.

The program is called Java Application Development Oriented to Japanese Enterprise. It's organized by the Philippine National IT Standards Foundation (PhilNITS). I'll be posting a longer review pretty soon, but suffice to say, it's very good and I'm very happy with it. It's geared primarily towards experienced programmers new to Java, so it assumes knowledge of basic programming concepts. However, the organization and the explanations are very well done. It uses Eclipse as the working IDE in all of the examples, another bonus.

The class is being held in the DTI office in downtown Cebu. We're actually in the historic part of the city, flanked by the Cathedral Church and the Sto. Nino Basilica. Very nice.

Class starting. More later.