Clarity on the Portfolio II Project, and updates! (Sprint 4) – JIRA & Slack

Hello everyone, This is an update and clarification post on the scope and general project, and we’ve got really really exciting news to share. To start things off, we’ve moved managing the project from Trello and over to JIRA, a software development tool for professional teams to manage their projects. It’s really great, we get to track our issues and tasks, along with visually assigning who’s doing what. There’s a huge agile board for us to look at and keep on track. Here’s a peek!

As you can see, it’s simply a way to visualize our workflow on sprints, and more. It’s really awesome, also since I spent some time to install JIRA myself.. I picked up how to configure JIRA and Tomcat! We’ll also be presenting at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Open House! Let’s do some clarification & explaination on our project!

Project Fosterships is a event-based interation game. We’re hoping to bring about social interation with an innovative way. We have a game that will be developed on Android Studio, but simply set up from a website, but let me make it clear. The website acts as a Mobile Backend, so as to create objects to be stored and created and would then be easily accessed from the mobile device. This was mainly due to the issue we had when looking for a proper way to create or manage the events, we just could not write any server side code on Firebase, nor on Android Studio.

Furthermore, we’ve grown a lot as a team as we had two new members added into the team. Bob (Cheng Hien) and Joseph! They’re both assisting with the different parts of the project and so far have been doing really well. Joseph will be helping out with the mobile development, and Bob (Cheng Hien) will be helping me out on the Ruby on Rails backend. To make things more accommodating as a group, I’ve asked the team to set up and download slack so that it is easier for us to communicate on many fronts. I’ve realised that Communication is usually important as messages can get distorted very easily. Let’s take a look at our slack channels! PS: We even have a JIRA channel and bot that updates us on any changes on the sprint board.

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So..  that’s it. We’re lacking behind a little in Sprint 4, but we hope to catch up real soon. Wish us luck and come patronize us at the Open House!

Beware, Icloud users!

Hello everyone!

I’ve been doing superbly great recently, and I got a new macbook to spice my life up. With the new 2018 macbook pro, my programming life has changed for the better. Things are simply awesome on the new unix-based OS. There’s just an upsetting part. I got the base-model. Which means i only have about 256GB Flash storage. This means i don’t have a lot of space! Which is exactly why i depend on ICloud.

ICloud is awesome, because it is so seamlessly based on nothing but apple products. It’s simply amazing and easy to access through the apple eco-system. You ought to know though, don’t ever enable photos in your System Preferences > ICloud well, that is unless you have about 1TB of space on your new macbook pro.

Make sure to check the ICloud Photos option off. The macbook does not explain it very well in the system preferences. By checking these options, you opt to sync that app with ICloud. (I only figured out after deleting my photos from the macbook pro)

UNCHECK YOUR PHOTOS! (the macbook pro force-downloads all your photos on icloud if you select this. – the optimized photos)

My very first industry visit!

The first few industry visits i had were to polinate, a startup workspace incubator from polytechnics and the worldskills event hosted at Suntec exhibition halls! Through these events, i got a glimpse into how the working life is like, and how the startup grind really is!

My first industry visit was a quick visit to Pollinate, an incubator that was a joint initiative by three polytechnics. It aims solely to help entrepreneurship efforts by the polytechnic students, along with alumni entrepreneurs. It was very amazing look at this creative space, where current and even past students from polytechnics were there, working and shaping their ideas into a better form. We also had a short talk from a co-founder of Kakku, which is a very smart way of advertisement, and they intent of disrupting the current advertisement business models.

I found that very inspiring as it was unlike anything I’d ever heard of before. You would make use of a local area network (LAN), to advertise. This was simply amazing, and this has motivated me to push on, and not look for the best idea out there, but simply refine and work with your passion.

As for my second industry visit, I was volunteering as a Workshop assistant at one of the workshops to introduce programming/technology to the secondary school students. Shockingly, many of them already knew what programming was, as they already have lessons in school which teach them simply about programming. Furthermore, some of the students in the workshop remind me of my younger self, when I would be very curious, play more, and finally understand how it would work. I could some of the students exhibit this playfulness, since they’re interested… they made use of the time to ask more questions and tried out different code combinations (since it was block programming). This was super inspiring to me as it reminded me of how technology would always move on and we would have to keep upgrading ourselves.

The above picture is me and a group of friends volunteering at worldskills & the below, is a picture of us at polinate!

My service learning experience

Pre-Visit

Recently I was able to be given the opportunity to visit St Hilda’s Community Services. There, i met and made many new friends! I was then assigned to an elderly to entertain her, know more about her and eventually i made a poster for her!

The beneficiary I was assigned to was Mrs Teo. She was very friendly to me and told me all kinds of interesting things about her time at the Foundational Day Care Link. For instance, she loves to watch her favorite Taiwan television show, and to play bingo! One of the activities we’ve played on our first trip there. We also learnt a lot about the elderlies there, we learnt what they’ve done in the past as their occupations, about the Japanese Sino-occupation, and so much more! We’ve also learnt about their lives, some of the amazing experiences they’ve had since they were young. The distinct difference between their generation, and our current generation.

On the contrary, after the first visit… I had gotten a very good impression of the elderlies there and couldn’t wait to embark on our activities the second visit there. I knew that the elderlies were going to have fun doing what we’d planned for them.

Post Visit

I felt amazing and happy to have been thanked by the elderly, for the three days of visit there, to learn more about them, entertain them and ultimately give back to them. On the last visit, we had prepared several games to play, first we made use of calligraphy we’d learnt in the OIP (Overseas Immersion Programme). We gave them several simple words to write, and some of them were amazing!

I learnt that our generation is very fortunate to have been able to be born without any worries, not during war, or in poverty. For them, it was very much different… some of the elderlies there came migrated from China, hoping to lead a better life here in Singapore. Some of them even lived throughout the Japanese occupation, where it was a very bitter and cruel period of Singapore’s history. I am however grateful to them, as these are the very same people who have shaped how our country is like today, in terms of culture, religion, and our government.

I was very grateful for being granted this opportunity to give back to the elderly, whilst making use of my skills I’ve learnt in school (mainly Photoshop & operating system fundamentals)

How??

I mainly did some photoshop on one of the pictures ensuring that they had proper contours on the subject, and to ensure that they had proper lighting and background blur. i learnt photoshop through my lessons in one of the diploma plus lessons! (Diploma +in Web Design & Development)

Next, through my experience in playing with Windows 10 & the module i took in year 1 (Operating Systems Fundamentals), I was able to figure out where the print options were, and how to access the proper ones together with configurating the printer-drivers  to be able to print out nice pictures to be pieced together on the poster.

 

The United States of America!

One of my life goals was to visit the United States of America! It’s been far too long since I’ve actually went somewhere really far! (The last time was probably when I was a kid!) I’ve been really blessed with the opportunity to compete in the MOS World Championships (Microsoft Office Specialist).

I finally went there! This is really all thanks to my school, Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Providing me with a great opportunity to compete there. There, i met many people from other countries. Some of the same region (South east Asia) and others from different parts of Europe.s

The culture there was simply astonishing. Having grown up with a western mindset and having many online-friends from the US, I couldn’t wait to go there! There, we were given a talk from a NASA Astronaut, and some important people from Microsoft. I learnt that life is an adventure, and you should never go on with life if you don’t enjoy it.

Here are some of the highlights of the trip in pictures!

The visit to adobe SF!

The legendary golden gate bridge!

A group picture with team singapore & NASA Astronaut Mr Space Musgrave!

Finally the orlando sunset-sky, blocked by a number of trees

Huge thanks to my teacher, mentor and coach, Mr Fulu (Ngee Ann Polytechnic) along with Chris & Randy from Certiport Singapore, for making the trip such an enjoyable and unforgettable one!

It’s been a while all!

Hello everyone! It’s been about a month or two since I’ve last posted. I thought I would start to give a post to talk about the interesting things that has happened the past few weeks!

I’ve recently chosen my elective modules, and I am so very excited to begin learning the coming semester! I’ve selected the Developing Cloud Applications & Designing and Managing Cloud Databases Modules.

I am expecting both the modules to be full of information that will enrich my future, equipping me with the proper knowledge to start hopefully developing a cloud application. Recently, my interest in C# has given me a motivation to work on a small but interesting web application.

My development starts with disrupting the huge cloud computing companies today, where by it is fairly hard to determine what sort of disruptions/downtime you may expect on your own infrastructure/platform/software. This web application of mine will attempt to make use of Artificial Intelligence (hopefully) to compute and see which cloud computing services may best suit you, although right now… I am only working on a simple availability calculator with multiple factors put into consideration.

I am aware of artificial intelligence and amazing results it is able to produce after training. Though some people may support me with a similar opinion, others may feel that it is utterly scary to put complex calculations/important decisions to be made by these machines. The cost of making an wrong decision may be far too much. The debate about using AI in the near future is one I will be keeping close to my watch list.

My experience of China

China was a massive eye-opener for me. It has taught me not to take for granted all the small little things here in Singapore. Things like being able to study in a polytechnic or even being able to go to school in the first place.

In China, there are many differences that you’re able to straight away notice. For example, the traffic there is very scary as people rarely stop at traffic lights unless it is riddled with traffic cameras. To make things even more horrifying, at pedestrian crossings, you need to be really wary of oncoming traffic. The Chinese people also have a really easy going lifestyle. They get by every day with ease, and as long as they have what they need… they’re content and happy.

All in All, China has also impressed me with it’s mobile payment methods. Companies like Tencent and Alibaba have really increased their presence in China alone. With mobile payment QR-Codes almost everywhere in China, you can tell that everything can be easily processed with through WeChat Pay or AliPay.

The idea of having a single application to do all sorts of browsing, payment and even entertainment is absolutely amazing. Being able to compile everything onto the cloud and being able to keep up with the westernized world is simply amazing. There is no place else in the world you can find such convenience.

Image taken at Wulong

Thank you China for the amazing and unforgettable experience.

Chongqing and Chengdu!

Hello everyone, I’m here in China with my classmates and some school mates for a Immersion Programme with my school. It is day nine now and I regret not writing this blog post earlier or even daily. I’ve taken an advice from my friends to start writing down my thoughts as It will be easier to look back at it for a reflection journal/memory.

Chengdu has been an awesome experience so far, The food here is indeed spicy and delicious. It lives up to it’s name as “mala huopuo” which is also known as hotpot in chinese. We’ve gone to different restaurants each time we’re having lunch/dinner for the past few days in Chengdu. Each and every restaurant has had an awesome dish and something that has always not failed to impress my classmates and I.

I’ve also interacted with some of the Chinese people and noticed that they were really interested to know more about our culture as well as share theirs. They live very simple lives and may not be as complicated as our lives in Singapore. I believe this is mainly due to the Chinese traditions passed down for generations.

Tomorrow, we’re visiting the Xinhu national wetland park and I can’t wait to visit there! 😀

Image taken at Chengdu

Two papers down!; Halfway there!

Hi all!

I’ve just completed my second paper, and I’m halfway there! Two papers are left!

1. Programming (The fun one!)
2. Networking Fundamentals (This is pretty fun too!)

I’ve always thought polytechnic or higher-education was all about practicals; preparing you for that dream job you’ve worked for. I was wrong! It’s a mix of both. Ever since my first actual “lesson” in a polytechnic, I have not since then been disappointed at any of the lessons or lectures taught by a teacher there. I’ve always looked forward to the next lesson, and have found holidays to be meaningless. At least in school, I was able to talk to people, learn more things about the IT industry, and many other things!

Until then, I’m ever-ready,hopeful and excited as ever for the two final papers!
Good luck to everyone 🙂