I am not an IT graduate but when I was a freshman in college, I really wanted to take up Computer Science back in 1998. IT was nowhere heard of during that time. So after all these years, learning about those things especially in programming that makes computers, the internet and each of those applications run is a mystery to me and I thought I am just not meant to be a Computer Scientist, that’s why. Today, for the very first time, I’ve heard about Visual Basic and Visual Studio. It took me a few reading minutes to understand the difference, but as someone who graduated from high school with much interest on computers and programming (we were taught a little of Turbo Basic and Turbo Pascal back in high school from 94-98 in Iloilo City, Philippines and was awed much at the wonder of Windows ’95 then), I thought this one is really big. It’s not about Microsoft, not even Microsoft Press nor the authors of all these free eBooks about Visual Studio and Visual Basic–it’s about GOD! God loves me so much that he knows I’d be very happy reading about programming books, because programming is like my stunted passion for a college degree which didn’t pursue because of course I was, and still am poor. I don’t really mean anything, but I believe Microsoft is doing a good job. I’m a bit bitter to say they are already spoon feeding the world with these programming information just so generations younger than I am would probably get interested in programming and somehow contribute to the still sluggish economy of the world. I know this surprises you that I’m writing this but I think, again, these are all the results of God’s desire for mankind not to slumber in total ignorance of what could still liberate our global situation from this pressing apathy towards economic revival. Don’t mistake me for someone or anything. I am only another Filipino who is, just like most Filipinos, financially challenged and of course have been suffering from so much economic stagnancy especially because I am not a graduate of a Mathematics course nor a Science course in college. And so I am not very much hopeful towards anything within the next few months about this eBook that I’ve just started reading a few minutes or an hour or so ago but I think that this (Start Here! Learn Microsoft Visual Basic 2012), and of course the referenced Start Here! Fundamentals of Microsoft.NET Programming are very indispensable content which now has ignited my unachieved “passion” towards computers and computer programming in high school: a totally wonderful experience for me today.
A feedback I wrote today on the feedback/survey page of Microsoft Press. For info on how to download Start Here! Learn Microsoft Visual Basic 2012 and Start Here! Fundamentals of Microsoft.NET Programming, kindly send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
English has never been in-demand until recently when times have started requiring employees to “work in English.” What does this mean? Simply, English has become such a powerful necessity in workplaces around the world that it has become difficult otherwise to dismiss its importance.
The world must have already been “globalized.” In our country, many people would seem to be already adept to speaking in English when you visit places like malls, hotels and tourist spots. Even in ordinary public transport systems, people already normally use English fillers in conversation. Also, many countries have started having multinational investments into other countries requiring them to be knowledgeable of the global language. Many of these companies come from countries where English is the primary language. From America alone comes tons of companies outsourcing in Asia. If you are an employee working in one of these American companies, it would be very difficult for you to simply go by your day-to-day workplace activities with insufficient aptitude in English.
It is also not odd that some countries in Asia like Japan and Korea have companies favoring employees who have better English skills than others. Some companies in these two countries even give promotion to their employees on the merits of English communication skills. At the same time, they only send employees to their offices abroad if they manifest very good skills in English. Thus, many Japanese and Koreans now continually study English in their private time.
Another thing about the importance of English in the workplace is attributable to the dominance of internet use. Most companies rely on the internet for business processes like communication, marketing, sales, production and even recruitment. If these companies do not have enough labor talents with reliable English skills, these crucial processes would definitely pose a challenge to their business.
With most of today’s concerns on the environment, global warming, natural disasters, unpredictable weather disturbances, pollution, garbage disposal, fuel efficiency and source, and many others keeping plague on the world over as a result of our lack of “environmental responsibility” in the past, topics on “going green” has been dramatically moving companies, people, organizations and other entities in many countries now to uphold this newfound sympathy towards nature and drive in improving our planet’s situation. Going green generally means trying to do our daily activities such that they limit and will eventually not produce hazards to the environment and nature to create a better natural global environment and at the same time sustain the already existent global economies and even provide improvement to the current technologies in terms of cost-efficiency and responsible productivity.
Concepts such as sustainable development, renewable or natural energy, environmental protection, waste management and recycling, health and sanitation among many others all follow suit after the concept of going green is put into the top of the priorities which need to be addressed to improve those very situations which threaten our healthy existence and our planet’s equilibrium. So apparently, it is out of the question that we are not affected by this very calling from Mother Nature and the increasing efforts not just of environmentalists but even of a growing number of public and private institutions and businesses around the world who have started to get concerned.
We can start from our very homes and work places. First, we can contribute by being aware of the many ways to save on electricity by turning off lights, appliances and cars whenever they are not in use which not only save on electricity but also minimize chemical emissions for example from CFC refrigerators and air-conditioning; this also applies to the another important resource – the running water. We can start saving on paper as well and thereby avoid too much waste and clutter in the office or at home by being “paperless”, which means using computer applications or chalk and blackboard to store information which we used to jot down on paper before. Another “paperless” tip would be to use soap and water in the toilet if possible – something not clearly westernized but may just provide savings on tissues. When it comes to our health, we can start consuming natural fresh produce instead of fast-foods which not only improve our health but cuts out our budget as well… and the list may keep on and on if all of us will just give a little more of environment-friendly thoughts to help every environment issue there is to battle.