Semi-Structured Data and the Web – Day 3

Woah.

It always worries me a little when the greek symbols come out. So far, we’ve pretty much avoided them in the Semi-Structured Data and the Web course, so to see them today, whilst not really unexpected, did make my heart sink a little. Continue reading “Semi-Structured Data and the Web – Day 3”

Semi-Structured Data and the Web – Day 2

So, after little snow towards the end of the week, it pelted down on Sunday night, leaving the pavements and roads like an ice rink at 6am – I only narrowly avoided sliding down the hill to the tram stop on my backside. It’s at times like this I’m very glad of my thermos mug of tea!

Scheduling around last week’s coursework didn’t go perfectly – we ended up working til late on the Sunday night to finish off the last bits. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to meet up with my groupmate last week as it was quite late in the day before we actually sorted out the group assignments. It would have been handy to meet up and get a plan of attack together for the week’s coursework, and we were – perhaps – a little uncoordinated. That said, we just about made it, and everything got in on time. 08:55, for a 9am deadline kind of on-time, that is. Continue reading “Semi-Structured Data and the Web – Day 2”

Semi-Structured Data and the Web – Day 1

I was greeted by a blanket of picture-postcard pristine white snow when I stepped outside this morning. No footprints, no slush, not another person in sight… fantastic. That’s what you get for being up and out at ten to six in the morning though.

It’s the first day of Semi-Structured Data and the Web, (effectively) my first MSc module. Having learnt from my last experience, I emailed the course directors a couple of months ago with their list of recommended pre-requisite knowledge and my description of my experiences in those areas, asking for advice as to whether I was suitable for the course, and what additional preparation I could take.

As much as I’d like to make a self-deprecating quip here, I have to say that one of the two lecturers for the course responded inside of an hour, with a pretty comprehensive point-by-point rundown of my questions, recommending areas of study to concentrate on. Top marks, and I’ve had chance to learn enough to know what the words mean, at least. Continue reading “Semi-Structured Data and the Web – Day 1”

Logic for Dummies – Part 1

It seems like one of the things I really have to get my head round if I want to understand some of the principles of computer science is logic. Now, I figured that would be easy. I mean, I can remember truth tables for AND, OR, NOT, NOR, NAND, etc. from school, so how hard can it be?

Yup, how hard can it be – the classic sign of someone who doesn’t know enough about the problem to know that they don’t know enough about the problem. Continue reading “Logic for Dummies – Part 1”

Google Docs – Oh, So Close…

So I thought I’d try Google Docs. Sounds pretty promising – a way to store your documents ‘in the cloud’, so you can get to them from anywhere, edit them using online tools, share them with others and bolt a bit of code onto OpenOffice so you can upload and download documents just like they’re on your local filesystem. Continue reading “Google Docs – Oh, So Close…”

Give Me Just A Little More Time…

Time is short at the moment. I’m working through the maths I need to start my first MSc module on 12th November and I’m already suffering from a chronic lack of time, although that’s largely because I’m working like crazy to wrap up as much stuff as I can before the course actually starts. Continue reading “Give Me Just A Little More Time…”

Freshers Week at 30

It was strange being back in a lecture theatre.

But that is where I found myself a week ago last Thursday, to take in some presentations about module choices for my MSc. The trip from Sheffield over to Manchester is a pleasant train ride through beautiful Peak District scenery for about an hour and a half, plenty of time to catch up with reading, listen to my podcasts and maybe just kick back a little and relax. I’ve not had any delays or problems on the trips I’ve made so far, but there’s plenty of time for that to change! Continue reading “Freshers Week at 30”

Starting off my MSc Blog

I think I was probably drunk.

I don’t remember too clearly – it was definitely New Year 2008, and somehow I decided it was time I did something about my CV – it hasn’t really got any formal qualifications in IT on it. After all, I have been working professionally in IT since 2001 – it can’t be that hard, can it? Continue reading “Starting off my MSc Blog”