One of the modules I have opted to take this year at uni is Web Services. Having had a hand in updating websites and creating a few, I figured this would be a good opportunity for me to look at ways I can learn more about one of the main voluntary work tasks that I “fell” into a few years back. There are the usual requirements to do coursework, classwork, study for an exam etc etc. As I have discovered the bulk of webservices all seem to centre around XML and applications. Having done some digging around on YouTube I came across these videos from Adam Khoury. If you get a chance they are well worth checking out.
I also did a bit of checking up on free xml editor programs and decided to go for CAM Editor, which I then downloaded to my computer so I can get on with the business of setting up XML files and validation files. Hopefully I’ll even be able to write WSDL files which will work in the coursework that I am doing with a fellow student. One thing is certain, I never dreamed I would end up doing any of this kind of stuff. It never ceases to amaze me what God will do with our potential if we will overcome our fear and let Him.
There are many perks to being a student including student discounts, access to expensive equipment for studying purposes, long holidays and more. Possibly one of the best things is the cut price and even free software available from vendors such as Microsoft who like students to get to know their products. One such website which offers free Microsoft Software is Dreamspark.com. All you need to do is create an account, verify you are a student and then download the products.
So, if you are studying full time or part time, don’t miss out on free software – it’s a unique opportunity to find out what products suit you best.
If you are an IT Technician wanting to update your knowledge but can’t afford full price training – Wowcher are doing a great offer on an IT Technician Training Course covering Cisco, Microsoft, CompTIA and more for the fantastic price of £89 instead of £699. This deal is only available for the next 24 hours and you need to sign up to receive Wowcher emails.
Having done Cisco and Microsoft stuff as part of my university degree, and if I wasn’t in my final year I would seriously consider this offer. We all know how fast our training goes out of date so even if you just need a refresher course get it now while you can. In the meantime I have to go meet someone for coffee.
Around eleven years ago I thought my life had as good as ended. My Doctor had finally informed me that my back condition was not about to improve, in fact if anything it would deteriorate. I was to prepare myself for a life of pain, medication and disability. Shuffling around with the aid of two sticks I had to admit that the possibility of me being able to return to any job full time was totally unrealistic, but I didn’t really want to face the alternative – a lifetime on benefits. Little did I know then that computers would open up possibilities to me that I couldn’t even think of. I knew about Microsoft products and had used Microsoft Office to great effect for a few years, I also understood the basics of computer maintenance and could set up a computer system if I needed to. However, I was not comfortable with much other than emails and doing web searches on the internet.
Voluntary work at the church I attended provided me with opportunities to update the website and learn web design “on the job”. My Pastor – David Simpson – encouraged me to go to a night class on Web Development at Bell College in Hamilton to help me with my new role. Once I had successfully completed the night class, I went on to study and succeed in gaining an HNC in Computing on a part time basis from Bell College. Changes took place during my HNC years and Bell College merged with Paisley University to become the Hamilton Campus of University of the West of Scotland. My original plan to continue studying an HND in Computing, also part time, changed to me studying a degree in Computer Networking on a part time basis. I am currently at the beginning of my final year of part time study for the degree and must admit that I never thought I would ever have the confidence to research and set up all that I have done in these past few years.
To let you understand, many people have prayed and continue to pray for my healing, though I continue to suffer constantly with medication helping me to remain somewhat mobile. However, the ironic thing is that even through my disability I find a whole new world has opened up before me through computing. My life didn’t end when I thought it had all those years ago, in fact if anything it began!!!