Rumors are flying round the School of Computing that Matt is in fact Scott Ambler, the UML guru. The reason is his recent SE20 UML coursework grade of 96%. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a high grade in a summative piece of coursework before, and seeing as the specification said Scott Ambler standards would achieve the highest marks I’ll leave you to draw to your own conclusions ;)

CompSoc can indeed organise a piss up in a brewery with Wednesday seeing a small number of determined school of computing students and staff heading off for a tour followed by copious quantities of ale. Sadly I was unable to attend but Tony said it was great, as he is the member of staff I would label as being most into real ale I think thats a very good sign.

Hopefully next time such an event is organised more of us can go along :)

A while back I created a School of Computing group on facebook. If you read this blog but haven’t yet joined the facebook group then please do, it would be great to get more School of Computing students together! Any contributors to this blog who want officership of the facebook group are welcome to ask for it :)

Speaking of contributors to this blog, we want a few more. Ideally we’d like a post per day on average to SoC Gossip and with current work levels thats not always possible for our current contributors. If you play an active roll in the school of computing and would like to be an content author here then please get in contact with me - click my name in the authors box.

Keen eyes will notice a large number of the folks on here are back helping out in labs this week. You are encouraged to ask any first year java related questions of us but don’t forget we’re a dab hand at lending a hand with any other programming related questions too, so coursework related questions for other programming modules are also welcome ;) Be sure to prevent us getting bored by popping in to DEC-10 and taking advantage of this opportunity!

Users of AVG free for windows may have recently been confronted with a dialogue saying that their anti virus support would cease in January 2007. This is in fact not true and is just an adertising gimmik to try and make you buy one of grisoft’s paid for products. Do not hand over your credit card details!

While it is true that AVG free version 7.1 will cease to work in January 2007 you can download AVG free version 7.5 that will continue to work after that date and long into the future without paying a penny. When you see the dialogue pop up, click the tiny link on the bottom left, then on the web page that comes up you will see a load of products. On the bottom of that page click to download AVG free 7.5, again the link text is small. Installing this file and restarting your machine will leave you protected (as long as you download regular updates as normal) for a long time after January 2007).

Just thought I would warn everyone who might otherwise end up feeling they have to pay to get continued protection - you don’t - AVG free is still going to be just that, free.

It really has been hectic these last few days, with my only real break being seeing John Mayall & The Blues Breakers live in Manchester on Wednesday night. Today though the end is finally here, at least for a few days. This morning I handed in my SE20 coursework, all 15 or so diagrams along with over 1000 words of explanatory text, not to mention various use case description sheets along the way.

While I got down to the research fairly quickly and did the desk work etc. shortly afterwards I stalled somewhat on the actual report and diagrams because I preferred to tinker with other courseworks and various bits of code lying about. It turns out that I had to put in quite a concerted effort towards the end before the dealine to make sure I got all the required pieces of work completed according to the coursework specification, but this I seem to have managed fairly well although I guess you never know until you get the marks back.

This UML lark is the only bit of computing so far that has actually made me nervous. I can safely say that all other work to date I have felt confident about knowing that if I read around the module and attend lectures the courseworks will be straight foreward to do if not an occasional enjoyable challenge. I say nervous because my mind doesn’t seem to work in the way that UML is designed; I start thinking about tables in the database before I have thought about how the manager likes his reports, and I tend to think of things in a much more linear fashion contruary to popular belief that the average person considers things in an object orientated way.

I can see this is something I am going to have to get used to and practice what with the skills being required in both the January exams and SE24 next semester, but still, its not the most enjoyable aspect of computing I’ve laid my hands on thats for sure.

The only consolation in all of this seems to be that I’m not the only bewildered one and so at least I’ll be amongst friends who can discuss and iron out issues not to mention of course cause the mark boundaries to reflect the overall atainment of the yeargroup, which should mean none of us are hard done by.