The pre-employment period... How boring...

It's only been two days passed but I already feel bored. My final pay is on-hold until next month and I don't really have anything to spend my time with but my books, laptop and PSP. But I don't want those right now.. I'm still stuck on dial-up, no movies that I can download.

I've been browsing through Jared Odulios blog and I saw one of his posts, and I couldn't help but laugh. It brought to me Melvin Dave's podcast here in devpinoy. I really like these java people's attitudes towards technology, economic situation and all.

I'll be starting on December 3 on my new job. Best of luck for me! I hate going through the whole pre-employment process like medical checkups, NBI clearance, etc. I really hate paper works!

I couldn't get started on any of my personal projects, I think I really lost the drive right now.  Two weeks to go and I need to find a new place to live in(apartment, anyone?). So many things in mind, I wish I saved enough for my vacation... 

I'm having a terrible headache right now... I guess I have to turn off my machine for now. Laterz...

Published 11-17-2007 4:44 AM by lamia
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Saturday, November 17, 2007 3:13 PM by cruizer

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finally!...good luck pre, hope to hear (read) of good news and stuff about your new employment soon

Saturday, November 17, 2007 5:54 PM by lamia

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Thanks dude! I signed a 1 year bond but I guess 1 year shouldn't be too much of a problem. There's a lot of stuff involved and I'm really hoping I could still blog about the work I do and that they won't make an issue out of it.

Any guys want to join me? They're still in need of COBOL and Java(with Struts experience and optionally EJB and Oracle) programmer.

Sunday, November 18, 2007 1:40 AM by Dwarvend

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ipahiram mo muna sakin psp mo kung hindi mo pa ginagamit hehehe... good luck pre...

Sunday, November 18, 2007 7:49 PM by romcab

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He he he...Hirap talagang magstart ulit bossing...About sa apartment kung sa makati area ka marami rito...

Sunday, November 18, 2007 9:01 PM by n.ocampo

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congrats bro.. and goodluck. what company ba yan?

Monday, November 19, 2007 12:09 AM by jop

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Congrats! This is what I do when join a new office and I don't have anything to do:

1. Find some. There's always a team mate or office mate that is running into some problem. You might be able to do some research for him or make some prototypes. You'll gain you some new friends and you might learn a thing or two in the process.

2. Observe. How is your new company different from the old one? How is it the same?

3. Learn a programing language - find the Programming language entry in wikipedia and pick one (or two). Smalltalk, Lisp, Haskell, Scala, Erlang. Every letter of the alphabet has a programming language named after it. There's even a language named Pepsi and Coke.

4. Learn a programming technique - test driven development, continuous integration, object-relational mapping. If you're new company is not using one of these, see how you can help.

5. Read the source of your favorite application or tool - Hibernate, Ant, etc. Improve your code writing skills by reading lots of good code.

6. Read philosophical books/articles - Mythical Man Month, Code Complete, Refactoring, GoF, Refactoring to patterns, Domain Driven Design, Agile Principles Patterns and Practices, Patterns of Enterprise Application architecture, Working Effectively with Legacy Code, xUnit Test Patterns.

7. Stick around on your manager's office. Have a chit-chat until he notices that you're not doing anything. Then he will give you some work just to get rid of you. :D

Monday, November 19, 2007 6:04 AM by lamia

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Thanks guys! Your comments and suggestions are much appreciated!

@Dwarvend - Si Modchip dala-dalawa PSP. Lolz!

@n.ocampo - cai-sta,

@romcab - Yeah, it sure is a pain in the ass! I just got an apartment(pretty small one, but cute) here in Proj. 6

@jop - I will sure try that! I'm really looking forward to getting along with some good guys and nice guys(and gals).

Monday, November 19, 2007 5:38 PM by n.ocampo

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welcome to CAI-STA... paghahanda kita ng red carpet.. :P

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 1:32 AM by lamia

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n.ocampo - Don't tell me you're????

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 11:34 AM by keithrull

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hahah, officemates pala kayo :P

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 6:13 AM by lamia

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@keith - Nde ko alam, lolz!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 5:24 PM by pikapika2501

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Buti ka pa nga preEmployment na eh. ako unEmployed. Studied java and still applying as a Junior Java Programmer. Haaay saan kaya makakahanap ng work. naUbos ko na yung jobstreet and jobsdb Junior Programmer trainee. Sa mga may heart d'yang tumulong please email me at just in case lang. Nyway, good luck sa'yo.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 10:42 PM by lamia

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How good are you with Java? Send your resume to and I'll try to refer you to my old company.

They will sure invite you for an exam and interview. Brush up on your problem solving skills(algorithms), your Java skills and communication skills(try to anticipate some questions).

Thursday, November 22, 2007 3:48 PM by pikapika2501

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send ko po resume ko sayo bossing.

Anyway, about java... All i can do is the algorithm practices where people are goood at like... sorting problem etc. use swings and vector object serialization I was able to create a phonebook that can save with a gui.

I do have a very good understanding of objects and how it can be applied, explained every sense of it... I want most of all my key objective is that it is my dream to be a java programmer.

Nga pala bossing. Hmm, I'm not sure if thats good enough for the company but if you can give me pointers, some walkthrough on how to be a goodprogrammer or if there's something I missed. Do tell boss.

If you can be my Guru. hehehe. Why not :P basta java wahahaha. (send you my resume asap)

Friday, November 23, 2007 9:44 PM by lamia

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Got your email, sent you my reply.

Be a good programmer? Depends on what kind of programmer you want to be. Pero sakin, ito ang maibibigay ko sayo na words of wisdom hehehe.

"Do not only use all the brains that you have, but all that you can borrow". And don't forget to return all those borrowed knowledge by blogging here in devpinoy. :)