WorldSkills Singapore 2012

Last week, I was at WorldSkills Singapore 2012 for the Web Design category as Deputy Chief Judge where I was joined with Addison Kang (Shanda Games) and Ivy Liong (Waka Waka):

Web Design category in WorldSkills Singapore 2012 competition

The competitors are from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic and Nanyang Polytechnic. The competition is held in ITE College West in Choa Chu Kang.

I saw other interesting competition. Here are the iron chefs:

Chefs at work, WorldSkills Singapore 2012 competition
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Writing silly introductions in books

I was browsing through some Java books at the Choa Chu Kang library yesterday. Yes it’s boring I know. One of the top I was intending to read up on was Java Swing. I have to implement some Java Swing stuff at school and I, for the 217067th time, do not like Java.

My complaints aside. I chance upon this really thick book – you know what they all say about thick books – The Definitive Guide to Java Swing.

The Definitive Guide to Java Swing book cover

And I flipped to the first few pages, probably the introduction. And yes, I always read prefaces and introduction. I felt that understanding the author’s background and intent for writing a book is important. It helps you deciding on book purchases too.

Here’s what The Definitive Guide to Java Swing has to say about Java:

About Java

Java is one of 13,000 islands that makes up Indonesia, whose capital is Jakarta. It is home to about 120 million people with an area about 50,000 square miles (132,000 square kilometers). While on the island, you can hear traditional music such as gamelan or angklung and enjoy Java’s main export, a coffee that is considered spicy and full-bodied, with a strong, slightly acidic flavor. The island also has a dangerous volcano named Merapi, which makes up part of the Pacific “Ring of Fire.” In 1891, on the island, Eugene Dubois discovered fossils from Pithecanthropus erectus, better known as Java man (homo javanensis).

The Definitive Guide to Java Swing about java

(The Definitive Guide to Java Swing about java.)

Pretty funny way of writing an introduction. Since most people who is going to read a non-beginner Java book, there’s no need to include an introduction on Java anyway.

Unfortunately the book’s learning curve is too steep – I am a beginner.