Friday, 30 October 2015

Reminder: Systems Analysis and Testing Class Monday November 2nd

Just a quick reminder that both class slots on Monday are allocated for you to work on Phase I of the assignment.
If you have specific questions/areas you would like me to cover again in the lecture session post a question to the discussion board and I will work through these in the 6pm session.
The labs are free from 6-8 and are booked for our 8-10 slots so if there are no specific issues to be addressed in the lecture I will see you in the labs.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Joe Condon's class Thursday at 13:00

HI folks, 

Joe Condon will not be able to take his Thursday 13-14 tutorial with DT8265-DA. Apologies.

The Assessment will go ahead, as scheduled, on Thursday from 16.00-17.00.



BearingPoint Open Evening

Bearing Point are hosting an open evening next week for students. You may be interested in attending. Please see the correspondence from BearingPoint:

As you know BearingPoint regularly recruits graduates from Computing and Computer Science courses.  We are holding an open evening on Thursday 5 November and we would like to invite your students to the event to gain a unique insight into what it is like to work in technology consulting and enjoy some delicious craft beers and pizza in our boardroom!  The event will take place in our offices (see address details below) from 5.00pm for approximately 1.5hours.

This is an excellent opportunity for your students: 
·        To meet experienced and graduate staff who can help them understand what it is really like to work in the technology solutions and consulting industry
·        To get a flavour for the types of projects BearingPoint helps clients with and ask any questions they might have about how to launch their career
·        Oh, and of course... enjoy some delicious craft beers & pizza

Craft Beers, Pizza and an Introduction to Technology Consulting with BearingPoint  5 November 2015 @ 5.00pm

DT265 Advanced DB Review Session This Friday

Hi everyone

we will have a review session for
  • joins
  • procedures
  • triggers
this Friday @11am  - 12 noon in room KA-G-028.


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

IBM Internet of Things Follow Up Questions

Hi folks,

I've had some queries about prizes and the BlueMix licences for this event on Friday. 

he prizes will be one for all vouchers to the value of 50 euro plus for each of the students on the winning team for each challenge.... so with 4 winning teams of 4 to 5 students on each team, out of a relatively small number of students, there are good odds of winning a prize.

Re BlueMix licences, I have these so if you need licence access prior to taking part in the event just get in contact.

Finally it is worth keeping note that while the event is on Friday there is still plenty of time to get a team together and register.


Generation Exchange Evening - This Thursday from 6:30

Hi folks, 

Just a reminder that this Thursday we are planning to hold the Generation Exchange Evening where current DT265 / DT8265 students can interact with graduates of the programme to pick their brains on the placement process among other things. 

We are hoping to kick off at about 6:30 in KA G 025 where we will have a short question and answer session between current students and graduates. We (the teaching staff) will stay out of the room and leave you to talk to the graduates freely. Then at 7:00 or 7:15 we will move everyone to the canteen where some finger food and soft drinks have been arranged.

Remember this is open to both the February and September cohort, so we hope to see lots of you there. Remember that Andrea does not have class on Thursday so there is no possibility of missing a class for this. 



Internet of Things Enterprise Challenge

DIT, in collaboration with IBM, Bell Labs and The Greenway, are hosting an Internet of Things Enterprise Challenge which will take place in the DIT Grangegorman campus  on Friday October 30th starting at 8.00am and finishing at 6.30pm.

Present on the day will be some of the leading Small Medium and Large Enterprises in the IoT space with genuine problems they need resolved. IoT is a growing area of interest for many companies and it is anticipated that this space will be an underpinning element for most jobs in most sectors in the near future.

It is hoped that the teams on the day will be multidisciplinary.

The link to the event

Monday, 19 October 2015

**NB** : EAD Reschedule of Class => Tomorrows 12:00pm class moved to 6:00pm

Hi all EAD students

Apologies gor the late post but something has come up last minute so I need to move tomorrows (20/Oct/2015 @ 12:00pm)  class has been moved  to 6:00pm -> 10:00pm (same class room)

Sorry for any inconveince caused!

Again Tomorrows (20/Oct/2015) class is now on at 6:00pm, instead of 12:00pm as originally scheduled


Work Placement Class Schedule

The following is the schedule for the Work Placement class:

Oct 22nd – Employer in to talk to class
Oct 29th – Review of CV's - please bring in 2 hard copies
Nov 5th – Dave Kilmartin, head of the DIT Careers Service, on IT interviewing skills
Nov 12th – Linked in for the IT industry
Nov 19th – Dave Kilmartin, head of the DIT Careers Service, on IT interviewing skills
Nov 25th – how to research industry
Dec 3rd – how to research employer
Dec  10th – no class

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Free Talk on Quantum Computing

Dear students, 
you might be interested in this event:

Eric Ladizinsky, chief scientist at DWave, the Quantum Computer Company, will be in Dublin to give a free public lecture in the Burke Theatre in Trinity College at 7pm on 5th November.

Here is his WIRED2014 talk

Admission is free but booking is essential at

The event is organised by the Royal Irish Academy; Embassy of Canada and the Irish Centre for High End Computing.


Monday, 12 October 2015

Date for your Diary - Evening of October 29th - DT265 Generation Exchange

Hi folks, 

We are currently trying to sort out a special meetup on the 29th of October between recent graduates and current DT265 students so that the recent graduates can give you some advise and tell some experiences of the placement process. 

Currently the plan is to kick this off at 6:30 in the Canteen. 

For that week Andrea's Thursday evening class will be cancelled in lieu of this important event. 

We should have some tea and coffee there. 

More info to follow closer to the date. 


Data Analytics Class Cancelled Today Monday 12th of October

Hi folks,

Due to unforeseen circumstances Aidan Meade's Data Analytics class has been cancelled today. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Careers Fair - DIT Aungier Street 14th October 11 - 4 pm - opportunities for Maths, IT and Science students

DIT Career Development Centre – Mini Careers Fair.

Date: Wednesday 14th October.

Time: 11.00-15.00approx.

Venue: The Courtyard ( Ground floor area adjacent to the Grumpy Mule
Café) DIT, Aungier Street.

Graduate Jobs: Graduate Training Programmes: Undergraduate Internships.

This is your chance to engage with employers from a diverse range of
industry sectors who have opportunities for students across many
disciplines, including maths, science and IT.   Whether you are
interested in a graduate job, a graduate training programme or want to
secure an undergraduate placement, this is an opportunity not to be

Attached is a list of companies and the disciplines from which they
are recruiting.

Academic and administrative colleagues - Can  you please bring this to
the attention of students in your area.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

February Cohort Dave Kilmartin CV Session

Hi folks who are currently in the second semester.

Dave Kilmartin from the DIT Careers Office has kindly offered to run a CV talk for the group thanks to the hard work by Lisa Cavern in organizing.

Finding times that suit everyone has been tough. It looks like Dave would like to go ahead with a session this Monday from 16:00 to 18:00 in KA 3-023.

I've had a look at the timetables and this seems to work for all - so fingers crossed.

Please note that this is for Semester 2 students. Dave and Leslie have been organizing a separate session for the September cohort. Leslie will have info on that.

All the best

Hi folks,

Next Thursday the 15th at 13:00 in KE B-034 we will have a short visit from Allied Irish Banks who will be in to promote their Hackathon which is taking place on November 7th. 

The presentation is being given by Cathy Roche who is currently completing the work placement aspect to her DT265 course. 



€2,000 CASH  
 Entrants are invited from Irish 3rd Level colleges to enter and attend the Datahack in AIB Bankcentre in Dublin on Saturday the 7th November 2015 for a fun 12-hour event where they will compete for awesome prizes. Both undergraduates and taught post graduate students are eligible to enter this exciting event which will see teams of two competing in one of two interesting challenges. 
The Hackathon Challenge will see teams attempt to building new and interesting applications for AIB while the Datathon Challenge will require teams to use data analysis skills to solve an intriguing data puzzle. Participating teams are required to bring their own laptops to the event.
Many fantastic spot prizes (such as drones and tablets) will be awarded to participants throughout the day while on-site caterers provide food to hungry competitors.  For more information, or to register your team, check out our website at




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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Springboard Re-Registration for the January 2015 Intake

Hi folks, The re-registration period for the Higher Diploma in Computing [ICT Conversion] - (JANUARY INTAKE) will be from 05/10/2015 to COB 16/10/2015. If you are part of this JANUARY 2015 INTAKE please ensure that you complete the online re-registration procedure before the end of the dates above to ensure that Springboard continue to fund your studies. If you do not complete this re-registration form Springboard will discontinue funding for you and obviously none of us want to have to deal with that. The process is as follows: 1. Log in to using their email address and password [both required]. 2. Each participant should click on their email address which is displayed towards the top right hand side of the screen and select “Applications” from the resulting drop-down menu. 3 The participant will see all courses to which s/he has applied in 2015. Beside the course they are currently registered on, they see an orange button/link marked “Re-register”. 4. On clicking on this Re-register button/link, they will be asked to confirm that they remain enrolled on this course. 5. If the student is still enrolled on and intends to complete her/his course, s/he must click ‘OK’ to confirm this intent. This completes the reregistration process and the AMS database is updated. The screen will refresh and their registration status will be changed to “Confirmed”. Best Robert

Monday, 5 October 2015

Reminder : No EAD class tomorrow

Hi All
Just a reminder that there is no EAD class tomorrow.
I've included the module timetable at the bottom of this message:

Before next class can I ask that all students

  • complete the C# exercises and labs
  • read the 'Unit Testing and Test Driven Development' section
  • read the Visual Studio online section
**NB** : We will be using Visual Studio on-line  (formerly TFS) to manage our code from now on. Therefore can ye all ensure you  have signed up for a Visual Studio online account (  If you already have a windows live account (Hotmail account) you can use this to sign into Visual studio online


EAD module Timetable
5/9 - evening class, 6pm to 10pm
22/9 - daytime class, 12pm to 4pm
29/9 - evening class, 6pm to 10pm
6/10 - no class
13/10 - evening class, 6pm to 10pm
20/10 - daytime class, 12pm to 4pm
27/10 - evening class, 6pm to 10pm
3/11 - no class
10/11 - evening class, 6pm to 10pm
17/11 - daytime class, 12pm to 4pm
24/11 - evening class, 6pm to 10pm

1/12 - no class

Friday, 2 October 2015

Work Placement classes until Christmas

There will be no work placement class next week. The schedule for the rest of the term is as follows:

Oct 15th – Review of CV’s / Discussion on Work Placement prep with Robert Ross
Oct 22nd – Dave Kilmartin interview skills
Oct 29th – Linked in
Nov 5th – Dave Klmartin
Nov 12th – Review of CV’s
Nov 19th – Review of Linked in
Nov 25th – how to research industry
Dec 3rd – how to research employer
Dec  10th – no class