August 24, 2012 at 4:00 am (Life, University)
All these years every citizen of our country was blessed with free education and thanks to that the literacy rate was well over 90%. As Sri Lanka being a third world country majority of the citizens falls between middle and lower income category, so the free education plays a critical role to help build their lives by opening up the doors to reach out the world.
I’m happy to say that thanks to our country’s free education policy I was able to continue my education up to obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree, which helped me to engaged in a field that gave me the opportunity to give something valuable to my country and to its people. While I was in the university got the opportunity to enrich my knowledge across vast number of areas. Although my degree title says B. Sc. in Information Technology but the content of it didn’t restrict me to a limited knowledge domain. During my eight semesters and four June terms I took around 5o modules but for a student how does a similar degree in a private institute will get the opportunity to take just above half of it. In my three years of industry engagement I got the opportunity to work with just over 50 odd people and to interview nearly 100 candidates, the common factors I notice while working and interviewing people who obtained their bachelors degree from private institutions them are as follows.
- Majority of them lack the knowledge of fundamentals.
- Majority of them knew just to shoot out fancy words but failed to deliver results.
- Majority of them lacked the enthusiasm of learning and advancing themselves to the next level.
- Majority of them used that knowledge just to earn a salary.
By looking at the current situation of our country’s education I really feels scary about its future because we have come to a critical point which is at the verge loosing the benefit of free education. Our country has three ministers assigned to look after the activities of the education system but unfortunately what has happened can be easily describe by saying “too may cooks spoil the broth”.
- Every year all the major public exams are full of faulty questions
- Results of the public exams are faulty.
- Officials responsible for the above mentioned issues were not properly punished and same issues were repeated every year.
- Has drastically reduced the government funding over the years to less than 2 % of the GDP.
We should get together and join hands to protect the free education for our future generation, failing to do so will cause a great misery to the development of our country and will made our future generation suffer from it. For example currently the US citizens are facing a huge crisis settling the loans obtain for their education, lets not help to develop such a staggering environment here.
About two year back I worte an article introducing a simple HTML structure to organize the content on the web page as shown below.
The above illustration just a simple introduction to how the template looks like. This HTML/CSS layout structure consists of examples illustrating the usage of Fixed and Fluid layouts covering following aspects
- Without any Sidebars
- With one Sidebar on Left
- With one Sidebar on Right
- With two Sidebars on either sides (Left and Right)
- css – consists of all the CSS files
- images – consists of all the image files
- plugins – consists of all the third party components
- template – consists of examples
- readme.txt – simple introduction
- lgpl.txt – lgpl license file
Inside the css folder you’ll find several files as illustated below, I adapted this structure after studing the Drupal Zen theme. Currely the theme is not Sass aware.
- html-elements.css – style rules to neutralize browser defaults and define baseline formatting to HTML elements
- form-elements.css – style rules to format form blocks
- layout.css – style rules to control the overall layout of the template (fixed or fluid)
- sidebar.css – style rules to ncontrol the formating of sidebar(s)
- print.css – style rules to format the web page when printing to a paper or PDF/Postscript.
- website.css – style rules that requires to meets the look and feel of the custome design (main CSS file)
- website-popup.css – style rules used for popul dialogs
- handheld.css – style rules required to override website.css to make the site mobile friendly
- ie_8.css – to keep IE 8 specific style rules
- ie_7.css – to keep IE 7 specific style rules
- ie_6.css – to keep IE 6 specific style rules
The above CSS files linked to the HTML markup was done within HTML head element as illustrated in Figure 1. CSS files with IE version specifc style rules were loaded inside a conditional comment block.
Figure 1: Linking of CSS files
- actions.js – to handle client side logic
- window.orientation.js – to control the orientation of the page when viewing from a handheld device.
Inside the images folder you’ll find all the images used in the theme. Inside this you’ll find a folder called icons, which holds third party icons find from the Web (unfortunately I’m unable to locate the repository, my apologies to the creator/owner of the icon.)
Inside the plugin folder you’ll find all the third pary libraries used in the theme.
Inside the template folder you’ll find examples illustrating following layouts
- Fixed layout
- Fluid layout
The switching between the Fixed and Fluid layout structures and be very easily achieved by toggleing the class attribute found on the HTML body element as follows:
- Fixed – fixed-layout
- Fluid – fluid-layout
With and without Side-bars switching
The switching between the With and without Side-bars layout structures and be very easily achieved by toggleing the class attribute found on the first HTML div element next to body element as follows:
<div id="wrapper" class="no-sidebars">
<div id="wrapper" class="sidebar-left">
<div id="wrapper" class="sidebar-right">
<div id="wrapper" class="two-sidebars">
To create an easily customizable div based HTML/CSS template by myself was their in my mind for sometimes and I’ll be sharing it for the benefit of others. The template can be download form Github repository.
June 13, 2010 at 11:54 am (Life, Sports, Trinity College)
Yesterday I was there at the Royal College Sports complex to witness the first leg of the 66th Bradby Shield encounter. This is the biggest annual event for all the Trinitians living around the world, that draws most of them to one place to share the glory and the excitement that the game of rugby has created over the years. I got the chance to get in touch with most of my fellow batch(2003) mates, which some of them I was not able to meet since I left the school. I found that some of them have got married and even they have children.
The match was filled with full of excitement from the start till the end. Boys from both schools displayed a fantastic battle keeping the crowd guessing until the last minute to decide who will win this leg and at the end the scores were at 38-37 Royal College wining the first leg. Although we lost the first legs our lions will fight back (as our school’s moto says “RESPICE FEMEN“) at Kandy.
But all that excitement were ruined by the improper judgments given by the referee throughout the match and the crowed was totally disappointed. We felt like that the referee is only penalizing the Trinity lions and almost letting the Royal team to do what they want. At one instance the try was not properly marked it was confirmed as a goal, and in several occasions fouls done by Royal team were almost ignored, etc… Must say that match organizers must look into this seriously and provides a fair, unbiased and experienced referee for the Kandy’s leg on 26th.
January 31, 2010 at 6:17 pm (Life)
Today is the last day of the month of January 2010, and its the start of a new decade. Although it was just 31 days has passed in 2010, if we looked back very interesting events took place. Unfortunately the outcome of them did not gave the world community a positive results.
Leaders of respective nations, environmentalist, policymakers, etc… got together at Copenhagen to discuss about issues related to global warming, its impact and to formulate new rules and regulations to mitigate the impact on the world community. At the end majority of the participant were not satisfied with the final outcome because it failed to provide solid answers to burning environmental issues that the world community is facing.
It has only five years has passed since the Indian Ocean Tsunami devastation that took away lives of thousands of innocent people. During January once again we experienced another massive disasters that causes the lost of thousands of human lives in Haiti. By today according to most of the international new agencies the total human lost at Haiti has raised up to about 200,000 and many thousands are homeless, starving and injured.
Let’s wish people will show mercy to mother Earth and protect it for future generation.
November 28, 2009 at 5:44 am (Life, SAHANA, University)
The past four and half years was the most enjoyable and the productive years of my life. In this time I had all the freedom to explore into many areas of the society as a university student. This period left me many memorable things and also gave me the chance to decide what I’ll do in the future. Most of the occasions people welcome us so warmly and corporate well in most activities where normal citizen would had to put an extra effort do the same activity. In a way I’m so lucky that I was so fortunate to continue my higher education in the field I’m interested in and earn a degree from a state owned university. During this endeavor I got opportunities to share what I have learn for the benefit of the society both local(SLAF) and international(Sahana) activities.
Now the time has come for me to think and work in a more responsible manner because most of what I’ll do will have a bigger impact to my future. As a start I have to find a sufficient income to support my own expenses rather continue to put that burden on my parents. I was successful in getting over that, within a month time, completing the degree I found an exciting and challenging place to work. Its has been almost two months has passed since I join the company. It was very challenging where I got the opportunity to work directly with a client and carried out development of a software system. My target was to built a web based system that helps the parties (customers, salesmen, owner, manufacturers, suppliers, etc.. ) to carry out their tasks in a user friendly and with minimum effort. It was a very challenging task for me because I had to learn many things. Luckily for me the client (Stuart) I was contacting has worked as a software developer, so this helped me a lot in all means of activities. My deadline for the completing of the projects is only two weeks ahead. Looking at the progress so far I have achieved I believe that target is achievable.
During the latter part of October I did a presentation at a local conference for a research carried out for the Sahana project. The presentation was grate success. Fifteen papers were presented at the conference covering various fields such as Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering. Sahana is a project that focuses on building a versatile tool for post disaster/emergency management activities in the world with the collaborative effort of dedicated volunteers from all around the world.