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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Makrab of HIMTI of Universitas Budi Luhur on Oct 29 - 31, 2010

Tonight, i just arrived at home from Puncak, West Java where familiarise night (malam keakraban (makrab)) was done well, Alhamdulillah. The program was held on 29 - 31 of Oct 2010. I went to the location together with members of Makrab and the organizing committee by 2 middle size bus of campus. The program was participated by about 40 members and 20 Himti members add with some HIMTI Alumni including me. This Makrab was organized by HIMTI (Himpunan Mahasiswa Teknik Informatika) Universitas Budi Luhur, Jakarta. I am as an alumni of HIMTI. I was a coordinator of R & D on periode 1999 - 2000 and 2000 - 2001.

We went there at friday afternoon, 17.00 and arrived at the destination at about 19.30. The committee rent a big villa and it's enough to load all of participants.

The first night, we have dinner and opening program before went to slept. Tomorrow, saturday, Oct 30 2010, first ,we had a morning exercise, breakfast and having a lecturer. I delivered the first lecturer with a theme, "Mau ke mana setelah lulus kuliah ?". It took about 45 minutes and no question from the members. Actually, i like one or some questions in that lecturer, so there was a discussion and exchange information between us, me and the members.

There was also a second lecturer, delivered from one of committee member, it was Flash training. It took a sample program in game flash. Lunch at the noon and on the afternoon about 16.00 - 18.00, we had a field game but i could not join the game, because at the same time, The big match party, Persija vs Persib was held, live on Antv and for me, moreover i can watch it on TV, is difficult to miss it :). The match was end by Persija Winning over Persib 3 - 0. Mmh, not useless miss the game, I am apologize for this.

At night, saturday night, there are some alumni of Himti came to the villa, by car and motorcycle. And at that night too, a campfire was held along a performance of play from each group. Talking about groups, the committee divided the members into some groups, if not mistaken, 4 groups. After the plays, alumni of HIMTI introduced themselves, one by one at that night. The program ends about 24.00.

After that, we entered to the villa and went to bed but some of us did other activities such as talk together and watched TV. I chose went to bed.
On the tomorrow morning, we went to a camping area near the villa, it was about 1 km far. We walked there together and along the way, we enjoyed the scene view and took some pictures. On the destination, we stopped at the cold clear water river. We took some pictures and enjoy the river. I even plop in the river, mmmh ... it's cold and fresh.

The activities continued at the villa, some of them played football, went swimming in the pool and some of them went slept, maybe continued their unwell sleep at night ..:).

On the afternoon,there was a talked, we gathered in a room. the members uttered about his own impression and message after joining in this Makrab, the conclusion was they were happy and satisfied although there are some minus point in some things . I think the overall is, the Makrab was Great !.

At 14.00, it was time for prepared to left the Villa but before that we took some pictures .. Again ...
And about 14.15, we entered the bus to back to Jakarta. We stopped at one place to bought something to bring to our home respectively.

There was something extra ordinary happened in my bus while the bus on the way , there was a member, female, who entered by jinn, female jinn exactly. The jinn promised to got out from her body if all of us apologized to her because we had disturbed her when we played at the pool, uttered her. Yes, on saturday afternoon, we played a game and there was plopped a person into a pool , of course with scream, laugh and run also pulled each other.wet ..wet ..wet. Alhamdulillah, the Jinn got out after all of us apologized to her but there was also effort to forced her to got out from the body, because even though all of us had apologized to her, she seem not went out from her body, i recited some Al-quran text which i think could make her to went back to her place.

This was my first experience to saw a man which entered by Jinn. Before this, i just heard from story of my friend about a man entered by Jinn. Something extraordinary i think.

Concurrently with Azan of Isya, we arrived at our campus, Universitas Budi Luhur and we went home to continue our daily life respectively.

The Conclusion is We had made a great moment in Makrab.

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This article is for short informal personal documentation and dedicated to the Organizing Committee who had worked hard to made this Makrab run successfully. Thank you for your invitation to me.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Be a Lecturer

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Alhamdulillah, currently i am a Lecturer in STMIK Raharja, Tangerang, but however i still make an enterpreneur in IT particularly in Web Development and Linux Solution is my main job. So now i am an IT Enterpreneur and Freelancer, a Lecturer and also a writer. As a writer,i write a book, blog and articles.
For this semester, i teach 3 subjects, they are : Algorithm, Data Structure and Java Programming.

Doing 3 those jobs simultaneously is fun but very busy and i am afraid i can't run one of them or all of them smoothly. But because teaching and writing i design not take so much my time, still coding and running business as my main job, i am sure i can run those activities well. Or perhaps i can say Teaching and Writing is not my job, it is passion. Whatever ... the most important thing, i like those activities, programming, business, teaching, writing and learning.

Besides that, i have other tasks, such as learning Islam (mengaji) for some times in a week, take care of my family and others. Actually, being busy is fun, moreover if we love what we do.

As a lecturer, our main task is teaching students in a class, checking their assignments, making a presentation slide and writing for some articles. Writing some articles in a journal is also an activity we should do for sharing and testing our knowledge with others.

Actually, teaching is something fun and by teaching we are learning too. Our knowledge will increase and stronger by teaching,reading and analyzing. Doesn't we have to read and analyze something while we are teaching or preparing for teaching a subject ?.

In Computer, Consulting or programming ,teaching and writing are activities that related each other. By do some projects in Software(act as a consultant), we actually implement our skill and knowledge we have and with that experience we can say something real in business together with text book theory in front of class, so we know both of theory and implementation well. Students will get better knowledge than if we teach by Text book only.

Sometimes, theory in text book is not adequate or not match in implementation itself, not because the theory is wrong, but because the condition need more or different such as the most update technology and clients demanded.

For example, if we learn about Web Programming in PHP, we learn about PHP language, pure PHP and maybe students think after completed the course, they can handle an Intermediate project well. Unfortunately, although they pass with score "A", i think they still can't handle a project yet, because what they get indeed just a basic PHP and so many skills and tools required for handle an intermediate class project well. They have to know advanced level of PHP, they also need to know web Design in CSS and graphics which not learn in Web Programming class and they have to use framework in PHP and Java Script well such as Cake, Code Igniter for PHP and Jquery for Java Script and last but not least, they have to know Ajax too.

So, actually, learning in class is not enough yet to work in real Programming Business, students have to upgrade their own knowledge and skill ,suitable for Business needs, moreover Business in Programming or Software Consultant is not talk about technically aspect itself but also inter personal skill, communication skill, marketing and ethics. Every student must the ability to learn by himself, learn something new and learn to extend the knowledge given in class.

But this is also a lecturer obligation, how to explain to students that in outer there the situation is like this and that. The lecturer who also a consultant has a higher value than those who not and i hope i will be one of them, a good consultant, a good businessman as well as a good lecturer. I hope and i will work hard for that. Amiin. May Allah Bless me.