TechElite Programming Competition & Exhibition

It’s been a very active month as far as IT related Exhibitions are concerned. Its only been a week since the ITCN Asia Exhibitions finished, but we already have a brand new exhibition in line to happen at the Expo Centre. Organised by the NED University of Engineering and Technology, tomorrow’s TechElite Programming Competition & Exhibition is not quite of the same magnitude as some of the ITCN events, but is certainly no less significant, especially since it targets a very important sector if the IT industry, namely the students.

According to their website, the day long the event will involve a Speed Programming Competition participated in by students from various IT institutions of Pakistan, and will also feature Software and Hardware Project Exhibitions. Much is made of the state of Pakistan’s IT education, and how it is still stuck in the dark ages of teaching students how to code in PASCAL and Fortron, when the rest of the world is talking about Web 2.0 and what not.

But such events, which in the words of the organisers them selves, are aimed at not only showcasing the “talent of our youth” but also at “stimulating interest” amongst students for such creative activities, are definitely a step in the right direction. So if you’re an IT student your self, you sure don’t wont to miss being there. In case you do visit, don’t forget to let us know how the event went by.

6 Comments so far

  1. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 10:34 am

    Thanks for sharing this piece of info. I was told about this contest a month back or so. I think general entry is not allowed at all.

    and how it is still stuck in the dark ages of teaching students how to code in PASCAL and Fortron

    Have you studied Pascal in college? I was never a fan of Fortran but hey, Pascal was a very sweet language. I studied in the 1st semester of university. Pascal was a very ‘tameezdar’ language unlike other languages.

    program HelloWorld;
    use crt;

    writeln(‘Hello, World!’);

    I think I coded right. :-)

    BTW, I must like to correct you that Pascal is obsolete and Delphi is the next version of Pascal. Also, Pascal is not taught in Pakistani universities anymore, atleast not in my knowledge. It was used to be taught in KU,SSUET and FAST in 96/97 but later it was replaced with C/C++ or Java.

    BTW, The Web 2.0 thing is language independent and you could use any programming language to code a web 2.0 application. For Instance this MetroBlogging website has been written is based on plain old CGI technology.

    the language which I didn’t like was FoxPro.

  2. COMP USER (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 1:05 am

    I have to delete all .gif files from my PC. They are in random folders. Is there a single command that can do it all?

  3. Imran Quadri (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 1:23 am

    I agree with Adnan.. Also u should know that HPF (High Performance Fortran) is used in the High Performance Computing Domain ( i know as i am related to that field in France).. and is used for Parallel Computing and other load balancing stuff…

  4. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on August 19th, 2007 @ 3:16 am

    well, speed programming competition suggests something more interesting :)

    I feel the newer generations are existing on .NET technology more … now in 1st and 2nd semester most of the universities are teaching C# , and if not that at least C/C++ or Java :-)

    So we are not that backward as yet … in fact, scene’s quite good!

  5. Sarfaraz Ahmed Soomro (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

    Hello there, being the VP of TechElite i am glad to find this entry here. It was the very first time such an event was held at NED UET. Let me Correct you that the event was held at NEDUET and not at Expo Center. Also at the centre of entire thing is the Department of Computer and Informations System’s ENgineering of NED UET, whose students were involoved in organizing this event. We have tried to set a new tradition from this department, and hope to continue it in the future on a gradually increasing scale. The responsibility has now passed on to the to-be Final Year students of NEDUET.

    Speed Programming is where students come in teams of max 3 students, they are seated in quiet labs and equipped with a computer with necessary software. They are given a problem set of 7-9 problems to be solved in 4-5 hours. The team which solves the most problems is declared the winner.

    Sarfaraz Ahmed Soomro,
    Vice President & Incharge Registrations,
    TechElite 2007

  6. Pro Fortran (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    Hey Op,

    Don’t think that Fortran is some dark age thingy. Pascal may be, but not Fortran. Its by far the most powerful number-cruncher. Web 2.0 is important for development too, but the power of Fortran cannot be ignored. As a civil engineer, I know the importance of PROPER computations, and, as you see a 5-story complex takes about 7 hours to do a P-delta analysis on a C2D E6420 w/ 2GB of RAM, I wonder how much time it would take on say, AJAX. We are paying a lot to our engineers whilst they are sitting their, waiting for their machines to complete a siesmic model!

    Think about those clusters who are simulating fluid dynamics. They’re real work-horses and require very stable and precise calculations. Think about the supercomputers. They work on Fortran. IMO Web 2.0 is good for services stuff, but you can’t downplay the importance of Fortran.

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