SOFTEC 2010 Has Been Cancelled

A sad news for all those who were participating or planing to visit the SOFTEC 2010 of FAST-NU Lahore campus is that SOFTEC 2010  has been cancelled due to current security conditions of the country and specially of Lahore. SOFTEC 2010 was planned to be held on 20-21 March 2010 but now its cancelled and we don't know yet if its going to be held this year or not. 

This news might be very frustrating for SOFTEC team members who were working so hard from last 8 to 9 months to make that event a success as usual but current blasts in Model Town and then in Iqbal Town forced the university management to take this hard decision for the larger interest of university and safety of SOFTEC participants and visitors. Well I am hoping to see this event back in action soon.

Types of Programming Languages

Though i know only basics of programming and 2 or 3 of programming languages, but here i would like to share three types of these languages which are used for different purposes. Programming Languages are actually used by programmers to write and create programs/instructions/codes for computers to execute. Following are the three types of programming languages:

  • HLL (High Level Language)
  • MLL (Middle Level Language)
  • LLL (Low Level Language)

HLL (High Level Language):

High Level Languages are used to create Application Softwares. T languages are close to human languages. These are not the machine languages, which are not understandable to human very well. Since computer understands only machine language so it needs to be converted into machine language so computer can execute the command.
Compiler or Interpreter converts the HLL into Machine Language.

Examples: HTML, FORTRAN, BASIC etc

LLL (Low Level Language):

Low Level Languages are machine languages. These are used to control hardwares/writing divers. It difficult and use Mnemonics.

Example: ASSEMBLY Language

MLL (Middle Level Languages):

Middle Level Language combines the elements of High Level Language and Low Level Language. These languages were created for the facility of programmer.

Examples: C, C++, VB, VC

How to Give Effective Class Presentation

Giving class presentations is a crucial task in todays study environment  because now more emphasis is given on practical work instead of theoretical work and to present your practical work you need to have some good presentation skills. Here I am not going to give you tips on presentation skills but I am going to figure out some mistakes done by most of the students and then how to overcome them. Following some points which you should avoid while giving presentation to make your presentation more effective and keep your audience attentive.

1. Talking with back to audience while writing on board:          You should not talk and write at the same time. prepare flip charts ahead of time when possible and if considerable board work is required, use overhead transparencies.

2. Using highly technical words or complex sentences:        If technical words must be used then provide definitions. Simplify language and sentences so meaning is clear.

3. Provide examples without much relevance to topic:        You don't need to provide unnecessary examples if those are not relevant to your topic so try to be focus on your main topic.

4. Reading rather than presenting:          Prepare an outline of points to be covered (Slides) rather than a word-for-word script. Be familiar with each point on the outline so that you are able to talk about it without looking at notes.

5. Speaking in a monotone:          To make your presentation effective you need to fluctuate your voice accordingly. For that purpose listen to TV or Radio commentators, pay close attention to when and how they change the tone and pitch of their voice. Practice fluctuating the tone and pitch of your voice before going for presentation. Use pauses in your presentation so you can think about how you want to say something.

6.Making distracting gestures:          Don't make irritating or distracting gestures in your presentation because that creates a bad impact on your presentation and also distractes the audience. You better present before some of your friends before actually going for presentation, your friends could tell you if you are making those gestures or not.

These were some of problems which you should avoid while giving your class presentation and also be focus on your dressing and be confident.

What is CFA - Chartered Financial Analyst

CFA - Chartered Financial Analyst certification is a self study, graduated level degree for investment professionals. In CFA program you are required to study and pass three exams. These three exams are called Level I, II and III. When you sign up for CFA program you are required to clear these three levels sequentially Level I exam is held in June and December but Level I and II are held only in June across the world. There is a curriculum which is revised every year to meet dynamic changes for investment industry.

CFA in Pakistan:          Although CFA is considered to be a self study program for investment professionals but here in Pakistan almost all accountancy schools are offering teaching facilities for CFA. Its looks like CFA is going to take place of ACCA in Pakistan.

Scope of CFA:          If you look 2 to 3 years back there was no such awareness in market for CFA charter holders but now all of sudden it become very hot and investment institutions started demanding CFA as an additional qualification so I must say that scope of CFA is vast not only in Pakistan but also all over the world. Most of all it helps you build your career like a professional and you can earn a lot of money in investment banking etc.

Cost of Program:         This program is costly and if you take classes with some accountancy school then its even more costly. Only registration to the program cost 400 US$ and exam costs from 650 to 955 US$. Click here for complete fee information.