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Is The Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate Of God? Or Is It Evil?

Did you know the Word of God (the Christian Bible) speaks directly against what governments are doing with Covid-19 vaccine mandates? Get the facts here

¿Viene de Dios el mandato de vacuna contra el Covid-19? O ¿acaso es malo?

¿Sabía que la Palabra de Dios (la Biblia cristiana) condena de manera directa lo que los gobiernos están haciendo a través de los mandatos de vacuna contra el Covid-19? Obtenga los hechos aquí.


 

The Third Man by Angela Sheffield

Was There A Curse On Helen's Romantic Life?

The Third Man by Angela Sheffield is based on a true story. Read chapter one now!


Should A Christian Practice Yoga Or Pilates? The Shocking Truth

Perhaps you practice yoga for health reasons, or to reduce stress. But, do you really know the diabolical goal of any form or style of yoga, including pilates? Get your answers here

La verdad espeluznante sobre el yoga revelada por la Biblia cristiana

Quizás practiques yoga por motivos de salud o para reducir el estrés. Pero, ¿realmente conoces el objetivo diabólico de cualquier forma o estilo de yoga, incluido el pilates? Obten tus respuestas aquí.


Communicating With The Dead: Learn The Shocking Truth

The spirit you think is mom, dad, or some other loved one from beyond the grave is NOT your loved one. But, what about the "proof" that the living can indeed talk to the dead? Let God's Word open your eyes to a deception that is pure evil. Read Spirits Of The Deceased

Comunicarse con los muertos: La impactante verdad

El espíritu que parece ser tu madre, padre o algún otro ser querido tuyo desde el más allá NO es tu ser querido. Pero, ¿qué hay de "la prueba" de que los vivos pueden comunicarse con los muertos? Permite que la Palabra de Dios te abra los ojos para que veas el engaño que es de la maldad pura. Te invitamos a leer ¿Están los muertos entre los vivos?

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¿Qué tiene que ver conmigo? por Teófila Gottfried

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Computer Science Major: How To Prepare For Success

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The vast majority of colleges and universities in the United States offer degrees in Computer Science, Computer Programming, Information Technology, and Web Design and Development. When a prospective student reviews the promotional materials of institutions of higher education, they're usually informed that no prior knowledge or experience in the aforementioned fields is required as students will received quality instruction and hands-on opportunities to practice the principles taught. While such a statement certainly is true, it's somewhat deceiving. Some students who enrolled into colleges and universities with the intention of earning an A.A.S or B.S. in Computer Science to someday be able to earn a very good living for themselves and their families, have been sorely disappointed. What went wrong? Did they not apply themselves to their studies or did their school not fail to give them the instruction promised in their catalogs and on their websites?

Although each situation is different meaning that failure could be attributed to the institution and/or the student, there are some patterns that have been observed in students who never achieve a degree in the science of computers. If these patterns can be known before declaring a major in any branch of Information Technology, Web Design and Development, Computer programming or computer science, chances of success will be greatly increased.

Most students who fail in their pursuit of a degree in these fields, enter college thinking that they will be taught the basics. They don't realize how much they are expected to already know about the careers for which they are training. A gentleman in his fifties enrolled in the Web Design and Development program of a two-year college, eager to begin learning how to construct web pages. He realized after approximately two weeks that his expectations were not going to be met.

The first day of class the professor began speaking to the students about the various text editors that are available for writing code in various mark-up, scripting, and programming languages. She then proceeded to speak of how she always chose to use freeware whenever possible so students may have the convenience of doing their homework at home. Such statements led to the brief mention of some of the languages that would be taught and used throughout the Web Design and Development course. The languages the students could look forward to learning included: XHTML, XML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, Java, Perl, and ASP. She informed her class that her choice of editor was Microsoft's Notepad++, an enhanced version of Notepad.

The real-life scenario above demonstrates just how much educators in the computer science industry expect even first-year students majoring in computer science to know. While the majority of the small class actually understood her introduction and could look forward to learning the technologies enumerated, others who were not as computer savvy as they were expected to be, found themselves confused before instruction even began.

Why is this? Those students had made the error of believing the college's promotional materials which stated that no previous knowledge of information technology was assumed or required to enroll in the Web Design and Development course. Such statements are only half truths. Professors assume that students majoring in any branch of computer science has previous knowledge and experience even if it's only on the amateur level.

It was obvious that the professor not only assumed, but also expected her new class to know to what she was referring when she used terms such as: text editor; scripting language; mark-up, freeware, XML, etc. Similar scenarios can be seen when considering students who are majoring in other areas of Information Systems Technology such as networking. Again, educators expect students majoring in Network Administration/Engineering to know what a "router" and a "switch" does, to know what "bandwidth" is and the difference between IPV4 and IPV6.

Another advantage to learning all one can learn in his field before officially declaring a major is the ability to more easily keep up with the mounds of homework that will be assigned. Information technology advances at an incredible rate placing more and more pressure on those in the field to learn new programming languages and standards for assuring and maintaining security of sensitive data. This, in turn, increases the number of credits to qualify for a degree resulting in four-year universities outlining programs requiring five or more years to complete. Likewise, two-year institutions outline programs requiring three plus years to successfully complete. Unfortunately, quality has lost importance to quantity to the point that it's very possible to graduate with above average grades and yet not know half of what many amateurs who've not spent a day in college know.

While the expectation of students to teach themselves in the field in which they will major is unfair and harmful to America's educational system which is inferior to that of many other nations, it's, nevertheless, reality. Individuals considering majors in any branch of Computer Science or Information Technology would do well to instruct themselves as thoroughly as possible before actually enrolling in the desired degree program. Sadly, the more college attendance and the declaration of a major is thought of merely as steps to attain a piece of paper that puts a professional stamp on their amateur skill, the less disappointment and failure will occur.


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