RE: [webdesign-552] Advices for a future exchange student

From: user 1.
Sent on: Monday, April 30, 2012 3:27 PM

Ottawa has a significant number of software development companies that are on cutting edge of RoR  (Ruby on Rails).   TravelPod & Shopify, network hippo just name the big ones.

There are also two large ‘dev shops’ here : Macadamian and BitHeads.  ROR is big.

 

There is also a thriving community of ‘true’ start-ups  (not just wanna-be) that meet on a regular basis.  We are inter-connected in ways that rival Montreal & Toronto.

 

Check out the software companies that are listed on Linkedin’s  ‘FreshFounders’

 

 

 

 

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Igor Santos
Sent: Monday, April 30,[masked]:49 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [webdesign-552] Advices for a future exchange student

 

One of the main reasons I'm willing to go to Canada is to get in touch with a better developed community. Not only for attending to university subjects. I know they are theoretical and somewhat boring, but what I'm mostly looking for now is information about the cities' tech communities.

 

Here in Brazil I'm already working for almost 5 years, and I'm used to attend to community events, like PHPConf (Brazil's biggest PHP conference) and PHP'n Rio (I participated in the organization of this event, we had ~400 attendees for the first year). I'm an active participant of RubyOnRio community too. That's what I'm looking for: what would be the best opportunities to know new, engaged people? Where the startups live? Where is the tech communities? Things like that =)

 

 

Thanks for your opinion!


Igor Santos
Programador PHP / Ruby

 

 

On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 12:34, Andrew <[address removed]> wrote:

Igor,

 

Just my 5 cents, since we're already discussing it here.

 

Universities are not there to teach you the practical skills you want to improve. Most CS programs are too theoretical. Colleges are better at that but they lag behind the industry overall.

 

What universities (and colleges) are good for is (1) putting its name on your resume and, most importantly, (2) getting together likeminded young people, so they could work together on some interesting extracurricular projects and, in such way, learn "interfaces, web technologies, performance and, project management."

 

Since you are already in the university the best way to acquire the skills is to start a real project with your friends. Nothing will teach you better and faster than being in the trenches. So, I'd say it's not worth to come to Canada for a year just for the reasons you've mentioned, unless you can see other compelling advantages.

 

 

Andrew

 

 

On[masked], at 8:58 AM, Igor Santos wrote:



As I said, I'm a web developer searching for improvements on my abilities with interfaces, performance and, secondly, project management.

The problem is that the other application form (from CBIE) holds circa 40 universities, and I cannot choose any of them, unless I have a strong reason for that - this way I would write them about it and pray for them to understand my point.

 

Going by the CALDO application form I'll probably be allocated to Ottawa or Dalhousie, at least.

 


Igor Santos
Programador PHP / Ruby



On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 09:47, Christopher King <[address removed]> wrote:

Hi,

 

I would argue that Ottawa or Carleton are not two of Canada's best universities. Broadly speaking, Canada best universities include: U of T, Queens, UBC, McGill, Western, Dalhousie etc. However these are broad categories. It really depends on the program you are interested in. Each school has it's strengths.

 

Chris King

Graphic/Web Designer

 

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On[masked], at 1:22 AM, Raza wrote:

 

hi,
I would strongly recommend either Carleton University Ottawa or Dalhousie University Halifax. These are the best universities in Canada.
let me know if you need more information.
thanks
raza

On Sun, Apr 29, 2012 at 12:18 PM, Igor Santos <[address removed]> wrote:

Hello!

 

I'm a PHP/Ruby developer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and I'm applying for a one-year exchange program for undergraduate studies. I have to opt between Canada and Australia.

I'm currently in the second half of my Information Systems course, and I'm looking to improve my abilities with interfaces, web technologies, performance and, secondly, project management.

 

I'm a little bit inclined to choose Canada, but I'm collecting some opinions at this time. If I choose Canada and get approved, I'll be sent to one of these four institutions: Laval (that's unlikely, since I'm applying for english classes) Alberta, Dalhousie and Ottawa.

The program chooses the university based on my current course and needs; I've read a little bit about them, and I think I would be sent to Dalhousie (Halifax) or Ottawa.

 

What do you think/know about those cities and universities? And how about their courses?

Any, ANY information would be sooo appreciated (:

 

 

Thanks in advance for your attention!

 

Igor Santos
PHP / Ruby Developer

 





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