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StudentNetwork – A competition project

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First of all, I am sorry about the fact that I have not written on this blog since a while, since I have been quite busy with this project over the past few weeks. So, what is this about? Well, first take a look at the interface:

StudentNetwork Login Screen

StudentNetwork Login Screen

As you can see, it is a simple system that can be hosted by organisations on their local networks that can be accessible by the people existing in that particular organisation. This system consists of a live chat room, where everyone can chat with each other. This system also consists of a Question and Answers area. This place enables users to ask questions, and provide answers to each others, up vote posts, down vote posts, comment on posts, and also, the person, who asked a question can tick the best answer out of multiple answers obtained. Isn’t that amazing? Moving on, the users are able to change their personal details like their display name, email, password and of course logout of the system when their job is done. Here is what the dashboard looks like:

StudentNetwork Dashboard

StudentNetwork Dashboard

For this particular competition, the theme I chose was “Integrating education into Technology” and therefore, this is what I created. Then, I had to choose the platform, and I choose the web most importantly because the web can be easily accessible through any device which has an internet connection, and therefore, easily to target a large user base. The next decision I had to make was between PHP and Node.js for server-side. I chose PHP simply due to the fact that PHP applications are a bit easier to setup, and considering the fact that PHP7 was on the way, which made PHP look more future-proof. But, with regards to being “future-proof” I would not say Node.js is not future-proof as it is being maintained by Google. Then, I basically used HTML, CSS and Bootstrap from the UI, JavaScript with jQuery for the client side and I used MySQL as a RDBMS (relational database management system) solution.

By creating this piece of software, I placed second overall in the ESOFT Dev Challenge 2015, and was also the second in the web development category. Here are some pictures of me from there:

Me showcasing StudentNetwork

Me showcasing StudentNetwork

Us waiting for the exhibition to commence

Us waiting for the exhibition to commence

Me receiving the prize from Mr. Upul Dassanayake

Me receiving the prize from Mr. Upul Dassanayake

Group photograph of everyone present that day.

Group photograph of everyone present that day.

Me receiving the 2nd place from Mr. Dayan Rajapakshe.

Me receiving the 2nd place from Mr. Dayan Rajapakshe.

Me receiving the prize from Mr. Upul Dassanayake

Me receiving the prize from Mr. Upul Dassanayake

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Hassan Althaf is a self taught programmer who has taught him self how to code by learning various languages from the internet.

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