First few days at the IBM campus…

Out of popular demand, I had to put this up.

And for those of you who don't know what I am talking about, I am talking about my experiences of working on a project at IBM.

The project is part of IBM's Extreme Blue project and of course, the project that we are doing a very very small subset of it.

The first day, we had some problems in getting ourself registered. We were asked to come to a place called Embassy Golf Links near the Airport Road center and later were supposed to go to Bannerghatta center of IBM, which is about an hour's journey from Airport Road. The registration process went on till 3 in the afternoon.

We were back to Golden towers at 3:30. We were immediately told what our project is (in very simple terms of course).

We later had problems in getting individual systems and also access to their labs. This is almost sorted out now and we are on our way to 'starting' the project. Meanwhile the other group has already got a deadline!

Right now, we are studying Java and XML most of the time. The mentoring is good and that is a really good experience. We are supposed to attend meetings, give formal presentations and also present papers as part of the project. It is not just about coding. We will be doing design, implementation and testing as well. (Atleast that is what they say :))

We don't have any formal dress code or stringent timings. Life usually starts at 9 in the morning and right now goes on till 7 in the evening although I love to continue working for a little time more. We are given a lot of online material to digest. We are supposed to digest about 50 pages per hour. And that they say, is just the beginning.

We would soon have to do things at a faster rate.

The other group (Thejas and Kote) are to finish a module (very much like our lab cycle) for which they require to know core Java and XML and the deadline is this weekend! (And mind you they say things will become even more difficult as time progresses!)

Anyways, I am enjoying it, because the project seems to be challenging.