My time at EBS (bartender school) Sydney

A couple of months ago i started my planning on what to do while i was out traveling, and for some reason i got stuck on the id√© “Bartender”.
I started my google search and what i found was “EBS (European Bartender School)”. So I left my number at their site because i was interested to attend their school, they contacted me one day later. We talked a couple of times, and one thing i remember we talked about was the size of the class. They told me between 20 – 25 at most.

EBS had two chooices of accomandations “Hostel or School”. I chosed the school for i tought that most peopled would do that, and that would be the best way to get to know all the fellow students. But a week or two before the school started i got a mail saying that living in school wouldn’t be possible because of a “firesafety certification” or something similar. So all student had to live at the Hostel.
And i don’t know if it’s true or not but i heard that it’s had been like this for a while. “Rumor”

The hostel we lived at was “Home backpackers”
Our first impression wasn’t the best, most of the students even complained. But after living here now for a while i don’t really agree to all their complaints. But there is some stuff that could have been beter. Read More

The first days in Sydney Australia

So after 2 nights in Bangkok it’s time for me to move on to Sydney Australia where i will partake in a Bartending course “EBS”.

The flight to Sydney from Bangkok took about 9 hours and transit time about 4 hours, but all went well. I was a little bit nerves about the custom in Sydney for i heard so many stories about what can happen. Like you forgot to throw away any kind of food, fruit that you brought or that there is problems with the visa pappers.
But luckely there was no problem when arriving, it all went very smoth :)

After clearing the custom and finding my bag i made my first purshase. A sim card from Vodaphone for one of the phones i brought with me, it was about 15$. I thought that was really cheap so i walked to seven eleven to by a pack of ciggarets, 25$ that really shocked me how expanisive it was compared to Sweden.

After buying the expansive ciggarets i am now ready to go to the hostel by train. Upon arriving at the hostel i realize that i’m about 2 hours early to check-in. But luckly i could leave my bag there while i went out for a long walk.

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The start of my travel, and the days in Bangkok

It has now been little over 1 day, since i left Sweden for my second attempt to backpack/explore around Asia.

My first stop is Bangkok where i’ll be staying for little over 2 days, before traveling to Australia. All my friends who had been in Bangkok before says that, when you are there you should book a couple of nights in a more luxurious hotel. For one reason only, “take the chance, who knows when the next time is”.

The hotel i booked for my 2 night accommodation is Centara Grand at Centralworld

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MongoDB Training

This is a little late post, but between the 21 January and 20 March i got the chance to participate in two of 10gen’s training course’s. MongoDB for DBAs and MongoDB for Developers.

I would like to give my thanks to both Andrew Erlichson “M101P: MongoDB for Developers” and Dwight Merriman “M102: MongoDB for DBAs” for taking the time and effort to host each class, and a special thanks to 10gen for creating these classes and to give us the opportunity to a fast track learning course into the world of MongoDB and not to mention, making it free. Thanks 10gen

Here is the link to 10gen’s education site, i hope at the time you find this. 10gen is still going strong and offers the free online courses

M101P: MongoDB for Developers: Certificate
M102: MongoDB for DBAs: Certificate

Doctrine 2 integrity constraint

If using Doctrine you have probably come across the error message “SQLSTATE[23000]: Integrity constraint violation: 1048 Column ‘column_id’ cannot be null” at least once. This error occurs on doctrine persist when using a entity that both has mappings for a ordinary field and an Doctrine relation field (many-to-one, one-to-many) with the same name.
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Studying for PHP 5.3 certification

For a long time now i have thought about taking the “Zend PHP 5.3” certification exam but never got around to it.
Every time i come up with the idea to take the exam, i start with reading the php documentation “php.net” and the study guide that zend provides for free to help developers with their training.

I don’t know how many times i have read the “study guide” but every time i do it, i come across something new that makes me want to read more about it that often results in more knowledge about php in general. Even if you are not planning to take the exam i can really recommend everyone to read the “study guide”.
One more thing that the “study guide” contains is a training version of the certification exam. But a problem i noticed with this was that i started to learn the questions by their designation “1.a, 2.b” and so on. To over come this i created a simple javascript questionnaire to randomize the questions and answers to make it impossible to learn the designations and force me to learn the actual answer.

Unfortunately i can only share the javascript questionnaire and not the content because of copyright permission, i mailed zend to ask them if i could share this but wasn’t allowed.

I will update this post later with the link to javascript questionnaire on github for download

Bought tickets to ConFoo

I have now purchased tickets to ConFoo and travel tickets from Sweden to Canada. The ConFoo conference starts February 29 – March 2, 2012. This will be my first IT conference and i can’t wait to travel there and listen to the experts talk about their field of work and what they recommend and how they solve different problems.