About

Welcome to our TUG Night School at Seneca@York.

This program is brought to you jointly by the Toronto Users Group for IBM Power Systems and Seneca College School of Information and Communications Technology (Faculty of Science and Engineering Technology). Also, it is supported by Seneca’s Faculty of Continuing Education.

We feature weekly hands-on classes facilitated by respected IT community leaders. The classes are conducted in facilities at the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) building at York University Keele Street Campus.

For our students, this is an opportunity to enhance technical vitality, increase market and business value while learning and enjoying camaraderie with your peers. We experiment with various forms of cadence, typically one evening class per week but also with a series of classes in a single week. We focus on application development and target the classes for both those looking to modernize existing systems or extend to new web and mobile platforms.

Use this site to inquire about our offerings. Registration is done through the link to the TUG site.

Our users have told us that they are interested in the TNS program year-round, so this year we are offering summer classes.

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One Response to About

  1. Tom Mavroidis says:

    Perspective:
    Where have all the iSeries programmers gone…..
    After another enjoyable night school session with Wallace Trenholm from Sightline Innovation as our guest speaker, and based on the small contingent of iSeries programmers present, I couldn’t help but think “Where have all the iSeries programmers gone?”. What immediately resonated in my mind was “long time passing” just like the song by Pete Seeger about flowers. What was clearly evident last night was that there lives a vibrant development community in Toronto, mostly made up of many young aspiring programmers that embrace the latest and greatest that technology has to offer. On the flip side of the coin are sparse sprinklings of veteran developers who are equally excited, I being one of them, that continue to embrace the opportunity to learn about things new and innovative. Everyone present was deeply interested in what Wally had to say, although I had expected a much larger contingent of TUG members then were actually present. Nevertheless the session went beautifully and all who attended were left with an excellent understanding of the topic at hand.
    Wally’s talk was on OpenGL, The Open Graphics Library specification, and what a rich resource of knowledge he is. He explained how it fits into today’s paradigm of mobile computing from the desktop to hand held devices and how it is revolutionizing the way we consume data. 3d modeling enhances the user experience and Wally laid down the roadmap on how to get started using this wonderful tool. He directed us to tons of real world examples and targeted resources on how to get started quickly without the usual trial and error approach that we are so accustomed to.
    Wally touched upon several free and commercial libraries with an emphasis on where to find tutorials (usually free) from the web. There was a demonstration using the tool “Blender” with a discussion of the three dimensional aspects of the product.
    Seneca, a first century philosopher is quoted as saying “Luck is where the crossroads of opportunity and preparation meet”. Mobile computing has produced a paradigm shift in the way users view and consume information. You can choose to ignore its impact on the general public and find yourself unprepared for the future or embrace it and have a step up knowing how to leverage it within your existing infrastructure. I think it’s time to take a good look at this shift and lay out a deployment plan for the future or we may find ourselves ill prepared.
    No matter what choices you make, 3d modeling promises to be one of many really cool new technologies available to us today, and I for one cannot get enough of it. Now all that is left to do is to find is a needy client with deep pockets.
    A special thanks to Mark Buchner for putting together this lecture series. Last night was free of charge to all TUG members which is just one more way that TUG helps to encourage us to expand our knowledge base.
    Wally will be teaching the TUG Feb 6th Blackberry Development Class and I suggest that this is not one to be missed, or as Peter Seeger song goes on to say:
    ….when will they ever learn
    ….when will they ever learn….
    Tom Mavroidis

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