Tag: Skynet

Another Project Succesfully Completed

Dear readers,

I am really enthused about the project that was completed today. After months of dedicated work the Belgacom Skynet team and its partners really delivered. During this time I have been working in a great team which consists of web developers, integrators, database engineers, managers, editors, functional analysts and testers. The spirit and the drive of this amazing team is through the roof. Like I said in one of my previous posts “Never work a day in your life again” work really doesn’t feel like a job when you love what you do. The project consists of 6 (SIX!!) complete new websites. No matter what age you are, no matter your interest, if you can read dutch or french it will get you hooked in one two three. Let us look at the websites one at the time.

Skynet News
News and Sport:

If you are interested in the daily news the content of this segment is immense. It ranges from the latest news in Belgium, the world, politics, entertainment, economics, sport to the latest results from the lottery.
You can read thousands of articles or view the videos in streaming format.

It also has a handy weather feature. If you want to know the weather conditions for the upcoming days just look it up at the click of a button.

Skynet Lili

This site is especially for women. Ranging from pregnancy to showbiz gossip. Read up on wellness, gastronomy, feelings, kids, family,…

Skynet Jack

The fast lane. Cars, stock and finance, babes, adventure, lifestyle, gadgets…

Skynet Entertainment

Concerts, movies, music and so much more. The one stop for leisure time.
You can download the latest charts, view the latest trailers and read up on the blogs of other people interested in entertainment.

Skynet Services

A couple of keywords:

  • Route planner
  • job seeker
  • car finder
  • buy and sell
  • dating
  • search
  • yellow and white pages

Skynet Mobile

All proximus customers will be pleased to read that all the services from live.proximus.be are integrated in this easy to navigate segment.

I hope you have fun surfing on the latest project I am involved in. I plan on doing a lot more projects in the future, but this will always be one of the sweetest. The next big thing should be the completion of my book: the lives of the very successful.

Sunny greetings from Belgium

Nick Belhomme
Always looking for ways to stretch my capacity.

It’s all about building the dream

Hello, thank you for reading up on my daily notes.

The other day one of my colleagues at Skynet Belgacom (Belgium’s reference provider of integrated telecommunication services) asked me if it would be difficult for him to obtain the PHP5 Zend Certified Engineer Certification.

Being a ZCE myself I was in the excellent position to answer that question for him.

I responded it wouldn’t if he really wanted it. It is the same as everything in life. People can do extraordinary things if they really, really want it. Do you ever stop and think when you see an airplane glide through the air that it was once just a man’s idea?! Man couldn’t fly, if he was meant to fly he would have gotten wings they told Wilbur Wright. Well we all know the Wright brothers showed us. Millions of people fly now a day, every day!

They made the impossible possible with their passion!

I hear people too often say what they don’t want, that they never even consider what they do want. If you want something and just take action you can grab it. Almost every time, guaranteed. Besides it is not the goal that makes it a success it is trying to reach that “want” that makes the trip and the total a success. You’ll never hear someone say when they come to pass, I had a great house, great furniture, a runway model as a spouse and 50 million on my bank account. No they will tell you all the great stories on how they achieved that goal. You see, it is not the achieved end that is a success it is the road trip and all the personal development you gained while taking the trip. Everything can be stripped and taken away from you, but not the development you gained. That’s yours for ever!

I told my colleague he should go for it. Posing the question if it is a hard thing to do indicated he wants the certification but is in doubt of himself or the work that is involved. I told him he shouldn’t be afraid of himself or of the work involved. Just go.

If you are interested in obtaining this certification yourself let me share a secret with you:

You can achieve this, I am positive you can!

I know you can, maybe you’ll just have to take the test and pass, maybe you will have to study for a month or even 2 years. But like I said before, if you want it, you can do it. Only the things that you have earned through hard work are the things that you really value. And what is wrong with hard work? Working towards the goal should be fun. And it will be if you are pursuing something you want. So take your time but start moving.

PHP Architect has this great mock exam . I suggest you take it to verify your readiness for the new Zend PHP 5 Certification Exam. It is just a test so if you fail don’t let it get you down, but see it as an opportunity for you becoming an even better programmer as it will indicate in detail which areas of PHP you have to sharpen. A great book called “Php|architect’s Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide” can help you with that.

If you are like me and pass with the grade “excellent”, get your butt to the nearest examination center and take that exam.

The benefits are huge, as an employee you can ask for a raise, you have a proven knowledge, and have something to brag about to your colleagues. 😉

As a freelance PHP Expert Developer Consultant like myself the benefits are even greater. Really big companies, as the one where I am doing a project right now, will contact you themselves. You have after all proven to have a very high know-how and experience in PHP.

But what we both share, employee and freelancer, is the deep satisfaction of knowing you wanted something, went for it, and obtained it. And this feeling is far more important than anything else. It makes you see. It makes you feel. And finally it makes you believe in yourself and know that when YOU want something, you can make it happen. Every time!

Sunny greetings from Belgium,
Nick Belhomme

Ps. I have a great house, great furniture, a runway model as a spouse and I am working towards the 50 million on my bank account. 😉

Some great books to help you prepare for the exam.

Zend Certification Study Guide Zend Practice Exam Book