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SUPA polo 2012

My passion for Polo

I’ve had passion for horses since when I was very young (about 5 years), I come from a town called Hadejia (in Jigawa, Nigeria) which is popular for the peoples’ culture and passion for horse keeping. Even though I never lived in the village, I often visited during holidays and festive seasons, and my main activity while I was there was horse riding. Then, I’ve always been the fearful one and opted for easy going horses to ride.
I became interested in the sport through my uncle who played in Kano. I got inspired by him when I watch him play and I always get a taste of riding the ponies which was ever fun. Since then I have developed a keen interest in polo and my passion grew when I was given polo pony for a present. The horse was called Lugard, I had him for 7 years and those were the best years of my childhood. I learnt a lot about horse keeping, and riding. I had memorable moments with Lugard that I will always remember. Sadly, I came back home one saturday morning from a school lesson to find out he was gone. My dad had gotten rid of Lugard because he was getting old.
I started playing Polo in secondary school, I had a short spell playing stick and ball before I had to abandon it because it was a form of distraction to my academics at that time. I later picked up while studying for my masters degree at the University of Birmingham in 2010, joining the school Polo club which offered affordable Polo lessons and tournaments at university level. I had weekly lessons at Rugby Polo Club with very good instructors Glen and Philip Baker. Soon I played for my university at the largest polo tournament in the UK (SUPA Nationals) in June 2011 and February 2012. Since then, I’ve found polo to be my hobby and a thing I look forward to be doing for a very long time.

Computer aided software engineering

Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE)

What is CASE?
Computer-Aided Software Engineering (CASE) is the use of software tools to assist in the development and maintenance of software. Tools used to assist in this way are known as CASE Tools.

What is CASE Tool?
A CASE tool is a computer-based product aimed at supporting one or more software engineering activities within a software development process.
Computer-Aided Software Engineering tools are those software which are used in any and all phases of developing an information system, including analysis, design and programming. For example, data dictionaries and diagramming tools aid in the analysis and design phases, while application generators speed up the programming phase.
CASE tools provide automated methods for designing and documenting traditional structured programming techniques. The ultimate goal of CASE is to provide a language for describing the overall system that is sufficient to generate all the necessary programs needed.

Components of CASE Tools
CASE Tool are used to support a wide variety of SDLC. CASE Tools are used to help in the project identification and selection, project initiation and planning, and design phacss, and in the implementation and maintenance phases. The components of CASE Tools are categorized into 3 mainly;

  • UpperCASE Tool
    UpperCASE Tool is a Computer-Aided Software Engineering (CASE) software tool that supports the software development activities upstream from implementation. Uppercase tool focus on the analysis phase (but sometimes also the design phase) of the software development lifecycle (diagramming tools, report and form generators, and analysis tools)
  • LowerCASE Tool
    LowerCASE Tool Computer-Aided Software Engineering (CASE) software tool that directly supports the implementation (programming) and integration tasks. LowerCASE tools support database schema generation, program generation, implementation, testing, and configuration management.
  • I CASE
    Tools that integrate both upper and lower CASE, for example making it possible to design a form and build the database to support it at the same time. An automated system development environment that provides numerous tools to create diagrams, forms and reports. It also offers analysis, reporting, and code generation facilities and seamlessly shares and integrates data across and between tools.

Types of CASE Tools
The general types of CASE tools are listed below:

  1. Diagramming tools: enable system process, data and control structures to be represented graphically.
  2. Computer display and report generators: help prototype how systems look and feel. It makes it easier for the systems analyst to identify data requirements and relationship.
  3. Analysis tools: automatically check for importance, inconsistent, or incorrect specifications in diagrams, forms, and reports.
  4. Central repository: enables the integrated storage of specifications, diagrams, reports and project management information.
  5. Documentation Generators: produce technical and user documentation in standard formats.
  6. Code generators: enable the automatic generation of program and data base definition code directly from the design documents, diagrams, forms, and reports.

What is Quality to CASE Tool?
The reason for using case may be very straight forward and practical decision such as being easier to use and makes life better. However from a broader perspective, Quality to using case implies how Case tools have improved the quality of software development. Case tool has improved software development in the following;

  • Improve the quality of the system developed.
  • Increase the speed with which systems are designed and developed.
  • Ease and improve the testing process through the use of automated checking.
  • Improve the integration of development activities via common methodologies.
  • Improve the quality and completeness to documentation.
  • Help standardize the development process.
  • Improve the management of the project.
  • Simplify program maintenance.
  • Promote reusability of modules and documentation.
  • Improve software portability across environments.

What is productivity to CASE Tool? And how it helps Software Development.
Productivity can be said to be the state or quality of producing something. Or the effectiveness of the productive efforts. Therefore productivity to case can be the achievements gained or the effectiveness of using the CASE technology. Productivity has helped in the development of software in the following ways;

  • Provide new systems with shorter development time.
  • Improve the productivity of the systems development process.
  • Improve the quality of the systems development process.
  • Improve worker skills.
  • Improve portability of new systems.
  • Improve the management of the systems development process.

Functions of a CASE Tool

  1. Analysis
    CASE analysis tools automatically check for incomplete, inconsistent, or in correct specifications in diagrams, forms and reports.
  2. Design
    This is where the technical blueprint of the system is created by designing the technical architecture – choosing amongst the architectural designs of telecommunications, hardware and software that will best suit the organization’s system and future needs. Also designing the systems model – graphically creating a model from graphical user interface, screen design, and databases, to placement of objects on screen
  3. Code generation
    CASE Tool has code generators which enable the automatic generation of program and data base definition code directly from the documents, diagrams, forms, and reports.
  4. Documentation
    CASE Tool has documentation generators to produce technical and user documentation in standard forms. Each phase of the SDLC produces documentation. The types of documentation that flow from one face to the next vary depending upon the organization, methodologies employed and type of system being built.

Summary
This write up introduces the use of automated tools to support the systems development process. First, it started by defining CASE and What is CASE tool, the components of CASE tool which include upper CASE, lower CASE and Integrated CASE , each covering different stages of the SDLC. The types of CASE tools were also discussed. Secondly in the contents it stated what quality means to CASE tool, what is productivity to CASE tool and how it helps to the development of software. Function of CASE tools which include: analysis, design, code generation, and documentation.

References

  1. computer aided software engineering
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer-aided_software_engineering
    Date accessed: 11th February, 2007.
  2. Case tool.
    http://www.answers.com/case%20tool
    Date accessed: 11th February, 2007.
  3. what is case
    http://www.sei.cmu.edu/legacy/case/case_whatis.html
    Date accessed: 12th February, 2007.
  4. Upper Case tool.
    http://www.opfro.org/index.html?Components/Producers/Tools/UpperCASETools.html~Contents
    Date accessed: 11th February, 2007.
  5. Lowercase tool
    http://www.opfro.org/index.html?Components/Producers/Tools/LowerCASETools.html~Contents
    Date accessed: 11th February, 2007.
  6. Jefferey A. Hoffer, Joey F. George, and Joseph S. Valacich. Modern Systems Analysis and Design. Fourth edition .2005. New Jersey. Pg 602-617.
Abdulsalam Umar

Salamtura – “The Inception”

Abdulsalam Umar

BSc Computer Science (First Class)

At long last my blog is live, i have procrastinated for 3yrs on setting up a blog. I am not a very good writer I guess but I have a lot to share. Well before I start posting my boring stuff, let me give little bio about myself.

I come from the Northern part of Nigeria. I attended Mary Travis nursery and primary school for primary education, and Zamani College Kaduna for my secondary school. After secondary school, I studied Business Administration at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria for a year before i transferred to INTI International University Malaysia, a franchise university to Coventry University UK, to study Computer Science in 2007. After my first degree, I went on for the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) for one year in 2009 which i worked for Chams Plc for one year. Currently, i am pursuing my masters degree in Msc Internet Software Systems at the University of Birmingham in the UK.

I have a belief that success in life is not about making good choices but also having the belief and passion for choices that you make. For me, I started grooming my career in Business Administration which I thought was a good choice for me. It would have been a disaster if I had kept myself in that line. My first degree was  in Computer Science , which I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science with a First Class Honours. I was good with computers since my young age and I have met a vast computer world which I fell in love with. The passion I have for computing has been the key factor for the excellence in my academics. I happen to be very good practically and technically especially with the major programming languages. I am a Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP), a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Oracle Certified SQL Expert, and well more to come ;).

A career in computing has been my dream ever since I came into meaningful contact with this latest tool that science has put into man’s hands. Having found computing to be my hobby and passion, I am looking forward to having a successful and influential career in the Information Technology world and also intend to make effort to improve the current backward situation of the IT industry of my home country.

At my leisure times, I play polo! Yes I love horses. They put a smile on my face and I can ride on them all day. I am a football fan (Red Devil :p), I like keeping myself current with the major football leagues in Europe. I love hanging out with friends going for movies, eating out, playing pool, and playing video games (I woop asses in soccer games so beware). When am not doing any of these, I will definitely be in front of my computer(Work Station) doing what I do best (code).

Well I hope I have planted an idea in your brain of who am I and what to expect from me! 🙂

Cheers!