Summary of blog assignments 1 & 2

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I enjoyed reading this week’s blog assignments very much. Good job everyone.

Topics for CIS 305 Database Design and Development class include:
New product/services: Shazam (music), Netflix (video), etc.
Use of database: “Footprint Database used catch criminals!”, Canon copiers, music review, etc.
Database technology: cloud computing – Apple icloud, Amazon Kindle, etc.
Business cases: , Oracle, SQL Anywhere used by The Open University, etc.
Issues: Sony security breach, SQL website compromised by injected malware, etc.

Topics for CIS 311 Interactive Web Development class include:
Web technology: HTML5 for mobile and more, tagging, web 3D, IPv4 vs. IP v6, QR code, etc.
Web app: music and Google map mashup, etc.
Business cases: web2.0 for libraries in China, Amazon cloud computing, Online pharmaceutical, Web 2.0 in classroom, etc.
Issues: social networking IQ, use technology fight obstacles of disability, web app security, Internet safety, Facebook privacy, etc.

For both classes:
The blog assignment is about update and deep understanding of database technologies that we don’t have a chance to cover in class, and it is preferably related to the topics of the week but not necessary and will not be punished if you don’t.

Summaries are overall well-written using students’ own words; most reflection are well-written and related to one’s experience or knowledge, or simply asking more questions for further discussion.

Several good resources students used include: online magazine such as pcworld, computer world,, Bloomberg Businessweek; journals such as: Journal of Digital Asset Management, Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business

Some posts also seemed bringing interesting discussions to class and so I added into my lecture to cover such as cloud computing vs. grid computing.

Top commented-posts for database:
“ICloud Really Improve Our Life?” by Chaoxi Pang (5)
“Bridging the Gap: Oracle Database Systems and Canon Copiers” by Daniel Lucinian (4)
“Databases and Music” by Wendy Osuna (4)

Top commented-posts for web:
“Are Cookies Always Eatable?” by wei chen (3)
“Kindle Fire and iPad 2” by Ricardo Gonzales (3)
“Web 2.0 may be riskier than ever” by Boshi Wang (3)

To be improved:
1) Make meaningful blag post name. For example, a post named “Web Pages” for an article about how to avoid web design that is too clustered is too general, while not specifying the issue being discussed, consider changing it into “lean and clean web design” etc. Another example is the post named “A good business tool” which is about data mining tools.
2) Reflection needs to be 2 paragraphs (or at least equivalent quality)that allows deeper discussion. Good examples are: “Amazon silk”by Andrew Nguyen, “Businesses and Web3D” by Rafael Funes, and many more.
3) Articles are overall correctly-cited following APA standard, although some are not correctly. e.g., “IP Address Safety” that cited the online library URL for the article, when it should have cited the journal volume, page numbers and publishing year, etc.
4) picture needs to be cited as well. e.g., “the web is dead” picture on “How much longer will www. last?” post.
5) Some comments need deeper exploration, refer to my comments to Ahlyzik Monroe’s comment to “Music Reviews Out the Door?”.
6) There are a few good comments too, e.g., Calvin Macaraeg’s and Tuyen Huynh’s comments both related to their personal or work experience and have given some thoughts to the topics.
7) Comments are due the week after the post assignment is due, and hence the grading follows.

Finally, some of my observations and suggestions regarding what would help your blog post to get more comments:
1) obviously, select up-to-date article with interesting topics that relevant to our daily life, and well-written analysis and reflection.
2) submit early, so your classmates will read them and respond early.
3) use a picture related to your content to visually attract readers.