Accounting: Epilogue Part I

December 14, 2007

Tim entered the classroom for the last time, about fifteen minutes late, to be exact and he wasn’t apologetic either. He walked to his usual spot, in front of the class, and said “the traffic was horrible!”

He brought several items with him, and we were wondering what was inside the glossy paper bag, could it be the grand prize, the prize the winner of the contest will bring home? That could only be it, there is no other reason why Tim would do it any other way.

Tim raised the bag and said “This is it, the big prize, only to the group who answers the toughest question.”

While Tim went on to discuss the mechanics of the contest, my mind wandered again, taking me several weeks back. Flashbacks of the cool and happy moments started rolling-in, the moments he would ask tricky questions to any student, and he would throw a piece of candy from his usual spot, launching it from his arm to the lucky student sitting somewhere in the room. Another unforgettable moment was when students would question him about his explanation and try to pin him down to the exacting  grammatical rules of spoken language. Sometimes, even professors make linguistic mistakes, too, you know. And he would easily escape from it like a slippery toad from a clenched hand.

I was pulled-back to reality, the vignette is now gone, this is reality now. Tim is now looking at his laptop screen calling out names, he is organizing the sitting arrangement. He called my name, “you go to group One, in front.” So I waved to my seatmate and off I went to sit in front. Sitting next to Mr.Salinsky who happened to also aced several tests, “now I know you Mr.Salinsky, I’ve never seen you this close before Mr.Salinsky. You’re the one who managed to ace those quizzes? This time Mr.Salinsky, we’re going to be teammates. Now who’s going to be the wingman?”

I threw my eyes up a couple vectors away, from there my view of group one was flawless. I see several geeky classmates sitting in group one as well. “So, what Tim is up to this time?” But then group two has their geeks too, as well as three and four! “Hmmm, Tim has evenly distributed the geeks, eh. Now it gets even more challenging.”

I gave out a huge shout inside my head….


When Tim gave his final number and all students were finally re-seated, Tim clasped his hands and motioned the start of the contest.


November 4, 2007

I was so surprised to hear my name getting called when the prof handed out the test results. The five students who were called stood up to get their prizes, and later were praised again to get special treats, a choice of one Hershey or sweet candy. Anyway, I was not expecting that to happen, I was merely trying my best to keep my grade at a respectable level, but I never thought it would go up this high.

And what was way even cooler was the fact that most of my solutions, rather financial statements are stored in Google spreadsheet. I have access to it anywhere there is a network.

On another note, I’ve finally decided the UI will be developed using Flex Builder 2.0, which is were I’m at at the moment. I did manage to figure out how to code an event handler for send()’ing and receive()’ing webservice calls, though. The hard part was figuring out how to cast the result object to an Array object, that is still probably one thing the Adobe engineers could work on, though. Make it more simpler to handle result objects.

Database-wise, the schema is already setup, the instance running on Dev, what is basically missing is finishing the webservice code for testing access times for setting up the index. Initially, the free accounting package will launch to target small service business, employing about 5 to 50 employees with gross revenue within the range of $100 to $1,000,000. That means a positive net income on your Income Statement. Well, it’s much better if the business is still in the red, though. They will probably need a free tool like this one to play around with.


While having a light snack, I had a small debate with my old man who is paying a visit. Here are my arguments:

  1. FACT: The term education came from the latin word educare, to guide.

  2. FACT: One who is considered a professor in class is an educator, a guide.

  3. FACT: Basically the prof’s purpose is to guide the students to the right path.

  4. When students don’t get high grades, it shows they are not being guided properly.

  5. Whereas, poor performance in test scores mean the professor failed to guide his students study the concepts correctly.

  6. Conversely, high performance in test scores mean the professor is doing the job guiding students to the right path.

  7. Therefore, the professor is liable for the students low test scores, for failing to guide students to the right path.

  8. So, If you get a low grade, it is the teacher’s fault.


Pro Bono On The Accounting Side…

October 10, 2007

Maintaining a site for keeping lecture notes and solutions to exercises and problems takes about eight to twelve hours a week. That’s because a lot of new pages need to be set up,  prepped for the first time. It could could go down to eight hours a week as things move forward.

In tandem with maintenance, I’ve also set up a database backend specifically for the exercises. What this basically means is I’ve partially created a database-backend app with a web front-end for automating some of the accounting procedures. It’s not up-and-running yet, but it will be ready in the coming week or two.

I’ll open this project to the public once it is ready. This one is going to be Pro-Bono (free) as this will greatly help me in my studies, going forward. So, if you want a free-ride on your accounting system, especially if you’re a mom-and-pop store, a team-operating-on-a-dime, or even a smallbiz who wants to save that penny. My suggestion is to get on this project once it is ready.

I’ll take care of the nut-and-bolts, you basically plug-in the numbers and run reports. That’s basically the deal. It’s as easy as any accounting firm, except this one is free.

Send me an email, if you’re curious enough to know what’s going-on behind this weblog, though.

 OK, see you later.

Writing About A Domain Specific Topic Can Be Interesting.

October 5, 2007

Recently, a new webpage opened-up basically for posting lecture notes and solutions to exercises and problems. My initial expectation was to have an online repo for all things related to the subject, and it turned out to be wonderful thing. So, I kept on posting more notes and solutions, then one thing I noticed something about the page.

Stats showed most of the queries that landed into the page were mostly questions about finding a solution to a problem. That got my cells firing, though.

Anyway, I really don’t care about who is looking into these solutions or what kind of benefit will they be getting out from it. In my case, I’ll just populate the webpage with all the lecture notes and solutions for a specific book that we use in the class.

If it turns out the page to be a source of information for other students who are into the the same path as mine, well, welcome aboard and give a squawk.

quo vadis?