- A Battle in Cyber Space

Operation Badar
Electronic-Commerce Web Application Development Training Programme
The Battle for Pakistan in Cyberspace
Muslims of the sub-continent did not participate in the industrial revolution. The result has been centuries of subjugation, economic deprivation, and military defeats. If we miss the digital and information revolution, the consequences are hard to imagine. In the past only the western powers had the technological edge over us, this time our hegemonistic neighbor has also made tremendous strides in this area. If we are not careful our very survival is at stake. However, the good news is that there is general consensus in Pakistan, both on the individual level as well as at the national level, that mastery of information technology is crucial for our survival. The only thing we lack is direction, focus, and a winning strategy.

The reality is that it will be very difficult for us to compete with USA and India in informational technology. USA is at least 50 years ahead and India has about a 20-year lead. The only way we can leapfrog our competitors and effectively participate in this revolution is by focusing and gaining excellence in upcoming and cutting edge technologies. When Japan wanted to get into the watch making business instead of competing with Switzerland for the market share in mechanical watches, they completely changed the rules of the game---they focused on Quartz technology and the rest is history.

The Internet phenomena and the potential of commerce on it provide us the opportunity of a lifetime to take a big leap forward. Instead of turning out MCSC's, or training people to create animations in Flash, we should focus on Electronic-Commerce Web Application Development technologies. The technologies we should develop expertise in should be industry standards so that our future should not be dependent on the economic interests of any one company.

The technologies that are emerging as industry standards for web and e-commerce application development are Java, XML (eXtensible Markup Language), and UML (Unified Modeling Language). Some of the related technologies are:

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1. Enterprise Java Beans (EJB's) 1. Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)
2. Servlets, Java Server Pages (JSP's), Java Database Connect (JDBC) and Java Message Service (JMS) 2. eXtensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) and eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transforms (XSLT)
3. Internet and E-Commerce Security Protocols 3. XML Schema, XPointer, XPath, XLink, and XForms
4. Unified Development Process (UDP) 4. Resource Description Format (RDF)
5. Design Patterns for Object Oriented Analysis and Design 5. E-Commerce and web protocols, such as: ebXML, OFX, ICE, cXML, CBL, WebDev, SOAP, etc.

The complete syllabus of the 15/18-month program can be viewed here: Operation Badar Syllabus

Operation Badar has very highly educated people with the best of experiences and degrees.
Following is a list of some of the teachers:

Zia Khan (Initiator of this movement)
Masters in Computer Science, Masters in EE,
Masters in Business Administration from Arizona University, USA
CA and CPA professional.

Dr Hassan Mumtaz
PhD from Cambridge University, England
Bachelors from University of Pennsylvania

Mr Imran Rauf
Bachelors and Masters in Mathemtics from
Karachi University and experience of 6 years
of development with Arther Anderson/Anderson consulting

Baseer Sami
Bachelors in Mathematics and Economics from
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
Masters in Economics from Northwestern University

Salman Ahmed
Bacheors in Mathematics and Physics from MIT, USA