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Posted by Balachandran on June 16, 2013

Hello folks, Finally, I am moving this blog to my own domain – balachandran.org. Thanks a ton to Guruprasad for setting up a wordpress instance.

Thanks to all readers who have followed me on this blog. Please do follow me on my new blog.

 

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Dancer – Dance with Perl

Posted by Balachandran on January 21, 2013

Some of those who know me might be really surprised to see a post on Perl in my blog. Well, the fact is that I use Perl at office as of now, and so I know some basics(of Perl).

A couple of weeks back, I started working on this task of creating a tracker application for the Patches/Hotfixes that our team releases. This tracker app would have the list of bugs being fixed, the QA engineer testing them, and the current status of the release/HF.

It was suggested that I use Perl since everyone else in the team is a full-time Perl programmer. And so started the journey.

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Aaron Swartz – R.I.P

Posted by Balachandran on January 21, 2013

Hello folks, The monthly Bangpypers meet was scheduled yesterday and I decided to attend it. Only on reaching the venue did I realise that it was a combined Bangpypers – Hasgeek event. The reason – It was a meeting in memory of Aaron Swartz, the creator of web.py, the guy behind reddit, and above all the one who standardised RSS.

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IRCTC – Crappier than anything that I have ever seen

Posted by Balachandran on February 10, 2012

I had firmly believed that the “cyber” websites that I used to design with my friends were really crappy. But today IRCTC proved I am wrong. I gave my credentials and logged in and got this:

javax.servlet.jsp.JspException: Unable to rename class file f:\bv1to1_var\scratchirctcstruts\app24_bv60_34\booking\_0005f_0005f\common\_0002fbooking_0002f_0002e_0002e_0002fcommon_0002fnewtemplate_0005fplanner_0002ejspnewtemplate_0005fplanner_jsp_0.class to f:\bv1to1_var\scratchirctcstruts\app24_bv60_34\_0002fbooking_0002f_0002e_0002e_0002fcommon_0002fnewtemplate_0005fplanner_0002ejspnewtemplate_0005fplanner.class
	at org.apache.struts.taglib.template.InsertTag.doEndTag(InsertTag.java:133)
	at booking._0002fbooking_0002fplanner_0002ejspplanner_jsp_0._jspService(_0002fbooking_0002fplanner_0002ejspplanner_jsp_0.java:535)
	at org.apache.jasper.runtime.HttpJspBase.service(HttpJspBase.java:126)
	at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:853)
	at org.apache.jasper.runtime.JspServlet$JspServletWrapper.service(JspServlet.java:174)
	at org.apache.jasper.runtime.JspServlet.serviceJspFile(JspServlet.java:274)
	at org.apache.jasper.runtime.JspServlet.service(JspServlet.java:387)
	at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:853)
	at com.broadvision.servlet.ServletContainer.service(ServletContainer.java:404)
	at com.broadvision.servlet.BVRequestDispatcher.forward(BVRequestDispatcher.java:133)
	at org.apache.struts.action.ActionServlet.processActionForward(ActionServlet.java:689)
	at org.apache.struts.action.ActionServlet.process(ActionServlet.java:581)
	at org.apache.struts.action.ActionServlet.doGet(ActionServlet.java:140)
	at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:740)
	at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:853)
	at com.broadvision.servlet.ServletContainer.service(ServletContainer.java:404)
	at com.broadvision.servlet.ServletContainer.processRequest(ServletContainer.java:348)
	at com.broadvision.servlet.ServletContextContainer.processRequest(ServletContextContainer.java:819)
	at com.broadvision.servlet.BVServletEngine.service(BVServletEngine.java:246)
	at com.broadvision.servlet.BVServletConnector.service(BVServletConnector.java:141)

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Homage to Dennis Ritchie

Posted by Balachandran on October 14, 2011

Dennis Richie(dmr), the father of the C language and one of the co-founders of the UNIX passed away on 8th October, 2011. And that came a few days after the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The news of Dennis Ritchie’s death was a big shock, and saddened me to a great extent. I thought I must pen down a homage to this man who contributed so much to technology as we know today.

To start off with, he gave us the C language. He is the ‘R’ of the famous ‘K&R’ C programming book, the ‘R’ stands for Ritchie. That book has been used over and over by people across the world to learn C.

And, he was one of the founding fathers of UNIX. To make sure that people understand the importance of UNIX, everything from GNU/Linux, *BSDs, iOS(yes, the iPads, iPods and all such stuff), and most likely MS Windows has taken at least something from UNIX.

And the C programming language, which has been in high demand and use since its day one, has been the basis for lot of new languages that were developed in later years. Though it might lack a string API, C, which came it existence in 1969, has almost all features that is needed to create a High-Available, Mission critical applications. C++, Java, PHP, Perl,  and may be Python are a few languages that owe a lot to C. And most parts of the Linux kernel, most UNICes are implemented in C. So was the impact of the creation of dmr. C might be dreaded by many; It might be easy to make mistakes in C; But still, there is a kind of beauty that is associated with the language. And that, is something that I love

Death, be it to anyone from a most wanted criminal to a sadhu/sanyasi is sad and so were the deaths of Steve Jobs and Dennis Ritchie. But I have never been a big fan of Jobs. He was a CEO, who ran a company that created products that were bought by a lot of people. And true, the devices from Apple have excellent user interfaces. But what he did was to inspire his team to create such products(either through threats or excellent leadership qualities, I don’t know which). I really don’t know if he personally invented any of the technologies that his company owns. Another thing about Jobs is that he had a mad desire for patents and Apple under him file lots of law suits based on patents. On the other hand, Dennis Ritchie was an out and out technology guy. He wrote a new language, that is among the most popular if not the most popular. He wrote the first ever popular operating system. Yet, he was never after patents. He firmly believed that it should be open(mostly because there was no such thing called proprietary those days). What pained me a lot in Ritchie’s death was that there was absolutely no media coverage. He passed away on 8th October, and the world came to know about it(mostly) from a Google+ message that Rob Pike(his fellow colleague who worked on UNIX) shared. Not even slashdot made a news entry until 13th October. But, for Steve Jobs, there was extensive coverage in all sections of the media. There was a first page article in the news paper that I read regularly. And that paper hasn’t yet reported dmr’s death. I can understand if the common man doesn’t know Dennis Ritchie. But if the media, which tries to go as techie as possible, doesn’t know/report Ritchie’s death, it really is painful.

He gave a lot of things. As Linus once said, it is one the shoulders of giants like Dennis Ritchie that the present day world stands. And he is definitely among the tallest of those giants. He was someone who was at the very center of the changes that gradually has the brought the computer-related technology to what it currently is. If not dmr, someone else might have found another new language, Yes. And likewise, if Ken Thompson and Ritchie had just worked on the “word processor” which was their assigned task, we might not have had UNIX, but someone else would have come up with some other OS. But the world would most probably be much differently from what it currently is. Thanks for all your contributions DMR. RIP.

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A trip to Kabini and Nagarhole – office sponsored

Posted by Balachandran on March 15, 2011

Hello folks,

Its been well over a year since the last post and I have seen/been through a great deal of change, as anyone would expect. And again, a great way to get back to blogging. First of all, I am no longer with Motorola, I have moved on to a different company. And that change, though took a while for me to get settled, has been good. And it is this new company that sponsored our visit to celebrate the successful launch of the new version of one of its major products. Read the rest of this entry »

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Calcutta and Guwahati

Posted by Balachandran on December 19, 2009

Hello folks, it’s been a while since I had made my last post. Work was tight and no time to blog. But, to get away from the routine, took a break in the first week of December and went on a trip to Guwahati and Calcutta(for some reasons, I prefer Calcutta to Kolkata). Leaving on a Saturday morning(28th November, 2009), I reached  Guwahati at about 14:00 hrs, about 4 hrs filght from Bangalore.

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An evening well spent – BOSUG meet

Posted by Balachandran on September 13, 2009

Hello folks, BOSUG met after a long time and I went for the meet, again at Sun offices Bangalore. It was again an interesting evening, well spent, learning lots of new things. Moinak and Anil spoke on interesting things that held my attention all through the evening.

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An year at Moto :)

Posted by Balachandran on July 30, 2009

Hello folks. With today, I am completing 1 year at Moto. Joined Motorola, one year ago today and time has gone so fast that I realised it just now.

Looking back at it, I have had a great time at my company. Though it has been hectic, got a wonderful team here and a really nice project. Working on LTE(A 4G wireless broadband technology) has been really interesting. Learnt so many thing that I never even knew existed. The lone achievement this year was bagging an  internal award. :)

I should thank my team for bearing with my extreme forgetfulness and the huge amounts of mistakes that I commit. Mine is a really good team with a great amount of understanding for others. Despite the tight schedule, everyone in the team spent time to help me out of difficult and desperate situations. Of course, those are embarrassing moments and I hope to push them back and improve going ahead.

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Guwahati, Shillong and Cherrapunji

Posted by Balachandran on July 26, 2009

Hello folks, this is a post long long over-due. A post about a trip that I made in the first week of May. And, the delay is much more manifested when I announce that it was the first ever air trip that I had made :-) . In the first week of May, I went on a journey to the gateway of North East India, Guwahati. A rare opportunity that I got since my father is now working there. I visited Guwahati, Shillong and Cherrapunji during that trip.

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