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Having fun with new task

Lately I observe I was working 12-13hrs per day and yet I was enjoying it more. It is feeling good especially after my past experince where I use to work 10 hrs and didn’t feel good. I don’t have exact answer for this, but the biggest thing is, if anything goes wrong now I had a valid reason to satisfy why I did wrongly, before I had no answer to that question. It really satisfied my soul.

My company goes for some human resource hunt lately, showing sign of growth, just after 3 months of its operation. However, this sign of growth can be temporary, as we still have to work hard to get things right. With my new setup, I often found we miss a thing or two as compare to other competitor around, and that make us one step back at time. The good thing is we always overcome on that back step by working hard with our limited resources.

I wish my journey will continue with more success, in every aspect. Looks forward for a weekend when I can relax my body too :).

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Another post on “Can You Really Rent a Coder?”

Today, I was reading the well known http://www.codinghorror.com. It has a interesting topic “Can You Really Rent a Coder?“. It is interesting for few reasons which I discuss later. But I feel that is biased or incomplete part. Maybe I am wrong but I will try to put things better here. Hope I don’t get biased.  

1) Do you really need to rent a coder?

Answer: Yes, you do. If not how can you get a software done. Every house doesn’t have a borned programmer. Every business cannot afford a full time programmer? So one does need to hire a coder.

2) Does we need a market place for coders?

Answer: Yes, don’t you go to computer hardware market place or don’t you go to vegetable market place? So why not this service?

3) So do we need online market place?

Answer: So why you need to build a web project, if you don’t want to go on internet? We need everything be done on internet then why not coder market place, when they are the person who develop other market place online?

4) So does this mean these sites are good to have?

Answer: This is tricky to say!!! You caught me. These sites are good and bad, depends how much good judgement you do.  

So above question and answer are just a shortest method i can think of to tell why we need Online Coder hiring website. However they doesn’t put light why CodingHorror.com oppose such thing. Let me discuss that below, once I define the interesting part of Jeff Atwood’s blog entry.  

Jeff and other such blogs i read point the efforts one need to do in order to get their project done. But doesn’t that part is true for local developers? so what harm is in it if you do for offshore project? The other thing that interest me is that offshore project and busines has create lot of buzz in US and CA, and unfortunately those who oppose such website are from that reason for obvious reason that they need to compete other developer from around the world.  

I will put the reason why you shouldn’t and why you should use such website in few days. But it is going to be interesting for all.

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Quickly Changing Programming Languages

3-4  years ago, when I start doing programming I use to work on PHP 4.0.2 version and some developer use to work on PHP 3 even, I wish to learn .NET 1.0 at that time. Then I wrote my first .NET application in .NET 1.1 after 6 months. And now every 6 month I got new version of programming languages. Is the world going fast or I am bit slow?

Frankly speaking, nothing has change in programming. The only thing that is making these changes is to keep people get new feature so developer/owner of these programming language keep the buzz. If you remember Java is still in version 2 and hence it lost the buzz around his name and is now fallen back. If you compare .NET 1.1 to .NET 2.0 they make a major change by introducing Master Pages and Non compile/DLL less Website. Which is the biggest hurdle in .NET earlier version. But since then they only add some inbuild controls and now in .NET 3.5 or .NET 4.0 they mainly introduce some syntax changes like LINQ or things that you can write a long code easily and complier internally write it again for you. Similarly in PHP, PHP 4 has classes and thing, but their compiler is not ready for it, they make PHP 5, since then I see no major change in PHP, except that with every new version they fix 100 of bugs found in complier code and making new inbuilt function to perform something.

It is good to get lot of things in one place, but does we really required these changes so fast? I just open up my company, I got fresh developer, they will take about 6 months to know ifs and but of programming. I cannot give them new version straight away, they will not be able to adopt it. But after six month when I provide them PHP 5.2 or .NET 3.5 market will already have .NET 4.0 or PHP 6. Then the cycle repeat for me and i need to teach them new changes. WHEREAS, I still can make same website that i would develop on new version in .NET 2.0 or PHP 4 without any problem.

Not sure if we all are capable of it or not, but I seriously think Microsoft in specific and other complier/language owner should think on this part. Making new programming language doesn’t make sense until you get it settled in market. C++ still has its charm available as people are using it for 30 yrs. .NET 2.0 is forgetten language as .NET 4.0 is rising. Why make new things when you don’t required? For new changes better make Componenet that are reusable.

Hope someone read this post and tell them to go slow :).

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IDE Colouring

I have been using Visual Studio from last 6-7 years, have used different version of it. Not just Visual studio I used Lot of text editor and other IDE interface. Most of them give user an option to change the colour schema. But like me most of us didn’t realise how useful these feature can be. I never use this feature to change font or colour before. But today I suddenly got a screenshot with Black Background of IDE in Visual Studio. Hmm, it looks very good, the code is crystal clear (on black yes..).

I was able to read blue and black written code on white background easily, but white written code on black is much more clear to me. I was amaze to see the clarity of it. I search on it further and found that even Coding Horror do support those themes .. Don’t believe me take a look here

http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000682.html

or

http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000340.html

Finally go here

http://idehotornot.ning.com/

or this is last one

http://weblogs.asp.net/infinitiesloop/archive/2006/08/06/Join-the-Dark-Side-of-Visual-Studio.aspx

They all have good resources for you. Try it yourself :).

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Chrome: My first experience

Today I download Chrome browser. Not sure where to start but lets do step by step

Installation: Fast, took me around 2 minute (maybe less) on 512kbps line to install this browser. +1 point to chrome

First Run of browser: Import settings from IE(without asking me) +1(for importing) -1 (for without asking me)

Do not import settings from Firefox -1

(Seems another MS hater only, when i have both browser installed in my PC, it should ask me what to do, rather than just try to replace IE …)

First website: Nothing flashy about it, open as similar to opening a site in Firefox or IE.  

Interface: Good blue colour on tabs, No status bar, no Title bar. You ever cannot find where “Chrome” is written in first shot. (Only found that in windows Task bar button).  No points as Blue is rather boring somewhat.

Other things:

1) Remember Password seems stolen feature from Firefox, it appears in similar fashion as in firefox.

2) Looks like you are using IE on interface without Titlebar, (just buttons difference they are as in Firefox).

3) got one small glitch when open a page that use Background colour and image both, it doesn’t show color below the End of HTML, but when refreshed it shows correctly. (sorry miss the screenshot to show). This surely tells there exists some rendering errors in browser.

4) annoying “loading popup status bar”, the small information status bar that comes on left of screen is bit annoying at it attract me to look at it.

In all, I found no good reason to switch to this browser. Just to save better space on screen we can always use Full screen on Firefox and IE. MAybe there rendering is fast. But when i use it on my developed website with Ajax, it works similar, It open gmail at similar speed. I haven’t use it more than 30 minute now. But will use it in future, at least for my website testings.

Good luck.

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Free services: Do they have Future?

Today I got an email from Blog Rush as Free Blog promotion service, that they are shutting down. They mention that they have the choice to sell blog rush or make money through it but, they shut down because they want their name to remain good.

Few years ago, i used a free hosting service that too sold out because they too are looking for free service.

MSN Groups are shutting down. This really arise a question in my mind, does free services really have any future? Can you trust a free service? Lot of use cannot spend much money to get a website or services we need, we rely on these free services and one day once we get habbitual to them that they are closed. This really hurt more then we just wait to buy a good service.

This also tells that we should not forget that money is not everything but still one need it to survive. And that there doesn’t exist any service that can be 100% free. Even Google and Microsoft display ad on their free services to recover some cost.

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Interviews in my new office

I new job, new environment it feels great. We conduct interview here, I took most of those interviews, and it was great experince to look for decent programmers. In my previous job, when I took interview I didn’t found a good candidate after take 40-50 interviews. I was feeling bad at that time, that hardly anyone is there to impress me. I thought there are not good programmer in India.

BUT, when I start interview for VIKASUMIT, I was amazed I almost found 12 out of 25 person going good. How can it be? The only difference in both condition is that in my old job, I never call anyone for interview, my senior does that always, and I just took their techincal interview, here I do all stuff myself. Maybe the criteria based on which I call guys is different from my seniors. It proves to be good for me, I didn’t waste my time on bad candidates.

I am happy that i discovered again India still have many great programmers to come. I am happy that I can build a good team for my clients, and can deliver them better than what I was forced to do in old company.

I believe in GOD, and he is really guiding me to good path. Thanks for all who make me to move in this direction.