Wednesday, November 16

Angular JS Presentation

I was to give a presentation about Angular JS to my team, but due to my miscommunication, it got cancelled. I had spent a lot of time, first learning angular JS and then also working on some demo project which I planned to showcase to the team.

*Rants about me.. blah blah blah...*

Note to Self : People don't understand your sarcasm, don't effing try to be Chandler bing. You live in a developing country. *More Rant... blah blah blah... *

Anyways, I've uploaded the presentation on github pages. I loved using Reveal.js library for making presentations. It is one of the best library and I enjoyed working with it.

P.S: This post will not be complete without plethora of hashtags so here we go
#dontbestupid, #yousuckatsarcasm, #liveinindia, #idioticcommunicationskills, #ISUCK, #whocares, #livelife

Monday, June 27

What "if"

What "if" I had put in just a little extra efforts? What if I had solved that question paper again? What if I had...

The "If" is very subjective and whatever follows after "If" decides your fate.

Scene 1: What "If" I don't get selected even after putting so much efforts?
Scene 2: What "If" I had put in that extra efforts, I would have not missed that cut off.

It is the before and after scenario, but you get the gist.

So what is this post? Well, I recently answered this exam and when I saw my results, I had this "If" moment. What "If" instead of watching that FRIENDS episode which I had already seen umpteen times, I had solved that Maths problem? I could have got better rank, "If" I had prepared a little extra. I would have secured that Seat in my first round, I would not be left at the Mercy of the reserved categories. I cannot blame the Government or the reserved category candidates for my mistakes. I am sure they have their own reasons for their existence.

Well before giving the exam, I knew there was 50% reservation. Instead of thinking there are 60 seats, I should have concluded that there are 30 seats and work hard enough that I be in top 30. Not even top 30, work so hard that I am topping the list.

What went wrong?
Everything, and my Attitude. My attitude towards my goals. What makes me procrastinate, why I cannot get things done? May be I need help and the biggest change I need is in my Attitude.

Go get things done, you.

Life is just once, why waste it cribbing about your failures.

Thursday, June 16

Github - Pushing your code to Github

Lets say you have a project you want to upload to github for versioning. You can take following steps to get started.

1) Login to your account in and create a new repository

2) Navigate to your project folder via the command prompt and run
    >> git init
    This will initialize a repository in your file system.

3) Now we need to add all the files into local repository, which will stage it for commit.
    >> git add .
    The "." or "dot" at the end of command is to add all the files in the directory.

4) Next, commit the files and add a message to the commit
    >> git commit -m "Initial Commit"
    Commits the tracked changes and prepares them to be pushed to a remote repository.

5) We are now ready to push the changes of local repository. However, we should first make a pull request so that our local repository is up to date. Usually this step should be taken before we add any files to the repository.
    >> git pull <your_repository_url>

6) If there are no conflicts or issues, you can now push your local repository changes to the remote repository.
   >> git push
   You will be asked for your username and password of github, after successful validation your code will be deployed to github.

Thursday, June 9

Introduction to TypeScript

What is Typescript?
It is superset of Javascript. EcmaScript 5, EcmaScript 6 are javascript specification, however they are not widely available across browsers. What Typescript allows us to do is transpile our ES6 code to ES5 so that it works on all browsers. It also allows us to leverage some ES7 future features.

Benefits of Strong Typing
- In Javascript you can create a varialbe and assign a number or string as per your usage. However in Strong Typing, you can strictly assign a variable of certain type and if the type changes, during compile time it throws an error. Thus Strong Typing catch errors at compile time vs. runtime.
- There is better tooling (refactoring, autocomplete, etc) and hence you can avoid several classes of errors. Example of autocomplete would be when you have a method with three arguments, it would specifically give you autocomplete for only three arguments and warn you if you pass a fourth argument.
- Strong typing allows you to explicitly intent i.e it allows you to write code for humans. For example
 var x: number = 3;
 var y: string = x; //Error
In Typscript you also have dynamic type (using any) i.e
var x: number = 3;
var y: any = x //Works!!! 

In Typescript, you can have Object Oriented Javascript.

Installing TypeScript
1) Install node
2) Install npm
3) npm install -g tsc

Thursday, May 26

Mobile Application Idea

Today, it was a geeknight here, even though I had registered for it, I felt an urge to NOT attend it. Somehow I feel that unless I know much about the subject it is a complete waste of time attending such sessions. I have been tinkering a lot around an idea of creating a Mobile application. Considering that it is quite easy to build an application these days, I still haven't found that eureka moment to actually sit and get started working on one application. The pain point being the initial setup. There are tremendous useful frameworks out there, but setting those up in windows is a tough task. I quit, before I start.

For a period of about 5-6 months, I ran this watsapp broadcast of sending out quotes daily. They were usually Motivational and Inspirational quotes. I had started with around 100+ people in my phone list and then after about 15 days I sent out a message to everyone, if they like the quotes and would want me to continue, they should reply. I got around 60ish replies.  I would send out quotes every single day, and it had become a very good habit until one day when I took a moment and realized that it could be that I am spamming people. "But they want me to send quotes" , I thought, or could it be that out of courtesy they ad replied. Anyways, what I learned from this experiment was
1) Understand your target audience
2) Have a two way communication
3) Even though you start from your family and friends, but don't trust on the outcome. They want you to feel happy, not your best critics.
4) Doing something everyday has greater benefits over doing occasionally. Even though I have stopped sending out quotes, few of them that I remember has helped me in my day to day life.
5) It was a manual task, first look for a good quote that you have not sent earlier, copy it, format it, and then send it out.

I feel that sending out daily quotes not only helped me, it also helped some others. It was not at all a waste of time.

However, Can I turn this into some application? Top of my head ideas that I would want to have in such application
1) User gets a notification every morning about a quote.
2) The application has entire screen covered with quote, also a picture if available.
3) User can comment on the quote, like, share etc.
4) User can browse through all the previous quotes.
5) The best approach appears to have a website and through this website API, the application be made. This way, I can have all the quotes lined up in the database. May be I will write some bot that will fetch the quotes and store in db.

I have to figure out the technology that I would want to use to build such application. Even though is a good idea, I would definitely want to learn a new technology out there.