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Positive response for I Love Ruby

What do you call a person who projects +ves of his work and hies the -ve ones?

positive response for I Love Ruby

You can get this book over here http://goo.gl/FW6slH

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2013 in Free Software, I Love Ruby, Ruby

 

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Added something about Metaprogramming in I Love Ruby

I Love Ruby 2012 cover

Hello Folks,

Added something about meta programming in I Love Ruby. The book is available for download in this link http://goo.gl/FW6slH

Today something happened about this book. There is a rails guy in my office, he called me to his place and said I know a Ruby book written by local guys and it LOOKS …..

He opened it and it was my book he was taking about. But by some means in all these years he had missed I had written it. He showed the picture of Kannan Dos and said, look he is our local guy. I told him to scroll a little up by a page and there he saw my picture and was surprised and shocked. I am happy that he is recommending this book to all people who are beginning to learn Ruby. I’m honored.

He was travelling in my car at the end of the day. He complained about the cover and how this book will blast if the covers are changed. Well I like that shriya and anushka pictures. To my eyes they are beautiful. The source of book is given in the book. Any one can download it, change the covers and redistribute it as this book is written under GFDL license.

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2013 in Free Software, I Love Ruby, Ruby

 

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I Love Ruby new short URL

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Since is.gd regarded I Love Ruby as a spam, I have created a short url using http://goo.gl . You can download the book here http://goo.gl/FW6slH

For those interested in book download statistics, you can get it here http://goo.gl/#analytics/goo.gl/FW6slH/all_time

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2013 in Free Software, I Love Ruby, Ruby

 

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I Love Ruby is.gd link is deactivated

Hello Folks,

Was surprised to find out that that is.gd url for my book I Love Ruby has been deactivated (visit http://is.gd/ruby_buk ). Don’t know really why. Any way you can download the book from https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/ofv8niemukazruy/ilr2014.pdf?token_hash=AAEBMJ6cJewRQcDybW4kCB6NCWuY5qVtNIR6btkax9gBhg&dl=1

It also looks like someone wants to crash my on-line assets as WordPress log show that yesterday in a span of 2 hours my blog has upto 300 visitors, out of it was just 28 of them unique. Some one seems to be angry with me for something and wants to attack me.

Any way I have backed up data so that if things crash, I can rise up from ashes. so lets see! 🙂 Just got the logs and tracing who had done it. Any wordpress employee out there to throw light on this issue?

 
 

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Why Nokia and Apple are waste

Nokia (which is nothing but now Microsoft)  and Apple are absolutely waste. This blog discusses why.

Well, Nokia was once phone leader. Almost every phone sold in developing world was Nokia, and it dominated the markets of developed world too. When Nokia made low tech phones, Samsang about 6 years back was rolling out smart phones that was quiet crap, so almost none got Samsung. Samsung had great ideas on how phones should be, but the hardware did not advance much to Samsungs expectations.

Then came Steve Jobs. Though an idiot who must have been hated by his engineers, he had excellent powers of persuasion and believed what he thought was right. Though iPhone and even the iPod were not his idea, he made the world believe it was his. He created mass hysteria, so these devices sold a lot, makers making the parts for it, for example SSD (solid state drives) have to increase production and reduce cost.

With these new devices, apple started to put patents like slide to unlock, ignoring the fact that for thousands of years humans have used door locks that need to slide to be unlocked!!! And those Apple stupids claim it as their own ingenious invention. Never mind, human heard of goat heads got excited and got bought products.

Apples operating system and hardware are proprietary, meaning say you want to tinker with it, like add a chip to iPhone to increase its memory, Apple will sue you or at least make your phone not work. Even if you want to install a software, Apple must know about it.

Google on the other hand does want users to not use Google on phones. Plus since phones and tablets are networked devices, Google wanted them to get connected to its servers all the time so that they can know about you, monitor you and give out best results depending on your activity. For example if you text your friend that you can’t manage your child, Google will pick it up and it will recommend a child psychiatrist or a baby sitter. If Google knows that you have problem with your spouse, it will recommend you a marriage counselor or a divorce lawyer and would collect advertising fees. Google clearly realized that people accessed internet more on handhelds than desktops or laptops. So it created an operating system called Android and gave it away free.

Samsung, HT and other companies took this Android, modified them to their wish and put them on in their phones. Google cleverly made it opensource so that more people started to write software for Android. This ensured that there will be more software available on Android than iPhone or a Windows phone. Apple and Nokia-Microsoft started to tremble, and possible annihilation was on the horizon.

Unable to compete technically and unable to generate ideas that would keep them on market, they bought companies which had stupid patents (similar to slide to unlock) and have formed a consortium called Rockstar alliance along with good for nothing blackberry. Now hey are planning to sue Android phone makers like HTC and Samsung and hope that this irritation will make them stay more longer on the market.

Patents suck, the world need to realize that. Patents stem innovation and competition. Patents serve only huge companies that are unable to compete with little organizations, sue them so that little ones will go bankrupt just fighting the case against big ones. Wonder when humanity will truly take a step against patents?

If you read this blog, please stop buying Nokia or iPhone or any of Apple or Microsoft products (any way none buys a blackberry). These companies are only interested in making money by filling patent suits on innovations that benefit humanity. They want to earn money and retard intellectual progress and freedom of human race.

Buy Android phones or better Ubuntu Phone.

 

 

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300 hits on day one

I Love Ruby 2012 cover

So, I just added loop to Loops section and released my Ruby programming book I Love Ruby yesterday about 5:00 PM Indian Time. You can get it on http://is.gd/ruby_buk . I set the is.gd url shortening service to track it. And the result is this http://is.gd/stats.php?url=ruby_buk , around 300 hits the first day. It baffled me.

Thank you people. Hope you benefit out it. I also thank The Pirate Bay. Without its Ebook section I would have never learned top class Ruby and never been inspired to share my work with the world. This book is absolutely free. Even its source is available. So share it with your friends, modify it, redistribute it.

About the covers

I Know many people in India, and those who haven’t seen a movie or a supermodel or a girl ever in their life have complained about the covers. All I can say to them is this: Stay young.

Whats More

If I have time (the universe is too chaotic to predict anything), I might add meta-programming chapter. Or meta-programming might be woven then and there in the book. Please write the comments about the book to my email mindaslab@gmail.com or join its facebook group https://www.facebook.com/pages/I-love-ruby/172269549451705

 

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Freedom of expression should prevail

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I am quiet dismayed by the fact  that Linux Kernel Mailing List is now intruded by big brother companies and they want it to be kind of moderated. The author here http://www.internetnews.com/blog/skerner/is-it-time-to-restore-civility-to-linux-development.html says he supports it. THE HELL.

First companies like Intel and Nvidia must understand ‘The Hacker Culture’. A hacker is a free person (who thinks he is THE GOD), change his feelings and he might not be as creative as he would be. Yes in mailing lists of open-source software around the world, there are abusive words, hard for newbies to take it in, that’s how it was, and that’s how it will be, and that’s how creative minds works. No secrets, just blunt honesty. If a company or person cannot tolerate it, may it be out of it. None begged them to develop Linux Kernel.

If Intel thinks it has truly got smart people than those who develop the Linux, it must put out its own OS! Thereby proving people who are introverts can build a better OS. Simple.

OR

Hello Intel, if you want a brahmin sugar coated talk, tell your employees to goto a Marketing guys mailing list dominated by MBA’s.

 

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Brick and Arrow

 

I am seeing quiet clear pattern in I.T enabled companies. Usually I.T enabled jobs are quiet repetitive, like call centers where they need less thinking. Lets say that a guy starts a call center with 10 employees and his earnings is x rupees. If he scales up and has 20 employees he can hope to earn 2x rupees. That’s simple math.

Its like a prisoner breaking bricks or stone in a prison. You have 10 prisoners and they can break 1500 bricks a day, have 20, they must be able to break 3000 bricks.The brick breaking process is methodological, disciplined and clean.

Now take an archer in a battlefield galloping and aiming his arrows on the enemy. The enemy is no fool. He will be clad in armor having only few weak spots. The archer should be extremely skilled to place his arrows on the right spot. You can’t expect that an archer in 30 minute battle can down 20 people, then he can down forty in an hour of battle.

The movement of an archer in battle will look chaotic, but what looks chaotic is nothing but responding to dynamic changing situation. There is a discipline and skill under what looks to be chaos,

Usually the programmers and engineers in a company will be doing something that hasn’t been done before (by them at the least). Things are new and you are put to find innovative solutions. The behavior of them will look chaotic as they respond unknown unknowns turning into known unknowns which then turn in known knowns. But like an archer the skill they obtained by practice and freedom they have will dictate them to look for an aim and shoot at their target.

The problem I see is many I.T enabled companies are finding it difficult to grasp why the technology team is producing less positive results despite having hardy, skilled people. They must realize that there is a difference between a prisoner breaking bricks and a free and chaotic archer in the battle field.

 

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Windows 8 is irritating for developers

I am employees in a place where they hired for open source development (or kinda guide people here), I had a linux system, but they lifted it out and installed Windows 8 for security reasons! Don’t drop your jaw, yes they said its for security reasons. Yes they said it for security reason. I am not drunk, I never ever drink in my life and I am sane and I say: “They took off linux and installed Windows 8 for security reasons”.

Okay whats gone is gone, I am quiet tired of trying to convince people about the goodness of linux and have given up. Well it sometimes feel great to be a Galileo among Catholics, an Socrates among Athenians. Then I started to work with Windows 8. I am a guy who likes to hit ode, to satisfy my curiosity. To be frank, humans have bored me, but computers and electronics haven’t. So I set out to program in Windows 8 and I ran into following stuff.

Moodle won’t work on Windows 8

My job requires me to have a taste of Moodle. Well, Moodle must work on XAMP, but as it gets installed on a hardware that has 8 core processor and 8 GB RAM which is really decent, it runs into an error, or just gets stuck. In home I have a linux mint desktop with 2GB RAM and I am able to install moodle onto it!

I just can’t get it. When I put in forums that I can’t install Moodle on Win 8, one of my friends remarked ‘who wants moodle installed on windows’. Well he is right 😦 . Good grief.

Ruby on Rails won’t work all well on Win 8

I got Ruby on Rails running on Win 8, thanks to Rails Installer project, but when it comes to installing gems like therubyracer, even with the devkit on there are some errors thrown out. Looks like I have to compile everything from Ruby from source to get things working. Well, cool! Who has time for that?

And when  ever I seek forums for help, people answer thinking I use Linux or Mac, none respects Windows now. Well, why should they respect a dying evil thing?

Pain to get Netbeans running

I got Netbeans running on jre7, then I had to install Java to test out selenium, then the pain started, though I  installed JDK, unlike linux that won’t be recognized. I have to find a file called netbeans.conf, change its permissions, edit jdk path and blah blah. Plus the security settings that winows provides is crap, it isn’t as powerful and simple as linux. Boy! I wasted an hour for that.

I could go on and on like this, but let me cut short it here. If you want to build a career on development, don’t ever buy a Windows PC. Buy one with Linux, that’s where all the fun is.

 

Windows Eliminated

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I was reading about Meteorjs in a book when I came upon the piece of text shown above (image). Just note that this book explains how to install it in Mac and Linux but not in Windows. Well, I am happy about it. The age has gone when big corporations like Microsoft wanted to eliminate free software and a new age has dawned where free software world want to eliminate off proprietary software.

Windows sucks, especially Windows 8 when it comes for development. I was forced to use Windows 8 at a location and people said it was safer, which shocked me, any way I gave a try, but found that most software (especially from the free world) won’t simply get installed on it!  Even installation of Vagrant (a portable development tool)  failed for some reason.

I hope there will be no more releases of Windows any more. Sometimes it truly destroys things. I wonder how can companies that pioneer the use of Windows can really develop on free software platforms?

 

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