Abhishek Gupta

The Sun won’t set at NIT Durgapur !

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At Sun IEC , Bangalore

Posted by abhiitechie on May 20, 2009

Sun’s India Engineering Center (IEC) occupies most of the Divya Shree Chambers building off Langford Road in Bangalore. I kept on telling everybody that is near M.G Road but in reality it is nothing like that

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Lunch (always a major preoccupation with me) is provided at the 5th-floor canteen, which gets very crowded around 12:45,hence sometimes we need to book the conference room to have our lunch . There’s a buffet of both Vegetarian and its non counterpart for a reasonable sum of Rs 35 /- (Very very cheap as per Bangalore standards but just a bit expensive as per Kolkata standards.)

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For a change we can order fresh fruits , as I saw for some ladies who prefered them for the dieting routine.

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The Sun break rooms have a great selection of teas, including elaichi (cardamom), masala (what Americans call chai spice), and ginger. Plus a selection of other hot drinks – cocoa, instant coffee, and flavored mixes that I haven’t quite understood yet.

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There’s a machine dispensing hot water and hot milk to mix these with. There is also brewed coffee, chocolate powder,tomato soup mix and powdered,badam milk and many more .

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Now coming to the important part that is WORK . The very first day I got my Badge ready for which there was a photo session sort of arrangement at the ground floor near the data-center . For the first time in my life I felt very important .

For those of you who don’t know what a Badge is , I will like to tell that it is card like thing with my photo and other details and chip and a magnetic strip .It comes to use at the security gates where we need to show it a sensor and only then the door opens .Besides this is used when we need to use a Sun Ray machine ( Runs on Solaris 10 and has a SPARC architecture) , it is inserted into a slot inside the machine.

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Its is a really nice environment around to work with caring and loving seniours and and lots of respect for every employee . The working time is flexible ,by flexible I mean there is no fixed working schedule and timing or anything like that . When you are done with your work you can can go home and sleep and if its like you prefer to work nights then you can work in the office during the nights. 

So I am kind of enjoying the experience as a Sun Intern and another news I have just heard that Sun IEC Bangalore will be celebrating its 10th birthday by throwing a huge party at a hotel called OTERRA at Electronic city and we are invited . So my next post will be on IEC 10 years of Engineering Excellence.

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Roumen Strobls Leaving Sun Microsystems Inc.

Posted by abhiitechie on May 18, 2009

He is the man behind all those brilliant screen casts and blog posts and loads of tutorials for both Netbeans and OpenSolaris. Finally he has decided to leave Sun but he will still stick on to Java and work for JavaOne

Here is what he writes in his blog http://blogs.sun.com/roumen/entry/leaving_sun)

“I have decided to quit Sun Microsystems. I spent amazing 5 years at Sun and I am very grateful for all I’ve learned with the company. Working on both NetBeans and OpenSolaris adoption was real fun so I leave with very mixed feelings.

I am going back to Java developer business and will be going to Java One with my new employer, so you will find me in the Java One pavilion area if you want to say hi. I wish my Sun colleagues good luck with their new adventures!

P.S. Thanks for all the beans.

Wish you all the best Sir . Keep enlightening us with your screencasts.

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OpenSolaris 2008.11 Mini-Book

Posted by abhiitechie on May 17, 2009

The Getting Started with OpenSOlaris 2008.11 mini-books were recentlyOpenSolaris released. They are available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

You might notice that there is a difference between the content of these books. They are composed by three different documents, and only the ones in English, Simplified Chinese and Japanese have them all. All other languages have only one document.

The books have a pretty basic approach, so they are aimed at people who doesn’t have much experience with the OS. This makes them perfect to be indicated during basic courses and presentations.

It seems that the 2008.11 version of these mini-books will be available only in the digital format.

Download:

OpenSOlaris 2008.11 mini-book (English)

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From the “City of Joy” to the “Garden City”

Posted by abhiitechie on May 8, 2009

After 36 hours of train journey (most of the time I was sleeping) , I am finally in Bangalore . Thanks to the office rush around 9 am , I enjoyed the pleasure of sleeping even in the prepaid auto which I took from the Yashwantpur station as  I witnessed my second worst traffic jam ever , the first one being in Mumbai , that was in the evening. I am here for an Internship at Sun Microsystems Bangalore office and I am looking forward to have a nice time working for Sun. I have managed a temporary accomodation at one of my relatives’ house and would be searching for some ‘sasta’  PG type for my 2 month stay here . I had my lunch at some restaurant where  I had to pay 50 bugs  for a thali which I haven’t still been able to figure out what the hell it was . I soon realised that I had some real bad days awaiting me in terms of my        ‘ khana pina’  though I was warned about it before hand from some of my seniours and friends staying at Bengluru.

Though its been not more than 10 hours here but one thing  I have noticed about people here that they are very honest and calm in nature . Talking about the honesty I would like to share the fact that there were no TT’s to look for our tickets at the station . I am again feeling sleepy I donno what has happened to me so I feel like ending it here . More from Bangalore coming soon .

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Random notes

Posted by abhiitechie on April 28, 2009

  • Exams are over and its time to chillax .
  • Met some of the Final years and got some invaluable advice regarding career and future .
  • Downloaded about 6GB of Hollywood flicks for the holidays .
  • Planning to go home tomorrow in the evening by bus . 
  • Really sad about KKR’s performance .
  • Got the Sun Internship confirmed . Need to go to Bangalore on the 5th of May.

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Open Source University Meetup (OSUM) now more open

Posted by abhiitechie on April 27, 2009

I guess everybody involved in SUN activities has awareness about OSUM. OSUM was in the past very closed socical network. One needs to be registred in to see what is inside. After long time it has changed to the better way. OSUM is going to be more open to the public now. It means more information and more reasons to be registred in. I guess one of the main principes of any open community is to be open. OSUM is now going to reach this goal.  Have a look at public profile of the groups. Anyway changes are comming .

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The Sun won’t set at NIT Durgapur … I promise !

Posted by abhiitechie on April 25, 2009

As we all might have heard, Oracle has entered into an agreement to acquire Sun. While it is natural to have questions following an announcement of this magnitude, its also important to acknowledge that this is an
industry transforming event. The following excerpt from the Oracle Press Release helps to highlight this point.

“This is a fantastic day for Sun’s customers, developers, partners and employees across the globe, joining forces with the global leader in enterprise software to drive innovation and value across every aspect of
the technology marketplace,” said Jonathan Schwartz, Sun’s CEO, “From the Java platform touching nearly every business system on earth, powering billions of consumers on mobile handsets and consumer electronics, to the convergence of storage, networking and computing driven by the Solaris operating system and Sun’s SPARC and x64 systems.”

Coming back to the question of what will be the future of MySQL under Oracle. I think that as long as there is a demand for a product and such a vibrant community of users and developers behind it the product will never die.

Since it is all business as usual, we should not create a huge fuss about Oracle acquiring Sun and the future of Sun Campus Ambassadorship and the Sun Academic Initiative (SAI). I think we all should focus on our respective efforts to evangelize Free Softwares and continue conducting Talks , Workshops and related Technical sessions and continue building the Talk culture in our college which has just started some times back. We should try building the best open source community in NIT Durgapur with our Sun Club and the GNU/Linux Users’ Group.

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Talk on Glassfish and J2EE

Posted by abhiitechie on April 25, 2009

For a long time I was due for a Technical Session in my college . The month of February was jam-packed with helluva lots of fests and events and that was the sole reason that I did’nt wanted to squeeze my demo in between all the different fests and events . Web being my expertise , so a Talk on Glassfish and J2EE was looking the most feasible option for me as I did not had much time to prepare for the talk. 

Further trouble came when I found that the  date later went on to clash with the Mukti treat . When I publicised about the talk on the mailing lists and groups people told me that I was a block (dumb) as I scheduled the talk on the same evening as the Mukti treat . But I went on through my initial plans as I felt that work always comes above and over anything  and everything in life.

It was class test times for most of the students so the gathering was as expected limited with just about 25 people sitting I went on to start the talk . The talk was attended by students of Computer Science and  IT  1st, 2nd and 3rd year. It’s great to see a diverse audience, shows you really are reaching out to everyone, and for me the success of this talk meant a lot of confidence to do future talks in this semester. I wanted everything to be perfect. From the past week, I had been observing some of our faculty lecturers carefully, trying to understand the art of holding the interest of your audience throughout the lecture, how some lectures turn out to be boring, while others keep you glued to the teacher. We all know we hate slide reading, we hate too much theory, bookish language.. but there’s a lot more to it. Body language, being friendly and casual, relating your audience and yourself with the topic, visualization of ideas, giving examples, case studies and most importantly, involving your audience, making it interactive and not just one-way traffic. 

My audience for the first time in the college properly understood what the term Web Server really means and also got the abtract concept of Web 2.0 and Semantic Web technology . 

I had already made up my mind that this particular session will witness a much better demonstration as compared to the last demo which was somewhat very uninteresting . So I demonstrated them about how to make a real world bloger application using the popular JRuby-on-Rails and that too using Netbeans IDE which which made the whole thing very very easy and fast .

I also showed them use of Servlets and JavaBeans with respect to Http Session States.It was not a long session unlike the last one as I had to attend the Mukti treat and also my audience had some tests the following week . So I wrapped up the Session in an hour . A pretty nice experience again . Now I really consider myself really grateful to GOD for making me do all these things . Now I really feel more confident presenting knowledge and information in front of public.

 

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My First Session On Netbeans IDE and J2SE

Posted by abhiitechie on April 25, 2009

This was the debut session conducted by me as a CA . In the first part of my Demo I covered many topics related to Netbeans Intelligent Text Editor and showed them techniques like Code-Insertion , Code-Refactoring ,Using Javadoc , Live Code Parser and error checker , Local History , Code completion , Instant renaming , Compile on Save,and lots of other cool stuffs. I explained them how to use the Profiler and the Debugger. I explained them the use of Version Control and automated testing (Unit Testing) .

This was followed by a basic demonstration on the Swing Gui Builder and with functionalities like Automatic feedback , Quick Component Insertion , Anchoring , Alignment . After this I expained the basic features of event handling and demonstrated it with a small application built using the Swing Builder .

As people asked for more meat so I continued out of my plan to demonstrate them easy Data Binding using MySQL database , JTable and Java Persistence API showing them how to createa CRUD application in 5 mins! On audience demand I also showed them how to import an existing PHP-MySQL project in Netbeans and showed them advantage of using WEB 2.0 frameworks like JMaki and Dojo directly into the existing PHP project. I gave them an introduction to Visual Web Java Server Faces by demonstrating them how to populated a Woodstock Table from a MYSQL database using simple drag-drop.

Many obvious questions like why Netbeans over Eclipse which I think I answered satisfactorily. Many people came to me afterwards asking more details about multibooting Solaris and more about Web 2.0 and AJAX. I was on the top of the world when people actually clapped at the end of the talk. All in all a nice experience.

Here are some of the pictures from the Session

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