Updated: March 2008
This is old stuff. Old, old, stuff. Sure, I'm a programmer/sysadmin type person. I usually work on Linux and build web-based applications. In my spare time I play games and write programs. I do have a life but I don't want to go into that on my public web site. I'm not a 14-year-old myspace user.
This page seriously needs a changelog.
Current news: (my blog is always more up-to-date than this)
I'm working on perl, general linux-y stuff, jabber-based
technologies, and general web-based stuff like CGI scripts
with templates, CSS, and so on. It seems I've become the maintainer of
I know several programming languages.
I know that ancient dinosaur,
GW-Basic. Yes, I know, the rage now is Java and Visual <anything>, but
I learnt on GWBasic, and I still remember it. I did start on Visual Basic
3 at one point, and wrote one or two programs which are available in the downloads section. I gave up on VB, I'm sticking
with cross-platform things like C and Perl. I started using Turbo Pascal
in 1996, but now I do C. ANSI C, at that. On Linux. Boggled the profs in
college, who didn't know that I was sitting at the only Linux box in the
lab. That's old news, too. Now I do Rails. I did Perl for a few years, still
do, but after using Ruby on Rails, Perl is too clunky for web apps.
all about vim. I don't use fancy HTML editors,
because I prefer to write my own code and hate the mess they make. But if you
want a decent IDE, try Netbeans.
I started learning C because that's the foundation for all the rest of
it -- for Perl, CGI scripting, and of course C++ and Java (I've been told
that there are enough differences between C and C++ for them to qualify as
Now I'm learning compilers, and I know they're
separate). (I have no idea what that was about.)
Besides, C Programming was an entire subject in the 4th semester. And after learning VB and Oracle (under Unix, and Developer 2000) I think C++ isn't too difficult. I've been doing Perl since before 1999, and it is easy. Especially if you know C. Now I try to do everything in Perl. Most of it has been on my own machine but I've got a few scripts online. Some of my scripts are available on the downloads page. Besides, there's all the work stuff, most of which is behind logins, and this isn't a résumé.
Around March 1999, some of the Mumbai engineering colleges held a techfest called
360 degrees -
Encompassing the Horizon. This was done by the IEEE student chapters of the
respective colleges. Besides doing the code for the
online registration forms, I was one of the judges for the event
called Explorer. This was a website design contest. A photograph later
appeared on my hard drive:
In October 1999, I organised the quiz contest for the IEEE-TSEC techfest "ISAAC". No photos of that are available.
So here's what I do: (no particular order)
- C/C++ (dabbled a little) since 1998, now I'm much better at C after all the programming I did in CS565 (compilers) and CS551 (Computer Communications)
- Perl (dabbled a lot) since ~1999 — I do Perl scripting for CGI. Here are my JAPHs, and here's a Mumbai bus guide that's outdated.
- I do open source stuff:
- Ruby on Rails, the latest fad. (March 2008)
- HTML since ~1997
- I do a little modelling. Plastic scale models of aircraft, vehicles, and so on. And trains. Photos are available.
- I play lots of games. Nothing mainstream, more like Pardus, OpenTTD, Traffic Giant, various casual web games, and so on. (as of early 2008)
- San Fransisco trip Dec 2001
- Disneyworld May 2004
- West North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains national park and railroad, April 2005
blogs are fashionable these days (i.e. 2002). I have an archive
of my livejournal, since I roll my own blog now.
I had my own blosxom-based blog, which has now been replaced with a home-grown solution that works a bit like blosxom. But it's my own code, and caters to my needs. I must publish it some time.