Golix walks into a college campus. Asks few questions to the students.
Golix: What does POP stand for?
Sharath: POP? No idea. Sounds like a distant cousin of Jazz to me.
Golix: What does IMAP stand for?
Shruthi: International mail application something.
Golix: Who created UNIX and C?
Parameshwar: It is beyond me.
Golix: What is Ubuntu?
Parvati: It's a bird!
Golix: Which is the most popular social networking site?
Golix: Which technique is often used to download movies and music freely from the Internet?
Golix: Which operating system do you use?
The uninitiated readers must watch the video.
Bizsense is an open source CRM project which uses Zend Framework. The open source project was started by Binary Vibes about three years ago and was released under the GPL V3 license. Some of you might have noticed that I am no longer active in Binary Vibes.
I wanted Bizsense project development to continue to nourish, flourish and cherish. Therefore, there we did a few changes. Bizsense is now released under the new BSD license. Bizsense uses Google open source project hosting which offers issue tracker, Wiki and source control. Bizsense now uses Mercurial for source control. The documentation is published at docs.jubero.com. In order to contribute to Bizsense, signing a CLA is no longer required.
Here are the project links:
Redmine is a software project management tool which has Wiki, issue tracer, source code browser and other cool features built in. If you want to install Redmine with MySQL and Nginx on CentOS 6, follow these steps.
I always use EPEL repository with CentOS. EPEL provides additional RPM packages. We can use Nginx and some Ruby gem packages from EPEL.
rpm -Uvh http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/epel/6/i386/epel-release-6-5.noarch.rpm
Install required packages:
yum install nginx mysql-server ruby rubygem-rack rubygem-rake ruby-mysql
Redmine requires a Ruby gem called i18n. I couldn't find the RPM for i18n gem. I had to install i18n gem using the gem installer.
gem install -v=0.4.2 i18n
Start MySQL server:
Use the MySQL secure installation program:
Connect to the MySQL server as root:
mysql -u root -p
Create a MySQL database and user for Redmine:
mysql> CREATE DATABASE redmine character set utf8;
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON redmine.* TO 'redmine'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'secret_password' WITH GRANT OPTION;
Amazon Simple Storage Service or Amazon S3 is a storage service with a web API. I use Amazon S3 to store backups of my blog and other sites. I made a simple python script to handle file uploads to S3.
In order to use Amazon S3, first create a bucket using your Amazon AWS account. As the name suggests, bucket is a container. You can create buckets using the AWS management console.
The script we're going to write will take two input parameters
When someone asks how to become a programmer or a good programmer, the usual answer is "hack something". To clarify the jargon, hacking is not breaking into computer systems. When you start learning programming, it is good to write programs. You could hack on existing open source software projects or your own cool new project.
I have been blogging ever since I have started programming. I have urged a lot of developers to start blogging. In addition to working on a personal project, blogging about hacking is an awesome experience. Unfortunately, blogging doesn't tick for a lot of people. The usual reasons are lack of time and not having writing skills.
I have been a wiki user from a long time and I enjoy browsing wikis. I use Wikipedia everyday. Wikipedia search is the second search engine in my Firefox's list of search engines. At work, I use the wiki in Redmine. A wiki is a good tool for collaborative content creation and editing. It also works great for single users. Apart from using wikis at work and other places, I have been using a personal wiki. I use it to store
Jane: Golix, we have to put up some impressive content on our website. Any ideas?
Golix: Sure. On the front page, mention that we're innovating in the field of cloud computing.
Jane: Good point.
Golix: Also, mention that we're creating social media products. Put up some badges.
Golix: On the technology page, be sure to mention noSQL and node.js.
Jane: That would be cool. Thanks.
Golix: Remember, we have to update our website in one year.
John: Hey Golix. What's up buddy? You seem to be unhappy.
Golix: I got the pink slip today. I'm looking for a job.
John: Sorry to hear that. I'll see if I can get you a lead.
John: Hey Golix. What's up buddy? I don't see you online these days.
John: I heard you're not working for Crux Consulting anymore.
Golix: Yeah. I've founded a stealth startup.
John: Congrats. A friend of mine was looking to hire a Java programmer. I suggested you. Anyway, I will tell him you're not available for hire. All the best.
Golix: Hey. You know what. Just tell your friend, I'm open.
There's some talk going on in the interweb about the future of technologies like RSS and email. Some people seem to believe that these fundamental technologies are dead already or will be dead soon. I feel, these zealous folks(tweeps?) have to be brought back to the real world.
Let's analyze RSS first. RSS has become a meme for feeds. Generally, when people are talking about RSS, they mean web feeds. Remember Xerox? RSS is one of the popular feed formats. Atom is the other major format. Personally, I prefer Atom for various reasons. Feeds are ubiquitous in the blog, news and podcast worlds. They are also useful and well received in other areas.
Date and time handling in general is a problem in programming. For PHP programmers, there's a good library out there that performs all the difficult tasks and provides convenient APIs. Zend_Date has several constants defined. It is good to know what each one of them represents. For this purpose, I have made a cheat sheet. Download the PDF and enjoy.
The table has the constant name and sample value columns.
Title: Learning Nagios 3.0
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Author: Wojciech Kocjan
Nagios is a powerful and popular network monitoring software. I contacted PackT and asked for a review copy of the book.
Read the full table of contents on the publisher's site.
The topic being system administration, I could read the book from cover to cover in three days.
Like many other technical books, introductory pages of Learning Nagios 3.0 sells you Nagios. The first chapter convinces you why you should use Nagios to make your life easier by setting up automated monitoring of your servers.