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A talk on Jakarta Digester

BOJUGBangalore Open Java User Group, a group formed and maintained by young Java aspirants who reside in Bangalore as the name indicates. I came to know about this group in BarCamp in the year 2007 (Barcamp meet at IIMB, Bangalore) and from then on there used to be a regular meeting every month.

As I was onsite (Bahrain) for a couple of months could not join till then. This time (Sep 08) had opted to give a talk on ‘Jakarta Digester‘ – an open source XML to Java Mapping tool from Jakarta Commons. Recently the venue has been changed to ThoughtWorks in Diamond District Building in the Airport Road. This time the meet was on 27th September 2008 Saturday and at 1130 AM IST.

The Thoughtworks building and the environment itself is worth mentioning. Awesome it was :).

The session was started exactly at 1130 AM and I happened to join a bit late :(. There were 3 topics discussed.

1. Web Application Sharing /Clustering in Tomcat – by Sriram Narayanan, a thoughtworks’ employee.

2. IBatis and ICG (Integrated Code Generator) by Sathishkumar Thiyagarajan, a Starmarks employee (Of course my good friend and BE classmate).

3. Jakarta Digester — none other than me :).

Sriram’s session was quite informative as he talked about various aspects of Clustering, load balancing and what it means to different people, how can we achieve the same using Apache Tomcat, Connector Architecture etc with some samples and Demo. It was awesome but a bit exhaustive. He could not complete as planned as others were in queue. In the middle he asked me to give a talk on ‘IPAnycasting’ as i spoke about it since the topic he covered (LoadBalancing) seemed to be related to or even a mimic of IPAnycasting. A point to mention here is, I have done my final year BE project based on that IPAnyCasting :). But I could not speak about because of lack of time. Perhaps, may give a talk in the future meets.

IBatis – basically an ORM tool was neatly handled by Sathish. But he concentrated more into his own project ICG (Integrated Code Generator) which is a platform that provides a single place to give your inputs irrespective of underlying persistence framework being used (be it Hibernate, Ibatis, Toplink etc to name a few). It is a very good initiative and he gave a small demo on the same.

Jakarta Digester – I started off with the intro of XML and its usage, the need to have a XML-Java converter, what Jakarta Digester is and how we can go ahead with converting the same, the pros and cons of using Jakarta Digester. Of course had done with a demo application and walked through it :).

The information about Jakarta Digester will be posted in my technical blog and linked here a little later.

Overall, It was a nice experience and a good day!

Cheers….

software engineer’s quotes

/**** QUOTE OF THE YEAR ****/

“Each night when I go to sleep I die, and next morning when I wake up I am reborn again”
– M K Gandhi

“Each night when I go to sleep I am reborn and next morning when I wake up I am dead again”
– Software Engineer

[Courtesy: my colleague Priya V]

Another version of the similar thought

early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy wealthy and wise
— anonymous

early to office late to home makes a man wealthy wealthy and wealthy
— s/w engineer

[Courtesy: my colleague Sumanth Kadaba]

Yet another version to add up

Each night before I sleep i fix a bug, and next morning when I wake up the bug is reborn again! 🙂

33 to 29 and 75 to 63

Wondering what these figures could be? its the transition in my physique within an year! 🙂

Day before yesterday stepped into Brand Factory in Wilson Garden Area (in Bangalore) to grab some dresses on a huge offer sale (“Buy 1 Get 1 Free” on most of the items and “Buy 1 Get 2 Free” on few items). Thought I can check my waist size as i am compressed very much in an year. I remember my waist size was used to be 32 and a little later it was upto 33 so that i could get the pants/trousers of waist size 34 with ease. Now it is 29! :)[“32 to 29“] Its the change happened within me in an year as my appetite was gradually and drastically lost and i dint really feel like working on it to improve. I felt it was good and comfortable so left it as such. Also the (T-)shirts i used to wear of type “XL” and now the “L” itself is bit larger :).

Happened to check my weight in a nearby hospital yesterday night during my visit to see the doctor and get an injection for the viral fever! There another fact got revealed. My present weight is 63 kgs and its almost 12 kgs lost. I was of 75 if i am right! [“75 to 63“]

What a change? Everyone says, “Welcome the Change“! so do I 🙂 — with no further comments on it!

by this time last year

To be frank and honest, is this moment a much awaited one? Yes and No 🙂 The reason being its one such day (17 September 2007 Monday) last year i was very busy purchasing and packing for my very first onsite trip to bahrain! Infact as usual I thought of blogging the splendid mixture of all those incidents happened soon after reaching bahrain but somehow it was missed! Thinking shall I do it now so that i can just test how much my so called memory is afresh which has been one of my admirable aspects!

18 September 2007 – Tuesday was the day I landed in Bahrain! And I am sure i had been thinking of this day somehow for quite a long time. May be to analyze how much changes I have undergone and experienced in an year! 😛

Can we have this as a tag? I leave it to the fellow bloggers whoever happens to read this can take it up and scribble few things which they could recollect on the same day last year happened in their life — provided they are interested 🙂

Well, let me post the blog on my previous year experiences on this day last year a little later on a separate post!:) Though i feel like i should do it today itself, kinda feeling exhausted after a tiring day’s work at office! 🙂 The post might be lengthy as the way the narration goes!

A Husband’s true feelings

A husband’s true feelings

A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband. Suddenly her husband burst into the kitchen.

“Careful … CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my GOD! You’re cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my GOD! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They’re going to STICK! Careful … CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you’re cooking!

Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind?
Don’t forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!”

The wife stared at him. “What in the world is wrong with you? You think I don’t know how to fry a couple of eggs?”

The husband calmly replied, “I wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m driving.” 🙂 😛

Happy Teacher’s Day

Recently i have been getting some comments for the same post i have blogged last year and of course it reminded me to blog this year as well.

I would say, i somehow feel happy and delighted on this day every year “September 5th” even before i took up the teaching profession officially. Perhaps it would have been from the way we were brought up i believe. The incidents we experience are also worthwhile. The value of ‘teachers’ — the invaluable and inseparable entities of every individual’s life who was fortunate enough to get educated.

Nothing more to bore you, here as usual I recollect all the sweet memories spent in school, colleges and the nice conglomeration of all incidents we shared with teachers! I thank you all my beloved teachers for having been a wonderful source of inspiration and a great cause of my present situation.

I take this moment to wish all the teachers in the world  a very Happy Teacher’s Day today! 🙂 May your service continue and enlighten many more pupils :)!

Cheers….

how many seconds in a year

Q: “How many seconds are there in a year?”

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A: “Twelve; January second, February second, March second, …”

Courtesy: my colleague Narayan for sharing this through an email 🙂