Archive for April, 2008

Wrapped in Python!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Since the last month, I have been shifting my focus from PHP to Python. Its not like I myself found anything wrong with PHP. Its just that while having a conversation with a friend of mine, he mentioned the latest craze in the Web Application Framework area, Some odd sounding thing called Django. “Django?? That sounds like some-kind of Music!! What kind of idiot would name a serious application with that name?”, I said to myself. But somehow my friend ( a very persuasive individual), convinced me that Django is really worth looking into and its written in Python. So, here I come Django! To be entirely honest, before that I never actually saw a single line of code written in python in my entire Life. Took print of whole django-book. And started reading it in the nights. I cannot believe how simplistic their approach was. It turned out to be my bible. I put my plans on hold. Started learning Python. Python’s philosophy was again one of the best ones i have ever laid my eyes on. It seems like a human beings’ programming language. All other languages now seem to me designed by robots.

A little bit of trivia ” Python was Designed by Guido Van Rossum. And named after the Monty Python‘s Flying Circus sketch. So even though the logo looks like a python, It was never meant to be equated to the nasty reptilian.”

Also it Turns out the name Django is indeed related to music. The framework is apparently named after a famous jazz musician “Django” Reinhardt. Serious jazz enthusiasts, please don’t grind your teeth in anger. I was never a jazz fan and so never came upon the name of the great musician.

All in all, I would call the last few weeks very productive. I am feeling like a new convert. And more keen to learn more of Django and python. Already have developed a simple desktop application using wxPython. Looking for a good IDE to Djumpstart with Django. Anybody has any suggestions, feel free to comment. So far I have looked at Pydev, the Eclipse plug-in, maybe the django guyz will bless us with one in the near future. Until next time……alvida!!

Toshiba Service Sucks!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

You might be wondering what happened to me for the last two weeks. Well, My Laptop broke down. No problem really, Just that the cooling fan was not working. Well, since the last 2 years my Toshiba has been withstanding quite a lot of punishment in my hand. Finally, it had given up. Turns out the connection to the power circuit became loose and all the dust from Kolkata, Delhi, Lucknow and Hyderabad had made it impossible to rotate. So i went last week to the toshiba’s service center. About 10Km from my home. (Funny thing about their business hours, they open from 9am to 5:30pm every weekday and are closed on weekend. 8| ) . Had to drag along my lapie to them. The service charge was Rs1700, since my Warranty Period was over. And all the problem with it was the dust collection and the power connector coming loose. They took 8 days to repair it. Seriously guyz, I am sick and tired of people taking advantage of helpless situation. Btw, I have complained on the Toshiba website. Lets see what happens. Neway, I am going to post regularly from now on.

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