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Pinastro 1.9-A Stone Age man in the Web 2.0 world

Frankly speaking , this is what I am feeling like at the moment now , A man from Stone Age era , after getting released from my ex-project that was literally in the stone ages in terms of tools usage even the communication and collaborative tools were like Neanderthal’s “Hoo Hoo , Ha Ha “.Everything was in terms of word documents and spreadsheets.I am sick of spreadsheets that too in an Agile project.The ‘tasks’ allocated to my team were in a spreadsheet and never could be easily understood. It always took nearly half a day to read the spreadsheets and another two hours at the end of day to discuss the doubts on phone (with my boss at onshore).Gosh !!! then why did he create a spreadsheet if we could discuss it over phone.

Of course , I used to share my knowledge through e-mail (LOTUS NOTES) every week to everyone in the project, about what I discovered in the proprietary tool my project used to boost about.But the problem the probability of reading an “Information” mail is 1 in 100 , and the maximum people in my project was just 80.Nearly 30 mailboxes will always bounce back saying “The receiver’s mail box was full” and 40 of them will never read such mails and only 10 of them who read the mail were Testers who never used the tool. What was required was a Project level “Wiki” (a self correcting, self growing KM platform).We did had a KM platform but it always stinked due to the a huge repository of “Write-Only” and “Unusable” documents.

Why mails never work

Why Mails never work ??

I even went on an ambitious plan to eliminate spreadsheets forever but was held back by the project bureaucracy and politics.I had another plan to correct the flaws in appraisal system , not because I have got low ratings in early part of my career but due to my I belief in the possibility of an Utopian era.I must agree though that the steps I took for changing the work place was very crude and primitive.I myself needed to learn a lot which I am doing now.

This blog is definitely not mutterings of a frustrated IT guy like my previous blogs this , this and this one.This blog is about my conquest of AJAX. In fact, it’s a sequel to one of my favorite blogs

So Dumb of me

For the last few days , I have been single mindedly trying to catch the AJAX snitch.The reason I am calling myself as dumb is because this site has made me realise that I have actually caught AJAX nearly a week ago and have implemented some ten small programs with AJAX TECHNIQUE (to be precise) but never realised it.

Yeah ! AJAX is a TECHNIQUE not a Technology.

Done or Still More ??

Unlike it happens in the Quidditch, that Game is over once the Seeker catches the Snitch , the Web 2.0 actually begins after the conquest of AJAX snitch.Javascript is definitely fun but it is very tedious to develop big projects based on AJAX , Javascript , DOM alone.We need frameworks which make Javascripts so easy.Yes I need to learn frameworks now.JQuery ( a lightweight Javascript library) also makes life easier.Again my analogy of AJAX with Quidditch is very amateur.

Technology is about plumbing work and the Customers don’t really care about plumbers

Whenever my colleagues in my last project tell me that “Mainframes is cool yaar.You get billed higher in Mainframes than any other technology guy”.I say “CRAP”.These are some TABOOS in which techy guys live with.The customer wants solutions , and Simple Solutions , not the Complexity which every Development project Programmer aspires to work in.

And Yes !!! I have successfully achieved the target of mission Pinastro 1.9 🙂

though it shouldn’t have taken such a long time (two weeks)

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Is “Enterprise 2.0” just a tamed version of “Wild” Web 2.0 ?

The earlier title of this blog was this “Is Enterprise 2.0 all about mimicking the success of Web 2.0 on the Consumer Internet? ” but since it was too long I changed it.I think the current title also doesn’t look short either 🙂

Well,this is yet another blog on Enterprise 2.0 , the font size of “Enterprise 2.0” in Tag-Megham (Tag Cloud) is growing bigger and bigger.

I am currently pursuing a crash course on Javascript,PHP,DOM,XML and the elusive “AJAX snitch”.Though I have already touched it’s wings for a couple of times,it is still refusing to surrender.It could be any one of the reasons:

(a) AJAX is really really really really tough to understand and learn

OR

(b) I am the dumbest of all the “Geeks” who foolhardily jumps out of his comfort zones very often and claims that he has made a CHOICE.

Info:The XML bludger I mentioned in my previous blog was one of the dumbest doubts I have asked anyone.The mistake was in misnaming of the XML file.Phew…

Enterprise 2.0 , if explained from a reductionist’s point of view is something like a “Nursery” to protect the plants from the Harmful polluted atmosphere of the Internet due to the advent of Web 2.0.There’s again two different different schools of though (a) Optimistic Reductionists (b) Pessimistic reductionists

Enterprise 2.0Wild Web 2.0

Optimistic Reductionists are those who think the Knowledge , Business and Communication model that has been a big hit in Web 2.0 world should also be utilized to maximise the efficiency of the associates and make more profits.

A Pessimistic Reductionists would think Enterprise 2.0 as an “electronic Employee Satisfaction infrastructure” to keep the ever growing addicts to social networking sites who basically belong to a generation that never has seen a day without being online atleast for one hour a day.

But there’s really more to Enterprise 2.0 , beyond the Reductionist’s views(which are ofcourse true,but only for the starters).

I view Enterprise 2.0 as a separate species specially adapted to environments where Information security plays a key role.Ofcourse, both the species (Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0) have the same origins (i.e. the Internet) still they are going to have a separate history of evolution here onwards.

If we still continue to develop Enterprise 2.0 with a reductionist’s view point, the genepool of Enterprise adaptation of Web 2.0 may suffer a stagnation.

As somebody says web 2.0 is all about “PLAY” and Enterprise 2.0 is about “WORK”.So is true this statement “Enterprise 2.0 is a pet Version of Wild Wild Web 2.0”.Provided we agree to extend our views about Enterprise 2.0 beyond the reductionist’s point of view, we can see amazing things.Almost the same amazement comes when you discover that you too have the CHI power.

Here’s a brief idea about what are the possibilities that open up , if we start thinking beyond from a reductionist’s point of view.Following is just a few of the possibilities that is bugging my beautiful mind and spoiling my sleep cycles:

(A) APPRAISAL 2.0 – A completely new way of Appraisal that promises “A fair , verifiable and possibly an unbiased appraisal system”.For starters think Appraisal 2.0 as “360 degree appraisal system with a Web 2.0, sorry Enterprise 2.0, flavour”.I am stopping here about Appraisal 2.0 as I have to digg a lot about it.

(B) WebComics 2.0 – My Ex-Project Manager was insisting that I should stay in his project as I am a good performer and he didn’t want to loose me.When I asked “What about my career, The Technology ?”.He said , it is only the business expertise that the American and European clients are preferring more than the Technology.I really do not know how far he was correct but One thing is Sure – Developers these days are also expected to be well versed with business.

The problem is Developers who basically are Geeks and never care if Karnataka and Tamilnadu is fighting over the Cauvery issue find it difficult to concentrate on business.The IT managers force the developers to do Business certifications by putting it in their goal sheets.

And everybody knows HOW EASY IT IS TO GET CERTIFIED.In the end , very few developers out of all the business certified ones actually know the business.What is needed is a CHANNEL in which the GEEKS understand better…Yes Comics ……Comics strips to explain the complex business scenarios will have a special niche in the Learning and Development department , even though WebComics didn’t do well in the “wild” Web 2.0 world.

Both Appraisal 2.0 and WebComics 2.0 ,has got a lot of scope in an Enterprise 2.0 world.The former is perhaps does not exist in the Wild version of 2.0, except things like Star Ratings blah blah blah.The latter didn’t do well in Web 2.0 , the reason for which I am still doing a research, but has got a lot of scope in the Enterprise version of 2.0.

NOTE: I promise my next blog will start with the good news about the capture of the AJAX snitch 🙂

AJAX eludes Harry Potter , XML bludgers cause serious injury

Potter in pursuit of the AJAX snitch

For the past three days I have been struggling hard to master the Game of Quidditch.

This blog post is the result of the frustrating chronic pain in my ears due to continuous exposure to electrons coming out of my computer monitor and the Whoofer sound waves from the U2 and Bon Jovi songs I have been listening to.I have slept for only around 15 hours in the past Three days.I didn’t go for morning walks which I usually go during the weekends.

I aspire to be in the role of a ‘Seeker’ who is supposed to carry the elusive Golden Snitch,catching which completly overturns the result of the match , just like it has done to the internet.Professor ‘Lockhart’ wants me to concentrate more on the Wizadry of JQuery , but I am yet to get my hands on it.He must be definitely be upset with me.

Confused about what I am talking about ??? Is it Web 2.0 or Wizadry ???

For me of course , it looks like wizadry that has changed the face cof internet over a very short span of time after 2005.

AJAX kit

They say ‘Rome was not built in a single day‘.Even Hogwart’s would have definitely taken some time to build.It’s just two weeks in the Web 2.0 labs for me.There’s a lot to learn and even more to ‘THINK’ and ‘INNOVATE’.

My goals for this week would be to catch the Golden Snitch(AJAX) that is refusing to surrender to me.What’s causing the problem is the XML’s Quaffle balls and Bludgers that has hit me under the ears.

I am struck up with the basic XML example of converting XML data into a HTML document.What I am getting is a blank page…..Grrr..Not even the famous page that has been created with a PUNny intentions… ‘PAGE NOT FOUND …PAGE’.


Maga Janagaley !!! Maga Janagaley ,( meaning Great people who are reading this Blog) if you know something about the basics of XML, please tell me why the code in this page is not working for me.

Potters love for AJAX

VICTORY is not about the Destination , it’s about the JOURNEY

In these three days I have definitely learnt a great deal eventhough I have failed to meet the targets of “Misson Pinastro 1.9”.

Err , Sorry folks … I forgot to tell you about the “Misson Pinastro 1.9”.The purpose of this self induced misson was to get Pinastro ready to be baptised by the Web 2.0 labs and really start working on some projects.Right now I am still in the process of learning and almost starting to discover that learning never stops.

The conclusion at the end of the Weekend (which also includes the Friday) is that “There has been a successful tech. upgrades to Pinastro’s skillset and they include Javascript , DOM , WAMP , PHP and the theoretical XML, inspite of the mission’s failure”.

Upgrade Update

I Still believe FAILUREs are the stepping stone for SUCCESS…I will not stop and am going to continue this.

===========ALL THE BEST TO ME=============

P.S.Above blogpost is only for fun, and there is nothing malicious intended 🙂