October 17, 2006

Google for Edu ; Coghead

Happened to see this link from Seth's Blog. Can this be Google's foray into Content Management Systems (CMS)!!

More and more innovative ideas are getting transformed into business models and practices on the Internet. Guy talks about Coghead - a web-based package/application to create dynamic applications with very little turn around time.

Oracle already has a similar kind of a tool called Oracle Application Express(Apex) , formerly called HTMLDB, that lets one develop database cohesive web-based applications very easily.

October 16, 2006

IIMB - Vista 06

After a good party on thursday night(nice Scotch!) and a good cutural fest on friday evening and a fantabulous evening on Saturday(Dandiya+DJ night), i was physically exhausted. My back was aching badly after the Dandiya night(inspite of the hot water bath and nice sleep). As i was just thinking about Sunday, VISTA-06 flashed across my ignominious brain! Myself and my roomie planned that its gonna be some mental exhaustion now - and we decided that we would go for IIMB-Vista 06(a B-School event) and participate in the Business Quiz(Bizzarre).

We reached the campus at around 2pm on Sunday and registered for the quiz - i was happpy to see the 'usual' teams again over here! Sethu appeared from nowhere and we quickly formed a team and registered. After waiting for sometime, the quiz started at 3:30pm(prelims) - a quick written round with typical Derek O'Brien questions!

After the prelims , we headed towards the audi to witness the event baptised as 'Numero Uno' - this was supposedly to be the hunt for the next CEO! I was quite curious to see 'potential CEOs' and how they performed. However, it was again a sordid tale - 5 finalists - and only one(an ex-army major with 17years of work-ex) was quite enthusiastic and charismatic. It was a hands-down victory for the Major.All the others were school kids in fron of him - just hurling management jargons :)

After that loitered around the campus for sometime and by 7pm, the quiz started - the finalists were anounced - i was happy to see the standard teams qualifying - inspite of the fact that we missed it by a whisker :(

Derek gave out the answers for the prelims and 'your truly' was fortunate enough to get an audience prize for answering the expansion of YSM (its a service launched by Yahoo in India - Yahoo Search Marketing). After that the regular rounds followed, with 'yours truly' answering many Qs .There was this Q on the language 'Qwechua' -- as in its claim to fame! none of the finalists could answer it ..and 'yours truly' again showed his 'cheap brilliance' here and answered the Q - Derek called me on stage gave me some prizes...a huge applause followed...

At the end of the day - i was still a loser - another quiz failed to qualify and sitting among the audience and winning some prizes - though the 'knowledge' factor was present, but the fun of being on stage as a 'finalist' is different!


Hope i make it soon to the podium ! Amen!

October 06, 2006

Code Searches

Yesterday Google launched its new product : CodeSearch.

Although this has generated lots of enthusiasm and interest in the developer (Ctrl+C/V) community, but still there exists a similar site which provides almost equivalent services.
This product is : Krugle

I had stumbled across this site 3-4 weeks back and was impressed with their work; at the same time i was very much sure that Google must be working on a similar product(to keep churning out new products in the 'Search-Space')

+ves of Krugle
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** Good Ajax, coupled with good performance

** Sleek interface

** "Related Results" Field - eventhough this is still displays very-very restricted number of sponsored links, yet it looks good

** The prescence of a drop-down at the top navigation bar that lists down the languages in which the user wants to search/ Though this feature is also present in Google's CodeSearch - but is still similar to a GoogleHack wherein the programmer has to key in the search phrase like
"lang:lisp xml lang:"c++" sprintf.*%s" to search

Google CodeSearch Features
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** Google's 'proprietary' simple page

** Lots of google hacks to be used

** Adv Search has to be used to utilize advanced code-search features

** Potential Ads in the search-result page.


Both the services are devoid of any Ads as of now, but as the news article states we can expect some ads to be placed in the CodeSearch once it has been received well.Krugle's placement of 'Sponsored Links' in its result list is quite promising and also is user friendly.
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