Saturday, June 28, 2008

A very brief review of the javascript libraries

I've have never really liked any JavaScript library and i normally believe in writing my own code so that I know whats going on and where it is. But for a change with an open mind I began looking at the different JavaScript libraries that are available. I tried out the following.

dojo

This one is really extensive and tries to achieve anything and everything. It seems easy to grasp and I was able to get going in less than a few minutes. But given the fact that it is really extensive it also adds to the weight. I don't think I would be using the complete library in any of my projects but if used as a learning resource it can be really great.

ExtJS

This is one library I have seen from the very beginning I have always liked it. The toolkit is really professional looking and seems to fit the bill but the only hitch is the license, its under GPL3. If you don't mind paying then you can get it with a commercial license. This is one of the best library you could use.

YUI

YUI is another library I've liked but again this is one of the libraries that seems bloated. Its not really bloated but I've never seemed to like it. It does get the work done and is also easy to learn. But given the size it always seems complex even though it is not. I will have to give it another good look and maybe I might end up liking it.

JQuery

I have tried it earlier but could never seem to like it. But when I tried it this time around I fell in love with it. All I can say is that its awesome to say the least. The UI part of JQuery is still work in progress but it seems to fit the bill for me.

prototype

This library also seems to have grown a lot both in terms of size and features since the last time I checked it. Not really tried it enough to have a viewpoint about it.

NOTE: This post is still a work in progress. It might change.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Yet another interesting spam.

This is one interesting spam that landed in my inbox.

United Nations Foundation,
Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20036

Dear Sir/Madam,

UN Foundation Grant.

This is to notify you that you have been chosen By the Board of trustees of the above International (Charity & Human Developmental) Organization, as one of the final recipients of a Cash Grant/Donation for your personal development.

The UN Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turners' historic $1 billion gift to support UN Causes and activities. The UN Foundation builds and implements public-private partnerships to address the world?s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. The UN Foundation is a public charity.

The Secretary-General established the United Nations Fund for
International Partnerships (UNFIP) in March 1998 to coordinate, channel and monitor contributions from the UN Foundation. UNFIP is the central administrative vehicle within the UN system to identify and select projects for UN Foundation funding, receive and distribute UN Foundation funds, and monitor and evaluate the use of UN Foundation funds.

In line with the arrangements for the 10th year anniversary program this year, the UN Foundation in conjunction with the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS), United Nations Organization (UNO) and the European Union, is giving out a yearly donation of Ten Million United States Dollars as specific Donations/Grants to 100 lucky international recipients worldwide in different categories for their personal and community development and upliftment of their educational morale. The objective is to make a notable change in the standard of living of people in United Nations Member Countries.

Based on the random selection of internet Web Pages and millions of Supermarket cash invoices worldwide you were selected among the beneficiaries to receive the sum of $200,000.00USD (Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) as developmental aid from the UN Foundation, in accordance with the enabling act of Parliament Be informed that the UN Foundation has been assured of highest Organization standard courtesy of the United Nations if we can achieve a great positive change in the general welfare of the universe through this program.

Beneficiaries have been chosen from every UN Member Nation from all Continents. The idea of this donation is that within ten years from now, there will be notable wealth among many unusual people around the world. This will give everyone the opportunity to improve their standards of living. It?s important to note that you will only be chosen to receive the donation once, which implies that subsequent yearly donation will not get to you again.

The ITIL Foundation, UK has been appointed to oversee this development affair.

You are required to expeditiously Contact the Executive Secretary of The ITIL Foundation with the details below for documentation and processing of the release of your cash aid, between the hours of 8.00am - 7.00pm on Monday through Saturday.Please endeavor to quote your Qualification numbers (UNI/ITIL-816-1119 G-987-94) in all discussions.

Executive Secretary: ITIL Foundation, UK - Steven Carlos


Email: itilfoundation11@gmail.com Telephone: + 44 704.576.9852


Please note that the release of your cash aid/donations is to be administered by The ITIL Foundation, UK under delegated powers from the UN Foundation. You are hereby advised to keep this whole information confidential until your donations have been duly remitted to you. There have been many cases of double and unqualified claim, due to beneficiaries divulging details of donations to third parties.

On behalf of the Board,
faithfully,

Loterie Romande
Unit Coordinator
UN WORLD GRANT DEPT.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: War for news

With the launch of more than a dozen news channels in India there is a war for getting news on these 24 hour news channels. Since there is nothing better to put on air the channels have come up with these unique news items in the garb of breaking news.

Here is a sample of screen caps I got in an email. Just shows what these channels have to come up with in the name of BREAKING NEWS.


BREAKING NEWS:Kitty got stuck on the roof.



BREAKING NEWS:Amitabh Bacchan (Bollywood actor) felt cold .



BREAKING NEWS:Rahul Gandhi (an indian politician) had dal, poorie and subzi (menu of items he had for lunch).



BREAKING NEWS:Commissioner found his lost his dog



BREAKING NEWS:Commissioner found his lost his dog

Monday, June 09, 2008

I just got 5 dreamhost invites

I have got 5 invitations for dreamhost. If you use any of the invites you get will get the following benefits.

* You will get four (4) times the normal disk and bandwidth!
* If you choose the five-year plan, you will get $150 off!
* If you choose the ten-year plan, you will get $200 off!

You need to use the 12-digit code and use it in the "Promo Code" field when you sign up at dreamhost. Use one of the following codes when you sign up. 044477421482, 168640837302, 076190151113, 744781327000 and 503827675414.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Keeping up with the fitness regime - II

I am really surprised at my resolve to get back into shape. In the last 6 months I have been able to shed 17 Pounds. I purposely wrote pounds and not kgs, just love the huge number. Anyhow even in kgs its still 8 Kgs. But now there seems to have been a little bit of hiccup in my fitness plans. The gym I was going to has planned to close down for renovation and am not sure if I will be able to wake up and still be motivated enough to continue with it.

Thought I have lost weight I am still not in shape at least the shape I would want . So here is hoping that I continue with my walks. And now I also plan to run and jog instead of just walking. Here is hoping I can continue with my resolve to get back into shape.

The mystery project and article

Yesterday I had written about the project that I have been working on weekends. Its not a new search engine but think of it more like sliced bread. Its still bread but just sliced.

A really simple idea that makes a lot of sense for me since I seem to use multiple search engines at a time. Actually more than what it is, I am trying out caching techniques and the site acts as the part of an article I am working on. Still not sure if I will ever be able to complete the article and release the project.

Had written part 1 of the article two years back Speed up your AJAX based webapps but was never able to complete part 2. And the only valid reason for not completing it is that I am plain lazy. And since this project is just a personal project it does not get a very high priority.

The project is trying to solve a problem that I seem to have everyday. The reason why it took me two freaking year was partly as I wrote my being lazy but also 'cause I was looking for a UI that really made sense. Also the scope and my perspective towards the problem kept changing.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Have been working for a change

A project I was working for the last 2 years is finally turning out to be something. The idea has gone through half a dozen different versions and variations but I think I finally like what its turned out to be. Still need a bit of work to make it beta. Even if no one else uses it I think it does have the features I have been missing on most search engines.

I started out with solving my own problem with searching and in the process have been able to work on tackling the search problem in a somewhat different manner. Given the fact that I don't have the resources or the skill to design a search engine I have tried to solve the problem with the existing search engines.

I will hopefully release it in the next few weeks. Still not sure how the reception of this product will be.