Thursday, November 24, 2005

Python - the elixir of life

"Python has been an important part of Google since the beginning, and remains so as the system grows and evolves. Today dozens of Google engineers use Python, and we're looking for more people with skills in this language." -- Peter Norvig, Director of search Quality, Google Inc.

Python is one of the simplest object oriented languages around and it doesn't throw any tantrums!! I was fascinated by the beauty of this language. And seriously speaking, I have always hated pointers as an engineering student...I always wondered "Why can't there be a simpler approach? Do we need the pointer crap all the time?" Python has an answer. The syntax is not ad hoc and it won't bite you if you become a bit careless too. Easy to learn, easy to develop and no fuss!!! Awesome thing! Hope people around start to learn the importance of it. And I wish many more companies come forward and embrace this language. Stop wrestling with the artifacts of the language rather than concentrating on your application problems. Want to get on Python??? Log on to And remember its born free :-)

Look out this space... for more news on Python... my first love **blink blink**

Thursday, November 17, 2005

The Catcher in the Rye - J D Salinger

So very much like Sandy speaks!! Now, if you wonder who on earth is Sandy? Well, he's my younger brother. This book reminds me of him, the sarcasm involved which makes you laugh your pants off and also the pure innocence. One thing I liked about Holden Caulfield was the phrase he used generously... "That killed me!" And that killed me too! :-) Not to mention "old Phoebe". She was a sweetheart, very much like me!!!! :-)

I liked many quotes in the book. One of them being....

"Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around-nobody big, I mean-except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff-I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy"

Sadly this was his aim in life! ;-)

Many authors have noted that almost every swear word in the English language is used freely in this novel except for the word "shit," which never occurs. Instead of saying "bullshit" (a word which was not uncommon in the 1950s), Holden instead says "shoot the bull." The only plausible explanation for this is simply to add to the realism of the story-Holden himself has some reservations with regard to obscenity.

The Song Of Peace

And behold! I've got my own space in this big network. Hmmm... what should I post?? How about my college prayer.

Here you go fellas... this is my college song.. the famous St.Francis of Assiss's song of peace..

Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow your love
Where there is injury your pardon Lord
And where theres doubt true faith in you

Oh master grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console
To be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love with all my soul

Make me a channel of your peace
Where theres despair in life let me bring hope
Where theres darkness Lord, your shining light
And where theres sadness ever joy

Make me a channel of your peace
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
In giving to each man that we receive
And in dying that we are born to eternal life!!!