Sunday, October 07, 2012

Sneak peak in software industry

I was invited as a guest speaker at a local high school  - Bharateeya Vidya Bhavan to talk about software industry. The session was meant for grade 9 and 10 students.
I was in a dilemma as to what can I tell these students. I did not want it to be very technical and wanted it to be informative for them so that it helps them in some way to decide if they want to select software as career.
So I came up with this deck  – Sneak Peak in a Software Industry and talked about the following:
  • —Software industry
    • —What is software?
    • —Types of software
  • —Different career opportunities in Software industry
  • —What do we look for during recruitment?
  • —Typical career graph of a software professional
  • —How do we evaluate our workforce?
  • —How do you get there? + Few sermons
It was interesting to find out that they were already programming in QBasic, Visual Basic + MS Access and all of them had an email account. Almost 5 % of them had already decided that they want to pursue career in software industry.

People are open to Ruby on Rails for their next projects

Off late I had met three prospects who wanted to launch their next projects very soon. After few discussions with them, I proposed Ruby on Rails based solutions to them.
  1. Two of the three have not heard of Ruby on Rails earlier !
  2. The two who did not have idea about RoR, were non-ISV customers
  3. The one who knew what RoR is was pretty much sold to RoR and had almost decided on RoR
  4. The two unaware prospects were excited to know what RoR is and are ready to go back to their think tank and put a solid case for RoR based solution
  5. The two unaware prospects, though had not heard about RoR, were keen on a open source technology based solution
Earlier, I had experiences of people not even wanting to recommend or talk about RoR based solution. Now a days I am seeing welcome change of people being open to new (?)  technology like RoR (provided of course we are able to justify appropriateness of the technology to solve their problem).
Recent hot Indian job market for RoR has really helped me convince my prospects  that there will be RoR developers available to them two/three years down the line for maintenance/sustenance.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Malvan Amboli trip (December 2009)

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It was time for vacation this year and we planned a trip to Malvan. We planned a trip Pune-> Malvan -> Amboli -> Kolhapur -> Pune.

We started on the morning of December 26, 2009 from Pune in our newly acquired Ford Fiesta. Took to NH4 towards Kolhapur and reached
Kolhapur in 4 hours with a short break at Virangula restaurant (Bhuinj, just after Khamataki ghat).

We missed the Kolhapur entry point and realized it after 8 kms. Took a U turn and entered Kolhapur from the
Vidhyapeeth road. Then took to the Rakala stand and then to Gagan Bawda road.

After Gagan Bawda, we took the NH17 and started towards Kasal. However, before reaching Kasal, we saw a board
which read "Malvan -> 36 km". We took the road and ...repented. Next 36 kms took us 1.5 hours !
Lesson learned => ask locals before you take a turn, sign boards do not tell you about actual road conditions....

Bookings were taken care of at Hotel Sagar Kinara @ Malvan. It is just next to the Malvan Jetty. Hotel is okay type but
food is definitely good.