Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Marathon Lessons


First of all, wish you a happy and prosperous new year 2017.

Today, itz been an awesome moment during Chennai Wipro Marathon. It was 10 KM race in a beautiful morning near world's second longest beach - Marina.

Though my presence is the first time for this event, itz been a lot of lessons learnt here with different dimensions. Wish to align Top-5 list with my career line.

1. Consistency
As Benjamin said, "Secret of Success is Consistency of Purpose" Though I follow this discipline in my career, itz a different mix of experience in Today's Marathon.  One of my friend (Kannan) is pretty good marathanist. In the absence of my professional preparation, just pair program with him for 70% route. Consistent phase without break, hits decent scorecard of 9 KM/hour. It leads to finish in Top 450 list.

2. Collaboration
During this run, itz evident of many humanity activities by participants, volunteers, supporting people, etc.  It was too encouraging to the event runners by various social support groups. We termed as the highest degree of Collaboration in our industry to boost the business result. As depicted in this section snap, "Alone we can do little; together can do much".

3. Device Driven
Being an IT engineer, I always worried about technology usage gap between end customer and tech firm. As an example, we use the high end tech gadget in home; whereas IT customers are not delivered with that level.  In Today's event, I've observed this use case. Every participant is given with wearable connected smart device to track completely. In key spot of the route, the sensor data receivers were deployed to collect the individual track record. Itz termed as Internet of Things (IoT), an emerging disruptive technology platform in the current IT industry.

4. Real time Update
Big Data is a game changing technology in IT and its related business. Being hot core engineer and pursuing Doctorate in this space, I was font of implementing the solutions. Though, firms are facing so much challenges to roll-out, I'm witnessing the effective usage here. All athletes are requested to register for the recommended application with their BIB no or picture code through a widget(small form) placed on the race website. Once the photos are automatically tagged by the system, the branded photos will be uploaded directly to athletes personal Facebook profile even with creating an individual race album.

5. Social Cause
Over the years, itz been the tremendous support from the people of Chennai. Different people choose different ways to contribute to society, some choose to donate money, some choose to raise money by reaching out to their inner circle, some volunteer their time and skills.  This event provides a platform for everyone to find a perfect match in terms of the manner in which they want to give back to society.

As the closing note, finished 10 KM category in decent time of an hour and 6 minutes. In spite of my first attempt, managed to position in Top-450 list out of 20 Thousands Chennai runners.

See you next year with better scorecard !!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 Top 10 articles


2016 is coming to an end and it's the perfect time to reflect on the past year and look ahead to 2017. In the spirit of looking back on the year, it has been curated a list of the hottest articles ranked by page traffic in 2016.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Postman Pro


We know that Postman is a REST Client that runs as an application inside the Chrome browser. It is very useful for interfacing with REST APIs Postman is a REST Client that runs as an application inside the Chrome browser. It is very useful for interfacing with REST APIs of your enterprise application.

Postman Pro is an updated API development tool chain, was released last week. The Pro tool chain expands upon Postman cloud by adding cloud collaboration, improving collection documentation & publishing, and taking our Postman monitoring tool out of beta.

The new Postman Pro will allow API developers to leverage the power of Postman throughout every link in the API tool chain.

Happy API Test Automation !!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Workplace Hackathon

Design
Typically itz an event, lasting several hours or days, in which a team of professionals with different backgrounds come together. This focused tiny passionate group, works around a problem or idea. Objective is to build collaboratively a unique solution from scratch.  Output is a working model of the conceptual idea using few production data.

Design principle is to sense the input, optimize the process and act the output.

Recent Experience
Earlier, I used to have my personal Hackathon experiences. So far, I worked in leading consultancy and captive firms @ India. Being part of product company, this is the first Hackathon from my workplace.

So, I thoroughly enjoyed 36 hours work place Hackathon with my colleagues. Team member represents different role play like product manager, developer, tester, infra specialist.

Our pitch
Our team build a pitch to leverage IoT and Big Data as part of product development.

Lesson Learnt
Before the event, it is essential to make sure all your infra structure are setup and tested with ready to go state.

By design, it is expected to simplify your project as much as possible. It has been high probability that are not that important for the prototype and so you create the prioritize such events.

As a best practice, it is better to save at least last couple of hours for production testing and final bug fix.

On lighter side, you should plan to sleep and make breaks either you are too tired or your production is low. You shouldn't miss to feed you the proper food in a good amount of time interval.

Top 5 Benefits
In my mind, Top 5 business / technical benefits of Hackathon, listed as below:
  1. Idea Generation
  2. Platform Exposure
  3. Democratization of Innovation
  4. Team Building
  5. Nurture Creativity
To my personal objective - Continuous Learning & Continuous Sharing, this Hackathon event created yet another opportunity.

Until the next event, I'm signing off from this space.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Google Daydream


Google unveiled the Daydream VR headset last month, along with its Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, and now the device is finally available for purchase starting November 10 next week.

The headset will be available on Google Store in five countries across the globe- US, Canada, UK, Germany and Australia.

Daydream VR platform is a major upgrade over Google Cardboard. With the introduction of the new platform, this gives developers the ability to create applications to deliver better productivity in different use scenarios.

Google has teamed with Hulu to deliver custom UI and content for the Daydream VR. Users can stream Hulu’s entire library of TV shows, movies and VR content.

Google Daydream View VR is priced at $79 and will be available in Slate, Snow and Crimson color variants.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Angular 2 Tutorial


We often get this question: now that Angular 2 is available, where do we start ??

On reading literally tons of article and blog posts on different Angular 2 topics, some of them are very good, and very deep, but might not all be appropriate for someone who just want to start on Angular 2.

At the end it consists of only 2 articles, but those are must-read!

The Core Concepts of Angular 2

https://vsavkin.com/the-core-concepts-of-angular-2-c3d6cbe04d04#.p2qmvpdwl
This is an excellent walk through on 3 core concepts of Angular 2 namely components, dependency injection, and bindings.

Then you need to read this article from the official docs on Angular Modules:

Angular Modules (NgModules)

https://angular.io/docs/ts/latest/guide/ngmodule.html
This is the definitive article on 4th fundamental concept of Angular 2 namely ngModule.

When you have finished reading this article, read it again… seriously, read it AGAIN!

That’s it, now you are ready to start building your first Angular 2 app, you will find plenty of good tutorials out there!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Top 10 Tech 2017

David Cearley of Gartner has identified a top ten strategic technology trends for the year ahead. He defines “strategic” as those technologies that will have significant disruptive potential over the next five years.” He also notes that they are “prime enablers behind digital and algorithmic business opportunities.” Attached image is a summary of the trends.

This list differed from the lists for 2016, 2015, and 2014 inasmuch as there are more trends that are not yet implemented by even leading CIOs than in years passed.