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Printing 42 - A not so straightforward Boo way
I was recently working with Reflection and Boo and thought this was funny. Hey.. nobody told life is simple right. So, here it goes. :-)

i as int
i=i.GetType().GetMethod("Parse",[typeof(string)].ToArray(typeof(System.Type))).Invoke(null,["42"].ToArray())
print "Answer to the question of life, universe and everything is ", i

Posted On Tuesday, January 24, 2006 7:30 AM

GPLv3 draft posted
The new GPLv3 draft has been posted for discussion. The Rationale Document explains the changes.

Posted On Tuesday, January 17, 2006 4:59 PM

Lawrence Lessig on Transparent Creativity
I found this flash presentation while I was browsing the web today. It was Lawrence Lessig's address at OSCON 2002. An extremely interesting presentation.

Posted On Tuesday, October 18, 2005 3:24 PM

Multi Platform versus Cross Platform
I have lately been pondering over methods to deploy cross platform products. I investigated certain options like InstallShield's Universal Project and ZeroG's InstallAnywhere. But to tell the truth, it goes against the philosophy of installation. They rely on the presence of the right version of JRE. Some installations also package the native versions of JRE along with the installation package. This is quite an overhead. Other products use their custom homegrown installers. As most of the setup developers ......

Posted On Friday, October 7, 2005 3:22 PM

Ruby/Rake and Python Decorators
I had been experimenting with Ruby/Rake. I took a little while for me to get adjusted to Ruby's syntax. I love closures in Ruby and their effective use in Rake. I was trying if I could do the same in Python. As always, I came up with a very shabby code as the first attempt. #run target.py# the global dict to store targetstargets={} #defining and adding a target class Target: def __init__(self,name='',depen... self.name=name self.dependencies=dependencies self.fn=fn self.done=False ......

Posted On Thursday, September 1, 2005 12:40 PM

The importance of Free and Liberal Open Source Software (FLOSS) in the Indian context
There exists a lot of literature written on Free and Liberal Open Source Software(GNU/FSF). This is what I feel about it. I had recently been to a school to give an introduction about computers to some kids in a village near Pondicherry. I had access to a laptop and showed them a quick presentation on the basics of computers. I was aware of the fact that the school syllabus has Microsoft Windows as the primary platform for education. Most kids think paint is cool. What would they say if they saw ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 30, 2005 3:45 PM

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