Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Dr. Sass and other things


/me is famous - I figure out in "Postmodern Sass Appreciates" in Sass's blog :D yay !

Was reading Postmodernes Sprachspielen (Sass) - really nice and relaxing !
There is an inherent flow to the "stories" and the way she links the posts.
Got there from Tim Bray's site - usually I follow tech links from his page (his WS-* post was very "interesting" ;-) ) , but Sass has been absolute fun to read !!

I enjoy hacking at Netbeans : recently for the past 6 months or so , had to stay away from it 'cos of lot of other things ...
Got a chance to do that again this weekend when I was trying to author a new project type which will essentially be an extension to the j2se ant based project.
Final analysis after 4 days of continual hacking and learning - will to do a ground up design and impl - simply cobbling together something will be brittle and not very usable in this case : especially since that might very well end up being in our next release.

It is always amazing fun to look at netbeans codebase : and the stuff that you learn - really nice !!
I always find something new or interesting or cool in there - add to that the fact that the latest versions (I was messing with NB4.2 dev branch) are damn fast having a much lower mem footprint makes it more fun to work with
I found a really neat hack in their code - what they called a Trampoline.
In case you are interested : it is in the files : org.netbeans.spi.project.ui.ProjectOpenedHook and org.netbeans.modules.project.uiapi.ProjectOpenedTrampoline in the "Project UI API" project.

While we are mentioning java , take a look here to know more about generics and how it works under the hood - even if you are not a java programmer , you will find some of the idioms interesting.

One of my first posts in this blog contained a description of a simulation which is a superset of game of life (you will need to scroll way down to get to point 3) - I elaborated more about this in a comments to Noufal's blog (cant find that link) ... and he ended up starting an impl of this , while shamelessly , I did not try to pursue towards the impl side for this - last week , thanks to Vipin, I came across this link.
It is remarkably similar to what I initially described ... though possibly the intent and the directions are different , the fundamental idea without the frills is pretty similar !

By the way , opentools has some neat tools in there now - please download it , use it , hack/develop for it (absolutely brilliant if you do so !) , contribute to it in anyway you can. Thanks.
In case you have any suggestions , complaitns , fixes , etc - please mail me , or the aliases there and we will make sure that we will do something about it.

And finally, switching teams. I will be leaving the Java Studio Enterprise team and joining the Instant Messaging team next month.
Considering that I have absolutely no idea about the various IM protocols , clients , etc - it is going to be very very interesting times ahead :)


Blogger Noufal said...

You making a trip back to B'lore anytime soon? How's your health?

It's been so long since I've actually read anyone elses code that the new job feels rather funny. heh heh.

4/19/2005 04:59:00 PM  
Blogger Mridul said...

I will be in Bangalore sometime mid next month ... have to meet the new team members , TOI session , etc.
Not sure how long I will be there - think about 1 - 2 weeks ... will try to meet you then !
(If nothing , we have our MK spat to settle ;) )

4/20/2005 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous daku said...

gaddar, you are calling me JAGAT DIDI here?
/me thinks of revenge...

4/30/2005 03:13:00 AM  
Blogger Mridul said...

I thought I did tell you that on your blog :-D

I think Jagat Didi sounds cool ;)

5/01/2005 12:17:00 AM  
Anonymous daku said...

ya right. a good few months back i posted something abt a lack of nicks. now i am showered with them left right and center. the most recent one, courtesy of #if: dakini. isn't that quite something? (-;

5/02/2005 10:37:00 AM  

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Monday, April 11, 2005

Some updates

Haloscan does not seem to preserve comments after some date it seems .... was flipping through the archives and found most/all the comments missing.
Might be a config problem too - though I doubt it.
Going to phase it out and move to blogger commenting - maybe will ask for the comment template from Kousik : really like to read the comments on his site - just click and voila you get it there itself ... no need for popup's / new page !

Changing the template , and removing the "test results" from a previous post - way too much time is being spent in picking up those images.

Vipin gave me two really cool links !
idlethumbs and Sparth

The second has some really phenomenal artwork ... had me spell bound for a while !
I really enjoy art but I cant really understand the concept of colors , lighting , shadows , etc when it comes to me trying to draw , paint , make a decision on shirt color (if it fits - should be cool right ?) , ....
That is why I get people like Vipin (a.k.a guru) to do my artwork : else everything I make would be solid rectangles in green or brown in a black background with white obstacles :)
The collusion detection , physics , kinetics (well , what little I will manage after all this new reading up I have to complete) : would work - but visually it would be the worst thing on the planet !
Speaking of which I should start collaborating with Vipin again ... this OpenGL book I am reading is really nice and I am going to start attempting to use JOGL too.
Check these benchmarks out - 241 fps for a JOGL q2 version as compared to 245 fps of q2 id release - really cool !
The java is "slow" argument is beginning to not cut anymore :)

The first site is worth digging into just for the really cool reviews !
If you have watched Top Gun - read this : hilarious :)) This is better than the one maddox put up here

I am getting addicted to CounterStrike - no , the situation is still under control , I just play 45 mins - 1 hour online, but the urge to play it more and more is increasing ... must kill , where is my shotgun (yep - really cool weapon , though nothing beats a sniper rifle :) )

Speaking of opentools - finally I will checkin the code this week after Rajesh (a.k.a archi) gives the "go" to what I sent him ... most probably he is going to rip it apart , in which case - next week :)
The current flaws in the design is mainly on how to compose multiple processor chains ... not possible as of now.
What I am planning is to have abstract definitions of module/processor/acceptor/etc , and then use these to compose higher order chains (just like in WSDL , BPEL , etc) ... let us see how it goes : even for now , the base checkin is not really trivial and has some nice features ! ... but more is in the pipeline !

Note to self :
1) Stop using "etc" so much
2) I should try to minimise this sort of unstructured rambling - what I do is , "ok , I need to put something up on the blog" (today it was about the comments) , and then it keeps developing from there ... the more I think while I type the prev thought , the more I find things to write about and in the end , it is this huge pile of unreadable blob. Focus boy , focus !!


Blogger Mridul said...


4/11/2005 12:36:00 AM  
Blogger ETV said...

Hi buddy

Just thought to say a Hi. How are you doing.

4/11/2005 01:55:00 AM  
Blogger Neets said...

Rubbish!I think its good writing!

4/11/2005 02:50:00 PM  
Blogger  said...

I used peek a boo comments hack; so that we can read comments inline; and not visit a new page unless we want to post one. For lightly commented page like mine, it works like a charm.

Also I use Farrago hack to keep track of recent comments!

4/11/2005 06:46:00 PM  
Blogger TMaYaD said...

Rectangular art and unstructured rambling!....that makes two of us;)

4/12/2005 10:30:00 AM  
Blogger Mridul said...

@etv - will try to catch you on Y! :) would be better to chat there than here !

@nita arvind - Thanks , you are too kind ! But verbosity should be cut down on , and point put across more succinctly dont you think ?
I seem to lack that a bit - too much verbosity killed the cat - hmm , Mridul :)

@Kousik - Thanks a lot ! As you can see , it works :D Got both the hacks working without crippling the blog :)

@TMaYaD - Good to know !! Lets start a a club :) You want to be the president or the secretary ? ;)
(hmm , your handle reminds me of my duke3d handle from college :D)

And finally @Mridul - yep , test works :)

4/12/2005 11:35:00 PM  
Blogger TMaYaD said...

Yup! My handle started as a game handle...Quake 3. It's an acronim for "Touch Me and You are Dead" ;), inspired by saber tooth's dialogue from ice age.

4/16/2005 09:05:00 PM  
Blogger  said...

I think now recent handle craze would be TMTHNVTAA, that is "Touch me and that hand will never touch anything again". -- Trinity (Matrix Reloaded)

4/17/2005 08:56:00 PM  

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