Saturday, October 26, 2013

Writing personal things in blog

This is the beginning of an attempt to write more things in my blog. I am thinking to write more personal things :-) Well, when I say "personal", I mean Religion, Family, Politics etc. I used to write mostly technical topics in my blog. Writing personal matters is very different from technical stuff. So, I would like to do some preparations.

I know that my blog is subscribed at many places. Some of them are various Planets (public blog aggregators) and others are individual subscriptions. In addition to this, I have linked my blog with Facebook. So my writings are reaching out to such a wide audience. This includes my friends from childhood, family and extended family members, neighbors, classmates from my schools and colleges, colleagues from current and previous organizations, participants from my various training and workshops, friends from Python and other FOSS communities, and many other friends.

The topics that I am writing may not be interesting or pleasing for all. Now, what should I do ? I am looking forward to your suggestions.

One thing that I am thinking to do is to remove Facebook linking. So all my posts will not go to everyone's FB update streams. If really required I can share the links separately. I have updated some active Planets with my technical or Python feed.

Another option is to create another blog itself. Based on my previous experiences, I have observed that It's not easy to maintain more blogs.

I will be updating this blog post with my further thoughts later.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Go Programming - Installation

I was playing with Go programming language (Golang) recently. Go looks like an interesting programming language.  I will show you how you can install Go in a 64 bit GNU/Linux system.


To install Go in a 64 bit GNU/Linux:
cd $HOME
wget -c
tar zxvf go1.1.2.linux-amd64.tar.gz
mkdir mygo
You can download source and binary packages of Go from from here:
To set PATH and other environment variables, add these lines at the end of $HOME/.bashrc:
export GOROOT=$HOME/go
export PATH=$PATH:$GOROOT/bin

export GOPATH=$HOME/mygo
export PATH=$PATH:$GOPATH/bin

Running a program

To run a program:
go run <program.go>
Here is an example hello world program:
package main

import "fmt"

func main() {
    fmt.Printf("Hello, world.\n")
Save the above code in a hello.go and run it like this:
go run hello.go

You can build (compile) and run the binary like this:
go build hello.go

Here is the screencast I created with same notes.

I am looking forward to your feedback.

Monday, September 2, 2013

To the Indian Python Programming Community, Thank you for the award

I received the first Kenneth Gonsalves Memorial Award for contributions towards advocacy and adoption of Python programming language in India. My thanks to the Indian Python Programming Community and Python Software Society of India (PSSI) for the award.

The award was given on the first day of PyCON India 2013 conference (last Saturday).  This is the 5th year of  PyCON India, There was more than 1100 attendees this time. The keynotes, talks, workshops and panel discussion (on Python in education) were great.

I had my workshop (tutorial) on Selenium last Friday. I hope the video will be available soon.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Something personal

I started writing blog in October 2004. Most of my blog entries were technical, very few times I wrote personal things. This blog post is written just to tell those who read my blog that I believe in Jesus Christ. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1995. However, due to resistance from my family, I couldn't continue fellowship with other believers and so I started backsliding. In August 2011, God helped me to find a good fellowship in Bangalore where I live now.