Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How Guido nearly dropped out - and then dropped in

By Vasudev Ram

Interview with Guido van Rossum, creator of the Python language.

He says in the interview that he nearly dropped out of school - but was dissuaded from doing so by his manager and professor.


[ I was actually close to dropping out.

Oh my gosh! Why?

The job was so fun, and studying for exams wasn’t. Fortunately, my manager at the data center, as well as one of my professors, cared enough about me to give me small nudges in the direction of, “Well, maybe it would be smart to graduate, and then you can do this full-time!” (laughing) ]

Later, of course, he dropped in ... to the box.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Yahoo buys Indian startup Bookpad

By Vasudev Ram

Just saw this on GigaOm via Twitter: Yahoo is buying a one-year-old Bangalore-based Indian startup called Bookpad. Bookpad has a product called Docspad which is used for document viewing and editing etc.

Links about the Yahoo acquisition of Bookpad on some news sites:

On GigaOm:

Yahoo buys Indian startup Bookpad for document viewing and editing capabilities

On the Economic Times:

Yahoo buys Bangalore-based tech startup Bookpad for Rs 50 crore

On TechCrunch:

Yahoo Acquires Bangalore-Based Bookpad, Makers Of Online File Editing And Collaboration Software Docspad

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Startups for the Rest of Us

By Vasudev Ram

Startups for the Rest of Us is a site by the Mike Taber and Rob Walling, who are also the people behind the Micropreneur Academy. I saw the site today and am checking out some of the podcasts on it. Some of the podcast topics look interesting.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

API Developer Weekly

By Vasudev Ram

Saw this today, via this tweet by John Musser, founder of ProgrammableWeb:

API Developer Weekly, as the name suggests, is a weekly about APIs for developers, sponsored by LaunchAny and Casey Software.

From their site:

"API Developer Weekly is a weekly newsletter that is hyper-focused on the business, design, development, and deployment of APIs for web and mobile apps."

Just signed up for it and will see how interesting it is, over the next few weeks. I've been working on designing and implementing APIs for a while now, and also evangelizing them to some extent - see here, for example:

Winners of API Contest announced

The people behind API Developer Weekly are also coming out with an API Design Book.

If you want to try it, you can sign up for it here:

API Developer Weekly

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Poljé de Cerknica, Slovenia

By Vasudev Ram

Poljé de Cerknica, Slovenia.

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