Tuesday, August 5, 2014


I love coding.. The cool thing about coding is that it gives the developer the power to create stuff which can affect lives or solve a problem for a hopefully growing set of people and probably bring up smiles..
I've learnt and played with various languages.. I smile at myself when I think of the attitude that I had  towards languages.. Its changed radically..
  • I learnt C during my college days and loved it, enjoyed it thoroughly..
  • During college times, I was like. C is the only language I'll learn and I'll code anything I want to and everything, in C itself.. So I used to explore how to call run other code written in other languages like Calling Matlab code from C and vice versa.. Those were the pointer* days.. The idea that I'll do everything in C itself.. was a severely flawed notion that I had in mind which I've realized in the times to come..
  • Then came my job at Solidcore.. I was introduced to C++ another interesting language.. But in some ways a funny language coz of the excessive amount of control which C++ gives in terms of speed and OOPsies, the syntax seems to have become in some way complex coz of the backward compatibility with C..
    • An example of the control which C++ gives is like by default it gives you Compile time binding of methods but by using virtual you can impose late binding which has its overhead.. Now its upto you to decide whether you want to compromise on the extra instructions that are going to be there for polymorphism or you want the speed.. whereas in Java one would find dynamic binding itself.
  • Slowly I started getting interested in web and the associated technologies aka the J2EE stack for the backend. So I was introduced to writing enterprise solutions in Java. Java today is a language which gives you:
    • robustness - Its a compiled language, type safety, Brilliant concurrency support, Some of the most well thought out system libraries i.e. Collections etc.
    • scale - Coz of the inherent OOPsy nature.. 
    • speed of development coz of the brilliant editor support. Oh yes, Eclipse..  
Again as a result of my curiousness to check out the interfaces with the native world etc. I was introduced and did quite a bit of JNI coding.
  • You cant just develop a usable web product by only doing the backend.. So next comes Frontend and with it comes JavaScript.. One word which comes to my mind when it comes to Javascript is versatility.. Write any code and it would work well just in case its few lines.. But then, in today's world with the extra thick frontend layer and the many lines of Javascript that we got to write, if you're irresponsible with Javascript you end up with spaghetti code, which is a maintenance nightmare .. One has to be super disciplined. The good thing about Javascript is that if you know the patterns well, and the use the flexibility + versatility that the language provides in the right structured way, things work great and your code scales and is maintainable.. Add linting + powerful frameworks(AngularJs, JQuery) and your frontend is now taken care of.. 
  • You need to know a good scripting language.. Back in the days when there was no node.js I was introduced to Python.. A language which is elegant in itself.. Wrote quite a bit of code in Python and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience.. Sometimes Python just reads like pseudo code.. Any piece of logic, file manipulations, etc and Python does the trick.. You understand the significance and power of the dict = {} and list = [] literals.. And how one could solve many problems.. I've mostly written one file python scripts which solve a simple problem to a fairly complex problem, like a tool or something.. But a whole product built on this would again mean learning frameworks + tools etc. Somehow Java and the J2EE stack fulfilled that need for me. Another point to mention is regarding the packaging of your scripts/tools.. Packaging the script as a binary using libraries like py2exe suddenly makes your script so very shippable, installable and usable for windows users.. 
All along, I've learnt that one needs to know their tools really well. The more you play with them, with their features the better you get at them.. After that all you need is a great product idea, or actually a few great ideas, (Coz, many of your ideas sound great, specially to you,) Out of the many great ideas that you execute successfully upon, finally, something will end up being great for hopefully many users.. And I, as a programmer could speak, interact and communicate with my users, via these very languages.. :) :)

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