Friday, 15 April 2011

And now for something completely different...

In my last blog I warned you that I might, at times, get technical. This is one of those times.
I'd like to dedicate this blog to a language that never ceases to amaze me. A gift from one Guido Van Rossum to the world in 1989 ,named after the laugh riot  'Monty Python's Flying Circus'. Now, over twenty years later, it is still growing strong with many developers around the world contributing to its development. I am, of course, referring to the 'Python' programming language.
When I first started tinkering with python, the first thing to catch my eye was that python code is inherently indented. Since all blocks are specified by tabbing them, the cluttered {...} protocol which so many contemporary languages implement is bypassed. Also, if you ask me, the only real requirement to be able to read python code is to be literate.I remember being able to understand what a code did before actually learning the language. Although I am tempted to prattle on about more details of python, I intend this post to be an introduction. You can download python from '' and experiment with it to your hearts content.
I'd like to end with something I picked up from a book on python which starts off with a couple of quotes which I really loved and wanted to share-

'A C program is like a fast dance on a newly waxed dance floor by people carrying razors.'
                                                                                                               —Waldi Ravens
'C++: Hard to learn and built to stay that way.'
'Java is, in many ways, C++– –.'
                                                                                                             —Michael Feldman
'And now for something completely different . . .'
                                                                                                             —Monty Python’s Flying Circus

Monday, 11 April 2011

Humble Beginnings

Blogs. A concept that was quick to catch on as part of the internet revolution which saw traditional hangouts being replaced by their online counterparts.Pretty soon the computer took over. Although initially I believed I could pass my years without having to join the crowd, I soon came to realize that I would have to eventually and inevitably become part of the world wide web. And this year, I complete my transformation. The final step if you will, of my online journey. My first blog.
Of course one could argue that so many people have blogs these days that the idea has become commonplace . Perhaps my achievement is a belittled by the delay in execution. Perhaps. All I know is that people say things that others accept without question. Too many things are taken for granted.
And so I write this blog to try and show you a different side to things. To me ,this world is one giant circus and we have an abundance of clowns for our entertainment. There are a lot of intersting things that happen all around us. You just have to look.
Of course, along the way there might be a lot of python/Linux and computers in general.But bear with me dear reader, for I can only speak of that which I know.

And after all, it is the computer age...

or so they say.