A while back, I released a side-project called http://isbn.net.in – a simple tool for comparing book prices in India. I received lots of feedback, suggestions and praise. I have updated it with fixes for the bugs reported and implemented most of the suggestions. It was interesting to see people writing blog posts and linking to […]
Last weekend, I participated in the BSA Hercules Duathlon organized by RFL. I did the 10 km running + 20 km cycling thing. I was the last-but-one guy to finish and I did take twice the amount of time as the first guy to finish. But I didn’t care about that. I expected to finish […]
What is it that I like about IMDB? Shows me what are the movies that are popular in theatres right now Shows what new movies are releasing this week The first item on every movie page is the average user rating It links to every individual artiste involved (actor, director, etc.) so that if I […]
I just finished reading “Idli, Orchid and Will Power”, the autobiography of Vithal Venkatesh Kamat. Just a few days back, a friend was telling me that the famous Utility building Kamat restaurant in Bangalore no longer has quality food and hence no longer a popular place. I read this book and it gave the background […]
I read Outliers, The STORY of SUCCESS by Malcolm Gladwell last week and found it fascinating. Here’s an excerpt: Cultural legacies *matter*, and once we’ve seen the surprising effects of such things as power distance and numbers that can be said in a quarter as opposed to a third of a second, it’s hard not […]
Many people have asked me on why I released my Vim book under a Creative Commons license instead of getting it published. (1) First of all, I did try to talk to publishers, hoping that I would convince them to release the book simultaneously under a free license as well as a printed version (which […]
I just finished reading “Subject To Change: creating great products and services for an uncertain world”. This book is written by Adaptive Path, the same guys who invented the words “blog” and “ajax”, as well as creators of the Aurora browser concept. It has been a revelatory book for me, a developer who considers himself […]
Ever since college days where I got hooked onto the Internet, I have been an avid reader of self-improvement websites and books. I used to prowl for content, before the advent of lifehacking and productivity websites. I eventually stumbled upon good websites like 43Folders.com, and my friend Pradeep cajoled me to read Steve Pavlina’s blog. […]
If you’re the kind of person who prefers to read a physical book vs. online books, then you’ll be happy to know that the A Byte of Python book is now available as a printed hard copy. The best part is that the hard-working translators can also publish their translations and sell the printed copies, […]
After a gap of 3.5 years, I’ve finally updated the [‘A Byte of Python’ book](http://www.swaroopch.com/notes/Python).
The interesting news is that it is updated for the [upcoming Python 3.0 language](http://www.swaroopch.com/notes/Python_en:Introduction#About_Python_3.0) making it probably the first book to be _released_ for Python 3.0.
The book is now a wiki too at [www.swaroopch.com/notes/Python](http://www.swaroopch.com/notes/Python) which means [you can contribute](http://www.swaroopch.com/notes/Notes:Community_Portal) too!