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This name calling thing

Well, I am a web developer for some long long time and web has changed a lot. A good change is Microsoft is almost out of web. No servers that are known to me run Windows and Internet explorer is dead for good (except few bloody large corporations). This blog is not about that it about another stuff.

There is this name calling thing in web technology which these marketing guys used / use to get more money from client. Long long ago we used a technique where the entire page need not get refreshed, but only part of it does. For this we need to write about 300 lines of code (which fortunately can be reused). Then people started calling it Ajax, and webpages having ajax costs a lot. Now Ajax can be written in 5 lines of code if you wish, thanks to jQuery and all other blah blah Javascript stuff.

Long before the term called “smart phones” was coined, we developers designed pages that can be seen even in mobile devices. This thing is now called responsive design and is promoted as a big thing. I really don’t understand what the fuss is about. When it was difficult to do, none promoted it, when it becomes easy, people give it a name and if they can do the most difficult stuff they project themselves as a big thing.

And there is another thing now called the cloud. Which essentially is cheating. Since we have a computer that have tetrabytes of memory, but memory on our handhelds is only gigabytes, but we are now in a age where tons of data can be streamed to us and we need real time stuff (thats the socio illusionary status society has created). If we have one data or update in one device we need that to be updated in another device too, this called for centralized server to sync things, and thats its. With virtualization we can have banks of computers say in USA, Europe, Australia and configure it in such a way that even if one fails other will take over. This thing too has been done for a long time. Now they call it the Cloud.

What the  &^#!@$$#@$#

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Strange Rails Project Ever

 

I am currently working in a company called Webtoday business and the first Rails project here  seems to be quiet strange. Right from the start the client seems to worry too much about database. In fact he wants to design databases first before doing a single line of Ruby code. What? I am quiet puzzled. Really puzzled.

Rails is meant to get you head start, its supposed to make programmers life breeze and if one wants project in Rails, he must respect programmers. Now I am updating huge excel sheets and arguing with client what possible columns should or should not be there, reading mini-novel sized technical emails. It all sucks.

To rub salt on wounds the management wants me to pass every email to it, we have a tech discussion before even sending a hello to client. My life is in ruin. I am running in and out of meetings and just waiting my time. So much time has been wasted, that if I alone had coded diligently would have finished the beta version of the product. God! I have given up hopes that this client would ever understand Rails and  would not be surprised if the project fails.

 

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