Google Code University

I found this website really resourceful. It is full of University resources powered by Google search. I could Google Codefind loads of links from here. From now on i will search here for any information on computer science related topics before going to Google or any other Search. I have copied the content they had given on their Homepage about the Site (Don’t curse me for that ;) ):

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This website provides tutorials and sample course content so CS students and educators can learn more about current computing technologies and paradigms. In particular, this content is Creative Commons licensed which makes it easy for CS educators to use in their own classes.

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Gmail View- Basic HTML or Ajax Version

If you use Gmail and you’d like a simplified interface that doesn’t use AJAX, loads fast and works well in most browsers, try the basic HTML view. Gmail links to this version at the bottom of the page, but you can also access it if you go to http://mail.google.com/mail/h/.

Until recently, Gmail didn’t have the option to set the basic HTML version as the default interface and you had to bookmark its URL or click on the link from Gmail’s footer. Now there’s an option to always go to the HTML version, every time you load Gmail.

Please keep in mind that the simplified version lacks many useful features:
* integration with Google Docs and Google Calendar
* keyboard shortcuts
* integrated chat
* composing options: spell checker, rich formatting, address auto-complete, custom From address
* ads (useful feature?), related pages, tracking packages and addresses
* contact management
* web clips.

Google recommends to use the basic HTML view for slow Internet connections, although you may find it useful when you use exotic browsers or when the standard version doesn’t work. If you change your mind and you want to go back to the AJAX version, click on “Standard View”. Apparently, the standard view loads much faster thanks to some aggressive optimization.

Main Article: Set Basic HTML as Default Gmail View

The GIDS-2008- Day 3

I made it to the Day-3 of the GDIS-2008 and hopefully my last day at the summit. Pretty sad that i cannot attend the Daring Java Conference. Coming to the Day-3 we started off with some problems in the registrations. The Day-3 started with a key note by Father of Ajax Jesse James Garrett. The first session i attended was a Workshop on building Rich Internet Applications (RIA) with Flex and Java. It was a 3 hour workshop by Yako Fain. The workshop was pretty interesting where in we were taught how to use Flex Builder to design internet applications. He gave small and simple demos on how to design appealing Web pages. He used Flex pluign for Eclipse IDE. Later in the afternoon i attended a talk on “Next Generation Tooling” By Greg Murray. He highlighted about jMaki and using NetBeans for editing Java Scripts. jMaki is an Ajax framework that provides a lightweight model for creating JavaScript centric Ajax-enabled web applications using Java, Ruby, PHP and others. It was not that productive session and i left midway thanks to the drooping eyes. After that there was a long session by Jesse James Garrett on “Elements of User Experience”. Very interesting talk on how to go about building applications keeping the User experience in mind.

Thats all from the Day-3 of GIDS-08. I had some great time at the Great Summit-08. Looking forward to attend the next edition

The GIDS-2008- Day 2

GIDS- Great Indian Developer Summit :)

It was a great day at the GIDS. I did attend a very few sessions today but none the less there were the most productive ones. The whole of the morning session was spent in the .NET Gotchas workshop. It was an interesting and productive session by Dr. Venkat Subramaniam. Some finer points on .net were dealt in the session. At the end of the session there was a small but easy quiz and he had three copies of the book “.NET GOTCHAS” authored by him as the prize. As the quiz was easy there were many answers and he randomly picked people and gave them the book. I was late to come for the workshop on Silverlight- a three hour workshop- which i was awaiting to attend but i couldn’t get a place for me and i heard the session for about half an hour standing at the door of the hall. This indicates the number of attendents. The hall was jam packed with people seated on the stairs in the hall. I couldn’t follow the talk as it was not audible. So i went out to get stamp from the stalls. We were given a booklet and were asked to get the stamps from all the stalls. It was aimed so that people could learn about the products of the companies at the Expo but anyone hardly listened to them. All those who visited the stalls did only one thing- get the stamp on the booklet. The personnel at the staff were tried stamping the booklets. Just a thought that came to my mind- Why don’t they automate the stamping proess.

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The Great Indian Developer Summit- 2008

The Great Indian Developer Summit(GIDS)- 2008

Day-1:

I had wished to attend the Daring Java conferences which were part of GIDS-2008, but i did get a chance to attend the Summit but not Daring java it’s Bleeding-Edge .NET Conference. I thought that these summits were a bit too high for a student like me but i was wrong. The 5 talks which i attended were all from the ground up. I will put a key notes on about the talks here. It was a great experience to be sitting amidst the developers and listening to the best in the field. I would not have spent Rs. 10,000/- for the conference but i was lucky enough to get pass from the company where i am currently working on a projec. There were many stalls at the Expo stalls by Adobe, Forum Nokia, MSDN, Amazon, Oracle, DirectI, Taroby, Cordys. infragistics and many others. I suppose there are 24 of them out of whcih some i heard companies for the first time. These stalls were explaining what they offer like products, services, and other things which are usually told. Then we were given Lunch coupons- but i had lunch without giving my coupon- interesting right!!!
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