Knock, Knock !!

Few days back, I realized its been over 6 months, since I blogged here. Coincidentally, it is also the same duration, during which my personal laptop was down and out. It is only recently, that I got my laptop revived, thanks to some engineer from a local repair shop.

Anyways, I have been busy meanwhile and have invested time in something of my interest, more than I ever did before. I have written modular-scripting framework (shell-scripting on AIX), doing front-end web development and learnt python as well, along the way.

Thanks to colleague of mine, I have started using git version control system for maintaining revisions (locally) of every tool/framework, that has to continuously evolve. In coming weeks, I intend to share experiences worth blogging about.

Hope to blog regular this time around.

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AIX and I

Recently, I joined new company and, after spending nearly 2 years on shell scripting in Linux environment, I have to move onto the AIX environment (via Putty).

More specifically, it is AIX v5.3, where I do not get many features of SED and GREP, which I had the luxury of in Linux environment. Transitioning to features subset of SED, GREP might not be that difficult as opposed to working on VI editor.

Two weeks have gone by, still trying to figure out the better way of editing files, meanwhile writing my scripts in TextPad/Notepad and then, pasting the same in AIX server.

If there’s any way, I could make my life easier in editing files on AIX server, feel free to comment.

DevOps and I

Recently, came across this microzone – DevOps Zone (under Server Zone). I was curious to know what exactly is DevOps? I started scrolling down in the microzone and came across few articles, which in turn lead me to the following article (posted in Feb, 2010);

http://www.jedi.be/blog/2010/02/12/what-is-this-devops-thing-anyway/

In the last few months, a movement has begun to take shape. It’s a movement of people who think it’s time for change in the IT industry – time to stop wasting money, time to start delivering great software, and building systems that scale and last. This movement is being called Devops. But what is Devops? Where did it come from? And what can it achieve?

http://java.dzone.com/articles/why-you-need-devops-platform?mz=38541-devops

If automation is the how, then integration is the what. Let’s look at the three key categories.

  1. Process Integration
  2. Tool Integration
  3. Data Integration

Beginning to interest me, still digging up and searching for answers, do I see any opportunity here?

Time for a break

After my system crashed this Monday, I got the partition of hard disk formatted that had Windows XP Professional OS. However, during formatting of the system, another partition (that had almost 60 GB (out of 80 GB) of Free and Open Source Softwares, I have been using or wanted to use over the past years) was inaccessible.

Along with that, I had so many code I wrote to learn some concepts/technologies, etc. which was partially version controlled. I had to format it, there was no way to recover AFAIK. So, everything was lost, including the copies of  source code for FOSS like NetBeans, Flex Builder, etc. By the way, I would be leaving for Training at an IT company (in India) this Sunday and not even in worst nightmares thought this could happen. Now, I just have a formatted drive having approx. 80 GB free space. What a waste!

Anyways, I am not in a mood to download and setup the same again. I had enough of these failures/system-crashes in the past 4 years, and as I don’t have a laptop, I won’t be any longer available on the internet. Frequency of blogging would surely decrease, as I would no longer be able to devote time to FOSS and related stuff.

Indeed, its time for a break.. See ya later!