Madras Cafe – Movie review

Madras Café (2013) is a Hindi movie directed by Shoojit Sircar and acted/produced by John Abraham. The movie is a lot different from Bollywood stuff we have seen in recent past. While acting from Siddhart Basu (RAW chief), John Abraham and Nargis Fakri is just about average, the other supporting actors are really good –…

Getting started with Hadoop

Purpose of this post is to help Java developers new to Hadoop. Especially those folks who have read about Hadoop and Big Data but are unsure about how to get started. Problem is that the Hadoop related APIs require a complicated infrastructure to be setup even before you can run a “Hello World” type of…

Callback Functions

A function that takes another function as one of its parameters is termed as callback function. This is an interesting concept but developers generally tend to ignore it. Many languages support this feature – some do it easily while others need some code setup. In this post, I will be using Javascript to demonstrate a…

India Passport Process

Applying for a new passport or reissue of expired passport continues to be an extremely difficult tasks for Indian citizens. There is so much secrecy and/or confusion on the documentation needed, what to do in the passport office and how the police verification happens. However, things have improved remarkably with the introduction of Passport Seva…

Bangalore to Puttaparthi trip

We recently went on a trip to Puttaparthi. The drive from Bangalore is fairly quick and easy. Below is the most common route you can take. Bangalore to Puttaparthi Distance One way to reach Puttaparthi is to take the new airport road from Hebbal and then take the turn after entering AP. This is the…

z/OS DB2 connectivity using Java client

Connecting to a DB2 instance hosted on z/OS(Mainframe) requires a series of configuration and coding steps. This blog post explains the steps: · Request EXECUTE privileges on package ‘NULLID.SYSLH200’ for user login id · Get the below information from SDSF log for DB2 startup job ‘DB8’. This data will be used while configuring the Java client. DB8GMSTR…

Pentaho Data Integration – Few things to remember

In one of my projects, Pentaho Data Integration tool was  used to implement data extraction, transformation and loading processes. Before  you read further, let me make it clear that I’m not an ETL expert and do not  have experience working with other ETL tools. So, some of the points I share  here, strengths or weaknesses, may be…