The weekend that was

By Ninad Pundalik

The weekend's haul

This week, I complete a year in Bangalore, and my present company. The last weekend was a fitting celebration for both. Hangman Hacking’s IMDb crawler/parser was written for a challenge at the geekhub at my office, and it won me the ‘Geek’ t-shirt that you see on the right of the image. The rest, is all Yahoo! Open Hack Day 2012. Veterans will instantly recognize the purple coloured bean bag that everyone wins. The certificate, the sweatshirt (to the left) and the iPhone 3Gs (in the middle), are all due to I am Bored, my, Aman and Dhruv’s (a.k.a. Dkris) entry for the Hack Day. We won the Hacker’s Choice award from around 160+ hacks, of which 40+ battled it out on the stage for the final round.

Friday was spent in playing around with Node.js at the session at office. Though I’ve attended a session or two before, and read nodebeginner.org (an excellent starter tutorial), I had never really tried to setup and play around with Node.js. This session made me do it, and I am happy to say, that I’m in love with Node.js.

Saturday (and Sunday, both seemed like the same day to me) was spent in (re-)learning jQuery Mobile. The usual cross-browser inconsistencies, and general lack of support of all libraries for all things Opera, led me to learn the basics of CSS3 animations and gradients. I would have loved to sit with Dkris and figure out Yahoo Dapper, but there’s only so much that one can do in 24 hours and still push out a decent looking hack for the competition. There was also that amazing session by Girish Dalvi about Visualizing your Hacks. I hope I get to attend more of his sessions soon.

The Yahoo! guys were really considerate, and packed a screen guard and phone case with the phone. The highs of the weekend prodded me, and I decided to finally try putting on screen guards myself. Thank fully, I did not leave any bubbles to play Bubblewrap popper with :).