Amazon Kindle in India?

I sincerely hope that this news is true.

Amazon Kindle is a great device and the way it uses Whispernet(EVDO) or Wifi to download books and back them up on S3, we should soon be saying good bye to paper-books and to ebooks which we have to manually backup.

Update: Just came across this interesting debate posted by Ajay Jain at TechGazing . I already read more ebooks than paper books. We work on the cutting edge software technology and in this industry the trend increasingly is that beta books are released as pdf version months before the paper book comes out. Also ebooks are relatively lesser priced and need no extra shipping charges. Citalopram
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build you own ruby on rails application

Build you own Ruby on Rails web application is a book specially written for people wanting to start exploring rails. It is being pitched as the “ultimate beginners guide to Rails” by sitepoint.
So if you have been appreciating Rails from outside, get hold of this book and jump right it. Start experiencing the joy of Ruby on Rails programming in hours, if not minutes.

This book is also an exteremely useful resource for companies who want to train developers on Rails.

Thanks Jamis, for the review which made me look at this book. Now that a new rails book is coming out almost every fortnight, it’s getting difficuilt to keep track.
Also there is this gem hidden in Jamis’ review : never use a plugin you would not be able to write yourself. We have learnt it the hard way and I am sure so have many other Rails developers.

The Stockdale Paradox

I am reading Jim Collins’ Good To Great.
While reading Chapter 4. Confront the Brutal Facts (Yet Never Loose Faith), I came across the stockdale Paradox. I remembered having read about it earlier.
I googled for it and found the link .
I had read this blog post a couple of months ago, which applied Stockdale paradox to the startup phase.

The Stockdale Paradox, reinforces my belief in Perseverance and Patience. When i started my company, the only advantage (read USP) we had was “cheap programmers”. But I wanted to do more than provide services to companies because we were cheap. And gradually, at the cost of refusing lame projects, we have been able to build niche areas. I had to refuse projects, which would have added to the numbers, but would have not given the joy of programming which me and my fellow programmers now enjoy at vinsol.

This transition at vinsol, involved not only The Stockdale Paradox, but also the Hedgehog Concept, which Jim Collin discussed in Chapter 5.

I recommend this book, very strongly to all. It is a must read for Indian companies who want to rise up the value chain [I do not say that we have done so, but are better placed than where we were an year ago.]

books i intend to read soon on tadalist

TadaList is soooo kewl!!! Just like all the products from 37signals.

I created a list of books that I intend to read soon on tadalist. The list is a reminder to me that I should take up some serious reading everyday….. or the list will grow longer …. as it is it’s so long.

If you are in Delhi and have any of those books and are willing to lend it to me… pls pls pls…contact me.