My Experience – AWS Certified Alexa Skill Builder Exam

If there’s something that brings me back memories of the good-old college days, it is definitely not the exams. From my school days, I do not have a good record of performing well in the exams and that record has extended all the way until the last exam I gave, 8 years back.

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My Journey into the Voice First World

Every now and then, I get questions about opportunities in the Voice First space, and if they can make a career out of it. I thought it would be a good idea to detail my journey so far into the voice first world and the opportunities I came across, to give a broad answer to the questions I get.

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Switching off the lights

Earlier this year, Animesh and I, took the tough decision to stop QICE & Learnflow – the companies that both of us started 5 years back. I write this post as a sort of timeline, on how we went from starting up our company to winding it up a few months back. I also plan to write about the lessons learned from all this.

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Securing your WordPress Site – Wordcamp 2017

As a developer, I have in the past spoken in front of College Students and undertook Corporate training programs – but my first talk at a conference was quite an experience. Having set up multiple WordPress sites over the years for my clients, and having some of them hacked – I decided to speak about common security measures.

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Geeking out at Wordcamp Nagpur – 2017

I was recently at the first WordCamp Nagpur – 2017 as a speaker, speaking on “Securing your WordPress Sites”. While Nagpur has had little tech events and community meet ups, this was one of the biggest tech events to happen in Nagpur’s tech scene for a while.

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Easier Webhook Testing with ngrok

Picture this scenario :

You have built a web app that has webhooks from other service. But everytime you want to test it out, you have to deploy your app, and keep a look out on your logs as the request trickles in. 

or

You are working with a mobile developer in-house, and you both want to test an API. You deploy the app, even if it is a minute change and then wait to see if all works properly. 

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When CURL fails

Every once in a while, as a programmer, you seemingly come upon a problem that flummoxes you, irritates you and takes you through a wide array of emotions – and in the end when you solve it, makes you look back and think, why did this issue even take so much time to fix.

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Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

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“Having reduced mortality from starvation, disease and violence, we will now aim to overcome old age and even death itself. Having saved people from abject misery, we will now aim to make them positively happy. And having raised humanity above the beastly level of survival struggles, we will now aim to upgrade humans into gods, and turn Homo sapiens into Homo deus.”

Yuval Noah Harari’s book Homo Deus is a book that doesn’t shy of making bold predictions about the future of humanity. Harari captures in detail what an apocalyptic future might look like centuries or even decades from now.

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REGEXP with MySQL

In one of the recent projects that I have been working on, I had to look for a word in a phrase – but the challenge was to rank an occurrence of the phrase higher when it’s an individual word as compared to when it was part of a word.

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Deploying with Deploybot

I vividly remember the first time, I messed up a production server. It was my early days of being a programmer, and we had got our first client.

Back then, my deployment strategy was basically to upload files using FTP and then run any commands on the server via the shell. During a routine deployment, I noticed a file which remained in the server, and in trying to remove it, I typed sudo rm -rf /.

On the Production.

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