Sunday, May 26, 2013

Why I prefer to think of myself as a computer -scientist- :)

A guy wanted to know the volume of a red rubber ball.

First he took it to a mathematician, who measured its radius and used the formula V=4/3*pi*r^3 to find its volume.
Next, our guy went to a physicist, who immersed the ball in a bowl full of water. He then measured the amount of water which overflowed and calculated the volume of the ball.

Still not satisfied, our guytakes the ball to a mechanical engineer. The engineer says, "Wait a moment, I got this." He gets up and skims through the books laid out on his shelf. "Ah, this should do it.", he says and pulls out a big fat hard bound book titled - "The Mechanical Engineer's Handbook to Red Rubber Balls"

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Read my article in SDJ: Scaling to a Billion

Software Developer's Magazine just published my article 'Scaling to a Billion' detailing my experience and tips in scaling an eCommerce backend system to be able to process a billion dollar in annual transactions.
Here's a quick outline:

  • Reducing Uncertainty Under Pressure
  • Know Your Enemy
  • Up Up and Away
  • Nothing Is Free
  • Exceptional Service
  • Final Words

more details to come...