Programming contest at Codechef Campus


All computer students and programming geeks might like to look up CodeChef and maybe even take part in a competition they have for programmers. ๐Ÿ˜‰
CodeChef hosts competitions for programmers with cash prizes for people residing in India and the US. Currently they have two upcoming contests the CodeChef Campus SnackDown on November 21st and another one called CodeChef December Challenge which is from Dec 1st to Dec 11th. Registration for SnackDown contest is already over but you can still look up the contest at the CodeChef website.

CodeChef December 2009 Challenge

  • First prize winner for winner from India is Rs 22,000/- and for the US is $440/-.
  • CodeChef’s December challenge will consist of 6-8 problems of varying difficulty.
  • The contest website has problems visible on the website on 1st December, 15.00 IST.
  • Visit CodeChef website for registering your entry.
  • If you solve the problem you get one point regardless of the level of difficulty.
  • You can submit your solutions as many times as you would like as there are no penalties for incorrect submissions.

About CodeChef

Code Chef is a competition started by Directi as a way to engage the developer community and give them a forum. CodeChef hosts monthly online competitions for programmers in 35 programming languages. The winner gets a prize and also recognition. The winner is also then eligable to take part in CodeChef Cup which is a live event held yearly. ๐Ÿ™‚

BlogCamp Pune 2 – Overview

blogcamp-pune-2Yesterday, we {Me, Deepak, Deepesh, Radhe, Shyam & Anil} were at BlogCamp Pune 2 as we posted about it earlier.

The event was better than expected and around 100 bloggers were gathered despite NO free T-shirt or lunch this time. Glad to see people are seriously camping for the sake of discussion only! ๐Ÿ˜‰

We could not attend entire event but for the first time I presented a talk at any *camp event (expect rtCamp event). ๐Ÿ˜€

The talk was about one of the hottest post on Devils Workshop – “Migrating from Blogger to WordPress without loosing permalinks,ย  traffic & SEO“. As topic was a bit techie, less number of people turned up for this but we had quality and lengthy discussion at the end.

Those who missed it, can find that presentation on slideshare.

I was also glad to see Prateek Dixit (DW Profile), one of DW’s guest blogger there. Unfortunately, I could not catch up with him. Sorry Prateek. It would have been great experience interacting with you.

It was great meeting new bloggers {Krishnan, Nikhil, Anant and few more} out out there.

Useful Link: Moving from Blogger to WordPress – Presentation

Catch us @ BlogCamp Pune 2

blogcamp-pune-2If you are a blogger from Pune, this is great opportunity to get social with others bloggers in your town.

BlogCamp Pune’s second unconference will be happening on June 27th, 2009.ย  First unconference was happened on June 16, 2007! Its glad to see this dedicated for bloggers event back after more than 2 years gap.

From rtBlogs Network, team of 4 will be attending this event.

  1. Rahul Bansal (that’s me!)
  2. Deepak Jain (yep Deepak will be in Pune from June 27th to July 1st)
  3. Deepesh Sodhi
  4. Radhe (who developed plugin for “Blogger of The Month” $100 contest)

For more details about this event, check BlogCamp Pune 2’s official site.

Registration is as usual free but it seems they are running out of seats so hurry up!

Link: BlogCamp Pune 2

PHPCamp Pune Log!

Yesterday, I was at PHPCamp Pune for full day. Here is my log of event for those who missed it!

As usual, for all early morning events, I reached late and missed my free T-shirt. Actual reason was huge response to the event. Organizer printed 300 T-shirts but around 600 geeks turned up for the event! More than 1200 guys registered for it. In fact, it was so overcrowded that venue sponsor Persistent denied access to the lift and asked people to use the staircase to the 7th floor! Smarty me, didnโ€™t do that. I used lift between 1st and 6th Floor. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now something really important…

There were lots of talks on Drupal and Joomla, two popular CMSes. Those who use them or work on them must have been greatly benefited.

Apart from this another hot topic was OpenSocial. Out of all talks on OpenSocial, I liked one given by Pravin Nirmal. He presented his topic very nicely with live demo of an Orkut App. He also cleared lots of my doubts regarding OpenSocial and Orkut Apps. You can expect my first Orkut App within a month. If you have any nice idea for an Orkut app, please share it with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

I spent most of my time with Ankur Gattani, young entrepreneur behind LifeinLines. If you missed my earlier review about LifeinLines, its here. It was nice to know his plans for LifeinLines and if you are using it, expect a lot of cool features in coming days.

Apart from it, I was privileged to meet Sebastiaan Deckers, a member of XMPP (Jabber) Foundation and developer of Pandion chat client. Those who donโ€™t know, famous Google Talk uses XMPP protocol for communications.

And lastly…

It was really surprising to see that there was no single talk on WordPress and Facebook – two most-famous PHP apps! ๐Ÿ™

Another bad thing was no wi-fi for campers. Again sponsor turned off wi-fi connectivity on campus. Sorry Rupesh, this is the reason, I couldnโ€™t blog about event while it was going on. ๐Ÿ™

Apart from this, overall event was great, thanks to organizers, who really worked hard to make it successful.

Finally thanks to my friend Anilโ€™s younger bro Santosh, I got a cool T-shirt from Directi. It has PHP logo on it with PHP defined as โ€“ โ€œPretty Hot Programmerโ€. ๐Ÿ˜‰

PhpCamp Links: Official Site | Google Group | Flickr Group for event pics

[Admin note: Those who visited this site on Saturday night and Sunday (till eve), Indian Standard Time, might have found it down. There was some technical issue popped up which is resolved now. Sorry for inconvinence caused and thanks for all who notified me.]

PHPCamp Pune – Lets Geek Up!

phpcamppune08 - PHP Camp Pune September 2008-1Those who are familiar with BarCamp can immediately guess that PHPCamp is unconference for PHP.

For rest, PHPCamp is event for all PHP programmers where you can show off your expertise in any area related to PHP. If you are new to PHP you can just attend this event to learn some great things about PHP.

You can register for event by adding your name here. Registration is free of course and you will get a free T-Shirt too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am attending this event for sure. As of now, I havenโ€™t decided about speaking yet. Actually I am into so many areas of PHP, choosing a topic is little confusing.

If I get time, I will most likely prepare a talk on wordpress plugin or facebook apps development, of course from PHP programmers perspective.

Rest, if you want to listen something, please let me know. If I find your suggestion interesting, I will try to prepare a talk on it myself or request any fellow PHP programmer to take initiative.

So lets geek-up at PHPCamp!

Link: PHPCamp | Registration

Date: 20th September 2008 (saturday) .

Time: 10:00am to 6:00pm (Whole day event) .


Persistent Systems Pvt. Ltd.,
Plot No. 9A/12, CTS No. 12A/12,
Near Padale Palace (Opp Sharda Center),
Pune – 411 004

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IndiBloggers Meeting @ Mumbai on 27th April

Last month, IndiBloggers Team & Vineet together organized bloggers meet in Pune. I personally attended it and posted about my experience here. Of course, it was nice and so I am writing about it again!

Many fellow bloggers who missed it, was eager to know about next bloggers meet. The wait is over now, atleast for Mumbai bloggers, as next meet is scheduled in Mumbai on Sunday, the 27th of April, at 3 PM.

You can register for meet here. Its free! If you are new to IndiBloggers, then you may need to create a new account for registration.

Event details…


Joshi's Kohinoor Hall, 
Banquet Hall (Ground Floor),
Veer Savarkar Marg,
Mumbai- 400025

Landmark - Opposite Siddhi Vinayak Temple

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Please correct me, if map is wrong. Just created it and guess I have never been to this place before! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Date & Time: Sunday, the 27th of April, at 3 PM

Contact: First check event page

  • Preetam:  +91 9920585110 
  • IndiBlogger team: +91 44 45018949

Thats it! Enjoy the event.

Unfortunately I have some other important appointment on Sunday so I wont be able to attend it. But if you are a blogger and in Mumbai, don’t miss it.

You may get a free T-Shirt as well… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Links: IndiBlogger | Mumbai meeting page

[Event] IndiBlogger Pune Meet Turns Out To Be A Huge Success!

IndiBlogger is a directory of Indian blogs and a meeting point for bloggers. Unlike many other directories of blogs, IndiBlogger directory is powered by IndiBloogle -a nice example of Google’s custom search feature. Also, meetings feature is highly innovative as any member can call for meet on any tag! Like a photoblogger can call for a meet by selecting photoblog tag to get to know other photobloggers.

One such meet was organized last evening in Pune which I attended. Thanks to Prashant for reminding me about meeting otherwise I would have missed it for sure as I was busy shifting furniture to my place! So in hurry with my fellow blogger Anil I rushed to the event without much expectations as I joined indiBlogger just 2 days back.

Thanks to Vineet, Anwin, indiBlogger Team and event sponsor Microsoft the event turned out to be much better than my expectation! This is the reason I am posting about it.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So few things I have noticed that were different compare to blogger meets I attended in past…

  • First there were more non-technical bloggers than typical tech blogger like me ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • There was high concentration of regional language bloggers which is nice for the whole blogging community.
  • So many nice chicks in blogging… I guess blogosphere is getting glamorous ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Every blogger got chance to showcase their blogs in “1-minute of fame” event.
  • Although event was sponsored, there was no promotional activity than introduction to Windows Live Writer (WLW) by Sandhya Rajan, a Microsoft Intern. WLW is best desktop blogging client and I was surprised to see very few bloggers knew about it. I will post about it in detail soon!

Also Karamveer Singh and his $55123 earnings in February 2008 was something to remember!

On personal front I was delighted to meet and get some nice guidelines from Prashant Karandikar.

Update: Those who missed this meet can attend Mumbai Meet scheduled on 27th April 2007. Details are here

CNN-IBN Forum for Students – Now Whatever You Write Will Be Read By The World!

Shortly called CFS (CNN-IBN Forum for Students) is a platform launched by IBNlive for students to Write or Blog on any National or International issue that they feel strongly about.


From official CFS website,

Blogs written by students will be displayed on our official website This platform aims at guiding students to understand how acceptable their views on various issues are by fellow citizens and readers, across the world. Comments will also be posted by senior journalists and celebrities.
We hereby, invite you to join this exclusive forum, to key your opinions on the key issues of your country.

Key highlights of the forum are…

  • Best Bloggers will be awarded certificates of recognition from CNN-IBN
  • Excerpts of blogs and comments on it will be featured in relevant shows / news bulletins
  • Bloggers will get a chance to participate on CNN-IBNโ€™s interactive shows
  • Students will also be invited to โ€˜The Verdictโ€™ a show hosted by Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor in Chief,CNN IBN.

# Who can participate?

As of now CFS is limited for Students from Pune, India.

# Do you need to be a blogger to do this?

NO. You will be blogging at CFS but you no need to be a blogger to register for event.

Link to register:

Thanks Prashant & Shilpa for all the info and updates regarding event! ๐Ÿ™‚

Firefox Text Formatting Toolbar with HTML, BBCode, Wiki Code support!

This Firefox Text Formatting Toolbar works with any textbox (textarea tag) on any website! Support for HTML, BBCode & WikiCode means you can use this with almost every website.

So lets install this first!

Requirement: Works with Firefox Only! So Download Firefox if you don’t have it!

Installation: Click here to install! A pop-up will appear. Select Install Now! (Need Help?)

Using this Extension:

  1. Right Click on firefox’s top-menu or navigation bar. A menu will pop-up! (see screenshot) Text Formating Toolbar - Enabling - Devils Workshop
  2. Select Text Formatting Toolbar to enable this extension. A new toolbar can be seen as in following screenshot.Text Formating Toolbar - Devils Workshop
  3. Go to any website and click on textbox. The toolbar will automatically works with currently selected textbox.
  4. [IMP] Select which type of code you want from a small menu on toolbar as shown below. Default is BBCode, change it too HTML if you are on site like Orkut which supports HTML in scraps! (see screenshot) Text Formating Toolbar - Select HTML - Devils Workshop
  5. Just go on selecting the text in textbox and use toolbar buttons for various effects.
  6. Point and hold your mouse cursor on any button to see its descriptive name!

Thats It! ๐Ÿ™‚

You may need help about which code to use! Here is small list, just for guidance…


  • All forums phpBB, IPB, vBulletin supports BBCode. Some even allows HTML too! (e.g. Orkut Forum)


  • Commenting on wordpress, blogger and many other blogs/websites
  • “Contact Us” form, specially to highlight your main question

Wiki Code

  • Wikipedia. Yes share your knowledge!
  • Other open source documentation where some wiki is in use for

Links: Install Now | Extension Mozilla Page | Extension Homepage | Download Firefox

Orkut becomes Indian Youth Icon for 2007!

orkut youth icon 2007

Just read on Orkuts official blog that Orkut becomes Indian Youth Icon for 2007!

The competition was organized by MTV & Pepsi!

Orkut now joined the league of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (in 2006), Shah Rukh Khan (in 2005), Rahul Dravid (in 2004) and Anil Ambani (in 2003) as the winners of Pepsi-MTV Youth Icon.

The other nominee for 2007 Youth Icon were Abhishek Bachchan (Actor), Rang De Basanti (Movie), Multimedia Cellphones and You(th) itself! You can check out the result here!

Also you can congratulate Orkut here!