Saturday, April 27, 2024

Quick Code Craft - Move Back and Move Forward

Last time, we delved into efficient ways to locate files, classes, and symbols within our project. If you missed that episode, be sure to catch up here!

Today, our focus shifts to code navigation—a fundamental skill for any developer: Move Back and Move Forward. 

Moving seamlessly between different files in a project is a daily necessity. The quicker we can do this, the more productive we become.

These shortcuts form a harmonious symphony, seamlessly guiding you through your codebase. Mastering them is invaluable, especially when exploring unfamiliar code sections.Today, our focus shifts to code navigation—a fundamental skill for any developer. Moving seamlessly between different files in a project is a daily necessity. The quicker we can do this, the more productive we become.

As always, your feedback is invaluable. Drop a comment below with your thoughts, and if there's a favorite shortcut you swear by, give it a shoutout! 

#QuickCodeCraft #ProductivityHacks 🛠️🚀

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Quick Code Craft - Find Classes, Find Symbols, Find All

In the earlier post I introduced the youtube channel Quick Code Craft - your go-to destination for mastering small techniques that turbocharge your productivity! If you missed it, catch the first episode here.

In today's episode, we're diving into three powerful shortcuts: Find Class, Find Symbols, and Find All. These gems build upon the shortcuts we've already covered, taking your efficiency to new level!

Throughout my journey, these shortcuts have been absolute game-changers, and I'm thrilled to share them with you. Here's to hoping they'll revolutionize your workflow just as they have mine!

As always, your feedback is invaluable. Drop a comment below with your thoughts, and if there's a favorite shortcut you swear by, give it a shoutout! 

#QuickCodeCraft #ProductivityHacks 🛠️🚀

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Quick Code Craft - Multiply your productivity - Find Files

🚀 Exciting Announcement! 🚀

I recently launched my very own YouTube channel called "Quick Code Craft"! 

The aim? To share short, impactful videos designed to supercharge the productivity of programmers everywhere.

Did you know that incorporating keyboard shortcuts into your workflow can boost your speed by a whopping 30-40%? 

It's true! And it's a lesson I learned firsthand during my time at ThoughtWorks, where I honed my skills on JetBrains IDEs like IntelliJ IDEA. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to ThoughtWorks for inspiring me to master these shortcuts, which have proven to be invaluable in my journey.

Now, it's my turn to give back to the community. In my debut video, I delve into one of the most fundamental keyboard shortcuts that every programmer should know.

But wait, I need your help too!

  • Feedback Wanted: Whether it's good, bad, or downright ugly, I'm all ears! Your feedback will help me improve future videos and tailor content to better serve your needs.
  • Share Your Favourite Shortcuts: What's your go-to keyboard shortcut? Share it with me, and together, we can take productivity to new heights!

Let's unlock the full potential of programming prowess, one shortcut at a time. 💻✨

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Bhutan - The Land of Happiness - Part 2

Now we continue our journey into picturesque Bhutan, if you haven't already read the Part-1 of this post, I would highly recommend you to do that now before going forward. 

So far we had been mesmerised by the beautiful Dzongs, Clean rivers, Magical mornings and not to forget the Taktsang Trek. Next our journey took us to highest motorable point in Bhutan i.e. the Chele La Pass. 

Its a very scenic place surrounded with mountains in all directions. 

Just like with other places in Bhutan this one has lots of colorful flags all around us. Beautiful breeze constantly keeps blowing here, the scenery is just picture perfect.

Next was Dochula Pass, here you will see a complex of 108 stupas arranged in a circular fashion. 

Notice the small little square in the middle of all Stupas? That has a neatly painted Buddha surrounded by typical Bhutan wood work. It looks very beautiful. 

There is a nice coffee shop near by, this is where I met one of the most adorable Tibetan Mastiff. I instantly fell in love with it.

Next day it was time to visit Phobjikha valley, this is a must visit place, the valley is like an amphitheater of nature. This place is considered as the Switzerland of Bhutan. If you are lucky you can even spot the black necked crane

Near by there is a beautiful monastery called the Lhodrak Kharchu Monastery

Next it was time to visit the Punakha Dzong, a beautiful fairy tale Dzong at the bank of the river. 

The Dzong is magnificent, its huge and its beautiful at the same time. 

Later we visited the Thimphu Palace in the evening. Its is a spectacle to the eyes in the evening when all the lights come up. 

Its surrounded by these beautiful maple trees which looked magical during the evening.

Finally it was time to visit the massive, golden Buddha statue sitting in a meditation pose. Statue is grandiose and peaceful at the same time!

By now it was time to head back home. Bhutan is an amazingly beautiful place, her natural beauty and her people something I will cherish forever! We loved it, totally recommended! 

Sunday, December 31, 2023

Books Of 2023

Reading has become an integral part of my life. I have started feeling compounding benefits of this habit. It has helped me become a better person. My advice to my younger self would be 

Stop giving excuses for not being able to read consistently and make changes necessary to develop this habit without wasting one more moment!

Here is the list of books I read in 2023:

GETTING RICH IS NOT JUST ABOUT LUCK; HAPPINESS IS NOT JUST A TRAIT WE ARE BORN WITH.These aspirations may seem out of reach, but building wealth and being happy are skills we can learn.So what are these skills, and how do we learn them? What are the principles that should guide our efforts? What does progress really look like?Naval Ravikant is an entrepreneur, philosopher, and investor who has captivated the world with his principles for building wealth and creating long-term happiness. 

Assume nothing, question everything. 

Stop going through life,
Start growing through life!

If you’re the average person in the developed world, you spend 70 percent of your waking hours at work. And if you’re the average person, you’re miserable for most of those hours. This is simply not an acceptable state of affairs for your one shot at life. No matter your station, you possess incredible unique powers.

We're building more products today than ever before, but most of them fail—not because we can't complete what we want to build, but because we waste time, money, and effort building the wrong product. What we need is a systematic process for quickly vetting product ideas and raising our odds of success. That's the promise of Running Lean.

A book that distils the greatest mystic lessons for leadership and success, with deep insights for today’s times and for the future. The book highlights the key principles and values of Buddha’s root-level consciousness teachings.

What is that magic quality that makes some people instantly loved and respected? Everyone wants to be their friend (or, if single, their lover). In business, they rise swiftly to the top of the corporate ladder. What is their “Midas touch?”

What it boils down to is a more skillful way of dealing with people.

These days, consumers have real power: they can research companies, compare ratings, and find alternatives with a simple tap. Focusing on customer needs isn't a nice–to–have, it's a strategic imperative.

The Jobs To Be Done Playbook (JTBD) helps organizations turn market insight into action. 

The Six Hats method is a devastatingly simple technique based on the brain's different modes of thinking. The intelligence, experience and information of everyone is harnessed to reach the right conclusions quickly. 

No matter what your product or service, this book will help you reframe how it's presented to the world, in order to meaningfully connect with people who want it. 

The Messy Middle argues that the real key to success is how you navigate the ups and downs after initial investment is secured. It will give you all the insights you need to build and optimise your team, improve your product and develop your own capacity to lead.

Don't simply show your data - tell a story with it!

Storytelling with Data teaches you the fundamentals of data visualization and how to communicate effectively with data. 

The Japanese phenomenon that teaches us the simple yet profound lessons required to liberate our real selves and find lasting happiness. 

The Courage to Be Disliked shows you how to unlock the power within yourself to become your best and truest self, change your future and find lasting happiness.

What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens?

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it: us.

Yuval Noah Harari challenges everything we know about being human. 

How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children?

Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues. The golden thread running through his exhilarating new book is the challenge of maintaining our collective and individual focus in the face of constant and disorienting change.

Yuval Noah Harari envisions a near future in which we face a new set of challenges. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century and beyond – from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

It asks the fundamental questions: how can we protect this fragile world from our own destructive power? And what does our future hold?

The methods contained within this book are so simple, so instantaneous, and so effective, it’s as if they work by magic. If you implement even one tactic in this book, you’ll see the change in your prospects' demeanor. 

Word of mouth is directly responsible for 19 percent of all purchases, and influences as much as 90 percent. Every human on Earth relies on word of mouth to make buying decisions. Yet even today, fewer than one percent of companies have an actual strategy for generating these crucial customer conversations. Talk Triggers provides that strategy in a compelling, relevant, timely book that can be put into practice immediately, by any business.

Just like dating, your company's growth depends on first impressions. So, if their first date with your product is anything but silky-smooth, you risk losing out to the competition. Add to that a few, unfairly poor reviews and you’ll be more than just stuck.

In this book, you’ll learn the simple 6-step strategy used by giants like Mixpanel, Ubisoft, and Outsystems that will get you more loyal clients in a fraction of the time.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Bhutan - The Land of Happiness - Part 1

This Diwali we got an opportunity to visit Bhutan - The Land of Happiness. It was high on our bucket list and finally things were falling in place for the visit to materialise. 

Bhutan is a unique country since it gives more importance to Gross National Happiness (GNH) and not to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Happiness of her people is really important for Bhutan, you can see a glimpse of this everywhere. From the guides to the hotel staff to the people you mean on the roads, they all seem to be very kind, ready to help and of kind nature!

Another phenomenal thing about Bhutan is how they have preserved their natural beauty to a large extent.  

The moment you enter Bhutan you feel a sense of calmness everywhere, its fresher air, lesser people, lesser vehicles etc just make you feel a lot more peaceful!

The mornings are magical with pristine blue skies and beautiful landscapes. 

Bhutan has a lot of Dzongs. These are kinda fortresses which are now used as government buildings and monasteries. 

Quite often these Dzongs are located at the bank of a river. 

Bhutan was never colonised, this has helped them preserve a tint of buddhist architecture in every single building. 

Bhutan loves flags! No matter where you go you will see a cluster of colourful flags waving boldly in the cool breeze. 

Currently about 71% of land area in Bhutan is covered under forest. And this is not just a number in government books, it can be seen everywhere. The hills are covered with variety of trees, its difficult to find a bare patch of land!

Another glimpse of a magical morning.

We did the Taktsang (or the tiger's nest) monastery trek today. Whenever you google about Bhutan you are bound to see this picture. This monastery is located at the edge of the cliff. 

Its a wonder how they even built something so magnificent at the edge of a mountain!

This is the picture of Taktsang from the base village. Yep, at this point it did fell like too far away!

The trek is about 6 km from the base, the trail is marked and is very clean. It is a beautiful trail going through thick beautiful forest cover.

Like I mentioned earlier, you will find clusters of colourful flags everywhere and the trail is no exception.

The view from the Taktsang is breathtaking. As far as the eye can see in every direction, not a single patch of land remains bare; instead, it is blanketed with trees for miles on end.

Since the trail is relatively easy to walk, we weren't very tired after reaching back to the base. It took us about 7 hrs in total to go and come back. 

So far it had been an splendid experience for us, we were already in love with Bhutan and its green cover. In the next post, I will take you on a journey to its major cities.

Saturday, October 28, 2023

11 insightful quotes from: Six Thinking Hats

Reading 'Six Thinking Hats' written by Edward de Bono can transform the way you approach problem-solving and decision-making. It provides a practical framework that enhances creativity and critical thinking. This book equips you with valuable tools to improve your personal and professional life. 

The book presents a structured approach to thinking that utilises six distinct thinking modes or 'hats' to enhance decision-making and problem-solving. Each hat represents a different perspective, from factual analysis to creative brainstorming, allowing individuals and groups to explore issues from various angles. 

Use this book if you are seeking to boost your thinking skills and make better, more well-rounded decisions. Here are some insightful quotes from the book:

"White is neutral and objective. The white hat is concerned with objective facts and figures"

"The white hat defines the questions that should be asked" 

"Red suggests anger, rage and emotions. The red had gives the emotional view"

"The red hat is always applied to a specific idea or situation. The thinker is not permitted to change the idea."

"Black is sombre and serious. The black hat is cautious and careful. It points out the weakness in an idea"

"Critical thinking and black hat thinking are concerned directly with seeing how well a suggestion fits with what we already know."

"Yellow is sunny and positive. The yellow hat is optimistic and covers hope and positive thinking." 

"Positive thinking has to be mixture of curiosity, pleasure, greed and the desire to 'make things happen'"

"Optimism should lead to some action in the chosen direction."

"Green is grass, vegetation and abundant, fertile growth. The green hat indicates creativity and new ideas."

"The blue hat is concerned with control, the organisation of thinking process and the use of other hats"

Have some Fun!