Dev Blabber Ep 1: Building an Open-Core Startup

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The first-ever episode of a brand new podcast series called Dev Blabber. It’s an initiative that I came up with as part of the awesome Digital Futurists community, where a bunch of geeks, entrepreneurs and seasoned executives discuss technology and software like crazy.

There was a discussion last week in the Coding channel—one of many channels within the DF community, and the one that I lead—regarding the topic of our next knowledge-sharing session. 4 topics were proposed, ranging from React performance optimization to cybersecurity. But this one, about building open-core startups, rose as the clear winner. While deliberating the format of this session, I thought of making it in the form of a podcast. The idea was instantly liked by most in my channel, and thus was born Dev Blabber.

I hope you enjoy this episode, which being the first one is very loosely structured and borderline chaotic. At least it’s true to its ‘blabber’ name.

P.S. More details about DF and how to join are coming soon. Watch out!

My little improvement to an already great WordPress to Twitter plugin

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I am blogging as much as I am tweeting these days. To keep the momentum going, I decided to link my blog with Twitter. I checked available plugins and instantly linked WP Twitter Auto Publish. It has a rating of 4.8 (with 130 ratings), which I think is great for a WordPress plugin. It’s both simple and sophisticated at the same time: pretty customizable, a lot of options. Posting of featured image along with post title/content has to be one of the best features.

I found one thing missing, though — the ability to automatically use post tags as tweet hashtags. Instead of writing to the developers, requesting them to add this feature and then waiting for a few days or weeks or months, I decided to hack plugin’s code myself. The result can be seen in my tweet generated by this post.

As the plugin is open-source, I have published my code changes to my GitHub. I have dropped a Slack message to the developer requesting him to merge.

https://github.com/anuragbhd/wp-twitter-auto-publish

P.S. WordPress plugin ecosystem is still based on SVN. Really?

In and around

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So, what’s keeping me busy these days? It’s office work, of course. Working on quite a challenging and bigger project has its side-effects as well (working till late and missing daily fruit juice doses in my case). Other than that, I am enjoying the work as it has to do with web development, my area of interest.

Being a strong advocate of open-source and Linux, I read a lot of articles on these topics daily. And I hate when people use words like “switch”, “migrate”, etc. when referring to making the move from Windows to Linux. Why do people, who try to compel people to switch from Windows to Linux, forget that there is always an option called “dualbooting” and that Windows still has the astronomically largest market share? I really hope people use the word “dualboot” more when advocating the use of Linux to others. By the way, I am also writing an article highlighting this matter (Why Switch? Dualboot!), which I intend to share pretty soon.

Talking about Linux, the latest Ubuntu release (10.4; Lucid Lynx) has been getting good reviews from all around. I can hardly wait to get my hands on it. I am planning to install it on my home PC (the one currently in use by my Dad and sister).

Also, two of my good friends, Chandan Puggal (working at Aricent) and Amritpal Singh (working at Accenture) recently joined me in Gurgaon (my present work location). 🙂

Finally, I did mention it earlier also, but it really is a frustrating life without a proper Internet connection. (Looking upward) God, please me my EV-DO back. Amen.