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Navicat- Awesome GUI for MySQL

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Navicat – slick, fast and one can even print database table structure.

Written by Brajesh

September 19, 2006 at 4:27 am

Posted in Coding, SQL

Wikipedia Has a Web 3.0 Page

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Wikipedia entry on Web 3.0 says(at the moment)

Web 3.0 is a term that has been coined to describe the Semantic Web which aims to “organize the world’s information” using a declarative ontological language such as OWL.

Interestingly this entry has survived since 16 Nov’05. I guess this page is destined to be trolled to death.

Written by Brajesh

September 19, 2006 at 4:26 am

Posted in Web 2.0, Wikipedia, WTF

Citizendium – Wikipedia 2.0?

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After all, these days everything comes with a 2.0 tag :-).

The Citizendium (sit-ih-ZEN-dee-um), a “citizens’ compendium of everything,” will be an experimental new wiki project that combines public participation with gentle expert guidance.

It will begin life as a “progressive fork” of Wikipedia.

That means – to begin with it’ll have all the wikepedia articles, and then people start making changes to articles in the Citizendium.

Although intentions (without any comments on enmity between wikipedia co-founders Jimbo Wales and Larry Sanger) and direction looks right for Citizendium; yet it’s very difficult for any new project to gain the critical mass, the success like Wikipedia. IMO, number of trolls you get is one quantifiable/definite meassure of popularity. And even though wikipedia model is arguably flawed, it has proven to be good enough so far.

Written by Brajesh

September 19, 2006 at 4:26 am

Posted in Content, Wikipedia

Entrepreneurs and Ego

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Researcher Brian Wu, author of the paper “Entrepreneurial Risk and Market Entry”, in BusinessWeek:

Entrepreneurs, like everybody else, hate uncontrollable risks, but on the other hand, they’re overconfident in their own abilities — they think they can control their abilities in a random drawing of people. It’s like the Lake Wobegon effect in assessing their position among peers. They think they’re above the average.

This statement is just too over-simplistic to be of any worth.

Written by Brajesh

September 3, 2006 at 8:32 pm

Posted in Entrepreneurship, WTF

Bitwise Expressions with Transact-SQL

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About Bit Field enumerations:
In C/C++/.net family of programming languages, there are 2 types of enumerations(enums) –

  1. Simple enums -Sequential or custom.
    e.g. Days of a week
  2. Flag enums -Bit field. Bitwise operators give us the ability to store multiple settings in a single primitive data type (e.g. an integer). This is useful when a single item has potentially more than one setting of the same type.
    e.g. bold, underline, italic style of text

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Written by Brajesh

September 3, 2006 at 8:29 pm

Posted in .net, Coding, SQL