Rajib Bahar's Blog

Rajib blogs here about topics of his interest.

Rajib Bahar Photography

December 02
by Rajib Bahar 2. December 2013 02:31

Last two years, I was doing a lot of running. I enjoyed the camaraderie with our team in eagan. However, this year I found a new hobby which I ran into accidentally. A lot of my family friends started asking me to take pictures at their private gathering... Prior to this, I was using Canon 5d Mark 2 primarily for videography projects for nonprofit organizations I volunteered for. I've been using 5d since it came out. So, I started experimenting with various techniques with DSLR, and photo editing as I attended various events. Along the way, I learned new things from friends who were heavily into DSLR photography. I was invited to cover various large events this year. They include Holi color festival, dance team performances, running events, and nature photography. Anyways, I'll see where this journey will take me. I thought I'd let my friends, colleagues and well wishers know that I launched a website for my photography project. The webpage address is http://www.rajibbaharphotography.com/. Feel free to click the image below to see similar themed unique pictures. Any kind feedback will be greatly appreciated.

 

Ambarsariya cover song by guests of KFAI Radio Nikita Deval & Anshul Gupta - The Lennie Chism Show

November 23
by Rajib Bahar 23. November 2013 23:30
I volunteer for a minnesota based community radio namely KFAI. During my free time, I love contributing to their world music segment. It is a great privilege to be able to share my cultural heritage and mix it up with Minnesotan cultural scene. Here is a clip from one of the show.


Dance Performance of Thug Le by Bollywood Dance Scene Twin Cities at KFAI Radio with Rajib - The Lennie Chism Show

February 25
by Rajib Bahar 25. February 2013 02:00
I volunteer for a minnesota based community radio namely KFAI. During my free time, I love contributing to their world music segment. It is a great privilege to be able to share my cultural heritage and mix it up with Minnesotan cultural scene. Here is a clip from one of the show.


Some funny interview or pre-interview experience

November 28
by Rajib Bahar 28. November 2009 09:41

I have been through my fair share of technical interviews in various roles such .NET/SQL/BI developer. Thanks to putting on many hats in past/present consulting days. Most went well and few are worth a good smile. Please don't think I'm admonishing or looking down upon the people who asked these type of questions. It could happen to any of us (including me). My message is not meant to hurt anyone's feeling/thought/reputation/experience. 

Anyways, some time product-experience-requirement-type-questions can be crafted in funny way. For example, a recruiter may ask you for experience in product that is longer than even the product itself. For example, I was asked about the experience on "SQL Server 2008". I was literally asked "Do you have 10 years of experience on SQL Server 2008?" I felt like I dropped from the sky. At best if I recall correctly, I have used "SQL Server 2008" in 2007 (or later 2006) to try their Community Technology Preview or CTPs (as they are best known). I did correct that recruiter that it's not possible to have that many years of experience unless you were part of the team that developed the product itself or have access to confidential information. Needless to say he and I are good friends. I enjoy bringing him up to speed in my world, and he helps me learn about the business in general. 

Another type of questions involve the GUI. Yes, the dreaded GUI questions. I'll explain it shortly. It was a interview for a "BI Developer Role". They opened the interview by asking me where I can find the subreport button and under which section. I know the general area where that button is. It's on the right hand side on the "Business Development Studio." The 2nd part of that question involving "under which section" annoyed me. This question doesn't take into account "what if I have custom controls?" It'll surely make them rethink as those dynamically compiled controls will appear above and change the ordering of the section. I started considering whether this position will keep me happy. As the IDE itself is dockable so this kind of questions are not as relevant as one deems it to be. It shows that you are more excited about bringing in someone who may be unbalanced on business side of things (while a great technologist in heart). Once in a while I get invited to interview candidates. These are the type of questions I tend to skip. I'd not ask you about Crossword puzzle (though it could serve to show your intellect), philosophy (though it could reveal your personal ethics), or other completely unrelated skill that is not relevant to the job at hand. It may change depending upon the priority and the culture of the organization.

The most interesting type of interviews can happen when both the interviewer and the interviewee were misinformed about the subject area of the interview. In one interview I was instructed to prepare exteremely well for SSIS. So I went well prepared for the SSIS interview, and looked at the basic information on other areas. When the interviewer started, I realized it was a SSRS interview with focus on technologies that was not disclosed to me ahead of the interview. Was I surprised? 

These kind of scenarios may appear outrageous on it's face, but, I usually left those interviews with a smile in my heart and in my person.   

I am interested in learning what others faced. There is plenty of room for all of us to learn.   

 

Trend

October 11
by Rajib Bahar 11. October 2009 10:37
It's a challenge to keep track of things as they are constantly changing (just like my tools of the trade). Don't you wish you are always on top of all things, but, other things in life get in the way... Some time I get immersed in work and study that I forget the rest of the world. 

Now, that I have this challenge at hand, the question is how am I going to pull myself through this one? I found a tool on it's face seemed quite interesting. My work involves working with SQL server. If I want to learn the noise around sql server then it will show what everyone in the world is thinking about it. I believe it utilizes the RSS feed from twitter. The people at codemunch.com wrote this very simple and useful tool (depending upon your value on it). I found their site while trying to find the trend on sql server. 

How to use it?

Here is what the URL for the trend on "SQL Server" would look like. 


Simply change the "q=" part to your preferred query. For example, you want find the latest on sql then the query string would look like "q=sql". If you want to use words with spaces in it then place a %20 between each word. It's as simple as that.

Other trends that I may use for myself include:

I am sure other Gurus may have different opionion how to find trend. After all, there are other reliable methods such as reading the book on latest tools, online articles, blogs, visiting focus groups that provide training in similar area. My intention with this entry is to talk about what other tool is out there to complement such effort. Anyways, I do find the existing methods useful from time to time. I have been to the local sql server user group many times. Most of the times, I went their for the swags, and free softwares. Most recently, I went to the "SQL Server Summit" hosted in minnesota with sponsorship from Digineer. I attended one of the reporting services session to learn about the challenges the MVP had in his project. Toward the end, I asked a question about SSRS and sharepoint and got good feedback from several peers. The presenter moved on to take other closing questions. In the meantime, I had this urge to tinker. I took out a yo-yo which I picked up from Digineer's booth prior to that presentation. I thought I'd play with it while the presentation ends. Unfortunatley, I did not know that the yo-yo's extra feature included very loud sound, and shiny lights. Yes, it was an awkwardly funny moment and all eyes were on me. I was in a panic mode trying to silence the alarm. Luckily for me, I did not get bounced out as I worked with some of the people in there running the show. I had an occassion to collaborate with Mark V. from digineer in the past. He was sitting next to me and cracked open. He did not know that the yo-yo would do that. I am making a note to avoid yo-yo's next time. BTW, I transferred the yo-yo to my nephew, but, I digress.

My extra-curricular activities with KFAI radio

July 23
by Rajib Bahar 23. July 2009 02:01
Hello, Friends,

This post deviates from my usual postings on SQL and various geeky topics...

After volunteering my time for various IT interest groups... I also volunteer my time at KFAI radio whenever time permits. KFAI radio recently asked me to create multiple videos for their fund raising effort.

I had a lot of fun building them as a humble volunteer.

Here is the link to the 1st video which is about what KFAI symbolizes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZrpQ8QfZDc


The 2nd video falls under comedy category and will be released some time friday.



Please visit KFAI radio http://www.kfai.org or http://www.youtube.com/kfairadio and add them as your friend and/or subscribe if you like the content.

Regards,
Rajib Bahar

1st Robot Scientist

April 03
by Rajib Bahar 3. April 2009 10:45

I thought the article below was interesting. It talks about the 1st robot capable of generating hypothesis and run experiments to prove it. I could have used one during my undergrad years.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=216402727

 

Bill Gates releases Bugs... gives a new meaning to software bugs

February 05
by Rajib Bahar 5. February 2009 07:06
I was reading some article and landed on this news item. Bill Gates released a bug in some tech event... See http://www.pcworld.com/article/158979/bill_gates_releases_bugs_into_the_wild.html. I am relieved by the fact that I wasn't there. I am sure this may give a new meaning to releasing software bugs... :)

Welcome

November 25
by Rajib Bahar 25. November 2008 10:42
Welcome to my blog site. Just restarting the blog...