Sep 29, 2007

naming history of TOMCAT and ANT

this time i got curious myself... why a technical product is named after a cartoon character? who does not know about Tom and Jerry ! even the "nerdest" person of the world who never watches TV is familiar with these two name. but why apache calls its web container /application server TOMCAT ?
The creator of Tomcat ,James D Davidson , had initially hoped that the project would become open sourced and, since most open source projects had O"Reilly books associated with them featuring an animal on the cover, he wanted to name the project after an animal.He came up with Tomcat since he reasoned the animal represented something that could manage for itself without help of others ( are cats really of this nature !!!!). His wish to see an animal cover eventually came true when O'Reilly published their Tomcat book with a tomcat on the cover !

And ANT was there to build tomcat ! this Java-based build tool was developed as a side-effect of the creation of Tomcat as an open source project. According to Ant's original author, James D. Davidson, the name is an acronym for "Another Neat Tool".

Later explanations go along the lines of "ants do an extremely good job at building things", or "ants are very small and can carry a weight dozens of times their own" - describing what Ant is intended to be. Another resemblance with the animal world !

Ramadan and Loadshedding..

it's mid Ramadan..the most important month for the muslims, we are observing fast , expressing our devotion to Allah by not taking any food and drink from dawn to dusk, and still.....we are facing load shedding, unbearable temperature and most painful->scarcity of water ! today i started to write something on my blog and out of nothing i heard my ups making that annoying sound of sound notifying power failure, and it was 4 times this very day and it took 1 hour for each spell of load shedding ! when i got back home from BUET overcoming the huge traffic jam and burning sun, i hoped to get relaxed a bit; but no way, it was power failure again. no matter which government rules us, it is our destiny to undergo these punishment for being born in a country which stands first every year for extreme corruption !

Ramadan is the month to practice austerity , but it seems now it has become the period when people get more prodigal extravagant with their expenditure..it can't even think of what will happen after nest 2 or 3 years...may Allah help us all to choose the right path !

why JAVA is named "JAVA" ...


yapp, one of my friend got stuck by this question on her job interview..and then i also got blank when she told me about it. i searched the web at once for the significance of this nomenclature...
and this is what i got...
James Gosling, who joined Sun in 1984, recalls the moment ,"It's surprisingly difficult to find a good name for a programming language, as the team discovered after many hours of brainstorming. Finally, inspiration struck one day during a trip to the local coffee shop". No wonder Sun uses the picture of a coffee cup as their brand icon !
Others have speculated that the name Java came from several individuals involved in the project: James gosling, Arthur Van hoff, Andy bechtolsheim.

Isaac Asimov ...the master of science fiction ..

At last i have finished reading all seven novels of the legendary FOUNDATION series by Isaac Asimov. i came by the first book Foundation(the first episode) when i just passed higher secondary in 2001 and was totally spell bound by the writing style and the power of the story. I just had to have the other ones..but the books were very expensive and i dared not to spend that lot of money that time..
at last the bangla translation had been published for three of them ..
"foundation and empire"(episode 2)
"foundation's edge"(episode 4)
"foundation and earth". (episode 5)
i bought " foundation's edge " from "ekushey boimela" of Bangla academy on February 2002 and "foundation and earth" on 2003. After reading these three in bangla I was lucky to get "the second foundation" as a gift from one of my friend, it was the original English version and one of the most thrilling one for me, the other one is "foundation and empire" . Though I have not read them in order as they are intended to be read still it was not impossible to get the excitement !
True to say, I was not at all happy with the ending in " foundation and earth", just felt that Asimov is not writing with full passion, he was just using his reputation to deliver a best seller without concerning about the readers' satisfaction...


The story of the foundation was over , but to satisfy the readers hunger for more from this series another 2 books of this series was published, these two deal with the past history of the foundation ! .. by this time i got accustomed with computer and internet and downloaded all 7 . But reading soft copy from the computer monitor is still difficult for me.. I started to read "Harry potter and the deathly hallow " before and gave up :( !! but this time I was determined ! and at last i finished the whole "Prelude to foundation" (the pdf I downloaded ) and it was the first complete eBook i have finished reading . Now i am really excited and am getting used to it...
the last novel of this series(and the last book of Asimov ) "Forward the foundation" has just disappointed me. it is not only boring, also repetitious ! But at least I realized one thing .. i was a science fiction fan from my school life and read as many si-fi as i could get..and most Bangladeshi writers who are filling their pocket and bank account by writing si-fies are doing nothing but copying the idea of Asimov and Arthur C Clarke-- the same plot, same story with a little change here and there .

However, the first four were tremendous, if you are a true si-fi fan , don't miss them at all !!