Over the past few months I have seen a tremendous increase in demand for JIRA Trainers. I guess lot of companies are now moving to JIRA for their Issue Tracking. Already Atlassian has done a great job in create a world class product which is being used by so many companies like linkedin, twitter and even facebook. There are lot of other tools like Fisheye/Crucible, Bamboo, JIRA Agile, Hipchat and Confluence which integrates really well with JIRA. I guess that is one of the reason why companies prefer to use JIRA as it is not just a product for issue tracking. One can customize it to act like a Helpdesk system, Test Management or even keeping tracking of HR processes. Though it is really very simple to customize JIRA, it is usually a good idea to plan the customizations really well. Things…
For so many years I am following a rigid schedule for my self. Primarily it is all about waking up early, I have always been early riser and do important things in the morning. I have tried in the past to work/study late but that never really worked out for me. In fact I can hardly do any productive work after 5 PM. Here is my schedule that I am following these days. I made little change in it, instead of 4 AM I am going to wake up at 3 AM. I really need an extra hour to finish never ending tasks. 3:00 AM - 6:00 AM: Do the most important thing to survive 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM: Go to gym 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM: Breakfast and get ready 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Go to office 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Primary Work of the day 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Lunch & rest 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Secondary Work of the day 4:00 PM -…
Graceful Restart Apache
I have been using webfaction for so many years and it is definitely one of the best shared hosting service I have ever used but since last year I felt the need to host sites on a VPS, there are certain things that you can only do when you have full control of the server. The problem with shared hosting is that you can't just do everything (but in most cases they are good enough). Also they RAM they offer is not enough sometimes. Also our tech savvy clients want to use VPS and good that they are willing to pay for it too :) so that's why we started using VPS last year. When I researched about VPS hosting I narrowed down linode, it is not only affordable but also there support is good, they also have lot of online guides. Apart from client websites we also use couple of linode machines for…
Yes the first thing you would say that "Are you using windows?" and the answer is yes I do use windows 8.1 and I am not ashamed of it. I have some convincing reasons to use Windows which I am listing below. I use Corel Draw I really want google drive to sync files on my machine. There is no good free linux alternative for that I use MS Office a lot, especially Excel My new laptop has UEFI boot and I can't install fedora on it, I tried and it didn't work I provide trainings on Drupal and JIRA. In my experience in such cases using a Windows based machine is always better, because in most companies people use Windows for their work and people can easily follow me during the training BTW I still work on fedora which is installed on my netbook, which I carry with me all the time, taking notes…
Duplicating a git repository to another repository - Bitbucket
I always used SVN for managing my projects, that was the case till last year. Though Drupal.org moved to GIT too few years back, I did not completely move to GIT. The main reason was the comfort level. Of course GIT offer plenty of good features but SVN was also not bad, and most importantly I was the only developer on those projects. Since last year our team has grown and we now use Bitbucket only for managing our code on git repositories. At Sparxsys we offer Drupal development at really competitive prices and our main USP is to deliver fast. Some of the projects have common functionality so we re-use the code of other projects. This may not be true for big complex projects but if we get a requirement for a relatively simple site with standard dynamic features for managing the content…
Jira training room at Cognizant
Few days back I had a great experience of organizing JIRA Training in Cognizant Chennai. It was a 2 day training program which I conducted in their training center. Cognizant has several offices in Chennai but they have this particular building where all the trainings are organized. I could not get the picture of all the participants but here are some of them. Most of them were experienced developers with 3+ years of experience. The main objective of the training was to make them comfortable with JIRA so they can install, customize it as per their requirements. There was even one participant from US who attended the session online and he was some senior guy who is responsible for managing big JIRA instance with more than 1 lakh users. Apart from the standing JIRA Training content,…
Ravi Sagar Jira Trainer
I am writing after so long on my blog, though I always promise myself to update this blog regularly but it never happens. Well things were indeed quite busy in the past few weeks. At sparxsys we are now planning to do more challenging work than ever. Recently we started working on mobile app, currently we are working on an app that will fetch the data from a Drupal website and display it on the app. I hope this will enhance our portfolio. We are also now trying explore into overseas market. I am hoping for the best to happen. Well, recently we started promoting our JIRA course more aggressively. We updated our website Slashnode.in which is dedicated portal for Drupal and JIRA corporate training and surprisingly we got amazing response. I now receive lot of calls from all over the world to…
We recently revamped our company logo, you can see the S is prominent in this logo and we used sharp edges. This is part of our rebranding process at sparxsys. We will use this logo also on Slashnode which is our Drupal and JIRA Training brand.
I was passing by India gate last week, living in delhi we usually ignore the places and monuments by I thought I will stay here for some time to click some pics using my new #Blackberry #Z10 in HDR mode.
People say that no one really remember when they were too small but I think I remember I was small, or everyone else was a lot bigger than me. I was probably 2-3 years of age, I think I have a fair memories of those days. I remember very well my grandmother, I used to play with her and talk to her. I remember she used to love me a lot. We used to live in small flat. The earliest memories I have of my childhood is from the pre-nursery or kindergarten. I used to go to an apartment where someone was running a preschool, it was on the first floor above Vikas home. I remember going there with chalk and salethi (chalk board), I have faint memories in my mind of learning alphabets and numbers. There was a small park that used to come between our home to that playschool in apartment and I…

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