Abhishek Parolkar's Old Blog

"The future is not to predict it is to be designed..." Let me imagine the best design for it.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Web Product Management

If you are an early stage product manager (like me) , Dan Olsen has something to help you with guideline, worth looking at.

Source :
Best Practices in Early Stage Product Management

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A New Model for the Workplace

I came across an interesting piece of advice, worth listening if you ever had to define "collaboration" and "mastery" for your team.

Learning and Working in the Collaborative Age: A New Model for the Workplace

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

960px or 1020px or 1040px or 1080px , tough decision, huh?

If you find it difficult to take decisions on layout widths for your grid-based web design , here are few interesting things to read.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

To create true value for your client

Friday, August 21, 2009

Activity Logs and Friend Feeds on Rails & pfeed

One of the good rails developer from Holland ,Travis , wrote a detailed post about my pfeed plugin and its beauty. Go check out more
Quoting Travis:
Friend networks and activity feeds are mainstay features of social media applications, and designing an implementation that won’t scar your code with the complexities of bidirectional logic and messaging queues is never easy.

That should be enough to send the thoughtful developer looking for a giant’s shoulders to stand on before climbing the task themselves, but in the case of Rails, otherwise known for the fecundity of its plugin community, there is no compelling solution stack to raise us up. That is, not until Abhishek Parolkar released pfeed:
A rails plugin that allows you to create extensible log of activity.

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Thanks Travis, for a great write up :-)

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Perfect Perception of Perfection

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Source : Small is Beautiful

Complexity of Software Engineering / Product Development

Rosenberg's Law: " Software is easy to make, except when you want it to do something new".
The corollary is, "The only software that's worth making is software that does something new."

"The complexity of software is an essential property, not an accidental one. Hence, descriptions of a software entity that abstract away its complexity often abstract away its essence."- Fred Brooks

Source: Software is hard