Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

IITC Poster

This is the poster which was displayed at IITC on behalf of my project. I had this idea about the logo and Harshan & Pandula helped me to make my idea a reality. Mr Dulan Wathugala's constructive criticism helped me to improve the poster's appearance.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Internship @ WSO2

I worked as an intern at WSO2 Inc during the last 7 months ( i.e. from February to August). I enjoyed my internship very much. First 2 weeks was the hardest time for me. It was mainly due to the fact that I did not understand a single technical discussion the guys were having with each other. But after some time I was able to get the hang of things and understand what they were talking about.

I worked as a Trainee Software Developer at IFS R & D before I came to do my undergrad studies at UCSC. Therefore I had a bit of an exposure to working environments of IT companies. But when I came to WSO2, it was a completely new experience for me. The guys come to the company to relax themselves. :) Oh yeah. They do not code much during the day. They enjoy playing Foo's ball, table tennis, carom, vii, swimming, basketball. The guys enjoy themselves during the day at Office and do the coding at home during night. Yep that's the kind of night life that they are spending :D. One day a guy was telling me that his mother told him "son you work at office during day and work during night at home. Go and enjoy your life. Do not spend too much time in front of the computer". Sadly his mother did not know that he was spending his day in a "Sports Club". :)Although they were engaged in many sports activities, guys completed the work assigned to them very well. I think this is the main reason behind the success of WSO2.

We had a Basketball Tournament within the company and our house (Wild Boars) won the tournament. We were the unbeaten side in the tournamnt. Our BB team members were Samisa, Asanka, me, Keith, Amila, Udeshika, Dimuthu, DimuthuG, Deep, Chathura, Rajika, Janapriya, Milinda, SanjayaK.

WSO2 released the project I did during my internship last month. I was soooo happy when the release was done. I got a lot of personal emails from the community regarding the project and praising me :) . Deepal ayya was my mentor during my internship. When he left for higher studies, Keith ayya became my mentor. Both these guys helped me during my internship. Specially Keith. I used to bug him a lot with Axis2 questions. He was very patient and never said that he is too busy to answer a question. It's because of their help and guidance that I could successfully complete my internship.

I would like to thank Dr. Sanjiva for giving me this opportunity and Amila, Sandakith, Charitha for selecting me from the interview. Finally I would like to tell all the WSO2 guys that " I'll be back ;) "

Following are some interesting moments from the BB final!

[Winners - Wild Boars!!!]

[Wild Boars enjoying the moment!!]

[ Me having the championship trophy in hand. Samisa (WB captain) congratulating me. Dimuthu and Milinda are in the background]

Venue: WSO2 car-park/BB-court

Monday, October 13, 2008

My paper got selected to IITC

Last week I found out that my paper has been accepted by International Information Technology Conference (IITC). The IITC conference will be held on 28th and 29th of October 2008 at B.M.I.C.H. - Colombo.

Google Summer of Code Intro

Last Wednesday I did an introductory presentation to our First Year undergrads on Google Summer of Code (GSoC).This event was organized by Dr. Hewagamage and Mr. Dulan Wathugala. Some other students introduced MS Imagine Cup competition. The First year students' were very enthusiastic about GSoC and they had a lot of questions about it. None of them asked a single question during the Q&A session. :) But after the whole thing was finished, one by one came and asked questions.