Education Technology

10 programming related podcasts available on iTunes

These are some of the better podcasts on the craft of programming.

  1. Hansel minutesitunes
  2. pixel8 – What makes great user experiences?itunes
  3. .NET Rocks!itunes
  4. Herding Codeitunes
  5. Pragmatic Podcastsitunes
  6. The Thirsty Developer Podcastitunes
  7. Deep Fried Bytesitunes
  8. Elegant Code » CodeCastitunes
  9. The Java Posseitunes
  10. Software Engineering Radioitunes

Tip: Convert an image to text (OCR)

Haven’t there been times when you came across some text that you could not copy or edit? It could be for a variety of reasons, whether it is a scanned copy, or an image containing text, a screen shot etc.

I came across a similar situation yesterday, when I was looking for a word list to create a Pictionary for my kid. “Stretch mark mama” had this great list; unfortunately she shared it as an image. I needed to extract the text out of the image and remembered an old trick. So I thought I would as well share it.

The trick is to use the Document Imaging application that comes with MS Office.

Education Technology

Playing with Small Basic

Yesterday I stumbled upon SmallBasic, while looking for something else. It is an interesting little project by Microsoft to create an entry level language to teach programming. It is a mix of toned down BASIC and Logo. Since the language (or is it an application) is still in infancy, version 0.5 released recently, I will try not to be too harsh on it.

Sample program with obligatory screenshot

Showing Flickr Image
   1: url = Flickr.GetPictureOfMoment()

   2: img = ImageList.LoadImage(url) 

   3: GraphicsWindow.Title = url 

   4: GraphicsWindow.DrawImage(img,0,0) 

   5: GraphicsWindow.Height = ImageList.GetHeightOfImage(img) 

   6: GraphicsWindow.Width = ImageList.GetWidthOfImage(img)


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Education Entrepreneurship Technology

Hello World!


Hi, this is Hitesh. I am here to talk about stuff I like. How do I know what I like? Well I asked myself the same question and like any true geek looked at the data at hand to decide. So I analysed my bookmarks at delicious and the three areas that interest me way beyond others are programming, education and entrepreneurship.

Thus the focus of this blog will remain these three areas of my interest. My plan is to add at least one post per week, let’s see how it goes.

Once again, Hello world!