“Woaaahhh! It is accepted” that was me when I saw my proposal got accepted. I had goosebumps, it’s a very big achievement for me to get through GSoC.

This started way back when I went for the last years BangPypers meetup, I met Sayan there , wearing that Dgplug T-shirt, he gave all the links he could for starting with open source.

I enrolled myself for Dgplug Summer Training, and that was it, I learnt so many things and got amazing supportive mentors like Sayan, Kushal and Pierre(pingou).

My connection with fedora projects started from then and there, and cut back now I am into GSoC because of Pagure. This makes me feel so humble and excited , it is just that you need to keep moving and working hard , things will fall in place.

FSMK has been a great support for me, introducing me to FOSS and telling us to spread the movement. Vignesh has been a constant support and motivator for me , he has been someone who actually pushed me beyond my limits to make things work.

Mentors at Jnaapti, Gautham Pai Sir and Shreelakshmi Ma’m, they have been a constant source of inspiration, they have seen  the urge to learn in me and they have been working on me to make me better.

I don’t know what to say, I am just overwhelmed with the result.

I will be spending my summer working on Pagure and making it the best code reviewing system out there.

I will put the proposal link as soon as it is uploaded to fedora-wiki.

EDIT: The link to fedora-wiki proposal .


Code to Draw

“Wow! I can do this?” this was my reaction when I was introduced to DOT.

Now the question arises what is DOT ?  Well lets see what Wikipedia says about DOT.

DOT is a plain text graph description language. It is a simple way of describing graphs that both humans and computer programs can use. DOT graphs are typically files that end with the .gv (or .dot) extension. The .gv extension is preferred in cases where there could be confusion with the .dot file extension used by early (pre-2007) versions of Microsoft Word.[1]

Having said that this is a really nifty and an amazing peace of code written to help people like me who can’t draw. I had to draw diagrams for few of the projects I have been involved in and I was looking for a way that I can achieve this without much effort.

DOT came to my rescue , it solved my problem to an extent I will try to give you example of how simple DOT code and expected output

<pre>digraph graphname {
a -> b -> c;
b -> d;

This is how the code looks like in DOT , but the output might astonish you .



This is the magic of DOT. Very less effort required yet you will get all the benefit of making a diagram. This for me is a boon.

The next thing which comes to rescue is ascii art, well lets agree to this that ASCII art is beautiful, you can draw ascii art either on or for Vimmers there is a plugin DrawIt . These can be used to draw something which looks like ASCII drawing.


This is how ASCII art with vim looks like , now not only that , this ascii art can be converted into a png file which looks like rather is a image , for that for that we use something called Ditaa, a java library to convert ascii art into png image file. So after  using Ditaa, the art looks like this.


I found it pretty cool, this is how you make txt to png, these tools really come handy when you are preparing some presentation or trying to visualize something or trying to explain something.

Do experiment with it and let me know your experience.

Keep coding!! 🙂