Blog Redesigned For 2012, And New Challenges Ahead

Dec 26, 2011|1 Min Read|Comments|

After four days of sketching, designing and cutting up HTML/CSS, the new design (as you are seeing now) is finally live! The new design is structurally similar to the old design, but with a fresh header and better use of space. A new year warrants a fresh start. Apart from the redesign, I have also started heading up the development effort at SitePoint - dozens of interesting and challenging projects ahead! 2012 will be an awesome year! :)

Startup, VC, and the Things I Learnt from Open-sourcing A 200+ Hour Client Project

A couple of days ago, a blog post titled "First employee of startup? You are probably getting screwed!" has made to the Hacker News front page and has spawned some great discussion and debate. Since I had just been screwed recently, I thought it might be a good opportunity for me to share what I’ve learnt. After my story got picked up by Hacker News and some other sites, I was contacted by my client. It was a very interesting and surreal experience which included keywords such as sue, settle… - A Quick Example of UX Failure

Aug 31, 2011|1 Min Read|Comments|

Today I noticed that I don’t have Skype installed, so naturally, I went to Then I was presented with their homepage: The problem? No "Download" action button above the fold, or below the fold for that matter. That is, quite frankly, shocking. So I hovered on the "Get Skype" drop down menu and clicked on the one for Mac. On the new page I was presented with, I clicked on the "Download Skype" button. And then … Oh snap! You’d have to either create an account or sign in before you…

Open-sourcing A 200+ Hour Project - The Story Behind It

Update: I have blogged about the things I have learnt from this. Last night, after some long overdue frustration, I have open sourced Angel Nest - an online platform for connecting entrepreneurs and investors, similar to AngelList. Shortly after I open sourced my work, the news got picked up by Hacker News and went onto its front page. (Update: I was just informed that the story was picked up by Reddit as well.) The Github repository has since been followed by 250+ people and forked by 60+ times…

It's Year 2011, Why Aren't People More Open-minded?

On a cold windy day, we are comfortably sitting in our chairs beside the fireplace, holding a mug full of hot tasty latte. We are slowly and calmly sipping on our coffee, imagining that things could be far worse outside of our safe and warm house. Exactly how do we know that things could be far worse? We don’t, because we are too comfortable and too familiar with what we currently have. Being happy with where you are is one thing, being ignorant is another. Inventions and innovations aren’t born…

comic because activerecord is slow

Jul 06, 2011|1 Min Read|Comments|

Comic: Because ActiveRecord is Slow!

Moving On From Envato, What's Next?

Mar 17, 2011|2 Min Read|Comments|

Today is my last day at Envato. I have been working here for a year and half and it has been, without a doubt the most fulfilling experience I have ever had in my professional career. I was hired as a PHP developer initially. Who knew, several months into the job I was ‘converted’ voluntarily to a full time Ruby developer - and it has been the highlight of my career progression. It is hard to imagine what I would have become if it wasn’t for Envato’s support behind my conversion. During my time…

my entry to the rubycommitters design contest

Jan 18, 2011|1 Min Read|Comments|

My entry to the RubyCommitters design contest. View it in action at :-)

sneak peak of the redesign of slim langcom

Dec 22, 2010|1 Min Read|Comments|

Sneak peak of the redesign of :)

[Ruby] Haml2Slim, Convert Your HAML Templates to Slim Templates

Dec 16, 2010|1 Min Read|Comments|

So, you are using Slim, right? If not, go check it out because it’s awesome. ;) Now, I don’t know about you but prior to Slim I use Haml quite a bit, and even though syntax-wise Haml and Slim have a lot in common, it’s still quite a challenge to convert all Haml templates to Slim templates. As a result, let me present you with a quick n’ dirty Haml2Slim converter! Check out the source code.