Showing posts from February, 2012

Tech - Give SQL a 'REST'

We have seen the world of services evolve taking many shapes and forms like SOA, REST and API's. REST seems to be on the way to becoming the de-facto language of the internet. Most often, we create application and business layer in Services and API's. However, the data layer continues to be tightly bolted with the database. There are now some alternatives emerging. There is an open source (MIT License) data access layer called restSQL.

Once set-up, it will provide a REST based access to the database. This means that all the SQL statements like insert, select, update, delete etc can be executed using HTTP GET's  and POST's. Like any other REST service, it provides a platform agnostic method of accessing the database. Since it is hosted as a web application, it can be scaled and managed like any other web application. Lastly, one needs to update the database drivers and configuration only in this layer and not all the clients accessing the database. Overall, I…

Chicken Kebabs

Chicken Kebabs Recently, I saw a cooking programme on TV showing street food. I thought, I will try own version of a middle eastern classic - chicken kebabs. It's perfect for a dinner with friends.
Contributed by Rajan Manickavasagam.

Published 06. Feb 2012

Ingredients4-6tablespoons olive oil1tablespoon  garlic olive oil1tablespoon chilli infused olive oil4 chicken legs1teaspoon turmeric powder1teaspoon red chilli powder1teaspoon mixed peppercorns1teaspoon cumin powder1teaspoon of garam masala powder1teaspoon of coriander powder1teaspoon of nutmeg powder1teaspoon of coarse black pepper1teaspoon of dried mixed herbs (basil, thyme, rosemary)1-2teaspoon of rock salt (or to taste)1 chopped onion2 chopped garlic cloves1 sliced ginger InstructionsIn a bowl, add the olive oil, garlic olive oil and chilli infused oil.Roll the chicken legs in the bowl and coat it with the oils.Use a mortar and pestle to grind all the spices to a fine powder.Coat the chicken legs with most o…

Tech - Search 'your' web

Google has recently been in the news for their latest update to search, called 'Search plus your world'. It is about showing google plus results in the search results. After the launch of google plus, it was inevitably going to be linked in with search. 
However, on the personal search space, there has been another startup making news. It's called - greplin - 'Grep' is from the old unix command. It is a 'freemium' service and the free features are quite enough for most users. You can link all your online accounts and all the information - mails, contacts, documents, tweets, facebook posts, dropbox and so on.
The centre of the page holds a search box along with a filter option.On the left, all your linked accounts and status show up.Above the search box, is the size of your personal index.There is an iphone app also available. With each of us using many online services (facebook, linkedin, twitter, youtube, dropbox, evernot…