Moving into 2016!

Hello chaps,

Another year just said goodbye and new hopes, new dreams, new challenges are already booming and starting to tingle in my mind. How was your 2015? Was it a successful year? Did you manage to fulfill all or part of your to-do list, that you prepared during the end of 2014? Anyhow, this post is not to question you about how you performed in 2015, but to give you three advices to help you to shape up your year 2016.

  • Prepare a to-do list and fill it with activities you are going to engage in 2016. To make things easier, break down your to-do list to each month (Jan to Dec) and arrange your activities around each month. When arranging your tasks / activities, make sure you prioritize them according to the importance, not by the duration it will take to finish the task. Well, if a task takes good six months to successfully finish, no point you are starting it at the third quarter of the Year. A six-month long task must be a highly important task, so it should be within the first few items in first few months in your to-do list. Preparing a to-do list on its own will not put you into the right track. You need to work according to your list. So, the commitment is a key behavior you need to practice.
  • Learn new skills. Learning new things will always increase your knowledge, no matter what you do or where you coming from. A new thing can be anything such as a cooking skill, sports skill, hobby or even try to sing a song and put it into YouTube to see how your friends enjoy your voice. How about mastering the art of Espresso coffee roasting / how to make a good coffee in 2016? If your are fancy, check this post.
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Being yourself

Hi All,

This is going to be an exciting blog post for me. The reason being, I am writing this post whilst I am traveling on a plane. I am on my usual annual leave and at the minute flying with Sri Lankan Airlines UL504 heading from London to Colombo, Sri Lanka. Well, the flight took off like 10 minutes ago and the cabin is bit shaky, due air pockets I guess (not sure though).

Let’s talk about an interesting topic today. Let’s talk about being “yourself”. Well, the topic is a bit random I know but, it is still worth reading. What does actually mean by being yourself? Well, it isn’t that hard to answer, isn’t it? Each and everyone is unique in their own ways. I am not actually talking about being unique, undoubtedly everyone is unique in their own way. But, I believe in being yourself got more to offer than being unique. I have experienced in my life that being yourself is really a beautiful thing.

To reveal the real person behind you, firstly, you need to thoroughly understand yourself. Nobody can help in this but you. As you grow older you will explore more things within yourself. Some people realise this when they are really old, but some lucky people will understand this in very early stage in their lives. The reason why I highlighted this factor is, to be yourself, first you need to understand yourself very well. Continue reading


CSV to DataTables, WordPress plugin


Update! The plugin has been approved by WordPress and it is currently available to download within the extensions directory –

Hi tech heads,

Today, I got the opportunity to create my first ever WordPress plugin. Well, this wasn’t quite planned like this but somehow I ended up creating my own WordPress plugin. Since few days, I badly wanted to show CSV data in a DataTable (yes, in Allan’s DataTables) within WordPress. So, I browsed the WordPress extensions page and found an interesting, easily configurable plugin “csv-to-sortable” which uses the JS sortable library. That is a decent plugin and does the job very well, but I wanted use DataTable instead. (Maybe I am in deep love with DataTables). I got extremely inspired by this plugin and then I decided to create a similar looking WordPress plugin so it can use DataTables to present data. I have submitted this plugin to WordPress plugins and it is currently being reviewed. However, if you want to get your hands dirty with this, before WordPress finish reviewing, then here it is.

Link to download the plugin –

I have created a new repository in GitHub for this plugin so anyone can see what’s happening inside. Click on the link below to view the repository. Installation and usage details are also mentioned inside the GitHub page.

AJ-CSV-to-DataTable in GitHub

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Chiswick House and Gardens

Last Saturday I managed to take some time off from my work and spend some ‘me’ time after a long time. Usually, I easily get occupied with various of programming work even in weekends apart from my regular weekday work. But last Saturday, I decided not to stare at the Laptop screen and enjoy the beautifulness of the gorgeous Mother Nature instead. To be honest I did not had a single clue about where I should go to breathe some fresh air and spend some quality time with nature. Once again, thankful to Mr. Google, I searched for some scenic parks around Hounslow area and got to know about this beautiful Chiswick House and Gardens.

Chiswick House and Gardens is located in about 10 minutes of walking distance from Chiswick Train station. When you walk out from the Chiswick Train station you will immediately see a sign board saying the direction you should walk.

Arguebly Chiswick House is the finest remaining example of Neo-Palladian architecture in London. The House was designed by Lord Burlington and completed in 1979. – Wickipedia

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WordPress 4.3 new formatting shortcuts

Hi guys,

I am pretty excited to see WordPress 4.3’s new formatting shortcuts. It makes blogging life lot easier with newly added formatting shortcuts. Here I am going to list those shortcuts for you.

  • Use ## to make a text h2, ### to make a text h3 and all the way to h6.  (By the way no h1 is available, so you can’t just use one #, perhaps another approach ?)
  • Use * (asterisk) or – (dash) to create an unordered list. Make sure you give a space after the asterisk / dash. However I found it little bit difficult to create an unordered list with dash, so I always use asterisk.
  • Use 1. or 1) to make an ordered list. Make sure there’s no space between the 1 and dot but a space after the dot. However I found it little bit difficult to create an ordered list with 1) over 1(dot). So I always use 1(dot).
  • Use > to make a quoted text. Once again make sure you give a space after the greater than sign.

These are the shortcuts what I have found so far, but there will be more in future. Text formatting shortcuts is not the only new feature in WordPress 4.3. Watch this video below to see new features in WordPress 4.3. Continue reading