Rakesh Agrawal demoing beyondtv

Rakesh Agrawal (CEO of SnapStream Media) is talking now.
His blog is lambipooch.blogspot.com (ambipooch means longtail in Hindi!).
He’s demonstrating the firefly mini, a new remote for SnapStream.
He also did a demo of the beyondtv user interface. Very slick stuff, implemented directly in Direct3D.
Here’s a snapshot of him trying to get his laptop hooked up for power (the plug kept falling out, but we managed to rig it so that it would stay in place).

Knowledge Management 2.0

Manish Dhingra (from Tekriti) is talking about structured blogging: microcontent publishing / aggregation. In particular, he’s talking about the structured blogging plugins that they wrote for MovableType / WordPress.
He gives great examples of how structured blogging could be used in a knowledge work context to capture important pieces of information. Things like bugs, troubleshooting tips, etc. The best example he gave of this is the “I’m stuck” phenomenon. When you’re coding, you often are stuck on something simple. Getting unstuck fast has high ROI, and you’re probably stuck at a place where most people get stuck.
The key payoff of structured blogging in an enterprise context is easing “responsibility transition”. If your employees put their knowledge into a system, it’ll be easy to recover if they are sick / leave.
I asked about how to solve the motivation problem: he said basically that you have to reward employees for contributing knowledge to the system.
These modules seem like they might be really useful for a whole host of situations where you want to build an interface to capture structured data of some kind.

WATiR: Web Application Testing in Ruby

WATiR (Web Application Testing in Ruby) is being demoed by Angrez Singh from Persistent Systems now at delhibarcamp. It looks like a compelling way to generate test scripts for web applications. You turn it on, use the web application according to your test, and it automatically generates Ruby script that will replicate the action. You can also write the script yourself. The API looks pretty simple and well-designed. This would work for any application, you don’t need to use RUBY in your development.
WATiR is IE-specific, which is a drag. The folks at Persistent Systems (based out of Pune) have built a Firefox extension that lets you use WATiR to test on Firefox! They also have built an extension that supports querying the DOM by XPATH in your text scripts. Everything they’ve written is open-sourced and available for anyone to use for free.
Lots of Ruby and AJAX stuff is happening in Dehli. But frankly there are at least 10 people at this conference who flew in from Pune. If I was starting up in India I would consider Pune as a base: it seems to have a lot of super-enthusiastic hackers.

Kapil Mohan on AJAX MVC Pattern

Kapil (a software engineer at Uzanto) is presenting now at BarCampDelhi. He’s giving a tutorial on using the MCV pattern in the context of AJAX. It’s good stuff … besides MVC, he’s covered an explanation of closures, a basic approach to packaging, minimizing the javascript that is included in the initial download, and some other stuff I probably forgot. Good stuff. I can’t wait till we can show the stuff he’s been working on ;->

mytoday.com launches at barcamp Delhi

I’m sitting at barcamp Delhi. VeerChand Bothra of NetCore is demoing a very slick “microcontent client” called mytoday.com. It seems to be a specialized AJAX homepage. It allows the quick creation of niche publications that aggregate and present rss data. The design is very slick, with geographic filtering. It also has very rich integration with phone (at sister site m.mytoday.com). It makes it very simple to great aggregated feeds. Check out mytoday.com/bcdelhi, which they built in an hour and which is consuming all the blogs, tagged photos, etc from barcamp delhi. Awesome!
The core insight of this approach seems to be that most “real people” won’t build up an rss reader from scratch. But they’ll be OK with deleting feeds from a pre-existing set.
Presentation available here.
UPDATE: emergic writes about MyToday.