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Incident 08 NITK - Flash website screenshot

Swishmax projects & Flash website for Incident 08 using Swish

My experiments with Swishmax

I entered the world of flash interactive websites when I first started using Swish. Even at version 1.0, the ease of use of Swish quickly captured my interest in flash designs. I also had maintained a website at http://openflash.be  where I used to publish the source code for my projects made on SWiSH.. But I never really wanted to pay for maintaining the domain name when it expired. So most of the source files are lost. Some of them were uploaded even on other sites. Check them out

http://www.swishzone.com/index.php?area=resources&tab=movies&do=page&action=detailed&link_id=2605

http://www.swishzone.com/index.php?area=resources&tab=movies&do=page&action=detailed&link_id=2700

http://www.swishzone.com/index.php?area=resources&tab=movies&do=page&action=detailed&link_id=2632

And here is a quick show reel of the work I have done using Swish and Swishmax.

Incident 2008 Flash website for NITK Surathkal

Incident 08 NITK - Flash website screenshot

Initially, I never had plans of making a flash website for Incident 08 (culfest of NITK Surathkal). But then, the convenor of the fest came to me asking me to create a flash website as he felt that the HTML website wasnt flashy enough for a cultural website. Also I had created a flash based UI for the sponsor’s CD which had the previous year’s videos which was pretty cool as per him. So he wanted me to extend it for the current website. Then, I started off, and built a full flash website using SWiSH  Max 2.0 which turned out pretty good. The menu was the most catchy part of the entire website. It was a series of circular buttons arranged in the shape of a sinusoidal curve and the curve would gradually animate to align on a new curve based on the cursor position. Also it had a video transition shown between page changes which was made using After effects and ‘Particular’ plugin. I will upload the flash website here, if I can find the files. An old version of the same site is here, but I am not able to find the latest version. Unfortunately, the hosting plan got expired and I never took backups :(

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PHP based CMS with chat

I developed a Web based CMS for my college which allows performing standard content management tasks.
The entire CMS was coded from scratch using PHP-MySQL-Javascript. This was one of the first projects I had taken up. The project gave me insights into the challenges associated in centralized management of the content, themes, links and other information in a website. The CMS was later used in the Chemical engineering department and chemistry department of NITK Surathkal.

The generic CMS could add/edit content, manage links, change themes, add users and manage each user profiles which are displayed publicly on the website. They could also upload files categorized under folders which have public access.

Initially, the system was built as a generic CMS , but later on with the increasing demand, more features like student login, assignments upload and review, exam results upload, faculty profile management, student chat were added.

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This system was designed to be run for the NITK main website , but it never made it up there as the faculty members were looking at someone who could merely use a ready made CMS like joomla with a custom template. Once the CMS was put up on the Chemical engineering department website, it helped the department in staying up to date with all the faculty profiles being maintained by themselves and all the other pages being maintained by one of the professors ( M.B. Saidutta ). Student scores/grades were published online which helped the students to know the grades well in advance. Assignments were uploaded bu the professors using the website and students could directly save the questions onto their system instead of circulating paper print outs.
Some of the assignments which involved Matlab files has to be uploaded by the students themselves. So each student was given a login username with password for logging into system and uploading their matlab solutions. The professor incharge could then download all the solutions as a single zip file and then check their answers and post a comment about the solution back on the website. The professor could also specify a deadline for each assignment upload after which the system would disable uploads. This helped in easily managing all the assignments in one common platform and avoided a lot of manual work.
The students could also chat with others who were logged in and also could host their own files on the website.

Click to view the demo of my work. The actual magic happens behind the 'Faculty Login' block
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About

Hey there, My Name is Kiran Kumar (so is the name of this site) and I am a 23 yr old web developer from Mangalore, India. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts and my contributions to the open source community. Apart from that, this website is my face on the internet where I publish links to my work and a medium for you guys to reach me anytime. You have reached the about me page on my blog and I should say that this was one of the most difficult part of writing a blog, i.e, writing about thyself. So here it goes,

I am a Chemical engineer by degree, Oracle employee by the day and a freelance developer by the night

My interest in the web technologies started in late 2005 when I became a part of the web enthusiasts club at my college; NITK Surathkal. By then I had already decided that I would pursue chemical engineering as I had no clear cut idea on what specialisation to choose. But slowly my interests in web technologies started to captivate me and I started spending most of my time working on the web. In my college, I started becoming known for the websites I designed and the posters I created. In my free time I had learnt a lot of different technologies on my own. My first love was for SWiSH , an alternative to Macromedia Flash 5 at that time. I liked to create fancy text effects and make small flash movies using Swish. Slowly, I moved on to 3dsmax, to enter into the world of visual effects. But the hardware config of my desktop prevented me from getting too close to CGI. Simple 3d scenes took a lot of time to be rendered, and when the rendering time went to the magnitude of days coupled with the frequency of power cuts in India , it became an impossible feat to get anything out of it.

Then I found my new interest in PHP after one of my friends told me about it. And since then, I have been actively involved in PHP development. To me, the simplicity of the language combined with the power of the open source community always gave way to endless possibilities. Along with PHP came all its friends. Javascript, HTML, Flash, Photoshop, I loved them all !

I worked on a couple of different softwares/technologies and here is the list of things which I can recall right now :

  1. Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ PHP 5
  2. Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ ExtJS framework
  3. Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Flash CS3 & Actionscript 3 -
  4. Rating: ★★★★★★★½☆☆ HTML & CSS :
  5. Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Javascript
  6. Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ Joomla 1.5 component, plugin creation
  7. Rating: ★★★★★★½☆☆☆ Selenium & QTP UI automation
  8. Rating: ★★★★★★½☆☆☆ Titanium framework for iPhone & android app development
  9. Rating: ★★★★★★½☆☆☆ Photoshop
  10. Rating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ VBscript & VB app design -
  11. Rating: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ Google sketchup 3d modelling & rendering
  12. Rating: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ Facebook API & Twitter API
  13. Rating: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ Poser animation
  14. Rating: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ 3dsmax
  15. Rating: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆ Matlab coding & GUI
  16. Rating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ Autocad (2d only)
  17. Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ HP Quality center OTA API

I worked on a small content management system of my own which , in the final year of my college this helped me get a job in Oracle and be a part of Content Management (ECM) team in Oracle. At Oracle, I am a part of Middleware suite globalization team where I work with people from Beijing, Tokyo and San Francisco on Oracle’s acquired as well as in-house ERP applications. The toughest part of the job is learning to understand the accents used by different people.[Update: I now work as a mobile developer at an e-commerce startup flipkart.com]

Until recently, I was only involved in web based projects, but the day I can across Appecelerator’s Titanium framework, I said ‘this is definitely my cup of tea’.For the last 6 months, I have been busy  developing native applications for iPhone & Android using the Titanium framework and I absolutely love it.[Update: I have started hating it now. Its very difficult to manage titanium projects when they become big]

I am passionate about my work and I always love to learn new things. I hate limiting myself to a single domain and always push myself hard to explore new interests which can keep me occupied all the time. People may call it ‘lack of focus’ , hyper-wandering-mind or a Jackass of all trades ! But its just the way I am designed. There hasnt been a day where I dont get a tingly feeling about learning or doing something new. But most of my work have been in varied domain, and are unorganized.

I think that much text should be good enough for you to give a glimpse into my life, if you like to get in touch with me send me a mail, or chat with me, or follow me on twitter or drop in a comment.

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