Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Aarohan 2k8

Aarhan 2k8 is the Techno Management fest of NIT Durgapur. This year the fest was held from 14th Feb to 17th Feb and had more than 50 events in total. From the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Calcutta, we formed a team of three members for participating in the events. The team included: Sukanta Bhattacharjee, Ramaprasad Chakraborty and me (Bigyan Bhar).

We started on 13th Feb from Kolkata by bus and reached NIT at night. From 14th to 17th there was a tight schedule of very interesting events. We aimed for the programming contests and competed in :

Code Marauders C programming 2nd place.
Micromania 8085 and 8051 microprocessor programming 2nd place
Khula Maidan Programming Finalist
Kaffeine Wars Java programming Finalist
Konfigure Linux configuration Finalist
Srishti Software Development  


On 17th there was the prize distribution ceremony and we won 2 prizes. Unfortunately unlike last time, this year the organizers did not give out the third prize, which we were confident of acquiring in the Khula Maidan and Kaffeine Wars. On 18th we came back to Kolkata after enjoying the 4 days of events and 3 sleepless nights.

Here are a couple of pictures taken at the venue:


Here is the link for the complete set of pictures that I uploaded in Picasa for viewing and downloading at the full size : http://picasaweb.google.com/bigyan.techie/Aarohan2k8NITDgp

Saturday, February 02, 2008

VS 2008 Product Suite Comparison

I have been looking in the internet for a comparison of the suite for a long time. It will be great to show them in our Campus Club at the time of Visual Studio 2008 launch. Finally I found an official version from Microsoft only. Here's the link,


Personally I use the Professional Edition for my use. However, the Express Editions are very good for hobby programmers like me. Had I not got a subscription to the MSDN Premium, most probably I would have used it too.

The Team Suite and its cousins seem to be overkills for our small needs. Use them only for professional level stuff. Most of us do not need that sort of extensive features.

I would recommend the Express Editions for all those amongst us, who would like to try and build cool stuff using MS technologies. Its completely free and comes with its own version of MSDN, called the MSDN Express Edition. You can download it here along with the MSDN.