Malala and Abdus Salam won Nobel Prize

They won a Nobel for Pakistan, Pakistan gave then No Bells for prize.

Pakistan, as it stands in 2014, has only two Nobel prize laureates. First one of them, Mohammad Abdus Salam and then came a young girl, Malala Yousafzai. Their story is somewhat same, and the first thing you will find common among them is that they’re Pakistani and they’re (Abdus Salam was) having a motto to make foreign people believe Pakistan is a state of peace and not of terrorism. But, they got hit by their own people and criticism started to hold tight onto them, not by others, but by the people of their own kind, Pakistanis.

Mohammad Abdus Salam

Born on 29 January 1926, in Jhang (Punjab, Pakistan) was the first Pakistani to win a Nobel prize in 1979 for his remarkable work in Physics. He was the “one and only” guy behind the major idea of SUPARCO, fully named as “Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission”. His most remarkable work was the electroweak theory (for which he won the prize too). Salam is still remembered as the scientific father of mathematical and theoretical physics in Pakistan.

He did only work for himself, but tried his best to raise the Pakistani Physics community in the Physic community of world. Salam had worked in the threory of neutrino too.

Not only this, Salam has other contributions to the science, not locally but globally. Scientists and physicists specially all over the globe witness his greatness and his sincerity for science, humanity, and specially Pakistan. The first guy, to introduce the atomic bombs in 1971 was Abdus Salam when he travelled to United States and returned back with the theories for the Atomic bombs and weapons.

“in 1978, Abdus Salam with PAEC officials, paid a secret visit to China, and was an instrumental initiating the industrial nuclear cooperation between the two countries.”, is written inside the Book of Indian scholar Ravi Singh.

In 1974, he founded International Nathiagali Summer College (INSC) to promote science in his country. This witnesses the greatness and love of Abdus Salam for science in Pakistan, and the support of physicists in Pakistan for the innovation in Pakistan. Abdus Salam left Pakistan, for sake of inventions, because being an Ahmadi is an open invitation in Pakistan to kill him. He left Pakistan, but never forsaked Pakistan and the most prominent scientists in Pakistan, agree to accept him as their teacher and mentor. Salam left Pakistan only as a protest, because Ahmadis were declared non-muslims in constitution of Pakistan.

Salam was a devout Muslim, and had a firm belief in Islam. He was a member of Ahmaddiya Muslim Community and he saw his religion to be the common and essential part of his research and daily life work. He had written once,

The Holy Qur’an enjoins us to reflect on the verities of Allah’s created laws of nature; however, that our generation has been privileged to glimpse a part of His design is a bounty and a grace for which I render thanks with a humble heart.

Salam died in 1996, in Oxford at the age of 70. His body was sent back, and was burried in Bahishti Maqbira at the location of Rabwah, Punjab, Pakistan along with his parents. His tomb had the “First Muslim Nobel Laureate” written, but sooner, on orders by court, “Muslim” was removed from his grave.

Dr. Salam’s genius was like a magic… And there was always an element of eastern mysticism in his ideas that left one wondering how to fathom his genius…

Malala Yousafzai

Malala was born on 12 July 1997 in Swat Valley of Pakistan. She is an activist for female education in her own valley and is the youngest ever Nobel prize laureate. Her family runs a group of schools in their location and due to this fact, she always had a keen interest in education and wanted every single child to get education.

When she was just 11-12 she used to pen her feelings and thoughts, so that world outside Swat can know what and how she feels and how she has to fight back against terrorisms, stopping young girls from getting education. She wrote a blog for BBC which had her thoughts and her life, under the influence of terrorism. She wrote about Taliban taking over their schools, and the massacre that Taliban had created. Her blogs are underlinde by “Gul Mukai”.

Her first ever BBC blog was posted in 2009, she used to pen write them and then a scanner was involved to scan and email the blog posts to the BBC team.

School systems were banned in Swat by Taliban, this is the first step to ruin a community. In her blog she stated,

It seems that it is only when dozens of schools have been destroyed and hundreds others closed down that the army thinks about protecting them. Had they conducted their operations here properly, this situation would not have arisen.

The girls schools were re-opened, and she wrote in her blog post that she and her friends,

played a lot in class and enjoyed ourselves like we used to before

The strength of the class was growing, but however Taliban was still active and was working to stop girls from getting education. In a documentary created, she said,

I have a new dream … I must be a politician to save this country. There are so many crises in our country. I want to remove these crises.

She was, attacked because she was fighting for her rights, and after the incident she said,

I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.

Common things

The things that were common in them are much prominent and anyone can feel and get to know them. Not only they were Pakistani, but they were working devotedly for Pakistan and their people.

They worked, throughout their career (hopefully Malala does the same as Salam did) they worked hard to make sure their country, people and family is remembered as peace makers and good people and not as terrorists or dumb.

They both won Nobel prize, categories differ, Salam won it for Physics whereas Malala won it for Peace. Category doesn’t matter, atleast they won a Nobel prize for Pakistan and tried to let Pakistan move on step further in the list of countries with more than one Nobel prize laureates.

The final similarity among them is, that they’re both being criticized, in their own particular way. Abdus Salam was criticized and was called “non-muslim” and had to leave the country. They’re still asking “Why did he leave Pakistan?“. Malala is right now being criticized for doing nothing for Pakistan. Yes, she has done nothing, because Pakistan is a male dominated country and males here want people to do something for males only. No one would every care for women. Malala gets this attitude and gets called agent of US just because she is a lady with guts.

I have no more words to describe the stupidity of Pakistanis! Just the following picture and I am out. May Allah guide us all.

Malala and Abdus Salam, both are muslims, but still enemy of Islam and Pakistan? Think again.

Better the product, worse the API and vice versa

Well, since I have started to program out codes, I have always been finding it difficult to build a better software. The better I had to develop a software the worse API I had to go through, take example of JSON, now I do know how to develop application based on JSON. When I started to learn it, it was a hard time. And now that I can develop applications, I don’t feel or get any better idea.

There is an inverse square law acting among these two things, and one needs to be working on an idea, make the pseudo code for it. Save it, put it in a locker and keep it there until you learn the API itself. Sorry for exaggeration; but I need to do this, I am a Walter Mitty, whoops, I meant to say James Thurber.

Take example of Google, they’re having a great tool and are ruling the mobile world with it, Android. However, since they’re using Java and Eclipse their development isn’t my choice. I don’t mean any hatred toward Java developers, yes I do love Java. But their API is not well designed and their tool is also not much of a love. I started my first GUI software using Java, Swing. But it was worst I could do! Then I got introduced to XAML. I did love C#, but was not able to develop applications using C# that had a GUI. When I got introduced to XAML, it was a kink for me. And I left Java and Eclipse like for ever.

This is based on my own belief only, I am sure there are others out there, who love Java and Android way more they do Windows Phone (and hey, I love Android, not Windows Phone; I just love C#).

Software to convert Numbers from one base to another

I have just developed a software that converts the number system from one base to another base. It was developed using C# and XAML. Windows Presentation Foundation model was the main thing to thank for the development of the Graphical User Interfact. The Software requries .NET Framework 4.5 and Visual Studio to compile. Feel free to build, compile and share the software with others.

The GUI includes three basic controls for better handling the Software and the RunTime.

  1. Input Control
    For getting the value from the User that has to be converted.
  2. ComboBox Control
    For controlling the type of the initial base of the number. This also settles down the software to work accurately.
  3. Button
    Well, this run the execution of the math.

This the the program at all.

You can get the values from each of the number system base into all other 3 types of number system base.

Feel free to get it, share it! Don’t forget to +1 the source code as a thanks.

From GitHub, from MSDN sample gallery.

Dowry, a need or a curse?

This topic needs a debate! Today I was at the Stack Exchange website for the Hindusim Religion where I came up with the question for the Origin of Dowry in Hinduism. I was interested (I have always been interested in such topic where the subject is the battle of sexes, so) in that topic, so I went on to read it. I found alot of opinions there and entire page was full of opinions. I had a total disagreement with the people there who were saying that the dowry is a system which helps the society. 

The first and fore-most thing that must be discussed here is that, dowry is a system that no religion would have introduced, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, none of that would have any evidence to prove to be the forefounders of this custom. As far as it is concerned, it is a cultural custom in which (according to me) the parents of bride are to pay this dowry as ornament, furniture, utensils etc (because of the fact that they gave birth to a girl, so sad). Atleast I don’t believe, and if you leave aside the double standard in your mind and the opinion based logic of yours about other religions you would also definitely believe that dowry is culture based not religion based system. 

Well, if it is a gift by the bride’s family then its not a bad custom at all. Gifts are a source of bonding the relations and to create stronger relationships. At the time of marriage, if both the families interchange some ornaments like rings, its not a bad thing. If equal amount of gifts are passed on to both the families then its fair and good habit. Afterall if they won’t interchange how would they match up to be a good family (by being good family I mean both the families should join, to form one).

If the bride’s father is passing on the stuff to her just as they belong to her its (in my opinion) not dowry, its her right. No one can prevent her family from giving her right to her. It should not be included as a dowry and to be prohibited. 

Last thing to mention here is, that dowry is no-good custom. A lot of evil is born due to this custom. In our society where we take dowry and force the girl’s family to provide the dowry in order to have their daughter married, its the main cause of male-dominancy. I remember more than a hundred news of girls being slaughtered for not bringing dowry or for the girl’s father not being economically stable to buy the motorbike for the boy. I see no excuse for the dowry being the cure to the male-dominancy. 

I think, male-dominancy is the other name for the term uneducatedness. Dowry cannot prevent this, neither can any other mean. Only education is the cure, and by education I don’t mean the Algebra in Mathematics I mean the socio-economic education. Education of Islam (or any other religion) would be enough to get rid of this massacrous sin. Dowry system is a pure example of a male-dominant society where girl can’t even get married if she has nothing. Whereas she can be made girl-friend and fed what ever she wants, but if she wants to marry, she has to be economically stable like Bill Gate’s daughter. 

Bottomline for this is, Dowry must be declared illegal (by prosecutors) and a sin (by the religious scholars) atleast and dowry taker must be fined the double of the amount asked for the dowry. 

Our great Education System | Pakistan

We are a nation, where we belive in supporting the Students and we do support our students. How? By giving away Laptops to young boys and girls so that they can chat on Facebook. But we don’t support out students, to get better information provided to them right away when they need it. Yes, I mean to say, Government must order all the Networks to support WikiPedia, Google Dictionary and some other Educative websites to be free from all the Data charges. In this way, no matter student has resources or not, he can access the information any time he needs it.

Secondly, our syllabus thing. Well, we should stop making fun of Mr. Pharoah for being too old now I guess! Because our syllabus is as Old as anything can be, but is as much vast that nobody can learn it all or even understand it. I remember, trying to learn the 14 points of Quaid, which I am still trying to learn. But I can’t because no body ever made me understand what they were they just asked me to cram it all so that I can write them in the Exam’s answer sheet. This thing should be changed, the Syllabus must be enshortened to almost 3/4th of the current Syllabus but at the same time this 3/4th must be taught as they had to be fed up with it.

Third thing is the old manner of the teachers teaching method. My younger brother, Daniyal, goes to study in a government school. Which shouldn’t be a shame for anyone here. He is taught just the way I was taught and no other extra curricular activity is provided to him. Similarly, they’re not being fed the information they need, they’re just asked to cram the books and the words written. My brother, doesn’t even know what is Embedded Computer, but knows how Android OS works. Why I’m saying all this is because he really needs to be taught the way he wants the education. Education must be a fun and entertainment for the students, rather than being a duty to them.

Fourth and last thing that I have noticed as the difference in us and other communities is very sluggish I should say. In my Matriculation level and Intermediate, I was told never to read the Qoutive text shown on the question but to just read the Equation and implement its usage and write the answer. Whereas other communites force their students and new-learners to read whole of the text of the statement provided. Which is a +1 point for the other communities. This way, students IQ level can be betterified by giving him and extra time for 1 minute which he can use in Reading, understanding, learning, implementing.

These things make us count ourself in the communities who are stupid enough to ruin the creativity of their students. Instead of helping them in studies we force them; no, really, we force them to deny what they are capable of. Providing a student with a Laptop isn’t helping. Providing him with the Content and quotation that would help him gain some knowledge is helpfull. Which in turn, once again, is the same as Setting no Data charges on WikiPedia, Google Dictionary and all other services. Using these, we can easily notice that we’re not paying even the minimum attention to our Education System instead we’re just trying to skip what it really needs. We really need to fix all the gaping holes in this system.

I think its time for an update

I created the vboard many months ago, since then I was busy developing other stuff and I really think, its time to give out an update to that plugin. Because even I don’t like it now this way. So I have some of the UI ideas in my mind which I am going to apply to it and use them as the basic building blocks for my plugin.

What I think of doing, is to create 2 layouts. Yes, 2 layouts. Which you guys actually are aware of already.

  1. Android OS touch keyboard
  2. Windows 8 OS touch keyboard

These would be the 2 layouts that would be implemented in the update, and you can have source code for each of the keyboard that you like.

Plus I would add some more features and styles to the keyboard. I would try to add some of the most used smileys as a single-click-smiley-addition feature, like in some keyboards. Also, a submit button if you’re on the last input field.

You can get this update soon from the GitHub account of mine, or the VS Organisation’s account. Let’s hope for good!

What is it to be a Software Engineer | Atleast for me!

I always find my friends shouting out and feeling proud for being a Software engineer; whether they’re or not a software engineer. Sometimes I get sick of this fucked up kinda way of speech. Because they don’t even know what its like to be a Software engineer, or what we call a Programmer in Pakistan. Actually this term is old now, and we should start using the innovative term ‘Software Developer’. It looks neat and clean and somewhat sexy!

However, the topic was. What is it like to be a software developer? 

Actually it is the most fucked up thing to be in the whole of the employment careers history. When you’re a Software engineer, you’re not the admin of the world or even yourself. Your the person on whom everyone is depending. Not in a way that they breathe on your permission. But in a way that they order you to do work for them.

I have a little knowledge of some programming languages. So, my friends and colleagues and family are always looking for me to do their coding work. This is what it feels like to be a developer

  1. It feels like you don’t have a life.
  2. It feels like no one gives a fuck about your products, your softwares. All they care about is their work being done!
  3. No one praises you for learning or creating a new plugin. They care about is being provided with a plugin that they need at the moment. 
    I remember, when I created a Virtual Keyboard, no one patted on my back or gave me a thumbs up. Because they weren’t in a need of it. But when I created a messaging app, to punch back an annoying friend. They for the very first time accepted me as a Software Developer! (Wow, no really a Wow!).
  4. I feel like I am trapped in my own world, and people are talking in the form of 01101001; I can’t understand what they’re saying! :D
  5. I feel like what I’m trying to do, can change the way people used to do work before that plugin or software.

So, I just want to tell my friends that being a software developer isn’t a badge or a medal that you can wear and show off. It is a hell job. You can’t even imagine how much a person’s life is disturbed in becoming a Developer. How much a person’s paradigm is shifted to the verge of going insane. How much a person misses the way an ordinary person spends his time with his friends and family. 

Please, let Software Developers live in their own way and their own Kingdom! Don’t even try to enter it without their consent. They’ll code the fuck out of you bitches!