On the verge of MNC life

Enough has already been said about 9 to 5 MNC job life of a Software Engineer.

You start by 8am in the morning, commute for an hour or long to reach the high tech office gate – go through security checks – both hands up with ID badge visibly worn around the neck.

Get inside the campus building – drive around 2 km track here and there in parking area to find a free slot and park your Activa.

Finally make it to your cubicle, where you open your last ‘late late night’ sleep mode laptop. As soon as you fire it up – there you have 10+ IMs window already opened and yellow marked to let you know people are desperate for your replies and then there your inbox running out of storage with emails from build server reports, bug tracker, your managers concern about roles in community initiatives, last nights meeting email thread and then HR emails on how you can have a great life and benefits of this MNC.

You catch up with all that and realize oh its time for daily scrum meeting for 15 minutes. That means some gym time, which is good. You walk it to a conference room and do a stand up meeting. Yes, there are fancy chairs and sleek round tables with 120+ inch screens for remote working peoples but you do standup. I told you it was gym time except it doesn’t end in within 15 minutes. There you update everyone about what you did yesterday and will you do today.

Everybody applauds – meetings/gym ends. Get back to your cubicle. Start coding. You pass another hour or so and then the lunch time. After lunch – walk around the campus so that your food is better digested. Experience some beautiful scene while walking in jogging tracks (yes, many MNCs has jogging track). I have see this at my best:

Was a wonderful day. #atwork

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Get back to cubicle after a small walk. Resume the coding + IM answers. This blah blah continues till evening when you (almost all the time) get an email stating a P1 bug has been logged and you have to fix it anyhow today. Whenever there is a P1 bug – it automatically gets followed by insist that “tomorrow we have a demo so you need to fix this anyhow”.

What would you do – fire the bug tracker, copy the bug title and stackoverflow about it. Open the damn all first search result page link with CTRL + click and make all chrome tab size full of sh#@ like below:

Bug search on stackoverflow

You work till late night, at last you make a patch and checkin. Mark the bug resolved – tomorrow do the loop.

Are you still awake?

If yes then lets talk about why this MNC life of mine is at the verge of extinct.

  • Imagine – you never have to spend your morning in the traffic – instead – enjoy the good coffee and read newspaper.
  • Then, when you start your work – you work with the most amazing products on the internet, solve the real problem along with talented team from around the world. Don’t just fix the bug of a legacy software built two decades ago.
  • Get paid handsomely while you enjoy the healthy food cooked in home.
  • Have the freedom of set of tools you use, contribute and use open source. Use the most advance modern technologies for development. Keep learning because you gotta stay modern and things change pretty quickly so you have to.
  • Don’t ever have to race through parking lot in 20kmph for 2 feet of spare space.
  • Fancy thought, isn’t it?

How to delete node_modules folders.

Let us agree, we all have been there once in a while, messing up our hair while removing these long path issue with node_modules.

For a while, I used to copy paste nested npm folders outside and try deleting again and again until I delete them all. I googled around and found few other tricks that does the job fairly, but after being so used to of Node workflow, I happen to find the easiest way. So here we is what you have to do.

Enter npm prune

All you got to do is remove the node_module listings from your package json and the run `npm prune`

Lets say your package.json looks like this:

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 3.25.55 AM

Remove everything or may be just any particular npm which you wish to remove. Take an example, we wanted to remove all of it – then I would simply empty the dependencies like:

Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 3.27.40 AM

Then run “npm prune” and voila. NPM will unbuild all of the node_modules folder which it didn’t find in the package.json but did locate in drive.

5 Must Reads to understand AngularJS Service and Factory difference

As a beginner or intermediate, a lot of JavaScript developers tends to get confused between two most vital components of AngularJS – Service and Factory.

Reason, both tend to do kind of similar job, well it looks like initially when we can’t really distinguish the proper usage. I too had these confusions and few of my colleagues happen to ask me this particular question often and often. So here I am, compiled the list of very good writings – this will give you a perfect answer on what are AngularJS Service or Factory, how to use them, what are the differences etc.

  1. Answer by Doug T on StackExchange
  2. Usage example by Gil
  3. A StackExchange Community Wiki 
  4. AngularJS: Factory vs Service vs Provider by Tyler (He has got a cool website, check that out)
  5. AngularJS Service vs Factory – video by DevelopMentor

I hope, after going through those Q/As and the video if you were still in doubt – you have a clear picture of what Service and Factory are made for in AngularJS.

Context Menu using AngularJS Directive

Since the SPA have emerged a lot in Web application market, creating MVC applications using Angular JS have become a mainstream trend.

Here is something reusable for your Angular JS Application to speed up your development – a context menu directive.

Check it out: Custom Context Menu Angular JS Directive/

How to use?

This directive is as simple as it could be. Plug the directive javascripts to you module.  Next assign the attribute to any HTML element.

<button context-menu>Show Options</button>

There is one required attribute ‘menu-items’ to pass your menu items.  This menu item has to be an Array of objects in your current scope with three properties. Example:

    //Menu Items Array
    $scope.menus = [
      {label: 'View',   action: 'callView',   active: true},
      {label: 'Delete', action: 'deleteItem', active: true},
      {label: 'Send',   action: 'sendItem',   active: false},
      {label: 'Share',  action: '',           active: true},
      {label: 'Active', action: 'deactivate', active: false}

Object structure:

  • label: Text to show on Menu item
  • action: This is the method, that would be executed when clicked on particular item.
  • active: A boolean to toggle the disable/enable of particular item from menu. It doesn’t hide though.

This array has to be accessible where the current context menu is being applied.  Then use that ‘menu-items’ attribute to pass the array reference:

<button context-menu menu-items="menus">Show Options</button>

And now the time to define your function, these function has to be within your scope chain and be accessible to be executed within scope.

    $scope.deleteItem = function(arg){
      console.warn('deleted ...')

    $scope.callView = function(arg){
      console.info('View Call, another method')

That’s all. You have a working context menu. Any time a user right clicks within that element range – context menu show up.

Other Options

There are other features, optional to use.

  • Fix pointer for opening context menu

If you wish your context menu to open always from a certain point, not where user has right clicked (cursor position) then all you gotta do is specify a pointer. For that you need an child element with your directive. Pass that element reference using pointer-node attribute. Example:

     <button context-menu menu-items="menus" pointer-node=".showHere">Show Options <span class="showHere">&gt;</span></button>

I recommend using a class selector to pass the reference to directive as I have done above.

Context Menu Behaviour

Once the element is clicked, a dropdown context menu pop down right below it. But this context menu is space sensitive. What I mean by that is, by default the menu tries to open on bottom right side of the element but for some reason of menu detects that it might go outside of window then menu will automatically reposition itself on eight top left, top right, left top, left bottom. Hence when the menu appears it would never be hidden in browser. How do you like that :P?

Full Code

Source Code is available in Github:  https://github.com/shekhardesigner/Context-Menu-Angular-Directive

CSS3 Filter – Invert support in Internet Explorer 10+

CSS3 introduced one of the very fancy feature to do some creative things – “Filters”. Now we can make our images grayscale, blur it, change hues etc – everyone happy about it.

Here is the list of browser that supports this feature:

  1. Chrome (prefixed)
  2. Firefox
  3. Safari
  4. Opera

and then we have Internet Explorer which still hasn’t put it on shipping list yet. At the time I am typing this – Internet Explorer 11 also doesn’t support CSS3 Filters.

Statements from IE:

I had an requirement to invert white images into black. This was when user switches themes on the website. Hence created this small useful plugin that takes the current image and uses SVG filter solution to invert it into black.

Check out:  InvertImages

Usage is pretty simple.

Let us say you have an white image:

<img src="images/icon-home.png" alt="Home Page" class="icon-home">

And you wish to change this image into black, all you have to is:


For more options, please read this Wiki:  InvertImages jQuery Plugin Wiki

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