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Interview with Amit Surana
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I'm excited to be back and bring you another interview with a member of My developerWorks. Amit Surana is a software engineer hailing from Bangalore, India. He's written several articles on developerWorks and he's recently begun blogging on My developerWorks and sharing his technical tips. Learn more about Amit in this interview below and visit his profile on My developerWorks to add him to your colleagues.
Tell me about yourself and what you're currently working on...
I am yet another software engineer from India with different views and outlook towards the technology. I am currently with IBM Software Group working on LotusLive, an IBM initiative to provide collaboration across boundaries on cloud.
What do you most enjoy working as a software engineer? What's the biggest challenge?
It's been almost 2 years working as a Software Engineer. I have enjoyed every hour working on the cool buzzing technologies like web2.0, cloud computing, Eclipse, and so on. The level of expectation from peers and senior managers increases with every milestone. So its really tough and a challenge to maintain that expectation which in turn brings out most of oneself. Its been exciting journey so far.
Do you have an "on the job" hero? If you could "follow" anyone for 24 hours, who would it be?
Oh yes. I do have many people here whom I look upon as a hero. Here most of the folks whom I meet are brilliant in their field. I think 24 hours wouldn't be enough time to follow all my heroes !!! :)
How do you keep up with the latest technologies and what's new in IT?
I extensively use Feed readers and social networking sites to be in market. If I miss a single day of updates then it's like world has moved so far. So very critical to be up to date with all latest technologies especially related to the field I am working in.
You've written two articles about LotusLive on developerWorks already... Are you planning to write more in the future?
Absolutely. We have a series of articles planned for LotusLive. So in near future you will find more of them.
What inspired you to start blogging on My developerWorks?
developerWorks has always helped me get started with their brilliant tutorials, how-to's, etc. So I really wanted to write on developerWorks and share my insights and knowledge. With My developerWorks blogs it's becoming reality. I am sure someone, somewhere will definitely benefit from the information provided in the blogs too. That's the motive behind me writing blogs.
How are you using social networking today?
I use social networking to communicate with my friends and since I work on same path, there is constant thought on how to make things even better !!!
What are some of your favorite websites/feeds/twitter accounts to follow?
I am not big fan of Twitter. As for websites I read reddit, cnet news, infoQ, KDE related news, Indian news sites, and some fun-reading blogs.
What's the coolest piece of tech news you've heard lately?
Well, one piece of news that excited me was VMWare acquiring SpringSource. It will interesting to see how this hybrid collaboration matures.
In your free time what hobbies or activities interest you?
In free time, I just go around places here in Bangalore with my friends. I enjoy watching movies, reading and of course blogging.
- Thanks Amit!