About Me

We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil……..The main idea is to regard a program as a communication to human beings rather than as a set of instructions to a computer.
Donald Knuth

Nasir Jamal

Born, as a grandchild to an Indian Diplomat, to a merchant navy engineer and his wife in a traditional Indian city called Varanasi, also known as Kashi or Banaras. Spent most of my childhood there and after school years in various other parts of India e.g. Aligarh / Meerut / Delhi.

Finished MBA in 1997, luckily, not too late, I found that my passion is in creating things. Then next couple of years quickly went by working with software and doing other experiments. Then moved to England, completed an MSc – Ecommerce and subsequently spent 3 years writing Fortran during my Phd – computational model to predict the effect of pollutants on fish liver cell. The summer of 2007 has arrived.

Since then I also founded mel-jol.com and sphred.com. Sadly they both are now dead :(

Currently working as a Senior Lead Software Engineer at HouseTrip (On Crunchbase).



Stack Overflow



6 responses

20 04 2007
Lakhvinder Singh

Hi Nasir…After a lot of work I was able to get you here…where are you these days..wanna speak to you…my number is 9871417928 call me up or write me at luckysidhu@yahoo.com

take care

31 10 2007

Sent you an email but not sure whether you recieved it or not.

13 12 2007
tony petruzzi

I just found your blog through dzone. Awesome, simply awesome. I’m just starting out with Rails and your articles “Stored Procedures and Rails” and “Not following Rails table and field conventions” are exactly what I’m looking for to answer several questions I’m having.

I’m wondering if you might consider expanding on these two posts in the future? I still wondering if you can use database views within Rails and if so, can you use ActiveRecord with them?

Also I’m wondering what to do with ActiveRecord if you use UUIDs (GUIDs) instead of identities for primary keys in your database.

Keep up the great work. I’ll definitively being zoning your articles.

14 12 2007

Thanks tony.

Yes, you can use views/uuids in rails. I will write a full post about it tonight or tomorrow. Already there now.

As far as expanding the posts on “Stored Procedures and Rails” and “Not following Rails table and field conventions” are concerned then please let me know if you have any ideas.

18 08 2008

Good to meet you at railscamp. Just leaving my email. Regards,


3 06 2009

Hey Nasir

Thought I would drop by and see how things are going. Still at in4system? How is promaster, must be getting near finished now? What happened to this blog/sphred?


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