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).



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6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. tony petruzzi says:

    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.

  2. evolvedlight says:

    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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