Thursday, September 17, 2015

DharmaTV - a new platform

Our newest platform is an app called DharmaTV. DharmaTV aims to bring forth the best of Sanatana Dharma/ Hinduism in an easy to watch format. We curate, aggregate and deliver video content related to Hindu Dharma through different devices such as mobile, tablets, computers and TV.

DharmaTV can be accessed through the website It is also available as an app for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone. We are working on bringing it to iPad, RokuTV and Chromecast.

Have you ever wondered:

  • Who am I? 
  • What is the purpose of life? 
  • How to lead a stress free life! 
  • Is there a God? 
  • Who/ What is God? 
  • What is that knowing which all others are known?
  • What is the origin of the universe? 
  • Is there such a thing as Karma, Afterlife & Immortality? 
  • What is Yoga? Is it just a set of exercises? Or something more?

Download app to find answers.

Topics covered:

  • Basic Philosophy of Dharma
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Upanishads
  • Vedanta
  • Yoga
  • Yoga Sutras
  • Life Lessons & parenting from Hindu scriptures
  • And much more....
Download the apps:

Sunday, September 14, 2014

SQOOP import export from SQL Server

While exporting data from hdfs to SQL Server using Sqoop ran into a problem with sqoop not reading data properly and as a result in export erroring out.

Command I was using:
sqoop export --connect "jdbc:sqlserver://;database=myDB;username=dbuser;password=*******" --table TransactionsFromHadoop --export-dir /apps/hive/warehouse/transactions

This resulted in foll. error:
Caused by: java.lang.NumberFormatException: For input string: "10007134166102007-09-01 00:00:00.0W2200.00002007-09-01 00:00:00.0"

The data I was trying to export had originally been imported from SQL Server to hadoop using sqoop and while importing sqoop uses a default column delimited of ^A (octal representation of  '\001' ). So to get this to work I had to specify the delimiter using -input-fields-terminated-by

sqoop export --connect "jdbc:sqlserver://;database=myDB;username=dbuser;password=*******" --table TransactionsFromHadoop --export-dir /apps/hive/warehouse/transactions --input-fields-terminated-by ^A --lines-terminated-by '\n'

sqoop export --connect "jdbc:sqlserver://;database=myDB;username=dbuser;password=*******" --table TransactionsFromHadoop --export-dir /apps/hive/warehouse/transactions --input-fields-terminated-by '\001' --lines-terminated-by '\n'

Import from Microsoft SQL Server into the Hortonworks Sandbox using Sqoop
Sqoop User Guide

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Insights from Promoting Android App

So after publishing the first Android app, it was time to promote the app. Here are the first few things I tried:
  • Send an email to all contacts
  • Posted it on my Facebook & Twitter accounts
  • Added it on the website
This resulted in around 50 downloads in the first day.

So now it was the turn to try something else. Here's the next few things I tried:
  • Ran AppBrain's Apptimizer tool - this basically does an analysis of the app and its listing page and provides insights into what could be improved. It told me to reduce app size as people downloading over slow Internet connection may timeout downloading the app. It also suggested I allow the app to be installed on external storage. This can be done by an entry in the app manifest file.
  • I tried AppBrain's Promoted Apps tool. This is a paid service that allows you to bid on installs. You create a campaign and specify your ad creative and max bid for an install. Unlike other advertising services which use a CPC (Cost per click) model, AppBrain uses a Cost Per Install mode. I spent $100, this got me 500 installs within a few hours. Basically they push the app to the users of their "Recommended App" app.
  • Next I tried advertising using AdMob - this turned out to be a real pain - AdMob belongs to Google and so has no direct customer service. I added 3 creative ad images. All three were rejected by their validation bot. The reason given was "Invalid/ misleading text in ad". that's it - no more explanations, no one to contact. As a last effort, I removed everything and simply put the app name in the ad image. Still same error. So I finally gave up on AdMob.
  • Now I turned to Millennial Media. This is the second largest ad network on Android platform with 17% of the market. They have a service called which is a self service platform to cater to smaller clients.
    Their website was a breeze through compared to AdMob. Within a few minutes my ads were completed. They also have a tool that will help you create ad images online. You simply select from templates, specify type of Ad action, set funding/bid options - that's it.
    I got a promo code for that that gave me $100 of free advertising on spending $1. The promo code is GMS!13GS^$ and anyone can use it.
Will add more learning's as they come....

Monday, January 21, 2013

Foray into Android Apps

We published our first Android App - "50,000 Quotes of Wisdom". We decided to enter the Android market to get a feel for the Android platform and to learn the workings of the Android platform. The Android platform can be so overwhelming. There are so many different marketplaces (all legit) unlike the Windows marketplace. There are so many apps already in the marketplace that its so difficult to break into the top section of any category.

This app is also available for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. In fact, this app has been in those market places in the top 20 apps list for the "Books & References" category ever since the apps were released.

Get it on Google Play


Wednesday, October 17, 2012


This error was causing a lot of pain in a Salesforce integration that we have. It seems like a permissions issue on first look. But it's sort of misleading. Even a System Administrator can get this error.

So after researching a lot, this was what I found:

The error is throw when you try to insert/update something that logically cannot be inserted/updated.

Some examples:
  • You try to update a record that does not exist. Maybe the record was never there or it was deleted.
  • You try to update an object field that cannot be set explicitly. These fields can only be updated by the implicetly. eg: object owner, CreatedById, CreatedDate, LastActivityDate, LastModifiedById, LastModifiedDate. You cannot explicitly update these fields.
  • You are trying to give permission to someone but you yourself do not have permission for this.
  • If you are trying to share "Record X" with "User Y" and you yourself do not have access to "Record x", this error happens Or if the "User Y" already has access to it.
These are just a few reasons you can get the salesforce error INSUFFICIENT_ACCESS_ON_CROSS_REFERENCE_ENTITY; I am sure there are others.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Microsoft Text Driver on Windows 2008 R2

I had to set up Microsoft Text Driver on Windows 2008 R2 64-bit machine and was constantly getting errors. Here's what I had to go through to get this to work:

There are 2 different versions of the ODBC drivers on Windows 2008 R2 - 64 bit version and a 32-bit version. When you open the ODBC Datasource Administrator Tool from "Administrative Tools> Datasources (ODBC)", its the 64 bit version that gets opened. I tried to create a DSN using a text driver but did not find the text driver in the list of drivers. So initially I thought that the text drivers were not installed. But when I searched for the msjet40.dll file I did find it in the c:\Windows\SysWOW64 directory. Refer
So this indicated to me that a 32-bit version of the driver was available. This KB article from Microsoft confirmed this:

So I found the 32-bit version of the ODBC Administrator. This is located at: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Odbcad32.exe

Once I open this file, it opened the 32bit ODBC Administrator interface and it did have the Microsoft text driver listed in there. So I added my datasource and changed my file extensions to use only *.csv.

Now that the datasource was created, I tried to use it. But it threw the following error:
[ODBC Text Driver] Invalid setting in Excel key of the Engines section of the Windows Registry. I was stumped. After much searching on the Internet, nothing seemed to work.
So as a last resort I deleted the datasource and added a brand new one. This time, I left the defaults and it just worked. So I tried it one more time and created the datasource with the file extensions set to *.csv only. it again did not work and threw the same error. Now when I went to edit the file extensions, I saw that the *.csv had been mangled to some weird characters. *.%^767 or something like that. I tried different file extensions but none worked.
So finally to get this to work, I had to leave it to use *.* as the list of file extensions.

Installing ColdFusion MX7 on Windows 2008 R2 64bit

Trying to install ColdFusion MX7 on Win 2008 R2 was giving me all sorts of errors. The server installed without any issues but IIS sites could not be configured to server up cfm pages.

There were a couple of things I had to do to get this to work.

Enabled IIS6 features on Win2008 machine as follows:

  • Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features On or Off >
  • This will open the "Server Manager".
  • Expand Roles>Web Server>
  • On right panel, under "Summary>Role Services>" click on "Add Role Services".
  • In the "Add Role Services" window, select all options under "Management Tools>IIS 6 Management Compatibility"
  • Click on Install.

Change AppPool for the Website to 32-bit

  • Open IIS Manager
  • Expand MachineName> Application Pools>
  • Right click on AppPool name (eg: DefaultAppPool) and select "Advanced Settings"
  • Change "Enable 32-bit Applications" to "true". Click OK

Configure Websites to Run ColdFusion pages

I ran the Web Server Configuration Tool, added a site and got the following error message "Version 7.5 is installed. Supported versions are 4.x, 5.x, 6.x". Basically, Windows 2008 R2 has IIS7.5 and the Web server configuration tool that comes with ColdFusion MX7 was created before IIS7 was created and so it does not support it. So the alternative was to configure the sites manually to run with ColdFusion. This is where I got some help from Sameer of His post ColdFusion Manual Configuration was very helpful.

  • Open \runtime\servers\coldfusion\SERVER-INF\jrun.xml . Find “ProxyService” and change value of deactivated to "false"
  • Restart ColdFusion
  • Create file: \cfroot\untime\ib\sconfig\
  • Edit it as follows:
  • Save the file

  • Extract files from wsconfig.jar into a temp directory
  • Copy jrunwin32.dll and jrun_iis6.dll from extracted files to cfroot\runtime\lib\wsconfig\.
  • Copy jrun_iis6_wildcard.dll from extracted files to cfroot\runtime\lib\wsconfig\1.

  • Create the file cfroot\runtime\lib\wsconfig\1\jrun_iis6_wildcard.ini. Edit it as follows:  

Notes: bootstrap port number for ColdFusion 9 is 51800, for ColdFusion 7 and 8 port number is 51011, for ColdFusion 6 the port number is 51010. 
  • Create the file in cf_root\runtime\lib\wsconfig\1. Edit as follows: 

Note: for MX 6.1; for MX 7/8; for MX9

  • Under the IIS Management Console, click on your computer name, click on "ISAPI and CGI Restrictions" and add two entries: 
one for cfroot\runtime\lib\wsconfig\1\jrun_iis6_wildcard.dll and the other for cfroot\runtime\lib\wsconfig\jrun_iis6.dll. Set permission for both to "allowed". 
You can give whatever name you want; something like "Macromedia Server Extensions"

  • Click on your computer name and click on “Handler Mappings” and add one "Wildcard Script Map" with foll. params:
    Requestpath:  * 
    Executable:  C:\CFusionMX7\runtime\lib\wsconfig\1\jrun_iis6_wildcard.dll
  • After adding wildcard script map, add script handlers for *.cfm files with foll. params:
Request Path: *.cfm
  • Similarly add handler for *.cfc files 
  • Just to be sure, restart ColdFusion as well as IIS. And you should be all set.