About Vasudev Ram


I'm an independent software developer with many years of experience in a variety of programming languages and technologies. Python, Java, C, UNIX/Linux, relational databases, PDF generation and a number of open source technologies are some of the areas.

Have worked with or consulted to leading American and Indian software companies, both established ones and startups, during my career. I've been an independent consultant for some years now. Software development projects, research/evaluation of new technologies, and training are some of the areas I work on for clients.

xtopdf, my Python toolkit for PDF creation from other formats, is an open source product which is in use by Packt Publishing of the UK, the Software Freedom Law Center of the USA, and ESRI.nl, among others. xtopdf can be used for creation of PDF reports from many other input formats, and for creating simple ebooks from text or XML input.

I started this blog to write about my findings and thoughts about happenings in the area of software innovation (both open source and proprietary, worldwide), which is my main interest, professionally speaking.

I'm an elected member of the Python Software Foundation and a member of the McKinsey Online Executive Panel. My web site www.dancingbison.com has more information about my background and skills, software products that I've independently developed, services I offer, technical articles I've published, and my contact information.

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This is my Bitbucket account with some of my open source software projects. This is my Google Profile.

Oh, and that's my mascot below :-)

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