So I’m of two minds on this situation: I wrote a tutorial back in 2004 while teaching a course on an integration platform called webMethods entitled “Crash course on webMethods integration server“.

It started:

Killing some time teaching a webMethods course this week (a java based, pseudo J2EE type integration platform) in Canberra, just thought I’d whip up a crash course in getting started in webMethods..

Then, 4 years later Roshan Abraham (roshanabraham84@gmail.com) seems to have had an identical experience somewhere in India:

Killing some time teaching a webMethods course this week (a java based, pseudo J2EE type integration platform) in Visakhapatnam, just thought I’d put up a crash course in getting started in webMethods..

Wow, what are the chances? Is there some sort of wormhole that allows you to have the same thoughts and then jump forward in time 4 years to write it as if it were your own.
He also shares my views on the installation process:

The installation process always requires a bit of hand holding the first time I think (if users are unfamiliar with the terms: Integration server, modeller, adapters etc.). Quite often I’ve taught webMethods courses where they know nothing about coding (or are VB coders or something).

Amazing.

Roshan's channelling the ghosts of blog posts past.

Roshan's channelling the ghosts of blog posts past.

Roshan: some advice if you’re going to post up something verbatim from another person’s site I suggest you:

  1. Give them credit, it’s not a big deal to include a link back if you are quoting someone at length.. particularly when the person has put up the content freely as a way to help people out (there’s lots of my content out there on webMethods to do this).
  2. Not try to pretend you wrote the thing by changing a few details particularly when the piece is full of personal views on things (e.g. “I’ve never witnessed this”)
  3. Don’t lie about things you did (e.g. I’d lay money you did NOT just teach a course on webMethods..)

I just hope no one employs this chump to work in the IT field: there’s only so far you can get by ripping off people’s work in such an amateurish way. I had a bunch of students try that over the years as a tutor and lecturer who got zero as a result for doing exactly that. I give Roshan a big fat F for his efforts here.

As an aside: the captcha word for my post to his blog (after the first one disappeared, presumably because he was sprung): was “consente”, so pretty close to “consent” – something which Roshan Abraham of Vizag, Andhra Pradesh, India did not seek before trying to pass off my work as his own.

But I shouldn’t be so hard on the guy, he lists his job as “Websphere MQ Admin” – if ever there’s a hell in IT world – it is looking after IBM products.
I do look forward to his “Roshan’s kitchen” (one of his other blogs) where he passes off Jamie Oliver’s recipes as his own.. I can just imagine it now:

“So the other day I was hosting my worldwide TV cooking show from LondonVisakhapatnam and I thought I’d cook a leg of lamb…”

One Response to “Roshan Abraham invented time travel (or stole a tutorial on webMethods I wrote)”

  1. on 18 Sep 2011 at 06:27Roshan Abraham

    Hi Nathan,

    I am Roshan and I apologize for what I have done. I was a kid back then and did all these nasty things. I have deleted the blog along with other blogs that I have copied. However I will be genuine with my Kitchen blog that I have created :)

    Back then I do not know the value of a writer/author. Just half a hour back I have seen your post and immediately I have removed the blog. I do not even remember about this bog that I have copied from you existed. I even used pirated OS and cracked games/ softwares.

    I joined IBM in 2009 and from then I came to know abt the value of writer/authors/developers/ etc., now I am using only genuine OS (win 7 on my sony vaio).

    I hope you understood my mistake. Once again SORRY!!! :)

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