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My name is Rukshan, a wonderer, blogger, occasional coder and a health informatics guy.


I’m Rukshan Ranatunge, currently following my Master’s of Science degree in the field of Biomedical Informatics. I’m interested in digital health systems and achieving interoperability between digital health systems.

This is the place where I write about my musings in my everyday life, tutorials, adventures and misadventures, hot takes and everything in between. If you find my writing helpful, please leave a comment.

Latest musings

  • I used to love Bootstrap. God, now I just hate it

    I have been using Bootstrap since it was version 2. At the time Bootstrap was an easy way to set up a responsive website. And also it made your life so much easier and developing a decent website became easier thanks to the styled elements they provided. At the time Twitter and several other popular…


  • How to setup SCSS on your computer

    SCSS is a CSS pre-processor. By using a pre-processor like SCSS you can easily write simple and elegant CSS. You also have added advantage of variables, arithmetic operations and more. And overall writing sass can be more productive than writing simple CSS. Even though SCSS is similar to css and even though you can write…


  • Install a Community Server On VSCode

    In my previous post, I wrote about how I manually deployed a working GlassFish web server for Java based web apps. In this post I want to expand on it, and also give some updates, since I’m writing these posts while I’m learning. Moving to Payara from Glassfish Even though I was able to successfully…


  • How to setup Glassfish server for Java web app deployment

    How to setup Glassfish server for Java web app deployment

    Recently I had to locally run a JavaEE web app so I can contribute to the project. However, it was my first time trying to run a Java web app locally, or even remotely. I know it was easy to deploy it using NetBeans because it has been developed with NetBeans and Glassfish. However, I…


  • Coming Full Circle

    Coming Full Circle

    This was initially posted as a thread on Twitter, but I decided to add some context and expand it more on the blog. I guess the universe has its own way of correcting itself Whenever someone asked me if I want to change one thing in life, or what is the thing you regretted doing,…


  • My Journey In Deleting Facebook and Instagram Accounts

    My Journey In Deleting Facebook and Instagram Accounts

    In April I made a decision that I wanted to make for a very long time. Delete my Facebook and Instagram accounts. I wanted to delete my Facebook and IG accounts for a while. I have even applied to delete my account several times in the past, only to reactivate it within few days. However,…


  • Buddhism and Meditation Is Not The Same.

    Buddhism and Meditation Is Not The Same.

    Today I got to read a post titled “When Buddhism Goes Bad”, the title incised me to read it. Even though I was born as a Buddhist I never gave Buddhism much of a thought other than trying to pass my exam in region at school. Then since I learned biology, and had interest in…


  • Are you ashamed to share your email address?

    I created my email address when Gmail was still an invitation only platform, and I was 15 at that time. I created a short, somewhat funny, and hard to spell email address by using my initials and how my fiends used to call me at school. During that time, the email address seemed cool, and…


  • 3 Important Lessons I Learnt Working At A Covid-19 ICU

    3 Important Lessons I Learnt Working At A Covid-19 ICU

    I’m writing a blog post after a very long time. This is because I was appointed to work at a COVID-19 intensive care unit for 2 months, and I was busy working there. When I started my work in May the COVID-19 cases were on the rise, and there were not enough doctors to take…


  • Why JavaScript dialogs (alert/prompt/confirm) are not widely used?

    Recently I started working on a small open-source project side project with Vue, and I wanted to create yes/no dialog (basically a model) which will show a notification with a confirm and cancel button. So users can confirm or cancel an event. However, since I don’t want to reuse my code and repeat the same…


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My Work

National Covid Health Information System

I helped in development and implementation of the National Covid Health Information System

FHIR Implementation

I’m currently engaged in implementing FHIR standards for the Ministry of Health Sri Lanka and achieve interoperability in healthcare.

Sri Lankan Open Data Portal for Health

I’m currently designing and developing the Open Data Portal for Health In Sri Lanka as part of my Master’s thesis.