Thursday, September 18, 2014

Azure Data Factory Azure Service in the offing

Leaks have become the modus operandi to create a buzz in the market place for products such as iPhones and other IT related goodies. According to Mary J Foley a veteran on stuff related to Microsoft, Microsoft is in the process of offering a Azure Data Factory Service to bring management of all data related services, Microsoft Azure and other third party related services under one service with the aim of getting intelligence out of them.

This appears to be what may be termed as a 'leak' as Microsoft has not commented on this topic when information was requested.

This service when it debuts is meant to include all data sources including blobs, databases, tables, and yet to be defined data and manage all of these centrally.

Read more on this here:
http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-readies-new-azure-data-factory-service-7000033636/

We should be hearing soon from Microsoft.

Want to improve your Windows 8 HTML/JS project skills then get this show going

The CodeShow() on CodePlex is one source which may help you a great deal in programming for the Windows 8 Platform. You may get a comprehensive picture of an end-to-end app but more importantly CodeShow() gives you an opportunity to learn all the bits and pieces of accessing devices like camera, error handling with grace etc.

In order to install CodeShow() there are some options. You can install from Windows Store from here:
http://aka.ms/codeshowapp

This not some kind of an executable but bundled source code.

Another option is to get the source code from here
http://codeshow.codeplex.com/.


Once here, you can download a zip file by hitting the marked tab (Download). This will give you a snapshot of the source code as it exists at the time you downloaded. Mark you,  it gets continuously updated and if you are not vigilant you may miss out. This is a zip file and extract everything to your favorite folder.

There is yet another option Clone it or Fork it.

If you are going to fork it then it  means you are going to contribute to its development.

If you clone it you will be getting the latest version to work on and you can do this from Visual Studio 2013 (should be at least Update2). You will use the Team explorer tab in the Solution Explorer.

The details of getting to work with the clone are available at the CodePlex site.
 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Intel XDK release - September 2014

After the July 2014 release, the September 2014 SDK was released (Intel XDK - Release - 2014
September 08 v1332) recently.
Plugins and Services integration especially for games development with HTML5 was the
high point of the July release.

Read previous posts if you have missed:
Details of July release here:
http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/08/jump-start-your-cross-platform-app.html

Types of project you can create with Intel XDK here:
http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/08/project-options-for-cross-platform-apps.html

Creating a ListView type of cross-platform app with Intel XDK here:
http://hodentek.blogspot.com/2014/09/creating-listview-type-of-cross.html

Step-by-step procedure to create a ListView cross-platform app with a template here:
http://hodentekmobile.blogspot.com/2014/09/creating-projects-with-intel-xdk.html

New features in the September release are:
Improvements to Live Development
  •    Live Development in Develop tab has been changed. Simultaneous editing and previewing  within  browsers or devices now possible.
  • Run my APP lets you test your app on the emulator in a separate window or on the Android       connected to an USB port. This allows access to  test native device functionality.
  •  Live Layout allows you to test your app's UI over WiFi on Android and iOS devices.
  •  App Security API's first release aid in providing security for on-device app data and      storage.     
Other related improvements:
  •      Updated App Preview
  •      Deprecated App Games Interfaces
  •      New Samples to illustrate Ads and Monetization
  •      Improvements to UI for Cardova plugins(App Security & Dolby Audio)
  •      Bug fixes

Download the new release from here:
https://software.intel.com/en-us/html5/tools

Downloaded file name: xdk_web_win_master_1332  
File size: 128MB

Double click the above file to install. You need not remove the previous version to install.
When you launch IntelSDK from its shortcut on the taskbar, you may get a message to update your most recent application on the old SDK followed by a login screen.

Release information here:
https://software.intel.com/en-us/html5/articles/release-notes-information-intel-xdk