Saturday, June 15, 2013

Windows 8.1 - What's New, IT Pro Features, Devices, UI | TechNet

Windows 8.1 - What's New, IT Pro Features, Devices, UI | TechNet:
NFC Tap-to-pair Printing
Tap your Windows 8.1 device against an enterprise NFC-enabled printer and you’re all set to print. No more hunting on your network for the correct printer and no need to buy a special printer to take advantage of this functionality. Simply attach an NFC tag to your existing printers to enable this functionality.

Wi-Fi Direct Printing

Connect to Wi-Fi Direct printers without adding additional drivers or software on your Windows 8.1 device, forming a peer-to-peer network between your device and the printer.

Printing, among other things, is widely incompatible between mobile (and desktop/laptop) platforms.
Maybe getting more convenient for users of one platfrom/OS,
but a hassle for supporting multiple platforms...

Neo4j, the Graph Database - Learn

Neo4j, the Graph Database - Learn

Neo4j is providing graph database free learning tools and videos...

Google Charts

I just observed a new training on PluralSight "Google Charts by Example"

Google Charts?

Apparently Google exposed a free JavaScript library
that can help create nice charts.
But this is not an ordinary .js tool that you copy in your project:
you just reference it from, like Google maps or adds, etc.

Terms and conditions are not quite clear who "owns" results of using the library,
some say the charts belong to Google. Your data, but Google's tool...

The tools is detecting old IE browsers (6-8) and using VML in that case, same as Raphael.js

Using Google Charts - Google Charts — Google Developers

"Charts are exposed as JavaScript classes, and Google Charts provides many chart types for you to use. The default appearance will usually be all you need, and you can always customize a chart to fit the look and feel of your website. Charts are highly interactive and expose events that let you connect them to create complex dashboards or other experiences integrated with your webpage. Charts are rendered using HTML5/SVG technology to provide cross-browser compatibility (including VML for older IE versions) and cross platform portability to iPhones, iPads and Android. Your users will never have to mess with plugins or any software. If they have a web browser, they can see your charts."

Android Studio eclipses Eclipse

First look: Android Studio eclipses Eclipse | Application Development - InfoWorld: "Google knows Eclipse isn't everyone's favorite tool. By distributing a free version of IntelliJ (IDEA) configured for Android development, Google not only taps into the stream of IntelliJ zealots, but also gives Android developers a development environment that's easier to install and use, and it has all the bells and whistles"

Why Android Studio looks very promising (a hands-on review)

Visual Studio 2013

MSDN Blogs

Visual Studio 2013, ALM, and DevOps @ Somasegar's blog

Language Vizualization

Do You Call it Soda or Pop? | LinkedIn

maps show regional variation in language.