Computer Graphics and Software Development in the evolving technology World

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The computer has become a powerful tool for fast and economical production of pictures and images. Computer graphics remain one of the rapidly growing and most exciting fields today. An old Chinese saying states that ‘One picture is worth a thousand words’, could be modified in today’s computer era as ‘One picture is worth many kilobytes of data’. It’s natural to expect graphical communication often would be more convenient when computers are used for this purpose. Computer graphics has revolutionized nearly every computer-based app in technology and science.

Saying that computer graphics matter is an understatement. Actually, they have become an integral part of any computer-based device, from smart phones to server machines, which include smart TV’s, which in a way could be considered today as computer-based hardware. The demand for high quality, intensive graphics is unabated, covering all field of app, from medical imaging to entertainment and everything in between. Definitely, image is everywhere. Whatever the quality of the music is, it is difficult to imagine a pop song to sell and be successful without a great video to go with it.

Today, it may seem natural that CG software or custom software development and GUIs empower digital creativity. In fact, they were to a great extent a result of the software development’s attempt to automate design and manufacturing. The US, in the early 80’s were threatened about losing its global economic power. The way it found a way to overcome the threat was to envision software as a tool to lower costs in manufacturing, via automating parts of it. The CAD software was in huge demand, mainly as a way of reducing manufacturing costs as well as to boost US competitiveness.

It hastens up the development of algorithms for digital drawing and rendering. Moreover, this was also the moment in history wherein computer graphics transitioned from being part of scientific work to be widely available for non-coding users. The move required producers to lessen maintenance obligations and expenses through creating documentation, support services and software development tools that detached users from developers. While CAS was moving computer graphics away from science during the early 80’s and 90’s, the Hollywood industry experimented with renewing animation via new technology and bringing users to software development. Such experiments initially were however limited.

In the early 90’s, what Pixar and later on SONY, DreamWorks and Ghibi realized is that there was no way of renewing a visual medium without messing up technology and involving users and artists in the process. Even at the start, even if the general production process still resembles a factory that has hierarchical management, developing the vision of an artist and technology for every film go hand in hand. Historically, they tried downplaying the relevance of technological development in public opinion, since the industry wants people to believe that their offerings are created by artists who are exceptionally talented.

Now, this is changing with Pixar itself celebrating technology and the possibility of bringing together developers and artists through videos, such as the magic ingredient, which brings Pixar movies to life. But, the Hollywood industry does not make money out of technology, but out of content that it circulates and brands. Thus, there are software companies that develop CG software, but users are not able to experiment with the algorithms nor contact developers and experiment with alternative techno-art visions. At present, the Hollywood industry pushes further the development of CL algorithms and what could be accomplished with them without making the technology available, or sharing it only to a very limited degree. Recently, there have been signs that this could be changing, for instance Ghibli making their Toonz animation software available for users of Linux. So far however, sharing technology is still an exception.

Free software, such as Krita, Blender and Snfig and other projects for computer graphics gain relevance for various reasons that stretch beyond the four freedoms that free software provides. Free software enables mimicking of the models of work of Hollywood while making it accessible for more people. It encourages CG development that is practice-based, which could fit individual workflows and handle unexpected situations that could come up in the course of work, instead of aiming at a mass product for all users and circumstances. Catering to the needs and adaptations of the software to an individual brings users to work closer to craft and makes the technology more human. Individual skill and tools could be polished, reshaped and enhanced continuously, based on individual requirements, and instead of shaped by decisions ‘from above’. This sense of craft gets robust as artists get in direct contact with developers of their work tools. When they do so, users and artists being guiding technological development. Furthermore, software engineers could change into being servants, instead of masters of technological development.

Windows 10 update has serious problems ~ Microsoft warns!

Recently, Microsoft reported that they have found some issues with the Windows 10 update, which have caused many PCs’ to hang up. To this, the company has offered some details on the issues occurred, with a hope of solving it in near future.

Some of the individuals who have updated up with the Windows 10 have found the PC locking up with some elements such as taskbar or task manager. In some of the forum, Microsoft described the problems of the issues with the operating system on the applications and data stored on the separate drive.

Before some weeks ago, when the issues were popped up, some people noted that it can be solved by doing some workarounds or changing the installed location of the app on the system drive.

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Since the company is working on the proper fixes, Microsoft made a similar suggestion to work around this problem by signing to the Windows 10 using Safe Mode to shift the apps and data to the safe drive as your operating system.

In case, if this solution doesn’t work for you, Redmond advised the users to roll back or uninstall the update. One method to solve the issue is to use the recovery console by restarting your machine.

Some of the users did report that they are still affecting by this issues even though they don’t have SSD or app not installed on the different drive to the OS. So this seems to be a very serious problem and will be hopefully solved in a near future.

.NET as a platform has higher degree of communication, connectivity and productivity

Microsoft has developed the .NET framework from computers running the Windows Operating System. It is compatible with Windows NT 4.0, Windows 98 and all the new Windows versions. The framework consists of pre-coded solutions which enable access to a solution library for a huge range of objectives. The objectives include database connectivity, interface, data access, developing web application and network communications.

The .NET framework combines a CLR or Common Language Runtime and BCL or Base Class Library. CLR enables exception handling, security and memory management. The framework is licensed as being open source. People could use, redistribute and manipulate it for free. Microsoft is open-sourcing more of its .NET developer framework and programming languages. The company already helped build another foundation for open-sourcing the technologies.

Moving forward, Microsoft expects to release as open source more of the .NET libraries and frameworks through the new foundation. It is also looking for contributions from commercial sellers and members of the development community. Members of the community include representatives from Umbraco, Glimpse, GitHub IdentityMine and several other companies.

.NET as a platform

There are more than six million programmers and developers using .NET and there are 1.8 billion installs on the framework across different devices. Microsoft has open-source several developer technologies and tools recently. The company has also released under numerous open source licenses the bulk of MVC, Web API, ASP.NET, SignalR, Entity Framework, VS Web Essentials, Azure development kit and a whole lot more. Furthermore, Microsoft also made available the end-user preview of the Compiler Platform project, known previously as Roslyn. It includes the next versions of VB Compilers and C#, as well as a compiler-as-a-service programming interface.

Despite the many talks, .NET is still relevant and a wonderful framework IMO. Simple things work out-of-the-box on most devices. Furthermore, there are tutorials all over to make the website more phone or tablet friendly. The framework facilitates internet services with aggressive participation in creating, hosting, managing and providing services to both businesses and consumers. It provides developers and programmers the choice and power. It enables them to create apps instead of writing repetitive routines. There are tools that enable software to interoperate across platforms and truly encourage heterogeneous systems. Whatever the business requirement may be, the technology will support it. Developers are in control, letting them select their language and project paradigm, even their development environment is thoroughly customizable. Moreover, programmers are no longer forced to make trade-offs or compromise in lieu of productivity.

Code is built-in and programmers could construct their own applications from the code libraries. They free to concentrate on solving business issues and concerns rather than working on the plumbing of their computer systems. The Microsoft platform promises a higher degree of connectivity, communication and productivity. It connects an employee to another, employee to partner and most of all, employee to customer. Web apps evolve from simple user forms to interactive, rich collaboration. It frees the internet from the personal computer since it connects to cell phones, TVs and appliances among others. Also, users of the platform would have more control of the information via centralized services.

The .NET platform promises a higher degree of connectivity, communication as well as productivity. It connects employee to employee, employee to partner and most of all employee to a client. Web applications evolve from simple user forms to rich, interactive collaboration. Furthermore, it also frees the web from the PC because it connects to cellular phones, appliances, TV’s and others.

Top tools available for ASP.NET in 2016

ASP.NET is the open source web-application framework which is developed and designed for web application development and solution. IT is integrated with the amazing tools that help the developer to build faster and effective web solution. It has the support of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript which helps the millions of users and developers to scale their websites and add more complexities like Web APIs for the real-time communication. By examining the analysis of the market trends and requirements of developers, check out this tools which you can use for developing the impressive tools.

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  1. Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

IDE is one of the basic tools that developers use to write and test the software. Typically it consists of code, editor, compiler, interpreter, and debugger that developer can access through the single Graphics User Interface. By default, IDE provides the official Microsoft Asp.Net. IDE is a standalone application and has got the excellent features in testing, coding and debugging of the code of web applications. Instead of working on different applications, here you can easily write code with the support of the IDE tool. Additionally, with this tool it allows the developers to execute the code incrementally and manages the changes uniformly.

  1. Version Control

A version control system is a mixture of technologies for controlling the changes in the project’s files, source code, documentation and web pages. Having a tight integration with Visual Studio, it offers command line interface across the multiple platforms. It enables you to do the simple adjustments enhancing the quality of projects which is disabled in other versions. It is basically the communication system, where the change is the basic unit of the information.

  1. Browser Development Tools

Today almost all the browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer offers their own browser development tool to scrutinize the aspects of web pages. These tools are commonly known as add-ons and extensions and it is also developed by the web developers. These browser tools vary in their jobs for instance: some tools helps you in the issues with CSS, HTML, and JavaScript while other evaluate the accessibility of the website.

Bootstrap is another framework for developing the web applications. It is integrated with the great tools for developing the websites. Having CSS and HTML and JavaScript extensions, it simplifies the process of dynamic website development.

Conclusions

ASP.NET is an official version of Microsoft which is aimed to simplify the process of website development. If you are looking to develop your project through ASP.NET, you can contact a leading Web Development Company to get the leveraging service for your project.

Microsoft maps out F# language

Recently, it was reported that Microsoft is in the plan to map F# which is functional first language that includes the capabilities ranging from struct tuples to improved error messages. Company is also working on .NET Core which is open source multi-platform of .NET programming model. The team of Fsharp revealed that, the core focus of this language is on flexibility and incremental improvements. The main feature is struct and Visual Basic tuples with visual C#7.

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But what are tuples?

Tuples are the data structure consisting of the multiple parts of data. It can store fixed size of data in finite sequence and returns multiple values from a method. The main function of the Struct tuples improves performance when many tuples are allocated in a short time interval.

Microsoft Soft Hunter, a member of engineering team stated in a conference that there was a lack of API’s in .NET Core but with this release, it will bring back the missing API which includes networking, serialization and more. The release of the API will make the developer to write the code easily targeting and will enable to run majorly on .NET 2.0 standards.

F# – a language develop by Microsoft is in the plan to be upgraded as a part of .NET core plans. Company is planning to include .Net core support and a better IDE experience on the F# language service. And also, value tuples will be added for annotating types and support for the fixed keywords. Functional changes like tuples and pattern matching. This language is develop to receive the better quality of the code, throw expressions and more. This feature will be available in C# 7.

This is expected to release in late of August 2016. It will speed up the performance of the build and also the publishing time in ASP.NET. The templates for .NET F# will be updated soon.

ClearDB reveals the vision that fundamentally changes the way Database Assets are consumed

Cloud database technologies recently launched ClearDB which supports data service platform and it is encouraged to revamp entire way the database are used. ClearDB is deployed with the features of geo-distribution and data virtualization which also includes billing support, centralized on-demand licensing and some delivery models to ease the management of database assets.

ClearDB is developed to work on public clouds but it also supports private and on-premise operations clouds. Due to its amazing data service, it automates the data management process with the interfaces that encourages data performance and also ensures about its availability in any cloud resources, reducing its infrastructure cost up to 85% including Azure, AWS, Heroku, AppFog, SoftLayer and IBM Bluemix.

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Clear DB’s data service clearly reduces the high amount of workload and also the ease the service of transaction and analytics database as it is offering DBaaS service. This is highly secured platform and also supports exceptional asset utilization reducing the overall cost.

ClearDB service is offering amazing assets and thinks beyond the native cloud DBaaS in surpassing the data management services and also ensures to provide cloud solutions that are integrated with database infrastructure. As it would provide public cloud delivery, database administrators would be highly benefited by its scalable and efficient services models. This will lead to the business growth and better customer experience.

Many countries around the world would depend on database cloud services which totally optimize the computing efficiency of database applications. Apart from this, ClearDB doesn’t need any complex setups and configuration as it is the backend infrastructure. It is designed to increase the data storage upgrades, hence reduces the administrations. It also nullifies the expensive licensing cost and increases the efficiency and availabilities. It has the feature of geo-distributed replication and so it provides maximum data placement flexibility. Beyond all this, it supports 24*7 commercial support.

 

 

New features of Microsoft .Net Framework 4.6.1

Microsoft recently launched its new version of .NET Framework, providing the competitive platform for the .NET developers by offering them amazing support in terms of user experience, security and seamless communication. Hence this provides a perfect reliable model for the Microsoft developers in building the traffic-generating web application. Comparing to the older versions, Microsoft .NET frameworks have put the great efforts by incorporating the bug fixes and new functionalities from the traditional version. With the interfacing of many new features, development has become much easier and quicker for the developers.

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Have a look at some of the key features of the new version:

  • Support for ECDSA X509 Certificates

ECDSA means Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm. The name only suggests how secure this algorithm will be in terms of cryptography. This provides high data protection and security compared to RSA and also offers great compatibility and better performance to the application.

  • Improved Windows Presentation Foundation

The latest framework has improved WPF with the modifications done in firing touch events, spell-checker which now gets the support from the operating system and is also updated on Windows 8.1 and later versions, user dictionaries and new implementation of Direct3D images for changing the content information between DirectX10 and DirectX11.

  • ADO.NET

With this new framework, the company has also improved its data connectivity by integrating ALWAYSON and ALWAYS ENCRYPTED FEATURES. These features are included in ADO.NET to provide the hardware supported keys. Additionally, it has also the support of hardware security modules, where you can store Always Encrypted Master key, providing the faster connection with SQLClient.

  • Code Page Encodings

With Encoding.RegisterProvider it is possible to load support for the code page encodings by registering with this method.

  • Profiling

The earlier version of API was not managed, but this feature has significantly improved in .NET framework 4.6.1. These improvements are made with the enhanced support for PDP access in the ICorProfilerInfor7interface. The PDBs are used by profiler tools for mapping code to task source lines and perform better analysis. GetInMemorySymbolsLength and ReadInMemorySymbols are the interface methods which provides the access to in-memory PDP data. ICorProfiler interface will help to make the changes in the metadata too.

However, there are many other features and improvements that are done in .NET Framework 4.6.1 for the better development of .NET.