Long time no see!

Hello everyone!

It has been more than a year now since I last posted an article over here. 2015 has been a very busy year. However, the entire experience of learning something new has helped me develop both personally and professionally; even as things continue to change drastically in the world of technology and every day there is some new gadget or some new SDK that is being launched by software companies around the globe.

AngularJS has now become popular among web developers. I got an opportunity to work on a live web application project that involved the use of this so called superheroic framework, and the end result was quite satisfying!

Augmented Reality has been around for many years now and it was a high time for me to get the hang of it. Using Metaio’s augmented reality SDK for Android, I learnt how to create and interact with 2D and 3D artifacts in realtime. Some of the key learnings in this space would include image recognition, detecting 3D models without using markers and understanding the concept of location based augmented reality. The sheer joy of applying the concept of Augmented Reality in applications on wearable devices was just like an icing on the cake.

The Wowza live streaming media server still continues to be my prime source of R&D. Two way live video streaming is what I am currently working on using the Wowza Media Server API’s and I hope it bears fruit soon. After having worked on the conventional and enterprise driven Oracle database, I have slowly started moving towards NoSQL databases including MongoDB and Firebase.

Finally, thanks to my parents for their constant support and encouragement. Special thanks to my colleagues at work who have helped me whenever required. From here on, I will try and get back to blogging and share as much information as I can with all you tech-hungry folks! πŸ™‚

The way of life!

Sometimes when you feel you are at your best; everything is falling right into place, life hits you hard and puts you back in the race! πŸ™‚

At 24, I might be the best person for the job, the most loving son or the most helpful person but when I encounter reality, the feeling just nullifies. As a person, I always want to excel, success is what I crave for, passion is what drives me; even then I could never learn the way of life.

Back then, personal hygiene is something I never paid attention too. You often hear your parents tell you to wipe your body clean after a shower, cut your nails on time, wash your hands before a meal, tighten your shoelaces and so on. Trust me these small things have a big impact on life. Cooking is something I could never learn but criticizing the cook brought a smile to my face. Household chores? Who does that anyway? The fact is that I never learnt things – the hard way.

Was there anything that could have brought about a change in me? Perhaps yes and one such incident indeed did. I was travelling home via the CST-bound local, glued to my headphones seated near the window. It was pouring heavily and in order to avoid water from entering the compartment, people would normally shut the windows by pulling down the glass case. Suddenly, an old man, who sat in front of me asked me to pull down the window. As usual, I responded late and when I tried pulling it down, I couldn’t. I just didn’t know how to do it. At the end, the old man had to get up and pull the window down himself. Till the time I reached home my eyes were filled with tears. Something had hit me hard – mentally. Life had just taught me the best lesson. Today, even after several years the old man’s words echo in my mind. I remember he said, “Look at this guy wearing headphones. He doesn’t even know how to close a window!!”

Times have changed. For a person who never knew how to use a pen to a person who is on the verge of completing his second book, life has always challenged every move of mine. All I do is try and live up to those. Remember, no matter who you are, rich or poor, near or far, never neglect the basic things of life. Learn to respect life and it will respect you!

What’s seen through [Glass]

Hey everyone!

Google Glass has been creating waves in the ocean of technology even since it’s inception at Google I/O 2012. The device has it’s own pros and cons and after having used it for over a month now, here’s a glimpse of what you see through;

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Developing applications for Google Glass is pretty straightforward. Both the Mirror API and the GDK enable developers to create web based and native applications respectively for the wearable device. In addition, one can also try out various features that include winking to take photos, head angle detection, real time search and language translate options.

Recently, the second generation Google Glass device was launched in the United Kingdom that works with prescription glasses and has a detachable ear piece to improve voice-activated commands. To know more check out this space later…

A musical evening!

Last evening couldn’t have been much better. It’s not quite often that one witnesses ordinary people with extra-ordinary talent. World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31st. In order to spread the awareness of cancer, NGO Helping Hand had organized a special musical evening in Mumbai.

The event saw eminent personalities including Mrs. Priya Dutt, Mrs. Manisha Koirala and Mr. Johny Joseph felicitating cancer survivors. Luckily, I got a chance to attend the event, all thanks to Dada! πŸ™‚ The blind orchestra group Pride Of India delivered a breathtaking performance that mesmerized each individual present in the K.C College auditorium. It was the first time I had seen such an orchestra. At no point in time I felt the group went out of sync. The group brought back old Bollywood songs to life and presented the real picture of today’s India. On the whole, it was a wonderful musical experience and I look forward to attend many more such events! πŸ™‚

Here are a few glimpses of the event!

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Back to where I belong!

Hey everyone!

The past two months have been really frustrating. I realized how incomplete my life is without blogging. There’s so much happening in the world of technology, that one can’t turn a blind eye to this boom.

So here I am. Back to square one; continuing from where I left. I plan to share many more tutorials on my experiences in Android, Oracle and popular open source programming libraries.

As they say, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” πŸ™‚

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Until we meet again…!

Saying goodbye isn’t really the easiest thing to do. Life is a journey and you learn it when your through. Today, marks the completion of the 200th post on Threads Of Life finally ending this two year long journey. As all good things come to an end, it’s time for me to discontinue this amazing blogging period.

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all TOL followers on Facebook and the thousands of visitors who have spent time over here. I wish I could solve your queries a little earlier but none the less keep sending them to me and will try my best to get them resolved.

Until we meet again..! πŸ™‚

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Inside an Android developer’s toolkit!

[This is a long overdue post.]

Many a times, people ask me about how to get started with Android programming, make applications, earn money etc. Before even thinking about developing applications, one needs to know what exactly an Android developer uses to create such applications. What are the resources at his/her disposal? From creating intuitive user interfaces to finally publishing an application onto the Play Store, a developer has to ensure that the resources he/she chooses are good enough for the application to be released into the public domain.

In my opinion, the Internet today is filled with a plethora of resources. To cut short this boring post πŸ˜› I have listed down four of the most common applications/utilities/links that one can use to create better quality mobile applications.

1. Android Asset Studio

The Android Asset Studio allows developers to quickly and easily generate icons from existing source images, clipart, or text. It is useful to generate application icons in no time! πŸ™‚

2. Android Custom UI Views

Are you trying to develop a custom view in Android? Perhaps, you should then try using any of these Android views. The developers have done a great job by creating cool, intuitive and ready to use Android user interfaces. You can even send in your recommendations in case you have one.

3. Kendo UI

If you want to develop user interfaces using HTML5, CSS and Javascript then Kendo is the best out there. With Kendo UI, you can easily create serious HTML5/JavaScript products without worrying about cross-browser compatibility, standards compliance or touch-device support. Kendo UI Complete widgets can easily be themed and styled via CSS. Moreover, the framework includes 12 out-of-the-box themes.

4. Android Studio

Google’s latest Android developer IDE certainly tops my list of developer tools. Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. Similar to Eclipse with the ADT Plugin, Android Studio provides integrated Android developer tools for development and debugging.

5. PDF SDK for Android

The PDF SDK enables developers to create applications with an integrated PDF reader. Though I have not tried using it personally, I would suggest you check out the beta and if possible support the development of the library.

If anyone would like to add to this list then please feel free to drop in a comment. Stay tuned for more Android tips and tricks. Thanks for visiting! πŸ™‚

#Event: Get ready for DroidSync 2014

Hello everyone!

If you are Android developer or someone eager to step into the world of mobile technology then this summer could just be the ideal time to kick-start things. The Androcid team is organising a 1 day conference at Ramada Plaza Juhu, Mumbai, on 5th April, 2014. The event plans to showcase the entire Android ecosystem and promises to be an ideal place for developers, business professionals and start-up owners to come together and share information that could help strengthen the Android community.

If you feel you have an expertise, then here’s your chance to showcase your application or submit a 30 minute talk proposal. Looking forward to meet like-minded people? DroidSync plans to provide the ideal platform for you to interact with industry experts, business and management professionals or just anyone who loves to work with Android.

The registrations have already began. Grab your early bird tickets soon! To register and know more about the event please visit the website. Hope to see you at the conference! πŸ™‚

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Believe it or not!

You might say that you don’t believe in superstitions or ghosts or any of those magical illusions that seem impossible or supernatural. You might feel like laughing when you hear stories of people who came back from the dead. As a matter of fact, seeing is believing and one has to experience moments before he/she can draw a conclusion.

Here are two incidents that have occurred recently in my life that makes me write this piece today. Believe it or not, these events have had an impact in some way or the other and at the same time helped me become a little extra cautious.

#1: The Lemon Crush

Unknowingly, on numerous occasions I have stepped on a lemon and some green chillies tied to a string. Back in the olden days, people believed that lime and chillies lying on the road are used to ward off bad luck. Is that really true? I recently stepped on one and ended up having a sore throat πŸ™ . I was fine and healthy until I stepped on that yellow trap. My health started deteriorating soon after. I could sense something bad was going to happen. To be honest this has happened on multiple occasions each resulting in ill-health.

#2: The Bad Eye Contact

This is really strange. I didn’t believe it until I became a victim. One fine day, I was leaving home to go to college and one of my friend’s mother happened to meet me at the gate. She started staring at me and asked me as to why I had lost a lot of weight off late. I laughed off her words and left past her. Moments later, I suffered from a stomach ache that forced me to take leave the following day. How can an eye contact suddenly change the health of an individual? Perhaps, that’s why they call it “Gandi Nazar” in Hindi.

How do you avoid all this? Is there any supernatural force that could help give you strength in such situations. Can this force suppress all evil-doings? Yes, indeed and perhaps my mother was right when she said I should strongly believe in HIM. As they say, “Better late than never”. Today, most of my problems are solved by the Almighty. Some might feel HE doesn’t exist, some feel HE does. From now on, HE will always remain closer to my heart.

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It’s time for Droidcon!

It’s about that time of the year again when people passionate about technology come together and participate in one of the coolest events. India’s largest Android conference Droidcon is back with a three day extravaganza including in depth, hands-on sessions on everything about Android.

The event will take place on 28th-30th November 2013 at the MLR Convention Centre, Whitefield, Bangalore. If you are an Android enthusiast, then this would be a great chance to meet eminent developers out there and interact with the best speakers in the country. To know more about the event please visit the official Droidcon India 2013 website.

Grab your tickets soon! Hope to see you there! πŸ™‚

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