October 27, 2011

Diwali Gift: Sanskrit Shlokas – My Windows Phone App

 

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Behind this application, I had two motives.

  1. Sanskrit is very old language. This language has priceless collection of Subhashitas & Shlokas, which indeed has a great meaning. Unfortunately in the current era of English as a business language and various languages spoken at different states in India, hard to learn Sanskrit is missing its place. This app is just an attempt to share the great content in this language and keep it alive. This is just a first version, with few Shlokas. However, I’ve already started working on update to this application, which will have more content and more features. There may be some mistakes in the content or the meaning provided in this application. In this case, do write to me on my mail id mayur.tendulkar {at} hotmail.com and I’ll be glad to rectify those errors.
  2. I wanted to understand the gotchas in Windows Phone 7 app development and the MarketPlace submission process. And I’m happy that I had a nice experience with this application submission and testing process. Pretty well.

During this application development, I surfed internet for Sanskrit content and I landed up on www.samskrutam.com, which has a great collection of Sanskrit literature. I ‘m really thankful for their content.

I hope, you’ll like this application. Do let me know your feedback on this (positive or negative).

Namaste

Mayur Tendulkar | www.mayurtendulkar.com

October 3, 2011

Windows 8 Developer Preview Experience

It’s been a while (actually since the day WIN8 was made available for public), since I’m using Windows 8 as my host machine, I mean no Virtual Box, no Hyper-V, direct install and using in day-to-day production use. And I must say, I’m pretty much amazed by this release from Microsoft. In this blog post, I’m going to share my experience with WIN8.

Note: For people, who want to run WIN8 within virtual environment, please read blog post from Kunal Chowdhury at: http://www.kunal-chowdhury.com/2011/09/step-by-step-tutorial-to-setup-windows8.html. Also, if you want it to run within Virtual Box, select VHD as hard-disk format, rather than VDI.

  • Nice METRO User Interface and built-in social apps:
    Microsoft, introduced METRO UI in WP7 and now, it’s available in WIN8. For sure METRO gives lot more detailed information on home screen rather than traditional iconography. The UI is fluid and fast. It’s intuitive too, very easy to get used to.

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    You can find more in-depth information about METRO UI here
  • Detailed Information Panes OR Charms:
    In one click, you get detailed information and single point access to many features. For example, Settings charm which gives access to screen brightness, volume and shutdown options

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    By the way, as there is no traditional Start Menu, to shut-down the PC, press combination of Win Key + I which will bring Settings charm and there, you’ll see Power button, press it to see different options Smile
  • Built In Hyper-V Support
    Previously, I needed to install different virtualization solutions to work with virtual PC images e.g. Virtual Box, VMware Player. Hyper-V is great with many nice features, like dynamic memory management and new VHDX virtual hard drive format (Up to 16TB + power failure resiliency). However, it was part of Windows Server System. However, with WIN8, Hyper-V will be available in client operating systems as well. You can enable it from Windows Features

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    For more details about Hyper-V in client, read this
  • Internet Explorer 10 Preview:
    In above picture, you can see that current build of WIN8 also gives IE10 platform preview, with support for HTML5
  • Built-In ISO Mount capability:
    I was dependent on many ISO mounting tools to install software from MSDN subscription downloads, like PowerISO, Daemon Tools or others. And sometimes, after installing these tools, I need to restart the machine to initialize the virtual drives. Now, with WIN8, ISO mounting is built-in. Just right click the ISO and bingo Smile

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Apart from that, there are many small features, which actually kind of improves the productivity or makes life simpler.

However, there are glitches with some applications e.g. skype crash. And, I can understand, this is pre-beta software. There are workarounds and it’s just a matter of time. Once WIN8 will RTM, these applications will support the build.

I’m really enjoying this build of Windows. Hope you’ll enjoy it too. To download your own copy of Windows 8 click here

Thanks,

Mayur Tendulkar | http://www.mayurtendulkar.com