Google Material Design, the latest release by the web giant has become the talk of the town. From industry experts to business enterprises and web designing & web development agencies, everybody is curious about this latest release. This blog is all about what Google Material Design is and what it brings to the web development industry.
Google Material Design is the new universal cross platform design language by Google. This new design language is a part of the Google’s forthcoming Android ‘L’ redesign. With this new design language Android is getting a makeover which will be visible not just on the mobile but also on desktops and TVs too.
The key new feature of the new Material Design is the updated version of the system font, Roboto. The bold and dramatic colors, more fluid motion, highly polished animations and more tactile surfaces are some features that everybody is looking forward to. We hear that Google has done away with skeuomorphism and will now offer a flat and more colorful design that will comprehend accordingly when the user interacts with it.
We all know that Google is more concerned about the functionality than the look. And again, they have put user experience first. Material Design will offer a highly attractive responsive interface to its users.
To cut a long story short, here’s what all the web design and web development agencies can expect from the new design language by Google:
- Designers will now have access to a comprehensive new way of thinking that can lead to finding newer and better ways for software interaction in context to modern devices.
- Material Design mimics real world analogs, thanks to Google’s decision of doing away with skeuomorphism.
- Material Design is more than just real world logs. It’s a visual language that does more than just animated shifts. Users will now get contextual information about how they can interact with the interface while it is being set up.
Google’s Material Design is a brand new revolution in software aesthetics and the company has worked many years for coming up this new design language. All those years of effort into developing this new design principle points out one thing – our design experience will never be the same again. But only for good!
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Being in the web development industry, every web development agency wants to build excellent web projects. But there are times when evolving nature of the industry itself makes it very hard for us to accomplish what we aim for. But not anymore! Agile Web Development – the next big thing is here!
Agile Web Development has come to the rescue for numerous of our kind and working on development projects is not the same anymore. The approach is so effective that today, more and more Web development agencies like us prefer Agile Web Development and strongly recommend it to the clients as well.
Rather than referring to it as a process, it is best to explain Agile Web Development as an attitude with which any project is undertaken. The Agile approach focuses on providing value to the clients and this is done by iterative and frequent delivery of working products. Simply put, in Agile Web Development, the project is broken down into small tasks. These tasks are to be completed in short cycles of 1 to 3 weeks. Each of these cycles involves planning, analysis, designing, documentation, development and testing. The emphasis is laid more on spending more time on actions that will add value to the web project. The key in Agile Web Development process is to take away the precious time and energy from parts of the development process that are non-relevant.
Such an approach not just ensures quality deliveries but also makes scope for entertaining change requests and feedbacks. The project can be completed in half the time normally taken or sometimes even quicker than that. Moreover, the Agile Web Development approach lets you keep your customers and key stakeholders in the loop throughout the development process.
This we can say from our own experience that it is impossible gather all that is required for development right at the beginning of the project. Sometimes it so happens that you are months into a project and the priorities of the project changes. You may also be faced with a sudden change in technology. Agile Web Development makes your projects immune to these kinds of changes that you may face over the course of development of a web project.
Cloud Computing and SaaS are the latest buzz words in the IT industry these day. Businesses today are migrating their legacy applications to the Cloud, mostly as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The reason being, Cloud Computing offers convenient on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources including networks, applications, services, storage, servers, etc. These computing resources can then be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management efforts. There are many other benefits of cloud computing:
- Cloud Computing offers a broader network access. This means that you can access anything at anytime from anywhere.
- It helps you in achieving economies of scale. Your output is more with lesser people.
- You don’t have to spend huge bucks on technological infrastructure where you have everything that you need on the cloud.
- It helps in streamlining processes which ultimately lets to get more work in lesser time and people.
- With a cloud supported set up, it takes fewer people to do more work. So, there is less personal training required.
Despite all the benefits, the decision to migrate your legacy application to the cloud should not be taken lightly. Your decision should be based on a deep thought given to your business requirements. Remember, it is more about applying the correct strategy for the right application and least about the benefits offered by cloud computing.
A business must consider answering the following questions before deciding to migrate their legacy applications to the cloud:
- Why should I make the move to cloud?
The answers are simple. You should move your application to the cloud when you need to change the architecture of the app, or when you want to upgrade the app, or when you think implementing hybrid networks are required for your firm.
- Which application should I migrate?
When it comes to numerous applications, it is never possible that one size will fit all. All applications are different from each other. Some are monolithic while others are single-thread applications meant for processing transactions.
- Which approach should I use to move to the cloud?
You need to decide how far you want to head into the cloud. If you need to have control over the code of your legacy application, SaaS is the best option. If you want to keep only certain functions with yourself as a legacy application, split those functions and outsource the other functions to a cloud provider.
But that’s not it! After answering all these questions, the enterprise must make sure that the applications continue to deliver excellent service to its end users.
This year at World Wide Developers Conference keynote, Apple spent a significant amount of time focusing on and speaking about the iOS 8. And it got everyone thinking about how the new version would look like. But you will have wait until September for the iOS 8 release. That’s too long, right? Well, being in the iOS app development business has its perks. The new operating system is available for iOS developers and we will tell you what makes iOS 8 more than just a new number.
No redesigning has been done to the new operating system. iOS 8 is built on iOS 7, taking its design and has included new features to it. The latest iOS updates are nothing like you have seen before. The new iOS 8 features will let the third parties score more with their apps. Yes, Apple is finally allowing the third-party apps to communicate with its own operating system as well as server through a number of extensions. The extensions that will allow the app developers to make apps are:
- Today Extensions
Like Windows Phone’s Live Tiles and Android’s home screen widget, iOS 8’s Today extension will let you show limited information in the Today view in the Notification Center.
- Share Extensions
Share extensions will let you share information from one app to online service. While one could share links or photos on Facebook and Twitter earlier also, the iOS8 is now open for online services such as Tumblr and Pinterest as well.
- Action Extensions
The most interesting of all extensions, Action extensions will allow apps to manipulate or view content in another app. For example, by using Bing Translate one can translate the text in a Safari window.
- Custom Keyboard Extensions
With the Custom keyboard extension, you can ditch the default keyboard and use third-party keyboards such as Fleksy or Swype.
- Photo Editing Extensions
The Photo editing extensions will allow the use of third-party photo editing apps by the users without exiting the main Photos app. This opens the way for many more photo apps like VSCO cam.
- Storage Provider Extensions
Storage provider extensions will let apps select documents from a variety of cloud services, such as Microsoft’s OneDrive, Dropbox and iCloud.
One of the most popular and widely used open source web content management systems, Drupal is under the process of releasing its newest version, Drupal 8. Backed by a strong community, Drupal 8 CMS is going to be a platform with over 200 features that will change the way content management has been perceived till date. The official release is being awaited by Drupal developers in UK and the by the developers world over. Here are a few features that makes Drupal 8 release, an exciting affair:
The new Drupal 8 isn’t just mobile friendly. Instead, it has mobile at its core. All you need to do is deploy the content once and it will be displayed the way you want it, on any mobile device. All the built-in themes in Drupal 8 are responsive that will simplify designing and development of websites optimized for various devices and screen sizes.
Built-in Web Services
Drupal 8 comes with built-in web services that will allow a website to respond with data and not with an HTML page, to a request. It will make machine to machine communication possible. Also, there will be no need to define the context for data.
Drupal 8 will allow HTML-based page markup. This means that Drupal websites will be fully functional and compatible with mobile screens of all sizes. Speaking of mobiles, Drupal 8 will also have proper native input tools on mobile for fields such as data, phone and email.
Features like Inline editing and CKEditor will make authoring way easier that what it is right now. Inline editing will allow you to edit the content simply by clicking on edit on the body content. Also, CKEditor will replace Drupal’s default WYSIWYG, which will simplify HTML editing for web content.
Twig framework Theming engine will replace the PHPTemplate. Twig template engine is faster, more secure and highly flexible. The more mobile friendly Drupal 8 will have responsive themes including the default themes like Stark, Seven and Bartik themes.
Drupal 8 will have more field types in core and will allow you to attach fields to more types of content. For example, email, telephone, entity reference, date, link, etc.
Out of the plethora of services that Amazon offers, the most popular services are Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud. These are also popularly known as Amazon EC2. Web-scale computing can be easily redesigned using this web service. The services offered by Amazon follow a simple policy according to which you will only have to pay for the services that you are using.
There is no concept of ‘minimum fee’ on Amazon. You can calculate your monthly expenditure using a tool called ‘AWS Simple Monthly Calculator’, which is available on the Amazon website. This blog explains the costing concepts for all the other services available with Amazon.
- On Demand Instances
This billing format allows users to pay their hourly usage of compute capacity. Moreover, there are no long term commitments involved. As a result, the large fixed costs involved are broken down into small variable costs. Besides, you are not required to pay for plan, purchase and maintenance of hardware. The pricing done for a service is billed on a per hour basis for each of the instances used. The pricing is different for different operating systems though. The time is logged from the time the instance was initiated to the time that it was terminated. Besides, a partial hour is also taken as a full hour. But the best part is that there are no long-term commitments required with Amazon.
- Reserved Instances
This payment format allows you to make a small one-time payment, which reserves an instance for your use in the future as well. Against this, you get a discount on the hourly charge for the service. According to Amazon’s own website, with this payment format you can save up to 65% over On Demand rates. Reserved instances are of three main types – Heavy, Medium and Light Utilization. These instances are available for SUSE Linux Enterprise, Red Hat Enterprise, Windows and Linux/Unix. Instances of Amazon VPC can also be reserved at a price. You can also expect to get good discounts if you buy bulk reserved instances. Discounts are directly applied on future purchases and upfront fees.
- Spot Instances
This payment format follow the simple rules of demand and supply. The users can bid for unused capacity on the Amazon EC2 using Spot Instances. Instances bought under this payment format are charged on the spot price. This price is not set and fluctuates on the basis of the demand and supply parameters. The spot price is determined by the Amazon EC2. In order to bid for a spot instance, you need to send a request specifying the type of instance, the desired zone of availability, Spot Instances’ number and your hourly bid price. Spot Instances is most suitable for time-flexible and interruption-tolerant tasks.
- Data Transfer
The billing done for data transfer is based on the amount of data that enter and exit the cloud. Different rate tiers are defined for different services. In this pricing format, provisioned IOPS (input/output operations per second) is charged by the you provision in IOPS. This amout is then multiplied by the percentage of days you provision for in a month.
- EBS – Optimized Instances
Amazon EC2 instances can utilize the full capacity of the IOPS on EBS Volume if you complement them with EBS-Optimized instances. The pricing of these instances depends upon the movement of inputs and outputs between Amazon EC2 and Amazon EBS.
All said and done, it is important for you to know that prices are region dependent. Therefore, you must look at the Purchasing Options page on the Amazon website for actual costing. An important functionality worth mentioning here is that Amazon allows its new users to access few of its services for free during the initial sign-up period. The services that are offered free on a monthly basis during the first year of sign-up can be found at the Amazon page.