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Long time, no posts… I Have been quite busy in the past days on some projects.
One of them is Swappy Colors, a game that I developed while learned Unity 3D engine.
Results can be seen here!
I’m gonna start this post by adding some nice text taken from the here:
“Learning to understand dynamic systems is an essential step in understanding the
world around us. However, learning it at university, high school or even middle
school level might be too late. By this age children already develop their own
models of how the world works.”
When I look to my daughter mind-blowing creativity I must agree 100% on what is mentioned above! Right now she is 8 years old and she is always developing models on how stuff works. On this light, after talking to a friend of mine I ended up on Scratch, which is an outstanding MIT Project to introduce children some computational logic in order to support them to be more prepared for the world!
It emphasizes an very nice “Creative Computing” concept. The main target is not to create young programmers, but to introduce “core computational concepts”(loops, conditions,…) to them, allowing them to explore other areas backed up with a solid computational knowledge. Imagine if you could learn some key Math concepts and immediately use them on a sample project?!
Great stuff MIT! Keep up the awesome work!
Some time ago I was looking for some kind of “Web Database” where I could build easily a cross platform(iOS, Android, WP, W8) application. Initially I was looking to something like: Host a database or a data file on some storage platform as SkyDrive, DropBox or GoogleDrive… My idea was to have my data there and access it from different platform… But as you might imagine, there are many challenges on this approach. One of the most critical ones is that there`s no easy way to get just parts of the file from this kind of service… We always need to get the whole file content and that’s quite painful. Let`s say I have 10000 records on an XML file… I would need to download the whole file even if I want to access only one record…
Next step I was investigating services like heroku, azure and some other stuff that google found… They were all too much complex/costly to what i was looking for. And on the other hand, they were all quite demanding case I would develop cross platform apps using Native code on each device…
Then, finally I have found two new candidates: Cloudant and Cloudbase. Both services have a lot of similarities. Different than the traditional relational databases, they are NOSQL databases, which I need to do some deeper studies. They both were exactly what i was looking for!! I ended up taking cloudbase as the first steps tutorial were quite exciting and I could see first results with few minutes, accessing same data on Windows 8, windows Phone and iOS! That really excited me!
I see a lot of potential on services like cloudbase because they really make it easy for developers to build much wider experiences across different technologies, delivering a much better user experience to the end-user. It is really a very nice service, which i strongly recommend you to take a look! Right now I am working on a small project to help cloudbase developers… Quite soon I will be announcing it here.
Meanwhile, worth take a look on cloudbase website!