Thursday, August 18, 2016

App: Hex-base64 encrypt/decrypt tool

Hex-base64 encrypt/decrypt tool helps to convert provided text first to base64 then to hexadecimal code and vice-versa. This technique of double encoding/decoding is used to make sure that no special characters present in the final message to avoid further conversion when it is transmitted over internet.

Generally, when a message is transmitted over internet; it gets URI encoded. So this technique will avoid that.

Disclaimer: It is an online gadget for quick conversion and do not store anything as the conversion takes place at client-side and do not involve server in that.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Concept of shapeshifting GUI/UX

There have been lots of work going on in the field of UX where the challenge is to improve the user experience of the apps. Earlier it was Adobe's Flash that took over the responsibility of it. It was quite mature technology during it's peak period. But after the recent shift of technology that gives preference to HTML5, the whole new possibilities came up. It was meant for browsers only but now apart from developing websites; it is being used to develop web-apps, desktops-apps & mobile-apps as well. This became possible because of the processing power of the mobile devices increased many folds and still continuing as per Moore's law.

When the HTML5 got into the market, there came the concept of Responsive UI design; so that the websites could adapt the screen size and provide better UX. This approach made the websites to look better on the small screens of mobile browser also; as if it is made for that device only. Although technically it is only resizing & reorganising the layout.

Now the mobile apps are being made using the technology stack of HTML5, JS, CSS combining it with Cordova or Ionic like frameworks or wrappers. Developers have managed to make the app responsive to the screen size. So it can be viewed properly either on mobiles or tablets. And using Cordova, they can also build multi-platform apps as well by using the same code base. That's why it is called Cross-platform or Hybrid apps.

So now the question arises that what is left?

Well, there is a problem still left untouched, i.e., multi-platform apps are having the exactly same GUI. That means it looks exactly the same on all the platforms. But we know that all the platforms have different themes, look and feel which is specific to it's OS.

While the Native apps have the same theme as of it's OS. So how a hybrid can be made like that?

Introducing the concept of Shape-shifting GUI. The core of this technique is to mimic the appearance of the OS on which it is running. So just like Mystique of X-Men; the app will adapt the theme of the OS to appear exactly similar to its native counter-part.

The same Shape-shifting GUI based mobile app will appear as a Native iOS, Android, Windows app when running on iOS, Android or Windows operating system respectively. This can be made possible by applying the theme of the OS.

We can use the following themes for different platforms:

Similarly, for other platforms as well.

Now, using JavaScript the app has to first detect the operating system and then apply the OS specific theme over the running app.

Although the concept is quite simple but it's implementation is little bit tricky because developer have to keep in mind the universal layout that should be adaptive as well as responsive. 

So basically, combining the technique of Responsive UI & Shape-shifting GUI will make the app truly Universal.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

App: Base64 encode/decode tool

Base64 encode/decode tool helps to convert binary data to ASCII string format that uses 64 printable ASCII characters and vice-versa.

It is an online gadget for quick conversion and do not store anything as the conversion takes place at client-side and do not involve server in that.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

App: Calculate your job experience or age in years

Usually, all of those who works have to put years of experience on their resume or curriculum vitae. But 90% people put it wrong when they convert their experience in years only. Although they know the exact number of months and years but the conversion they do is wrong.

This happens because there are 12 months while the digit after decimal would be 0-9, i.e., 10 digits. Which means that we have to represent the number of months in terms of year.

So here I have provided a small gadget to calculate it. Just put the date when you had started working in the From Date field and put current date in the To Date field.

You can also calculate your age as well with this tool by putting your date of birth in the From Date field and put current date in the To Date field.