Thursday, November 14, 2013

Complete Guide to Windows 8.1

Window 8.1, the next big thing for PC after Windows 8, was made globally available by Microsoft on 18th October. It's a free upgrade for the users of Windows 8 RT and Pro.

Should I get one?

If running Windows 8 - You should upgrade (period) If you had digested Windows 8, then you won't have any hiccups in Windows 8.1. It's free, introduces a few new features and most importantly fixes a lot of discrepancies of Windows 8. Also, if you love the beauty of Windows 8 then Windows 8.1 is a cherry on the cake.

If not running Windows 8 - Windows 8.1 doesn't change anything in the base idea. The small tweaks may or may not change your perception depending on the feature you hate. Perhaps, $120 might not be worth spending.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Full Specs & Price of All Products Announced at IFA 2013

Both Samsung and Sony made some major announcements at IFA 2013 today. Samsung proved all the rumors right while Sony had some surprising things to show off. Here are the full specifications of the major products showcased today.

Products revealed at IFA 2013

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Complete Guide to Android 4.3

Android 4.3: An even sweeter Jelly Bean.

Google announced an update to the Android OS with a new Nexus 7 in a not so hyped press conference on 24th July 2013. Here's everything you need to know.

Monday, July 8, 2013

A Sample Facebook App using Facebook C Sharp SDK

In previous tutorial of this series, we learnt the basics of Facebook C# SDK and how do we implement it in our website. Now let's move further and create something meaningful out of it. If you haven't tried Facebook C# SDK before, it's strongly recommended that to go through the previous tutorial.

Recap of the last article:
  • Creating and configuring Facebook App
  • Setting up Facebook C# SDK
  • Getting User Access Token
  • Obtaining User Email and Friend List
Continuing from where we left off i.e getting friend list, let's move further and obtain some more user information and more importantly get our hands dirty with POST actions available through Graph API.

To explain the various Graph API GET and POST actions, we will try to develop a real world app for better understandability.

I didn't put much pressure on my mind, and got an idea for a stupid, simple app that's already been developed by many on Facebook - Finding which sports star is the user. (Not too much realistic :P but will do for this tutorial)

Here's the design view for our app:

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Complete Guide to JFileChooser

The JFileChooser Swing component let's users explore files on their system. It provides a GUI similar to Windows Explorer found in Windows or Nautilus in Ubuntu. It allows users to navigate through their file system and choose the desired file/directory.
You can use a JFileChooser to open or save files from/to a location which is chosen by the user. Here's a complete guide explaining the use of JFileChooser and it's important properties.

Before we begin, one important thing to note is that JFileChooser is a modal dialog. Whenever a modal dialog is displayed the program execution is paused until an action occurs on the user part. For Ex:

System.out.println("I have to WAIT until an action by the user");

Let us begin with a simple application scenario where you want to display the user's picture on your app's form. Here's the design view of the sample app we gonna develop.