10K Apart – Challenge for a UI Designer

By surfing some Microsoft technologies, I come across the 10K Apart challenge by Event apart team and Microsoft. I heard about the 5K Apart earlier, where the challenge was to develop a complete web application with max size of 5KB. No!!  Yes, for me also a big NO; no way we can have a web application within 5KB size limit.

But, this time the rule changed a little bit. Each page size can be 10KB and also can have server side components. This looked little interesting and on top that they talked about a new experience on Progressive development. I am not a UI designer and the challenge is not looks for me too. But the challenge in having a web page within 10kb looks interesting.

So, I start a web application using the Cognitive services. Initially, it turned out to be more than 200KB J

Now, removed all images and fine-tuned the application to fit within 10kb. In the cause of development, learned lot of UI concepts, which should be followed by the designers to define optimized web interface. I have published two solutions for the 10KB Apart challenge, which is open for public voting.


Image Reader

Image Reader is a free web-based Optical Character Recognition software (OCR) that allows you to extract text from online images and uploaded image files and mobile camera captured images. Capture the image of an address in a board, sales offering in a bill board, pass the URL of your favorite motivational quote, upload scanned business card and extract the information in one click.

VOTE for the same at  https://a-k-apart.com/gallery/Image-Reader


Another 10K Apart project, Mirror. Mirror is based on Microsoft Cognitive services. Upload an image file or capture a snap of you using your Mobile camera, Mirror will reflect your age and emotions. If you think, your image is not reflecting what you think, share your thoughts, Mirror will analyze your words and identify your positive and negative emotions.

VOTE for the same at https://a-k-apart.com/gallery/Mirror

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Dialogue with Visual Studio – Performance Testing

Visual Studio is an Integrated Development Environment from Microsoft. This IDE provides features and tools to manage all phases of software life cycle. When it comes to performance of an application, most of the time we look outside for help and support; instead of leveraging the great features offered by Visual Studio. Visual Studio provide performance tuning features for both developers and testers.
This book begins with fundamentals of Performance like response time, resource utilization and then explain web performance testing, customization aspects, load test and final result analysis. All the features are explained using simple examples


Dialogues are series of technical books, which try to explain the complex or niche technical topics in a dialogue format. Dialogues are more powerful to convey the message than reading a paragraph of text. In dialogues, your representative will ask the queries on behalf of you and get the clarifications. The book focus on how easily and effectively communicate the concept to the reader in a story telling mode. Dialogues focus on a specific topic and explain in detail and easy to understand way.


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The Exploratory Testing Chrome Plugin

Exploratory Testing is a hands-on approach in which testers are involved in doing as little planning as possible for the maximum of testing. As Agile techniques evolve and DevOps becomes more common, tests are being done by a wider range of stakeholders including managers, developers and testers. With more people getting involved with testing, the old specialist tools are becoming less appropriate because they require specialist knowledge and skills in the mechanics of issue-reporting. There is room in application development for a tool that doesn’t require extensive training and which helps the agile team to increase the productivity of test-runs and bug-hunts in a way that makes it more enjoyable for the participants. The Exploratory Testing tool, which is a Chrome plugin from Microsoft, attempts to provide solution for this requirement.

Read more at https://www.simple-talk.com/dotnet/net-development/exploratory-testing-chrome-plugin/


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Microsoft Professional Degree in Data Science

Everyone wants to add the terms Analytics, Data Science, Big Data, etc in resumes; but confused of where to start. Some of us may started from Machine Learning without knowing the basics of Analytics or statistics, some may afraid to start at all.

Microsoft listen to our needs and responded back with a Professional degree in Data Science, in Beta phase now.

This may be one of the professional degrees we all needs to target


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Code Hunt – Play and learn Coding

Those who have passion for coding and want to improve their Java or C# skills, code hunt is the best platform.

Learn through play and move to advanced levels by sharpening your coding skills

Features of code hunt https://www.codehunt.com/about.aspx

Start at https://www.codehunt.com/

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