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October  2014   Issue Vol. 3  No. 1 

Developers - How To
IBM Worklight A Mobile App Development Platform
IBM Worklight offers crossplatform portability of the application code, which is crucial during apps development. Worklight enables the
development of rich HTML 5 and hybrid apps using native code.

Developers - How To
What’s the Android Open Accessory Protocol All About?
This article helps you to start using the Android Open Accessory (AOA) protocol, and also
illustrates how to make use of a simple Linux machine (PC, notebook or any embedded board) to communicate with Android apps via USB.
Developers - Insight
Mobile Application Testing Tools You Should Know About
Mobile application testing is an important phase of mobile app development. In this article, the author explores a few open source mobile app testing tools and the types of tests that mobile apps undergo before they are marketed.
Developers - Let's Try
Grails An Agile and Friendly Framework
Grails is an open source Web application framework for the Java Virtual Machine. In this article, the author introduces developers to the ‘holy grail’ in software—the Grails Framework.
Developers - Let's Try
Building Web Applications Using the Python Flask Microframework
Here’s an introduction to Flask Microframework, which can be used to easily build and deploy good Web applications with the minimum of effort and time. Added security and functionality for the app is provided by the Jinja 2 engine.
Developers - Let's Try
Getting Started with Clojure
The flexibility and simplicity offered by this programming language, which is hosted on the Java Virtual Machine, is bound to make it very popular among developers.
Developers - How To
How to Contribute to GNOME
The open source community thrives on the involvement and support of users to make open source a truly people’s movement. ‘Involvement’ has many aspects to it, and includes monetary contributions, writing, designing, coding, translating or testing.
Developers - Let's Try
An Introduction to Haskell classes and User
Defined Data Types

Continuing our series on Haskell, this month, we focus on Haskell classes and user defined data types.
Admin - How To
Send Bulk Mail without Being Treated like a Spammer
There are several ways to send bulk mail that’s not treated as spam. The easiest way is to sign up for a service like Mailchimp. However, there is a great thrill in setting up your own bulk mailing infrastructure, which is what this article is about.
Developers - Insight
Open Source Tools That Simplify Tasks for C Programmers
This article will interest programmers and engineering students. It describes various open source tools that C programmers ought to add to their toolkit.
Developers - Insight
Use LimeSurvey for an Extraordinary Surveying Experience
LimeSurvey is a premier online, open source tool that is downloaded thousands of times every week by individuals, companies and universities to conduct various types of surveys.
Admin - Insight
Make Your Own PBX with Asterisk
A Collage of Multiple Hardware Equipment

Asterisk is a software switching platform,
capable of running on standardised PC hardware with accessories to connect to various telecom networks. In this second article in the series, the author describes
various kinds of hardware and accessories that are needed to connect to different kinds of networks.
Developers - Insight
Tornado: A Python Web Framework That’s Simple and Quick
This article presents Tornado, the Python Web framework. Originally developed at FriendFeed, Tornado is an asynchronous networking library. It is able to scale up to tens of thousands of open connections with the help of its non-blocking network I/O.
For U & Me - CaseStudy
Unotech helps Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited to optimise 87 per cent of its proprietary field force solutions
Unotech Software Pvt Ltd provides enterprise business and mission critical products and solutions for all segments. The firm offers the full gamut of services, ranging from consultancy and outsourced product development to open source training.
For U & Me - Open Strategy
“Android has been ruling and will continue to rule in the future as well”
Motorola has been faring very well in the Indian smartphone market with the launch of Moto E, Moto G and Moto X. The company wants to take its success to another level with the new Moto G and new Moto X smartphones, and the Moto 360 smartwatch. Motorola launched these three devices in India recently and is still banking on the pure Android experience. Diksha P Gupta from Open Source For You caught up with Amit Boni, General Manager, Motorola, during the launch event in New Delhi and discussed the company’s Android strategy. Read on...
For U & Me - Open Strategy
"Software defined infrastructure is set to
make the lives of IT heads easy!”

Intel has recently introduced its Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 v3 product families to address the requirements of diverse workloads and the rapidly evolving needs of data centres. The new processor families include performance increases of up to 3x over the previous generation, world-class energy efficiency and enhanced security. To facilitate the explosive demand for software defined infrastructure (SDI), the processors expose key metrics, through telemetry, which enable the infrastructure to deliver services with the best performance, resilience and optimised total cost of ownership. Diksha P Gupta from Open Source For You spoke to Ravi Gupta, vertical head–public sector and enterprise, enterprise solutions group, Intel India, about how SDI’s evolution will impact data centres in India and how they will change the IT world. Excerpts:
For U & Me - Let's Try
Manage Your Finances with Maxima
This 22nd article in the series on mathematics through open source takes the reader into personal financial management. The author demonstrates how personal financial computations can be done easily by using Maxima.
For U & Me - Case Study
Sheela Foam Turns to Zimbra’s Advanced Collaboration Platform
“We highly recommend Zimbra to businesses who want to reduce costs without compromising on quality,” says Pertisth Mankotia, head, IT, at Sheela Foam Private Limited
Open Gurus - Let's Try
OpenMEAP Create Mobile Apps with Ease!
OpenMEAP is an open source HTML5 mobile application platform. It empowers businesses and consumers with a little programming experience to create, manage, and deploy mobile applications that can then be easily optimized for various devices such as tablets, desktops, and smartphones.
Open Gurus - Let's Try
Deploy Synergy to Share Your Devices
OpenMEAP is an open source HTML5 mobile application platform. It empowers businesses and consumers with a little programming experience to create, manage, and deploy mobile applications that can then be easily optimized for various devices such as tablets, desktops, and smartphones.

In this month’s column, we shift our focus to mobile application development and discuss the issue of energy consumption of mobile apps. We also briefly cover how a layman can quickly learn to develop Android apps.
Exploring Software - Guest Column
Exploring Big Data on a Desktop Putting Data into HDFS
Hadoop is a large scale open source storage and processing framework for data sets. This article builds upon the previous article in this series, ‘Exploring Big Data on a Desktop: Getting Started with Hadoop’ that appeared in last month’s issue of OSFY. The focus, now, is on putting data into the system.
Buyers Guide
A Guide to Buying the ‘Perfect’ Projector
Looking for a projector for the classroom, home theatre, meeting room, auditorium or even for gaming? Here’s a guide that helps you decide between the huge variety of models, as well as a wide range of technologies, shapes and sizes.

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