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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Definition of Smart Devices by W3LC - World Wide Web Learners Consortium *

Definition of Smart device.

"A smart device is any electronic computing device that has an ability to interact autonomously and yield information to its user and other smart devices."
© 2018, Mohd Anwar Jamal faiz

To explain more over this topic and some really good examples i have written this blog which will suffice the needs of both the new entrants into the Information Technology field and the professionals in the area. 

A smart device is a piece of technology that is designed to connect to the internet and perform a wide range of tasks. These devices can be controlled remotely, and they can often be integrated with other smart devices to create a connected ecosystem. Smart devices can include things like smartphones, smart TVs, smart watches, smart speakers, and even smart appliances like refrigerators and washing machines. They are characterized by their ability to connect to the internet, allowing for the exchange of data and the ability to perform advanced functions such as remote control, automation, and even artificial intelligence. The goal of smart devices is to make our lives easier and more convenient by automating and streamlining everyday tasks.

Some examples if Smart devices are:
  • Smartphones
  • Smart speakers like Alexa Echo Series, or Google Home
  • Smart Home systems like of Philips Hue and Samsung line
  • tablets
  • phablets
  • PDAs
  • Smart watches
  • Smart Fitness trackers
  • Smart Glasses
And, the list continues.

Smart devices are called "smart" because they possess advanced features and capabilities that allow them to be controlled remotely, automate tasks, and make decisions based on data input. The term "smart" implies that the device has intelligence and the ability to think and learn. These devices are often connected to the internet, allowing them to exchange data with other devices and services, and they can often be integrated with other smart devices to create a connected ecosystem. The smartness of these devices comes from the ability to perform advanced functions such as remote control, automation, and even artificial intelligence. The goal of smart devices is to make our lives easier and more convenient by automating and streamlining everyday tasks.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

React Vs Angular in SPA: What they are, differences and the end of debate

As soon as you decide upon being SPA, the Single Page Application, the question pops up which Library. Here, I discuss between what I have learnt so far in this area,as a developer, tester and UX designer.

Let's start with a basic introduction. Angular is a TypeScript-based Javascript framework, developed and maintained by Google. Angular 1 released in 2010 is now called AngularJS. Angular 2 and above release after 2016 is simply called Angular. The latest version is Angular 7. It is being used by Google, Wix,, and Forbes etc. React is described as “a JavaScript library for building user interfaces”. Released in March 2013, developed and is maintained by Facebook.
Facebook uses React components on several pages. It is said that React is used far more at Facebook than Angular is at Google. Anyways, React has also a good range of supporters cum users likeReact
Airbnb, Uber, Netflix, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, Udemy, Wix, Paypal, Imgur, Feedly, Stripe, Tumblr, Walmart etc. Additionally, Facebook is working on the release of React Fiber. Rendering is supposed to be much faster as a result.

The frameworks are component-based. A component gets an input, and after some internal behavior / computing, it returns a rendered UI template as output. Much appears like an MVC design pattern. The defined components should be easy to reuse on the webpage or within other components.

The differences start from the fact React focuses on the use of Javascript ES5 or ES6. Angular relies on TypeScript. Because of this Angular has more consistency. Also, Angular has hence, concepts like decorators and static types. Static types are useful for code intelligence tools, like automatic refactoring, jump to definitions, etc. However there is catch also that TypeScript may disappear over time. Additionally, TypeScript adds a lot of learning overhead to projects. And, for the type checking enthusiasts, there is something called Flow to enable type-checking within React. It’s a static type-checker developed by Facebook for JavaScript.

Then, lets remember that Angular is a full framework with all the tooling and best practices designed on top of it. React on the other hand is just a small view library that you
would need while making an app. React uses abstractions over simple Javascript. But learning Angular is bit time consuming as you should know everything else associated to it eg typescript, MVC. Plus Angular library in itself is huge. The Angular templates are enhanced HTML with special Angular language (Things like ngIf or ngFor). While React requires knowledge of JavaScript, Angular forces you to learn Angular-specific syntax.

On the Scalability issue, Angular is good at this time, 2018. However React is going to comeup with more in future. However, as of now Angular is easy to scale thanks to its design as well as a powerful CLI. React also claims to be good and testable and scalable. So, it won't be a bad idea to choose React.

Coming back to the programming style, I should assert here that Angular includes dependency injection, a pattern in which one object supplies the dependencies (a service) to another object (a client). This leads to more flexibility and cleaner code. Plus, the code becomes more testable. Angular's model-view-controller pattern (MVC) splits a project into three components: model, view and controller. Angular as an MVC-framework has MVC out of the box. React only has the V i.e View. You need to solve the M and C on your own.

But, there also lies a problem with Angular. This is already discussed above but the following idea will give you a new perspective as well. We’re now moving more towards microservices and microapps. React gives you more control to size an application by selecting only the things which are really necessary. They offer more flexibility to shift from an SPA to microservices using parts of a former application. Angular is too bloated to be used for microservices.

And, last but not the least, let me take you to a short discussion around native Apps creation. React with react native, react sketchapp and next.js, it is the best choice. Angular comes with ionic 2 and nativescript, but neither of those mobile frameworks allow angular to reach the performance of react native. React and Angular both support native development. Angular has NativeScript (backed by Telerik) for native apps and Ionic Framework for hybrid apps. With React, you can check out react-native-renderer to build cross-plattform iOS and Android apps, or react-native for native apps. A lot of apps (including Facebook; check the Showcase for more) are built with react-native.

Lets remember that definitely React has been the most popular when it comes to English frontend and full stack communities in 2016. It is also becoming a good choice for native JavaScript mobile and even desktop apps. React is fairly simple to understand. Angular is not so simple and code setup takes time. Also, Angular is way bigger, causing longer load times and performance issues on mobiles.

So, what I conclude that you should use Angular if you work at Google, if you love TypeScript, if you love object-orientated-programming (OOP), or if you work in a large team where there are guides, collaborators, scalability issues. You should use React if you work at Facebook, if you like flexibility, if you love big ecosystems and you like choosing among dozens of packages, or if you love JS & the “everything-is-Javascript-approach”.

Cheers ;)
Mohd Anwar Jamal Faiz

wget to take backup. Shhh LOL

Ever had that terrifying feeling you’ve lost your blog. We can try keeping a backup of it using a handy tool. There is no reason to neglect doing it.

wget64.exe --convert-links -r

wget64.exe --recursive --no-clobber --page-requisites --html-extension --convert-links --restrict-file-names=windows --domains --no-parent

Stop WGET from being blocked:
Some web servers are set up to deny WGET’s default user agent – for obvious, bandwidth saving reasons. You could try changing your user agent to get round this. Try er, pretending to be Googlebot:

wget --user-agent="Googlebot/2.1 (+" -r


wget --random-wait -r -p -e robots=off -U mozilla --convert-links

*BTW: Readers know that there are many uses of the tool. I'm just taking example of what i needed today. You know the rest. Shh! LOL.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

ThisChapter.Close() in long debates is good. Personal relations are important to keep that political discourse

And, we all know that well - Politicians are for none. Doesn't matter you support or oppose. If it's your turn you will get the bruise.

Anyways, I propose an algorithm to end the long debates. When you see that no fruitful is happening, you can end the thread. But please do remember to end any traces of hate that popped up in between. See below:

catch( exception hate)

Enjoy the life.

Yahoo Messenger Going down on 17th July 2018. An emotional letter by a fan remembering the golden era that now comes to an end.

Dear Yahoo,

Yahoo messenger was one of the first as well as the finest chat application. Chatting, to the most of our generation, started from Yahoo messenger in the public domain. Private chats as well as the chat rooms, were all a world of fantasy that soon became the world we lived in.

It's a sad news that Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018. However, I do believe changes do happen. And, are essential to keep the river flowing. But trust me, the heart is heavy as if someone very own is going far far away.

The messenger has been a part of my childhood and of millions like me. It has supported me from contacting guys for studies as well as chatting late hours with my girlfriend. And, who could ever forget that chats with unknowns beginning with the all new discovered slangs like "a/s/l please" and frequently supplemented with the cool additions to our vocabulary like "brb", "lol" and "imo" etc. It has also been the only support in my long distance relationship with my ex.

I pretty much remember everything. Those were the days before Orkut, MySpace, Facebook, Watsapp, Hike or anything. The free chatrooms with multiple people checking in and leaving was an experience  out of the box. We have developed sincere and full-fledged virtual relationships with someone we never met. Sometimes, we waited for hours at odd hours for people to check-in the chat room. And, sometimes we just waited for hours before sending that first 'hi' to our crushes. Looks like some most cherished memories circle around Yahoo Messenger!

I’ve loved using the tool and want to thank you Yahoo for bringing such a product for us. I know that you will continue to focus on building and introducing new, exciting communication tools that impact and delight your users. 

Thanks for being a part of my life for so many years.

Thanks and regards,
Anwar Jamal Faiz

** To my blog readers: Before July 17, you can continue to use the service, but after that date, you will no longer have access to Yahoo Messenger. You can learn how to save your chats by visiting this FAQ page of Yahoo.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Cannot Start Microsoft Outlook. Invalid XML, the View Cannot be Loaded

One way your Outlook blocks you from accessing emails is when it Cannot Start Microsoft Outlook. Invalid XML, the View Cannot be Loaded" Error Message. The cause is also simple and more is its fix.

Follow the following steps below to clear and regenerate your Navigation Pane if you receive an error message that says "Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window. Invalid XML, the view cannot be loaded."


When opening Microsoft Outlook Windows client, you receive the following error:

"Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window. Invalid XML, the view cannot be loaded."

Opening Outlook in SAFE mode does not help, nor can this problem fixed by running repair or even by re-installing Outlook.

To fix this error, run the Outlook.exe  /ResetNavPane command:

Where to run:
Hold the Windows key and the R key at the same time.
The Run command window will open. Copy Outlook.exe  /ResetNavPane into the text field.
Click OK to run the command.

What happens:
Running this command clears and regenerates the Navigation Pane for the current profile, removing all shortcuts and favorite folders from the Navigation Pane.

Its time for a cheers ;)