Leap Motion is a slick little infrared
sensor unit you can buy for $80 online, or at your local Best Buy. A
quick install later and you can now wave your hands in space above the
unit and interact with your computer in three dimensions.
I had the pleasure of working with Leap for a partner proof of concept
and thought I'd give you some of my early thoughts and observations.
If you've come across the task of consuming a web service via a WSDL
you were given, there's a chance you may have cringed a bit. All that
XML involved and then determining your approach is a challenge as
well! Do you want to use a SOAPConnectionFactory or create an XML
message by hand and parse the response? These approaches will work but
it will likely take time away from what you really want to do and that
is develop the application you're working on. Along comes WSDL2JAVA, a
tool which will build Java proxies and skeletons for services with
WSDL descriptions. In this article I'll highlight the steps needed to
consume a web service with WSDL2JAVA.
Editor's note: Infinity's Notebook isn't just about our technical
prowess. We also showcase some of the amazing things our team members
do away from the keyboard. This week, one of our .NET developers, Alex
Sparkman, writes about scuba diving in Las Vegas immediately after our
I joined Infinity a little over two years ago. Came from a much more
traditional corporate culture. A culture contained in traditional
brick-and-mortar buildings. You could stop by a coworker’s cube and
bump into folks in the lunchroom. Infinity has no brick-and-mortar
home. We’re a distributed workforce with our ~25 people spread out all
across the US. Each of us works from our home. Our water cooler is an
IRC channel called #general.
HTML 5 has proven to not be the silver bullet everyone hoped for. By
their own admission, Facebook's biggest mistake was betting on HTML 5.
While it works well for content, anything more than that needs native
performance. Mobile users demand native performance. The first few
seconds of any mobile user's experience is the most important. Users
will uninstall or never again open an app if they are dissatisfied in
those crucial first moments. So what is the answer if it's not HTML 5?
There's a case to be made that it's Xamarin.
Any industry that relies on "communication" is at risk of failure, or
partial failure, due to mitigated speech versus direct speech. That
failure can be as simple as a missed deadline, or as catastrophic as a
complete failure of the project.