There is no exhaustive answer as to who all are using Cesium because it has proved to be so useful that all leading industries are readily adopting it. For example, the research institute of Toyota uses Cesium for understanding the road environment which is detected by their driverless vehicles. Likewise, Propeller employs Cesium site inspections. Thus, many industries have various uses out of Cesium.
Following are some of the exceptional features of Cesium.
3D From the Ground Up
The world that we live in itself is 3D. So, this is the context that has to be matched up when it comes to the virtual world. Thus, Cesium provides important spatial insights in the data.
It is always important to understand what is happening over a period of time. Cesium has a great time dynamic which is why it is used for construction sites, war zones or even for detecting climate changes.
The data that you procure from the real world has to be accurate. Otherwise, it can lead to manipulated results. In all these high-risk industries, like automobile, precision is the key. Cesium can make sure that the data is 100 percent accurate.
In spite of 3D geospatial data being of huge size, Cesium handles it well while making sure not to lag on performance. It employs cloud computing, parallel programming, GPUs etc. all these work towards higher performance.
Different industries have different needs with geospatial data. Cesium is built in such a way that it fits the needs of all developers. Everybody can have their own unique and customised experience.
Cesium is built to be an open platform. They adopt any new technology and information they can benefit from. They also contribute and collaborate wherever it is required. Even though 3D geospatial data is readily available, it is not easily accessible. However, with developers like aTeamIndia, this is possible.
Bring Your Own Data
Cesium also lets you bring your own data. They can tile your data and stream it in any platform, be it cloud or private network.
The data is already curated in Cesium. There is a library in the application which can be used for the purpose. They also work with data partners for increasing their database.
aTeamIndia is always known to use the latest technologies. Thus, they are familiar with the newest features of Node.js and how to use them and the best practices to employ. Following are some of the tips to be kept in mind while using Node.js for development.
1: Use Async/await
Async/await was a big feature that came to Node.js. It completely overturned the way Async events were handled. Code bases are no longer mind-boggling. This new feature has helped in simplifying the whole process. At this point, to understand how to benefit the most from Node.js, more emphasis can be laid on previous Async programs.
2: Be Familiar with import and import()
ES modules are mostly used with Transpilers or @std/esm library. They have been supported ever since version 8.5 of Node.js. However, this was mostly experimental. There is still time for it to be ready for production. Developers can create a good foundation in this now and then, later on, follow up with the progress of the feature as and when they are updated.
3: Get Acquainted with HTTP/2
HTTP/2 comes without the flag now. This has two highlights, that is, server push and multiplexing for efficiently loading native modules in browsers. This is also something that will be adopted with many new libraries.
4: Use Prettier and Linter together
Prettier was very well received in 2017. It is a code formatter. Instead of the old school code style warnings, it formats the code style. However, there still will be errors which cannot be reformatted automatically. Therefore, it is advisable to use Prettier with Linter for projects.
5: Secure Your Node.js Applications
Securing applications is another important tip. There will be many security breaches and other vulnerabilities with not just Node.js applications but others as well. There are many platforms and tools that work well with Node.js specifications.
6: Embrace Microservices
Microservices come into use if you have trouble deploying projects that are big. There are two great options: Docker and Kubernetes. Docker provides containers which will have a filesystem that has runtime, system tools and libraries. Kubernetes is an open-source system which is for deployment and for managing applications that are containerised. It is also better to improve the existing code before delving into containers and orchestration. Thus, deployment is made easier. Initially deploying large applications used to be difficult. Microservices technologies are designed to handle these kinds of deployment.
7: Monitor Your Services
There are also tips for fixing issues even before they have a chance of being evident. They must be fixed before the users notice them. For this, there should be a good system of monitoring and alerting. This will help with the deployment of production. However, other specific tools must be used for handling complex microservice systems.
These are some of the tips that can be employed for getting the best out of Node.js. Adopting best practices will only enhance the quality of Node.js applications.
In order to understand how Angular 8 is different from its previous versions, we need to take a look at the history of modifications it has had. When we compare some of the other leading applications, Angular is one of the most popular frameworks designed for web development. Since its inception in 2009, it has been around but with improvements and increasing consumer base. The first version, released by Angular JS, had some issues even though it was effective. These issues can mainly be attributed to the big bundle size, complicated debugging and other technical issues. Since then, the Angular team has come up with improvements consistently and has since added features like really impactful libraries, tree shaking etc. Angular 8 is yet another version with improvements. As one of the best Angular developers, aTeamIndia is well updated with all of these features and apply them in their current projects. Following are some of the features of the new version.
- Preview of Ivy
Ivy is one of the most notable changes brought in Angular. It is known for making use of incremental DOM. It has improved how angular functions internally without really altering its substance. It basically rewrites the code to achieve the following things.
- Better build times
- Better build sizes more compatible with tree-shaking
- New potential features like lazy loading of components instead of modules
- Differential Loading
- Angular Router Backwards Compatibility
This is an old feature that has been added back. This helps to upgrade the application in an easier way when you have bigger projects. It will help you to upgrade your Angular 1.x apps to Angular 2+ right away.
- Improved Web Worker Bundling
The new version has included web worker bundling. This is integral in the production of bundles as it makes parallelizability better and improves performance. Thus, one bundle is provided to every web worker.
- Lazy Loading
Lazy loading is a way of reducing the size of big files. This concept is based on Angular Routing. It can bring down the size of files by lazily loading the files that are required. This new concept was introduced to tackle the issues faced by the previous configuration route.
- Bazel Support
Another great feature introduced by the new version of Angular 8 is Bazel support. It lets you make your CLI application with Bazel. Bazel also forms a part of the very structure of the Angular framework. Bazel has many advantages. Two of the most important ones are as follows.
- Lets you use the same tool to make backends as well as frontends.
- Reduces the building time.
The first build will initially be slow but subsequent ones will be much faster. It also gives the app the opportunity to use libraries and modules.
Thus, with every new version, Angular consistently tries to improve on their performance.
Even though a lot of organisations use CesiumJS and 3D tiles for the purpose of visualising 2D spatial data, in 2018, an additional mapping platform was introduced to complement this. This was the Cesium Ion platform. This is a platform that provides three options:
- 3D tiling pipeline for streaming the data into any device effectively
- Cesium Ion SDK for extending visualisations
- 3D content-like imagery
In order to further modify the existing 3D tiling pipeline system, Cesium Ion introduced integration with FME data integration platform by Safe Software. This further made streaming easy and seamless. It’s a three-step process. The 3D data is first processed with FME. The uploading, tiling and streaming are dealt by Cesium.js. FME integration has many benefits. it helps to keep the web application up to date. This is because as and when there is a change in the underlying data, new visualisations will be created automatically. Thus, there is an automated system of workflow.
Those who use FME will have two format writers. One for writing the 3D tiles and the other for 3D point clouds. These make visualising with Cesium extremely easy. Safe Software also comes up with updated features of FME integration. The next one is this year, 2019, which will be a new Cesium Ion transformer. This new feature will extract the data from FME and process it into Cesium Ion creating a web visualisation with URL. This will be displayed right away in the browser. Cesium by itself and with the collaborations with other tools and frameworks have proved to be a great application for mapping spatial data. It is now widely used in all industries like sports, automobiles etc.
Node JS also caters to certain unique yet important specifications that some applications require. Like, for example, it is appropriate for applications that have the need to process a big volume of short messages with low latency. These are called real-time applications and can benefit the most from Node JS. It caters real-time collaborative editing which lets you see the document being edited as someone else sees it. There might be many other applications which have a similar construct and functions. However, there are certain specifications that only Node JS can meet. For instance, if there are many requests, then Node JS can cope up with this in terms of speed and efficiency. It is also useful for situations requiring speed and more scalability.
Node JS should also be adopted as it meets the two most important requirements of modern-day web applications. These are low response times for processing many requests and sharing things like code between client and server. They also carry out many activities on client-side. For all these reasons, Node JS is popularly used for single-page applications. Because of these specifications of Node JS, aTeamIndia is also its avid user. It uses it for development of both back-end as well as front-end. Node JS has helped them create high-performance applications for their clients in less time. Using technologies like Node.js is what made aTeamIndia a great development company.
A web application that lets you browse even when you have bad network connectivity is what PWA represents. It is also an application that lets the users engaged even while it is offline. PWA also makes up to date data accessible. Leading companies like Twitter, AliExpress, Forbes etc are some of the users of PWA. There are many other companies that prefer because of these and have many other great features. Progressive apps can redefine the future of web applications.
A Progressive Web Application (PWA) is a web application that particularly offers an application-like user experience but on the web. Now this seemed impossible until recently but modern technologies like service workers and native APIs have made PWAs help to improve. Vue JS and progressive web apps work well together and many developers adopt Vue js PWA projects. aTeamIndia has great experience in both the application and the tool and can work well with these kinds of projects. aTeamIndia envisages bringing both of these together to create a high performing web application.
A service worker runs independently on the browser because it is a background worker. It does not exhaust the main thread when it is executed. This feature is what lets an application run seamlessly even when it is offline. Even though this seems easy if not done by the right set of developers, things can go bad. aTeamIndia has a community-driven tool for helping with setting up. Following are the steps to be followed for building a progressive web app with the help of Vue.js.
The first and foremost step is to install Vue-CLI if it is not installed in the system already. After this, the next step is to initialise the application.
At this point, there will be certain questions that have to be answered. Which is the type of Vue build to be used? Whether a Vue router is installed, whether an ESLint should be used and the like. It will also have to be decided whether unit tests need to be set up. Certain default answers will also be provided.
After this, there will be a process to create a project folder that has the following subdivisions, build, src, configuration, static and test. The distinguishing difference seen in this template is in the build/webpack.prod.conf.js file.
When the build command is running, the plugin will start generating or running a service worker file in the background. This service worker caches the files matching the glob expression, “staticFileGlobs”.
The next step is to import db.json that has just been created and consume it in src/App.vue. This will then display the desired result in the browser. This has to be imported to Vue object and added to the template of the app.
An app template can also be added to make the page look more presentable and attractive. The next step is to set perspective and backface-visibility to the element fixes.
Changes can also be made to change screen sizes and make grids more responsive. Thus, combining Vue JS and PWA is easy and yields the best results.
Evan You is the man behind Vue.js which is one of the most popular frameworks existing today. Born and brought up in Wuxi, which is a small city in China, Evan did his schooling in Shanghai. So, he had to commute a considerable distance every day. Upon completing his high school in China, he went to the US for pursuing his higher studies and college. This is where his interest in computers began as computers were easily available there. Even then he did not get involved in programming that much. He was more interested in playing games. Back in high school, he loved playing Flash because of interactive storytelling experiences.
Because he was fascinated by the internal implementation mechanism, he started replicating features as a way of experiment. For example, how a minimal feature set like data binding would work. Once he started working on it, the more he understood the potential it has. He then gave it a name. Once he made this in 2013, he was also inspired to share it with others so that they can also learn and benefit from it. Then in 2014, he released it as an actual project. He then put it out on GitHub and forwarded a link to Hacker News. This is where it rose to fame. It got voted to the front page.
A lot of people started using it and it became a big project in GitHub. What Evan mainly focused on was making it more accessible by reducing the price. He then tried out crowdfunding on Patreon. This idea worked because many of the Vue users were from the Laravel community. He then started off by charging it for a very reasonable and nominal amount of ten bucks per month. This again attracted a lot of traction. Thus, Vue js has now become one of the mostly used frameworks for creating user interfaces and single-page applications. It has inspired many developers all across the world. aTeamIndia has a team of passionate developers who were inspired by Evan and adopted his suggested best practices while using Vue js for their projects.
A look at the following features will let us understand the difference between the old and new version and the improvements made.
- An array of elements can now be returned with the help of a component’s render method. All you have to do to prevent key warning is to add a key to an element. This is same with all arrays. Previously, any kind of runtime errors would have broken React and lead to a cryptic error message which will then require you to refresh the page. However, React 16 has a much better way to handle these errors. If at all an error happens, the entire component will be uprooted. This will make sure that corrupted data is not displayed.
- React 16 also has the provision of error boundaries. A complete unmounting of the component might affect user interface so error boundary is a good alternative. The error boundaries can detect the errors even before it gets to the display. It will display a UI that you can fall back on. This helps you to get a smooth user interface and is a much safer option.
- It has also introduced portals. If a DOM node exists outside the hierarchy of a parent component then portals help with rendering the children component into the parent ones.
- There is a huge size difference. This is due to the changed packaging. This does away with process.env checks which make it slow especially in Node.
- React 16 also has introduced a completely new server renderer. It is entirely rewritten. This rewritten version is faster. Because it supports streaming, bytes can be sent in a much faster rate. It includes a completely rewritten server renderer. A bundle React is not needed for better rendering performance.
- React 16 can also hydrate the server rendered HTML better upon the clients receival. The initial render and the result from the server need not match completely.
All the leading websites are now using React 16.0 and aTeamIndia is the most trusted developer when it comes to React. They have years of experience in React and are well versed with the newest version. They have a team that is updated with all the new updates and latest changes. They also have the experience of working with the latest technologies like React Native and Angular.
The latest version 5.8 brings with it a lot of features and updates that add to the functionalities of Laravel. aTeamIndia is already up to date on this. Their team is known to use the most recent and updated technologies for their projects. The new version has many improvements and is better than all the previous versions. Following are the features of the new version:
- Automatic Policy Resolution
Laravel has a great way of handling the authorisation of users. One way of doing this is through policies. Policies are basically classes that manage the logic around a particular resource. The previous versions require the policies to be registered in AuthService provider. However, with Laravel 5.8, the authorisation policy of a model or resource need not be manually registered. If the policy and the model follow standard Laravel naming rules, then Laravel will automatically discover it. The policy directory should also be in its default location for this purpose.
- Carbon 2.0 Support
Working with date and time is not always easy, especially when you are working with different time zones. Carbon provides a PHP’s date and time class that makes working with them easier. The new Laravel version supports this carbon package.
- HasOneThrough Eloquent Relationship
HasOneThrough is a new eloquent relationship that Laravel brings in its latest version. Even though this is found on other frameworks, Laravel makes use of it the best.
- Token Guard Token Hashing
Authentication and security are taken even more seriously with this version of Laravel. A unique thing about Laravel is the token guard for API authentication. This system has been improved by storing the tokens as SHA-256. This is secure than plain text tokens.
- Cache TTL
The new version has changed caching to seconds as compared to minutes in the previous versions. This is to make the setting of expiration time when storing items more precise. This also follows the catching library convention.
- Scheduler Timezone Configuration
With this new version, timezone can also be configured. This is very purposeful for scheduled tasks. The previous system had a cumbersome arrangement where you have to set the timezone for every scheduled task. But here, all that is required is defining the method of scheduledtimezone.
- Artisan Call Improvements
The previous version did not have the provision to allow artisan commands. But the new version lets you make this come using the artisan call method. Options can also be passed in a single string rather than an array of options.
- Artisan Serve Improvements
Artisan serve is one way in which you can serve your application in no time. Running the command php artisan serve will execute the same. In previous versions, this process used to run as default. Hence, the same command could not be used to serve another application. The new version lets you serve many applications with the same command at the same time. This quickens the application serving process for Laravel.
Thus, the new version comes with many useful updates and features and is an improved version of the old Laravel.
React Native is an open-source framework supported by Facebook and was first released on GitHub. It led to the combining of native APIs of both iOS and Android.
Flutter is backed by Google and is used to create responsive iOS and Android native apps. It is a software development kit which is meant for mobile applications. The main intention behind creating it was to build applications that have great performance and fidelity. They also made sure that the applications were compatible enough to run on all platforms. Its features are that it has a thin level of code and most of the system is implemented in the Dart. This makes it easier for developers to replace, remove or make any other required changes. Thus, it enables the developers to have great control over it.
Flutter has been gaining traction from 2017. It is now widely recognised by developers and is ardently used by them in the mobile app development industry. It has the features and the potential to go a long way.
Flutter is also an open-source application framework but what makes it different is that it works on a programming language known by the name of Dart. Dart is a programming language that is used for general purposes and it was made by Google in 2011. It is mainly used for making apps that are mission-critical and with greater quality for all the three platforms: web, iOS and Android. The features of Dart have been primarily aimed at client-side development. C++ and Java form its base. The purpose of choosing Dart was because it was appropriate for the user interface requirements. Dart bridge makes the size of the application bigger but it works faster.
The platforms also differ in architecture. The frameworks are also based on the MVC framework. React Native’s application architecture is known as Flux. Facebook uses Flux to build client-side web applications. In Flux, the data has a unidirectional flow or a one-sided flow. React handles the view part and Flux handles model. Dart has an architecture library. This was again inspired by refluxJS and Flux. Its unidirectional flutter flow consists of actions, stores and store watchers.
At aTeamIndia, developers use both of these frameworks interchangeably depending upon the requirements of the project. Both of them have a different set of features to cater to different requirements. So, if you are confused in choosing React Native or Flutter, you know where to go. Just convey your requirements to aTeamIndia, sit back and enjoy the show.