• A bit about our currently nameless game company, and what we’re working on at the moment

      Hey everyone! I represent a game studio without a name, and the project we’re working on goes by the technical name of "CGDrone". I started writing this article earlier today, having tortured myself for ages with sketches, colours, algorithms and correcting bugs in rotations based on quaternions (the last one just about finished me off). You can probably understand I needed a break.

      I’ve often come across stories people have posted online about how they made their game, the difficulties they faced, and the result they achieved at the end. Likewise, our team has its own story, and I’d like to share a bit about it.

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    • Revealed: 7 Top Web Development Companies & Trends for 2021

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        As we enter a new decade, the IT industry has also encountered many loopholes that we must work on. Seeing this, hundreds of motivated young minds have decided to become entrepreneurs. But is it so easy to succeed in a world where competition is already so high?

        Bluntly, the answer is NO. It is not easy to be successful, and the reason for these startups' failure is the lack of digital presence or inadequate technical support. Another major reason that has been seen is the wrong choice of the web development company.

        Hiring dedicated web developers may seem like an easy task at first, but it is not. It is one of the most challenging tasks. And to prevent you from falling into the pits of failure, I have created a list of the 7 best web development companies in India and abroad.
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      • Flutter 1.22 Launched: Will it be a Gain or Pain for Businesses?

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          Flutter with extensive support from iOS 14 and Android 11 released its newest version 1.22 in October last year. The release is primarily meant to focus on the fact that Android 11 and iOS 14 works great with Flutter.

          Businesses are still in a dilemma to choose the best cross-platform framework between Flutter and React Native. But with the release of Flutter 1.22, they have realized that Flutter must be the top pick for them as well as the developers because it supports the new mobile OS versions.

          The new version comes packed with iOS 14, Android 11, new i18, and l10n support. While these were the OS supports, there is much more it has to offer which includes Google Maps, WebView Plugins, a new app size tool, etc.

          While the race to choose the best framework will continue to exist, here we will see how the Flutter 1.22 launch will be a boon for the businesses out there?
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        • React Native: The First Choice of Mobile App Developers and Businesses

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            Let’s discuss why mobile app developers select React Native for application development over other cross-platform frameworks.

            While few users continue to work with the Native development approach, those who want to succeed in their business have started exploring new opportunities. One such occasion in this technically advanced world is to turn toward cross-platform frameworks.

            Out of 2.8 million apps available on the Google play store and 2.2 million apps in Apple App Store, there is a growing need for cross-platform applications. The significant advantage of a cross-platform mobile application is that it helps businesses save development costs. This is where React Native comes into action.

            In the middle of this, if you are a businessman and thinking of hiring mobile app developers and there is a continuously running debate in your mind “React Native vs Native” then this post is for you.
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          • Launching Grenades in Unreal with Gameplay Ability System: Part 1

            This is the first tutorial in the series dedicated to Gameplay Ability System. The goal for these tutorials is to be easily digestible, 10 minutes-long reads focused on getting a working prototype of a gameplay mechanic on screen as fast as possible. So whatever you new to Unreal Engine or new to Gameplay Ability System, Designer, Animator, or Technical Artist, these tutorials will help you build your projects faster and stop being afraid of using GAS for your projects.


            This series requires little to no knowledge of C++. It requires a basic knowledge of Blueprints scripting and general knowledge about unreal asset types and their use for building gameplay. I tried to cover steps in as much detail as possible and provide GIFs and plenty of images to help you on your way to the result, which is just 20-30 minutes away from now.


            I wish you good luck and let's go!


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            The end result we will be able to see very soon.

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          • 7 Best Practices Every Budding React.JS Developer Must Follow to Excel

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              With the advancement in web technology, the entire globe is sliding towards the online tech sphere. The globe around us is going tech-centric day by day and thus the demand for front-end designers and developers also.

              Whatever, be the purpose, people just google things and get their desired result. This is all because of the increase in the evolution of web and mobile app development. While we all know that to be a Web developer, you need to have basic skills of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, but, with time React.js emerged into the technology stack of the web development field and outdated JavaScript.

              A Report by JS reflects that 64.8% of the web developers prefer to use the React.JS framework and would love to use it again and again in the future. It has even beaten other categories of frameworks that are Vue.js with 28.8% votes and Angular with 23.9% votes. This is the reason why the demand for React.JS development companies is at an all-time high.

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              With React, it becomes painless to build an interactive user interface. It efficiently updates and renders the right components when changes are made.

              Before you use React.js as web technology, let’s have a look at the practices that every React.js developer should follow to write better react codes for their application.
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            • Fatal Fight: How we've got 5 million organic installs?

                Fatal Fight Android game

                The story of Fatal Fight started in 2015. The time when going global and having 5 million downloads on Google Play Store seemed to be a dream of every game developer.

                In this article, I will talk about the way we converted the dream into our actual reality. To make it super understandable, find a guide below where I will cover all the stages of development of Fatal Fight and even more.


                Research


                The idea of Fatal Fight hasn't just come from nowhere. Before understanding what game to develop, we needed to research what are the current gaps in the mobile games market. And, to come to this point, we took several steps.

                First, we analyzed what are the most searchable mobile games in the Google Play Store. It turned out, the top 3 mobile games that users were looking for were the following:

                • Puzzle Games
                • Car Games
                • Fighting Games

                Here we narrowed down our research. We were playing most downloaded games from each category to figure out if those games meet users’ needs while trying to answer what kind of challenges they have with those games.

                As a result, Puzzle and Car Games had a wide range of mobile games with pretty nice UI/UX design and other characteristics. However, during the testing of the fighting games, the picture was quite different.

                We were surprised by the fact that we could not find any proper games with satisfactory features. And I believe, not only we but also the dozens of users who were craving for favorable experience while playing a fighting game.

                While asking ourselves the question “Why?” we found out that the main reason was the gameplay. The interaction between users and the games was complex. It was not comfortable to manage punching, kicking, jumping and other possible moves separately or even all at once on a smartphone.
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              • How Is Flutter Helping Businesses In Getting Feature-Packed App At Affordable Prices

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                With 2.7 million apps available in Google Play Store and 1.84 Million apps in Apple’s app store, it is clear that mobile app development has become an urgent need of the hour for businesses of all domains.

                Did you know!



                According to developer stats, it is predicted that there will be 7 billion million users by 2021 all across the globe.

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              • Plugins in Figma. From idea to 1000 installs

                  About a year ago, Figma added the ability to develop and publish your own plugins. Those who would like to please themselves and everyone around them with additional features or just to have the experience of lifetime with Figma have longed for this feature to appear. 

                  Inside the plugin, you can do whatever is available to the developer on the web. There are practically no restrictions on the possibilities, except for those related to the system. Fortunately, they are all detailed in the documentation. Many detailed articles have already been written on the topic of technical implementation of plugins, for example, here or here. As product designers, Lev Bruk and I wanted to go through all the stages of plugin release, from the idea and coding to promoting and working with feedback from real users. That’s exactly what we’re going to cover in the article.

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                • Don't spoil Desktop Software Engineers with your Mobile First solutions, think about it

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                  English translation of Philip Ranzim's post at his blog page here. (With author's permission)


                  Once upon a time, my girlfriend started using Instagram. She asked me to sign up for it and subscribe to it. I tried — I couldn't do it because you couldn't register at Instagram from a desktop computer. I then thought — how weird people are. Well, what kind of fool would make a software product that can't be used with a normal computer? They won't succeed, and this Instagram will be a marginal service for a bunch of strange women, who for some reason don't like desktops.


                  It has only been a few years, the market has put everything in place — and the biggest fool was me. And the geniuses at Instagram predicted how and where everything would develop. Today, most of the user applications are made primarily for mobile platforms. At best, they include a universal web client, which is still optimized for mobile phones. Because users love iPhones, not computers. Business people sat down, counted, and made a decision — let's make more money, let's have mobile First everywhere.

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                • Beyond the “contact tracing” app

                    As a mathematician, it amazes me how much computing power fits on our mobile phones today. Like other «Gen Z» digital natives, I grew up watching people dream up and build technologies that have transformed our social lives, work lives and everything in between.

                    Yet in a time when humanity desperately needs innovation more than ever, the application of mobile technologies in the fight against COVID-19 has been weak and fragmented. We have technology literally at our fingertips that could be utilized to help us through this pandemic, but governments around the world have barely managed to develop even a contact tracing app.

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                  • How to cook reactive programming. Part 1: Unidirectional architectures introduction

                      Recently I wrote an article What is Reactive Programming? iOS Edition where in a simple way I described how to build your own Reactive Framework, and helped you to understand that no-one should be scared by the reactive approach. The previous article could now be named How to cook reactive programming. Part 0., since this is a continuation. I would recommend reading the previous article if you are not familiar with the reactive programming concepts.

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                    • UX Tips for Designing an Online Digital Product Store

                        The future of business is digital. E-commerce business is gaining popularity with more and more people getting comfortable buying things online. While there are many factors that define the success of an E-commerce business, a major factor is E-Commerce UX, which refers to the overall experience of a user while shopping through an E-commerce platform. For the user experience to be enjoyable, it has to be personalized, relevant, and seamless. Hence there is a need to understand the target audience- their age, culture, level of tech literacy, channels they use, and their trust to online shopping. E-commerce UX should be data-driven, customer-driven, and user-centered. It should be built on research and validation. The main factors that influence the success of an E-commerce business are the quality of the product or service offered, how it is presented to the customer and how approachable is the design of the electronic platform through which sales are being done.
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                      • The disinfection gateway with temperature meter and antiseptic

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                        Hello! First of all, thanks for the warm reviews and interesting comments on my first post about the alarm system for the "Zaporozhets". This is very motivating to continue to share with my work.
                        This time I want to tell you about the design of the disinfection gateway, which I had to do in just two nights.



                        I work as an industrial designer at Tabula Sense Company and design furniture with the integrated electronics most of the time. However, considering everything that is happening, our management thought about how to connect the available resources to the fight against the pandemic.
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                      • An MVP concept and why you need it

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                        Many corporations today only a few years ago started their business with MVP. The only MVP allows you to take a look in a very short period how your business will move. By this way, you can notice at the first reaction of the target audience, see all the shortcomings, and exactly decide how to proceed further: develop the idea and invest in or completely modify it in an absolutely different product.

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                      • A Second Check of Newton Game Dynamics with PVS-Studio

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                          Some time ago, somewhere on the Internet, I stumbled upon a physics engine called Newton Game Dynamics. Knowing that engine projects are usually big and complex, I decided to check its code with PVS-Studio for any interesting defects. I was especially enthusiastic about this one because my co-worker Andrey Karpov already checked it in 2014 and a second check would be a good opportunity to demonstrate our analyzer's evolution over the past six years. As of this writing, the latest version of Newton Game Dynamics is dated February 27, 2020, which means it has been actively developing for the past six years too. So, hopefully, this article will be interesting not only to us but to the engine's developers as well – and for them it's a chance to fix some bugs and improve their code.
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                        • Top IT Consulting Companies In India and USA For Tech Professionals



                            The race to become the best IT consulting firm has been at its peak for the last few years. Each and every business requires a top technology consulting company for implementing its IT and development strategy. However, they find it tedious and perplexing to pick one according to their needs, budget, time, and so on; because it can determine the future of their business. And because of an outbreak like COVID-19 existing business continuity plans aren't capable of handling the unknown variables of business. 
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                          • The Complete List of Video Marketing Tools

                              As of 2020, video marketing is, perhaps, the most popular and reliable way to advance via content marketing. Yes, useful articles, link exchanges, and advertising posts are still useful. However, video content is a much better way to sell your product to users. You can verify this by looking at the statistics, which suggests that in 2021 users will spend an average of 100 minutes a day watching a video. And if this is not enough for you, then polls suggest that about 48% of consumers prefer to learn about new products through video content.

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