NOVEMBER 2011Marla BuzzWhat’s the Buzz this month? Welcome to MarlaBuzz!Catch up on our new people development initiatives in Big Buzz and TrainingBuzz. There’s more to life than work…read all about it in Events Buzz. And make sure to get the latest tech updates in Technology Buzz Do keep your suggestions and feedback coming … write to us at MarlaBuzz@marlabs.com
CSR BuzzPreeti Singhani ,participated in the half marathon race organizedby the Rock n Roll marathon series charities.Event proceeds went to support various charitableorganizations.Good show Preeti!Training Buzz1. A team building program was 3. It was all about SQL Server indexesconducted for the Smart Equip team at and performance tuning for folks atthe Bangalore business unit. Moderated the Bangalore business unit. T opicsby Naveen Raj and Sowmya Gowda covered included T able Organization,from HR, the session helped strengthen CI/B-Tree vs. Heap, Index, and Indexbonding between members. Structure. Conducted by Arjun Sivadasan, the training went a long2. Team members from Bangalore and way in helping participants writeMysore did a deep dive into mobile better queries and explore indexapplication testing during a training tuning.session facilitated by Harish Nagaraj.From fundamentals to more detailedpractices, the program traversed thisexciting area, end to end.
Technology Buzz Windows 8 provides an immersive user experi- ence. Clicking a tile will bring up the application in full screen mode, if it is a metro application. A classic desktop application opens in Desktop mode just like in Windows 7. From the desktop itself, you can start typing in the keyboard to find your applications, files, and other resources. Here is the search screen in Windows 8 that lets you find applications quite easily. By clicking the Desktop tile, you can also access the familiar Windows desktop to run your legacy desktop applications from the start screen. Lot of new featuresMicrosoft officially unveiled Windows 8 during Other than improvements inthe Build conference. Dubbed "Windows the user experience thatReimagined," the OS is optimized for tablets makes it suitable for tablets,and touch devices. Featuring a new start screen Windows 8 is loaded with awith the Metro User Interface (which gained number of new features.popular with Windows Phone 7), Windows 8 Windows 8 is designed forsupports new, touch-optimized Metro applica- low power tablets, and fortions as well as legacy desktop applications on very low energy utilization.the new WinRT runtime. The boot time in Windows 8 is significantly reduced, andThere are several ways to get up and running you can really feel thewith Windows 8. You can either install it on a difference. Windows 8 alsovirtual machine in Windows, or you can install it includes Hyper V support,on a VHD (Virtual Hard Drive). In my case, I which brings Hyper V todownloaded the ISO image of Developer desktops for the first time.Preview with tools (the 4+ GB one), extracted it Windows 8 also has a lot ofto a USB drive and made the USB drive boot- new security features builtable, booted from that, and then installed Win- in and enables tight integration with Windowsdows 8 on a Local HD Partition on my home live services.machine. Now, it is dual bootable, with Win-dows 8 and Windows 7, and all is well. Charms in Windows 8 On touch devices, swiping from the right side ofFor End Users the screen brings up what is known as Charms,The new start screen in Windows 8 features live an implementation of the start bar On a no-n .tiles where users can see all applications listed. touch regular PC, Charms can be accessed byUsers can also receive application notifications dragging the mouse to the bottom left corner ofvia the tiles. the screen. For Developers Windows 8 comes with WinRT a new object- , oriented, native/unmanaged API for developing ‘Metro’ applications for Windows. WinRT APIs are expected to replace the Win32 APIs. WinRT proj- ects types using metadata and is fully object- oriented. You can access WinRT directly from managed languages like C#.
KOOL CORNERQuestion to the previous release: Participants with the rightMr Carter was born in the month of . answers : Abhishek Gharpure, AbhishekDecember yet his birthday is always in the , Ranjan, Bipin Sateesh, Deepan Jayavelu,summer How is this possible? . Dhananjay Patankar Gražina Strolia, , Gurinder Singh Sethi, KavithaAnswer to the previous release: Veeraswamy, Manjesh.J, Manjunath,Mr Carter lives in southern hemisphere. The . Pavan.Nanaiah.C.P Premkumar , ,cycle of seasons in the polar and temperate Rajakumar Ramesh.K, Sai Kiran, ,zones of one hemisphere is opposite to that Sanjeevkumar M.U, Santosh Menon, .in the other When it is summer in the . Saravana Kumar Seema Adhangale, ,Northern Hemisphere, it is winter in the Shiladitya Banerjee, Shilpn Patel, SudhaSouthern Hemisphere, and vice versa.This month’s question is a little tricky... try it!Robert, Denis, Mary and Bruce had a race. Rush your answers toDenis was as many places behind Mary as MarlaBuzz@marlabs.com.Bruce was ahead of Robert. Mary did not comein first and Robert was not second. Who stoodat the first, second, third, and fourth places?Kartoon Buzz Kote Kreations History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usu- ally encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become dis- couraged by their defeats. B.C. Forbes