Movreak Got Suspended, Now It’s Back on Google Play Again!

Out of nowhere, on Monday (Oct 6) I got an email from Google Play saying that my company’s app, Movreak, got suspended. It’s gone from Google Play.

This is the email excerpt:

This is a notification that your application, Movreak: Movie, Cinema, Review, with package ID **********, has been removed from the Google Play Store.

REASON FOR REMOVAL: Violation of the intellectual property and impersonation or deceptive behavior provisions of the Content Policy. Please refer to the IP infringement and impersonation policy help article for more information.

  • Your app and/or elements of its listing on Google Play, including title, description, logo(s), or promotional screenshots must not include unauthorized usage of protected works belonging to a third party.
  • Your app icon and promotional screenshots must not contain images that appear confusingly similar to existing products.

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I Stand on The…

Never in my adult life, I tell the world about my political stand. This will be the first time and the last time (not until the next 5 years at least), and hopefully you don’t judge me anything by this small post.

I’m never interested in politics. Until today and probably still in the future (but who knows…), I choose not to be involved – either professional or personal - in any political activities or parties. I still keep thinking that my personal, professionalism, and business can grow without having to piggyback political party. But again, who knows…

In less than 5 hours, Indonesia will celebrate the biggest party in democracy in every 5 years, the presidential election. Not even once until today I talked, involved in useless debates, or even implied my political stand out of two presidential candidates, in public space or even online. You may say I’m apathetic, or simply coward. But the truth is I simply don’t have time and energy to do that, and choose to spend more and more time for things that I do best, taking care my family and company, and build software. But in silence, I kept researching of the two candidates. Continue reading

Talk: Develop & Deploy Node.js App on Windows Azure

Node.js adoption is quite slow in Indonesia, also in Bandung, at least that what I know of (I’m trying to find Node.js developer to help on my company projects, and so far found the same guys :) ). So, when I’m asked to deliver a talk on a regularly hosted Tech Thursday by Telkom Bandung Digital Valley (BDV), I quickly jumped into the event to talk about Node.js. Much better, I also talked about how to deploy Node.js app to Windows Azure. Hopefully that 2 hours talk gave the idea how easy to get started developing on Node.js and also deploy to Windows Azure.

Everything I talked is on this slide:

Source Code

I put together the demo source code and published it on GitHub: https://github.com/andriyadi/NodeAzureStorageSocketIO. Make sure to follow the instruction on that repo to try the code on your machine.

The live demo of that project is here: http://intro2node.azurewebsites.net/
I’ll try my best to keep it alive as long as possible :)

That live demo is actually reflecting master branch of the GitHub repo mentioned above. If you’re wondering how I managed to publish to Azure from GitHub repo, make sure to follow this tutorial: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/web-sites-publish-source-control/

The demo source code is based on sample from Windows Azure website published here. If that demo is based on Jade template, I use EJS view engine instead. I find Jade is intimidating :) So for all of my Node.js project with ExpressJS, I always use EJS.

The demo also implements Socket.IO 1.0. All this time I always use Socket.IO 0.9.x and it works without significant problem. But when I use v1.0 in this demo, I can’t make it work right away. Finding examples of v1.0 was quite hard, so I decide to struggle myself. So, here it is, working example of Socket.IO 1.0. You are welcome :)

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Thought on MongoDB Document Encryption on Windows Azure

My company was asked to deploy a system managed by an Indonesia government department to Windows Azure infrastructure. Apparently, the biggest concern of enterprise and government to deploy internal information system applications to 3rd party cloud infrastructure is security. There should be a way to avoid unwanted access to the data by any parties (including the cloud infrastructure owner), but the owner of the system.

In my case, the system uses Node.js as development platform and MongoDB as database system. MongoDB document encryption needs to be implemented in addition to any built-in security measure.

Please note that this post is used as my note of my research so far, not as a guideline. As the project is not yet started, there’s no way I know which one of the alternatives I describe here that actually works. Will update later with more practical guide.

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Azure CLI – Uninstall & Install

It’s not really important post and the post title sounds weird :) But it’s important for me as my note.

Today I stumbled upon Azure CLI installation in my Mac machine when trying to repair permissions on /usr/local. I know that’s based on Node.js and it seems the installation has its own Node runtime in it. Hey, I already have latest Node.js runtime installed on my machine. Why need another one.

So I decide to uninstall the “standalone” Azure CLI, and decide to install it using NPM. To uninstall, you can just run this command on Terminal:

To install it again using NPM, type on Terminal:

That’s it!

A bit trick I found. If you uninstall and install using the same Terminal window, make sure to quit that Terminal window first. Open new Terminal window, type: azure –version, and you should see the version of Azure CLI.

Cross Platform CLI for SQL Server

I’m dying to get client software to access my SQL Server from my Mac. All this time I use Navicat for SQL Server Lite, as name, a lite/free version, which has been very outdated. The full version is more up-to-date and more features, but honestly it is a bit expensive for me.

Another option is using SQuirrel SQL which happens to have SQL Server support. Since it’s developed in Java and as long as you have JDBC driver of DBMS to access, I think it can access that DBMS well. It’s a great piece of free software. Just sometime it’s a bit complex for simple query operation that I want, for example.

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Talk: Windows Azure Development Updates

I spent sometime today with Bandung web and mobil developers to update some awesome new stuffs in Azure platform. Most of my sharing is talking about what ScottGu posted in his blog post.

As I happen to be one of advisor of Azure Mobile Services, I also shared new stuffs on Azure Mobile Services. Among other things are:

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Talk: Deploy WordPress to Windows Azure Web Sites – for Blogger

On April 12, 2014, I have an honour to share technical stuff to non-technical audience, which is quite challenging to be honest. I delivered a talk about deploying WordPress to Windows Azure Web Sites for food bloggers audience, in an event of idGeekGirls sharing. idGeekGirls is a Indonesian community consists of, as name, girls who happen to be geeks. In this event, they organised a sharing about social media phenomenon around food/culinary industry and how food bloggers and resto/cafe owners can take advantage of it.

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iCloud Standard Guide Book

It’s a bit late, but yay! my book was finally published since last November. For any mere users that claim using cloud computing in modern world, knowing the best out of iCloud is a must. This book will show you how. Go get it while it’s hot from PacktPub and Amazon.  

Read free chapter sample from Amazon to get the idea what’s the book is all about. Or you really want it, but somehow the cosmos is not allowing you to buy it for now, just mention me (at Twitter handle @andri_yadi). I’ll do my best to make your dream come true.

The book was conceived since about 1 year ago. It took almost 1 year for me and co-author Fauzan Alfi, to author it. The changing nature of iCloud is a challenge that requires us updating the content and screenshot along the way. With the release of groundbreaking change in iOS 7 and Mavericks at the very end of the writing, requires us to update some more. But at the end, it’s all for the reader. The book is now up-to-date to cover iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks. It’s awesome, man!

Happy reading!

Provide Routing on MapView using MKDirections and Custom Routing

Woah… long time no blogging… Busy busy busy. Quite busy lately enhancing our app, Movreak to achieve the best movie-related iPhone app yet.

So, today I delivered a sharing of introduction to iOS 7 development for Telkom Bandung Digital Valley (BDV) members and Bandung’s developers in general. The event was full house! It’s exciting to see such a great interest.

A promise I made for the event is doing a demo to access API provided by BDV-incubated startups. Since the startup I know and that provides open API is related to mapping and routing solution for public transportation in Bandung (currently), it’s best to do the map-related demo app. Continue reading