Love Baseball? An iPad App That Uses the Cloud to Explore a National Pastime

first_imgTags:#Case Studies#cloud#cloud computing alex williams Related Posts Pennant is the kind of app that will be the norm for top flight tablet experiences. It takes baseball data and distills it into a format that is engaging to people. Baseball is a pastime. We have thousands of pastimes in our lives. I just hope more pastimes become the passion for developers who want to use the cloud to provide rich experiences and make connections to activities that are a core part of their life. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting But how does this work? First off, it’s about the data. For the play-by-play data, the app uses open data from Retrosheet. Data is also available from the Baseball Databank, a “comprehensive record of all baseball statistical data in a form that makes them useful for researchers and product developers.”The data is run through Pennant’s software, which he says is managed by doing intense calculations, which we expect is some form of an algorithm that quantifies the information to create unique data sets that can be displayed in their various forms. According to the Pennant site, a custom API formats the data, generates play-by-play statements in English and returns it in a usable format (JSON or XML). The data is then parsed and displayed in real-time.A video on the site provides a demonstration. Here are a few screenshots:You can view teams by card, in a deck view or by map: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market There are options for searching by season and by game: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Baseball is a game of numbers. There are 162 games in a season. Each team’s performance is defined by the numbers that the players show when at the plate and in the field. A team may have a mediocre overall batting average and still be at the top of the league. Why? Their pitchers don’t allow many runs. Their earned run average is so low that it makes it easier for the team to win, even with the okay batting record.Baseball is a statistician’s game. But how do you bring that granularity into an app?Pennant is a $5 iPad app by Steve Varga that details every team, every game and every play since 1951. That’s 115,000 games. According to the site, Pennant allows you to:View any team’s complete overall history (since 1950), showing the rise and fall of each team over time.Compare any team’s season to the rest of the league and see how they matched up in numerous pitching and hitting categoriesView the result of every game within a season, showing the rise and fall of the team’s league and division ranking.Show every event within any selected game, complete with updated score and event text.Replay each event within a game in a timeline, allowing you to relive each play.last_img read more

Goa Cong. wants longer monsoon session

first_imgThe Congress in Goa on Monday decided to ask the Speaker to extend the monsoon session of the Assembly from the 12 days to 18. The session on July 19 has been curtailed to 12 days owing to the illness of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.“We agreed with the BJP to curtail the budget session by more than a week, because of the CM’s illness. Since the CM is now attending office, we are going to ask the Speaker to extend this sitting because issues like mining ban, corruption, and infrastructure need to be discussed,” Congress MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar said. Mr. Kavlekar said the demand will also be raised at the business advisory committee meeting ahead of the session. The budget session in March had to be cut short after Mr. Parrikar fell ill, and the BJP requested the Opposition to wind up the session early.last_img read more

Happiness in the air — a green lung space from a big heart

first_imgProsperity is a pre-condition to charity. But between the two lies the connector and facilitator called generosity, an essential. A small entrepreneur in Bhawanipatna, district headquarters town of Odisha’s Kalahandi, has converted his 12-acre farm into a park where the general public enjoy unhindered access.50-year-old Pramod Khamari, a businessman running a small hotel chain in this western Odisha town, started off dirt poor and became rich. And, it’s his way of paying back to society. He named ‘Bhagirathi Park’ after his father.On the outskirts of Bhawanipatna, with its meticulous landscape planning and features, Bhagirathi Park is on par with any in bigger urban centres.On any given holiday, the park is teeming with visitors not only from Kalahandi, but also from neighbouring districts such as Balangir, Nuapada and Rayagada. It’s also an integral part of the itinerary of tourists from Chhattisgarh coming to this region.Why a park of all things? “I believe parks reflect the quality of life of a community. But, Bhawanipatna, where I have grown up and succeeded in life, did not have a proper green lung to breathe. I realised that my 12-acre mango orchard could contribute to creating happiness and fill the major vacuum. I decided to make it a park which should be a gathering place for people irrespective of their age and social status,” said Mr. Khamari.It was not an easy task to translate the fancy idea into reality. One, funding was difficult. Since the park was close to his heart, Mr. Khamari decided to pay for it from his other ventures. Even harder was to organise everything and make it run efficiently. He found a motivated friend in Rabindra Patnaik, a science teacher in the local government high school.After visiting a few parks in Odisha and elsewhere, both carefully prepared the park’s landscape without disturbing the orchard. Children’s corner, water fountain, variety of flowering plants, replica of different wildlife and statues of gods and goddesses were placed as per a detailed plan.Bhagirathi Park is distinct from others in its use of waste materials and typical traditional tribal huts depicting tribal life and their customs. “Used bottles to prepare figurines, discarded commodes for planting saplings and other waste materials have been utilised to send out a message on environment. Of late, it has turned into a laboratory for local school and college students,” said Mr. Patnaik, who upkeeps the park without any remuneration.To avoid non-serious visitors, the management charges ₹20 entry fee per person per day.last_img read more