Monday, June 26, 2017

Apache CORDOVA is the place to go if you were using Intel XDK

I was following Intel XDK for more than a year  with many posts on my blog for mobile devices and participating in Intel's forums.  I have observed that its emphasis was slowly changing and I started looking for alternatives. There are programs for which you need to pay, which I am not ready, as I do not derive any revenue from what I do. I am looking for free programs.

Progressively Intel XDK has been shifting their focus to mostly Intel IoT devices. The App Designer support does not exist anymore except for a few features in the interface. The Interface as you knew it is now mostly geared for IoT devices. Intel XDK forum suggests that there are more tools freely available (on the Internet) that may do equally well and a strong recommendation for using Cordova CLI.

Well one cannot expect a tool to live eternally and things do change. What is needed on the part of developers\users is to turn somewhat nomadic and look for new pastures.

Here is a link to Apache CORDOVA site where you need to forage next. Of course, Apache CORDOVA will be there much longer than Intel XDK could have been. For one thing, Apache CORDOVA has a neat architecture for building web/native apps which means you need to use the plugins if you need to access sensors in the mobile device.

Here is a picture of the well-knit Apache CORDOVA architecture from their site:


Monday, June 19, 2017

AngularJS Directives that you should know

AngularJS directives are extensions of HTML markups. They can be attributes, element names, CSS class etc. AnuglarJS script reference is important and the script can be found here:

https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/angularjs/1.2.25/angular.min.js"
The above script reference needs to be added to your hTML page.

You can find the whole list of directives here:
https://docs.angularjs.org/api

Here is the usage of some directives placed in a html page that can be displayed on your localhost (in this case the IIS in Windows 10). Place this code with a suitable name in the inetpub / wwwroot directory.

======================


  Some directives in AngularJS

ng-app
Sorry, blogger still does not support the "pre" tag!. The ng-app directive can be in the 'html' or the 'body' (shown here).
==============
When viewed on the browser (in this case Microsoft Edge), the HTML page renders as shown.



Type anything it gets copied next to Hello
Enter the increment region with your mouse, the count (presently 1) gets incremented
Click the link and you get to the page

More to come in future posts on AngularJS

Monday, May 29, 2017

What is Cafee2Go?

You create a video and you want it the way Picasso or Monet would have visualized it. Can it be done? The answers appears to be answered by Facebook's Caffe2Go. It was easy with stills as many programs do it, but with a video it is another thing.

Caffe2Go is supposed to be third iteration of AI, the deep learning. This was possible earlier with big machines and lots of computing power, since the program has to learn the myrid images that these great artists envisioned it could not have been done otherwise. But to do it on the phone in the palm of your hand, that is something that Facebook seems to have pulled off, with the Facebook app Caffe2Go.

It is a deep learning platform on the mobile phone. The app takes the style of the artist and transforms the input video, it is basically a style transformer.

Here is a demo of this deep learning app:
https://www.facebook.com/Engineering/videos/1015460775164720

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Markdown Syntax makes web page more readable, editable

HTML markup is well known and Markdown Syntax is a construct to make a web page readable.  Markdown syntax is used to make it possible to write to the web using simple text.  It is a text-to-HTML tool for web authors. No need to type those angle brackets(< and >).

Markdown syntax is very small and not extensive like that of HTML. It is not used to replace HTML but to make it easy to read/write/edit prose in a web page. Markdown does not need special editors.

Since Markdown consists of few constructs if you need beyond them you can use HTML. One of the special constraints in using Markdown is in the case of block level elements such as 'table', 'pre', 'p' etc. In this case for using Markdown just surround block-level elements with blank lines and Markdown syntax takes care of the rest.

Learn more about Markdown syntax here. While you are there click on the tab Dingus tool (written in Perl) to convert your Markdown Syntax to html syntax.

For example you can create first and second level headers by just typing them as shown here:

A First Level Header
=====================

A Second Level Header
---------------------


The above Markdown text will be converted  into the HTML source by the Dingus tool: (note: Blogger does not render the 'pre' tags which are in the source of this page. That is why you are seeing the h1 and h2 tags rendered. Review my post on this browser problem.

A First Level Header

A Second Level Header

The Markdown text is readable and can be typed in with a text editor and the tool converts it to web compliant HTML.

Review the screen shot here:

The
pre
tags continues to not work in Blogger

For quite sometime I have had problem displaying HTML code in my blog as the Pre tag did not render correctly. Here I am trying to see what is happening, if any, in rendering the Pre tag. I decided to show only screen shots of either the HTML tab in my blog post, or the Compose tabbed page of my blog so that the browser effects are properly seen.

When you want to create a new post in Blogger, this is the HTML code you get and the 'Compose' page is empty.


Pre_00
Now I enter a single line-'This is a test' in the Compose tabbed page.

Pre_01

The HTML markup shows this:


Pre_02

Now I add a 'Pre' tag as shown.


Pre_03

The following is the content of the 'Compose' page.

Pre_04
So far no problem, good.

I now go back to HTML pane. Looks OK, but it has added another repeating line at the top.


Pre_05

Not a big difference. I refresh the browser and everything back to as it was before refresh.
I just draw a line in 'Compose'.


Pre_06

The HTML after this appears as shown. It has added 'Pre' tags as shown. Why 'pre' tags why not just 'p'.

Pre_07

I just added a 'div' tag and I am going to place a 'Pre' tag inside the 'div' tag.


Pre_08

This is the 'compose' page.

Pre_09

I added some 'pre tag' inside the div tag


Pre_10
The compose  now appears as shown.

Pre_11
I add another div and within div I add a pre tag. In the pre tag I add special characters (HTML markup) as shown.


Pre_12

The Compose page after the above appears as shown.

Pre_13

The pre tag did not work as intended for html tags.
I revert to the HTML to see if the blogger's processor has added any thing by itself. It does some time. No change.


Pre-14
I add a dotted line in HTML code.


Pre_15

There is an expected change as shown.


Pre_16

I revert to HTML and I see it has changed.


Pre_17
This time it accommodated the dotted line inside the 'div'. I modify the page with 'code' tags as shown. Some recommendation from some of the Internet sites is to enclose it in 'code'


Pre_18

The 'Compose' page now appear as shown.
The extra > in the last line appears to be an error while typing.
 Page_19

It is getting worse!

I refresh the page and nothing is changed in 'Compose'.

I host the html page on the local IIS Server and the response is as shown.


Page_20

The conclusion is  'Pre' tag is not working in the Blogger as it is supposed to.



Publishing Mobile Reports using SQL Server Mobile Report Publisher

SQL Server Mobile Report Publisher (SSMRP) is an authoring tool that can be used to quickly creating Reporting Services mobile reports that are optimized for mobile device with a variety of form factors. You can have an assortment of visualizations, from time, category, charts, tree maps, and custom maps.

With SSMRP you can,
  • Connect mobile reports to a range of data sources including on-premises SQL Server and Analysis Services
  • Layout reports on a design surface to accommodate flexible mobile reports
  • Save mobile reports to a Reporting Services server and interact with them in a browser or with Power BI on mobile devices(iPad, Android Phones and tablets and Windows 10 devices).
What do you need to create Reporting Services mobile reports?
You need the SQL Server Mobile Report Publisher

Version: 1.0.3923
File Name: SSRS.MobileReportPublisher.Installer.msi
Date Published: 9/22/2016
File Size: 25.3 MB

System requirements:
Supported Operating System
Windows 10 , Windows 7, Windows 8.1
.NET Framework 4.5 (or later)
Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 (x86)

Download SSMRP here:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=50400

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Apps with Mobile Roadie, the one-stop platform

MobileRoadie is the platform to build mobile apps with rich features. It is also one-stop, build, manage, design and engage. It supports all media, photos, video and audio. The text color in the picture may not show you the logo clearly!



Here are features taken from Mobile Roadie site.

Using Photos:

Upload your photos manually, or automatically pull in your photos from an RSS feed, Flickr account, Instagram account or hashtag, Mobypicture, Picasa, Twitpic, or Facebook Fan Page profile photos.
Users will see your photos in a grid layout of your choosing, and can even play a slideshow of your photos.

Embed news:

Add news posts manually, or import automatically via RSS feed, Twitter account, or Google News keywords.
   
Each item has artwork, title, date & time, and HTML story content.

FAN Wall:

    Import your past and upcoming events from Artistdata, Bandsintown, Songkick, Plancast, Ticketmob, SonicLiving, Eventbrite, or add them manually.
    Your users can RSVP to events, add to their calendar, see who else is going, and post photos of the event.
    Choose to display your events as Live Shows layout or Sessions/Workshops layout to best suit your content.

Locations:

Add locations along with addresses, contact info, and images.
    Your users can view your locations as pins on a map, as well as in a simple list.

Others:

    We have a wide variety of sections to suit your content, and are constantly adding more.
    Some of the other sections you can add to your app are: Accounts, Attendees, Biography, Books, Category Shortcut, Copyright, Directory, Discography, Favorites, Links, Mailing List, Menus, QR Scanner, Speakers, Store, Top Users, Twitter.

How to get started building apps with MobileRoadie?


Easy. Click the button Start Now at the bottom of the site, fill up their form and wait form them to reply.

 I thought I would find more technical details. It appears I have to register and get the reply before I can see how all of this get integrated.