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.

Now we have Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

They are black, they are beautiful and they have OLED screen. There is yet another voice assistant BIXBY to join the Cortana, Alex and others. The future looks like the battle of the voice assistants.
While S8 is 5.8", the S8+ is 6.2" with an aspect ratio of 18.5/9. probably the battery (3000 Ah & 3500 Ah) must have had an extra overhaul. The battery can be charged using the USB-C charging port.

It has nice resolution 2960x1440 with the display covering 83% of the face. There is no HOME button but there is a pressure sensitive area that functions as one.The cameras remain the same as in its earlier phones.

It appears that it has been designed to work with the up and coming Internet Of Things like the Connect Home feature.The OS is android.

The phones ship sometime next month.


Here are the specs (look after zooming) as seen on the SAMSUNG News Room site.








Monday, March 27, 2017

Is Microsoft Band 2 dead?

I thought it was a nice fitness device, not as flashy as Apple Watch. I was even preparing to buy one. The only place where I could by was at amazon.com. It is not available in Microsoft Stores.

I believe Microsoft has pulled it out of the stores. Even the developers SDK is not available anymore.

Cutting of the limbs like this can only mean one thing. Microsoft Band 2 is dead.

I have to look at other options. There seems to be too many with a staggering price range.

Well what about Samsung's band? I will look into it. It will not come cheap.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Creating a database in SAP's Ultralite 17 - Part 2

Mobile apps without data are not very interesting especially for enterprise / business applications. Most  businesses are data-centric. Ultralite databases with their small foot print are ideal for mobile applications. As described in the previous post you can use the APIs to create apps on many different devices.

In this post I describe the steps to create a database with all the default settings using the SQL Central interface. If you are new to SQL Central (was previously called Sybase Central) you may want to read my older posts here.

Launch SQL Central from All Programs under SQL Anywhere 17.
Click Tools and choose under UltraLite to create a database as shown.


Create_00.png

 Creating a database is driven by the Wizard which appears as soon as you click Create Database... in the above window. The following sequence of windows shows how the database is created. Although you can make many changes to the database settings, all defaults are used in this post.

You start with the welcome window. Read the notes here.


Click Next,


Use the Browse... button to find the location for the database you are going to create and provide a name. Herein the name is Mar25_2017.

Click Next. Accept the default storage settings.

 Click Next.
Next choose the Collation and character set. Herein Ultralite defaults are accepted.

 Click Next.
Accept the default creation parameters. Have a look at what they are (these are Ultralite defaults).
You can change any or all of them.

 Click Next.
You may leave this as is. Synchronization is important for synchronizing the UltraLite with the main server. For the moment you may leave this empty.


 Click Next after placing a check mark for connecting to the new database. This makes the database available in the SQL Central Management interface.


 Click Next. Oh! you get the command line way of creating this database. What the wizard delivered is the execution of the command line with the parameters (Switches) shown here. This is neat. Next time around you may just use the command line.


 Click Close. The database is created and now appears in the SQL Central under Ultralite 17 (Compare this to the very first image in this post)


Here is the Properties page for this database. Presently it has objects such as Tables, Users etc.