March 31 / / Uncategorized
If you are reading this article, I presume that you have been through the painful moment when you realize that you have to complete a project by tomorrow and you just don’t feel like it. For some of us the project is a website. For others it might be an application. And the most dreaded part of any such project is the implementation of design.   Many a times I have found myself frustrated on a simple layout just thinking what went wrong and why doesn’t the layout look like I want it to.
Google Summer of Code (GSOC) Apache Syncope An Open Source Identity Management System Introduction Apache syncope is an identity management system which essentially means that it allows enterprises to maintain information and credentials for their employees in an organized and efficient way. It is a real world solution for a pressing problem. Apache Syncope is an Open Source system for managing digital identities in enterprise environments, implemented in Java EE technology and released under Apache 2.
March 20 / / Firebase
Another problem with this approach is the security of the data. Since we are now asking the user to select the data from his own system, we are essentially giving him access to all the data available. Not only that, he/she could change the data and upload it to the online server without any problems and the data would be saved online forever. One possibility is to save previous versions of the data online up to a certain date (let’s say 2-3 days) and also save a log of who changed the data and when (log file will be smaller and can be saved for longer).
March 20 / / Firebase
Although JS doesn’t allow picking up files willy-nilly from a user’s local system, we could definitely ask permission from the user to do so. The way I found to do this is by asking the user to fill a file input field which will contain the JSON data we want to read. Problem is we will have to ask the user to navigate to the file and this would be a great hurdle to the usability of the application.
March 20 / / Firebase
In a recent post I explained how wee could theoretically save user’s data onto a local file which could then be synced to the Firebase database online. As i ventured further into the idea, I realized that JS doesn’t really allow you to read a file on the local system of the user. I was a little frustrated after reading about 5 posts on StackOverflow stating how it would be “Invasion of Privacy” if we could do that but I realized that what they were posting was absolutely valid.
February 05 / / Firebase
Recently I published a post where I explained why I needed to create some synchronization scripts for a web application that uses Firebase as a Database. As stated in the previous post, there are 3 parts to this endeavor. I will be planning out the first one in this post.     1. When user enters or edits data while offline, save the data in a local json file. So, Firebase allows the users 4 ways to enter data into the database.
February 04 / / Firebase
I recently took up a project where I needed to store some structured data and provide the user with a UI to insert view and edit the data in a streamlined way.   At first I tried to use a MySQL database, but it was too much work. Also I didn’t know the limits of the data they could enter so defining data types was a chore as well.  
October 11 / / Uncategorized
Next week, I will be presenting in the Dehradun city-wide Maker Party of the Firefox Club in UPES. The topic of my Presentation is POLYMER which is a tool I discovered and learned to work with last summer. Here’s the Prezi Presentation I created today. [prezi id=”2hbpjivpdf3_” align=center width=1000] This was also a great opportunity to tinker with Prezi, an online presentation tool which provides a radical way of creating presentations instead of the classic page wise navigation in classic presentations.
August 28 / / Project / Ubuntu Touch Port
So I finally decided to go with Linux Mint for the platform on which I would build the Ubuntu Touch Port. This is only a temporary decision though since I can change it to Ubuntu or anything else if it doesn’t fulfill my needs. Why Linux Mint? Because it recently I installed Windows 10 (relatively new right now) on my system and it has a great UI. So I was looking for a distribution that would be able to compete with that.