Using Adobe Captivate for iPhone Applications

Steps to use Flash iPhone packager to create iPhone app. from Captivate SWF

Further to Shameer’s post on “Publish to iPhone from Captivate and eLearning Suite“, here are the next steps to generate the iPhone app. from your Captivate SWF.

Publish to iPhone – From Captivate 5 and eLearning Suite 2

Apple’s recent announcement that it has lifted restrictions on its third-party developer guidelines has direct implications for the publishing options available from Captivate 5 and Adobe eLearning Suite 2. You can now author your elearning courses in Captivate and publish them as a swf to run on any Flash enabled device

Org-mode – the extensible emacs add-on for outlining and project management

Org-Mode: Your Life in Plain Text

emacsOrg-mode is for keeping notes, maintaining ToDo lists, doing project planning, and authoring with a fast and effective plain-text system, and it’s FREE.

Org-mode is an add-on for the popular free EMACS editor (programmers editor) and adds a full outline and todo list. All the files are stored in standard txt (ASCII) format so can be edited by any software if required. If you have a dropbox account you can store your outlines on your dropbox account and edit them using any editor or use the EMACS add-on to see the proper outlining.

The author suggests that this wonderful outline tool can be used for GTD, planning, notebooks and web/pdf authoring. There is also extensive documentation. There are some good tutorials covering introduction and power users guides with a useful screencast overview (25 minutes).

The beauty of this product is that it is very extensible and can be adapted by power users to do just about anything that requires outlining and maintaining lists. The files can be published to HTML and XHTML plus other formats such as LaTeX and Gantt Charts for project management integration. There’s a very interesting tech talk from GOOGLE that discusses Org-mode (46 minutes) and well worth listening to.

Leo Laporte’s Podcast network has recently published a podcast that discusses and talks to the author (Carsten Dominik) about org-mode – well worth a listen (as are all the FLOSS podcasts)

15 Web Services we rely on everyday

  • 15 Web Services We Rely On Every Day – an interesting article blog about 15 key web services used everyday. 

    The list includes:
    Zendesk, GetSatisfaction, SendGrid, MailChimp (my favourite mail manager for newsletters, etc.), Apigee, String, ExpressionEngine, Chartbeat, Mint, PivotalTracker, SalesForce, RightSignature, GotoMeeting, Xero, DropBox, Office Glico.

    These are amongst the best cloud based services out there and I recommend most of them. I may be blogging about individual ones over the next few weeks…

SimpleDiagrams, Git and jQuery Mobile

jQuery and AddToAny social media generator

  • Five quick tips that I found valuable while learning jQuery in depth. I learned them the hard way so you don’t have to! Really good post outlining using jquery with:
  1. Using Firebug to experiment interactively
  2. Caching selector results
  3. Explains about the best times to use jQuery (e.g. NOT all the time!)
  4. Advanced selectors, filters and traversals

addtoany social media generator

  • Help your visitors share & bookmark your pages and subscribe to your feeds using any service. System to interactively create a bookmarking widget that allows your users to subscribe to all the popular social networking systems. Easy to use and can generate in multiple languages.

    Addtoany has a comprehensive API that allows you to get and set key parameters. The API page has plenty of good examples of how to use. The button can be small and unobtrusive. This system can be used with Feedburner, and the service is absolutely FREE

Cache selector results

orangeCRM – notepad++ programmers editor – sourceforge – hosted apps at sourceforge

OrangeHRM – Human Resource Management

OrangeHRM is an Open Source Human Resource Management System that covers Personnel Information Management, Employee Self Service, Leave, Time & Attendance, Benefits, and Recruitment. Tags: HRM, HRMS, HCM, HRIS, EHRMS, Human Capital Management
This was the project of the month on Sourceforge back in 2008.
sourceforge-project-of-the-monthOrangeHRM is a Human Resource Management (HRM) system that facilitates personnel information management, employee self service, leave, time & attendance, benefits, and recruitment of a company. It’s is the most active open source human resource management software. With over 175,000 downloads, OrangeHRM is also fast becoming one of the most widely used HRM applications in the world. We believe in providing users simple to use robust software, and iteratively improving it based on feedback we get from them. This rapid evolving of the product is driven by agile development practices, and weekly product releases to SourceForge

Notepad++

Notepad++ is a generic source code editor (it tries to be anyway) and Notepad replacement written in c++ with win32 API. The aim of Notepad++ is to offer a slim and efficient binary with a totally customizable GUI.
notepadBased on a powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendlyness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.
Notepad++ was voted “Best Tool or Utility for Developers” in 2008.

Hosted Apps – sitedocs

Introducing: Hosted Apps at SourceForge.net ¶hosted-appsOver the years, SourceForge.net staff and users have identified a number of well-written Open Source applications which are useful to developers for personal use and critical to meeting the needs of Open Source software development projects. Through the Hosted Apps service, SourceForge.net provides hosted instances of these applications, allowing projects and developers to easily gain access to these tools, without incurring the overhead of handling the software installation, day-to-day maintenance and version upgrades.

Ajax tutorials and links

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Extreme Programming

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: “Extreme Programming rom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Extreme Programming (XP) is a method or approach to software engineering and the most popular of several agile software development methodologies.

It was formulated by Kent Beck, Ward Cunningham, and Ron Jeffries. Kent Beck wrote the first book on the topic, Extreme programming explained: Embrace change, published in 1999. The second edition of the book, which appeared in 2005, delves more into the philosophy of eXtreme Programming and describes it as being:

  • a mechanism for social change
  • a style of development
  • a path to improvement
  • an attempt to reconcile humanity and productivity
  • a software development discipline

Microsoft Access – Upgrading to 2003

The Office Update page of the Microsoft Web site offers a useful toolkit for analyzing databases prior to converting them to Access 2003 format. It is called the Access 2003 Conversion Toolkit, listed under the Add-ins link under the Access 2003 heading on the page.

Donn Edwards offers a utility called AccessOpener, which avoids those annoying messages when opening a database that is in a different Access format than the version of Access you are running. The utility works with Access 97, 2000 and XP/2002, and it can be downloaded from here.

Web Services, SOAP, MSXML and Microsoft Access

Thinking about integrating Web Services? The PerfectXML website has some great articles about SOAP and MSXML and other technologies that will allow you to do this. I’m fairly new to the world of web services and not yet a proficient .net programmer (VB migration on the way…), but seems to me that Web Services are the thing of the near future.

This article from PerfectXML is a good allrounder that includes stuff on standard asp programming – easy to follow and very logical. I’m particulary interested in simple bits of code and interfaces (perhaps Google or eBay) that I can test using Access 2000 and VBA. I understand that it’s possible without over complicating everything. The recent Access user group meeting (May 2005, UK) was very interesting. Peter Vogel (editor of Smart Access, Pinnacle publication) gave a brilliant presentation of Microsoft Access using SOAP, etc. to access Web Services; so it must be possible. Continue reading