Front-end resources

Haven’t been blogging very much… which I am now realising was not such a great idea. It’s hard to recall what I’ve been doing and all the insights I’ve had. So, in attempting to remedy this situation, I thought I would re-commence blogging by just jotting down some of the online resources I have been using lately to do front-end…
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Free Software Day

Inspired by Software Freedom Day, that just took place last Saturday, LenSoftware thought we might share the love. By far the most useful talk in Melbourne was the Email Self-Defence (Email Encryption) talk given by Stew Johnson, with key signing afterwards. Here is the amazing infographic from FSF (Free Software Foundation):- Andrew Pam of LUV (Linux Users of Victoria) also…
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Was ist passiert?

SAP has been aggressively selling its HANA platform and while the back-end is proprietary, it has been starting to push the open front-end out into the world. Witness the “code jams” scheduled for the Northen-hemisphere summer, the sponsorship of the newly-created Amsterdam OSCON, the Facebook and Twitter feeds, etc. The corporate behemoth is indeed, like its SAPUI5 mascot of the…
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SAP and Open Source

The good news is that SAP is paying some attention to the open source community. They released an HTML5 and JavaScript framework, called SAPUI5, the year before last. Now that framework is not under an open-source license even though it incorporates quite a number of open-source JavaScript libraries (See https://sapui5.hana.ondemand.com/sdk/#credits.html.) According to one official SAP site: “SAPUI5” is the version…
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dbElectrum has been Released

We are so excited, version 0.0.1 of dbElectrum is finally out! Please check out the demo at dbelectrum.org or at dbe.lensoftware.com and let us know what you think. There is still some documentation to come, like the crucial Development Guide but it should follow in a matter of weeks. If you would like some support and/ or to become a…
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New Year, New Look

The new year is almost upon us and so we have decided it’s time to go for a new look. With WordPress outpacing other CMS systems in popularity (see for instance a trend plotted by Google Trends as to how well WordPress is doing against Drupal and Joomla,) together with the fact that WordPress won Open Source web app of…
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cURL Extension with PHP

Just a quick update to the last post, a client asked us to look at their shopp system (an e-commerce plugin for Word Press.) The web server needed a couple of extensions, namely GD2 and cURL. After re-running the PHP 5.2.14 installer and changing the installation to include these additional extensions the web server could not be re-started as php_curl.dll…
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PHP and MySQL

Needed to install latest releases of PHP and MySQL (so we could edit some of the WordPress entries on the local Windows XP box.) At first tried to do it all in one go and downloaded XAMPP but after running into a few problems decided it would be best to install Apache, PHP and MySQL separately, especially as later on…
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Quality Time with Postgres

Postgres, the wonderful open source database, used to be so easy to install on Windows. If you do not want, or need, the Microsoft Visual C++ distribution you should still be able to install it. It’s not made easy though… it took me, (a humble developer here at LenSoftware) a lot of time to install the latest 8.4.3 distribution and…
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First Post

This is it, LenSoftware is going to have a (more or less) technical blog. Decisions, decisions:- what software to choose? As you can see we have decided on WordPress in keeping with our general love of Open Source software. Wow… what incredible ease of installation and use, what an inspiring piece of software!
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