JQueryUI with Metro Theme

A search for Metro theme based on Jquer UI actually resulted in this post. JQUIT builder seems to be promising option but it’s now unmaintained and all builder links are removed. I further searched and found a much similar cusotmization of jQuery UI to match like Metro.

Here is the Jquery UI theme link after my little modification.

n8p9ntp

Screenshot: http://tinyurl.com/n8p9ntp
Download: Metro Light | Metro Dark

You can replace metro blue shade with other high/low contrast colors of windows 8 (purple, orange, green etc).

Here are the links for color set.
http://www.creepyed.com/2012/09/windows-8-colors-hex-code/
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11578867/is-there-a-list-of-standard-tile-colors-for-metro-style-windows-8-apps

Have fun.

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“Go To File” Feature/Plugin for Notepad++

The plugin that I found that has this feature is called Open File in Solution

Here’s a link to download the plugin and documentation: http://npp.incrediblejunior.com/

Steps:

  1. Install the above 4 plugins from here (I just downloaded them manually and dropped them in my plugins directory).
  2. Start Notepad++.  Select Plugins -> SolutionHubUI -> SolutionHubUI Show from the menu
  3. Here you define your solution or project.  Click “New Solution” and enter a Name.  Then click the “Path” icon and select it’s root folder.  Tick the “Recursive” and “Monitored” checkboxes to ensure the files within this folder are indexed, and you can optionally add Exclusions file filter to skip any files you don’t want indexed (like “jpg gif png” files).
  4. Click “Save Solution”, then double-click the “Connections” value in the table at the top and enter “ofis” as a connection for your new solution.  This will associate your solution with “Open File In Solution” to make this feature work.  Then click “Save Connections”.  (You can define multiple solutions/projects, but only one can have the “ofis” association at one time.  This provides a crude way of switching between solutions/projects)
  5. Now test your Solution by going to the menu and selecting Plugins -> Open File In Solution -> OFIS – Show.  You should see a dialog that allows you to search all the files in your solution.
  6. Now we’ll define some keyboard shortcuts.  Go to Settings -> Shortcut Mapper… and choose the “Plugin commands” tab.
  7. Find the entry called “OFIS – Show” and give it a shortcut.  I personally use Ctrl+Shift+R as that’s what I’m used to from Eclipse, however this is used by the out-of-the-box Macro Record.  So I have to disable this shortcut manually under “Main Menu” tab.  (Unfortunately Notepad++ doesn’t warn you if there’s a clash).
  8. Next, find the entry under the “Plugin commands” tab called “ST – Open document” and give this another short-cut.  This is how you open files that are referenced in your source (like F3 in Eclipse).  I personally map this to Ctrl-Shift-=.
  9. That’s it!

Source: http://superuser.com/questions/310147/go-to-file-feature-plugin-for-notepad

​One more tip. If you like the RubyBlue colour theme, grab the enhanced version that includes additional language support (like java). It’s available from: http://www.maxahn.com/2010/12/customized-ruby-blue-theme-for-notepad/.

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5 Google Products That Failed and What Startups Can Learn From It

Visit following link. Saved just to bookmark on blog.

https://blog.kissmetrics.com/google-products-that-failed/

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I’ve inherited 200K lines of spaghetti code — what now?

​I came across a very good question (as mentioned in title of post) and fantastic answer. This is common problem for senior developers / project leads who just landed on some previously coded project. I’ve seen such scenes quite a lot time and all ends in frustration and left unresolved.

Posting on blog for reference. Actual question / answers are here:
http://programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/155488/ive-inherited-200k-lines-of-spaghetti-code-what-now

Top answer summary:

Executive Summary for the Impatient

  • Define a rigid project structure, with:
    • project templates,
    • coding conventions,
    • familiar build systems,
    • and sets of usage guidelines for your infrastructure and tools.
  • Install a good SCM and make sure they know how to use it.
  • Point them to good IDEs for their technology, and make sure they know how to use them.
  • Implement code quality checkers and automatic reporting in the build system.
  • Couple the build system to continuous integration and continuous inspection systems.
  • With the help of the above, identify code quality "hotspots" and refactor.

Now for the long version… Caution, brace yourselves!

Read here: http://programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/155488/ive-inherited-200k-lines-of-spaghetti-code-what-now

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PHP library for Charts, Graphs, Guages & Dashboard

A PHP Chart library (www.chartphp.com) that promises to supports many features and looks to be an alternate to FusionCharts PHP wrapper, PHPChart, HighCharts PHP etc. Basically, A simple PHP wrapper is missing element in many charting libraries as it takes time to understand the JS api. Other factor to use these libraries is the Cost. From their website, here are some highlights of ChartPHP library:

  • HTML5 powered PHP Charts for Web and Mobile devices
  • Delightful & Hassle free – Line Charts, Multi-line Area Charts, Bar Charts, Pie/Donut Charts, Meter Guages, Funnel Charts and many more.
  • Supports databases including MySql, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, Oracle, DB2
  • Ready-to-Use PHP Sample Code & Demo Charts
  • Chrome, IE 7, IE 8, Firefox, Safari, and Opera Compatible

These libraries definitely save a lot of time, making admin reports, stats charts OR business kpi dashboards.

​The product website seems to be under development​ now.

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Fixing Thinkpad Fan error

If someone wish to repair FAN ERROR issue of thinkpad byself, here is the tutorial​

https://hwshim.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/fixing-thinkpad-fan-error/

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Easy Database Apps Builders

As a business start-up owner, many of us still thinks that excel is enough for me for customer information and mini CRM, but it is valid only when you have limited usage. When you grow advance, the excel misses several functions like access control, sharing, maintaining central security of data, storing media etc.

Database driven application resolves this limitation by provides stable alternates. Corporates usually hire some IT team and give them requirements for app. But when some one need quick and budget friendly solution, easy option is to use some kind of database application makers. Here i want to share my working, while doing some research on database application builders.

Basic searching idea was, they should be built for business users. No coding and programming skills requirements.

Good:
http://www.caspio.com/
https://www.zoho.com/creator/
https://www.knackhq.com/

Average:
https://www.nubuilder.net/
http://awareim.com/
http://creator.ifreetools.com/
http://bigprof.com/appgini/
http://www.elevatesoft.com/products?category=ewb
http://www.viravis.com/
http://www.longtion.com/dbappbuilder/dbappbuilder.html

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