ownCloud News Firefox OS application

In continuing to contribute to ownCloud project new version of ownCloud News application for Firefox OS is out. Current version is 0.2.0.

Considering that main ownCloud News application has operations like adding RSS feeds and folders, Firefox OS version is still very immature. Since Firefox OS is not very mature and not in spread use, this application has been ported to Android OS using PhoneGap. After getting over some installing catches, Android version was build and installed on devices. I had two devices to test Android version on:

  • Huawei Ascend Y300 (Android 4.1, 4 inch) and
  • Prestigio Multipad 10.1 Ultimate (Android 4.1, 10.1 inch).

First is gallery of screenshots made on Huawei:

Second gallery are screenshots made on Prestigio tablet:

Things to notice are changes when screen is wider on Huawei. This was easily accomplished by using Twitter Bootstrap framework.

As neat as it is, this application needs a lot of improvements. That is why it needs contribution. That is why I’m inviting every frontend developer and coder who are willing to learn to contribute. It is a great way to learn something new and participate in great project as ownCloud. There are other participants who are willing to give feedback on work.

Anyway, if you are using ownCloud stay tuned for more improvements. If you are not using it, this is a right time to start 🙂


Imgur album image downloader

Hey hey, here I am with a new cool thing. It is imgur album downloader.

Now, I know there are some imgur album downloaders, but I could not run the Windows version, and I did not bother with any other. I have decided to write my own imgur album downloader. There are some constraints, which are:

  • it works in only two conditions (if you specify album link, containing /a/ in link, or link to group of albums, with imgur.com within link),
  • there is only one page of albums thumbnails (maybe imgur displays all albums thumbnails on one page, I’m not sure),
  • you have to make dir, enter the dir in console and run the script in it (then script makes dirs with albums names, and puts pictures in those dirs).

Regardless of constraints, script can be easily changed to support various links, and parsing techniques. I encourage everybody who is interested in having a nice imgur album downloader, to try and change it, so we can all benefit from it. Here is the Python 2.7 script. Sorry for no comments in code, I did it quickly, and I think that functions names are very intuitive, if that is of any help 🙂

Things that could be done:

  • implement string matching through regex
  • add support for galleries,
  • add support for multiple pages,
  • add nitty GUI (gtk or maybe PyQt).

Cheerz. Bye!

PHP Symfony Editor ?

Hey hey! Fresh stuff again! 🙂 This time it is symfony again!

Lets cut the chatting and get straight to the point!

What IDE are you using? Is it fast, is it comfortable, does it have plugins for Symfony?

You are saying, yeess, NetBeans has it, though it is not very fast 😦 All that Java is eating my memory…

If you have it a lot, that that is not a prob, but what if you are short with that resource??? Lets say you have, oh I don’t know, a virtual machine, which you use for developing. You don’t want all that projects, files and junk to be in your sweet home and to look it every day in your spare time :D. So you make virtual machine and use it to do all the work, then shut it down, and the nightmare is forgotten. YEY! But in case you do not have a resource monster computer, or some kinda super computer, virtual machine will have less RAM than host on which you are running it. That is the main part, where you might have the problems with NetBeans or Eclipse. They are sooo sloow on virtual machines… Or I am not well informed, and I do not know some hints to make them faster. If you do, please inform me below 🙂


I went some googling about php editor which has support for symfony. There were NetBeans (newest version), Eclipse (with its plugins), PHPEdit (which is shareware, and being a student, I don’t have too much money to spare on software), Komodo IDE (shareware), but WAIT! Komodo Editor!?

That is free, as in speech, dynamic languages editor. Mmmm nice? PHP, Python, Shell, Perl etc. Mmm nice!!! Built in C++!? Weeell, it is based on Mozzila Framework, which among all includes C++ libraries. Faster than NetBeans or Eclipse, which are Java based… Has some plugins for symfony… WOW! You must be dying from wish to try it! 🙂

Here you go http://www.openkomodo.com/ Komodo Edit

So you download it, and what? How, to use if for developing Symfony projects??? That is the right question! And, since this post took me some time, I’ll describe basic project generation in this post.

I’d be very interested in reading your comments, because I see some interest in symfony… Bye 🙂

Learning Symfony pt. 1

Ok guys, today I’m not going to speak about any of my computer adventures (read horrors :)). Since I’m starting to learn Symfony, I have one nice tutorial for everyone who is PHP developer. If you are interested in good and bad sides of it, I can’t help you, but you’ll find a lot of articles about that, on google.
Anyway, I had bad luck starting with symfony’s official jobeet tutorial. It is not! for the begginers, if you ask me. Lot of information, and not even a nice intro in how MVC is implemented in it. I guess that you could start learning from it after you read this tutorial, which is really a beginners tutorial.


So, enjoy in symfony and I hope I’ll too 😉 Bye!