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Review: Sencha Touch 2 Up and Running by Adrian Kosmaczewski (O’Reilly Media)

I’ve taken a couple of web development courses which required the use of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create interactive web sites (no frameworks).  I also have experience in C# and C++.  The difference between procedural JavaScript programming and OOP … Continue reading

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Review: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi (O’Reilly Media)

If your goal is to use your RPi board as a tool for exploring Python, Getting Started with RaspBerry Pi seems ideal. If you want an introduction to Linux and RPi configuration, this book should save you time and effort. … Continue reading

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Review: Make an Arduino Controlled Robot by Michael Margolis (O’Reilly Media)

This how-to book is really well done. In the first several chapters, it presents short conceptual descriptions of the capabilities that will be implemented in the robotic software, and walks through the robot assembly process thoroughly. The author describes two … Continue reading

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Review: Node Up and Running by Tom Hughes-Croucher & Mike Wilson (O’Reilly Media)

This is a review of “Node Up and Running by Tom Hughes-Croucher & Mike Wilson; O’Reilly Media. To quote Nathan Thurm (~46 second mark):  “Is it me? It’s him right?” Writing a book about a programming language must be difficult: … Continue reading

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Disappearing WindowBuilder Widgets & Objects in Google Web Toolkit

Google purchased and open-sourced WindowBuilder Pro late in 2010.  I’m using it as an Eclipse plugin to develop applications for Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and Google App Engine (GAE).  With WindowBuilder Pro, the developer can just drag & drop GUI … Continue reading

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Samsung Vibrant Finally Gets Froyo – but not OTA

After many rumors and accusations T-Mobile provided a means to update Samsung Vibrant Android phones to Froyo on 1/20/2011 (old news for many).  After news of the update was announced, I waited a week for the update to be pushed … Continue reading

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Review: HTML5 Mobile Web Development (video series) by Jake Carter

During this video series, the instructor provides a thorough introduction to HTML5/CSS3 development.  In the first part of the course he walks us through development of a mobile Twitter application.  In my opinion, the course is better than a “live” … Continue reading

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Review: HTML5 Up and Running (O’Reilly | Google Press)

As an Embedded Software Developer with experience in writing networking code, HTML5 may seem somewhat tangential as a topic for study.  However, as “embedded” has come to include devices with 512+ MBytes of memory, GHz processors, and gigabit Ethernet connections, … Continue reading

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Connecting the Android Galaxy S to the DDMS in Win 7 64 bit

For whatever reason, the Samsung_Android USB driver would not install properly on my Win 7 64 system.  Click here for the manual driver installation procedure.  It seems to be working with my Eclipse/Android installation so far. (thanks to raynjarre on … Continue reading

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On Geekiness

The first entry in Wikipedia for geek is: “One who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality, electronics, etc.”  Works for me.

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