Sunday, November 2, 2014

What Firefox OS Can Do Better

While Spider-Man's words of wisdom is true that "with great powers come great responsibility," it's also undeniable that "with great challenges come great opportunity." Having to create a new platform from scratch, Mozilla FirefoxOS is definitely facing competition from incumbents iOS and Android, with Windows Phone slowly squeezing its way through. The opportunity presented to Mozilla FirefoxOS is that they started with a clean slate, much like BeOS had the chance back in the mid-1990s.

If history is to teach you anything, the blunder BeOS made was that they kept playing on the hardware field dominated by the then incumbents, Microsoft and the Apple before the return of Steve Jobs. BeOS shifted too late to the internet appliance market, and slowly dissolved in obscurity when sold to Palm. FirefoxOS in contrast has successfully defined a hardware reference implementation, though it's not positioned to compete with iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Come to think of it, FirefoxOS is not even aiming at Blackberry's fractional market share. What does FirefoxOS bring to the table then? What does FirefoxOS stand for? Is FirefoxOS a mere hobbyist mobile platform? Most importantly: what can FirefoxOS do better?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC: A Book Review

If you're cooking up modern, responsive web applications using C# and .NET on the Windows platform, there are three main ingredients to the recipe: (1) the new improved, vitamin-enriched ASP.NET MVC (version 5 as of this writing), (2) Visual Studio 2013 (the latest and the greatest right now), and last but definitely never the least, (3) Twitter Bootstrap (at version 3.x as of the moment).

Having been fans of Bootstrap for responsive web application development and having reviewed books on using Bootstrap and on extending it, we're very honoured to review Pieter van der Westhuizen's "Bootstrap for ASP.NET MVC." It's just hot off the press last August 2014, published by Packt, available in paperback and e-book version, and best of all, reasonably priced with code samples.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

EDGEKIT Supports Software Freedom Day 2014 and Will Talk on OpenBSD

In its continuous commitment to free and open source technology, EDGEKIT Computer Systems will provide presentation on OpenBSD in the Software Freedom Day 2014 celebration at Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa campus on 20 September 2014.

This Software Freedom Day (SFD) event is proudly organized by Computer Professionals' Union, they have successfully organized SFDs since 2008.

The planned SFD celebration last 20 September has been cancelled due to flood and severe weather condition in Metro Manila and neighboring towns and cities, Software Freedom Day 2014 has been re-scheduled to be held on 8 November 2014, still at the same venue. See you there!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Agrikathon: The Agriculture-Oriented Hackathon of Northern Luzon

EDGEKIT Computer Systems is very proud to sponsor the upcoming Agri Hackathon, or more endearingly called Agrikathon since it's conception early May this year, to be held at PhilRice in Nueva Ecija from 29th to 30th of August this year. This was organized by PhilRice with the major participation of Mobility or Mobile IT for Youth.

Based on the sold out tickets, this is already a success. On our part, this is more of a sequel to the Bigas2Hack event we attended last year. We sincerely will miss Smart Communication's absence on this event, the presence of Microsoft Philippines and Eqela would be very welcome co-sponsors of the event.

Check out the rules of the hackathon here and hope to see you all there.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Jimini the Ticket Managing and Monitoring System

We have again been on blog hiatus like in numerous times for the past few years. The focus recently, or excuse if you will, is a mobile-centric ticket managing and monitoring system we named Jimini.

It's still in early stages of development as of this writing and currently can be found in the cloud. This is currently focused on the user interface and experience design first, with concern for quick access to creating tickets, that is to author issue reports.

We plan to make a product around this project and if you want to help make this more suitable to your needs or should you be interested to avail of this service, please contact us.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Packt Publishing Celebrates 10 Years of Effective Learning and Information Services to IT Professionals

I have to admit that the title for this post is too long than acceptable than journalism's acceptable practices, but it says it all, so please head out to Packt and to save you the trouble because you only have until July 5th, check this link out.
Congratulations to Packt Publishing and may you have more and more years with voluminous books dishing out resources and references relevant, timely and affordable to the IT industry demands.
Again, just click here to go celebrate with Packt.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Book Review of Extending Bootstrap

Having designed and developed web applications for over a decade, I once thought jQuery Mobile is the best there is, I even used it in my early professional and hackathon projects. Knowing Bootstrap 3 now, I feel guilty of high treason for those projects that look and feel the same, even when you apply themes on them.

When your web design or development project needs a responsive, mobile-first design, Bootstrap 3 fits the bill almost perfectly. Why almost? The usual complaint with Bootstrap is that the web pages created practically look like any other websites made with it.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Beyond Open Source: The Latest on Microsoft and Apple

To further boost the competitive edge,  after Microsoft outsourced their CEO post to India, closed-door discussions are on the way to purchase Red Hat and finally roll-out the long overdue and much ballyhooed vaporware codenamed Microsoft Linux.

Meanwhile at Apple, in a bold move to dispose old Intel-based Macs in preparation for the release of A7-based systems across the board, Steve Wozniak performs cameo role as the delivery boy.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Celebrate Packt Publishing's 2000th Title with Buy One Get One Free eBook

We would like to congratulate Packt Publishing for the 2000th book title milestone, and as part of the celebration, they have an offer you shouldn't refuse: buy 1 eBook and get 1 eBook free.

With IT topics ranging from desktop, web and mobile development to games, graphics, cloud platform and systems administration. The only hard part imaginable is to pick one eBook title of your choice and struggle finding and selecting from over 1,900 titles more for the free eBook.

What are you waiting for? Go to the Packt Publishing website, celebrate and grab their best offer yet.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Adventure in the Middle of the Snake Pit: PyCon Philippines 2014

It was only recently I realized how lucky I am to have attended the two-day PyCon Philippines 2014, the Python community conference, at the De La Salle University, Manila.

The two-day conference gave me the opportunity to again meet or see some of the IT personalities I respect and highly regard in the industry like Edison Go Tan, Evan Dale Aromin, Zak Elep, and Alvin Edwald Chan and Brian Paul Samson, both were volunteers and organizers of the event.

It's also been fortunate of me to have met Jayr Anes, coincidentally also a graduate school student at Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Web Application Development with Yii and PHP: A Book Review

We were again graced by Packt and was given the opportunity to review the second edition of Web Application Development with Yii and PHP by Jeffrey Winesett, which was released November 2012. Wait! What?! That is really 2012 and no typographical error, almost two years from now. You might be shouting expletives if I seem pulling your leg and reviewing a book over a year old.

When I double checked with the official Yii Framework website, it turns out that this book is for the Yii Framework version 1.1.12 which is about two versions away from the current version (version 1.1.14 as of this writing). What's so special about this book is that the Yii framework starting with version 1.1 is supported until December 2015. That means you get this book as an investment resource for Yii Framework 1.1.x development, and that means it's relevant now and beyond, make that 3 years after this book is published.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Fantastic Adventure at Infanta Quezon a.k.a. Becoming a Seminar Resource Speaker

I was fortunate to be asked to participate as seminar resource speaker on network and enterprise security; thus, an adventure in Infanta, Quezon ensued, particularly in ACTS Computer College, owned and managed by Mr. Ernesto Lim who I was fortunate to have met and spoken with after conducting the seminar.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Book Review of "Zend Framework 2 Cookbook"

First off, a pop quiz: what does "Lord of the Rings", "Star Wars", "Godfather", "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", "Toy Story" and Jason Bourne have in common? If you answered these were examples of a trilogy in cinema or literature in one way or another, you have my congratulations.

Speaking of trilogies, this article is my third book review for Packt. We were given the opportunity to review the "Zend Framework 2 Cookbook" by Josephus Callaars, of which we will refer to as ZF2 Cookbook.

Highlights of the ZF2 Cookbook include in-depth discussion of and chock-full of code on internationalization, mail handling using PHP, forms, validators and view helpers, in-depth discussion of views and related design patterns, more extensive exploration of databases using PDO (not just MySQL), modules, models and services, authentication, exception handling, dependency injection, performance optimization and bug management; quite a hefty lot for a 340 page cookbook.

Add to the mix the previous books I reviewed- the "Mobile First Bootstrap" and "Zend Framework 2 Application Development", get all three and you'll be in web development ecstasy.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Making Mobile Web Apps Guided by "Mobile First Bootstrap": A Book Review

I was on a quest for front-end development framework that's built on top of jQuery so that it will be portable across various browsers and theoretically resolved the differences and individual quirks of various popular browsers, and the final item after clearing out the list is Bootstrap 3, all the more is that it's designed with mobile platform first so I can finally work with a better front-end tool than jQuery Mobile.

What's next once we have Bootstrap 3 on hand? Well, we need a guide, preferably a book to help us go through this new fancy power tool for front-end developers and luckily for us, with the generosity of Packt Publishing, we were again given the opportunity to review another new book, this time it's "Mobile First Bootstrap" by Alexandro Magno that was published before the close of 2013 so this is really hot off the press!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Nokia Lumia 820 and the Mobile Apps Paradox

In a previous blog, I promised to have a product review of Nokia Lumia 820, so this article is long overdue, but please allow me to justify procrastination, at least for this review. It turns out that there was already a review of Lumia 920 so what's the use of reading about Lumia 820? Well, this is more of account of working with the Lumia 820 developer device loaded with Windows Phone 8 and frankly, doing a review on a very short span of time may not do justice to the device in question.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Zend Framework 2 Application Development: A Book Review

I once tried using the Zend Framework 2 documentation as a guide to PHP5 development but the documentation given the number of framework components is also gargantuan, and having to look through the documentation can be intimidating if not cumbersome, especially for newcomers to PHP5 development.

I highly recommend this book to be a reference on ZF2 for newcomers and experts alike within reach on your desktop, literally and metaphorically

With due credit to Punit Shetty through Facebook, I was floored to have had the opportunity to review the book, or rather the eBook version of "Zend Framework 2 Application Development" by Christopher Valles that was released around the last quarter of 2013. At the outset, the book was intended for newcomers to PHP5 development using Zend Framework 2, arousing the curiosity whether this book would be suitable for newbies while at the same time hopefully valuable also to experienced developers.