Gambas 3 TreeView and TabStrip Example Code

I sometimes play around with Xojo and PureBasic for quick and simple GUI apps since the interface designers are convenient and the language makes for easy coding. I was checking out Gambas 3 and found it to be fairly good but lacking in a lot of examples. I was messing around with TreeView and TabStrip […]

Install Virtuoso 6.1.6 for use with Python 3 on LinuxMint 18

Install the following from the Software Manager (use apt if you prefer): Virtuoso-opensource Virtuoso-server Virtuoso-vad-conductor Virtuoso-vad-isparql Virtuoso-vsp-startpage Virtuoso-opensource-6.1 Virtuoso-opensource-6.1-bin Virtuoso-opensource-61-common Unixodbc Libvirtodbc0 Download zip and Install PyODBC from https://github.com/maparent/pyodbc/tree/v3-virtuoso Unzip, cd into the expended folder, then type: $ sudo python setup.py build install Add the following in the odbc.ini: $ sudo nano /etc/odbc.ini Add the […]

Batch base64 encode PNGs in Python 3 for use in CSS.

I wrote a simple Python 3 script to base64 encode a series of PNG images for use in CSS, or whatever. If you’re learning Python add file output or even go a step further and generate the CSS lines. If you’re here I will assume you are wanting these for CSS but if not, here […]

Ajax driven HTML 5 radial gauge.

I’ve updated the JavaScript gauge example I created years ago. It takes a value between 0 and 100 and will automatically update using Ajax to pull the values in from a json file so no need to refresh the page or submit form data, just have a script or web programming language update the json […]

Statusbar example with Swift in XCode 6.2

I’ve created a simple Statusbar application that dynamically creates a menu of Applications in the Utilities folder and opens the Application when the corresponding menu item is clicked. I use simple NSThread for the collection and use image assets for the icon. Not a lot of error handling and could be tweaked for speed, and […]

Quick and dirty way to get Location data on Mac in Xojo

You could make a Xojo plugin in XCode to access the location data, buy a plugin, or maybe use AppleScript but I think this is simple and will work right in the console using Curl as well as within any language that can issue shell commands. Since it’s Curl it should work for Linux as […]

Create a Button with hover effect in Xojo

Drag a Canvas object onto your form from the Library. Click the Canvas object and select the Inspector, top right, and turn off UseFocusRing and for Backdrop select your default image. You can select the hover image as a Backdrop as well as it will add the image to your project and save you time, […]

Adding “Create Text File” to Mac OS X using Automator and no code.

Update: It seems you can now add menu items to the contextual (right click menu) in Finder. I no longer use Mac so I have not tried this but should be able to add a create text file entry if you like. Unfortunately I assume most would want this from the desktop. If you moved […]

Gauge example in Inkscape (SVG)

If you’re tasked with creating gauges for a dashboard and you want an example on how to do the graphics, I’ve created one in Inkscape. Inkscape is a free vector application if you are on a budget and can’t afford Adobe Illustrator. I made this while getting a feel for a new dashboard I’ll be […]