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Create-On-Update Pattern for AngularJS Applications

This is a suggestion for how to design the JSON/REST protocol between the Angular application and the server, to handle creation of items easily and conveniently.  Use a special ID value to indicate that the object does not exist on the server, and update like normal.  The server detects this and creates it on demand. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Coding, Design

 

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JSON/REST API – Handling Dates

In this post, I lay out the reason that you should always transfer dates in a JSON/REST API as an integer epoch value: the number of milliseconds since Jan 1, 1970. If you think it should be anything else, please read on….
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Posted by on June 10, 2015 in Coding, Design

 

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What an Author needs to know about LaTeX

This post is for authors who choose a publisher who likes to use LaTeX for layout, and want to make changes to the marked up source directly.  It is quite easy to edit LaTeX files, as long as you just know a few things to avoid.  Here is the minimum you need to know to be effective at editing the content. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2015 in LaTeX

 

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Adding Unicode Characters to LaTeX documents

While typesetting a travel diary, I wanted to include place names in their local language using their local script.  The book is written entirely in English, and have only a standard text editor, without any exotic script support.  I can look up the local name of the city online, but cutting and pasting can be a challenge, here is how to do it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2015 in LaTeX

 

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Getting Selfie-Links to Work – AngularJS Tips

The past two posts covered parsing the address parameters, and generating a new address with changed parameter values. It turns out that links from a page to the same page are suppressed, unless you include the code below. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2015 in Coding, Design

 

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Reflecting State in the URL – Angular JS Tip

In the last post I outline a method for parsing parameters to a page, but as people work on the page, they can sometimes modify the parameters. Consider a page that accepts a query value as a parameter, but also allows the user to modify the query value. If you update the page’s address, then bookmarks by the user will always bring them back to the same place/mode. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2015 in Coding, Design

 

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Parsing Parameters – AngularJS Tip

I recently got up to speed on AngularJS and I must admit it is pretty amazing.  Probably should give an overview but I don’t have time for that today.  This post is specifically some Java code to parse parameters that can be passed in links between pages allowing for a natural page-flow behavior. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2015 in Coding, Design

 

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