Monday, November 09, 2009

Code Plugin for Blogger - How to Install Syntaxhighlighter

I found a nice blog post explaining how to install Syntaxhighlighter code plugin to blogger. It is very simple and works great.

Some additions
1. If your browser is Firefox, you should add the styles manually
    * copy the stylesheet at the location
    * Go to Layout --> Edit HTML
    * Paste the stylesheet before ]]> tag
    * Save the template

2. Other relevant scripts (Other than Cpp) are located here

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

How to Plot Moving Graphs Using Flot Library

Plotting a moving graph is nothing other than plotting an instance of a varying data set at each refresh. However, to get the moving effect you need to change the data set as stated below

1. Discard the leftmost Y value of the previous step
2. Shift the remaining Y values to the left
3. Add the new coming value as the rightmost Y value

Flot is an opensource Javascript plotting library for jQuery. Now let's see how to do this using Flot.

Firs you need to download flot library and add followings to your js folder.
3.excanvas.js (This is needed if your browser is IE)

Now let's create the html page

    <!--Include the css file and flot libs-->
    <LINK REL=StyleSheet HREF="css/layout.css" TYPE="text/css">

    <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery.js"></script>
    <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery.flot.js"></script>
    <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript" src="js/excanvas.js"></script>

Here is the CSS file used

body {
  font-family: sans-serif;
  font-size: 16px;
  margin: 50px;
  max-width: 800px;

div.graph {

Let's include javascript functions inside HEAD

<script id="source" language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
        var running = false;
        var array;
        var xscale = 100; 

        //this function does the plotting 
        function draw() {
           //shift the values to left
            for (var i = 0; i < this.xscale - 1; i++) {
                this.array[i] = [i,this.array[i + 1][1]];  // (x,y)

            //add the new coming value to the last postion
            this.array[this.xscale - 1] = [this.xscale - 1,Math.random()];

                $.plot($("#graphdiv"), [
                        label: "Y vs X",
                        data: this.array,
                        lines: { show: true, fill: true, fillColor: "rgba(249, 28, 61,0.3)",lineWidth: 3.5 },
                        color:"rgba(249, 28, 61,1)"
                    xaxis: {
                        ticks: generateTicks(),
                        min: 0

                    yaxis: {
                        ticks: [0 , 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0, 1.2],
                        min: 0
                    //placing a grid
                    grid: {
                        show: true,
                        color: '#474747',
                        tickColor: '#474747',
                        borderWidth: 1,
                        autoHighlight: true,
                        mouseActiveRadius: 2


        //This creates the data array with 0.0 inital Y values at the initialization time
        function initialize() {
            this.array = new Array();
            for (var i = 0; i < xscale; i++) {
                this.array[i] = [i, 0.0];

        //This is used to generate ticks for X axis (value 0 will be on the right)
        function generateTicks() {
            var tickArray = [];
            var startTick = 20;
            var i = startTick - 1;
            var weight = this.xscale / 20;
            do {
                var t = (startTick - i) * weight - 1;
                var v = i * weight;
                if (v == 0) {
                    v = "0";
                tickArray.push([t, v]);
            } while (i > -1);
            return tickArray;

        //This function is called once per every 1000ms
        function refreshStat() {
            if (!running) {
                running = true;
                running = false;

        $(document).ready(function () {
            setInterval("refreshStat()", 1000);


Now here goes the BODY of the html

<table cellspacing="50">
            <div id="graphdiv" class="graph"></div>

Then you'll get a moving graph. I've posted some still instances of the graph below

You can customize the graphs as your wish. Flot API will help you on that. This is pretty simple and straight. Just give a try.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Abdera Client - Using teardown()

I was working on a program which makes several requests to Abdera back end from the client. The client was designed to use a new AbderaClient per request and teardown method was not used on AbderaClient instance after using.

This led to an exception when I run it concurrently (by using about 100 threads). AbderaClient uses HTTPClient and MultiThreadedHttpConnectionManager. Teardown method is the one who shuts down this connection manager and the best practice is to call teardown after using AbderaClient instance.
AbderaClient abderaClient = new AbderaClient(new Abdera());
// make the call

Sharing a single instance of AbderaClient among all request is another option but some times it goes to a deadlock state (keeping a connection open for a long time is not recommended anyway).

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Midi to Mp3 Converter

Here is a cool midi to mp3 converter which is so simple and user friendly.

Direct MIDI to MP3 Converter 5.0

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Making Good SOA Great - WSO2 Carbon

WSO2 Carbon is the industry's first fully componentized SOA platform. It is built on OSGi. Other WSO2 products such as WSO2Registry, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), WSO2 Web Services Application Server (WSAS) and WSO2 Business Process Server (BPS) are Carbon based.

Why Carbon? This e book says it all.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

WSO2 Registry 2.0 Released

WSO2 Registry is a user friendly resource management solution available under Apache2 license. The new release of WSO2Registry is based on WSO2Carbon, which is meant to be the first fully componentized SOA framework in the industry.

As the new release of WSO2Registry is based on Carbon, it uses a unified GUI which supports other carbon components too. Another new feature included to the 2.0 release is Registry's web services API. As Registry has exposed the API methods as web services, the Registry API can be remotely accessed through web services.

Apart from these the new release includes many useful features and a considerable performance improvement.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

IE6 Doesn't Support application/atom+xml Mime Type

Internet Explorer 6 is having a problem with displaying atom feed documents which's mime type is "application/atom+xml". The browser attempts to download the file instead of rendering it. Simply this happens because browser does not accept or recognize the mime type.

A simple hack can be done to avoid this issue from the server side. That is changing the mime type to appication/xml or text/plain, only if the user agent is IE6 in the HTTP header. Changing the mime type will not fix the problem but at least the browser will display the raw XML content.

The back end application or the server can be configured to send the correct mime type to the relevant browser by looking at the User-Agent header in the HTTP request.
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