I'm preparing to teach an iText class in Paris, and to give some demo's in Oakland. I'm currently making a new set of examples for some new chapters I'm going to write (maybe a third book, not a revision of the second edition, but a book with some advanced topics). Whilst making examples to explain the different options available in XML Worker, I found some bugs and I also thought about some functionality that was missing.
One of the only features I use in the new Google Analytics:
What does the world look like when seen from iText in Belgium at 10:30 in the morning?
What does the world look like when seen from iText in Belgium at 16:30 in the afternoon?
The month of February was one day longer than usual, but two days shorter than the month of January. Nevertheless, we broke all records:
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Even if we look at 2011, we never had as much page views, visits and absolute visitors in one month.
We announced a new iText release for March, but as 2012 is a leap year, we decided to release on February 29th. Otherwise we'd have to wait for another four years before we have the chance to release on such a special day.
The previous release was iText 5.1.3 (dated 11-11-11, another special day) and we've been working with iText 5.1.4-SNAPSHOT for a long time now, but eventually we decided not to release a version 5.1.4, but to skip to version 5.2.0.
A while ago, I read an announcement about BookBoon. It was about quality ebooks on a plethora of different subjects, and as it's our mission to enable a paperless world, pushing the limits of digital document interactivity, I visited the site and I discovered that Bookboon allows you to download quality content in the form of PDF documents.
Moreover these books were offered for free and it's totally legal to download them. How is that possible? How do these guys make money? What is their business model? Is there a business model? Of course, there is! But first let's take a look at the site:
In our series 'blogs by iText developers', we focus on Scale with two articles by Jeroen:
- Introducing Scala: what is it? why would you use it? how do you install it?
- REPL, vars, vals and functions: Scala's interactive sheel and different ways to declare variables.
We're already looking forward to some more articles!
Michael, one of our iText developers, is currently working on a project that involves interfacing with different social media services to create PDFs using data (posts, photos, movies,...) aggregated from different online sources (your Twitter account, your Flickr account, your Youtube channel,...). Often there are APIs available, although the documentation isn't always as good as it should be. Sometimes there's an API that doesn't work as expected. For instance: the API for Google+.