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+.
This blogpost is in Dutch because it's about a book written in Dutch.
Vorige week ontving ik het 'Het Praktijkboek Informaticarecht: Recht rendeert voor uw onderneming' van Ywein Van den Brande (Crealaw):
Ik was eigenlijk van plan wat programmeerwerk te doen dit weekend, maar ik dacht gisterennamiddag: laat ik toch maar eens het eerste hoofdstuk beginnen. En raar maar waar: ik heb de 198 pagina's in één ruk uitgelezen.
Many of you have been following the photo blogs about our visit to Silicon Valley. Today, I found out that my smartphone has registered different locations on Google Latitude. It's a pity the time registrations reflect the Belgian timezone instead of the local time in California, but still: you get a good idea of the miles we've travelled.
The first day (in local time partly Sunday, partly Monday), we didn't travel much:
The second, third, fourth, and fifth day, we went to the Plug & Play Tech Center on a daily basis.
Last Monday, we met Isabelle at Heroku, last Wednesday, we met James at the Silicon Valley WebJUG, and we talked to different people at SalesForce on Thursday.
Now that we're back home, it's time to digest everything we've learned, and one of the first items on our TODO-list, is to create a proof of concept on Heroku. We want to create a simple service in the Cloud written in Java and using iText. Jeroen has already taken the first hurdle: Writing a Heroku Addon in Java. Coming up next: introduciong iText on Heroku!
We've received the sales numbers of 11Q3 for iText in Action. Some people are still buying the first edition of which now 11,481 copies have been solved (26.5% ebooks; 73.5% paper books).
The second edition has almost gained the status of bestseller (you've written a bestseller if you've sold 5,000 copies). In four quarters, we've sold 4,914 copies of iText in Action, Second Edition (39.2% ebooks; 60.8% paper books).
Two more meetings in San Francisco today:
First we went to 1 Market Street:
Today I wanted to go to a comic book store to buy some graphic novels for my son. The store was only a quarter of an hour from where we stay, and it opened at 10 AM, so we took our time to wake up. However, at 9:30, we received a phone call asking us if we wanted to meet X from company Y. X being a first name, and Y being a major company.
We had three meetings today. First we met the guys from Orbeon:
They are doing cool stuff with forms in general; we're doing cool stuff with forms in PDF.
So we showed them what we're doing; and they showed us what they're doing:
It was a good meeting. It's always nice to share experiences with other developers.
This morning, we drove to San Francisco. Parking in San Francisco is always a problem, especially if you can't pay with your credit card and you don't have any change. We had coffee to get some coins:
Our first meeting was at Heroku: