Dadabik is Free Software that you can use (writing little or no code by hand!) to create PHP-based Web applications that even users with little previous experience can use to manage several types of (already existing) relational databases.
- The script and tricks in the ODF scripting section of this website show how to create office-ready texts, presentations and spreadsheets automatically, in the OpenDocument format, which is a worldwide standards. This is all many people need to work today. Sometimes, however, it’s still necessary to either print those documents, or exchange them to somebody in other formats, like PDF or those of the older releases of Microsoft Office (newer releases of this program are already partially compatible with OpenDocument through free plugins, so if your partners have those versions they should really use those plugins, instead of bothering you with requests for drug-like, legacy file formats, but that’s another story).
This page gives a general overview of a flow for transforming ASCII files in print-ready PDF books. The reasons for setting up such a flow in this way are explained in the first part of this tutorial.
Many people write far more now that they are constantly online than in the pre-Internet age. Most of this activity is limited to Web or office-style publishing. People either write something that will only appear inside some Web browser or a traditional “document”, that is a single file, more or less nicely formatted for printing. Very often, however, they don’t do it in the most efficient way.
The most common solution for the first scenario still is to write HTML or Wiki-formatted content in a text editor or, through a browser, directly in the authoring interface of CMS systems like Drupal or Wordpress. The other approach is even closer to the typewriting era, since it’s limited to using a word processor like OpenOffice. Both methods involve too much manual work for my taste, especially if you often want to reuse or move content from one format to the other.
DB2 pureXML is IBM software for management of XML data that eliminates much of the work typically involved in the management of XML data.The OpenDocument Format (ODF) is an open international standard for office texts, presentations and spreadsheets that is very simple to process or generate automatically. This page is a short synthesis of an article published in September 2010 by N. Subrahmanyam, Using DB2 pureXML and ODF Spreadsheets, to give an idea (see my comments at the end) of how flexible ODF scripting is. Please read the original full article to know how to actually generate ODF documents from DB2 pureXML files.
- Tell me and I may write about it Computers and software should make life easier and help us to save time (and money), not waste it. Many commercial programs are (or look) much more polished, complete and user friendly because they let you do the simplest things very quickly and easily, just clicking around in a graphical interface. The downside of all this simplicity is that it is can be very hard or time consuming to do anything above that first level of usage.
- How to support Free Software tips and tricks at Zona-M (or any other website!) Keeping up and running a good website, regularly adding original, useful and easy to use content, is a difficult task that requires a lot of time and effort. As you can read on my online business card, over the years I have accumulated lots of experience and information about how Free Software works. With this website I intend to provide a useful service, for free, to all users of Free Software, by reformatting and publishing all those informations in a really usable way.