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Google Polymer 1.0: Simple code to bind JSON data from PHP with iron-ajax and template dom-repeat

I have been following Google Polymer for Web apps since version 0.5. I wrote a couple of prototype mobile web apps using it. One of the prototype apps that I wrote in version 0.5 was using Facebook Parse. In this app, I used Polymer’s template data binding (with repeat attribute) extensively with Facebook Parse. Polymer’s template binding with repeat attribute is quite useful to display rows of data from a database.

With the release of Polymer 1.0 (a.k.a. production ready), I started using it for yet another app. Things have changed a lot since version 0.5. Has the template data binding got easier? This time, for this new app, I had to bind the template with data coming from a PHP script.

With Polymer 1.0, the template binding with dynamic data indeed is easy. But the lack of examples makes it tricky. In my new app, I was trying to fire an AJAX request to a PHP script, via Polymer’s iron-ajax element, and directly binding it to a template with dom-repeat (“repeat” in the earlier version). Read the rest of this entry »

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Google Apps Script: Automatically create Calendar Events from Google Form

Recently I wrote a Google Apps Script for a client which creates Google Calendar events from the responses submitted to a form created using Google Forms.  Based on the start and end date in the form, the script automatically creates an event in a Google calendar, when the form is submitted. Also if a response is edited in the responses spreadsheet, the calendar event is modified automatically through this script.

What’s more using the AppSheet addon, the form can be submitted from a mobile too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Push custom notifications to your Android Watch from Linux command line or scripts

I had gifted an LG G Watch to my wife in December. She used it religiously for several months. Some time back, she started forgetting to charge it or wearing it to work. I found this the right opportunity to grab it and use it with my Moto G Android phone. So far (after a couple of days of using it), I find the watch quite useful while driving. That’s when I can just glance through the notifications without looking at the phone or taking it out from my jeans pocket.

Custom notification sent from Linux to Android Watch

Custom notification sent from Linux to Android Watch

At night, it is useful to have the watch by the bed side while the phone is changing elsewhere at home. Depending on the notifications (email, SMS or call) on the watch, I can decide if I want to get out of the bed to attend it on the phone.But what’s more? Read the rest of this entry »

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Android: Use an NFC tag to connect to your car’s audio

NFC Stickers from eBay India

NFC Stickers from eBay India

I have been wanting to try out NFC tags. What stopped me was the price, availability in India and compatibility with various phones.  So just to have fun with tags, I settled down with QR Code and Microsoft tags until recently. Few weeks back, I ordered a pack of 5 NFC tags from eBay India  for Rs. 295/- from eBay India. Read the rest of this entry »

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E-mail notification for new or updated Google Wave

A few days back, this feature was introduced in Google Wave. This new feature allows you to setup E-mail notifications for new Waves and updated Waves i.e. new and updated Blips or messages in a Wave.

To enable E-mail notifications, login into Google Wave. Move your mouse over Inbox (on the left). Click on the Arrow (pointing downwards) and select Notifications. Read the rest of this entry »

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Android: How to change the Google Account without a hard reset

I own an Android Dev Phone 1, also called ADP1. The phone prompted to setup a Google Account as the very first step, before I can start using it. For the Google Account, I used my credentials for Google Apps Standard Edition , though I also have a regular GMail account.

I supply my Google Apps credentials each time I wipe off (hard reset) the phone. Though optional, I wipe off the phone’s data whenever I update my phone with a new ROM. Following the official and non official upgrades, I’m currently running CyanogenMod 4.2.14.1 on my ADP1.

Then came a day when I did not want to wipe off the data but only wanted to change the Google Account associated with the phone. Read the rest of this entry »

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Google Buzz on maps in Android

It was the morning of 10th February, when I got to know that Google Buzz is rolling out to users. Was disappointed to not to spot it in my Google Apps (Standard) and in my GMail. Learnt that Google Buzz also works on Google Maps on mobile phones.

I guessed that it would require a Google Maps upgrade on the phone. Instantly fired Android Market on my Android Dev Phone 1 (a.k.a. ADP1), clicked on the Downloads tab and was greeted by an available upgrade to Google Maps – Google Maps version 4.0.0. Opted to install the upgrade hoping to spot the Buzz on the maps but alas – it wasn’t a smooth sail. Read the rest of this entry »

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Use Google Wave to Blog

I have been thinking about this idea ever since I started playing with Google Wave. How about creating a blog post by embedding Waves – one for the post and the other for comments. The former Wave will be editable only by me, while the latter will be editable by anyone (with a Google Wave account).

A blog post using Google Wave for content and comments

A blog post using Google Wave for content and comments

This became possible, recently, with the introduction of the read-only access feature. I created a blog post with a Wave talking about the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Google Wave and a blank (to start with) Wave for comments. Click here to see this blog post. This was achieved as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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Frequently Asked Questions about Google Wave

The content of this blog post comes from Google Wave. You will need a Google Wave account to view or post comments. The best way to view this post is to first login into your Google Wave account and then goto/refresh this page.

Update June 12, 2010: You no longer need to login into Google/Google Wave to view the Waves.

Refer to this post on how to use Google Wave for blog posts and comments on your own WordPress powered blog. Read the rest of this entry »

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Official WordPress app for Android

After having played with wpToGo app (though for a very short time), the announcement of an official WordPress app for Android phones caught my attention. These apps allow you to manage your blog posts and comments from your Android phone.

I fired Android Market on my phone, searched for “wordpress” and the official app was right at the top, proudly named as WordPress, just WordPress. Yea, that’s indeed the official app! Read the rest of this entry »

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