I started this blog a couple of years ago to share my thoughts, ideas and projects. At that time is was using Mercurial on Google code for some software projects but I was not really using version control systems for my day to day work.
When I switched to Git (Github & Bitbucket) about two years ago, I got more and more used to text based document formatting, trying to avoid a bloated GUI’s when possible.
Currently, I am using LaTeX to write presentations, reports and articles. I like the text based approach because this allows you to focus on the content and not on the layout. I am still horrified every time when I have to write something with MS Word, LibreOffice or even worse… on a MS Sharepoint website. I don’t have a specific problem with these products or with the vendor, I just don’t like the fact that you are not in control of your own content.
The last GUI that I was using for my personal content was WordPress. In my search for a decent replacement I found Jekyll, a simple, blog-aware, static site generator written in Ruby.
How it works:
- You write a website skeleton and define some settings. This is similar to the LaTeX approach where you select some packages and define some settings up front.
- You write your content locally using Markdown formatting and commit it to a git repository. When adding content later on this is the only thing that you have to do.
- The server runs some ruby code to generate a static website based on your content (you can also run the same generator locally)
- The website is hosted for free on the Github servers
All my future posts will be located at my new Jekyll-based website and this blog will stay behind in “archive mode”.
This tool can be used to build “course handout books” using multiple LaTeX beamer slides sets.
I have been using a Bash script with almost the same functionality for a long time. Some background information on this old script can be found in this blog post.
- Title page, introduction, table of contents
- One chapter per slide set (three printer-friendly versions: no slides transitions & less colors)
How it works:
- Just run one program: “python build.py”
- The program starts building all the LaTeX beamer slides.
- The output is converted to the printer-friendly formats.
- All documents are merged in the master handouts book.
- Create a ZIP archive with all the documents
Code and examples available at GitHub.
After merging with Plantijn University College, my employer decided to design a new “house style” for slides and official documents.
Since I have been using LaTeX beamer based slides in my classes for a while, this meant I needed a new LaTeX beamer template for my lecture slides.
The following style is based on the official PowerPoint template.
Source code and examples available at GitHub.
I recently found a small software project while cleaning up some old folders on my PC. The program uses the concept of evolution from biology to solve simple “problems”.
I wrote this code while reading the book The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. Somewhere in that book, the author ask the reader to write their own simulator and I was crazy enough to actually do that…
It was after programming this application and reading several of his books that I decided to start my studies in environmental sciences at the open university in the Netherlands.
- Enter a ‘secret key’
- Generate a random string (parent)
- Generate 1000 strings based on the parent (with minor mutations)
- Select the child that is closest to the ‘secret key’ (lowest ‘Deltasum’ or the ‘fittest’)
- This child becomes the parent for the next generation
- Go back to step 3 until the secret key is found
Code available on GitHub.
This project is a free initiative to create an Arduino library for the Parallax (Futaba) Continuous Rotation Servo.
The main goal is to provide a library that simplifies the usage of this particular servo in Arduino projects.
- rotateLeft(speed) & rotateRight(speed)
- rotateLeft(speed, time) & rotateRight(int speed, int time)
- noMovement() & noMovement(time)
- Download the source
- Place the ContinuousRotationServo? folder in your Arduino1.0+ “libraries” folder
- Open example sketch: “file”, “Examples”, “ContinuousRotationServo”, “Rotate” (or “RotateTime”)
- Connect the signal pin to port 2 (and connect Vcc and GND, ensure Vcc is able to source approx. 200 mA)
- Compile & upload code
- The servo should be moving as requested
This small scripts allows me fix the indentation of C++ source files with very little effort.
- Drop one or more C++ source files in the “toindent” folder
- Run the script “./indenter.sh toindent” (this calls the bcpp indenter to indent all files in the ‘toindent’ folder)
There are some options for step 2:
- Select one file to indent: “indent.sh file.cpp”
- Select all files in the ‘toindent’ folder: ”./indent.sh toindent/”
- Select only files with a certain extension in a folder (e.g. “.h”): ”./indent.sh toindent h”
Indentations options can be changed in the “bcpp_indenter.cfg” file.