poniedziałek, 7 lutego 2022
I've presented my work from the recent year. Video and slides can be found here:
poniedziałek, 14 czerwca 2021
In the new approach we use HTML controls with „native” listboxes and spinfields instead of pictures generated by the server. The data transfer from the server to the browser for fields invalidation should be reduced as we don’t have to send images. Widgets can be now styled using the same CSS like other UI components what will improve look of the sidebar. Thanks to the conversion for a desktop I also improved the mobile menus and did few optimizations.
Sidebar is still under development but looks promising:
poniedziałek, 26 października 2020
piątek, 20 września 2019
In the desktop suite we have the sidebar which is a context dependant feature improving user performance eg. in chart editing. Unfortunately it's not the perfect UI for a mobile clients, so the new concept is to tunnel the UI description to the browser and create native widgets there. I did some prototyping work in this area and I can see first results:
As we can see all basic widgets and layout are preserved. All sections are visible, it will be possible to create an UI where user will see only one section at time for better mobile experience. Complex controls like color selectors are not available yet (I'm going to use our color selector present in the toolbar). The development takes place in the feature branch.
poniedziałek, 16 września 2019
czwartek, 5 września 2019
To be short: LoRaWAN is an open network for IoT devices which provides possibility to communicate eg. with a server side application. Interesting standard, but unfortunately not so popular in Poland yet (only one gateway in hs range - at Gdansk University of Technology).
Links to remember:
Photos from: https://www.facebook.com/pg/hackerspacetrojmiasto/posts
czwartek, 21 lutego 2019
Recently my LibreOffice work is mostly focused on the Online. It's nice to see how it is growing with new features and has better UI. But when I was working on improving toolbars (eg. folding menubar or reorganization of items) I noticed one annoying thing from the developer perspective. After every small change, I had to restart the server to provide updated content for the browser. It takes few seconds for switching windows, killing old server then running new one which requires some tests to be passed.
Last week during the Hack Week funded by Collabora Productivity I was able to work on my own projects. It was a good opportunity for me to try to improve the process mentioned above.
I've heard previously about browsersync so I decided to try it out. It is a tool which can automatically reload used .css and .js files in all browser sessions after change detection. To make it work browsersync can start proxy server watching files on the original server and sending events to the browser clients if needed.
What is the advantage? Developer tools in the browser are not good enough?
- Changes tracked by git - no need to copy changes from the browser's developer tools to the source files
- You can setup testing matrix with all apps (writer, calc, impress) and all is reloaded instantly at one time (even on other devices like tablet or smartphone)
- Fast prototyping
- You have to remember to run syntax tests before commiting the changes
To integrate browsersync I needed to do some build system changes. First, all static files are served from 'loleaflet/dist' directory. These files are not the original sources but copies. I modified the Makefiles to create symlinks instead if the browsersync is activated. Thanks to that we can modify sources tracked by git and proxy can detect changes.
To try it out on your own:
- Delete your 'loleaflet/dist' folder or
you might need to delete generated 'Makefile' if repository was used before
- Install browsersync:
npm install -g browser-sync
- Run 'configure' script with additional
- Run server with:
LOOL_SERVE_FROM_FS=1 make run
- In the other console run browsersync:
In the video below you can see how it works:
Next step will be to allow browsersync usage with cloud storage integrations like richdocuments, I noticed also some issues with access from other devices (app is still using original server for some resources).