I was very exited to hear that the legendary Maker Faire will visit Vienna (see Maker Faire Vienna) and therefore Austria in 2016 for the very first time! Since its very beginning in 2006 Maker Faires all over the world stand for family centric festivals with a strong focus on delivering Do-it-Yourself skills to kids and adults. Its founding Make magazine represents a must-read literature for every tech loving and teaching dad (or mum). Every Maker Faire worldwide is a perfect place to meet fascinating people and their unique projects and to take part in tutorials to learn new skills and to open your mind for new ideas. Personally, I was always fascinated by the Make magazine and its community as it delivers the most positive and creative spirit cross all generations of people with the goal to open the minds to create and inspire new ideas. Make spirit not only covers areas such as electronics, coding, manufacturing but spans a much wider audience to design or art. So i am very curios how the start of the first Maker Faire in Austria will work out, but i am sure we will have a great time on 16. – 17. April 2016 in Vienna!
Since more than two years now, TabShop leads the Google Play app marketplace as the number one Android point of sale app. Merchants, start-ups and entrepreneurs all over the world love the free TabShop version as it is completely free of any advertising and does not restrict the operation of the POS within the free version. The additional TabShop PRO version adds some handy features, such as PayPal support, Data exports and pdf reports. Hundreds of positive customer stories all over the world prove the usefulness and uniqueness of the TabShop point of sale app in very different application domains.
Recently, dynatrace the leading technology company for reliable Application Performance Monitoring (APM) and Real User Monitoring (RUM), published their next generation SaaS based application and server performance monitoring tool ruxit. ruxit integrates state-of-the art intelligent correlation algorithms, combined with a deep understanding about the underlying software technologies, in order to detect software performance problems and their root causes. Instead of annoying and spamming the DevOps operator with a large amount of alerts and error notifications, ruxit focuses on the reduction of noise within alerting and on the intelligent interpretation of application and service performance problems. Therefore ruxit offers a must-have performance monitoring solution for service operators and DevOps. ruxit also offers a handy mobile app for receiving a filtered set of already evaluated application performance alerts on your smartphone or tablet.
The SCCH research focus Software Analytics and Evolution published a nice online demonstration service today that shows the power of static analysis and automated documentation of source code. The web service allows users to submit their own programming code in order to extract mathematic formulas and structure as graphs. This online service simplifies the automated generation of source code documentation and extraction of domain knowledge for technical programms. SCCH Software Analytics and Evolution demonstrates the latest research result in the area of Software Analysis as the automated extraction of knowledge from source code as well as the dynamic query of architecture and program structure by using graph databases.
TabShop, the free Android Point of Sale (POS) App offers an intuitive way to organize your small or medium sized business. By customizing the local taxes and discounts and by supporting a multitude of different languages TabShop is perfectly ready for your individual local business. The TabShop cashier App also offers good support for QR codes as well as Bitcoin payments. By offering an open server interface, TabShop also supports your individual server backend integration. TabShop therefore is the perfect solution for your own shop, business, retail market, kiosk or simply your shop and stock management in your pocket.
Over the last years I kept asking my now 5 year old daughter how she would design a simple painting App and how this Painting App should look like. We discussed about the background color as well as how to change and choose colors, the absolute requirement to add the color pink and how to change the brush thickness. The design of the paint and drawing App went completely without the need to read a single piece of written text or menu. We came up with a very simple and intuitive way to touch-draw images for children and to store these images as .png pictures. You can find your free Android Painting App for Kids and Children in the Google App store.
The newest release of the Android Point of Sale App TabShop now supports the checkout by using Bitcoin QR codes. TabShop therefore automatically calculates the invoice total’s actual exchange rate in Bitcoins and generates a Bitcoin payment QR code. Bitcoin seems to be a nice addition to the ever improving domain of mobile and independent payment methods. In combination with the Android Bitcoin Wallet TabShop offers a handy Point of Sales solution for all Bitcoin enthusiasts!
During the last weeks the Software Analytics and Evolution research team at the Software Competence Center Hagenberg (which is the group i am actually working in) built a software tool for parsing large scale legacy software systems, such as C, C++ but also FORTRAN, Structured Text (IEC 61131 Machinery and Robot programs) or Matlab source code with the goal to analyse its structure by using a Neo4J graph database and Cypher queries. As you can see within this demo video, the tool is able to visualize important aspects and metrics as well as the software architecture and structure of the analyzed software system. The tool is meant for supporting companies to develop and maintain their large software systems and code bases.
Many times i have been asked by TabShop users to enhance the reporting capabilities of TabShop Point of Sale in order to do some queries, reports or filtering on sales data. Over the last weeks i thought about this issue and came to test several third party reporting and business intelligence tools that are able to import and analyze the raw sales data from our TabShop Point of Sale App. The first software i tested is Tableau, a really powerfull stand alone software tool for analyzing all kinds of available data.You can see a demo video here:
i was able to import the TabShop Invoice CSV Export within minutes and immediately created some interesting charts, such as products by date and time, distribution of products and sell quantity over time. Tableau really is a powerful tool that has enormous potential also in combination with Point of Sale Systems such as TabShop POS.