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Monday, August 06, 2018

Debugging Yelp Review Application

Plans are to add the popular online business review resource, Yelp to several pages of WiredPages.

Illustrated below, debug and preliminary app images, showing development progress on the new tool.

Technologies used in this implementation include; the Yelp API [graphQL] and a Java Servlet. Note, most WiredPages applications are Java Servlets.

Current plans to install the new tool on these WiredPages:

This application will be installed sometime in the future, though most of the work has been completed. Still remaining, minor adjustments to the appearance and user interface, however security issues the reason for the installation delay.


Saturday, July 28, 2018

Instagram API Demonstration

With its inception, Instagram was [and is] one of the most popular online services. A little late providing demonstration of the API resources available with this popular service, however that will be corrected in short order- [now installed].

Illustrated below, demonstration of the new QiSoftware Instagram interface running in local mode in an Integrated Development Environment [IDE].

The demonstration interface is a very basic adaption using the API data, providing photos and links for the nine most recent Instagram posts. Customization options are available.

The interface is installed as one of the catalog demonstration apps, in the main site area of QiSoftware.com.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Business Accountability

A recent project required business verification documentation for QiSoftware. QiSoftware is a registered business (search QiSoftware) in the State of Maryland.

Along with a scanned copy of the document Maryland sent when the business renewal process was complete in 2014 [original registration 2004], images similar to those illustrated below were also provided to the requesting organization.

These days, many organizations providing online resources are more likely to request business verification documentation from businesses and individuals requesting use of their data and resources.

Business bank accounts in most states, including Maryland have for sometime required business verification before accounts are opened. Everything is becoming more accountable.

There is also a QiSoftware Business Filing link in the sidebar of this blog under the "Pages" subheading.


Sunday, March 25, 2018

WiredPages Business Directory

I have started work on WiredPages and the associated Business Directory.

Although there is a delay in published updates to the main areas of WiredPages, the Business Directory is being revised and updates are being published.

The following illustrates how other areas of qisoftware.com, promote the Business Directory.


Currently, work to both areas of WiredPages- involves installing new code snippets to the underlying html pages.

Updates to WiredPages tools & widgets are also in the works, however as indicated, the updates will probably not go online before the security issues are resolved.

The WiredPages Business Directory has always been manually edited and maintained. Automation tools and widgets never integrated, therefore no reason to hold off on updates to this area of the live site.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

WiredPages & the Facebook API

One of the many software services QiSoftware supports, custom tool development using Application Program Interface (API) resources. Refer to this list for some of the supported APIs and demonstrations.

Many major online services, i.e., Google, Yahoo, Facebook (just to name a few), offer API hooks to allow developers and web site owners an easy means to incorporate their data.

Over the years, QiSoftware has developed many tools using API services with one glaring oversight, Facebook. In October 2017, after a bit of research the first Facebook API tool was developed, as discussed in this post.

Recently, in preparation for major updates to the WiredPages News Service, I developed a new interface that incorporates the WiredPages Facebook Page, related events, and Facebook API. To populate the WiredPages Facebook Events Page, I scour Facebook for noteworthy national and international events.

Shown in the illustration below, the earlier Facebook Events tool for my local business community (Hanover, Maryland), the new WiredPages interface and the Facebook event page for one of the listed events (Warner Theater's "The Nutcracker") shown in the results on the WiredPages tool.


Note, the tool demonstrations are running in local mode and powered by my IDE (Netbeans). As mentioned, major updates are in the works for WiredPages, however I am still no closer to providing a more accurate time frame for when the updates will go into production [online] mode.


Saturday, October 07, 2017

Facebook API

Several years ago, because of exponential business growth in our area, I decided to create a Facebook Business Page [2010] providing details about the business community. See this link.

When the Maryland Live Casino opened in 2012, I started doing more with the page, including:

  • Photos & Videos
  • A weekly post about a local business.
  • Added several tabs providing various resources about the area for visitors.
  • Researching local events for inclusion to the page.

I also registered a .org domain to use with the page, however I have yet to set it up. That said, I wanted to start building tools and resources to use with an external site. Two ideas I thought may be useful for the new .org domain; [1] a business directory and [2] a list of upcoming area events.

Today, I completed most of the major work on a Java Servlet that uses the Facebook API to provide the list of Events associated with the page. The illustration shows the Servlet running in local mode on my Macbook.


Note: only using 3 earliest events [updated this image].

I am not sure when the new interface will go into production, however I am pretty happy this project is mostly done [custom formating and fine tuning the remaining tasks]. Over the years, I have done one or two things with Facebook as a developer, however not a lot. This project gave me the opportunity to take a good look at the Facebook API and I am glad I did.




Business Directory

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