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Friday, June 12, 2020

WiredPages New Tools- Snap Shot

Development efforts for WiredPages have been ongoing for awhile. A recent post on It's Personal outlines some of the new tools that are ready for installation.

Provided below, a quick summary:

WirefPages Home page -Market Indices bug
WiredPages Real Estate page -Mortgage Calculator.
WiredPages Business & Markets page -Market Indices bug & Biz Zip Search tool.
WiredPages Style & Events page- "This Day In History Calendar".
The WiredPages Media page -NPR One StationFinder interface.
The WiredPages Health & Wellness page -FatSecret Nutrition Information Search tool.
The WiredPages Arts & Entertainment page -Youtube Music Video Search & Playback tool.
The WiredPages Reference page -World Factbook interface.
The WiredPages Technology page -Alexa Site Rank tool.

Also in the works, the FCC Station Licensing Information Search Tool. The screen grabs below, show json results provided by the service for several stations.

The FCC Search tool has been in the works for some time. Just getting around to completing this development effort because of local environment SSL resource limitations. Those issues were corrected in December 2019 (acquisition of new hardware and updated Java JDK). Most projects put on hold because of the limitations, have now been completed. The FCC development effort- the last of those projects.


Saturday, April 11, 2020

Moving A Thingamablog

In 2010, I started using the desktop blogging platform, Thingamablog. I loved the idea that the entire database for my blog (this blog) was located on my personal computer, at the time- the 2008 Macbook.

In that, when I develop new software applications, I also write about the new tools, having a blogging platform on the same system as the software development environment, makes it easier to screen grab and post about the new tools in real time.

This worked for years, however earlier this year, new frontiers with SSL protocols left me in a lurch, in that my older Macbook and the Java JDK could no longer handle the newer security rules. I needed new hardware to handle the latest releases of the Java JDK.

I went with a Windows 10 Pro Mini that was easy to afford on the heels of the holidays.

So lately, I have been in software development mode and posting to my personal blog about new programs. Not because I develop software on the Windows XP system where my personal blog is maintained (also a Thingamablog), but more because that platform is always "on".

Long story, short-- earlier today, I decided to move this blog (Remix) to the new Windows 10 Pro Mini.


First, I had to export the posts from Macbook version to an XML file, and then import the XML file to the new blog on the Windows 10 Pro Mini.

There were several problems with this process, however in my opinion, all minor in nature.

  • For each post imported, the author (Q...) was not automatically inserted, however if I copy the contents of each post file to the corresponding entry while in edit mode, the modification process updates the author field.
  • The second issue, the Macbook posts were not sequentially numbered, while the Windows 10 Pro Mini Thingamablog software imported the entries sequentially. This will not hurt too much in that the old blog entries are still in place, and though I do link to my own posts, can easily search on the original files and make quick changes. This I have started, however the task is not complete.
  • I also had to manually reset all of my custom tags, however this simply meant cutting and pasting the same tags from the old to the new blog.


I have to admit, moving a Thingamablog was something I worried about. Happy to report this was a lot easier than I thought it would be.


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Occupation Wage Data- 2018 Statistics Now Available

Are you a researcher interested in wage data based on occupation type for specific U.S. locations? Good news, the U.S. Department of Labor through their CareerOneStop site, recently updated the occupation wage database to reflect 2018 statistics.

The newly updated information, is also now provided via the Occupation Wage Data resource found on the WiredPages Employment page. The tool which was developed and installed on WiredPages in 2018, is powered by the CareerOneStop API.

More about the WiredPages offering can be found in this earlier post.


Sunday, April 07, 2019

WiredPages: What's New Interface

Yesterday, I completed most of the work on a new interface which provides details about new services or resources added to WiredPages.

The interface, a Java Servlet is powered by the Facebook API.

Last year, Facebook defined new procedures for access to their APIs. In August 2018, when I originally sought access through the new procedures, I planned to provide event listings and details for the WiredPages Style & Events page.

In October 2017, I developed the first events Facebook API interface using the old access procedures, discussed in this post. The interface discussed in that post was never installed on WiredPages.

Last year, many changes were introduced to the Facebook API including depreciation of the Facebook Events API. So, I decided to post about new developments on the news service, to the WiredPages Facebook page and then use my newly established Facebook API access to provide details on What's New on the service. This weekend I finally decided to develop and install the new interface.

Originally, I planned to install the new interface on the Technology page (last), however decided last week to use the home page.

Email wiredpages @ qisoftware dot com if you have problems or suggestions.


Sunday, February 24, 2019

CareerOneStop Job Search Tool

CareerOneStop offers a robust set of APIs for program development of career related tools and services.

Currently beta testing a new job search tool powered by one of CareerOneStop APIs. The following illustrates an initial look at the new tool and its features.

Current plans are to install an intermediate version on the WiredPages Employment page which may become permanent in the future.

The following is a live beta version of the new tool.

Your feedback is welcome, send an email to wiredpages@qisoftware.com.


Monday, November 05, 2018

Popular Shopping Network API Powered Tools

With the holidays right around the corner, two new shopping related interfaces have been added to WiredPages & It's Personal.

The interfaces are powered by popular shopping networks which offer developers API access for tool development. The new QiSoftware tools are demonstrated via the following links.


Another QiSoftware tool which uses Amazon's Product Advertising API is demonstrated on the WiredPages Libraries page - the New York Times BestSellers.

Do you follow behind-the-scenes dealings with media executives and personalities? The WiredPages Media page has a new resource which provides headlines primarily associated with media personalities and executives.

Other plans for the Media page include:

  • FCC API Call Sign Station Search
  • NPR API Station Search w/ Live Playback

There are several new tool additions planned for WiredPages, so stay tuned.




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