Thanks to a collaboration with the PuntuEUS Foundation, the Twitter social network has taken the leap to the .EUS domain, which is the expression of the Basque language community. Moreover, thanks to data provided by CodeSyntax, Twitter will soon be able to identify tweets written in Basque.
Tribual is a simple and addictive game for Android mobile devices. You and your opponent receive the same 5 questions, and the trick is to answer more of them correctly and faster than your opponent. The app has thousands of questions, which are automatically generated and cover a wide variety of topics (geography, culture, film, sports, fauna, current events, etc.). The game was first released as a Beta version in Basque, and it has been downloaded over 1,500 times. It was awarded the GipuzkoaAPPs prize for most original application.
Last Friday the Basque Coast Geopark presented its new season of guided tours for 2015, and also a renewed website, developed by CodeSyntax.
For some time we have been using a release_egg.sh script found in some plone svn repository (currently unreachable) to do proper egg releases, bump the egg version and upload them to pypi or our custom repository. But now we are moving to use zest.releaser for both public and private eggs. We have written two add-ons for it to ease our move from our previous hand-made-scripts.
A new R&D project started at home: Guide2Wear. The project Guide2Wear will evaluate the potential of wearable devices for future travel services and provide a prototype for public transport navigation services with additional functions using a wearable device. Guide2Wear project is granted within the ERA-NET TRANSPORT III (ENTIII), transport flagship call initiative 2013 “Future Travelling” and the project partners are Fraunhofer IVI (Germany), VTI (Sweden), FACTUM (Austria), InnoZ (Germany), the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (Austria), Transport & Mobility Leuven (Belgium) and CodeSyntax (Basque Country)
Buildout is a tool we use in all of the development and deployments of our applications, and we have given a talk about it at PySS 14.
World Plone Day was last wednesday, april the 30th, and as in previous occasions, we did celebrate it at CodeSyntax's offices, with some customers and Plone users of the Basque Country.
Last week, I traveled to the European Parliament in Brussels, invited by a Basque MEP, Inaki Irazabalbeitia. Mr. Irazabalbeitia was kind enought to invite a group of people involved in the promotion of the Basque langauge, and I happened to fit there, maybe also because we have made the MEP's website. And made it with truly European technology, so to speak.
Until now converting Plone into a bunch of HTML, CSS and JS files was a work to be done with wget or curl. You can now use stxnext.staticdeployment product, a handy product to convert your Plone site into static files. And even works with Dexterity. The "Plone Big Green Button" as described by Martin Aspeli, is a reality.
We attended DjangoCon 2013 in Warsaw, Poland, last week. A great experience. Godd vibes, connections and shared knowledge for us to keep working with Django. This framework and Plone, that great open CMS, are the main tools we use in CodeSyntax to develop web projects. Each conference that we attend confirms that we chose technologies well :-)
We are two programmers from CodeSyntax here the DjangoCon in Warsaw, happy to be in this circus (yes, we are in a tent!). These are some of our notes from Day 1.
What is trending in Basque in Twitter? Twitter itself has not the answer. Although in the latest city deployment of Twitter trend locations there is Bilbao there (main Basque city), still it's not a good measure of our community. As a matter of fact, looks like Twitter only treats TT's geographically, not by language. Well, we built that tool for Basque: Umap.eu, tracking Basque trends, content and users in Twitter.
It's been three weeks since we launched Niagarank.es, a news aggregator for Spain. Yesterday, I had the chance to speak about it at a the Master in Digital Journalism at IE Business School in Madrid, invited by professor Enrique Dans. Here's the presentation and some lines about Niagarank.
From January 24 to 27, I've come to Munich (Germany) to participate in the Plone Wine and Beer Sprint, organized simultaneously in Cape Town (South Africa) and Munich.
The Euskarabildua conference recently held in Donostia (the Basque Country) was an occasion to talk about Lesser Used Languages and technology. Inspiring talks by Davyth Hicks from the Eurolang network and Albert Cuesta from Catalonia.
Back from the Plone Conference, here there are, the highlights of the 2012 meeting in Arnhem. Pyramid the framework, the advancement of Deco, tools for building strong frontpages for Plone websites, and the always interesting lightning talks.
CodeSyntax will be at this year's Plone Conference. It's the 6th annual meeting that we attend, after the Ploneconf's in Napoli, Washington, Budapest, Bristol and last year's at San Francisco. The 2012 Ploneconf will be held at Arnhem, the Netherlands.
We have been working on a Twitter and Facebook based login in Plone for a project that will be published in the coming weeks. Today we have released the first beta version of both products.
Yesterday we opened two applications, two automatic news services, Nestoria News UK following the real estate news, and Noticias Kisale, about cycling in Spain. Both are based on Twitter, ranking users according to expertise in a certain area, and both are fully automated.
Attached to this post I present the short presentation that I gave at a panel last week in Bilbao. There was a seminar, "The Internet and the promotion of linguistic diversity", organised by the UNESCO Chair on World Language Heritage of the University of the Basque Country. And I was glad to meet representatives from Fryslan, Wales, Asturias, Aragon, and we also heard through videoconferecing about indigenous languages in Mexico and Maori in New Zealand.