Skip to main content

Moving to the cloud - part 2

I would really like to recommend Dropbox to store your files. The free version offers 2 GB of storage and the software can run on all my computers and my phone. There are of course several services that do almost the same thing, but so far I have not found anyone that does it as good as Dropbox.

Moving the files to the cloud was easy. I just created an account, installed the software and moved my files to the designated directory. Since then my free account have been upgraded to 3 GB because I made some friends join Dropbox.

The next step was to move my e-mail from my current service provider to Gmail. Wint Google Apps I get exactly the same functionality as a previously had, but also a better web user interface.

The challenge in this move was to move all existing e-mails to my new Google Apps account. It turned out to be pretty easy by activating POP-mail in Gmail and get all the e-mails from the existing mail server. When all e-mails were synchronized all that was left was to change the DNS pointers from the existing mail server to Google Apps.

These were the two first and easiest projects in my cloudification. The next step will be to move web sites and databases, which will require some more work.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Binding a HTML-formatted string to a WPF WebBrowser control

Sometimes there is a need to display a HTML formatted string in a WPF application. There are a couple of ways to do this, but the most stright forward is to use a WebBrowser control and the NavigateToString method.

This approach has one big flaw, you cannot use binding to a string out of the box, but I found a great solution through Stack Overflow which adds a bindable property to the  WebBrowser control using  NavigateToString.

The following class is all that is needed to add that behavior. A new depencency property named Html is introduced to the  WebBrowser and the proper change action is performed in the OnHtmlChanged method.

public class BrowserBehavior { public static readonly DependencyProperty HtmlProperty = DependencyProperty.RegisterAttached( "Html", typeof(string), typeof(BrowserBehavior), new FrameworkPropertyMetadata(OnHtmlChanged)); [AttachedPropertyBrowsableForType(typeof(WebBrowser))] public static string GetHtml(WebBrowser browser) { …

Using Bootstrap Tooltip to show Parsley validation errors

I'm currently working on a web application using a variety of different frameworks, such as Backbone for the back-end, Bootstrap for the front-end and Parsley for client side form validation. Parsley is a really powerful validation toolkit, but it takes some tweaking to make it blend with the Bootstrap front-end. Fortunately this is a one time fix, which can be re-used all over our project.

Since there will be some custom options in our Parsley object, we can't use the default parsley-validate attribute on the form. Instead we have to initialize the validation with the jQuery syntax:

$('#my-form').parsley(parsleyOptions);
The options are were the magic happens, and in our case we have a global options object that our forms use to get the same experience all over the application. Here's what it looks like:

var parsleyOptions = {  // Sets success and error class to Bootstrap class names  successClass: 'has-success',  errorClass: 'has-error',  // Bo…

jQuery file upload with Bootstrap progress bar

Performing an asynchronous file upload from the browser is a common problem with almost as many solutions as there are developers. The following solution is the best fit for my needs, and also works well with most popular browsers. Backwards compatibility is not an issue in this case which is great, because I can use the new technologies as they are supposed to be used.

Everything is put together in JSFiddle for a working example. I will continue to explain the parts below...

First, the input field needs to be styled as a button. The form tag is only present for us to be able to reset the file input field later on.

<form>     <span class="fileUpload btn btn-default">         <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-upload"></span> Upload file         <input type="file" id="uploadFile" />     </span> </form>
.fileUpload { position: relative; overflow: hidden; } .fileUpload input { position: absolute; …