How to convert PostScript script to a .ps file for viewing in PDF viewer or to PNG

Reading about Gerard Huet's paper on the geometry of the Shri Yantra available in PDF format at this link http://pauillac.inria.fr/~huet/SKT/sanskrit.html.orig, I was prompted to try out the Postscript code he had in and Appendix in the paper. After typing the code into a .txt file, the file did not render using Evince or a PDF … Continue reading How to convert PostScript script to a .ps file for viewing in PDF viewer or to PNG

Code Snippets Manager or Things List Manager on Linux for app developers or normal users

Working as a developer has it's house-keeping that needs to be done on a regular basis. Developers can save time using code snippets managers whose key feature is to store code snippets with code formatting, tips, tricks, information nuggets, all gained during the course of application development. The same code snippets for an ordinary user … Continue reading Code Snippets Manager or Things List Manager on Linux for app developers or normal users

How to install Oracle SQL developer data modeler on Linux Mint 21 or Ubuntu Linux

One of the best tools for database design is the Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler and it's free. As a developer who designs databases this tool is indispensable due to the features it has. The tool can be downloaded from https://www.oracle.com/database/sqldeveloper/technologies/sql-data-modeler/. Note that you need to have an account with Oracle. The only issue is … Continue reading How to install Oracle SQL developer data modeler on Linux Mint 21 or Ubuntu Linux

How to improve speed of Android Studio on a legacy computer

Android Studio is one of the best IDEs for Android apps development, but with legacy computers, it is very slow. To run it on a Dell Vostro 3546, here's what I had to do. Upgrade hardware Minimum RAM required is 8 gb. The laptop came with 4 gb DDR3 1600 Mhz RAM which was slow, … Continue reading How to improve speed of Android Studio on a legacy computer

How to start up Thunderbird mail client on another path or computer in Linux

After moving Thunderbird folder i.e. ~/.thunderbird to another computer, it could not find the mailbox of the profile. It created a new profile. This was due to the change in the path where ~/.thunderbird folder was restored. To overcome this issue, open a terminal window and enter the following: $ cd ~/thunderbird <enter>$ ./thunderbird -profilemanager … Continue reading How to start up Thunderbird mail client on another path or computer in Linux

How to install Linux Mint on Crucial MX500 SATA SSD drive on Dell Vostro 3546 laptop after BIOS upgrade

The humble Dell Vostro 3546 is an old laptop from 2014, which came with an Intel 4th Generation 4210U processor, 1 TB SATA 5400 rpm hard disk and 4 GB DDR3 (low voltage) 1.35V RAM. It worked fine till now even when it ran Linux Mint 20.3 with Blender 3D. However, everytime an Android app … Continue reading How to install Linux Mint on Crucial MX500 SATA SSD drive on Dell Vostro 3546 laptop after BIOS upgrade

How to resolve Dependency ‘androidx.appcompat:appcompat:1.4.1’ requires ‘compileSdkVersion’ to be set to 31 or higher.Compilation target for module ‘:app’ is ‘android-30’

I had the below problem when building code for an older version of Android on Android Studio. Dependency 'androidx.appcompat:appcompat:1.4.1' requires 'compileSdkVersion' to be set to 31 or higher.Compilation target for module ':app' is 'android-30' I was able to solve it by changing the version of appcompat in the dependencies What I had: implementation 'androidx.appcompat:appcompat:1.4.0' I … Continue reading How to resolve Dependency ‘androidx.appcompat:appcompat:1.4.1’ requires ‘compileSdkVersion’ to be set to 31 or higher.Compilation target for module ‘:app’ is ‘android-30’

How to mount another hard disk for sharing with other users in Linux

Sometimes, a drive needs to be shared by more than that primary user logged in on a Linux computer. This is to facilitate sharing of files and folders by other users on that computer. To enable all authorized users to work with files and folders on the shared drive, read on. Any commands need to … Continue reading How to mount another hard disk for sharing with other users in Linux

Replace FindViewByID with ViewBinding in Java on Android

In the gradle.build file for the module, add following code and Sync: buildFeatures { viewBinding true } Above automatically generates binding objects for every layout when the plugin is synced. For activity_main.xml, it will generate ActivityMainBinding class. In MainActivity.java, use inflate method on ActivityMainBinding in onCreate method as shown below: ActivityMainBinding bindMain; bindMain = ActivityMainBinding.inflate(getLayoutInflater()); … Continue reading Replace FindViewByID with ViewBinding in Java on Android

Great resources for coders or developers

All things developers and development articles can be found at https://dev.to. Best site for coders and developers https://www.freecodecamp.org. Here's a great article on one resume that was exceptional https://cloudirregular.substack.com/p/the-greatest-resume-ive-ever-seen?s=r. Learn to code for free with Google's Grasshopper app https://grasshopper.app. Get it from the Google Play Store.