Review ‘Strapi’ as CMS/API solution for mobile apps

If you need a quick and easy solution for your backend APIs + a CMS, I would recommend you to have a look at Strapi.io. The solution near zero coding to get started.

The project comes by default with APIs for Login, forget password, Registration, Login via Social Medias. All the APIs are secured OAuth. Another great feature is that you can create your schemas which can include relationships, and media type from the Admin portal itself (from web interface).  Based on the defined schemas, Strapi will automatically generate APIs to:

  1. Get a list of all objects from any schema (including nested objects/relationships)
  2. Search for one object based on its ID
  3. Count the number in any schema/table
  4. Create a new object for any schema
  5. Updated a record
  6. Delete a record

 

The CMS generated has a clean design, very easy to use on Desktop. Of course you can modify or add any APIs or the CMS interface. The generated APIs using NodeJS and the CMS uses React.JS. All React codes for the CMS web interface is store inside of “admin” folder while all of the APIs generated is stored inside of api folder.

 

There are a few downside:

Strapi is still in Alpha stage; some features may not work properly. I recently found out that fields of type images of child objects are not properly populated from APIs. However I found solution from their github which required a few modification in generated codes.

Strapi CMS is not responsive for mobile and is pretty much limited for Desktop only.

 

For more details, checkout Strapi official website: https://strapi.io

 

Best Regards

Enjoy

Sharing Printer in Ubuntu

Sharing printer in a LAN (to Windows machine or virtualbox) from a Ubuntu host machine.
1. Setup Samba:
sudo apt-get install system-config-samba.
Launch “Samba” from the launcher
Open “Preferences” > “Server Settings” and enter the work group name used in Windows.

2. Share printer:
Go to http://localhost:631/admin/ and check the box “Share printers connected to this system”.
Go to http://localhost:631/printers/ and check that the expected printer is listed.
Click the printer and check that it is listed as “Idle, Accepting Jobs, Shared, Server Default”.

3. Connect the printer:
Either:
On the Windows computer or (e.g VirtualBox), open Windows Explorer and go to the “Network” item. There’s an icon for the Ubuntu computer; open it. There’s an icon for the printer shared from Ubuntu. Right-click that one and select “Connect…”.

Or:
On the Windows computer, select “Add new printer” then “Connect to a printer on the Internet or network” and specify the full path of “http://{computername}:631/printers/{printername}”

postgresql “New Server Registration” connection problem on ubuntu?

“connection error” or “authentication problem” when trying to register a new server in pgAdmin III?

(ubuntu or xubuntu)

This post shows how to obtain & setup the “Host”, “Port”, “Username”, and “Password” of postgresql.

1) Obtain default port.  To do that, open up /etc/postgresql/x.xversion/main/postgresql.conf

See “port= 5432”. You may change the port used by postgresql.

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2) Obtain Host.

Search the listen_addresses. For instance, here 'localhost' is my defaut host. You may alter the host here.

3) Change password.

Open terminal.

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~$: psql -d postgres -U postgres

psql (9.1.3) Type "help" for help.
postgres=# alter user postgres with password 'mynewpassword'; ALTER ROLE
postgres=# q
~$:sudo /etc/init.d/postgresql restart
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Now you can run pgAdminIII. On form New Server Registration, set ‘Username’ to “postgres”, type in password you entered before, and the field ‘Name’ is up to your choice.