This is more of a note to myself but feel free to use it.
This week, I have been performing load testing on a site at work. After completing the first round of testing, I went to look at the data which was saved as a CSV file and discovered that the datetime stamp was an epoch. While this is normally not an issue, I struggled with the conversion in the spreadsheet for a while until I finally cracked the nut. Here’s the formula:
I won’t pretend to understand all of this. However, the ‘14400000’ is the number of hour in milliseconds from GMT. Gotta run… Use great power with responsibility 🙂
Last week, I finally became frustrated with Angstrom on my BeagleBone Black. It’s could be that I have no patience for it. Or It could be that I need more time with it. Either way, it caused me to creatively string together new manifestations of my “Football words” and we’ll just leave it at that.
Without looking back, I just burned it to the ground and grabbed the Ubuntu image and burned it to my 8GB card. Without issue, it ran fine. I am not running any of these systems via a monitor, just via SSH. I put the SD card in, rebooted and SSH’d to it. I was so impressed with how easy it worked, I’m hooked. I installeed java, maven and repeated my Karaf install as well. I got nutty and installed apache web server and mysql just because I could and it was wicked easy. Oh yeah, I thought my wireless adaptor was defective because I just wasn’t able to get it working on Angstrom. It took about 15 minutes to get it working under Ubuntu.
Though I won’t call my time with Angstrom a waste, I will say that it’s just not my cup of tea and I felt right at home with Ubuntu. My next project is to see if I can get one or two different CMSs running on it so I can say that I did. I will post a walk-through for how I set up Ubuntu on the BBB and some How-Tos for some of the apps but they really are fairly simple.
UPDATE: Read my newest post on setting up Ubuntu on the BeagelBone Black, a multi-part series.
A nice, little touch to make the world a better place…
This morning, I happened upon a post from Darren on the LiveCycle Development Kit Blog. He describes a quick technique to format the code in CRXDE Lite by simply highlighting a block of code and clicking SHIFT+CTRL. Imaging my surprise when it actually worked!!! He mentions that it works in Chrome, Firefox and IE but I have yet to test that. My initial test was on CRX v2.4.22
However, I did test it with the CRX v126.96.36.199 and it does not work. ;(
Most of us where I work have stopped using CRXDE Lite for the primary development IDE for out web apps since we worked out the integration with Eclipse. However, I still find myself back in CRXDE Lite from time to time and this is a nice way for me to keep it tidy.
Last night, I finally accepted the challenge thrown down by a co-worker (Architect’s Log). I recently received my BBB and have been getting familiar with the environment.
First, I jumped right into the terminal of Angstrom, the preloaded linux distro. It took a little while but I’m getting used to some of the nuances. I started off with following the BeagleBone Linux 101 guide which seems to track pretty close to my experience. SUDO is not available in the package download but I found a site where I could download and manually install to get running.
The next step was to get Java running. I downloaded the jdk-7u25-linux-arm-sfp.tar.gz from the Java SE Downloads page but it doesn’t seem to be there anymore… jdk-7u21-linux-arm-sfp.tar.gz will work too.
I added Java to my path and tested. Here’s my method:
add the uncompressed folder to /opt (had to create)
create symbolic link to this folder called java. i.e. ln -s /opt/jdk1.7.0_25 java
add this to my .bashrc: “export JAVA_HOME=/opt/java“
and this as last line: “export PATH=$PATH:$JAVA_HOME/bin:$MAVEN/bin:” (did I forget to mention I installed maven too? Don’t worry… that’s coming up).
restart the BBB: shutdown -r now
after server returns test with “java -version” and bask in the glory
So, then I installed maven nearly the same exact way.
I should add that I created a HOSTS entry for the ethernet interface for my BBB.Finally, I downloaded the source for karaf 2.3.2. Once unpacked, I followed the instructions in the BUILDING file. This didn’t go so well for me. The build goes on for about 15 mins and then failed. I tried a couple times but didn’t feel like debugging the issue (it was getting late). I downloaded v.3.0.1.rc1 binary. After unpacking to /opt I fired it up and it ran like a champ. I even fired up the webconsole with “feature:install webconsole“. Finally, on my laptop (on the same network), I navigate to http://beaglebone.local:8181/system/console/
So, the process worked but this is just the beginning. Now I need to begin writing bundles to run on the BBB. Check back to see how that goes.
Shortly, I will be doing a series of posts for people who want to get a start in building their own web sites but don’t know where to start. This will be aimed towards beginners and non-technical individuals to get you started in creating a web presence. If you have any suggestions for types of technologies you would like to see, please drop me a note