From A0017615<David.Wafula@wits.ac.za> Thu Aug 19 19:51:44 2010 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-15" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain From: "A0017615<David.Wafula@wits.ac.za>" Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 17:51:44 +0200 Subject: Bugs, assignments, live chat and filemanager
=09ELearning Dev update: In the past week or so, we have managed to bag 9 b= ugs (yeah, these were needing attention for sometime now). The develo pment = team has a new member, and that means we are going to attack them m uch more= faster. We are handling some feature requests too, case in point : Assignme= nts. For starters, someone forgot that assignments can be submitted a= s pdf uploads. Of course until a user alerted us a bout 2 day s ago. Assignm= ents can also be created via worgroups, Group Assignments t hey are called. = The LiveChat module seems to be progressing fine, it is a ctually usable, bu= t it needs a little more polishing etc. The unique thin g about LiveChat is = it is actually a component of the Virtual Classroom, which is also going to= see light of the day in production very soon (am h orrible with dates). And= we did updates to the filemanager too. Mos t importantly was reducing= the number of steps (clicks) required to inser t a file in an editor, or ev= en selecting a photo for your profile. From 3 steps to just a single click.=From A0017615<David.Wafula@wits.ac.za> Mon Jul 12 21:01:28 2010 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-15" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain From: "A0017615<David.Wafula@wits.ac.za>" Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 19:01:28 +0200 Subject: Course auto-registration available for eLearning
=09This week, the te am leader in Instructional = Design, Fatima, is going to introduce a large group of students to ou= r eLearning platform. One thing was obvoius: no way we are manually going t= o enroll individual students into the cour se. Earlier in the year, our coll= eages from the CNS Java team had c reated web services that could be c= onsumed to access certain student info rmation, like the course units they= 39;ve registered. So us being us (re ad Chisimbians), we quickly took advant= age of this, and the next minute, we are pulling the information from the J= avaians (correct spelling ??) an d the students are auto-enrolling into the = courses they registered for. F or once, this was actually fun ...From A0017615<David.Wafula@wits.ac.za> Mon Jul 12 09:47:18 2010 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-15" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain From: "A0017615<David.Wafula@wits.ac.za>" Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 07:47:18 +0200 Subject: Blogging, Tweeting available for eLSI
=09T= he eLearning Support and Innovation (eLSI) &nb sp;site (https://elearn.wits.ac.za) is now enabled for blogging, tweetin= g and posting general eLearning ne ws. The new functionality was unveiled on= July 9th 2010 in a silent launc h at the unit. Plans are underway to integr= ate the blog system with the k im site, such just a single post is all you n= eed to make posts on both si tes. To post a blog, sign in using your wits cr= edetials - username as the staff number and using the corresponding oracle = password. One of eLSI st aff members, Derek Moore, was kind enough to = set up a hash tag #els i for eLearning tweets. Simply tweet something, and i= nclude #elsi in the text and your tweet will appear on the site. This is po= ssible because of the underlying Chisimba framework that natively supports = tweeting. The si te is also the entry point for the eLearning system, = KEWL. p> From A0017615<David.Wafula@wits.ac.za> Sat Jan 16 14:55:38 2010 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-15" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain From: "A0017615<David.Wafula@wits.ac.za>" Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 12:55:38 +0200 Subject: Creating cool user interfaces in Chisimba using GWT, EXTJS and Netbeans-Par= t 1. In this article, I document the steps that I followed when setting up envir= onment for creating user interfaces in Chisimba using Google Web Toolkit ( G= WT), Ext GWT and Netbeans. This is the first in the series that I will p ost= here.
un your Netbeans IDE. Go to Tools → Libraries.
Click on New Library=
tton on bottom left of the dialo=
g to create a new library.
=20 =0 9=09=09
9=09In the Library Name<=
field , type Ext-GWT=
>. Leave the Library Typ=
e to default. Click OK
=20 = 09=09=09
09=09The new library will be listed in the library list.
=20 =09=09=0 9
=09=09=09The new library is still selec=
ted, click Add JAR/Fo
button on the right hand sid
e of the screen. This should bring the filebro=
swer. Navigate to the direc
tory you extracted gwt-2.0.0 select and add the =
=20 =0 9=09=09gwt-api-checker.jar gwt-dev.jar gwt-servlet.jar gwt-soyc-vis.jar g= wt-user.jar
=09=09=09Cl ick on the Add JAR= /Folder button again, but this time= navigate to the folder you extracted gxt-2 .1, and select and add gxt.jar f= ile. The Ext-GWT library should now have the required jar files listed.=09
In order to use the GWT engine, we w=
ll first a create a project using the command line tools that are shipped =
with GWT. GWT ships with a command line utility called
webAppCreator that automatically generates all the files you'll
d in order to start a GWT project. We will use these files to create
=09Using your command line terminal, change directories to the root of gwt-= 2.0.0 folder. Create a new application called MyWebApp with t he command:webAppCrea tor -out MyWebApp c= om.mycompany.mywebapp.MyWebApp
=09If you are using a Mac, you may need to make the script executable. In t= hat case, u se the following commands:
chmod u+x webAppCreator ./ webAppCreator -out MyWebApp com.mycompany.mywebapp.MyWebApp
webAppCreator script will generate a number of files in=
MyWebApp/, including some basic "Hello, world" fun
tionality in the class
ebApp.java. The script also generates an Ant build script
=09In order to run the proj ect, you nee= d to set the Main class.<= /span>
=09=09=09Right click on you MyWebApp pr= oject, select Properties.= In the propertie s window, select Run. A dd the following line to the Main Class field=09=09
=09=09=09In the Arg uments= field, add the following span>=09=09
=09=09=09- startupUrl MyWebApp.h= tml com.mycompany.mywebapp.MyWebApp< /p> =09
=09=09=09In VM options field, add -Xmx2= 56M=09
=09=09=09Your project is ready no
=09=09=09 < /p> =09
=09=09=09Click on Launch Default Brower= button to see your s keleton project. Note, since this might be your first = time hitting the de velopment mode server, it will prompt you to install the= Google Web Toolk it Developer Plugin. Follow the instructions in the browse= r to install th e plugin. Once the Google Web Toolkit Developer Plugi= n is installe d in your browser, navigate to the URL again and the starter a= pplication will load in development mode.=09=09
=09In the next article, we will expand = on our application to use Ext GWT components and see how you can integrate = this into Chisimba.From A0017615<David.Wafula@wits.ac.za> Wed Jan 06 15:36:50 2010 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-15" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/plain From: "A0017615<David.Wafula@wits.ac.za>" Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2010 13:36:50 +0200 Subject: Enterprise document management - dms 1.0.0 alpha This is to announce the first release of enterprise document managenent sys= tem. It extends (and duplicates some of the functionality) of the fi l= emanager module in chisimba. The system is implemented as a module in ch isi= mba, named dms. Its an alpha release . Some of the feautures available are:=
=09Chisimba Realtime Tools 1.0.2 beta3 is here. This is a minor b ug-f= ix release . Here are the main issues addressed:
=091. Audi o/Video subsystem was crashing sometimes, taking down the whole s= ystem wi th it. Fixed.
=092. When a participant is kicked out of the room, there was no notificati= on to the affected user. Fixed.
=093. Us ers could start private chats with themselves. Of course its silly.= Fixed
=094. Admin could kick him/her-self from the room. Fixed.
=095. If a remote desktop viewer is closed when in session, it could not be= opened. This has been fixed.
=09A preview of the featu res to come in 1.0.3:
=091. Emotion indicators
=092. Acc urately syn'ced pointers on whatever screen size
=093. 24/7 vi sible whiteboard toolbar
=09and bug fixes.
=09Recording feature will debut in 1.1. For downloads and d ocumentati= on, visit the download page here. Try the demo here=