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September 29, 2016

September 28, 2016

  • Exploring File System API

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at September 28, 2016 13:44 UTC

    We have implemented a simple local storage session for our application with the File System API, but it doesn't allow us to save in folder system but by memory allocation. The indexing and retrieving power is great for beginners to backend like us, but the memory allocation is quite limited. We hope to explore a better solution for the back-end given our limited time.
    Also, we were testing our application internally against Web AIM Accessibility checklist and realize that our design needs some improvements. Testing it with Jaws as web app running on the browser today gave us another possibility of packing our app, but we are not sure which platform we should use to deploy our application, so we still try to complete the procedures of packaging it with electron for Windows and Linux

September 27, 2016

September 23, 2016

  • Packaging for testing

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at September 23, 2016 14:32 UTC

    Shifting priority to Windows testing because most users use Windows, still facing problems with the Linux package for an unknown reason. Windows requires Wine in addition to electron packager for proper code signing. Shifting to the new bootstrapped UI which works great with just one issue: integrating speech synthesiser with the file browser tab.

September 22, 2016

  • Linux package and Bootstrap

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at September 22, 2016 15:10 UTC

    Bootstrapping our new UI (Revamp UI II) is complete, we can repackage our project after testing out the various methods to do so for different operating systems. Attempted to package the app with the old UI for Linux today but after testing with our coach, it seems that it failed due to an error regarding lib

September 21, 2016

  • Contacting testers

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at September 21, 2016 14:34 UTC

    Arranged to meet an association for discussion about user testing on Friday.
    Still working on packaging for windows as well as bootstrapping the UI! Windows package should be out by tomorrow, which is important since more people even in our team use Windows.

September 20, 2016

  • Packaging

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at September 20, 2016 14:10 UTC

    Our project's package for MAC OSX is available for download on our GitHub! Working in windows as well as contacting local associations for the viaullay blind to start testing!

September 19, 2016

  • Finalizing the Project

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at September 19, 2016 13:46 UTC

    We had a meeting with our coaches, mentor and supervisor today to decide on our last changes to our prototype. We agreed to make last minor changes to the look of our older prototype and look forward to packaging to send out for testing in the RGSoC and beneficiary community.

September 13, 2016

  • Updating new UI

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at September 13, 2016 01:24 UTC

    With the new UI, we worked on implementing the backend features of the old UI to the new one. But since the new one does not implement the one-click function, we were reading up on on how to integrate it with React. Also, we are still working on the saving buffers feature but instead switched to looking at using the fs module of json.

September 08, 2016

September 06, 2016

  • Day 48

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at September 6, 2016 16:13 UTC

    Saving Buffers

    Worked on formatting the code from the user that needs to be sent over while saving, ran into some issues with generating the prepared command using the OSC::Message function, but have an inkling of what's wrong. Most of the functions required for this feature have been put into place.

September 05, 2016

  • Recording and Saving music

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at September 5, 2016 13:41 UTC

    Recording some music

    Finally managed implement all the relevant functions and format the commands appropriately to send to the OSC server that allows us to start recording, stop recording and save the music as .wav files. There are still limitations to work on:

    1. Recordings are saved in the documents folder under home by default and if the user deletes it, the recording can't save at all. We tried using relative paths using '../' but it causes issues for an unknown reason and does not save the file either.

    2. We can change the code to add custom file names quite quickly once we have the GUI portion for the user to enter that. For now, the name is given using the date.getTime() method (milliseconds since 1/1/1970).

    3. Visually impaired users can accidentally make the recording longer than it needs to be by missing the stop recording button, we made it so that the buffer automatically plays when start record button is pressed but the user has free reign on when recording stops, even when the music is long over.

    At our meeting with mentor Joseph today, we were advised to test out with visually impaired users as soon as possible, as well as concentrate on revamping the UI to reflect high color contrast to help users who have trouble distinguishing between colours as well.

    So we changed our UI recently and adopted React for the view. We are still fixing and migrating our event handlers to the correct component. We will also need to get used to the whole concepts of state & props.

September 02, 2016

  • Wrapping Up the Current Sprint

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at September 2, 2016 15:59 UTC

    It has been a tough week so far, but in the end we kinda got through somehow. Our important lesson this week is to read the API and official documents before jumping around Stack Overflow or Google in hope for a similar case elsewhere in the net. Given that new realization, we configured our webpack and resolved whatever ES6 issues properly.

    What we've done:
    ✓UI Revamp

    ☐ Save & Load codes
    ☐ Record and save music as conventional file extensions

August 31, 2016

  • Debunk the Myth of Webpack Configuration

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at August 31, 2016 09:30 UTC

    It was a discouraging week of little or no progress, but it has ended. We have finally understood the basic configuration of Webpack, at least enough to finally set it up for writing ES6. So, as a test of our understanding, we set up react hot loader and hot module replacement plugin for Webpack as well. It finally works, so really hope that the hot reload can magically save us time for this delayed stage of development.

    Honestly, we have been looking forward to the first release which was supposed to happen on Monday, but we both missed the deadline due to our underestimation of new technologies. But the effort really enhanced our appreciation of development tools and would hopefully standardize & fasten our workflow.

    ☐ Almost all the stuff in our latest to-do list remains, so they should be inserted here
    ☐ UI Revamp
    ☐ Save & Load codes
    ☐ Record and save music as conventional file extensions

August 29, 2016

August 26, 2016

  • Stalled for A While

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at August 26, 2016 15:52 UTC

    Today is actually the official end of our current sprint, but we still haven't really completed quite a number of features that we planned. This week we were both slowed down quite a lot due to our choice to pick up and try out some new technologies:
    - Shwetha: Node.js
    - Tu An: Material UI (& hence, ES6 'gorgeous' syntax shift)

    Done tasks:

    ✓ Fixed the format commands
    ✓ Ignored the babel & webpack config for in-progress work of UI Revamp
    ✓ Change "period" to "dot"
    ✓ Updated the key combination so Mac can trigger TTS as well
    ✓ Made a demo video for our current app

    TTDs for Buggy Chunks:

    ☐ Write if condition for suppressing "abort" in ruby client side when using windows
    ☐ Similarly, format file path correct for each OS
    ☐ Cut the text to chunks, each of which has < 300 characters to avoid Chrome's bug for its Speech Synthesis API
    ☐ Fix the error due to commands with ":xxx" option

    Upcoming tasks:

    ☐ Read out only 1 line where cursor is
    ☐ UI Revamp - need to decide if I want to fix the import vs require bug due to ES6 for using Material UI or just lead a simple life with bootstrap and basic CSS
    ☐ Save and load codes as buffers (json files) using FS module of node
    ☐ Record the music and save as conventional music file (tapping onto the osc magical server again)
    ☐ Continue to contact target audience through developers or NGOs so we can test our app once v1.0 is released

  • Day 38

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at August 26, 2016 00:47 UTC

    OSC commands

    No luck on searching for an OSC server-command that directly saves code, read up more about sonic-pi's saving algorithm. Dug through code to learn that they use a git commit to a local git repo to save contents of a buffer.

August 24, 2016

August 22, 2016

  • Day 35:

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at August 22, 2016 14:40 UTC

    Awesome Progress :)!

    Today we fixed up the problem of unpronounced characters overlooked by speechSynthesis API (in the attempt to make English prose smoother, but inconvenience coders).
    We also tested if our app can work offline, and to our amazement, it does work. So, the next step for us is to verify if it's ok as well for changing the voice quality offline. We hope to also understand the mechanism behind Web Speech API technology as a whole since if it is fully supported by the browser (Chromium-electron specifically) it means screen reader can be integrated directly into web app in general and more specifically cross-platform and (hopefully) lightweight desktop app with the help of electron.
    We have also successfully played multiple lines of codes and retrieved error messages from osc-server. Therefore it's time to develop a simple mechanism for users to control the reading out of these messages with shortcuts.
    So last week ended with success in implementation of major functionalities for our app. We are looking for testers, especially visually impaired programmers who are interested in helping out!

August 18, 2016

  • Day 34

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at August 18, 2016 14:48 UTC


    Tried implementing a loop to send commands from a buffer to the server at once as discussed as a potential approach with our coach: it does not work as intended, slow progress on this front due to lack of experience form us but we hope to become more adept.

August 17, 2016

  • Day 33

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at August 17, 2016 16:20 UTC

    UI and user stories

    Met Coach Arrchana who gave us feedback on our progress, We talked to her about the potential user stories and user testing, like getting into contact with local communities with blind developers. The del() bug is done with and there was a remodeling of the UI with Save, Load and Run buttons.

August 16, 2016

  • Day 32

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at August 16, 2016 05:46 UTC

    Electron to Server, SpeechAPI

    Established communication with the server, currently commands can be sent in and run without errors one at a time. Worked on sending many commands at once.
    On the speech end, we still have to implement it to read the user input as well as get it to read special characters necessary for sonic-pi coding like parenthesis, colons, etc.

August 12, 2016

  • Day 31

    Team Reactives (Poetic Computation) [2016] — at August 12, 2016 12:40 UTC

    SCSynth and Coach Meetup

    Worked on trying to fix the scsynth based error where our current Ruby script to communicate with sonic-pi's OSC server causes a 'zombie' scsynth to create a critical internal server error if the scsynth is not shut down manually. Had a meet up with Coach Arrchana where we through the steps needed to set up sonic-pi server communication and showed her our basic electron template and told her about the issue.