Advanced Workshop on Developing Mozilla Firefox OS Apps

On 10th and 11th of January 2014, Swecha organized an Advanced training workshop on Mozilla Firefox OS Application building. About 25 students who were already trained on the prerequisites (HTML, CSS, JS) for Firefox OS Apps attended the workshop.


Speakers:

Rahul De (System Developer at ThoughtWorks) : Rahul started with the basics of JavaScript like DOM and constructs in it to the more advanced concepts like JS events and JSON
Ganesh Katrapati (Research Assistant at IIIT-Hyderabad) : Ganesh introduced app development in Firefox OS, starting the tools one needs to develop the apps to various kinds of API's and Storage options available for the developer for kickstarting his/her app.

APP-Development:

Following the session on Firefox OS, students were grouped into teams of two. These teams then developed one firefox os app each. These are some of the apps that were developed.
Shashank and Santosh
Santosh and Shashank developed a Note Making app for firefox os. Using the app, one can add a note, and view all the notes present. They added visually attractive CSS3 elements to the app. They used HTML5's LocalStorage to store the notes in a persistent manner. Their app can be downloaded, used, modified and redistributed from : https://code.swecha.org/shashank/note-making
Yeshwant and Akhil
Akhil and Yeshwant made a CSS3 Calculator . They describe it as
This is a basic calculator that is built using JavaScript and HTML5. The app contains an input field and various buttons for the numbers and the operations.
In addition, they also made an app which uses HTML5's GeoLocation
Hemant and Rahman
Hemant and Rahman made a City Guide Application . They describe it as
This is application is very useful for a person who is new to any town or a city. It serves as a personal guide and provides the user with pages of information which help him/her to explore the city better. They can know the city's updates too. This app also contains all the contact numbers of important services in the city like the police stations, hotels etc.
This is developed using HTML5, CSS3, Firefox simulator and WebIDE
Mani and Ashraf
Ashraf and Mani made a Dynamic Tic-Tac-Toe Game . This game introduces a whole new level of complexity by letting the user decide the grid size of the game. They used HTML5 and Advanced JavaScript for this app.
Kiran and Rajesh
Kiran and Rajesh made a Music Player . They describe it as
This app was developed using HTML5, CSS3 and JS. Player can create music files as a playlist and the app will load the music files. A cool CSS3 layout was used for the pause/play interface itself.
. Checkout the code at https://code.swecha.org/Rajeshkumarsheela/music-player
Anirudh and Shiva
Anirudh and Shiva made an RSS Client for the Swecha.org website . They describe it as
This app provides all the updates from the swecha.org site. It pulls the RSS content from the website and it reads the feed using JQuery-RSS Library. HTML5 and CSS was also used.
Sheeban and Raju
Sheeban and Raju made an RSS Client for the Gutenberg.org website . Sheeban describes it as
Gutenberg is an online portal where many efforts are going on for the encouragement of digitizing books. The project gutenberg is a place where we can freely read them or download them.
I have chosen RSS to get the latest updates and book-details from the website and made the app using the WebIDE, Firefox os simulator, HTML5, CSS3 and JS

After creating these apps, each team presented their app, explained the functionality and went through the details of building the app.

Swecha NCCCE Three Day Teacher Training Workshop

Swecha, along with National Consultative Committee on Computer Education is holding a 3 day Teacher Training Workshop.The Workshop is going to be held on the 10th ,11th and 12th of January,2015 in Hyderabad. The focus of this workshop is to train the teachers on BalaSwecha, an Operating System developed by Swecha Volunteers on the lines of free software. BalaSwecha Operating System aims to help the teachers by acting as a computer-aided-education tool. Two workhsops introducing this software have been organised last summer, covering 170 teachers from government schools, across both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The feedback from the teachers resulted in an updated version of the software. The current workshop will focus on training the teachers on the new applications and features.

Commune Lunch in Guntur

Swecha volunteers has organized a get together  in Guntur on 1st January . Commune lunch,movie screening,cultural programs and many more events were organized. More than 40 volunteers have actively  participated.

Swecha Stall in Vijayawada Book Fair

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Swecha has put up a stall at the ongoing Vijayawada Book Fair being organized at PWD Grounds in Vijayawada. The book fair was inaugurated on the 1st  of January, 2015     and the stall received a reverberating response. All the visitors to the stall commended the work done by Swecha in bringing out 'Swecha OS' in telugu.

“I have been feeling bad that the number of telugu speaking people is reducing day by day. Being an ardent admirer of telugu, I feel glad on seeing the kind of work Swecha     has been doing to promote the language in one of the most revolutionary technologies of the present day- computer. I congratulate the Swecha team and hope that they     continue to do the kind of work they're doing,” said by a visitor

Colony affected by Hudhud rebuilt

  hudhud2.jpg  Forum of IT Professionals (ForIT) in collaboration with Swecha, part of Free Software Movement of India, has delivered on its promise to help rebuild one colony from the Hudhud affected Visakhapatnam. In this direction, we have distributed 1200 asbestos sheets worth Rs.4.5 lakhs, thereby benefiting 370 families. The distribution was done on 24th December, 2014 at Thotagaruvu near Arilova in Visakhapatnam.

FSMI statement on blocking of GitHub and other sites

Over the last few days, there have been reports that internet users in india are not able to access services like GitHub, PasteBin and Imgur. It is now increasingly becoming clear that these sites have been blocked by the ISPs (Internet Service Providers), with no explanation given. One ISP claims that these sites have been blocked as per the instructions of Competent Authority.

No mention of who the Competent Authority is nor the rationale behind the blockade have been provided. The situation with other ISPs is even worse, with a simple message that states "Service Unavailable". Netizens on the social media from across the country have been reporting on this issue, which confirms the fact that this is not a single ISP acting in isolation but a concerted effort at blocking these services. This could not have happened with out the notice of the Government. 

It is shocking to note that a popular code-hosting website like GitHub, which is very popular among researchers, scientists, developers and students alike, and PasteBin are blocked. This brazen act of censorship goes against the fundamental rights of the citizens and the absolute lack of transparency in these matters is an attack on democracy and scientific progress.

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