Just Released! PHP Streetmaps (Uber-style moving markers and more…)

Check out my latest script – HTML5 Streetmaps – available NOW at codecanyon.net! Click here!

This easy to use PHP class library allows PHP/MySQL developers to create a wide variety of customized streetmaps by instantiating this PHP streetmap class (no javascript coding necessary!) Create custom streetmaps with the following mapbox/leafletjs built-in features:

• NEW!!! UBER-style moving markers
• Heatmaps
• Markerclusters
• Streetmap with directions/routing
• Streetmaps with various shapes (polygons, circles, rectangles)
• Streetmap styling(supports the 14 mapbox.js styles)
• Multi-color markers
• Multi-color markers with fontawesome icons
• Image markers
• Custom popups (text/images/videos)

Version History

v1.0 (11/1/2016) – Initial release
v1.1 (11/16/2016) – added UBER-style moving marker

Regards,
Ninja
my email: dataninja.at.codecanyon@gmail.com
my codecanyon portfolio: click here

Author’s Note: PHP Streetmaps

“A backend developer trying to do front end programming well is like right hander trying to write left handed well. With enough work, it can be done…but it does not come naturally.”
– Data Ninja

LEFT VS. RIGHT SIDE OF THE BRAIN – The left side of the human brain focuses on logical thinking, analysis, and accuracy. The right side of the brain, on the other hand, focus on aesthetics, feeling, and creativity. Front end developers, generally speaking, have “right handed” brains and backend “left handed”. It’s possible for each to do the other’s type of programming, but it doesn’t come naturally.

This is why I wrote PHP Streetmaps. It allows a PHP/MySQL backend developer an easy way to create sophisticated streetmaps (with directions, heatmaps, markers, image markers, complicated popups, video popups, etc) without learning mapbox/leaflet.js which are written in javascript, a language primarily by front end developers.

The technique used here is I created a PHP wrapper class called PhpStreetmaps that wraps around my HTML5 script (also sold seperately at codecanyon.net but included when you purchase this PHP script). I also added methods to connect and interact with a MySQL database directly to feed map markers from a database.

To use, simply instantiate the class and use it’s setter methods to set the properties and the markers for the streetmap.

So, attention PHP backend developers..sophisticated streetmaps in your sleep! No javascript necessary! Check it out!

PHP Streetmaps – available NOW at codecanyon.net! Click here!

Tanoshinde (‘Have fun!’),
Data Ninja
my email: dataninja.at.codecanyon@gmail.com
my codecanyon portfolio: click here

Just Released! HTML5 Streetmaps

Check out my latest script – HTML5 Streetmaps – available NOW at codecanyon.net! Click here!

What is HTML5 Street Maps?

This easy to use library allows non-programmers (and programmers alike) to create a wide variety of customized streetmaps using straight HTML (no javascript coding necessary!) Create custom streatmaps with the following mapbox/leaflet built-in features:

• streetmap styling(supports the 14 mapbox.js styles)
• multi-color markers
• multi-color markers with fontawesome icons
• image markers
• custom popups (html only)
• custom popups (with images)
• custom popups (with slideshows)
• heatmaps
• markerclusters
• streetmap directions
• streetmaps with various shapes (polygons, circles, rectangles)

Regards,

Ninja

my email: dataninja.at.codecanyon@gmail.com
my codecanyon portfolio: click here

Author’s Note: HTML5 Streetmaps

“A good programmer looks for ways to create ‘layers of abstraction’ that hide the complexity of the lower layers of a given software language or library…a better programmer eliminates the need for programming altogether.”

– Data Ninja 10/1/2016

I wrote HTML5 to give web designers who know HTML/CSS (but not not jquery and javascript) an easy way to create sophisticated leaflet/mapbox streetmaps for their web pages, without writing a single line of javascript code.

The technique used in this script is to leverage jquery’s class selector functionality – e.g. $(‘.myclass’)… – to create custom tags. By eliminating the dot ‘.’ in the class selector search string, jquery grabs any tag with a tag name that matches what is specified in a ‘dot-less’ class selector entry.

For instance, to create the custom tag, this script starts by using the following code – ‘$(“streetmap”)… that finds every instance of the streetmap tag on a web page, reads its attributes – ‘data-…’ – and renders the streetmap accordingly.

Now, with a single javascript declaration at the top of any webpage, streetmaps leveraging leaflet/mapbox advanced features – including markers, heatmaps, markerclusters, polygons and other shapes – can be rendered with straight HTML.

Eliminating the need for programming altogether!

I hope non-programmers and programmers alike find this script useful. Drop me a note if you have any questions.

HTML5 Streetmaps – available NOW at codecanyon.net! Click here!

Tanoshinde (‘Have fun!’),
Data Ninja
my email: dataninja.at.codecanyon@gmail.com
my codecanyon portfolio: click here

Just Released! HTML5 Cloud Dashboard Designer

Just Release!!! – New Script – HTML5 Cloud Dashboard Designer – available at codecanyon.net! Click here!

WHAT IS HTML5 CLOUD DASHBOARD DESIGNER?

HTML5 Cloud Dashboard Designer, provides an easy to use, drag and drop user interface that allows non-programmers (and programmers alike) to build sophisticated dashboards (think dashboards you see in your favorite sci fi/action hero/spy movies) in minutes leveraging an extensible collection of popular Javascript and jQuery data visualization plug-ins. The script currently supports Highcharts, Highmaps, Highstock,Leaflet.js, Datatables.js but will support many many more in the future (d3js, Mapbox maps in next release).

This dashboard designer uses standard (non-proprietary) HTML5/jQuery/Javascript to create a very light, easy to share dashboard. Dashboards can be previewed, shared and saved, jsfiddle-style (on the cloud thru automatically generated URL links). The script also includes a code generator that generates standalone scripts (4 different flavors – HTML5 Only, HTML/jQuery, URL string, Silent Form Post) to render the dashboard you created. Chart data can be loaded from a file in a folder where you have this script installed or typed directly into the chart’s settings panel. Finally, full source code is available with every script purchase for you to customize, extend and incorporate into your own software.

WHY HTML5 CLOUD DASHBOARD DESIGNER?

Today’s “leading” data visualization tools are expensive, thick/heavy, closed/proprietary(e.g. source code not available) software products that produce average dashboards from a limited/closed selection of chart types and data visualizations (for list of current market leaders, see – 2015 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analysis Tools).

In the meantime, open source Javascript and jQuery community software development has produced an exponentially growing catalog of innovative, next generation data visualization plugins/scripts (Highcharts, Highmaps, Highstock,Leaflet.js, Datatables.js, d3js, Mapbox etc.) that when assembled (using my new script) into ultra-light data visualization web page using standard HTML5, jQuery and Javascript, produces sophisticated dashboards that provide the next generation data visualiation solution from the “leading tools” of today.

KEY FEATURES

  • Create dashboards of any size form factor – any width by any height. Default is 5000×5000 pixels.
  • Extensible rotating carousel “palette of JS/jQuery charts” including Highcharts,Highmaps, Highstock, Leaflet.js, Datatables.js. Many, many more to come including , d3js, Mapbox available next release<
  • Easy to use drag and drop dashboard designer user interface to create beautiful interactive dashboards in minutes. No coding necesarry! (see How to Videos)
  • Settings panel for “no coding” chart customization – setting itles, text font, text size, chart background, series colors, etc
  • DB agnostic data sources – Hand enter data or load data from a JSON file on your server.
  • jsFiddle style saving/sharing – Ability to preview, share and save your dashboard on the cloud using auto generated URLs (* these features require PHP/MySQL webserver).
  • Code Generator – auto generates code to render your dashboard in a standalone script. Different flavor scripts including: HTML5 Only, HTML5/jQuery, URL string (GET), Silent Form (POST)
  • Theming capability. Change color scheme, fonts, background of dashboard by changing a single theme setting.
  • Full source code available with every script purchase(< 10k lines) for you to extend, customize and incorporate into your own software.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • Any browser that supports HTML5/Javascript, jQuery (2.1.4). Tested with Chrome Version 49.0.2623.110 (64-bit), Safari Version 5.1.7 (7534.57.2), Internet Explorer 11.0.9600.18230, Firefox 5.0.2
  • A PHP/MySQL supported webserver is required for jsfiddle features (preview, share, save) and render script options #3 and #4 – click here for phpinfo for PHP/MySQL versions and configuration options of the server serving up the demo. IMPORTANT: make sure to compare with phpinfo of your installation. Many PHP/MySQL errors stem from configuration options of customer php server instances.
  • This script uses hosted libraries for Highsoft (code.highcharts.com, etc) and no installation required. It does require you to procure the appropriate Highsoft (Highcharts, Highmaps, Highstock) license based on your use. Click here for details.
  • See ‘Installing this Script’ How To Video above for a demo of installation.

HOW TO VIDEO LIBRARY

VERSION HISTORY

  • VERSION 1.0 (4/15/2016) – Initial Launch Version
    • Create dashboards for any size form factor – create dashboard of any width and any height.
    • Extensible rotating “palette of JS/jQuery charts” including Highcharts, Highmaps, Highstock, Leaflet.js, Datatables.js. Many, many more to come including , d3js, Mapbox available next release.
    • Easy to use drag and drop dashboard designer user interface to create beautiful interactive dashboards in minutes. No coding necesarry! (see How to Videos)
    • Settings panel for “no coding” chart customization – setting itles, text font, text size, chart background, series colors, etc
    • DB agnostic data sources – Hand enter data or load data from a JSON file on your server
    • jsFiddle style saving/sharing – Ability to preview, share and save your dashboard on the cloud using auto generated URLs (* these features require PHP/MySQL webserver).
    • Code Generator – auto generates code to render your dashboard in a standalone script. Different flavor scripts including: HTML5 Only, HTML5/jQuery, URL string (GET), Silent Form (POST)
    • Theming capability. Change color scheme, fonts, background of dashboard by changing a single theme setting.
    • Full source code made available with every script purchase(< 10k lines) for you to extend, customize and incorporate into your own software.
  • Upcoming VERSION 1.1 (ETA 6/30/2016) – 2nd release
    • d3js carousel of charts (see Sneak Preview tab today)
    • Mapbox carousel of charts
    • More Highmaps (international)
    • More Leaflet js maps
    • Horizontal/Vertical carousel widgets
  • VERSION 1.2 (ETA 7/30/2016) – 3rd release backlog

It’s brand new and I’d love your feedback. Please let me know what you think. (Also, if you like the script, please pass on this post to your own LinkedIn network to get the word out.)

Regards,
Ninja

my email: dataninja.at.codecanyon@gmail.com
my codecanyon portfolio: click here

Uberization of Software Development

Hello everyone. My name is data ninja (my pseudo name, of course…can’t be too careful with your real identity on the web these days) and I am a Code Canyon author based out of San Jose, CA. For those of you who are unfamiliar with San Jose, it is in the heart of Silicon Valley, where many iconic startups like Apple, Google, Yahoo got their ‘start’ and are currently based. There are many, many, many startups in the Silicon Valley area that employ many many many software developers like myself.

I am by trade a freelance UI (user interface) developer and my professional specialty is in the data visualization area, creating custom software scripts for my clients that visualize complex data using mostly jQuery, Highcharts/stock/maps, d3js, and JavaScript. When my projects require a database I usually develop using PHP/MySQL.

I have been dabbling in online software marketplaces like Envato’s Code Canyon over the last two years and have tried a few submissions with enough success to convince me that one day, if I dedicated myself to it, I could stop working as a freelancer by generating enough earnings entirely from script sales to make a living as a software author. That’s the plan, anyway.

I want to use this blog to document my journey from ‘software sword for hire (ninja)’ to ‘successful software author’, and maybe help other software developers to do the same along the way. I truly believe ‘software authoring’ represents a mainstream employment model for software developers like me all over the world in the near future.

Software marketplaces like Envato will do for software developers like me, what Uber does for drivers all over the world today – the Uberization of Software Development.

Let’s see…

Follow me on my journey and check in from time to time by commenting on my posts (I’d especially love to hear from those who are on the same, or even better have successfully completed this journey already).

Regards,
Ninja

my email: dataninja.at.codecanyon@gmail.com
my codecanyon portfolio: click here