Monthly Challenges : June ’15 Weight Loss and Standing Desk

Hello all,

I had two challenges for June and luckily I completed both of them.

1. Lose 3 kg.s in a month.

This one was easy, I will not get into details. I was 87.6 kg.s, I cut off eating junk food, I began to count my steps and put a target of 10.000 steps daily. And at the end I was 83.8 kg.s. I’ve reached and passed my target.

2. Work on Standing Desk

This was the real challenge. Actually,  when I am working at home, I am already using my DIY standing desk,  but I am working at most two hours at home. So it is not challenging.

Standing desk in the office has at least two challenges. Which are a) convincing manager and colleagues, b) really standing for 8 hours straight.

For the first part, luckily we were moving to a new office, I had the most isolated part for myself. So I will not get too much attention 🙂 And my manager is an open-minded man, he is also very friendly (once we were colleagues). Convincing manager was not that hard. It took more time for my colleagues to get used to me 🙂

Second part was hard sometimes. When you google ‘standing desk’ and read some blog posts about them. You will see some tips, which come true when I experience it. First of all just standing and working like that is not possible. I often transfer my weight from one leg to another, take some small walks in office, have some small sitting pauses when I am taking notes or a friend ask for some help.

Shoes are really important when you stand all day long. Hard soled shoes will make your day a nightmare, some people use yoga mats to soften the floor. I choose more soft soled shoes. This way my feet don’t cry for help.

I also built my standing desk in office, so it is a DIY standing desk like the one at home. This have some pros, like I have two spare shelves to put my notebooks, pens etc.

My DIY Standing Desk

My DIY Standing Desk

Now, I am happy with the result.

Have a look at also my post on LinkedIn about standing desk : https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/130746977
Leave comments, keep in touch.

New Series : Monthly Challenges

Hello all,

I am going to kick off new blog post series. By this way, I believe I will also keep the blog updated. The series are about Monthly Challenges, I’ve already completed my first challenge and its post is coming today.

I will not reveal monthly challenges until the month ends. Every challenge will start on first monday of the month and will end on last day of the month. So I may have a few days between two challenges to rest. 🙂

I got the idea from this blog post (Turkish), and he wrote that he was inspired by Matt Cutts.

Challenge posts list (will be updated every month) :

June ’15 Challenge : http://www.canburaktumer.com/blog/monthly-challenges-june-15-weight-loss-and-standing-desk/
July ’15 Challenge : http://www.canburaktumer.com/blog/monthly-challenges-july-15/

Android : MAKEIT Rehber Project

Hello,

Last night I developed a new Android application for inhouse use of my company. Since we are a small company which aims to get bigger, our population keeps growing. This brings some problems with it. For example, some older employees don’t know about newcomers and their contact information.

One day I needed to call a new employee and I realised I don’t have her contact information. And before that point I was not aware of situation. Then I decided to make a phonebook that reads information from a shared file on internet, which our HR will update when somebody joins or leaves the company. So every employee would have every other’s contact information.

This is how MAKEIT Rehber was born. – Rehber means phonebook in Turkish. – Yesterday night I developed the first version of application, where the contact info was hardcoded, then added reading a remote file, then I added sending SMS or Whatsapp messages directly and lastly I added my own open source library : tellal to send notifications through MAKEIT Rehber. This notifications can be just new version notifications or something about company.

There is still some development to do. But it has more than enough abilities now.

Below you can find a screenshot.

MAKEIT Rehber

MAKEIT Rehber

 

Thanks for reading, please do not hesitate to ask your questions or comment on my posts in the comment area you can find below.

Have a nice day.

ODI 12c: TROUG BI/DW SIG 2014

Hello all,

On 3rd April 2014 TROUG is organizing BI/DW SIG Day at İTÜ Arı3 Teknokent. You can have detailed information on : http://www.troug.org/?p=684 and you can register for the event on eventbrite : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/troug-bidw-sig-meeting-tickets-10986690487

I willl be there as a speaker, my session will be about Requirements, Installation and New Features of ODI 12c, hope to see you there.

My presentation will be up in this post on 3rd evening. 
You can reach presentation by this link.

Mark your calendars, register for event and have a nice day.

Android : Tellal Project

So finally I finished a usable open source library project. I can say a milestone achieved. This was one of my dreams to contribute to open source world, tonight I completed Tellal Libary.

But what is it?
– It is a library for Android to show in-app messages to users.

Why do I need that?
– I needed this spec. when I did not able to update one of my apps, and put new version as a new app. And I was not able to tell my users this change. Then I decided to build a notification library to import in all my mobile apps.

How do it work?
– Pretty simple. While coding you hardcode a URL into TellalConfig class. It checks this URL to find notification file which has information formatted as JSON and is a simple text file. Then shows it on screen. In notification file you need to specify a title, a message and a button text.

Where can I get it?
– It is on github. Try this link to reach codes and library jar file. https://github.com/Canburakt/tellal

How can I use it?
– Just add the jar file to your project, set TellalConfig.sourceURL and execute Tellal object. You can find an example project on github.

It is not complete yet, but it is working. I will work on it, develop it. New versions will come as tellal_vYYYYMMDD.jar so you can always have final and previous version on github. There was a mistake I had in my demo project while I am working on it. Java couldn’t find class definitions, I solved it by editing Project->Properties->Java Bıild Path->Order and Export you can see its state below :

Project Properies

Project Properies

 

I also put a screenshot of my demo project so you can see the result :

Screenshot

Screenshot

Pleas do not hesitate to ask your questions on comment section below, and to contribute this project on github.

Thanks for reading.

 

After a series of workshops

Introduction to SQL Session

Introduction to SQL Session

We had a series of workshops in Istanbul Hackerspace about SQL and PL/SQL. Sessions are held by me, and there were three sessions, each focuses on another topic.

 

 

Our road map was:

  •  Introduction to SQL
  •  Introduction to PL/SQL
  •  Introduction to PL/SQL tuning & Oracle catalog tables.

You can find the material I’ve prepared for these workshops on http://www.canburaktumer.com/istanbulhs For me, these session were useful and succesful. I did not break the Istanbul Hackerspace tradition and had a decreasing number of participants. First day we had six participants, second day we had three participants and finally last day it was only me.

By the way, I also would like to introduce about hackerspace concept and Istanbul HS. Hackerspaces are world wide “free project ateliers”. They are basically producing projects with electronics and software. You can see a full list of hackerspaces on hackerspaces.org There are two hackerspaces in Istanbul, one in Anatolian side and one in European side. I am a volunteer in the Anatolian side, we are running an Android application project now, and we are having workshops. You can find more info on istanbulhs.org in Turkish.

That’s all for today, keep following because ODI posts will continue to come.