Silent PDF Print with JavaScript and plugin

Today I am going to present you a plugin that I have just created. It is a plugin to print a PDF file silently, that is, without asking the user for confirmation.

This plugin exposes a REST API so that a PDF can be printed without confirmation using JavaScript. Just make an HTTP GET request to the plugin path sending the name of the PDF and the name of the printer.

The best thing about this is that you can use the virtual printers that Windows offers, in this way you can do your tests in an ecological way.

Throughout this post I will show you the documentation of the plugin and all the details of it, including how you can get it.

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Windows – Print PDF from CMD with PDFtoPrinter

In this post I will show you how to print a PDF document from the Windows command line, terminal or CMD using the executable PDFtoPrinter.exe.

As you know, printing a PDF from the Windows terminal is not possible using the print command (since it only prints text files), since a translator is required to read the content of the PDF and send it to the printer.

It is precisely what this utility called PDFtoPrinter.exe does, and in this post I’ll show you how to use it.

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Documento PDF impreso desde terminal de Windows

Pure PHP Point of sale system with MySQL

A few days ago I did an exercise on a sales system in PHP. It is written in pure PHP, no Javascript. Mind you, for the styles I used a Bootstrap variant.

The files don’t have a structure, but like I said, it’s an example. I also write this because it either serves someone else or it serves myself for some references.

For data persistence it uses MySQL. This POS Save products and sales. It does not handle user permissions. We store the shopping cart in the session, and well, I better explain it in parts in this post.

Obviously this POS software is free and open source.

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Laravel POS System – Free and open source

Today I am going to show you a software that I just made with Laravel. It is a sales system, point of sale, POS or whatever you call it, which is used to keep track of the products that are sold, the sales, and so on.

It is a totally free and open source system; which means that you can use it at no cost, and modify it to your needs or customize it. Among its features we find:

  1. It Uses Laravel in its latest version (as of this writing)
  2. Bootstrap is used for styles
  3. FontAwesome Icons
  4. Fully responsive system, that is, it works on mobiles, tablets and computers
  5. Inventory control with sale price, purchase price, profit, stock, etc.
  6. Option to make sale, adding products
  7. Checking inventory stock when selling
  8. Subtraction of stock when selling
  9. Printing of sales tickets on thermal printer
  10. Sales report
  11. User login and registration
  12. User management
  13. Customer registration
  14. Ticket that includes the customer’s name

Now let’s see how I have developed it, where you can download it, and so on.

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Creating an API REST with Python, Flask and SQLite3

In this Python programming tutorial you will learn how to create a REST API using Flask, SQLite 3 (for data), and JSON for data communication.

In the end you will have an API that you can consume from any client that could be an Android application, a browser with JavaScript or even another server language.

I will show you how to create an API that communicates using JSON and saves the data in SQLite 3. The API will be created with Flask, and we will use the Python programming language to handle all the data.

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Tetris game in JavaScript – Open source

In this post I will show you the Tetris game programmed in pure JavaScript, totally free and open source.

This block game is programmed with JavaScript and uses canvas to paint the game. I also use Bootstrap for the layout of the buttons and the page in general, with a bit of SweetAlert for the alerts.

Although it seems simple to do, it is one of the jobs that has cost me the most and of which I am most proud. It was complex (for me) to understand all the logic for collisions, rotations, row deletion, part movement, limits, etc.

Among the features of the game we find:

  • Sounds: background music, sound when the piece cannot be rotated, when a complete row is made and when the tetromino touches the ground
  • Colors: each piece has a random color chosen at runtime
  • Rotations: pieces can be rotated to accommodate them and accumulate points
  • Mobile compatible: because it is web, I have added some buttons to be able to play it on mobile phones and tablets, but it can also be played with the keyboard
  • Open source: you can modify the game, the board, the length, speed, pieces, rotations, etc.
  • Tetris port: behaves like any normal tetris game
  • Game pause: the game can be paused or resumed at any time

Let’s see then the details of this game programmed in JS. Throughout the post I will show you how this game is programmed, I will also leave you a demo and the complete code which is FOSS.

Note: figure, piece and tetromino will be used synonymously in this post.

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API REST with Go and MySQL

In this article about programming in the Go language (also known as Golang) we will see how to create a REST API that communicates through JSON, saving and displaying data from a MySQL / MariaDB database.

In the end we will have a REST API with Go using the 4 methods: POST, PUT, DELETE and GET using the Mux router. We are also going to implement the 4 operations of a database: insert, update, delete and select.

I will leave the full open source code at the end of the post.

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Enable CORS in Flask app

In this post I will show you how to enable CORS (Cross Origin Resource sharing) so that you can make HTTP requests from a different domain than the one you use for your Flask application written in Python.

We will just add a kind of middleware to modify all the responses and add the headers that allow CORS in Flask.

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Connect 4 in JavaScript and HTML

In this post I will show you how to program the Connect 4 game by using JavaScript with HTML and Vue, with Bootstrap styles.

Connect 4 in JavaScript, HTML - Web version

Connect 4 in JavaScript, HTML – Web version

It is the Connect 4 game but web version with a player versus player option, as well as player versus CPU that uses a small artificial intelligence.

Throughout the post I will show you how the game works, what technologies I have used, styles, etc. I will also show you how to download the source code, as the game is totally free and open source. Finally I will leave you a demo to play connect 4 online.

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Java: binary to text translator

In this post about Java I am going to teach you how to convert text to binary, and binary to text. That is, make a type of text – binary translator in Java to be able to convert between both formats.

Another way to call this is to say “Binary to English translator” for example.

Text to binary translator in Java

For example, convert 1110000 1100001 1110010 1111010 1101001 1100010 1111001 1110100 1100101 101110 1101101 1100101 to “parzibyte.me” and vice versa.

All this programmed in Java with manual methods and custom logic.

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How to print QR codes on Thermal printer

Summary: In this post I will show you how to print readable QR codes on a thermal printer (also called ticket printer, pos printer, etc.) using JavaScript and a plugin.

If you have followed my posts, you will know that a long time ago I developed a plugin and I have added new features, until today we print QR codes on a thermal printer.

Some time ago I showed you how to print a ticket /receipt directly from browser, today we will use it to print a QR code.

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Imprimir códigos QR en impresora térmica
MySQL and PHP connection using PDO

PHP & MySQL tutorial using PDO

Although there are millions of tutorials about MySQL and PHP, I decided to make mine but in a very very simple way. Before you start, you must have a basic knowledge in MySQL.

MySQL and PHP connection using PDO

Source code of PHP file connection

It is worth mentioning that we will not see good practices of databases, relationships, etc. We will use the tables as they are, without looking at normalization, or things like that.

Note: this tutorial uses PDO, but remember that we can also use mysqli functions. Personally I recommend PDO, because it is object oriented. However, I hope to write a tutorial about mysqli in the future.

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