Folders Sync

0325-sync-folder-thumb-100029454-large This may not be a problem for many people but folder syncing can be an issue, especially if you are like me, who has work spread out over at least three computers; one at home, one at the office, and a mobile computer (laptop/tablet/phablet). This is not to mention the syncing of work to online resources like Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive before an injuction by Sky Media in the UK put an end to that – Microsoft should fire the guy who came up with that name as clearly they have no research capabilities) – so that should one by any chance not be at one of their computers but has access to an online machine, they can still get access to their work.

I scoured the web searching for useful solutions to this conundrum and here are the applications I have ended up installing on my computers – in a bid to keep my folders up to date most of the time.

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Pesapal Donations Extension for Joomla 2.5.x and 3.x.x–Rough Draft

It has been a while since I worked on payment plugins but it seems like I am giving into the pressure. Find herein some code of some extensions that I have had for a while but for some reason I have not published.

These are rough working drafts of a donation extension for the Pesapal payment gateway. They do need some work but technically, they work. So for anybody who needs simple extension that will accept Pesapal payments – and even handle their IPN notices (yes – the extension will provide you with the URL for the IPN setting in Pesapal)

Find below the download links to the extensions

Pesapal Donate for Joomla 2.5.x (alternate download link)

Pesapal Donate for Joomla 3.x.x (alternate download link)

For some basic details into what the extensions do / how they work…read on

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Simple Donation WP Plugin for Iveri Lite Payment System

iVeri is a company that  creates technology for financial institutions and businesses to facilitate multiple-channel transaction acceptance. Their goal is to help their customers (banks and such like financial institutions) create a profitable and sustainable business by enabling them to implement the correct transactional channels for their market environment.

In short, iVeri are a payment gateway that enable banks to accommodate online merchants and in turn, allow the merchants accept electronic methods of payment – like credit card and the like. In Kenya, I&M bank use iVeri to allow their customers accept credit card payments via Visa and Mastercard from their websites.

I was recently tasked to integrate this payment gateway as a way for a Non-Governmental Organization to accept donations via credit card and below is the first raw version of the plugin that I was able to get to work – with the help of the e-commerce department at I&M Bank, Kenya. Click the link below to download the plugin.

Download iVeri Lite Donate Plugin v1.0.0 (alternate download link)

NB: Please note that this is a very basic plugin that only accepts donations. Should you want more features added to it, please do not hesitate to ask in the comments section below. For more detailed description, installation requirements & instructions and screenshots, read on.

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The Frustration that is KeNIC and its brilliant API

kenic_article_fullWorking with APIs is something that every developer gets used to over time. Be it PayPal, eNom, Namecheap, infobip or even PesaPal – there are a few things we expect when working with an API mainly a sandbox environment, proper documentation and possibly sample code.

The Sandbox environment is a developers playground – where one can refine their code for every scenario that the API or its users might bring up. Usually, it is based on a subdomain, sample keys, or something of the sort. The switch between Sandbox and Live is normally a simple switch of a url or change of API keys – and more often than not, once everything works in the sandbox, there is little or no reason for the application not to work in live.

Of late, I have a new appreciation of Sandbox environments – especially ones that work like they should. This new found appreciation is all thanks to KeNIC API.

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How to get Photos / Images of a Facebook Page Album(s) via Graph API

This may not be a problem that many people have – but it sure was a problem for me – for a while – mainly because in as good as Facebook’s documentation on the use of their APIs is, the lack of many examples makes finding solutions not that easy sometimes. So find herein details on how to get the images of an album of a Facebook page.

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