Encoding media files in Ruby using ffmpeg/mencoder with progress tracking

Posted by Dmytro Shteflyuk on under Ruby & Rails

In my current project I need to encode media files from any format to several predefined. Furthermore I need to track progress and show it for the customer. I don’t want to describe wich media formats I need and what troubles with converting (maybe it will be my future posts, if anybody interested), instead I will describe common idea how to implement encoder scripts and how to track progress.

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Resume updates

Posted by Dmytro Shteflyuk on under Resume

I haven’t updated my resume several months and now I found some time to do it at last. I’m employed by “Lana Pro” over 9 months, great company with friendly team and interesting project. I’ve passed several additional Brainbench certifications, read a couple of very interesting books and explored some new technologies. About this I’ll talk below.

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Interactive developer

Posted by Dmytro Shteflyuk on under Links

Today I found wonderful page where you can dispatch commands to programmer. You can enter command, for example dance, sleep, and he will execute them. Page was developed using ASP.NET technology and Visual Studio Express.

Our Subservient Programmer was created using Visual Studio Express — C#, Visual Basic and Visual Web Developer flavors. When the application is idling, you can see the programmer working at his computer. After entering a command phrase, such as “test”, the programmer will be shown doing your bidding. Once the programmer has completed the task, he will resume working at the computer as he was before and allow you to enter another command.

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WordPress Widgets: Ad Rotator

Posted by Dmytro Shteflyuk on under WordPress

Automattic has released fine plugin for WordPress — WordPress Widgets which can be used to personalize your blog without knowing HTML. You don’t need to edit your WordPress theme at all! Just choose required widget, drag and drop it to sidebar. There are many widgets already created by different developers which you can use on your blog.

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Extending moo.fx with custom effect (fx.Flash)

Posted by Dmytro Shteflyuk on under JavaScript

Several days ago my best friend Alexey Kovyrin asked me to help him to create flashing effect on HTML page. I gave him advice to create this effect using moo.fx library. I wanted to show how to extend it, but I couldn’t keep from creating this effect myself.

moo.fx is a superlightweight, ultratiny, megasmall javascript effects library, written with prototype.js. It’s easily to extend it with custom effect and in this post I will show you how you can do this. In this article I’ll show how to create flashing effect: element’s background will smoothly change from one color to another and go back to first color (maybe several times).

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