If you have seen any of my presentation over the last year, you know that I reference the Raspberry Pi as an interesting piece of technology. For a very low cost (fully loaded less than $90), you can build a media, file or web server. I spent about $70 on my rig. I should have posted a blog about the Pi earlier, but better late than never.
I received a note from David Conroy who took the Pi and merged it with another project I am working on (the RAMCO EZ-API) to build a cost effective integration device between your Association Management System and other systems. David has an excellent description of setting up a web server (yep a LAMP server) on the Pi. If you are a RAMCO customer, you will find his write-up on accessing the RAMCO EZ-API from the Pi equally well written.
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Messaging, voice-mails and face-to-face meetings are all useful types of communication but there is still a place for e-mail, especially if you are creating a record of something. In this post, I will cover the basics of sending e-mail from a node.js service. The scenario I’m addressing is an HTML5 client hooked you via a WebSocket to a node,js service running on a separate server.
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NOTE: CRT is excited to have Mark Lesswing, Chief Technology Officer and SVP of ITS at NAR, write a series of posts on his experiences with node.js. In the article below, Mark covers the use of SQLite and node.js. Please note that this will be a pretty technical series and speaks to the diversity of topics CRT will cover. We will indicate when we have articles that are more technical as we post them. Thank you. – Chad
In a previous post, I discussed the concept of using node.js as a WebSocket server. This approach is characterized by many smaller node.js servers, each providing information to separate WebSockets. The user experiences the data through an HTML5 webpage. It is natural that the next topic of discussion would be persistence. There is a wealth of information that can be found on the web regarding node.js and robust SQL databases like MySQL, so I will not duplicate the information in this post.
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CRT has been hard at work on a new project for the last 6 months called REpurposed Apps. We’ve been building a place for members to come together and share with each other the apps they use on a daily basis. It’s a great hub for connecting with people and finding apps that weren’t built specifically with real estate in mind, but are being used in ways to streamline workflows.
We are now at a point where we are looking for beta testers to help us shape it and carry it the rest of the way.
For this project, we are looking for people who are heavy app users and are using regular non-real estate intentioned apps in their daily workflow. We are looking for creative uses of these apps as well.
Taking a page from the Google Glass application process, here is what we need you to do:
- On Twitter, post a tweet with why you would be a good beta tester and your favorite app and add the hashtag #REpurposedApps to the tweet.
- Follow @crtweet so we can direct message you if you’re selected.
- You do NOT have to fly to New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles or pay us $1,500 to participate.
NOTE: Applicants must be a member of the National Association of REALTORS®.
We’re asking that you help us get the word out. Please share this link or retweet the original tweet.
The first round for the application process will end on Sunday, 3/10 @ 6pm EST. We are excited to get this beta test going and get other people outside of the project involved.
If you’re not selected, no worries. This is only the first round of beta testers and we may issue more calls in the future. Our goal is to go live with REpurposed Apps around MidYear. Thanks for listening, and we look forward to reading your applications.
NOTE: CRT has a couple of new members to the team. One of them Sean Charles is a really amazing developer and all around great guy. He started in August and has quickly made himself a valuable member of CRT. You will see more of Sean as CRT makes its rounds at events. Sean attended the most recent Inman Conference and found it to be a great educational experience. – Chad.
I’m a senior Drupal developer here at CRT (The Center for REALTOR® Technology). In a nutshell, I live and breathe the Drupal CMS and strive to find new and innovative ways the Drupal CMS can provide benefits to our members.
Recently, we launched a new version of our website Realtor.Org, which was an honor to have been involved with. My primary responsibilities were with the home page slideshow gallery. This section allows you, our members, the ability to view content most relevant to your role within the real estate industry as well as content related to your particular interests.
I’ve always found programing to be exciting, challenging, and rewarding work. Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to develop for some very large scale and well-known Drupal sites, such as Ghirardelli Chocolate, Maui Jim sunglasses, and even a site for the United States Government; however, I find much more reward as a team member within an organization whose collective goal is to better understand the needs of its members and to ensure we continually innovate, providing the latest value-added information, technology, and services to benefit your professional needs and help keep you ahead of the curve.
I truly enjoy my work and look forward to bringing you more value through technology and teamwork here at CRT.
NOTE: CRT is excited to have Mark Lesswing, Chief Technology Officer and SVP of ITS at NAR, write a series of posts on his experiences with node.js. In the article below, Mark geocoding and libraries and services that prove useful in the node.js environment. Please note that this will be a pretty technical series and speaks to the diversity of topics CRT will cover. We will indicate when we have articles that are more technical as we post them. Thank you. – Chad
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NOTE: CRT is excited to have Mark Lesswing, Chief Technology Officer and SVP of ITS at NAR, write a series of posts on his experiences with node.js. In the article below, expounds upon the importance of Web Sockets to the future of the web. We will indicate when we have articles that are more technical as we post them. Thank you. – Chad
I have been focusing on the future of the web lately and wanted to share some insights. HTML5 is an important step forward for websites and there are plenty of articles on the web related to new capabilities like client-side caching, geolocation and WebSockets. I wanted to share my experience supporting HTML5. A good place to start would be on the server side.
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NOTE: CRT is excited to have Mark Lesswing, Chief Technology Officer and SVP of ITS at NAR, write a series of posts on his experiences with node.js. In the article below, Mark highlights some key differences between traditional server-side languages and node.js. Please note that this will be a pretty technical series and speaks to the diversity of topics CRT will cover. We will indicate when we have articles that are more technical as we post them. Thank you. – Chad
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In the coming year, CRT is going to include green and sustainable technologies in its discussion of technologies for our members. We are excited to be partnering with NAR’s Green REsource Council to bring you these features as part of an ongoing conversation on green technologies. Aside from CRT staff, we have some great writers from the real estate industry lined up as well.
Why Green Technologies?
For over a decade, CRT has been a think tank and hub for new technologies. Green and sustainable technologies are developing rapidly, which makes this an exciting time, as we feel that our forward-looking mission and charter is a perfect fit for this field.
Exciting changes are happening in green technology, like solar panel chargers for mobile devices, which are steadily coming down in price and becoming accessible to a wider market. We are also seeing devices with solar panels built into them. We are seeing smart home technologies come to the fore, with energy efficiency being the integral piece in that movement. We are seeing members working with more and more clients who are very interested in these emergent technologies. CRT will be actively involved in helping members understand what these technologies mean for them and how they can contribute to cost savings and conveniences that benefit their professional needs. Moving ‘off the grid’ makes it easier for members to be more mobile without having to worry about where their power will come from.
What Types of Technology?
Along with our guest contributors, we’ll be covering topics such as:
- Building Sciences (Creating High-Performance Homes)
- Materials that are less impactful on the environment, more sustainable and can increase the value of a home
- Building Materials
- Personal charging and power devices
- Solar power chargers
- Kinetic chargers
- Gas-free generators
- SmartHome Technologies
- Smart Thermostats
- Wifi-enabled LED light bulbs
- Metering devices
- Member and Brokerage movements
- Sustainable Brokerages leveraging technology
- Member-promoted initiatives
- NAR’s Green Designation and what it means for you
We’re very excited to discuss these topics and have you join the dialog. If you would like to be considered for a guest post or have a topic you would like to see covered, send us a note on Twitter. – @crtweet
A special thank you to the NAR’s Green REsource Council for helping us get this initiative off the ground.
- Green Technologies - We’ll explore personal technologies as well as building science.
- New site and app creation for members at large - Our first effort in this vein is a project we’re calling REpurposed Apps.
- Data Work - Making data sets more presentable as well as more accessible to our members and our associations.