Wednesday, September 30, 2015

How to enable code completion for Laravel 5 in Netbeans.

I have been using netbeans as my PHP IDE for a long time. I started learning and using laravel php framework recently. My preferred IDE for my PHP projects is netbeans. First thing I wanted is to enable code completion support for laravel in netbeans.  I explored a little and found the following simple way to do this.

1. Downloaded _ide_helper.php file from github Gist(by github user: barryvdh):

2. Place the above file (_ide_helper.php) in laravel root folder(as shown below).

3. Restart netbeans and opened your laravel project.

4. Now autocompletion will be enabled for laravel specific code as shown below:

I hope this will help other netbeans + Laravel users.

For more details refer to the following:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Steps to create remote branching in git (github)

This is a note to myself (may be useful to some of you)

1. Install git_remote_branch ruby utility
git_remote_branch simplifies the git remote branching process. More details about git_remote_branch can be found here:

We should ensure ruby is already installed before attempting to install git_remote_branch

To check if ruby is installed, try the following command:
$ ruby --version

If ruby is installed, we will get result similar to the following:
ruby 1.8.7 (2011-06-30 patchlevel 352) [i386-mingw32]
If ruby is not installed, we will get message like "ruby command not found".

$ gem install git_remote_branch

2. Create a new branch using git_remote_branch (grb) unity
$ grb create 1.0

3. Push the changes to the server (in my case github)
$ git push

4. Tag the branch
$ git tag tag-1.0

5. Push the tags to server
$ git push --tags

Thats it!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Getting started with pyside - Python for Qt

Pyside lets us to develop Qt applications using python language. I started to trying out pyside recently. And I will be writing my pyside learning in the form of tutorial as my learning progresses.

Here are the steps to get started in pyside:
1. Download and install python 2.7 from here:
exact URL used by me:
pyside doesn't support python 3.x yet.

2. After that add the python path to the environmental variables in the windows. If we run python in command window, we should get the following result to confirm python is installed correctly :

Python 2.7 (r27:82525, Jul 4 2010, 09:01:59) [MSC v.1500 32 bit (Intel)] on win
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

3. download pyside and install it. I used the windows binary for python 2.7 from here:

Direct URL to download this:

3.a. In ubuntu linux(version 10.04 & 10.10) pyside can be installed using the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pyside
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python-pyside

4.After its done, run the following hello world python script:

import sys
from PySide import QtCore, QtGui

app = QtGui.QApplication(sys.argv)

win = QtGui.QWidget()

win.resize(320, 240)
win.setWindowTitle("Hello, World!")


If you are able to get a window launched, then it confirms that you have pyside installed in your system and ready to explore pyside in detail.

6. optional- Once you have learned the basics, you might want to take advantage of the Qt tools like Qt Designer to speed up your development. Those tools are available as part of the Qt SDK download. You can download Qt SDK for windows from here:

7. Optional - You can speed up your Pyside learning by following the examples given in pyside website.
You can download the examples package from this URL:

Friday, November 19, 2010

eKalappai 3.0 released.

eKalappai 3.0 version is released.

Here are the main features supported in this version:
- Supports following 5 keyboards to type Tamil in Unicode encoding: Tamil99 , Phonetic, Typewriter, Bamini, Inscript
- Keyboard shortcut (F2 key) to toggle between English and Tamil keyboards.
- Users can change the shortcut key to toggle between English and Tamil keyboards.
- The keyboard logic is stored in external files in scim-tables format(which is used in: project) and some of the existing keyboards from SCIM project are reused here.
- Tamil99 and Tamil-typewriter keymaps are made so as to near fully conform to Tamil Nadu government's prescriptive standards for extension to Unicode as in G.O.Ms 29 dated 23-06-2010 and documents attached tender call of Tamil Virtual Academy TVA/SW/2010-11.
(Ref URLs : i) ii) )

eKalappai 3.0 can be downloaded in the following URLs:


Saturday, September 18, 2010

eKalappai 3.0 Beta3 released.

eKalappai 3.0 beta3 is released in our project code page -

Features available in "eKalappai 3.0 Beta3 version":
1. Contains following 5 keyboards:
Tamil99 , Phonetic, Typewriter, Bamini, Inscript
2. Single click installer/uninstaller
3. Keyboard shortcut (F2 key) to toggle between English and Tamil keyboards.
4. Users can change the shortcut key

It contains 5 keyboards, has option for the user to change shortcut keys to toggle keyboards. Other than these visible changes, there is a major improvement in the code.

The keyboard logic is re-written to handle scim-tables format which is used by scim project.

All the 5 keyboards available now are in scim-table format. They all reside under keyboards folder inside the installation directory.

This means, users who like to tweak the keyboards, can directly open the keyboard files in a notepad and edit! The format of the keyboard files are very simple and self explanatory, you can view them here.

This scim-tables support opens up possibility to support any language easily. We have to just write a keyboard file using notepad and few changes in source code. So next releases will support more languages !

Keep watching :)

Friday, April 02, 2010

eKalappai 3.0 Beta1 released.

eKalappai 3.0 beta1, first beta version for Open-source ekalappai 3.0 series is released in our project code page -

It contains Phonetic and tamil99 keyboards. Users can try this and let us know the issues/feedback.

Features available in "eKalappai 3.0 Beta1 version":
1. tamil99 and phonetic support
2. Single click installer/uninstaller
3. Keyboard shortcut (ESC key) to switch between English and Tamil keyboards.

It can be downloaded from

Its an open-source project and anyone with c++ knowledge can participate. I request C++ programmers help to improve this product. Write to me if you are interested in this project.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

eKalappai 3.0 Alpha released.

I have released "eKalappai 3.0 Alpha version" with following features:
1. tamil99 and phonetic support
2. Single click installer
3. Keyboard short cut (ESC key) to switch between English and Tamil keyboards.

It can be downloaded from .

I request volunteers to use this version and report your bugs in this page: