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ESA AMP testbed completed

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Finally after about two years of development the AMP (Advanced Mobility Protocolls) testbed developed for the European Space Agency (ESA) was delivered to its European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands.

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AMP consists of a virtualization host, cisco switches, a JAR Network Emulator and some physical hosts and allows the simulation of various IPv6 mobility protocolls in a satellite context like PMIP, NEMO and MPTCP. It is completely self contained, remote controllable and can simulate even complex network layouts.


It was a pleasure to work on this project!

Managing Virtualbox VM’s with Python

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

vboxpython.png Have you ever wanted to automate Virtualbox VM’s using the vboxapi Python bindings? Then you might have also read the SDK documentation PDF (e.g. for 5.1.4 here). There are just some few lines on working with Python and sometimes not everything seems clear (at least not to me). So in this post I show some sample which provided me some troubles while working on a project lately.

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fitbit.png Some time ago I wrote a blog post about exporting FitBit fitness data into a Sqlite3 database or exporting it as a CSV file for further processing. This was done using a simple Node.js javascript script called “fitbit_dumper”. The original dumper used OAuth version 1 to access the FitBit API.

Since 2016 the FitBit API is only accessible using OAuth2. So this post describes the differences to the original post.
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node.js based LoST (RFC 5222) server

Friday, December 18, 2015

lost-head.jpg Sometimes you need a component for a project or some tests and there is no or at least no free implementation available. This happens to me when I wanted to translate a geographically position (lat/lon) into a corresponding service URN. RFC 5222 provides more information on that. After reading the RFC which looked not that complicated I decided to implement such a server myself. The goal was also that it should be lightweigt, easy to develop and to deploy into the cloud. So it was obvious to me that node.js and mongodb will be used.
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pharoGapi1.png While working on a project which uses some Google API’s I came across Googles API registry. Under https://www.googleapis.com/discovery/v1/apis/ all API’s for Google services like Google Drive or Gmail are described. More infos can be found at the Google APIs Discovery Service page. From the API registry a client could discover services and automatically build proxy classes and methods based on the provided metadata. Thats what I have done for Pharo Smalltalk. Other companies like Microsoft also provide some form of service discovery for their service API’s (see https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/office365/api/discovery-service-rest-operations)

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