We’ve presented Augabis to our classmates!

Wednesday, we have finally presented Augabis to the other students from Master E-Services.

As we promised, here are the poster and the video we have made to present our project!

The video

Below is the video we have made. English subtitles are available if you don’t speak French 😉

We would like to thank Nathalie Vaurette, our Video teacher, for her advises, Armand Bour, a friend of ours who accepted to play in our video (check out his and his partner’s project, Crispy Magic!), and LILLIAD Learning Center staff who have accepted that we use their Salle Y, a space designed to make new teaching methods emerge.

The poster

Aren’t you tired by all these Post-it?

And now?

Augabis’ source code will be opened very soon (probably after Valentine’s Day), just after having tweaked some details to make it possible for a future community to contribute to source code.

In the meantime, I would like to thank very much:

  • Yucheng, who has joined me on this project and has made a really nice work
  • Cédric Houbart, who oversaw our project
  • Jean-Claude Tarby, lecturer at the University Lille 1, who has accepted that we work on Augabis during Platine Projects
  • The students from ESAAT, who advised us for the graphic identity, and Solène for the great logo
  • Marius Bilasco, the Master E-Services training manager who has a little advertised about Augabis on Twitter
  • And you, dear reader, who follow this blog!

Development in pause and presentation of Augabis

Platine projects’ purpose is not just to make an application et voilà: another facet of the discipline is to learn to communicate about it (that’s why we have to create a blog). In this purpose we have to make a video and a poster to present our project. The latter are ready, but will not be revealed for now. 😛

Our presentation of Augabis is set on 8th February, so we have decided to stop its development for now, in order to preserve its stability. After this date, Augabis’ source code will be opened and its development will start again!

We have a new logo!

Today, Solène, a student of ESAAT who visited us in November, has created a brand new logo for Augabis. After having chosen a font (Roboto from Google), she has made a really nice draw of what will from now be our logo:

This logo is much rounder than the first: it follows the idea to make a less aggressive design we started to embrace in November. The horizontal lines represent the tasks you write in Augabis, represented by the circle which encompasses them.

We would like to thank Solène $10^{10^{10}}$ (yep, a Googolplex) times for her really precious help! Feel free to tell us what you think about it 🙂

WIP: CRUD stuffs and design

The main problem with time is that we can’t stop it.

In consequence of this, and considering the deadline is for the end of this month, we have managed to make a really minimalist but functional application in which we’ll only be able to (what’s italic is done):

  • create accounts and log in;
  • create, display, delete and modify notes.

Work in progress: displaying users’ notes and accounts management

As we are both completely newbies at Symfony, we are a little slower than we could, but we are beginning to get used to this very powerful framework. So to make the development as quicker as possible, we have separated our works: while Yucheng is working on displaying a user’s notes (as described in this post), I’m finishing to implement the mechanism of subscription and identification.

Ready, study, code!

Today, we have finally started the development of Augabis! As the time begins to lack a little, we have decided to use the famous framework Symfony 3, since we have currently some courses about it, and since it seems to fit perfectly with the project.

Our Platine professor has organised too a meeting with students at ESAAT (École Supérieure Arts Appliqués et Textile), in order to give us the opportunity to get tips about the design of the mocks-up presented by Yucheng last week. They gave us many very useful advises to improve both our general design and our graphical identity:

  • One of the most important is the main colour: red is a very bad idea for an application for managing ToDos, as this is a stressing colour. A more relaxing colour as blue or green is really important. If you come often on this site through the home page, you may have noticed the background of Augabis’ logo has switched to blue-green. This should be the new main colour of the Web application, instead of the previous red. The logo will also be adapted in consequence in a few time.
  • On the main list, a note should not exceed about 50 to 80 characters in width and 2 or 3 lines in height. If a note is too long, we have to cut it.
  • The list layout we proposed will finally not be implemented, as it does not allow to meet with the previous observation.
  • The logo should not display at the same time the check box and the title Augabis, because this gives twice the same information. So, we have decided to display only the check box 🙂

We would like to thank the students at ESAAT for their really interesting hints on our design!

Preparation before rushing

As for all projects, before starting the development of Augabis, it is really important that we know what we’re talking about. That’s why today, we have discussed how we will develop the project, and, more precisely, we have created a first version of the Unified Model Language (UML) sheet representing the database.

An UML diagram representing the database (v1)
An UML diagram representing the database (v1)

As you can see, each user will be able to classify their notes in folders (s)he can create, and each note can have different tags and one or several reminders. The choice of being able to add several reminders to a note comes from a personal experience: sometimes, you want to do be reminded you have to do something, but you know you’ll not have the time to finish it because you have other things to do. So you work on it, and then, if you think about it, you create a new reminder. But why not creating several reminders at once? That’s what you’ll be able to do in Augabis 🙂

Each reminder can be made by date and time or by place. This will especially be useful on a smartphone application, but could be implemented on the website too, by using JavaScript’s Location and Notification APIs (don’t worry about that, it will be entirely configurable ;)).

Each note can be associated to another note, so that you can create a real ToDo-list for one theme, and each note (and subnote) has a progression.

Next week, we will create some mock-ups in order to make a better idea of what it could look like.

Welcome on Augabis’ blog!

Dear Visitor, welcome to our blog dedicated to Augabis project!

We are two students at Université Lille 1 (Nothern France), Jérôme Tanghe and Yucheng Cao, and we are the developers of Augabis as part of our training in Platine unit, where we are invited to develop a project of our choice.

What’s Augabis?

Augabis is a free (as in freedom), self-hostable Web application designed to manage your ToDo-lists. Its goal is to help you to get rid of proprietary software like Evernote or Todois with an open-source (GPLv3) solution.

It is inspired by wallabag project, a free software that allows you to save links you want to see later.

Can I contribute?

Source code is currently not available, so it is currently not possible to contribute directly on it, and the beta version will probably come late. But there are many other ways to help us if you want! How? Well, that’s easy: (almost) once a week, we will write a post on this blog to inform you of the progress of the project, and leak some screenshots and functions of the application. Feel free to tell us in the comments your opinion and your ideas to improve them! 🙂