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Software Sam presents Linux software tools, API libraries, well-documented source code, copius examples, online docs, student exercises, bad poetry and fun for geeks of all ages and skill levels.

All code posted on this site is designed for GNU/Linux systems.
GNU/Linux does not just jump out of the box and run; it requires patience, curiosity and determination. Please help the GNU/Linux community move toward an out-of-the-box solution for students, grandmas, Liberal Arts majors and the rest of the vast non-technical world who just need to get useful work done.

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NcDialog Application Programming Interface
(updated, 2021-05-28)

NcDialog is a full-featured application development library for console-based applications.
Go to the Downloads page to download the API source and documentation,
or Click here to take the tour.
NcDialog Screen Capture


New! “Exercalc” exercise tracking application.
(first release, 2021-07-01)

Exercalc is a simple application for tracking and analysis of daily exercise (walking, running, bicycling or general cardio exercise). Set goals, track daily/weekly progress, calculate the most efficient workout schedule, or summarize activity according to distance, time, effort or kilocalories burned and view the data as a bar chart. Calculations are based on the METs tables (Metabolic Equivalent of Task) which are the standard for qualitative analysis of physical activity.
Exercalc grew out of a student exercise in implementing applications with a multilingual user interface. Exercalc initially supports four languages: English, Español, Zhōngwén (中文) and Tiếng Việt; with hooks for additional languages, both LTR and RTL.
Exercalc provides a framework for student experimentation, and as such, a considerable amount of experimental and debugging functionality has been allowed to remain active. The most notable of these is the first iteration of the new Chart Widget which will be integrated into the next release of the NcDialog API. (see above)








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