LibreOffice – Import Cisco Network Icons to Gallery

Cisco Network Icons are available for download as Zip-file (Use the Search Engine of your choice to find this Zip-file), containing the icons as EPS. We want to use these icons in LibreOffice to create network diagrams.

Each of these EPS-files contains a preview TIFF image of low resolution, that would be used for import into LibreOffice-Gallery. Just, these TIFF images would result in diagrams of low quality. Instead one should convert each EPS-file into a high-quality, scalable SVG-file, being imported to the LibreOffice Gallery.

So, after unzipping all EPS-files into a folder, use the following script to iterate all EPS-files of the local folder, to convert each EPS-file to a high-quality, scalable SVG.

Finally, use “New Theme” of the “Gallery” to create a new theme and import all SVG-icons to it. Now, when you add such icon to your diagram, additional glue-points can be added to each icon to connect “Connectors” to it (lines following the icon when being moved around)

for epsfile in *.eps; do 
   echo "${epsfile}"
   ps2pdf -dEPSCrop "${epsfile}" - | pdftocairo -svg - "${epsfile}.svg"

Erlang for Blockchain

I’m really wondering why most Blockchain-Projects are coming up with new domain specific languages (DSP) when they could use Erlang! Erlang is a (mostly) functional language with a carrier-class VM, designed for concurrent computation, networking and providing fault-tolerance. Mind this!!

ChaosCamp 2019

Attending the Chaos Camp 2019 as speaker was quite an experience. I did a talk about Secure Architecture of IoT Devices

UTest Harness for Rust (Setup/Test/Release)

Edit Titel should have been “setup/test/teardown”

The crate test-generator-utest implements a 3-phase utest-harness for Rust. These 3 phases are:

Setup: the setup function must initialize the context; in case the setup-function panics/aborts, the utest is aborted
fn() -> Context

Test: if the setup did return with valud context item, the context-reference is borowed to invoke the test-function
fn( & Context )

Teardown: no matter if the test-function above did panic/abort, the teardown function is invoked to release the context
fn( Context )

No matter of any panic or failing assertion in the second phase (feature testing), the teardown function is invoked. The test will either succeed, or otherwise unwinding a failure in the setup-phase, the test-phase or the teardown-phase.

This crate has been inspired by the post of Eric Opines.

## Usage

Please see the executable example mytests

extern crate test_generator_utest;

// demonstrating usage of utest-harness
mod testsuite {
    use std::fs::File;
    use std::io::prelude::*;

    use test_generator_utest::utest;

    // Defining a context structure, storing the resources
    struct Context<'t> { file: File, name: &'t str }

    // Setup - Initializing the resources
    fn setup<'t>(filename: &str) -> Context {
        // unwrap may panic
        Context { file: File::create(filename).unwrap(), name: filename }

    // Teardown - Releasing the resources
    fn teardown(context: Context) {
        let Context { file, name } = context;

        // drop file resources

        // unwrap may panic

    // Test - verify feature
    fn test_write_hello_world(ctx: &Context) {
        // may panic
        let mut file = ctx.file.try_clone().unwrap();

        // may panic
        file.write_all(b"Hello, world!\n").unwrap();

        // demonstrating assertion


    // Test - verify feature
    fn test_write_hello_europe(ctx: &Context) {
        // may panic
        let mut file = ctx.file.try_clone().unwrap();

        // may panic
        file.write_all(b"Hello, Europe!\n").unwrap();

        // demonstrating assertion


    // Defining Utest formed by setup, test and teardown
        || setup("/tmp/hello_world.txt"),
        |ctx_ref| test_write_hello_world(ctx_ref),

    // Defining Utest formed by setup, test and teardown
        || setup("/tmp/hello_europe.txt"),

Executing the example code cargo test -p test-generator-example testsuite the testsuote above will print the following output.

running 2 tests
test testsuite::hello_europe ... ok
test testsuite::hello_world ... ok

test result: ok. 2 passed; 0 failed; 0 ignored; 0 measured; 3 filtered out

Please let me know about possibel improvements via github-issues at test-generator-utest