Why You Should Use A Commercial Barcode SDK for Business

ZXing is probably the most popular open source barcode SDK in the world. The library is written in Java and now has been ported to C++, .NET, Python, Objective-C, PHP and some other programming languages. Because ZXing is free, many developers would like to build barcode scanning apps with it. However, it is not competent for complicated business cases especially for images with multiple barcodes. In this article, I will show how to create a .NET barcode reader step by step and compare the performance difference between ZXing.Net and Dynamsoft Barcode Reader.

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How to Create, Extract and Update Tar GZIP File in Windows

Recently, our team needs to regularly update Tar GZIP files that are built for Linux on Windows.  GZIP is a file format for file compression and decompression. Unlike ZIP, GZIP is used to compress just one single file. Usually, we have to assemble files into a single tar archive, and then compress that archive with gzip (.tar.gz or .tgz). I spent some time looking for the workaround of packaging TAR GZIP files on Windows.

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How to Package and Distribute Python Barcode SDK to PyPi

Previously, I wrote an article sharing how to build Python barcode extension using C/C++ with Dynamsoft Barcode Reader SDK. If Python developers want to use the extension, they have to make it by themselves. It is a little bit inconvenient. A better way is to package the extension and distribute it to PyPi. Then developers could directly install the extension using pip commands.

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Using Team Foundation Version Control with Command Line

When creating a new project in Visual Studio, there are two options for version control:  Git, which is distributed version control, and Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC), which is centralized version control. Personally, I am a Git advocate, but my team selects TFVC as the version control tool. Generally, I prefer using Visual Studio Code to write code rather than Visual Studio. Therefore, I have to learn how to use the TFVC commands, for VS Code does not feature TFVC.

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Node.js Barcode Extension with DBR 6.0

When searching for barcode SDK online, you can find lots of free and commercial SDKs. However, there are only a few of SDKs cross-platform, which is why Dynamsoft Barcode Reader is outstanding. Dynamsoft Barcode Reader SDK supports Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, iOS, and Raspberry Pi. Currently, the latest DBR 6.0 is better and faster than the previous version. The imperfection is it only supports Windows so far. If you need an SDK available for all platforms, please choose DBR 5.2. The post will help developers create a Node.js barcode reader with DBR 6.0 on Windows.

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JSON Schema for Dynamsoft Barcode Reader Template Files

If you have tried out Dynamsoft Barcode Reader 6.0, you may have noticed the new template feature. The new SDK version supports importing parameters from JSON-format template files. How to create the template files? One way is to visit the barcode online demo, select some arguments and then download the template file. The other way is to write a JSON file by yourself. When writing a JSON file line by line, there is a problem that how to write valid data. The workaround is JSON Schema. JSON Schema is a vocabulary that allows you to annotate and validate JSON documents. To facilitate developers, I created a basic JSON Schema for Dynamsoft Barcode Reader template files.

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Updating PHP Barcode Extension for PHP7

Two years ago, I created a sample for demonstrating how to wrap Dynamsoft Barcode Reader 4.2, a C++ barcode library, as an extension for PHP5. How time flies, the latest barcode library is up to version 5.2. Meanwhile, many developers start to write web program in PHP7. This post will help PHP developers figure out how to build a PHP barcode reader on Ubuntu 16.04 with DBR 5.2 and PHP7.

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