Sony Smart Extras (Smartwatch) When using an .xml file to specify the layout of an accessory, remember the following

  • All sizes should be expressed in px. This to avoid scaling based on the phone density.
  • If an ImageView is used to show an image, we recommend that you specify layout_width and layout_height in px to avoid scaling based on the phone density.

Note: This is since the phone density is based on the phone (or tablet) you have connected the smart extension to, not the smart extension itself.

Sony Smartwatch Accelerometer sensor when is a axis positive (witch side is up)?

For the axis the values are:

  Positive value Negative value
x: The button is up The button is down
y: The Sony label is up The Sony label is down
z: The Screen is down The screen is up

Also a interesting thing to note, no matter how we all try to (when having the accelerometer using the SENSOR_STATUS_ACCURACY_HIGH) we can not get it to go past 78,15m/s^2.

Java PostgreSQL timestamp to a Unix timestamp

Suppose we have a timestamp in the database and would like to convert it to a Unix timestamp
There is a function called getTime() that will return the unix time.

long messageTime = rs.getTimestamp("startTime", Calendar.getInstance(TimeZone.getTimeZone("UTC"))).getTime();

Java org.w3c.dom.Document add attribute to Node(s) (Element(s))

This example will add((or update if exists) a attribute to one or several Element(s).

NodeList nodeList = document.getElementsByTagName("tagToFind");
for (int i = 0; i < nodeList.getLength(); i++){
	( (Element)nodeList.item(i) ).setAttribute("attributeNameToAdd", "attributeStringValueToAdd");

And what the manual (jdk6u30) says about setAttribute:


void setAttribute(String name,
String value)
throws DOMException

Adds a new attribute. If an attribute with that name is already present in the element, its value is changed to be that of the value parameter. This value is a simple string; it is not parsed as it is being set. So any markup (such as syntax to be recognized as an entity reference) is treated as literal text, and needs to be appropriately escaped by the implementation when it is written out. In order to assign an attribute value that contains entity references, the user must create an Attr node plus any Text and EntityReference nodes, build the appropriate subtree, and use setAttributeNode to assign it as the value of an attribute.
To set an attribute with a qualified name and namespace URI, use the setAttributeNS method.

name – The name of the attribute to create or alter.
value – Value to set in string form.
DOMException – INVALID_CHARACTER_ERR: Raised if the specified name is not an XML name according to the XML version in use specified in the Document.xmlVersion attribute.
NO_MODIFICATION_ALLOWED_ERR: Raised if this node is readonly.

Java org.w3c.dom.Document getting an attribule as a string from a Node (Element)

This example shows how to get a list of attribute values from all elements with a given name.
Might not fit your needs but it should give a good idea on how to do things that are similar to this (like simply get a attribute from a singe Element).

public static List<String> getAttributesByElementName(String attribute, String element, String xmlString){
	ArrayList<Integer> listToReturn = new ArrayList<Integer>();
	Document document = XmlUtils.loadXMLAsDom(xmlString);
	NodeList nodeList = document.getElementsByTagName(element);
	for (int i = 0; i < nodeList.getLength(); i++){
		String currAttribute = ( (Element)nodeList.item(i) ).getAttribute(attribute);
		if ( !currAttribute.isEmpty() ){
			listToReturn.add(currAttribute );
	return listToReturn;

Java org.w3c.dom.Document output nicely formatted

This will print a nicely formatted (indented, linebreaks etc) i.e. more human readable xml document.

public static String getNiceLyFormattedXMLDocument(Document doc) throws IOException, TransformerException {
    TransformerFactory tf = TransformerFactory.newInstance();
    Transformer transformer = tf.newTransformer();
    transformer.setOutputProperty(OutputKeys.OMIT_XML_DECLARATION, "no");
    transformer.setOutputProperty(OutputKeys.METHOD, "xml");
    transformer.setOutputProperty(OutputKeys.INDENT, "yes");
    transformer.setOutputProperty(OutputKeys.ENCODING, "UTF-8");
    transformer.setOutputProperty("{}indent-amount", "4");
    Writer stringWriter = new StringWriter();
    StreamResult streamResult = new StreamResult(stringWriter);
    transformer.transform(new DOMSource(doc), streamResult);
    String result = stringWriter.toString();
    return result;

Java get a XML document (file, string or inputstream) as a org.w3c.dom.Document

This helper function will read a xml string (or any InputStream) and create a Document from this.

public static Document loadXMLAsDom(String xml){
	return loadXMLAsDom(new ByteArrayInputStream(xml.getBytes()));
public static Document loadXMLAsDom(InputStream inputStream) {
	DocumentBuilderFactory documentBuilderFactory = DocumentBuilderFactory.newInstance();
	DocumentBuilder documentBuilder = null;
	Document document = null;
		documentBuilder  = documentBuilderFactory.newDocumentBuilder();
		document = documentBuilder.parse(new InputSource(inputStream)); //use InputSource here to get better support for encodings
	catch (ParserConfigurationException e){
		System.out.println("loadXMLAsDom got a ParserConfigurationException! "); e.printStackTrace;
	catch (IOException e){
		System.out.println("loadXMLAsDom got a IOException! "); e.printStackTrace;
	catch (SAXException e){
		System.out.println("loadXMLAsDom got a SAXException! "); e.printStackTrace;
	return document;

Java getting exception.printStackTrace as a string

In cases like when I simply want to make a System.out.println or similar with some details of a exception then the following static helper function is very nice as it takes the exception (uses printStackTrace) and returns a string with the contents of it.

public static String getStackTrace(Exception e){
	StringWriter stringWriter = new StringWriter();
	PrintWriter printWrtier = new PrintWriter(stringWriter);
	return stringWriter.toString();

Android custom dialog

This will create a custom dialog.

AlertDialog.Builder builder;
AlertDialog alertDialog;
Context mContext = this;
LayoutInflater inflater = (LayoutInflater) mContext.getSystemService(LAYOUT_INFLATER_SERVICE);
View layout = inflater.inflate(R.layout.help_dialog, (ViewGroup) findViewById(;
TextView text = (TextView) layout.findViewById(;
builder = new AlertDialog.Builder(mContext);
alertDialog = builder.create();;

And create a “help_dialog.xml” this name is from the inflater

<LinearLayout xmlns:android=""
    <TextView android:id="@+id/text"

LayoutInflater at android dev