Friday 13 July 2018

How to set up E-mail server for local development

Many developers look for a solution to test mail functionality for their local development work in order to test if the email functionality working fine or not, before they can proceed with deployment on actual production server. To ease up this task we are here with an easy to use and configurable solution for running your SMTP server on local development environment.

Local Mail Setup

*. Download hMailServer from

*. After completing the download open hMailServer Administrator.

*. To connect hMailServer click on Add in admin panel and provide Host name as “localhost”. Keep other fields as it is.

hMailServer administrator

*. Now click on just added localhost and click on Connect, when prompted . This will open hMailserver Administrator panel.

*. To start using hMailserver you need to add domain, under Domains section. To do so click on Add domain to add the domain, provide your local domain name and click on save.

local domain name

*. Next step is to setup an account. Click on Domains -> (Your domain) -> Accounts -> Add and provide any name for your account e.g. ‘techantic’ and click save. You can also provide password but this is not mandatory. Keep rest of the fields as it is.

domain account setup

*. Now mail server is ready to use. Next step is to configure your local e-mail.

Configuring Local Mail

*. Download Mozilla thunderbird Mail client from here

*. After download and install open Thunderbird client and click on “Skip this and use my existing email”

skip setup

*. This will prompt you to enter your e-mail address. Enter your e-mail account that you just set up on hMailServer and the password of hMailServer admin and click on Continue.

*. Now you need to update server host name as for both IMAP and POP3. Also select port as 143 for IMAP and 25 for SMTP and click on Re-test. Finally click on Done.

mailserver settings

*. Now your local e-mail setup is complete, you can use the local mail server for your local application development.

To configure settings in your config file of your development application under mailSettings -> smtp in from attribute put your local e-mail id and under mailSettings -> network in host attribute put your local application address and make sure value of port is 25.

mail config settings

That’s it! You can test your mails on your local development machine J

Tuesday 27 March 2018

How to create Android app without coding

Building any software is never an easy task. It requires a lot of knowledge in various programming technologies like Java, C#, JavaScript, AngularJS, HTML, CSS and many more, the list is never ending. But not to worry as anyone with basic Internet connectivity can easily create Android apps and that's also without any cost. Isn't it interesting? ☺

How to create an android app

android logo

Creating android app is now easy and anyone can create the app right away. We are introducing you with Thunkable. The website that you can use to create quality android apps on your own.

Steps to create an app:

*. Go to and create an account, it's free.

*. Verify your e-mail and login to  your account in Thunkable.

*. You will be presented with an interface to create an app.

*. Click on Create New app and you will be prompted to give a name to your app. give any suitable name and click OK to proceed for app designer.

thunkable app designer panel

*. Under app designer you will find various tools/Palette on left side like button, Image, Label,         TextBox etc. 

*. In middle you can see your virtual mobile phone emulator where you will be able to view your app progress like you will see in real phone.

*. On right you can find Components and Properties windows where you can customize your app items. They are self explanatory though.

*. To start creating you app, just drag and drop Palette items like Button, Label, etc. to your virtual mobile phone emulator and customize them according to your needs under properties window.

*. You can also add multiple Screens to your Android application.

*. After completing your Screen1 if you want any action to be done and want your app to open another screen like Screen2 after a button click you can switch to Blocks mode where you can specify your logic to connect multiple screens, math operation, managing control statements like if....else etc.

thunkable block arrangement panel

*. After completing your app designing you can see it's working live, to do so just click on Test -> Thunkabel Live and you will be prompted with QR code which you can scan from your mobile and try your own app on your phone. (If you don't have QR code scanner you can download Thunkable mobile app and scan the QR code)

thunkable live QR code

*. At last you can export your .apk app file to your computer or you can download it on your mobile using QR code to do so go to Export -> App ( save .apk to my computer).

That's all. It's pretty easy isn't it? Do put your comments below and let us know if you have any doubts or questions.

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