Change Facebook Open Graph Meta Tags For WordPress

The Facebook plugin for wordpress automatically inserts open graph meta tags into the web pages rendered by wordpress to make them a social entity. Since the plugin is general in nature, all tags are specified to be as the default ones.

But sometimes we get into a situation that we initially defined our webpage types which is different than the default ones (like what happened with us 🙂 ) and we dont see the social actions being published nicely or inaccurately to facebook. This may mean a loss of revenue or traffic to the site, as we are not able to harness the complete power of the social network. Also we may get errors when using the open graph debugger to check if the open graph tags are acceptable to facebook/ other social sites.

So the options are either we make changes in the facebook plugin files every time we update the same or the better one to make use of the fb_meta_tags filter provided by the plugin. Thats where we will be able to harness the full power of wordpress and once we have done this we need not do it over and over again, even after updating the facebook plugin.

The only thing you may have to do is to copy the following code at the end of your functions.php file or any of your plugin file. Please do make the small change for the APP_NAMESPACE:TYPE as indicated in the comments in the code.

/********change facebook open graph************
**************og:type meta tag**********************
* Add site-specific og:type meta tag for example og:type = preeti_blog:website
* in place of og:type = website (which is default)
* @param array $meta_tags an associative array of Open Graph protocol properties provided by facebook plugin
* @return array plugin default values with site-specific customized changes
* suggested by developers of
add_filter('fb_meta_tags', 'change_fb_meta_type');
function change_fb_meta_type($metatags) {
if (is_home()) //for changes on home page only, remove this 'if' for changing on all pages of your site
$metatags[''] = 'preeti_blog:website';
//here you replace preeti_blog:website with ur APP_NAMESPACE:TYPE

return $metatags;

Similarly you may also change other open graph meta tag values, as the argument $metatags is an associative array, which can be easily accesed by property values as index. As an example ‘type’ is shown in the code above. Also you may add additional tags to the array also.

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Sampling from normal distribution

Many a times we need to generate random samples or rather random numbers, which essentially follow or approximate a normal distribution. Such random numbers find extensive applications in the fields of statistics, probability, gaming etc.

We present here  a very small function written in C/C++, which will generate pseudorandom numbers following a normal distribution having mean as zero(0) and given variance (bsq). As the code uses very basic statements, same can be easily tailored for use in other programming languages also.

//Sampling in a normal distribution with mean 0 and variance bsq
double normalSampling (double bsq)
double sum=0, tempB=0,b;
int i;
for (i=1; i<=12; i++)
srand(time(NULL)* i + rand());
// generate a random double number between 0 and 1
tempB=2 * b * tempB;// to generate a random no between 0 and 2b
tempB=tempB-b;//to ensure random no generated falls between -b to b
sum+=tempB;    // add to the cumulative sum
return sum;

Use Matlab from C and C Plus Plus

As C/C++ programmers we often need to do a lot of mathematical operations or we may need to visually show plots of data as graphs, scatter plots etc. MATLAB is a package which has been designed and developed to perform the mathematical computations efficiently.

Execute Matlab Commands FRom C/C++

Execute Matlab Commands From C/C++

We bring to you a demonstration for using MATLAB from C/C++ programs. Not going into much details, we just present to you a sample code which invokes the MATLAB engine and executes the MATLAB commands from within C++ program. Same can be easily adapted to C programs by making suitable changes.

Please note that MATLAB package needs to be installed on the same machine where you are compiling and executing the following code. Also you may have to add the matlab library files to the C/C++ project settings (include files/Library files).

Following are the required settings:
Additional Include Directory : …/MATLAB/R2008a/extern/include
Additional Link Directory : …MATLAB/R2008a/extern/lib/win32/microsoft
Additional Library files : libeng.lib, libmx.lib, libmex.lib, libmat.lib

You may use a CMakeLists.Txt file as explained in our previous article “How To Write CMakeLists.Txt”.

All the required settings shown, here goes the sample code….

Define the Class for the Matlab Interface operations
class IntMat
engine *ep; //Pointer for Matlab engine, to execute matlab commands
mxArray *X, *Y;
double * ptrToMatX;
double * ptrToMatY;
Declare the public member functions for Matlab interface
int matInit();
void matRefresh(/*double * ptrX, double * ptrY*/);
void matExit();
* Function Definitions

int IntMat :: matInit()
* Create variables for our data
X = mxCreateDoubleMatrix(1, 10, mxREAL);
Y = mxCreateDoubleMatrix(1, 10, mxREAL);
* Create pointers to data, for operation in C++ environment
ptrToMatX=(double *) mxGetData(X);
ptrToMatY=(double *) mxGetData(Y);
* Put some initial values for display in MATLAB
* as we need to initialise them before use
* This also shows how we can manipulate data being transferred to Matlab
* in C++
for (int i=0;i<10;i++) { ptrToMatX[i]=i; ptrToMatY[i]=10*(10-i); } /* * Start the MATLAB engine locally by executing the string * "matlab" */ if (!(ep = engOpen("\0"))) { fprintf(stderr, "\nCan't start MATLAB engine\n"); return EXIT_FAILURE; } //Create corresponding Matlab environment variables and assign values to them engPutVariable(ep, "X", X); engPutVariable(ep, "Y", Y); // Here we show how to execute Matlab commands from C++ //Set up a Scatter graph display with suitable titles of the graph and axes engEvalString(ep, "scrsz = get(0,'ScreenSize');"); engEvalString(ep, "figure('Position',[scrsz(3)/2 0 (scrsz(3)/2)-100 (scrsz(4)/2)-100]);"); // In following line h denotes handle to figure engEvalString(ep, "h = scatter(X,Y,2,'XDataSource','X','YDataSource','Y');"); engEvalString(ep, "title('Scatter plot of X,Y values');"); engEvalString(ep, "xlabel('X-Axis (m)');"); engEvalString(ep, "ylabel('Y-Axis (m)');"); return EXIT_SUCCESS; } void IntMat :: matRefresh() { //update values of X and Y matlab variables engPutVariable(ep, "X", X); engPutVariable(ep, "Y", Y); //Refresh the plot now and show updated X and Y values engEvalString(ep, "refreshdata(h,'caller');"); engEvalString(ep, "refresh(h);"); engEvalString(ep, "drawnow;"); } void IntMat :: matExit() { printf("Exitting Matlab\n"); //free the memory and close the matlab engine before exitting //free the memory mxDestroyArray(X); mxDestroyArray(Y); //Close the Matlab engine before exiting engEvalString(ep, "close;"); engClose(ep); } void main() { IntMat mat; mat.matInit(); std::cout<<"Press any key to continue and see a change of displayed data"<