Utility


Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

CSS Selector Shell: See what the browsers see

Category: CSS, Utility

Lindsey Simon was always a great guy to chat with at Google. He always had an idea and something cool that he was working on. His latest little tool is fun to play with. It is called CSS Selector Shell and it “is a browser-based tool for testing what CSS becomes in different browsers. It Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:55 am
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3.9 rating from 39 votes

Monday, January 12th, 2009

YUI Compressor Online

Category: Utility, Yahoo!

Rodolphe Stoclin has created a simple Web wrapper on top of the YUI Compressor that let’s you throw up your JavaScript and get back a compressed version. It uses jQuery to do the inline results and show you the compression rate.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:48 pm
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4 rating from 38 votes

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Mouse-based Ubiquity: A Prototype and a Failure

Category: Design, Firefox, Utility

We’ve been watching over the last little while as the Humanized crew has leveraged their experience with Enso to create Ubiquity, an in-development command-line interface for the browser. But what about folks who aren’t as enamored with their keyboard as they are with their mouse? Aza Raskin has recently published an interesting video showing how Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 10:55 am
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4.1 rating from 15 votes

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Lengthening Out URLs

Category: JavaScript, JSON, Usability, Utility

In our age of information and technology, there isn’t as much mystery as there used to be. In that sense, short URLs (e.g., tinyurl.com/123) can be fun! Who knows where you’ll wind up. Some folks aren’t as happy with uncertainty in hyperlinking; one of them, Darragh Curran, wrote in to tell us about his project: Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 10:22 am
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4 rating from 36 votes

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

WaveMaker IDE offers deployment to Amazon

Category: Dojo, Utility

WaveMaker, the IDE that Dojo helped build (with a ton of work from the team) has added support for cloud deployment to Amazon: The biggest problem with cloud development platforms to date has been lack of portability. For example, what if I want to move my cloud application from Coghead to some other platform? Answer Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:40 am
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3.5 rating from 17 votes

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Project Deploy: Customize project directory

Category: Utility

Project Deploy is a simple Web application that lets you make a few choices on what your Web project needs, and then it generates a directory structure for you: It offers a couple unique features from other project folder downloads such as customization, valid XHTML, HTML, and CSS, but the most unique is bookmarking. Deploy*’s Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:00 am
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3.4 rating from 14 votes

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Visual Event: See where behaviour has been added to a page

Category: Utility

Wouldn’t it be nice to take a view of your application and see where the behaviour has been added? That is what is shown above, and it is courtesy of Allan Jardine and his new Visual Event tool. Once you hover over an event, you get to see the code that will run: Each type Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:28 am
15 Comments

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4 rating from 37 votes

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

XBug: New JavaScript Debugger

Category: Debugging, Utility

Greg Salisbury has released a new JavaScript debugger called XBug that “currently runs on the Windows XP/Vista platform, but, it can also be used to debug webpages on Windows or Linux servers. It’s cross-browser compatible, and works with Chrome, Firefox 2/3, IE 6/7, and Safari 3. After selecting your web page, you can then trace Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:39 am
7 Comments

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3.8 rating from 27 votes

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Drawter: Visual Web based HTML tool

Category: Showcase, Utility

Damian Wielgosik has created Drawter, a web based tool to layout pages: Drawter is a tool written in JavaScript and based on jQuery library. It provides you the possibility to literally draw your website’s code. It runs on every single web-browser which makes it really useful and helpful. Each tag is presented as a layer Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:00 am
8 Comments

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3.3 rating from 42 votes

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

EtherPad: Collab your script

Category: Utility

Aaron Iba of AppJet has announced EtherPad a very cool product that is near and dear to Ben and I as we play with dev tools on the Web. I will let Aaron talk about it in his words: It’s a realtime collaborative text editor that runs in a web browser (IE6+, FF1.5+, Safari 3+). Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:01 am
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4.2 rating from 27 votes

Friday, November 14th, 2008

New SVG Editor… written in Flash

Category: SVG, Utility

There is something ironic about an SVG editor written in Flash, but this preview by Tiago Cardoso, written using the inEvo SVG engine is fun to check out. It uses SVG natively and has some cool features like gesture recognition and shape recognition.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:00 am
3 Comments

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3.9 rating from 18 votes

Monday, November 10th, 2008

JSLitmus: Testing JavaScript Performance

Category: Performance, Testing, Utility

Robert Kieffer has announced JSLitmus a tool “designed specifically to allow you to quickly and easily write a JavaScript test (or test suite), run it on any modern browser, and document and share the results.” To see it in action, Robert writes a test on “++” and plots the results for different browsers, and then Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:20 am
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3.4 rating from 10 votes

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Web Inspector: Looking good, and profiling nicely

Category: Utility, WebKit

The WebKit Web Inspector has been redesigned and improved, and it looks great. Here is a brief look into the features. Redesigned First and foremost, the Web Inspector is now sporting a new design that organizes information into task-oriented groups — represented by icons in the toolbar. The toolbar items (Elements, Resources, Scripts, Profiles and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:01 am
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4.2 rating from 36 votes

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Hammerhead: Continuous integration for performance

Category: Performance, Utility

Steve Souders is launching Hammerhead today at The Ajax Experience. What is Hammerhead? I kinda think of it as continuous integration for performance. It is a Firebug plugin that you can setup to monitor the performance of your application. Imagine if you add a new feature that you think will speed things up, this tool Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:33 am
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3.2 rating from 27 votes

Finding those trailing commas

Category: Tip, Utility

Dan Fabulich got bitten by the “trailing comma” issue one too many times, so he created a script to solve his problem: “How many thousands of developer hours have been lost to random IE bugs like this?” I asked myself. I decided that there had to be a good way to detect this problem in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:37 am
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3.3 rating from 8 votes

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Ubiquity: Quicksilver of the Firefox browser

Category: Firefox, Utility

Aza Raskin and the Mozilla Labs team have launched Ubiquity the command line tool that they have been talking about for awhile. Ubiquity is “experiment into connecting the Web with language in an attempt to find new user interfaces that could make it possible for everyone to do common Web tasks more quickly and easily.” Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:00 am
8 Comments

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4.9 rating from 22 votes