Utility


Friday, August 22nd, 2008

WARNING: JSLint may continue to hurt your feelings

Category: JavaScript, Utility

JSLint is an old tool in the toolbox, created by Douglas Crockford. I am sure you know about it. But, do you know how often it is updated? You may notice the “Edition 2008-08-18” on the site, which shows that it was updated recently. After being on the jslint group, I see that there are Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:22 am
2 Comments

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3.8 rating from 23 votes

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

WaveMaker 4: Point and Click Ajax

Category: Dojo, Utility

WaveMaker Studio 4.0 the Ajax based visual development platform for creating web applications has been released. Version 4.0 includes a new look and feel, usability improvements, and a host of new features. Building applications has been made easier by a syntax highlighting code editor, improved widget drag and drop, undo, simplified data binding, more flexible Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:56 am
7 Comments

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3.5 rating from 21 votes

Monday, June 30th, 2008

JSON Diff Released

Category: JSON, Utility

Tom Robinson has built a useful utility, JSON Diff, which gives you a graphical look at the difference. Changed portions are displayed in yellow. Additions are displayed in green. Deletions are displayed in red. The visualization is live itself, so you can move around the nodes using the triangles.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:11 am
5 Comments

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4.1 rating from 23 votes

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Yet Another Web 2.0 Button Generator

Category: Utility

The world may not have asked for another Web 2.0 button generator, but it just got one. “As Button Generator” (we’re assuming “As” is short for ActionScript) has a few features that sets it apart from the traditional fare: It’s Flash-based, so you can interact live while you make changes, including drag-and-drop text placement, stripes Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 6:00 am
8 Comments

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3.6 rating from 42 votes

Friday, June 6th, 2008

NitobiBug: Cross browser debugging

Category: Testing, Utility

Nitobi has released a cross browser debugging script, NitobiBug: It’s a browser-based JavaScript object logger and inspection tool – similar to Firebug. NitobiBug runs across different browsers (IE6+, Safari, Opera, Firefox) to provide a consistent and powerful tool for developing rich Ajax applications. With it you can: < View plain text > javascript // inspect Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:02 am
9 Comments

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3 rating from 36 votes

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

xmake: a JavaScript make-like utility

Category: JavaScript, Utility

Peter Michaux has created a make, or rake-like utility for JavaScript called xmake. You create a Xmakefile.js such as < View plain text > javascript / defines println require(‘helpers’);   xmake.task(‘low’, function() {   println(‘low’); });   xmake.task(‘mid1’, [‘low’], function() {   println(‘mid1’); });   xmake.task(‘mid2’, [‘low’], function() {   println(‘mid2’); });   xmake.task(‘high’, [‘mid1’, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:53 am
2 Comments

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2.6 rating from 20 votes

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Opera Dragonfly: New Web Tooling

Category: Debugging, Opera, Utility

Opera has posted what looks like a great new Web debugging tool Opera Dragonfly which is released in alpha. Debug JavaScript, inspect CSS and the DOM, and view any errors – Opera Dragonfly makes developing using Opera easier than ever, both on your computer and mobile phone. Shawn Lauriat has a nice write-up that tells Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:38 pm
9 Comments

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4.7 rating from 37 votes

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

JavaScript Type Inference in IDEs

Category: JavaScript, Utility

Tor Norbye has posted about the type inference that NetBeans has with JavaScript: Roman Strobl has just published a screencast of the new JavaScript editor in NetBeans 6.1. The demo is around 5 minutes and highlights many of the editing features. I’d like to dwell on the type inference part a bit. Around four minutes Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:57 am
2 Comments

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4.1 rating from 19 votes

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

TPHP: Your home page can be a JavaScript command line

Category: Showcase, Utility

Vishal Shah has put together TPHP, which stands for “The Perfect Home Page”. It is just an HTML page with a bunch of JavaScript in it, that acts as a command line to a lot of things. You can type in special codes to do smart things like search wikipedia, access domain tools, or what Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:26 am
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3.9 rating from 37 votes

WaveMaker Visual Ajax Studio for Mac

Category: JavaScript, Utility

It seems a little funny to have an Ajax app announcing that it now works on Mac, but there is good reason: This week, we are releasing WaveMaker for the Mac (OS 10.5 Leopard to be specific) and Safari. Although the Mac is a visual platform, it has always been behind on WYSIWYG development tools. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:35 am
10 Comments

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2.7 rating from 38 votes

Monday, April 21st, 2008

iPhone Remote Debugger

Category: iPhone, Mobile, Utility

Jon Brisbin is a Java programmer doing iPhone development, and decided to scratch his own itch for a better iPhone remote debugger, creating iPhoneDebug: The iPhone Debug Consle is meant to give greater visibility and interactivity on your iPhone/iPod Touch while doing development. I grew frustrated having to go through the “include console.log statement then Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:26 am
2 Comments

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3.8 rating from 18 votes

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

NetBeans now includes JavaScript support

Category: JavaScript, Utility

That looks like some nice, smart completion doesn’t it? Tor Norbye has moved from Ruby to get solid JavaScript support in NetBeans. There are a ton of features, as you can see in his post. You can even do things like setup browser compatibility (saw this first in VisualStudio): Great to see IDEs getting better Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:54 am
1 Comment

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4.1 rating from 19 votes

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

TraceTool: Now with open source JavaScript client

Category: Debugging, Utility

Thierry Parent has released a new version of TraceTool, his open source tracer program, with a JavaScript client. The javascript TraceTool API is a cross browser (tested under Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 2 and Opera for mobile) and cross domain tracing solution (maybe the first one). The viewer can be installed on Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:11 am
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3.9 rating from 16 votes

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

CSSJanus: simple tool for RTL

Category: CSS, Utility

Over on the Google Open Source blog I got to post about a new tool by Lindsey Simon that takes your CSS and spits out versions ready for the RTL world (or vice versa if you are a developer elsewhere that wants an English version….. which may be more common?). CSSJanus is CSS parser utility Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:01 am
1 Comment

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3.8 rating from 16 votes

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

WaveMaker Visual Ajax Studio 3.1.1 Released

Category: Dojo, Toolkit, Utility

WaveMaker has just released a new version of its open source Visual Ajax Studio v3.1.1. It is similar to TIBCO GI, but built on top of Dojo with JavaScript output that is very terse and even looks like something you may have written (which is rare indeed for a tool). Studio lets users create database- Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:24 am
3 Comments

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4.3 rating from 34 votes

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Include: Pack your JavaScript with ease

Category: JavaScript, Performance, Utility

Brian Moschel just told us about Include: It determines which files to compress at runtime and automatically compresses them into one script using Dean Edwards’ Packer. You can include any JavaScript from any other JavaScript with a relative path: < View plain text > javascript include(‘myscript.js’); Then turn on compression like this: < View plain Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:24 am
8 Comments

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3.6 rating from 34 votes