Utility


Friday, February 15th, 2008

newjs: JavaScript Project Creation

Category: JavaScript, Testing, Utility

When you start a new JavaScript library, how do you layout the source files, the tests, the distribution files? Do you have support scripts to generate distributions from source files? Run your JavaScript unit tests? Generators to create new unit test HTML files? This is why Dr. Nic created newjs, a Ruby script that sets Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:36 am
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3.4 rating from 18 votes

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Continous Integration for the Front End

Category: Testing, Utility

Gareth Rushgrove has posted on continous integration for the front end. He talks about a new site, inursite.com that does one thing: The premise is simple; enter a few of your sites and inursite will visit them once a day and run a markup validation service over the page. You then get a feed of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:04 am
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3.5 rating from 11 votes

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

YUI Grid CSS and Grid Builder

Category: CSS, Utility, Yahoo!

Jeremy Zawodny of Yahoo! just found the YUI Grid Builder that does what you would imagine… gives you a tool to generate your CSS layout. Will Duff took that and made YahooPages which adds even more WYSIWYG fun.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:29 am
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3.8 rating from 39 votes

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Microsoft JavaScript Memory Leak Detector

Category: Microsoft, Utility

Paolo Severini, a Microsoft employee in Dublin, has build a JavaScript Memory Leak Detector that detects leaks with knowledge of the difference between IE 6 and IE 7. How does it work? Like any IE Band, the JavaScript Memory Leak Detector is a COM in-process DLL loaded in the Internet Explorer process. The fact of Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:12 am
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4.5 rating from 54 votes

Debug apps with Drosera for Windows

Category: Debugging, Utility, WebKit

We all talk about Firebug, which is a fantastic tool for debugging, but there are some others out there. WebKit comes with Drosera, which until now has been hard to get going on Windows (you could build from source). Now Drosera is in WebKit nightlies on Windows as Kevin McCullough of Apple told us: Our Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:39 am
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4 rating from 19 votes

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Amaltas SVG Drawing Tool

Category: SVG, Utility

Amaltas Bohra has created a drawing/editing tool that allows you to create simple shapes and pictures. The application uses SVG to do its work, and Prototype to handle the Ajaxyness.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:53 am
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3.7 rating from 30 votes

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Triggit: WYSIWYG Content Insertion Tool and Platform

Category: JavaScript, Showcase, UI, Utility

Triggit has created a very interesting tool. The problem they are trying to solve is that many people want to muck around with their websites, but don’t want to grok HTML. They want to integrate with services (mash them up in a manual one off way) such as insert their videos from YouTube, photos from Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:00 am
7 Comments

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3.5 rating from 30 votes

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

CSS Text Wrap: Squeeze that text around any line

Category: CSS, Utility

Sick of those straight lines that your text follows? Rounded corners can only do so much? Now, a new tool is here to help you out: CSS Text Wrap. The CSS Text Wrapper allows you to easily make HTML text wrap in shapes other than just a rectangle. You can make text wrap around curves, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:57 am
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4.2 rating from 40 votes

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

AppJet: Develop, Preview, Deploy all on the Web

Category: Announcements, Utility

Aaron Iba has released AppJet, an online IDE for developing simple web apps. You can write an entire web app (client-side and server-side) in JavaScript, in 1 file of code. We run JS in a virtualized execution environment on the server and provide free hosting. We also provide an easy JavaScript object database for persistent Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:11 am
7 Comments

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3.1 rating from 46 votes

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

YSlow 0.9 Release: Grokking XHR and more

Category: Performance, Utility, Yahoo!

Steve Souders and Stoyan Stefanov have released YSlow 0.9: There are two big features in this release. By integrating more tightly with Firebug’s Net Panel, YSlow now finds non-DOM components such as Ajax requests and image beacons. And YSlow now crawls frames and iframes and analyzes those resources as well. There are several other new Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:08 am
8 Comments

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3.8 rating from 17 votes

Monday, November 19th, 2007

JavaScript Beautify

Category: JavaScript, Utility

We often talk about the latest scheme for compressing and minimizing our JavaScript. The JavaScript Beautify script aims to do the opposite. Often, you find a site that is doing something interesting and you want to learn how it works. You check out the source and it is cryptic gibberish. This is where the beautifier Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:16 am
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4.4 rating from 37 votes

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

RESTTest HTTP Tester

Category: JSON, Utility

Kris Zyp gave some great presentations at The Ajax Experience including a discussion on advanced JSON. He did most of his demonstrations of JSON interaction using a Firefox extension that he developed himself called RESTTest. There were some requests after the presentation that he make the extension available to the public to aid in Ajax Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:08 am
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3.1 rating from 18 votes

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

MRI: CSS Selector Inpage Tester

Category: CSS, Utility

John Allsopp, who authored XRAY, has a new tool for us to play with. MRI is a bookmarklet that fires up a tool allowing you to query items on the page using CSS selectors. As you put in your queries you will see the items on the page that match. You can also click on Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:32 am
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4 rating from 27 votes

JDA Mashup Editor

Category: JavaScript, Showcase, Utility

Peter Svensson has written a Web-based mashup editor JDA Composer. The Composer uses JDA itself, and lets you build blocks using Blueprints. You can take it for a drive, or watch the screencast. Features Visual design of page/gadget UI Basic styling in place (colors, fonts, background images) Using openJacobs draw2d graph library for UI creation Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:09 am
25 Comments

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1.6 rating from 85 votes

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Gears in Motion: Database Tool

Category: Gears, Utility

Eric Abouaf has released Gears in Motion, a tool that allows you to quickly and easily look at your local SQLite database, and make edits on the fly. You can make schema changes, data chances, and see the entire flow of relationships. It even groks URLs so if you put a JPG in the database, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:34 pm
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1.7 rating from 384 votes

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

PackR: Rails Packing

Category: JavaScript, Rails, Utility

James Coglan has produced a Rails plugin to handle Dean Edwards Packer. PackR allows you to programatically compress: < View plain text > ruby # Create a new instance of Packr first packr = Packr.new compressed = packr.pack(script)   # Pass options to control the type of compression compressed = packr.pack(script, :shrink_vars => true) compressed Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:26 am
6 Comments

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2.3 rating from 34 votes