Utility


Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

XRAY: Peer into your web pages

Category: Design, Utility

John Allsopp has developed XRAY, a bookmarklet that launches a tool to visualize the web page that you are on (a little like features in Firebug and Firefox). The look and feel is great, and the margin popups look like the new Safari/Webkit search functionality (mmm orange). What is XRAY XRAY is the first in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:56 am
13 Comments

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1.6 rating from 182 votes

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

End-to-End Tracing of Ajax/Java Applications Using DTrace

Category: Utility

We posted about using DTrace to profile Firefox in the past, and today Amit Hurvitz published a piece on Ajax, DTrace and Where They Meet. The article walks you through setting up dtrace on an an Ajax tracing example and then goes into detail on tracing Ajax and Java call flow where they are tracing Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:14 pm
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1.4 rating from 200 votes

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Dreamweaver for Ajax… should we take it serious again?

Category: Utility

I realise that I am just one person, but my experience with Dreamweaver has been: There was a time in the past that everyone used it A lot of designers still use it, but developers don’t Developers poo poo it. That being said, I have heard some developers talk about Dreamweaver again. I then saw Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:36 am
83 Comments

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2.1 rating from 178 votes

Regular Expression Tool Released

Category: JavaScript, Utility

Erik Arvidsson has posted about a new Regular Expression Tool that he just created. The tool came about because he started to use Komodo Edit, and the only feature he missed from the full version was the regex editor. It took me a second to realise that the top box is for the regex and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:12 am
15 Comments

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3 rating from 20 votes

Friday, July 20th, 2007

CSRF Redirector

Category: Security, Utility

Joe Walker will probably be happy to see this, and will be able to test DWR with it. Chris Shiflet has created a simple CSRF Redirector inspired by the XSS POST Forwarder: It’s a simple tool that makes it easy to test CSRF using POST, hopefully demonstrating how prevalent CSRF vulnerabilities are as well as Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:46 am
2 Comments

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3.8 rating from 18 votes

Friday, July 6th, 2007

CSS Redundancy Checker

Category: CSS, Utility

Tom Armitage has written a simple tool that is immediately useful to anyone working with CSS. The CSS Redundancy Checker is a Ruby script that will take CSS rules, and a set of HTML files, and will tell you what you aren’t actually using: css-redundancy-checker.rb [cssfile] [directory of html files OR .txt file listing urls Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:31 pm
9 Comments

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3.4 rating from 42 votes

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Pingdom: Load time tester

Category: JavaScript, Utility

Peter Alguacil and his team have created Pingdom, a free tool that tests the load time of websites and all included objects such as images, CSS files, scripts, etc, and shows this information graphically with an Ajax interface.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:30 am
20 Comments

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4.2 rating from 37 votes

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Rainbow 9: Web based Builder

Category: JavaScript, Utility

Azer Koçulu has created an open source tool, Rainbow 9, that simplifies developing web interfaces. It provides an environment to execute and test Javascript, CSS and HTML; sharing and publishing the application. You can give it a try, and watch the video demo to see this puppy at work. Would you use it?

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:18 am
3 Comments

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3.4 rating from 16 votes

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Resource Accelerate: Caching and Compression

Category: CSS, JavaScript, Utility

Kris Zyp has released Resource Accelerate, “a J2EE web application filter that provides three signficant performance enhancements to web applications that use CSS, JavaScript, and shared images in a simple, easy to use package.” Caching Header Directives – this can significantly reduce the number of requests a browser needs to make for a web application Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:27 am
10 Comments

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3.6 rating from 16 votes

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Aptana IDE adds AIR support

Category: Adobe, Aptana, Utility

Adding support for AIR feels kinda funny to write. I guess Aptana wants to be life support for Ajax development (boom, boom). The Aptana IDE now supports Adobe AIR: This means that Ajax developers can now use our IDE to build desktop apps seamlessly using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Some of the features we added Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:11 am
6 Comments

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3.7 rating from 22 votes

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

JsLex: Profile your Ajax applications

Category: JavaScript, Utility

JsLex is a tool to profile your Ajax applications: Working on the Apache XAP project and Nexaweb’s Universal Client Framwework, which has a large code base it became apparent that hand injection of profiling code only worked so well. A new technique was needed to make it possible to capture a complete view of the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:18 am
7 Comments

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4.2 rating from 24 votes

Monday, June 4th, 2007

An Entity Lookup that helps

Category: LiveSearch, Showcase, Utility

We have all been there. Trying to remember the darn HTML entity required. You can try to scroll through the massive list, or you can use a new tool by Remy Sharp that lets you type in a character that looks kinda like the thing you want. For example, if you type in “c” it Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:52 am
12 Comments

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4.2 rating from 43 votes

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Simple Tree-based JSON Editor

Category: JSON, Utility

Marc of Braincast has whipped up a JSON Editor that builds a tree from your JSON, and lets you walk the tree. Then, find a node, and edit at that point.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:53 am
9 Comments

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4.2 rating from 50 votes

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Fireclipse: Debug from FF straight into Eclipse

Category: Announcements, JavaScript, Utility

John J. Barton has released a new open source framework named Fireclipse that enables nice coupling of Firefox and Eclipse for debugging purposes, working on top of Firebug. Fireclipse routes error messages from Firefox’s Javascript Console to Eclipse’s console. Fireclipse positions an Eclipse editor on the source line reported by Firefox. Calls to dump() end Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:36 am
7 Comments

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4 rating from 32 votes

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Update Firebug to 1.0.4

Category: Tip, Utility

Update — go get 1.04 — its a more robust fix for the security issue – read Joe’s comment here. Joe Hewitt has posted an update to Firebug that you should grab right away as it fixes a couple of issues and covers a 0-day security hole. The update has been published to addons.mozilla.org, so Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:00 am
6 Comments

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4.2 rating from 31 votes

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

MJT: JavaScript Templating Library

Category: JavaScript, Library, Utility

The group behind Freebase have released MTJ, the templating library they created for their own use: Mjt makes it very simple to take data from a web service and format it in a browser, with no server support. The templates are hosted and delivered as static HTML, and they are compiled and applied entirely in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:01 am
13 Comments

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2.6 rating from 13 votes