Archive for the ‘Web 2.0’ Category

Excellent article on Firebug debugging.

July 11, 2007

Firebug is the Dog’s Bollocks, In fact I’m finding the trinity of Firebug , Aptana and JSunit a truly fantastic setup for developing robust browser based applications. I just read Justin Palmer’s tutorial on the logging capabilities of Firebug. Really good info, well presented. excellent signal to noise ratio.

Although I already knew most of the stuff covered, as I had been a beta tester of Firebug 0.4, I had missed the trace() function and the fact that the standard log() functions support jQuery/Prototype $functions so you can use the following incredibly useful pattern to inspect the html of the object you are manipulating.

console.log($('#item_id'))

Read the article and write better code.

Using HTTP caching to improve performance

April 17, 2007

This Article from the BetterExplained blog is a pretty nice explanation of how to configure your server for better performance by using cache headers. Which complements nicely the article on Varnish I was just reading.

Caching is a great example of the ubiquitous time-space tradeoff in programming. You can save time by using space to store results.

More Making URL Image Thumbnails

October 17, 2006



Another service has appeared to produce webpage thumbs, You know the drill… simply add an image tag using this format for the src attribute

src = “http://images.websnapr.com/?url=MYURL”

replace the MYURL with the URL of the page you want the thumbnail for and Websnapr does magic needed.

WebSnapr lets you capture screenshots of (almost) any web page. Let your visitors to instantly visualize any web page before clicking. Increase site traffic, click-through rate and site stickiness.

They also have a neato preview bubble with the addition of some ajaxy/dhtml scripting.

Making URL Image Thumbnails

October 15, 2006



This is really easy. Simply add an image tag using this format for the src attribute

src = “http://thumbs.webshotspro.com/url/http://????”

replace the ???? with the URL of the page you want the thumbnail for and Webshots does all the heavy lifting. Now that is easy. The only stipulation is to provide a link back to their site, also they have a firefox plugin that puts thumbnails beside the stories on Digg and a bookmarklet to make getting the thumbnail URLs even easier..

Mix06 – Day 2 so far so bored…

March 22, 2006

OK, it is starting to get a little tedious, microsoft really doesn’t have much to show at this conference and most of the sessions I’m attending now seem to be a rehash of previous content, maybe it is just that i have a laser focus on the developer issues and there is only a limited number of products they are pimping for my particular demographic.

I’m going to focus more of my time for the remainder of the conference on the sandbox environment stuff that MS has provided and will be kicking the tires on the Atlas framework for Ajaxy development.

some keypoints.

1. WPF is cleary the equivalent of the quartz layer on the Mac
2. With WPF/E and Expressions MS is making a move against the macrodobe product line.

Free (as in Beer) stuff

1.Microsoft Visual Web Developer think Homesite/Dreamweaver from MS
2.SQL Server 2005 free edition
3.Cassini webserver for the .net dev stack