Monthly Archives: February 2009

Preloaders: 3D Loading Animations

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Every AJAX app has them. Whether they are necessary in every case(or ever) is debatable . Preloaders.net has them in 3d, 2d, and allows you to show the world that your app is making progress . Brevity aside, they have a decent selection of configurable loading animations that are easy to export to .gif . You can configure background and foreground color, as well as animation speed and size. Definitely a site worth bookmarking for the 1 or 2 times you would ever need it.

I previously posted about another similar site HERE .

 
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Extending Firebug for Better Debugging

One of the most useful tools ever created for debugging html/javascript/css is Firebug. If you are a web developer or web technical support person, you are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t use it. It provides the most complete suite of debugging tools available for Firefox . When combined with the tools of the “Web Developer” plugin by Chris Pederick, you can tackle just about any problem.

One of the great things about Firebug is the pluggable format that allows other developers to add features and functionality to firebug. I use two firebug addons that provide their own unique value, and have nice integration points within firebug.
The first, is YSLOW, by Yahoo. It analyzes your pages, and provides performance statistics as well as recommendations on how you can make your page/site load faster. I have been using YSLOW for about a year, and it is a great way to benchmark pages and page elements.

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The newest addon that I am just now trying out is Firescope codeburner by Sitepoint. It provides context menus, and a search interface that provide you reference information on html elements, attributes and css properties. So you can tell within one panel whether the changes you are planning to make on a css element will work in IE7, or Firefox, or Opera. I am still getting used to integrating into my workflow, but thus far it seems like a great tool.

I suggest you try not only Firebug, but try extending the functionality and hence the value of an already great plugin, by installing these other addons.

 

Lijit WordPress Plugin Updates

This is just a quick update to let folks know about some recent updates we’ve made to the Lijit WordPress Plugin .

In the last 72 hours we pushed 2 fixes that addressed a few different bugs we had been running into with the plugin. These were bugs that tended to affect a very small number of publishers who had older versions of php, or certain conflicts with other javascript that may have been on the blog.
Hopefully these changes will make it easier for everyone with a wordpress blog to install Lijit. We apologize if you had to upgrade multiple times in the last few days.

If you have any questions or problems , we are always willing to help , just email us at support at lijit dot com.

 

Bespin Isn’t Just a Planet

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I have been negligent. This is my first post in nearly three months(been busy) . But I ran into Bespin(bespin.mozilla.com/) the other day, and the more I think about it , the more intriguing it seems. So intriguing that it actually drove me to write a quick post about it. Although it is only a “technical demo” in most respects, it hints at some really cool concepts.

Outside of the obvious perks of having a cloud based development environment/editor , the web based command line elements are what get me excited. They are incorporating components from Ubiquity that enable some similar functionality. All of this adds up to a compelling product that I could see myself using.

My largest complaint with any development environment tends to be portability. I have to export packages, and re-import them if I want to work on something from home, or if I want to code on my laptop. If they can get the version control , integration/export features, and UI solid, then I think this could replace my use of Aptana. If they do it well enough, I may even stop using vim to write code.

Regardless, I think this counts as one of the first cloud based apps that would increase my productivity. All I ask is that they support php and python and give me a simple way to test my code as I write it.