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Tools I Use When Developing a Site

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I would like to  share the tools and softwares I used when developing a site. Thanks to geniuses who had developed them because they made my life so much easier.

Firefox Addons

  1. Firebug – This is very useful when debugging ajax request as well as doing your css styling.
    Firebug
  2. Web Developer – A great tool to manipulate your site elements without touching your code. You could hide all images, disable your stylesheet, check your cookies value and many others. It could also display the information of your site elements.
    Web Developer
  3. YSlow – This helps you analyze which files to compress so that your page would load faster.
    YSlow
  4. ColorZilla – As what its name suggests, it is a color picker. You can just pick colors of whichever shade you like without a hassle. Color value are presented in Hex or RGB format. It also has sets of palette for groups of colors and a history of colors you have picked.
    ColorZilla
  5. FireShot – To save screenshots of your pages.
  6. HTML Validator – A good site follows standard coding. This would help you have clean code and browser compatible site.
    Quoted from W3C

    Well, firstly there is the very practical issue that non-valid pages are (by definition) relying on error-correction by a browser. This error correction can and does vary radically across different browsers and versions, so that many authors who unwittingly relied on the quirks of Netscape 1.1 suddenly found their pages appeared totally blank in Netscape 2.0. Whilst Internet Explorer initially set out to be bug-compatible with Netscape, it too has moved towards standards compliance in later releases. Other browsers differ further.

    HTML Validator

  7. Image Zoom – I use this to zoom in/out images without editing its width and height. I’ll just scroll my mouse scroller over the image.

Softwares

  1. Photoshop – Image editing and enhancement. Logo and header creation and for designing templates.
  2. PhotoFiltre – For quick photo editing like resizing and cropping.
  3. Notepad++ – For coding. I am a typist.
  4. Filezilla – For file uploads.
  5. XAMPP – The greates PHP/MySQL bundle for me.

Browsers

  • Firefox 2/3
  • MultipleIE
  • Opera
  • Netscape
  • Seamonkey
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Experience Chrome

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Google just launched their newly developed browser “Google Chrome”. I decided to check it just now.

It’s fast and the design is sleek. cool! 😀

Gonna test my applications with to learn more about it 🙂

Firefox 3 Download Day Certificate

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Last June 17 of this year,  Firefox attempted to get into Guiness Book of Records by being the “Most Downloaded Software in 24 hours”. The event gathered more than 9 million download count. That was a huge number.

Firefox Download Day Certificate

Participated in the event? Grab your certificate here: Flaunt it

Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1: The Robot is Out

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firefox 3

Our favorite browser released the final update to the latest version of firefox. Firefox 3 beta 5 was out last April 2008.

Firefox 3 Beta 5 includes more than 750 changes from the previous beta, improving stability and web compatibility, providing platform and user interface enhancements, and resulting in the fastest Firefox ever. Many of these improvements were based on community feedback from the previous beta.

  • Integration with Windows: Firefox now has improved Windows icons, and uses native user interface widgets in the browser and in web forms.
  • Integration with the Mac: the new Firefox theme makes toolbars, icons, and other user interface elements look like a native OS X application. Firefox also uses OS X widgets and supports Growl for notifications of completed downloads and available updates. A combined back and forward control make it even easier to move between web pages.
  • Integration with Linux: Firefox’s default icons, buttons, and menu styles now use the native GTK theme.
  • Places Organizer: view, organize and search through all of your bookmarks, tags, and browsing history with multiple views and smart folders to store your frequent searches. Create and restore full backups whenever you want.
  • Speed: improvements to our JavaScript engine as well as profile guided optimizations have resulted in continued improvements in performance. Compared to Firefox 2, web applications like Google Mail and Zoho Office run twice as fast in Firefox 3 Beta 5, and the popular SunSpider test from Apple shows improvements over previous releases.

firefox 3

And just yesterday, Firefox 3’s First Release Candidate was brought to public. Wondering how good this news is? Check out and have a peak of Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1.