ProtoFluid is a free web-based tool which eases web application testing on various screen sizes and orientations.
It simply asks you you to mention the website to be tested and the desired screen size (sizes for popular devices are predefined).
Once launched, you can see the website inside a modal box with the mentioned size, and with a click, you can change the orientation.
For anyone, who prefers to complete this task on the browser-side, web developer add-on has the resize function, but keep in mind that you can still use Firebug or other tools at the fullscreen view with such a web-based app.
Also, it lets you design for CSS3 compliant (mobile) browsers using Media Queries.
The integration methods are:
- Auto-linkification of @usernames
- Follow buttons
- Tweet Box (enabling users to tweet from your website)
- User login & signup
It is possible to let the script search for the Twitter usernames in a whole web page or, better, define specific elements/IDs/classes to make it work faster.
PixelZoomer is a very handy Firefox extension for web developers which can replace the step of taking screenshots of a web page and pasting it into an image editing software for making pixel-perfect measurements.
Once it is activated (clicking an icon at the bottom of Firefox), a custom window with the web page screenshot is loaded.
Inside this window, you can zoom in/out, select specific areas to see their width/height and pick the color of a pixel.
The extension has an option to grab the screenshots using Java runtime (more accurate) or Canvas (faster).
phpSysInfo is a free PHP script that displays detailed information about the host it is placed.
It can show data like the CPU, Ram, OS, "since when it is up", installed devices, etc.
Also, phpSysInfo can collect the information required to analyze the server load which can effect website performances like the available Ram or network usage.
The script works on every PHP-enabled website & can display static information, generate XML outputs (which is nice for automated checks) or dynamically update itself.
It is multilingual & includes various ready-to-use themes for customization.
Requirements: PHP 5.2+
Microsoft has announced the "Preview Release" of Internet Explorer 9 which seems to be a milestone for the IE family considering it gets closer to the standards.
Another good news is, it supports HTML5, CSS3 & SVG almost completely.
The website includes speed, HTML5 & graphics demos besides the comparisons of the features with other browsers.
This new release requires Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 which hopefully changes with the stable release (otherwise, IE may continue to be a barrier on new standards as XP will probably live long).
Requirements: Windows 7 (x86 or x64) or Windows Vista SP2 (x86 or x64)
AnalyzePal is a free Adobe-AIR application that provides an easy way to measure your PayPal sales, performance & customer tracking.
It doesn't require any PayPal username-pass or API information as AnalyzePal works in an offline way with the transaction logs that can be downloaded from PayPal.
The application displays a snapshot of your last 3 months activities with charts or you can view the revenue for any given period.
AnalyzePal is also great for browsing past transactions quickly as it works offline.
Besides the free version, it has paid & more-featured versions that can filter data by customers, countries, etc.
Requirements: Adobe Air Runtime
LiveUI is a powerful, flexible & open source rich internet application framework for .NET.
It has a modular system which allows sharing .ascx user controls & resources between ASP.NET web applications.
LiveUI has an Extjs.Controls module which includes ASP.NET wrappers for all ExtJS components making usage of them so easy inside ASP.NET pages.
Also, there is a built-in solution for URL parsing & generation which means creating user friendly URLs is not a problem with the framework.
Requirements: .NET 3.5 sp1+
It is built by the developers of Liferay, has a lot of ready-to-use components & requires Yahoo! User Interface Library to run.
The components include:
- color picker
- image gallery
- & much more..
The framework comes with full set of demos & not documented yet (currently in a preview release).
Compatibility: All Major Browsers
Fluidium, similar to Adobe AIR but open source, is a platform for developing Rich Internet Applications that run as native Mac OS X desktop apps.
Although there are many new applications that are built as web apps., native Cocoa applications still provide the best user experience on Mac OS X.
Fluidium can wrap your existing web app in a pure, native Mac application shell to provide the best of both worlds to your demanding user base.
It is based on the same open source technology that powers the popular Mac OS X Site Specific Browser: Fluid (which was discussed here).
MonoDevelop is a free & advanced IDE that is mainly built for C# & other .NET languages.
It works in Linux, Windows & Mac OSX which is great, specially for developers who use multiple platforms but still want to work from the same interface.
MonoDevelop comes with advanced text editing features like code completion support for C# 3, code templates & code folding.
It also has an integrated debugger, web server (for instantly testing ASP.NET applications) & a GTK# visual designer.
The software also offers much more features like source control, makefile integration, unit testing, packaging & deployment, localization & more.
Compatibility: Linux, Windows and Mac OSX