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January 19 2009

Webkit Javascript Debugger

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202px-webkit_logoWhen I have to work with Javascript I prefer to use jquery. When I do AJAX aspects with Jquery I occaisionally find myself with bugs either caused by syntax problems or poor planning. That’s when I turn on Firebug and can usually find the problem pretty quickly thanks to its comprehensive debugging options.

However, for me, Firefox is sometimes slow, crashy and a pretty poor choice for general browsing. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great browser, but I have stacked in so many great plugins, I think they adversely affect its performance (and I am on a Mac, which is renowned for have the poor cousin port of Firefox). So I often use Safari or Webkit for everyday browsing. But when using that I didn’t have quick access to JS/DOM debugging if I was curious about a page behaving badly.

Well I just met Drosera, a JS debugger and utility knife for Webkit. If you haven’t heard of it, check it out. So far all good and if I didn’t have all of my bookmarks in Foxmarks it might be the final straw for me moving to webkit permanently (I might have to start using delicious again so I’m not pinned down to Firefox for bookmark management).

September 04 2008

Share code with pastie!

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I’m often discussing Javascript/PHP/HTML in a chat window and usually paste chunks of code I want to show the other people into chat.  Problem is, quite often the recipient gets smileys all through code or it does’t render properly on their chat client or the snippet gets lost along the way.

http://www.pastie.org/ looks like a pretty sweet way to share those snippets while maintaining code highlighting, formatting and also for keeping it referenced for later usage.  It’s a free service (donations accepted) so pretty handy for quickly showing off your latest ubersauce function.!

August 27 2008

The IE Deathmarch!

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A friend sent me this link earlier today, http://iedeathmarch.org/.  Basically they’ve set a deadline for IE 6 to die, so to speak.  March 2009!  I really do hope the browser does die off soon because it is a constant thorn in the side of developers who create valid HTML and CSS only to see it break in Internet Explorer 6.
As they point out on the site…  IE 6 is OLD.

Internet Explorer 6 will be SEVEN years old on August 27th. It came out a few weeks before the Twin Towers fell. It came out before the Nintendo GameCube. It came out before the first iPod.

August 18 2008

Smashing Magazine is still down!

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Smashing magazine is probably one of the best web design tutorial sites on the internet.  Some great stuff on it, but for last 4-6 hrs the site has been down!

This is a very popular site so I am guessing it has about 10 servers to deal with whats probably 400k visitors a month (according to compete.com).  So for it to be down this long might mean large data center issue or DOS attack…  Hopefully back soon.  Update, it’s back!  Only down for 2 days I guess.