Sanjoy Roy

[MCM, MCP, SCJP] – Senior PHP Programmer

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Great JS Webtool for Developers: Aardvark


Clean up unwanted banners and surrounding “fluff,” especially prior to printing a page See how the page is created, block by block View the source code of one or more elements

http://karmatics.com/aardvark/

Once you have installed Aardvark as a bookmarklet (it takes about ten seconds!), you may start it at any time by selecting it from the bookmarks menu or toolbar. Aardvark will run until you press the “Q” key to quit, or leave the page or refresh it.

Example of red highlightingAs you glide the mouse over the page, you will see a red rectangle framing each element under the cursor. You will also see a little yellow caption showing the HTML element type and its class or id if they exist. Pressing certain keys on the keyboard (see below) will do various things, as described in the Keystroke list below.

Use cool Lightbox for Photo Gallery


Lightbox is a simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on the current page. It’s a snap to setup and works on all modern browsers.

Example and How to are located here.

DebugBar – Most advanced web development tool for IE


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DebugBar V5.3 is an Internet Explorer plug-in that brings you new powerful features :

  • DOM Inspector: View DOM Tree and modify tags attributes and css attributes on the fly to test your page
  • HTTP Inspector: View HTTP/S request to check cookies, GET and POST parameters, view server info
  • Javascript Inspector and Javascript Console: View javascript functions for easier debugging, see Javascript and AJAX code
  • HTML Validator: Validate HTML code to correct and optimize your code and html size of your page
  • And many more features: See page cookies, get pixel color on a page, make a page screenshot…

DebugBar is FREE for personal use.

Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar


The Microsoft Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar provides a variety of tools for quickly creating, understanding, and troubleshooting Web pages.
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The Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar provides several features for exploring and understanding Web pages. These features enable you to:

  • Explore and modify the document object model (DOM) of a Web page.
  • Locate and select specific elements on a Web page through a variety of techniques.
  • Selectively disable Internet Explorer settings.
  • View HTML object class names, ID’s, and details such as link paths, tab index values, and access keys.
  • Outline tables, table cells, images, or selected tags.
  • Validate HTML, CSS, WAI, and RSS web feed links.
  • Display image dimensions, file sizes, path information, and alternate (ALT) text.
  • Immediately resize the browser window to a new resolution.
  • Selectively clear the browser cache and saved cookies. Choose from all objects or those associated with a given domain.
  • Display a fully featured design ruler to help accurately align and measure objects on your pages.
  • Find the style rules used to set specific style values on an element.
  • View the formatted and syntax colored source of HTML and CSS.

The Developer Toolbar can be pinned to the Internet Explorer browser window or floated separately.

WinSCP – SFTP client and FTP client for Windows


WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client and FTP client for Windows. Legacy SCP protocol is also supported. Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer.

Features:

  • * Graphical user interface
  • * Translated into several languages
  • * Integration with Windows (drag&drop, URL, shortcut icons)
  • * U3 support
  • * All common operations with files
  • * Support for SFTP and SCP protocols over SSH-1 and SSH-2 and plain old FTP protocol
  • * Batch file scripting and command-line interface
  • * Directory synchronization in several semi or fully automatic ways
  • * Integrated text editor
  • * Support for SSH password, keyboard-interactive, public key and Kerberos (GSS) authentication
  • * Integrates with Pageant (PuTTY authentication agent) for full support of public key authentication with SSH
  • * Explorer and Commander interfaces
  • * Optionally stores session information
  • * Optionally supports portable operation using a configuration file in place of registry entries, suitable for operation from removable media

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7-Zip


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7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.

  • High compression ratio in new 7z format with LZMA compression
  • Supported formats: Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR, Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z.
  • For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
  • Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
  • Self-extracting capability for 7z format
  • Integration with Windows Shell
  • Powerful File Manager
  • Powerful command line version
  • Plugin for FAR Manager
  • Localizations for 74 languages

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PSPad – A freeware code editor


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PSPad – editor for developers for Microsoft Windows systems
The universal freeware editor, useful for people who:

  • work with plain text – the editor has a wealth of formatting functions, including a spell checker
  • create web pages – as a web authoring editor, PSPad contains many unique tools that save your time
  • want to use a good IDE for their compiler – PSPad catches and parses compiler output, integrates external help files, compares versions and much more…

There is no complex installation process, PSPad is ready to work immediately without requiring customization. The editor supports many file types and languages, with syntax highlighting. There are macros, clip files and templates to automate repetative tasks. Integrated HEX Editor, Project support, FTP Client, Macro Recorder, File Search/Replace, Code Explorer, Code page conversion… these are just some of the many features that PSPad offers.
The PSPad editor was tested in the Softpedia labs. Softpedia guarantees that PSPad is 100% FREE, which means it is a freeware product (both for personal and commercial use) that does not contain any form of malware, including but not limited to: spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors.

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Apache


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The Apache HTTP Server Project is an effort to develop and maintain an open-source HTTP server for modern operating systems including UNIX and Windows NT. The goal of this project is to provide a secure, efficient and extensible server that provides HTTP services in sync with the current HTTP standards.

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WampServer


WampServer is a Windows web development environment. It allows you to create web applications with Apache, PHP and the MySQL database. It also comes with PHPMyAdmin to easily manage your databases.

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WampServer installs automatically (installer), and its usage is very intuitive. You will be able to tune your server without even touching the setting files.
WampServer is the only packaged solution that will allow you to reproduce your production server. Once WampServer is installed, you have the possibility to add as many Apache, MySQL and PHP releases as you want.
WampServer also has a trayicon to manage your server and its settings.

WampServer’s functionalities are very complete and easy to use so we won’t explain here how to use them.
With a left click on WampServer’s icon, you will be able to:

  • manage your Apache and MySQL services
  • switch online/offline (give access to everyone or only localhost)
  • install and switch Apache, MySQL and PHP releases
  • manage your servers settings
  • access your logs
  • access your settings files
  • create alias

With a right click:

  • change WampServer’s menu language
  • access this page

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Fiddler Web Debugger – A free web debugging tool


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Fiddler is a Web Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP(S) traffic, set breakpoints, and “fiddle” with incoming or outgoing data. Fiddler includes a powerful event-based scripting subsystem, and can be extended using any .NET language.

Fiddler is freeware and can debug traffic from virtually any application, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and thousands more.

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Firebug – Web Development Evolved


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Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of web development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.
Firebug is always just a keystroke away, but it never gets in your way. You can open Firebug in a separate window, or as a bar at the bottom of your browser. Firebug also gives you fine-grained control over which websites you want to enable it for.
Firebug makes it simple to find HTML elements buried deep in the page. Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, Firebug gives you a wealth of information, and lets you edit the HTML live.
Firebug’s CSS tabs tell you everything you need to know about the styles in your web pages, and if you don’t like what it’s telling you, you can make changes and see them take effect instantly.

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When your CSS boxes aren’t lining up correctly it can be difficult to understand why. Let Firebug be your eyes and it will measure and illustrate all the offsets, margins, borders, padding, and sizes for you.
Your pages are taking a long time to load, but why? Did you go crazy and write too much JavaScript? Did you forget to compress your images? Are your ad partner’s servers taking a siesta? Firebug breaks it all down for you file-by-file.
Firebug includes a powerful JavaScript debugger that lets you pause execution at any time and have look at the state of the world. If your code is a little sluggish, use the JavaScript profiler to measure performance and find bottlenecks fast.

WinMerge – Opensource merging tool for Windows


https://i0.wp.com/winmerge.org/engine/images/head.gifWinMerge is an Open Source differencing and merging tool for Windows. WinMerge can compare both folders and files, presenting differences in a visual text format that is easy to understand and handle.

WinMerge is an open source project, which means that the program is maintained and developed by volunteers.

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The Trac Ticket System


https://i2.wp.com/www.edgewall.org/gfx/trac_logo.pngThe Trac ticket database provides simple but effective tracking of issues and bugs within a project.

As the central project management element of Trac, tickets are used for project tasks, feature requests, bug reports and software support issues.

As with the TracWiki, this subsystem has been designed with the goal of making user contribution and participation as simple as possible. It should be as easy as possible to report bugs, ask questions and suggest improvements.

An issue is assigned to a person who must resolve it or reassign the ticket to someone else. All tickets can be edited, annotated, assigned, prioritized and discussed at any time.

Cobian Backup


Cobian Backup is a multi-threaded program that can be used to schedule and backup your files and directories from their original location to other directories/drives in the same computer or other computer in your network. FTP backup is also supported in both directions (download and upload).

Cobian Backup exists in two different versions: application and service. The program uses very few resources and can be running on the background on your system, checking your backup schedule and executing your backups when necessary.

Cobian Backup is not an usual backup application: it only copies your files and folders in original or compressed mode to other destination, creating a security copy as a result. So Cobian Backup can be better described as a “Scheduler for security copies”. Cobian Backup supports several methods of compression and strong encryption.

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