Forget all compatibility tables: this JavaScript tool will give you a live view of the CSS selectors your browser supports, including CSS3 selectors. Results are quite interesting, you’ll never guess which browser passes the most tests successfully…

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Subversion 1.4 Released!!

October 11, 2007

Eargerly awaited by some, especially those using TortoiseSVN and other source control clients. Subversion 1.4 is now available.

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Phormer, unlike most of the other gallery mangers tools that require MySQL or any other high-level Databases, uses its own XML database.

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A fairly exhaustive list of the options allowed when configuring a Rails application.

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In 2003, Kevin Rose had a big idea. He went to Elance.com to post a project and look for a PHP programmer, he selected Owen Byrne (Elance username: permafrost) and worked with him to build Digg.com for $10 hr.
Listen to Kevin’s presentation

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The site lists example queries to retrieve information about tables, views, fields, indexes, constraints, triggers, generators, stored procedures, functions and users defined in the meta data of a Firebird database.

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Handy for PHP developers looking to generate PDFs from their HTML content: dompdf is an HTML to PDF converter written entirely in PHP5. It has no dependencies on external libraries (e.g. html2ps) and it supports CSS 2.1.

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Heckle is a Ruby mutation tester inspired by Jester. It modifies your code and runs your tests to make sure they fail. The idea is that if code can be changed and your tests don’t notice, either that code isn’t being covered or it doesn’t do anything.

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A cool Google Maps and Tour de France mash-up: Displays driver’s data live on a interactive map. And you can can even follow the bike’s position! Heart beat, speed, stress factor, distance, power and current position are tracked. Check it right on time 😉

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I found this to be helpful while coding one of my clients site’s in that I had never been required to make Flash fully compliant by W3C Standards. Hopefully this can help some others too =D!

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Two years ago the source code of Windows 2000 (the basis of XP) was leaked. It’s good code… but who knew Microsoft programmers swore so much?

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The question of why manhole covers are typically round, at least in the U.S., was made notorious by Microsoft, who began asking it as a job-interview question. Originally meant as a psychological assessment of how one approaches a question with more than one “right” answer, the problem exerts a strange fascination on people.

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Summer of Rails

October 11, 2007

Essentially a badge for folks learning and deploying their first Ruby on Rails applications during the Summer of 2006. Nice logo!

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This is the first chapter of a book that runs you through installing Ruby on Rails on all major operating systems, and shows you how to do your first application too. This chapter has been released for free and the author hopes it helps many people start using Rails who wanted to try it out.

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The new version of this impressive little tool features useability improvements, major code rewrite (now using MooTools and objects), graphic changes and bugfixes.
As always, this lib provides a simple way to install great looking slideshow or showcases to your website, in less than 20kb of javascript code.

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New Human-Test: KittenAuth

October 11, 2007

Say goodbye to annoying “are you a human being?” human-checkers that make you decipher cryptic fonts on cryptic backgrounds.

And say hello to kittens!

Its a win-win situation. Out with the annoying and in with the cute!

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Colorful, downloadable PDF cheat sheet for the Scriptaculous (http://script.aculo.us/) visual effects library. Site also has cheat sheets for various aspects of Ruby on Rails.

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Ruby and Rails Book Roundup

October 11, 2007

Great list of books related to Ruby and Ruby on Rails.

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There are quite a few AJAX demos and examples on the web right now. While these are invaluable to learning AJAX, some people need a bit more information than just a raw piece of code. The following is a list of the best and most helpful AJAX tutorials that I’ve found over the past year.

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“This little program lets you generate large volumes of random, custom data for use in testing software. Try messing around with it: you’ll soon figure it out! I’ve had to limit it to a maximum of 5000 results, since server resources are limited.”

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