Tagged: Application

Downfall: Hitler gets unhappy with his Agile team

This is hilarious! Hitler goes crazy when he learns that his team does not follow the tenets of the Agile Manifesto.

My tools of the trade 2012

Rusty Winch by Geoff Lawrence

A friend of mine asked me the other day about the tools I am using while developing applications and it took me a good few minutes to tell him all of things I used. I figured I should put it online just in case someone ask again in the future since it was a lot to talk about. So here it goes:

Microsoft Visual Studio – My development best friend.
NetBeans – C++/Java/PHP development IDE. I used to use if for Ruby too but support has since been dropped.
Eclipse – For my Android obsession. I used this for Java as well but not as much compared to Netbeans.
Xcode – Emergency relief when I’m bored with Android and C#.
CodeRush – Code Refactoring add-on for Microsoft Visual studio that doesn’t suck. I love ReSharper too but I haven’t found a reason that would make me switch.
WCF Storm – Web Services tester that is way better than the standard WCF Test client from Microsoft
Fiddler – Web debugging too for HTTP testing. This thing rocks. Trust me.
StyleCop – Code analysis tool ti make sure you are following a set of coding guidelines(style).
LinqPad – More than just a LINQ expression builder. A good way to test expressions before loading them to your actual code.
JsFiddle – Javascript, HTML and CSS tester that helps you isolate bugs
BrowserShots – A nice site that shows you how your site looks like in multiple browsers.
JsLint – Javascript code evaluator that tells you if your code sucks.
JetBrains dotPeek – Free .NET code decompiler from JetBrains. A replacement for Reflector.
BitBucket – For my private source code repositories. GitHub for my not so private code repositories
SourceTree – Mercurial, Git and Subervision(SVN) repository manager for Mac. I use TortoiseSVN for Subversion and TortoiseHG for Mercurial repository management access in Windows
Evernote – Notes and more notes. I used this as repository for ideas, meeting notes and anything else that I need to remember.
Skitch – Screenshot tool from the makers of Evernote for the Mac
Balsamiq – My preferred wire framing tool. SketchFlow comes second.
OmniGraffle – Microsoft Visio replacement for Macs. Can be used for wire framing too.
LinkChecker – Link validator for websites. Scans websites for broken links and generates a report on what they are.
Console2 – Probably the best Windows Command prompt replacement. This thing is glued with awesomeness.
PixResizer – A free batch picture resizer for Windows that doesn’t kill your machine’s resources.
7zip – a free Winzip replacement.
Notepad++ – Best notepad replacement in Windows. Notepad2 is also nice. I use TextWrangler when I’m on a Mac.
WinMerge – a free Document comparison and merging tool
Dropbox – the must have Cloud-based storage system
Trello – Task Management made easy. Real-time collaboration with notifications. Works on your phone too!
RegExr – Simple yet elegant Regular Expression(RegEx) testing tool

Here’s some Firefox Add-Ons that i can’t live without.
Firebug – Must have add-on for testing and debugging pages in Firefox. Enables you to modify HTML, CSS and Javascript on the fly to see how they render in the browser
Web Developer – Get this compliment to FireBug.
ColorZilla – Color Picker and Gradient Generator. Also try Rainbow Color Tools
Pixlr Grabber – Image grabber. Allows you to save images on a web page.
ShowIP – A really neat tool that allows users to see the IP address of the current web page in their status bar.
fontinfo – Tells the user which font are used on the current page
YSlow – A tool that helps analyze why pages are slow

There’s probably more things that I forgot to list (like development frameworks e.g Ninject and Moq) so I promise I’ll create a new post in the next few days talking about those frameworks.

How about you? What tools/applications are you using in your day to day life as a developer/architect/programmer?

Cheers!

Keith Rull

My MIX09 10K Contest Entry: Silverlight Pregnancy Calendar

I had some free time during the holidays and saw at the MIX09 website that they have a contest entitled MIX09 10K Challenge where they ask participant to create a web application that is either using Microsoft® Silverlight™ or Windows Presentation Foundation, as a XAML Browser Application running in Partial Trust or as a ClickOnce application in 10 kilobytes or less. I decided to take a stab at it and this is what I’ve came up with

SilverCalendar: A Silverlight Pregancy Calendar

You can see the app live here http://2009.visitmix.com/MIXtify/TenKDisplay.aspx?SubmissionID=0051

Dont forget to vote when you’re there 😛 LOL

My primary motivation when I built the app is the idea of having something that is going to be useful and at the same time fun to build. My wife is currently 34 weeks pregnant and it made me think that a pregnancy calendar would be q great application to do since it relates to me and my current day to day life. I love pregnancy calendars because it gives you a good daily insight on the progress of your baby and what you might expected as you go along in your daily life as a soon to be parent.

The application that i built is using Microsoft Silverlight 2 with a backend WCF web service. You can find the pregnancy calendar web service here. I wasn’t able to add any animations to the application because I decided to concentrate in adding functionality to app rather than the eye candy’ With that said, I’ll be posting the non-10K application this week.

Be sure to comeback on this blog in the coming weeks because I’ll be publishing the source code to both project soon together with a 11 part tutorial and screencast walkthrough that i have prepared to show how to to build an application using .NET 3.5, WCF, WPF and Silverlight.