Tag Archives: Development Environment

Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar

I am a fan of FireBug for FireFox browser. It helps me solve my design issues and I can easily debug JavaScript codes. I know it can do many more, but I mainly use it for design issues. I was thinking if I had something like this for Internet Explorer! One day I googled to see if there is any solution. And amazingly I saw that there is a tool from Microsoft. I downloaded it and installed. If you want to compare it with FireBug, then it has very limited features. But as I said earlier my main need is solving design issues, I now use it for finding design issues in IE and found it very helpful.

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From Microsoft site, here are current features of the tool.

  • 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.

I don’t know why Microsoft is not releasing any new version of this tool. This tool was last released on 5/9/2007. Since then no new update has come. If you want to try this tool you may download it from here. And of course do not forget to share what you think about it.

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XAMPP – My favorite PHP environment

XAMPP

When I started coding in PHP, the main hassle was preparing the development environment. Installing Apache, PHP, MySQL was not so easy. Then I came across PHPTried and after that WAMPP. But finally I got what I wanted – XAMPP. To me XAMPP is a total PHP development environment.

XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use – just download, extract and start.

To get a copy of XAMPP, visit http://www.apachefriends.org/.

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