Org-mode is for keeping notes, maintaining ToDo lists, doing project planning, and authoring with a fast and effective plain-text system, and it’s FREE.
Org-mode is an add-on for the popular free EMACS editor (programmers editor) and adds a full outline and todo list. All the files are stored in standard txt (ASCII) format so can be edited by any software if required. If you have a dropbox account you can store your outlines on your dropbox account and edit them using any editor or use the EMACS add-on to see the proper outlining.
The author suggests that this wonderful outline tool can be used for GTD, planning, notebooks and web/pdf authoring. There is also extensive documentation. There are some good tutorials covering introduction and power users guides with a useful screencast overview (25 minutes).
The beauty of this product is that it is very extensible and can be adapted by power users to do just about anything that requires outlining and maintaining lists. The files can be published to HTML and XHTML plus other formats such as LaTeX and Gantt Charts for project management integration. There’s a very interesting tech talk from GOOGLE that discusses Org-mode (46 minutes) and well worth listening to.
15 Web Services We Rely On Every Day – an interesting article blog about 15 key web services used everyday.
The list includes:
Zendesk, GetSatisfaction, SendGrid, MailChimp (my favourite mail manager for newsletters, etc.), Apigee, String, ExpressionEngine, Chartbeat, Mint, PivotalTracker, SalesForce, RightSignature, GotoMeeting, Xero, DropBox, Office Glico.
These are amongst the best cloud based services out there and I recommend most of them. I may be blogging about individual ones over the next few weeks…
The SimpleDiagrams Free Version has enough features to create your diagrams quickly and export your work to PNG. If you like what you see, you can update to the Full Version and you’ll then be able too save your work, publish your diagrams to sites like Basecamp, and work with multiple fonts.
Using Git for web app deployment
jQuery Mobile application development
Framework jQuery Mobile appeared not so long time ago and its quality was greatly improved. A number of subsystems have been rewritten (both for clarity and for performance) and cross-browser compatibility has seen a marked increase in quality. Previously I’ve worked with jQTouch and Sencha Touch. They both have their advantages and disadvantages, but I’d like to focus on the development on jQuery Mobile. Now I’m going to describe the process of creation of the simple application with several pages, Twitter integration, Google Maps and a set of basic elements.
Five quick tips that I found valuable while learning jQuery in depth. I learned them the hard way so you don’t have to! Really good post outlining using jquery with:
- Using Firebug to experiment interactively
- Caching selector results
- Explains about the best times to use jQuery (e.g. NOT all the time!)
- Advanced selectors, filters and traversals
Help your visitors share & bookmark your pages and subscribe to your feeds using any service. System to interactively create a bookmarking widget that allows your users to subscribe to all the popular social networking systems. Easy to use and can generate in multiple languages.
Addtoany has a comprehensive API that allows you to get and set key parameters. The API page has plenty of good examples of how to use. The button can be small and unobtrusive. This system can be used with Feedburner, and the service is absolutely FREE
OrangeHRM is an Open Source Human Resource Management System that covers Personnel Information Management, Employee Self Service, Leave, Time & Attendance, Benefits, and Recruitment. Tags: HRM, HRMS, HCM, HRIS, EHRMS, Human Capital Management
- Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications, by Jesse James Garrett. The original article which coined the term.
- Why Ajax Matters Now by Jesse James Garrett.
- Ajax gives software a fresh look Blurring the line between desktop and Web applications.
- Weighing the Alternatives How Ajax stacks up against competing RIA approaches.
- AJAX:Getting Started by Mozilla Developer Center.
- Dynamic HTML and XML: The XMLHTTPRequest Object by Apple.
- Cross-browser Ajax Tutorial using the Sarissa library.
- ASP.NET Spiced: AJAX from MSDN.
- Ajax Programming in BEA WebLogic Portal by O’Reilly Media.
- Mastering Ajax, Part 1: Introduction to Ajax.
- Mastering Ajax, Part 3: Advanced requests and responses in Ajax.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: “Extreme Programming rom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Extreme Programming (XP) is a method or approach to software engineering and the most popular of several agile software development methodologies.
It was formulated by Kent Beck, Ward Cunningham, and Ron Jeffries. Kent Beck wrote the first book on the topic, Extreme programming explained: Embrace change, published in 1999. The second edition of the book, which appeared in 2005, delves more into the philosophy of eXtreme Programming and describes it as being:
- a mechanism for social change
- a style of development
- a path to improvement
- an attempt to reconcile humanity and productivity
- a software development discipline
The Office Update page of the Microsoft Web site offers a useful toolkit for analyzing databases prior to converting them to Access 2003 format. It is called the Access 2003 Conversion Toolkit, listed under the Add-ins link under the Access 2003 heading on the page.
Donn Edwards offers a utility called AccessOpener, which avoids those annoying messages when opening a database that is in a different Access format than the version of Access you are running. The utility works with Access 97, 2000 and XP/2002, and it can be downloaded from here.
Thinking about integrating Web Services? The PerfectXML website has some great articles about SOAP and MSXML and other technologies that will allow you to do this. I’m fairly new to the world of web services and not yet a proficient .net programmer (VB migration on the way…), but seems to me that Web Services are the thing of the near future.
This article from PerfectXML is a good allrounder that includes stuff on standard asp programming – easy to follow and very logical. I’m particulary interested in simple bits of code and interfaces (perhaps Google or eBay) that I can test using Access 2000 and VBA. I understand that it’s possible without over complicating everything. The recent Access user group meeting (May 2005, UK) was very interesting. Peter Vogel (editor of Smart Access, Pinnacle publication) gave a brilliant presentation of Microsoft Access using SOAP, etc. to access Web Services; so it must be possible. Continue reading