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Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Joel on Software
Adobe ColdFusion Home
Official CouchDB Home Page
Meant to work like programming languages but for CSS, frameworks can help standardize layout and design CSS styles across multiple sites and projects. They also can lead to bloated code, adding styles that are not used. And it might be quicker to develop then refine a basic set of re-usable CSS styles over many projects.
A CSS Framework
Different take on Blueprint by one of its creators.
Python mentality brought to the problems CSS frameworks try to solve.
Eric Meyer: Reset (and Reloaded)
Meyer’s take on one important aspect of CSS frameworks: resetting values to ensure visual consistency across web browsers.
jQuery CSS Framework
Yahoo! YUI Grids
Microsoft .Net Home Page
Adobe Flash Platform Home Page
Includes links and information for AIR and related Flash technologies.
Filezilla (Win/Mac/Linux) (Free)
Comparisons of FTP Client and Server Software
While Wikipedia entries are not always up to date, or comprehensive, they can suggest tools to look into further.
These online services make it easy, for a small monthly fee, to host contact, event, and other forms on your website. You get security from spammers plus integration with CRM, email delivery, and other third-party tools to help quantify and use your form data over time.
Older Microsoft Explorer web browsers are so bad, and so non-standards compliant, they merit their own section. Here are bug fixes we’ve found useful to force Microsoft browsers to behave like standards compliant browsers (e.g. Firefox). One caution: there are lots of complicated hacks online. These are fairly simple to implement and maintain over time.
Basic Explorer Browser Problems
The first item, about how IE browsers calculate widths, is particularly useful: use the CSS child selector to tell standards compliant browsers what to do. Apparently the Explorer browsers don’t follow that standard. There are other useful hacks.
Disappearing Background Images
See #3 on this page. Includes other IE bug fixes.
IE6 helpfully and mysteriously doubles the width of floated CSS divs. The solution is non-obvious: add display: inline; to the DIV style.
Getting Fieldset Backgrounds and Legends to Behave
This IE behavior is particularly frustrating and nasty if you want to build a form with CSS instead of tables.
A quick, clean discussion with examples about how to target IE6, IE7
web browsers. The site itself, www.last-child.com, is an excellent
source for small fixes.
Oversized Content in Expanding CSS Box
How to get floated divs to degrade gracefully with oversized content in IE browsers.
PNG Image File Format Compatibility
Remember to open the iepngfix.htc file to set the right folder path for
the blank.gif file. Otherwise you’ll have a mysterious red x to resolve
that appears in the upper left of your PNG image (in IE5 and IE6
browsers only, naturally).
Testing with Multiple IE Browsers on Your Computer
This is a nifty bit of software that lets you install and run IE5 and IE6 on your computer at the same time as IE7 without causing problems with any of the IE browsers. You can see how your pages look without using Browsercam.com right way, a service that shows how your pages look across browsers and operating systems.
Probably the easiest way to embed and customize Flash objects into web pages, for example, to create transparent backgrounds that work with Internet Explorer browsers. Highly flexible with a link to the Adobe EMBED and OBJECT tag attributes.
Official MySQL Home Page
Official PHP Home Page
Official PostgreSQL Home Page
Official Python Home Page
Official Ruby Home Page
Official Ruby on Rails Home Page
Microsoft Silverlight Home Page
Microsoft’s competitor to Adobe’s Flash software.
Microsoft SQL Server Home Page
These sites are useful when you have to look up all the elements of a tag.
Many of these entries are suggestions from the comments section of a Smashing Magazine article, The Big PHP IDE Test: Why Use One And Which To Choose.
Coda IDE (Mac)
Code Charge Studio
Crimson Editor (Free)
For Windows, an excellent text editor with color coding and other useful functionality for software and web development. Evolved into Emerald Editor but Crimson Editor also still works fine.
This Mac-only tool is very good for creating and editing CSS.
Delphi for PHP
Eclipse PHP Development Tools (Win/Mac/Linux) (Free)
This open source IDE also has a paid version with commercial support, Zend Studio. And Eclipse IDT is not to be confused with PHPEclipse, an open source PHP IDE project.
While not free, Microsoft’s Expression includes an excellent debugger for Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8 web browsers which is useful for html email (for older mail software like AOL that uses the Microsoft HTML rendering engine) and web pages.
IDE Comparison Charts
Komodo Edit IDE (Win/Mac/Linux) (Free)
Php ED (Win)
RadRails (Win/Mac/Linux) (Free)
Geared towards Ruby on Rails development.
Text Wrangler (Mac) (Free) and BBEdit (Mac)
Both for Mac, Text Wrangler is free and comparable to Crimson Editor on Windows. BBEdit is comparable to Visual Studio and other IDE (integrated development environments) for software and web development.
This Windows-only tool also is great for creating and editing CSS.
PHP IDE that works with Microsoft’s Visual Studio.
Microsoft’s war horse IDE that integrates their programming and database products, as well as a few other programming languages.
Equalizing CSS Column Heights
Horizontal/Vertical Dropdown Menus with CSS and HTML Ordered Lists
Ten CSS Tricks and Ten More CSS Tricks
Some of these are obvious, others clever. Worth a quick look in case you see something useful.
Translucent: See-Through Backgrounds for the Masses
Using a Background Image to Replace Text
Great discussion about techniques and accessibility issues for screen readers.
These tools validate the quality and standards compliance of your HTML and CSS code.
HTML Help List of Validators
Links to online tools as well as software that will check your links.
This section will be built out. For now, here is a decent overview and the comparison links to a comprehensive list of possible web application frameworks.
Apache (Win/Mac OSX/Linux) (Free)
Cherokee (Win/Mac OSX/Linux/Solaris) (Free)
Lighttpd (Win/Mac OSX/Linux) (Free)
Nginx (Win/Mac OSX/Linux) (Free)
Windows Server 2008
Wikipedia Web Server Comparisons
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