Summary: Recent findings of software, articles, and more.
- Top 200 Blogs for Developers (Q3 2009)
The most recent compilation from Jurgen Appelo.
Re-encode all types of video files for use on your home media player or portable device.
This article explains how to use Visio for rapid prototyping of the web pages. It includes a reference to the GUUUI Web Prototyping Tool and sketchy interface widgets.
- iWisoft Free Video Converter
Converts videos between all popular formats like AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX, XviD, MP4, H.264/AVC, AVCHD, FLV, MKV, RM, MOV, 3GP, and audio MP3, WMA, WAV, RA, M4A, AAC, AC3, OGG; directly converts video for playback on your PSP, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, PS3, Xbox, Zune, Creative Zen, Archos, and other digital multimedia devices; supports cropping, trimming, merging, adding watermark and special effects to videos.
- MP3 Diags
A GUI-based application that allows end-users to identify issues with their MP3 files, fix some of the issues and make other changes, like adding track information.
A tool for authoring VCHD, Blu-Ray, HD DVD, and SD-Video videos.
- Mute on Lock
A tiny utility that mutes the sound of the speakers when the Windows workstation is locked.
- Quick Sound Switch
A small system tray tool, which allows you to switch the default sound device with only one click (it is useful for PCs with more than one sound card, or a sound card and a headset).
A suite of tools to automate web application testing across many platforms.
- Ultimate Windows Tweaker
A freeware utility for tweaking and optimizing 32-bit & 64-bit Windows 7 & Windows Vista (similar to TweakUI for Windows XP).
- Code rant: Why is 'Buy' not always better than 'Build'
Mike Hadlow explains why.
- iTunes Solves the Nested Clause Dilemma
Theresa Neil describes UI design patterns for implementing predicate builders for complex rules.
- Software Engineering: An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone?
Tom DeMarco wonders if the advice he gave in "Controlling Software Projects: Management, Measurement, and Estimation" (Prentice Hall/Yourdon Press, 1982) -- a book that played a role in the way many budding software engineers quantified work and planned their projects -- was correct at the time, is still relevant, and if he still believes that metrics are a must for any successful software development effort. [SPOILER ALERT: The answers are: "no", "no", and "no".]
- The Duct Tape Programmer
Joel Spolsky discusses when worse (coding practice) is better (than good coding practice).
- The Benefit Of Attending User Group Meeting
Marlon Ribunal explains how a user group can help you.
- The Myth of Usability Testing
Robert Hoekman, Jr discusses the difficulties and misconceptions related to usability testing.
Michael "Rands" Lopp proposes a hiring strategy that managers should appreciate (a very insightful perspective on high-tech hiring).
- .NET Rocks!, Show #309: Les Pinter Looks Back
Listen to a very lively conversation with the guy who sold Microsoft Word to Bill Gates.
- OSCON 2005 Keynote - Identity 2.0
This is an old talk, but I really liked the content and presentation style (it's not long, too).
- 10+ jQuery Form Enhancement Plugins
Some handy plugins for HTML forms.
- 1000 Free "Farm-Fresh Web Icons"
This free icon set includes both 16 and 32 pixel versions of icons in PNG format on transparent backgrounds.
- 10 Great Free Icon Packs for Your Website or Web App
Some great free icon packs.
- 10 Usability Crimes You Really Shouldn’t Commit
Chris Spooner offers great usability tips for web form design.
- 20 jQuery Plugins Worth Implementing in Your Themes
A nice collection of helpful jQuery plugins.
- Click me Only Once - jQuery
Explains how to execute an event on the HTML page only once.
- Excellent JQuery Plugins To Enhance Form Validation
jQquery plugins that are related to all kinds of form validation.
- Jumpstarting Your Next jQuery Plugin with an Online Tool
Elijah Manor explains how to quickly make a jQuery plugin.
- Mastering CSS Coding: Getting Started
This article explains and illustrates the fundamental properties and capabilities of CSS: padding vs. margin, floats, center alignment, ordered vs. unordered lists, styling headings, overflow, position, background images, and image enhancement.
QUite useful code snippets for common tasks (see also part 2, part 3, and part 4).
- UI.Layout – The Ultimate Page Layout Manager
When used along with jQuery UI widgets, this jQuery plugin allows to create a sophisticated application (see demos).
- Web Forms for People
Luke Wroblewski offers great tips for designing web forms.
Allows callers from the continental United States to place free five-minute international calls after listening to two short advertisements. There is no limit on the number of calls they can make in a day, and many countries are supported.
An online tool that makes it easy for you to create, link together, preview, and share mockups of your website or application.
Provides a personal voicemail box for your web site, classfieds, auctions, blog, social network profile (see tutorial and alternative).