August, 2010 archive

Thu19Aug

Tools and services every web programmer should know

Written in Development

I will write about the tools and services I consider a must-have for every web programmer. They’ll be ordered by the most important to the less one:

  1. Firebug. Let’s be honest: without Firebug we are nothing. It’s the Firefox extension to view the AJAX calls and responses, to edit the entire HTML page to see the changes directly, etc.
  2. Subversion: A Software Source Control is a must. You need it, even if you think you don’t need it, you really need it. I recommend Assembla for non open source projects and Google Code and SourceForge to open source.
  3. PhpMyAdmin: To connect the MySQL databases and get a fast lookup between the tables is a really needed tool. If we depend the MySQL console we’ll be dead very probably.
  4. FileZilla: The FTP client everybody use to upload his files to the server.
  5. Statcounter: I know Google Analytics is very beautiful and very good, but if you want your stats instantaneously, you need it.
  6. Mantis Bug Tracker: You need a system where store every bug you find in your application and Mantis Bug Tracker is the easiest way to do it. It’s made with PHP+MySQL, so you don’t need an exotic hosting to get it running.
  7. IconFinder. An incredible icon finder where you can find whatever you want. Be careful with the license of them, because you can have problems.
  8. ColorMania: It’s a simple color picker. There are thousands of them, but I use it. You need a program where capture the color of everything on your screen, where convert between RGB and Hex, etc.
  9. Tada-list: I think a to-do list is always very recommendable. It’s useful to set goals or tasks.
Tue17Aug

Trackingo is online!

Written in Trackingo

We have recently started to promote Trackingo and we are really proud of the answer from other websites and from the new users. We have been working really hard during the last months to get the application working.

Bad news is you have to work even harder when the application is alive and everybody from everywhere with every type of configuration is using it. But we find it challenging solving problems whilst they are appearing.

On the Internet applications you can wait for years until everything is working properly, but then you go to the masses and your product is late or maybe no one is interested in it. That is why some lazy guru decided to mint the term beta: you can go to the public without every detail absolutely perfect.

We really appreciate your feedback about what you find wrong or what you would like to change or what categories you miss. Unlike other places we usually do all the reasonable changes in a couple of days, because we understand if something is wrong for someone, and wrong enough for him to tell us, it may be a problem for a thousand other users who did not say anything yet.

While we were coping with all the new users we were able to finish the translation into German. Willkommen bei Trackingo! Three languages is enough work for us, but if you would like to have Trackingo on your own language and you are motivated to do it for yourself, you can contact us and we will give you the steps to do the translation cheerfully.

So welcome everybody. We hope you find the application useful. When you save your first track it seems quite dumb but after you track a few more items you start to see and feel the utility of tracking your daily stuff. Not only you know how much you weight, you can also see the patterns of your weight evolution and control where you are going. You are not only having a plain list of data, Trackingo is going to do the maths behind your information, always trying to tell you more.