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Archive for June, 2011

Great integration of traditional products with modern web apps

Monday, June 27th, 2011 by Servage
It's pretty cool when manufacturers of old product types explore the possibilities of the web. It's even cooler when the result is a cool interaction between such products and web applications. Withings is one of those companies that has done that in a pretty clever way. Initially they produced a weight scale (not really innovative, huh?). The smart thing was that it has WiFi, and uploads your results to your Withings account. What's cool about that? Well, doing something as absolutely boring and uninteresting as following up on your weight, suddenly becomes a cool little routine, with access to statistics and graphs of your weights' development online. The show doesn't stop ...

Tired of struggling with your WordPress, Joomla or Drupal design?

Saturday, June 25th, 2011 by Servage
Many hobby and professional web developers use Wordpress, Joomal, Drupal or similar open-source content management systems for their own or clients' websites. They are great systems for various purposes. Quick to install, easy to understand and highly customizable. Unfortunately many are struggling with their own design. Some working with own custom design, some working with templates. Creating good quality design templates is quite a lot of work, especially if the template should support the vast amount of functionality found in most content management systems. Therefore many web developers are struggling to create a good looking website from scratch. Also many use free templates of poor quality, which is a shame. If ...

Are you still not taking advantage of smart backups?

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 by Servage
dropboxI realized that many of my friends are still not aware of, or using, the smart new synchronization and backup applications available out there. So to all of you who might be in the same boat, I just want to remind you: Backups are good, synchronization is clever. It's even available for free. Don't wanna be in an "I told you so..."-situation, when your loose some important files some day! So please check out this previous article. It's really easy, and it could save your day. Ever since I started using a notebook I have had the same annoying problem that everyone else seems to have: How to go about syncing data between multiple ...

Build mobile apps with jQuery Mobile

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011 by Servage
Mobile development platforms are hot right now. Everyone seems to be working on mobile versions of their apps, whichs is pretty cool. Earlier I've written about Sencha Touch, and the integration between Sencha Touch and PhoneGap to create native apps, based on HTML+CSS+JS technology. Today I'll make a little introduction of jQuery Mobile. Most mobile developers surely have seen jQuery's effort to become a player in mobile technology as well, and they do have a very interesting product. jQuery Mobile enables developers to build apps for mobile devices with HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript, hence utilizing the skills the developers are likely to already have. Like Sencha Touch, no native development is ...

Cronsync eases accounting and time-tracking

Friday, June 10th, 2011 by Servage
Cronsync is a web-based accounting and time-tracking app, that provides you with great tools to quickly and easily manage your time, bills and invoices. Spend less time with paperwork and more time with your products and clients. This tool is ideal for web developers, since it's robust, lightweight, simple, and available online. The main features are listed below.

Validate your code for a better web

Thursday, June 9th, 2011 by Servage
The problem isn't new, but it's still present. Standards and best practices have not just been invented for fun, or mere entertainment for nerds. They actually fulfill rather important purposes. Without standards and best practices, we wouldn't know how we should do things. Without compliance to the defined rules there would be chaos. Or actually, there is chaos... Because the standards and best practices for the web are not being followed completely at all. The World Wide Web Foundation is responsible for the definition of such rules, and continuously works to improve and strengthen the possibilities for web developers, by providing a flexible, yet standardized compendium of possibilities. However, even though ...

Making project management easier with BrixHQ

Monday, June 6th, 2011 by Servage
BrixHQ is a web-app helping you making agile project management and collaboration easy and cost effective. BrixHQ gives you a dashboard with a set of tools to help you. Adding and managing projects, tasks, users and reports is quite simple, and help you get started quickly. Some of the app's feature descriptions are gathered below.

Get your own VPS from 8 Dollars/month

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 by Servage
Sweden's best uptime again with 99,9% Read more in InternetWorld 03/11. Do you want you own server? Do you need special software? Are you tired of performance problems? Are you just curious? Well, there are many good reasons to get an own virtual private server. The price is definitely also one of them! Consider this offer from Servage. It's pretty much the same cost as a shared webhosting account! RAM Memory: 256 MB Traffic: 100 GB Diskspace: 50 GB Full root access Power On/Off from CP Backup (snapshots) ACPI shutdown from CP Console access from CP Check out the plans.

HTML parser in PHP

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 by Servage
Are you ever struggling with HTML content in PHP? Do you need to parse a HTML source? Going through a HTML document in order to extract data might seem like a complicated, or even wrong, way of approaching a problem. Surely there must be another way... Well, sometimes other ways aren't available, sometimes the quick and dirty HTML extraction is simply the easiest way to get things done. Therefore you might find yourself in situations where a working HTML parser for PHP would be a real help. PHP Simple DOM Parser by C.C. Chen is a PHP class that does exactly what I described above. It's available from Sourceforge. It can ...