Sublime – an incredible text editor

I was looking through some wordpress templates and came across a really nice editor called sublime text editor here – check out the functionality – it’s got to be one of the best editors for coding that I’ve run across. You can download and run a fully functional “unregistered” version (which doesn’t expire currently). If you like it and use it, it’s worth the $60 USD that the developer is asking.

It really has some great features – I can hardly wait for my next web dev project so I can actually use it instead of just tinkering. Check the screenshot:


jQuery UI Tabber & the Search for Cross Browser Compatibility

One of the sites that I work on for my wife, One of a Kind Wisconsin is a WordPress site. About a year ago, she got a new template with a javascript tabber on the front page. Nothing fancy, just click the tab to reveal a different article. After we started adding widgets (WordPress widgets, not JS library widgets) and affiliate links the tabber started to slow in loading… it got so slow in fact, that I put a spinner animation in so folks at least knew something was happening.

Well, we all know that most people have little patience when it comes to content loading speed, and this tabber did not degrade gracefully for non-javascript users either – so it was a good excuse to do something different.
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Linux Screenshot of the day for 08/03/08 – Video Edition. Copmiz and some crazy desktop effects!

When I installed Windows Vista, I really did like all of the translucent effects and the sub-pixel rendering. While the primary purpose of a computer is to let me work more efficiently, I am a sucker for eye candy. I feel for the Windows users because effects as provided by compiz are simply not available to them. The core plugins are pretty cool. I particularly like the way Wobbly Windows adds an almost tactile dimension to moving windows around on the desktop. The desktop cube is a great way to navigate multiple virtual desktops too.

The core plugins include:

  • Cube Plugin
  • Scale Plugin
  • Switcher Plugin
  • Wobbly Plugin
  • Water Plugin
  • 3D Plugin
  • Animation Plugin
  • Negative Plugin
  • Snow Plugin

It’s not just for looks either. Compiz provides many accessibility enhancements as well. The zoom tool is awesome; the combination of “old eyes” and high res monitors really make welcome an unpixelated zoom tool easily controled by hot-keys. I can zoom in on a period so it fills both monitors without any jaggy-edged loss at all – I’m not sure why I would do that, but it’s nice to know I can.

Installation of compiz is dependent on your distro – check your favorite package manager. Gnome has a more robust integration than does KDE. XCFE does pretty good too. There are issues with dual-head systems with ATI graphics cards to be aware of too. If your using xinerama, gl, and most compiz effects will only work in one monitor. nVidia drivers seem to handle this setup just fine, however.

The screenshot is of the Switch plugin – it replaces alt-tab with an easy to navigate preview of the programs that you are switching through. You can also set up a nice ring switcher with this effect.

Linux Screenshot of the day for 07/30/08 – Quanta Plus: Industrial Strength Development!

Quanta Plus is a highly stable and feature rich web development environment.”, at least that’s what their website says. I use Quanta Plus everyday in the course of my work duties and I can tell you that it is all of that, and a bag of chips. I was a bit concerned when I migrated from Windows and Dreamweaver that I wouldn’t have all of the features that I had come know and love, but those fears were soon waylaid. All that was missing was the “Wizards” to help connect to databases, and the mouse-over link scripts. Losing the Wizards was not a bad thing. I’m of the opinion that If you don’t understand the basic syntax of a db connection string, you have no business with your nose in the source code anyway.

In addition to things like syntax highlighting for over 100 file formats and ftp connectivity, I get powerful tools like multi-file/multi-directory search and replace, an imagemap editor, a spell check that is smart enough to distinguish between code and copy, file comparison, cvs integration, degugging console, customizable tool bars and menus, and the list goes on. Quanta Plus does what I need it to do every day. I feel safe again without my Dreamweaver security blanket. Did I mention link checking and HTML tools?

Captain Tangent’s Friday link post for 12/28/07

Week Link WednesdayAfter a brief hiatus, Captain Tangent is back with more useful/less links for your clicking pleasure.

This week, I want to start with a dilemma (one of several) of the web developer: None of my clients want their site to look like other sites that I’ve done – go figure. Nice looking color schemes are one aspect of this and there are several tools to assist. Online, there is the ColorSchemer. This is probably my favorite tool for color schemes. Just enter a hex or an RGB color value, and your off and running. For you Linux users out there, there is a package called Agave. They say that it is for the Gnome desktop, but it works just fine on my KDE desktop as well – obviously, you’ll need to have the Gnome libraries installed. Just look for Agave in your favorite package manager.

Every now and again, while browsing the internet, I come across a clever 404 error. Some are funny, some are scary, and some are just plain stupid. The good people at the 404 Research Lab have done a bang-up job of finding some of the more entertaining and unique errors. Yeah! A whole site dedicated to not finding what your looking for – now that’s geeky!

Everyone wants ajax these days – it looks great and can significantly enhance the usability of your web-based applications. Now there is no point in reinventing the wheel every time you need a feature or some sort of functionality for your apps. Head over to mini ajax for loads of code and ajax “applets”.

Finally, a shout to Wayne over at fsckin w/ linux – congrats on the success of your site – may it continue into the new year! I have traffic envy. Have a look at Wayne’s article Top Linux Headlines of 2007 – A Year In Review . It’s a brief article with links to some of the more interesting stories from the Linux world from this past year.