A former colleague of mine send me a message on Facebook a couple of days ago. He had told me I was on the front page of http://nimbletext.com/. If you do anything with SQL statements or arrays, you should check the tool out. It’s incredibly useful.
What’s really cool? Scott Hanselman was quoted just a few paragraphs about me. I found NimbleText from his list of Ultimate Developer Tools.
Yeah, it’s kinda silly I’m freaking out like this, but Scott’s one of my development heroes.
Co-Worker: Hey Daniel! Can you check this site out on the company iPad!?!?!
Me: Yeah sure what’s the URL?
Me: Ummm….. *sad face*
I work with a lot of mobile devices at work and I’m not comfortable setting up my email on company devices. It hit me like a ton of bricks. USE QR TECHNOLOGY!!!!!!
I go to http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ or any other qr generator. Download a QR app on your device that can open URLs in the native browser. I use SimpleAct Inc. Best Barcode Scanner. It works on all iDevices and it works great. Pull up the QR on your screen, point your camera to it, and BAM!!!! Site pulls upon your device.
I haven’t gotten around to finding any QR apps on Android and Windows Phone 7 yet.
This has shaved countless minutes of typing out complex urls on a tiny device.
I was fortunate enough to get a new laptop at work the past week. I had a friend point me to Ninite.com. Go to their site, select the apps you want on your PC, download their installer and run the installer after its done downloading.
The installer will install the first application that is fully downloaded and continue downloading the other applications. It took a while to install the 30 apps I wanted, but I never had to do anything after running the installer. The absolute best part is that no toolbars are installed!
If you are within 30 feet of me at the office you know I’m grumpy when it comes to workspace. I’m not super excited about moving away from my monitor to only work on my laptop screen. The 1200×800 resolution feel really cramped with working inside of Visual Studio, Flash Professional, and several other IDEs that take up a lot of space on your screen. There isn’t much I can do about hardware so, I started looking for a software solution.
I’d have to say the one thing that the one big thing I wish Windows had was built in multiple desktops. The Mac OS has “Spaces” and several Linux OSes have built in Virtual Desktops. I really enjoy using the virtual desktops in Ubuntu. Windows doesn’t have anything that I’m aware of that is built in like this, but there are several pieces of software that allow you to have multiple virtual desktops. I started using VirtuaWin about a month ago and I’ve been very happy with how the software operates.
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It doesn’t require an install. Simply unzip the file, plug in your HTML markup and start coding away. Your code is written to a file so you can easily export it or view it later.
If you are like me, you work with two or more monitors. I have experimented with several different multi-monitor tools. Next to Ultramon (which you must pay for), WinSplit is the next best thing. Ultramon provides an extended task bar which is really nice.
WinSplit allows you to quickly move windows to your other screen and arrange windows. This feature is great if you work with a lot of windows or need to utilize all that space you have. Simply press Crtl, Alt and Left or right and your current window will move to the respective window. You can also hold Ctrl and Alt and drag windows to specific locations to get the same Use the same Ctrl, Alt and and the number pad and the window will be positioned based on the number pressed.
The only issues I have encountered has been integration with other apps that use Ctrl and Alt combos. A few apps I’ve had problems with are Photoshop and Texter. You can always customize keystroke settings to resolve these issues..
Windows 7 includes some of the features, but I think WinSplit really polishes these features.
If you are like me, you dip your hands into too many programing languages. Thankfully, there is an awesome app available that lets you store code snippets in groups. That app is Snippely. I’m a big fan of AIR apps and this is one of the best ones I’ve found.
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