Build Web Applications Swiftly and Flexibly with Aptana Studio

Aptana Studio

Building and testing your Web applications is now a cinch!
Image Courtesy of renjith krishnan/freedigitalphotos

With every organization ranging from financial institutions, Government offices, retail outlets, travel sector agencies to hospitality chains having their own websites, users can perform most of their day-to-day activities sitting in the comfort of their study room. Users don’t have to go to bank just to transfer some money from one account to another or wait in the electricity office to pay your bills or even travel all the way to the train station to book their travel tickets.

More often than not, the users of these websites are non-IT and non-technical people having only working knowledge of computers.  Hence, it is desirable for these websites to be highly user-friendly and neatly organized.  To allow businesses to develop good useful websites, there are variety of programming languages, scripting tools, and ready-made easy-to-use software exclusively for web designing.

 Aptana Studio is a leading open source IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for building web applications quickly and easily.  Aptana Studio allows users to develop and test the entire web application within a single environment.

We will discuss the core features that have contributes to its popularity:

  • Support to multiple technologies:  Aptana supports latest browser technology specifications including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Ruby, Rails, PHP and Python.  It also helps users in authoring codes in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and Ruby.

  • Deployment Wizard:  Aptana provides support to both kinds of deployments – a one-shot setup and keep-synchronized setups as well as multiple protocols including Capistrano, SFTP, FTP and FTPS.  The studio is capable of automatically publishing Ruby & Rails applications on hosting services like Heroku and Engine Yard.

  • Integrated Debugger: Aptana also offers an integrated debugger for Ruby & Rails and JavaScript that can be used to set breakpoints, inspect variables, and control execution.

  • Git Integration: Aptana uses git source code control for collaboration with other team members.  Users can merge codes on, store codes into, and retrieve codes from remote repositories hosted on Github. Aptana also simplifies git-based deployments.

  • Built-in Terminal:  Aptana allows users to access a command line terminal to execute operating system commands and language utilities like gem and rake.

IDE Customization:  Although Aptana has a default view of its IDE, users are free to customize the view and extend the existing functionality through scripting.  Studio has a default set of hundreds of commands, but presents only the ones relevant in the given context.

Posted in Programming Features | Leave a comment

Debugger Program Software to Deal with Programming Glitches

Image courtesy of Surachai / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Crash” every time occurs in unanticipated conditions which then stops the program software and will not permit its users to continue any further. In such conditions, debugging the basis cause of the “crash” through a manual way is not a good idea and you will ultimately go for a debugging tool. A debugging tool is not only helpful in testing the code but also efficiently aids in determining the best result for the problem. An exceptional and notable feature of debugger program software is the “Reverse Debugging”. However best programming tools will permit forward debugging, these tools will allow the program to run towards the back which will be helpful in determining the main cause in an immediate way, which is really an intelligent technology in itself.

Valgrind Debugger:

Valgrind’s main purpose  is debugging the memory management related to any program. It is helpful to its user for determining the main cause behind managing the memory of any program. It is also helpful for programmer in identifying the bugs related to threads and get free from them in order to make program thread safe. The debugger program software is easily available in the open source market for helping programmers.

Microsoft VS Debugger:

The MS VS Debugger is the most desired software used to debug programs, most of the developers are keen to use this debugging tool due to its flexible  nature if this software. It is an unpretentious and text-based debugger software to offer sustenance to the programmers. When this tool is incorporated into the programming environment, it corrects certain inaccuracies in runtime. The distinct feature of “Edit and continue” programming is helpful to users in running the program without any mistakes. This consecutively will decrease the chance of leaving the debugging tool for rectifying the errors.

WinDbg Debugger:

It is a MS Windows based debugger tool which is mainly employed for determining the defects in the programming structure. This debugging tool is normally employed for determining the memory scrapheaps generated in the course of executing the execution. This software is characterized as the most time-saving debugging tool developed in current technology.

Intel Debugger:

Intel Debugging tool was created by the Intel Corporation which is employed for debugging programs in different computer languages like FORTRAN, C and C++.  The MS VS Debugger encompasses this Intel Debugger, which offers new bonus and innovative characteristics for debugging. These tools are helpful in debugging any defects in the threads and also the data shared among threads. The debugging involvement is enhanced with the improvements prepared in visibility characteristics of the tool and also by taking help of definite profound knowledge that offers the debugger program software.

Posted in Programmer Tools | Leave a comment

Build Publish and Maintain Sites effortlessly with Microsoft Webmatrix

Microsoft Webmatrix

Building Websites and Maintaining them is now simple
Image Courtesy of digitalart/freedigitalphotos

Cloud computing is the latest technology trend that delivers the overall computing process as a service.  Businesses can use processing capabilities, computing infrastructure, business applications, and personal collaboration as a service as and when needed.  This type of computing provides multi-faceted advantages; increased productivity and volume output; decreased spending on infrastructure including hardware, software, and licenses; improved flexibility in terms of usage and associated costs; and anywhere, anytime access.

A majority of software offer cloud-based version to allows their users to reap the rich benefits of cloud computing technology.  Web matrix, from Microsoft, is one such cloud-based free tool  that is used to create, publish, and maintain websites.  Microsoft WebMatrix is particularly designed for websites hosted on Windows Azure platform – the cloud-based platform from Microsoft for hosting applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers.

We will discuss some important features of Microsoft WebMatrix:

  • Easy Access:  WebMatrix displays icon-sized previews of websites to help users find and open those sites with ease.  Web

  • Multi- Languages Support:  WebMatrix provides in-built templates for developing websites through popular languages such as ASP.NET, PHP, Node.js, and HTML5.  Users can use latest emerging web standards such as CSS3 and HTML5 as well as JQuery and other popular JavaScript libraries.

  • Open Source Web Applications:  Popular applications like WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, Umbraco have customized WebMatrix.  When a WebMatrix compatible applications has to be used, WebMatrix automatically installs all the required dependencies and configures saving a lot of time.  These application automatically add the corresponding dashboard links and ribbon buttons.

  • Cloud features:  When users design a local project, WebMatrix automatically designs an associated Windows Azure website. The Publish icon allows users to synchronize these sites and save changes in the cloud.

  • Mobile support:  WebMatrix provides several templates for use with mobile device browsers and introduces an automatic code completion feature (intellisense) with suggestions for appropriate data, attributes and values, without memorizing exact keywords or look up references.  Users can also test the display of these mobile websites through mobile device simulators.   

  • Code sharing:  WebMatrix allows users to share the code through GitHub, CodePlex, and Team Foundation Service.

  • Source Control with TFS:  WebMatrix is compatible with Team Foundation Server and users can save and retrieve several versions of their code on TFS

  • Extensibility:  There are a lot of add-ons that supplement or extend the existing WebMatrix functionalities.

Posted in Programmer Tools | Leave a comment

Harness Revolutionary Web Development with Firebug

Firebug


Find the Vibrant Features of Firebug
Image Courtesy of dan/freedigitalphotos

Web Development Tools – Firebug

Compelling websites can be created using programming languages such as ASP.NET, scripting tools such as JavaScript and HTML or using ready made web designing templates and kits.  There are other tools that help designers in beautifying their websites, debugging the website codes,  and analyzing performance metrics such as page load times and network usage.

 Firebug is a free, open source, and powerful extension to the Mozilla Firefox browser that allows programmers to:

  • Modify a webpage’s style and layout:  Designers can modify the style and layout of a webpage and the properties of its components dynamically and see the effects instantly.  Firebug also displays rulers and guides to create neatly overlapping design elements.

  • Inspect HTML/CSS (Hyper Text Markup Language/Cascading Style Sheet) codes: Firebug allows designers to create, delete, or modify HTML attributes and text dynamically and see the changes on the go.  Designers can also determine the value of computed CSS properties.

  • Analyze JavaScript:  Firebug offers a powerful JavaScript debugger that allows designers to pause execution and check the variables. The profile displays a detailed report of all the function calls and the time taken by each of them.

  • Analyze the performance of the website that is running:  Firebug displays the time used by every component in a webpage in a column chart. Web designers can use this chart to re-arrange the order of components or replace some components with others to enable faster page-load.  Firebug also allows designers scan and check if the site is using the cache to optimize page load times.

  • Analyze network parameters:  Firebug allows designers to track components such as HTTP header (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol), HTTP request, HTTP response, and XMLHTTPRequests (Ajax-based).  Designers can also create timeline graph that displays the time elapsed between the sent requests and received response.

  • Track and analyze cookies and sessions:  Firebug allows designers to view and manage cookies in the browser; user can create new cookies, delete existing ones, and deny or filter cookies for specific sites.  Firebug allows uses to pause when specific cookie changes its value and track the code that caused this change.

  • Logging:  Firebug allows users to create a log that contains information on various elements of a website such as arguments, elements, functions, and arrays and display them in a color-coded, organized and understandable format.

Extensibility:  There are a lot of add-on that supplement or extend the existing Firebug functionality.

Posted in Programmer Tools | Leave a comment

Gamesalad – Now Everyone can Create Games

Gamesalad


Get Real with Game Creation right from Scratch
Image Courtesy of wiangya/freedigitalphotos

The Internet is rapidly expanding with several new websites being added every single day.  There are websites that allow you to read newspapers and other articles and books, listen to music, play games, watch videos and movies; and websites that let you write mails, send greeting cards and chat with your friends on the other side of the globe.  There are another group of websites that allow you to record your travel experiences (blog), upload pictures and maintain your monthly budget in a worksheet.  A third group of websites enable you to pay your utility bills, book your air travel tickets, book an appointment with your doctor, purchase your groceries online, and make online money transfers.

There are several programming tools designed exclusively to allow users create compelling games. While some of these require high level of programming expertise, there are other tools, which help people with no or minimal programming knowledge develop good games.

Gamesalad is a popular game creation tool that can be used even by people with no programming language knowledge to create games for several platforms.  The GameSalad user base is comprised of over 700,000 developers across 189 countries.  The following is a list of some popular features:

Create Games:  Gamesalad provides users with an easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface to create games of all genres and add innovative game mechanics easily.  Users can import art and sound and apply complex actions from an in-built behaviour library.

Test Games: GameSalad provides an In-App Previewer that allows users to test the game logic and behaviour sets. Users have access to accurate real time statistics on the game’s performance.

Publish Games:  GameSalad has an in-built game publishing system that allows users to publish their games on multiple platforms such as iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, Nook, Windows 8 and Mac desktop. Users can also publish their games on the GameSalad Arcade, a supported game repository.  GameSalad Arcade is supported by HTML 5 and allows users to publish the games to web and upload them on YouTube and made available in the iOS and Android App Stores

Manage Games:  Users can instantly update web games.  A single update on the GameSalad Arcade is automatically pushed across all the websites.

Professional version: There is a paid professional version that extends the functionality to many other platforms and provides features as iOS In-App Purchase, Apple GameCenter, App Monetization, iAd Revenue, and Twitter TweetSheets.

Posted in Programmer Tools | Leave a comment

Scratch – Introducing Programming language for kids

scratch

Know all about this Visual Programming Language
Image Courtesy of AKARAKINGDOMS/freedigitalphotos

The increasing popularity and availability of gadgets like personal computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones among children led to the development of several games and educational tools on these platforms.  Children are curious not only to play these games but also to understand how these games work as well as try transforming their own ideas and creativity to make new games.  This trend has culminated in several programming languages that are meant exclusively for kids.  Programming at a young age helps kids in improving their problem-solving, creativity, and communication skills. They also learn mathematical, logical, systematic reasoning and analytical skills while also contribute to their graphical, sound, and video related skills.

Programming languages for kids do not normally include the typical programming syntax and coding, but are mostly visual and graphic based.  They are generally made up of interactive interfaces, drag-and-drop features, and a host of fascinating cartoon characters, automobiles, animals and stuff which kids find interesting and can engage themselves with.  These games teach kids programming by making them design and manipulate characters through challenges that involve loops, branching statements, conditional events, and other programming basics (e.g., when finger is moved in one direction, move the doll also in the same direction and make the cat catch the mouse).

Scratch is one of the most popular programming tools used by parents and educators across the globe to help their children in learning programming basics.  The Scratch tool was developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab.  It has been used by over 800,000 people who have shared over 1.7 million projects. Scratch is a creative programming language that allows children to create interactive media such as stories, games, artwork, and animation with other people around the world.  There is an online community that allows users to share their work, gather feedback, and learn from others.

Using Scratch, kids can program interactive stories, games, and animations through drag-and-drop code blocks and a highly friendly user interface.  Scratch supports a big gallery of objects that can be customized – kids can change the colour, costume, and sound of these objects.  There is a vast array of methods that allow these characters to perform activities (like movements and rotations).  Through these easy-to-use features, Scratch provides unlimited possibilities for kids to develop various skills.

Posted in Programmer Tools | Leave a comment

Making Sense With Design And Program – Wonderful Website Tools

Website tools


Building Website Dynamically
Image Courtesy of Idea go/freedigitalphotos

Creating an impressive website involves programmers and the designers. Following are some of the best programmer tools and designing website tools that are highly intuitive in their profiles to allow easy website development:

NetBeans

NetNBeans is the best choice when it comes down to OS solutions. NetBeans IDE provides free development environment that supports Linux, Mac and Windows altogether. It also supports countless syntax and few third party frameworks like PHP, C++ and Java. It provides free open coding environment irrespective of which operating system you use.

Notepad ++

This open source tool supports enormous programming languages. Besides providing backend support for web development, it is capable of building a full-fledged software application using C++ or Java.

Smultron

It is a text editor for iOS devices and Mac OS X. It provides features of syntax highlighting for over 90 programming languages. With support for storing the programs in cloud, Smultron is a rich IDE.

Cyberduck

It is a free FTP tool that is simply the best. It offers a simple user interface that allows quick scans of the files on the remote servers and supports sub folder downloading. The feature of image previewing before downloading makes this tool quite popular among web developers. It also allows you to directly connect to the cloud storage services such as Amazon S3 and Google Drive.

GIMPShop

GIMPShop and GIMP, both are available as free open source for image editing. It works for Mac and windows computers. This tool provides easy editing of banners, images, buttons or any part of the website design.

Inkscape

A perfect graphic editor for web designers that allows working with open source vector graphics. It works on Mac, Linux and Windows computers. It can assist web designers to directly use W3C SVG vector graphics that can be embedded into the web pages. SVG graphics can now be displayed over web pages for a large number of purposes.

Greenfish Icon Editor

This is a windows only icon editor tool that lets you design and create cool set of icons that perfectly match to your website themes and layouts. It is one of the reliable website tools for web designers who seek perfection at a pixel level.

Posted in Programmer Tools | Leave a comment

Web Programmer Solutions For Windows, Linux And Mac OS X

Web Programmer Solutions

Confused about which tools to choose, find solutions right here
Image Courtesy of nokhoog_buchachon/freedigitalphotos

Programmers or web developers use many tools to support their development projects but the pressing question still remains that which is the best web programmer solutions that can enhance their website’s experience. Presented here are the best web programmer solutions for Windows, Linux and Mac Os X.

Firebug For Windows

Pretty much similar to Adobe Dreamweaver’s free version, Firebug provides a design tab that allows developers to debug and edit the program code while in a running condition. The effects of the changes can be visualized in a real time while application is running. It can be integrated to Firefox as well.

SEOQuake For Windows

This is an amazing tool that is an extension to Firefox. It allows the web programmers to incorporate effective SEO elements to their website. It can determine the efficacy of any keyword placed on a web page within seconds.

BrowserCam For Windows

It is a very essential tool for any web programmer to ensure that the codes work accurately across a variety of web browsers. It provides easy comparisons between widely used web browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome and many others. It makes sure that not even a single part of the program code is ignored by any browser.

BlueFish For Linux

It is one of the most commonly used and very popular programmer tool for Linux that can open 3,500 file at a time and it also allows file syntax highlighting.

Ajunta For Linux

This is used with C and C++ programming languages for code editing and debugging.

Kompozer For Linux

It is a very user friendly tool that supports multiple languages. Based on the very simple rule of “what you can see is what you will get”, it is quite easy with Kompozer to visualize the affects of the changes that you make in the program codes.

MAMP For Mac OS X

It allows easy handling of servers and databases for Apache, PHP, MySQL and of course Mac OS X. It is a very convenient small package that has easy installation.

Virtual Hosts X For Mac OS X

It allows real time editing of the virtual hosts. It makes sure that there are no mistakes in the program when it is active on the internet. Developers are allowed to use three hosts simultaneously.

Posted in Programmer Tools | Leave a comment

Magnificent Multi-Platform Mobile App Development Tools

Mobile app development

Explore the best Mobile app creation tools right here
Image Courtesy of KROMKRATHOG/freedigitalphotos

Development and formatting of multi-platform mobile apps can truly be vexing. Every platform with their unique features, behaviors and capabilities are difficult to be handled all together. The goodness and functionality of some of the best programmer tools like multi-platform mobile app development tools provide easy solutions. They can help you create best multi-platform apps that are suited to all and not just one or two platforms at a time. Here are the list toppers in Mobile app development tools:

RhoMobile

It provides Rhodes which is a Ruby based open source framework. It allows developers to easily create native apps with tremendous accuracy and speed. A single time coding can be used for all major smart phones and OSes like Windows mobiles, Androids, iphones, RIM and Symbian etc. The additional support of RhoHub (the hosted development environment) and RhoSync (the standalone server) makes the complex tasks of multi-platform app creation simple like a breeze.

Appcelerator

It offers the Titanium Development Platform that can incredibly create native apps for tablets, desktops and mobiles through simple and widely used web programming languages like Javascript, HTML, PHP, Python and Ruby. Besides customizable events and action metrics, Appcelerator also provides access to more than 300 APIs and useful location information. It allows the app data to either be stored on the device or cloud.

PhoneGap

It allows app creation for BlackBerry, Android, Symbian, Palm, iPad, iTouch and iPhones through simple web programming languages like JavaScript and HTML.  The offered FOSS environment helps the developers to include hardware features like sound, camera, accelerometer, GPS location and much more. The online training module of Adobe AIR is also available.

Whoop

It is an interesting tool that allows even non-developers to create some cool multi-platform mobile apps. The offered WYSIWYG editor allows you to drag & drop the desired mobile app elements to create a mobile app that may not be as slick as professionally created but it does provide apps for Android, Windows, iPhones and BlackBerry.

WidgetPad

It uses easy web programming technologies like CSS, HTML and JavaScript through an open source environment that is highly collaborative. It offers collaborative debugging, source code editing, versioning, project management and distribution. It helps you create apps for WebOs, android OS and iOS.

Posted in Programmer Tools | Leave a comment

Exception Handling Is No More Exceptional – Scale up your Performance

 Image Courtesy of ponsulak/freedigitalphotos


Find out how to Avail Programming Tools more Efficiently for Exception Handling
Image Courtesy of ponsulak/freedigitalphotos

Programming Tools could be more effectively used in case of Exception Handling. Exception Handling is one skill that most programmers tend to lack and make few common mistakes while programming. This article is purely to scale you up in Exception handling and not to explain what and how exceptional is used in programming.

Simple Tips in Exception Handling:

First and foremost rule of Exception Handling is not to allow any exception to bubble out from the “Finally” Clause. Finally class is mainly used to clear all the database connections established during this method execution and also to end the session if required. It is not a good practice to throw an exception in “Finally” clause since those exceptions will not be handled properly and might affect the performance of the system. There are situations where you will be forced to include the exceptions in “Finally” clause, in such cases, it is better to log it or handle it but never do the both. It will then be a burden for the maintenance developer to debug the code in case of any critical issues.

Exception Handling always happens in a hierarchical manner i.e. when the exception is thrown in the try block of an inner loop, it needs to be handled by the catch block of the corresponding try block. If not possible, it has to be handled in the catch block of outer loop or at least in the “Finally” block. It is not a good practice to leave them unhandled. Exceptions are of three types: Checked exceptions, unchecked exceptions and errors. When you are really aware of the exceptions (known exceptions) that could be produced in a try block, those can be handled in checked exceptions and those unaware of can be handled in unchecked exceptions. But Errors are something really critical and needs to be attended with appropriate care immediately. It is advisable not to use chained exceptions which will create chaos and confusions for the debuggers.

“Try – Finally” block is a must in any exception handling mechanism, since all the exceptions could be properly handled when finally block is included. Pay more attention on “Stack trace” since it provides the complete information on the exceptions thrown. To debug still more into the code base for the root cause, you can include “Throwable” block which will provide the exact line number, class name and method name from where the exception was thrown. Do not suppress any exceptions until or unless required. If really needed to suppress any warnings make use of @suppresswarnings.

Posted in Programming Tips | Leave a comment