Archive for September, 2005

Vex – A Visual Editor for XML Sep 30 2005

Hmm, XML, java, eclipse…. buahahahahaha. OS X baby.

Vex – A Visual Editor for XML

Vex – A Visual Editor for XML

Vex is an editor for XML documents. The “visual” part comes from the fact that Vex hides the raw XML tags from the user, providing instead a wordprocessor-like interface. Because of this, Vex is best suited for “document-style” XML documents such as XHTML and DocBook rather than “data-style” XML documents.

Developing Java Applications on Mac OS X with Eclipse Sep 30 2005

Developing Java Applications on Mac OS X with Eclipse

Developing Java Applications on Mac OS X with Eclipse

Java developers have quickly made Eclipse one of the most popular Java coding tools on Mac OS X. But although Eclipse is a comfortable tool to use every day once you know it, it is not easy to get started with. An earlier ADC article, “Eclipse and Mac OS X: A Natural Combination” provided an introduction to Eclipse; this article goes a step further, helping you start working on projects, get over the initial hurdles and become comfortable with Eclipse.

LightPress – Faster WordPress frontened? Sep 30 2005

Hmm. Will definitely have to check this out, as we’ve got tons of WordPress sites running right now… ๐Ÿ™‚

LightPress รฏยฟยฝ About


LightPress is a frontend for the popular WordPress blogging platform. A frontend is the code sitting between the db and your blog’s readers, which manages all user interaction and displays the relevant content appropriately formatted. I started this project because, even though WordPress is easy to install and has plenty of features, it has a couple of serious drawbacks for a non-casual user: it’s slow, its queries are suboptimized, and its code has clear distinction between program logic and layout, making customization very boring and time-consuming. In contrast, the principles behind LightPress are ones I have learned learned by trial and error in more than ten years of Web development:

Django | The Web framework for perfectionists with deadlines Sep 30 2005

Django | The Web framework for perfectionists with deadlines

Meet Django

Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design.

Developed and used over the past two years by a fast-moving online-news operation, Django was designed from scratch to handle two challenges: the intensive deadlines of a newsroom and the stringent requirements of experienced Web developers. It has convenient niceties for developing content-management systems, but it’s an excellent tool for building any Web site.

Django focuses on automating as much as possible and adhering to the DRY principle.

JsUnit – Javascript Unit Testing tool Sep 30 2005


JsUnit is a Unit Testing framework for client-side (in-browser) JavaScript. It is essentially a port of JUnit to JavaScript. Also included is a platform for automating the execution of tests on multiple browsers and mutiple machines running different OSs. Its development began in January 2001.

Find IE Memory Leaks using Drip – Download link Sep 30 2005

Using Drip, a cool little Windows app written by Joel Webber (not available on his not-available site anymore), you can see how much memory IE on Windows is leaking every time you refresh your web page. This is useful if your web application seems to slow down over time.

Still working out how you should actually fix the leaks you find, but this lets you know that they exist. ๐Ÿ™‚

Out of Hanwell

IE Memory Leaks took the initiative to host Drip (a memory leak detector for Internet Explorer) after it was no longer unavailable through Joel Webber’s blog.

Download application: Drip-0.2.exe

Download source:

Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

Harvey Danger – Why We’re Releasing Our New Album for Free on the Internet Sep 29 2005

Via BoingBoing, torrenting this album right now, will give it a listen. ๐Ÿ™‚

Harvey Danger – Why We’re Releasing Our New Album for Free on the Internet

Why we’re releasing our latest album for free on the Internet

In preparing to self-release our new album, we thought long and hard about how best to use the internet. Given our unusual history, and a long-held sense that the practice now being demonized by the music biz as “illegal” file sharing can be a friend to the independent musician, we have decided to embrace the indisputable fact of music in the 21st century, put our money where our mouth is, and make our record, Little By Little…, available for download via Bittorrent, and at our website. We’re not streaming, or offering 30-second song samples, or annoying you with digital rights management software; we’re putting up the whole record, for free, forever. Full stop. Please help yourself; if you like it, please share with friends.

P.S. I’d never heard of this band before.

Update: After listening to the high-quality tracks, gotta say, love the music! Sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚

Fix for WordPress IE Download Problem Sep 29 2005

I had been experiencing a problem with this site and another where when you visited using IE on Windows you would get a download dialog box asking if you wanted to Open or Save (not allowing you to view the regular web page.)

After some Googling around, found some solutions on the WordPress support forums:
Ie tries to download the blog.

In short, the solution to this problem is to hit your the wp-admin/upgrade.php page for your site. (I had experienced this problem on a couple of sites that had had WordPress upgraded. So, in short, remember, if you upgrade your WordPress installation, don’t forget to hit the wp-admin/upgrade.php page as a final part of the upgrade process.

That’s all it took — after clicking on that page, the site appears fine in IE on Windows.

Boing Boing: Cory starts podcasting Sep 28 2005

One word, w00t. Cool, thanks Cory! Awesome!

Boing Boing: Cory starts podcasting

Cory starts podcasting
I’ve finally started podcasting! I love reading my stuff aloud, but it’s not practical for me to find quiet places to sit down with a mic and a Powerbook and record. So the idea is that I’m going to record my stories in serial form from wherever I am: hotel rooms, friends’ sofas, airport lounges, whatever, and post ’em. You can subscribe to the feed here, or download individual installments as MP3s here. The podcast is also available through iTunes. Thanks to the Internet Archive for hosting the MP3s and to Feedburner for munging the feed.

SimpleBits | Anatomy of an Icon Sep 28 2005

Quite the handsome designer’s site. Really nice.

SimpleBits | Anatomy of an Icon

Anatomy of an Icon
A notebook entry from August 23, 2004
Since releasing some icons of my own, I’ve received quite a few messages asking “how do you create an icon?”. Well, I can’t tell you how to create an icon — but I can tell you the steps I take to create an icon. There may be easier ways. There may be better ways. Here’s a quick look at the methods and techniques I used to create an icon from the Overcast set.

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