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Useful websites and tools - 12/15 E-mail
Tuesday, 15 December 2009 17:01


  • ChangeDetection.com - simple easy-to-use website that sends you an e-mail alert when a webpage you specify changes.  You can specify several options, like words to look for in the change that occurs.
  • Mon.itor.us - site monitoring service with a very slick AJAX interface.  They can send you an e-mail if and when your site goes down and when it comes back up.
  • Yahoo! PIPES - cool service from Yahoo! (also with a very slick user interface) that allows you to manipulate data from various sources in various ways.  One simple PIPE I created in a matter of minutes was to filter out entries from an RSS feed containing certain words.  It was as simple as:
Yahoo! PIPES
Useful websites and tools - 12/13 E-mail
Sunday, 13 December 2009 23:11


  • Stack Overflow - excellent website for getting help on web development-related issues.  I find it's a much better resource than groups and forums.  It's much easier to find information as well as to read it because of the way the site is designed and laid out.  And there's a very active community behind it.
  • Gravatar - you've probably seen the icons that accompany blog posts and comments on several blogs.  Most of those come from Gravatar, a free service from the makers of WordPress that associates a 48x48 pixel image with your e-mail address, so that whenever you comment on a Gravatar-enabled website, your icon will show up with your words.  You can upload several images and choose which one you want to associate with your identity, and then change it on the fly at any time.
Useful websites and tools - 12/12 E-mail
Saturday, 12 December 2009 17:19


  • CoralCDN - Yahoo!'s YSlow suggests using a content delivery network (CDN) to speed up your website.  The only popular one that's also free I've found is CoralCDN.  To use it, all you have to do is append nyud.net to the end of your domain when serving up pages!  I read somewhere that you get the most benefit out of it when serving up bigger files like video and audio, as opposed to small JPGs and other background graphics.
  • Font Squirrel font face - (from Web Resources Depot) I took a look at this yesterday after coming across it in the WRD feed, and they have a pretty extensive collection of @font faces to use for free in your work.
  • jQuery Google Analytics plugin - a nicely done Google Analytics plugin for your jQuery applications.  This is the one I use for my work.
  • minify - a very comprehensive PHP library for minifying JavaScript and CSS files on your site (another of YSlow's suggestions).  It's very easy to use, but you're better off working with it from the start as opposed to integrating it into a large site after the fact.
Useful websites and tools - 12/11 E-mail
Friday, 11 December 2009 11:10


  • FreePDFConvert.com - this site does a good job of converting PDFs to Word format.  You can get the converted document sent to you via e-mail.


  • 11heavens.com - Montreal-based web developer specializing in Drupal; hers seems to be a widely read site, and she has tutorials on ActionScript, JavaScript, Drupal, and more
  • Codebix.com - site that presents a nice aggregation of Web-related articles.  It seems to be more focused on Microsoft technologies - ASP.NET, Silverlight, Visual Studio, etc.
  • 14 Best CSS Editors for Web Designers & Developers - 14 great tools just for CSS.
  • Slickplan.com - web-based sitemap/flowchart generator that allows for the creation of free sitemap and flowchart design (from their website).
  • OpenDNS - Google has entered the DNS space with its own offering, extending its grasp around the web even further.  I switched recently to OpenDNS's free service, mainly to try something other than what Comcast offers.  The best feature is probably the statistics it gives you on sites you visit.


  • Zvents.com - a good way to find out what's happening around your town.  I've used it several times and it generally has a good number of listings.

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