Firebug Plug-In for Firefox

Firebug LogoI finally got around to installing Firebug (http://getfirebug.com/). After repeatedly hearing good things, the time had come to check it out. I wish I hadn't waited so long. So far I'm only scratching the surface of what it can do, and it's awesome!

February 2007 is Conference Month

February 2007 is a busy month. There are three Vancouver conferences, each focused on a different aspect of web technology. Two of them are very affordable, one is non-technical.

Web Directions North

February 7 - 9, 2007
Before Dec 31: Conference: $895, Optional Feb 8 Workshop: $395 ($495 without conference)

Vancouver PHP Association Conference 2007

February 12 - 13, 2007
$100 before Dec 31st./ $150 regular

Northern Voice 2007

February 23 - 24, 2007
$30 for 1 day/$50 for both days

The New NSWA Website

NSWA Screen ShotFor your consideration, the newly made over North Shore Writers' Association website: www.nswriters.bc.ca

The website is now running on the Drupal content management framework and makes extensive use of the Views and CCK (Content Construction Kit) modules. Views is incredible. What I was doing with SQL queries I can do faster and easier in the Views user interface. More over, Views is theme friendly and likes to give a helping hand. The code snippets it provided turned a potentially hair pulling theming experience into a straight forward process. Combined with CCK for creating custom nodes, laying down the bones was easy. Kudos to Earl Miles, Jonathan Chaffer, Karen Stevenson and the other developers for such awesome modules.

Graphing Requests with Tamper Data

MozillaSimon Wilson recently blogged about a Firefox extension named Tamper Data. Like Wilson, I seldom need to play around with data submitted from the browser. However, the request/response display looks very handy and the graphing feature Wilson highlighted is golden. I could have really used this in my last job instead of resorting to Ethereal.

October 2006 Vancouver Drupal Meeting

Drupal IconOne thing about the Vancouver Drupalier meetings, I'm never quite sure what to expect. Last night's meeting was the least technical so far and a lot of fun. Here are some notes with stuff left out to protect both the innocent and the guilty . . . . .

Akismet Inside = Comments Outside

AkismetArrrr, thar be comments on deck! (Sorry, getting in practice for Talk Like a Pirate Day).

Thanks to the anti-spam power of Akismet and the coding prowess of Markus Petrux at phpMiX.org I feel comfortable enabling comments.

Paraphrasing Jacob Nielson: Size Matters!


Jacob Nielsen has some things to say about size in his July 31 Alertbox. Specifically, screen resolution.

According to his figures, he didn't quote a source, about 60% of people are using 1024x768 and 17% are using 800x600 (hi Dad).

He gives the following advise:


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