Archive for January, 2008

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The Power of JavaScript Favelets

Posted on January 27th, 2008 in Featured, JavaScript, Tutorials | 5 Comments »

Favelets are bookmarks which contain JavaScript code. The code is used in many forms either for fun purposes or for reducing routine tasks. In present times, you won’t require favelets much since browser’s have got upgraded to include plugins or come with inbuilt features. But still, if you are stuck with a browser which does not have such features or plugin facilities then favelets can be your saviour.


A couple of days ago I was in such a situation. I am addicted to Firefox and already have a lot of plugins which increase my productivity. But in those couple of days, I was left with the dreadful Internet Explorer 6.0. Life became more difficult for me when I found myself opening up the Google homepage every time I wanted to search something. I did not have the rights to download the Google toolbar. But since I knew about Favelets I quickly made some and later found that even getting stuck with IE 6.0 did not matter any more.

How to make a favelet? Read the rest of this entry »

Effects of Oracle BEA Acquisition

Posted on January 23rd, 2008 in Java EE, News, Opinions | 2 Comments »

With the news of mergers happening here and there round the globe the developer community is not far from getting affected. The latest news of Oracle and BEA acquisition is bound to leave developers amidst some sort of uncertainty as to why has this taken place at all and what effects will it have on them.

Oracle acquires BEA

BEA is known for its well diversified technology stack of Weblogic Java Application Servers, SOA products and the Aqualogic suite of ESB and BPM products. Also to mention that BEA holds a strong integration of all the above suites into its Weblogic Workshop which has been built around the Eclipse platform.

Oracle on the other hand too has Read the rest of this entry »

uCertify SCWCD PrepKit – Detailed Review

Posted on January 16th, 2008 in Java EE, Reviews | No Comments »

uCertify had asked me to do a review on their latest offering of exam simulators called PrepKit, and this article therefore is an outcome of the review process I did for it. In this instance I have taken the SCWCD PrepKit since I already had an experience of JWeb Plus and Whizlabs simulators while preparing for the SCWCD examination.

uCertify Logo

uCertify SCWCD PrepKit comes forward as a breath of fresh air to break away the eeriness which comes to people while facing a exam. The look of the PrepKit is unique and new such that it compels us to explore more than the PrepKit itself. The practice exams are of course are the major highlights as it should be, but the features complimenting them come with a surprisingly elegant experience.

ScreenShot of uCertify SCWCD Simulator

uCertify PrepKit Features

uCertify has done a commendable effort in putting together a product in making the user to develop a liking for the exam experience. The PrepKit acts like a Read the rest of this entry »

Analyzing and Improving Your Website Performance

Posted on January 14th, 2008 in Concepts, Design | 10 Comments »

How many times have people said that your website is too slow and you found out that there is nothing you can do to improve its performance? The final option most of the times might have been either trying to change your hosting server (may be even blaming him for purposely slowing your website) or finding several ways to optimize your code.

Website performance

Over last few months I have been facing this same problem. I browsed the web for answers, even went ahead and bought many books on Website Optimization. All of them more or less targeted the same issue of Read the rest of this entry »

How To Install Windows Live Writer

Posted on January 13th, 2008 in Featured, Tutorials, Utilities, Windows | 6 Comments »

I am writing this article for the first time using Windows Live Writer. The interface of the tool is amazing and the installation has given me a new kind of energy to get more productive. I am starting with my blogging stint from Live Writer by writing a post on how to install Live Writer on your system.

What is Windows Live Writer?

Live Writer is a power blogging tool which helps in offline blogging. If you are a regular blogger then you might have used the ScribeFire Firefox addon. But Windows Live Writer is not just an addon its a full fledged blogging platform with many blog rich features. The features are fully in synch with the WordPress platform.

The best part of blogging in Live Writer is that, Read the rest of this entry »

Impressive Google Chart Generator Scripts

Posted on January 9th, 2008 in Featured, Google, Opinions, Utilities | 4 Comments »

A few days ago, I had written a post that the Google Chart API had a lot of power when you wanted simple and quick results for displaying charts in your website. I had also written a tutorial on how to go about creating a chart. But there was a certain shortcoming in the tutorial. It was tedious. It required you to create lengthy URL’s and also properly format the URL’s to get the chart.

But by the time I had written about the API, I noticed that people were coming up with great new ideas in order to reduce the burden of making the chart. And the ideas are practically impressive and have great scope for improvement.

A JavaScript Library
Chris Heilmann has created a script which Read the rest of this entry »

10 Most Amazing Google Search Tricks

Posted on January 6th, 2008 in Concepts, Featured, Google | 273 Comments »

Searching on Google can be a magical experience once you find out how to make your search queries efficient. By making efficient I mean using some tricks or the cheat sheet provided by Google itself to quickly find what you actually require. Having being hooked onto Google for a long time now, I have come across some amazing search tricks which can change the way you look at Google today.

Google Search Tricks

In this article I will list down the search tricks which I use quite frequently. Be it finding time, meanings or watching the cricket score, searching PDF’s, with Google as the search engine life cannot be more simpler. Here are the 10 most amazing Google Search tricks: Read the rest of this entry »

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