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Firefox 3 is Arriving Shortly – Gear Up!

Posted on May 25th, 2008 in Firefox, News, Opinions | 1 Comment »

All you internet power users, here’s the time to rejoice and keep your fingers crossed for the big occasion. Firefox, the king of browsers is all set to launch in its grandeur form and it is going to be more amazing than ever. Firefox version 3, the highly expected launch, is coming near. The guys over at Mozilla have already given the enthusiastic testers their high time by releasing their Beta candidate last year. And going by the features, people have reported in their blogs and wiki’s this time, Firefox is going to turn out as the emperor. Code named “Gran Paradiso“, Firefox is bound to live up to its expectations.

Firefox_Logo Firefox has released the full feature release candidate which is said to be quite stable, but its not yet the final release. From what the bloggers have been publishing about this release candidate it seems quite evident that the features are simply eye popping. The major surprise comes in the form of a fast browser loaded with features. One thing the Mozilla guys have stuck to their mission, is improving the browser speed and load capabilities. From the reports on comparisons of the performance of various browsers Firefox 3 has passed out with flying colors. Also the new version sports a more native look and feel of the underlying OS. This means, but obviously, that, you must switch over to Firefox 3 once it releases.

If you are thinking that a speedier browser owes to compromises on its feature set, then Firefox 3 is all set to prove you wrong. The earlier much wanted features are Read the rest of this entry »

Key Points for Choosing the Best framework

Posted on March 17th, 2008 in Java EE, Opinions | 5 Comments »

The question which majority of we developers ask always is “Which framework should I use for my application?” or “Which framework is the best to use?”

The answer to these questions always comes in as “it depends” because requirements differ project wise. It might not be the case that the project which you might be working on will be requiring the same framework used in the prior projects. Requirements vary all the time and the framework which comes very close for implementing the specified tasks would be the best framework for you.

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Having said that it is important to list down the key points on why you choose a particular framework. It is never a good reason to choose a framework just because others say it is cool. Let us focus on the key points for deciding a framework. Keep in mind, I am not trying to impose the usage of suggested framework for any particular project. This is a topic of general discussion in case where you might be eager to try out a new framework but are stuck to the choice of framework to start from.

The key points which might help you to make your choice are 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 »

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 »

Choosing Fixed Layout Over Fluid Layout

Posted on December 12th, 2007 in Concepts, Design, Opinions | 5 Comments »

I had been using fluid designs over a couple of months until the big screens came into picture. The fluid designs became so drastically different on those big screens that I found all my imagined design going down the drain. The web site rendered itself in such an ugly manner that it came down to negative remarks of the big flat screen owner. So the ultimate question to me was, why did I choose a fluid layout in the first place?

Fixed Layout vs. Fluid Layout
Image Credit – mountaingoat

If you are bewildered about the fluid and fixed terminology then their concepts are somewhat self-explanatory: Read the rest of this entry »

URL History – Firefox beats IE in URL Ordering

Posted on November 26th, 2007 in Firefox, Opinions, Reviews | 2 Comments »

If you are a daily surfer then probably you would have the habit of keeping your URL history alive for a very long period. This is because frequent surfers do not have the time to remember each and every URL they have visited over the last few days. They even dread to lose their URL for an article of their liking. That is why bookmarking sites like Del.icio.us, Reddit etc have become so popular. Storing bookmarks in the browsers itself has become a passe for frequent surfers.

The bookmarking sites are fast enough to load on entering its URL. But it is somewhat distracting to get to the required article or site by getting redirected from the bookmarking site. This is the time where the browsers URL history comes in to utmost important. And it is not a small feature to be missed out on. For me, it is THE Read the rest of this entry »

Mozilla Prism – A Revolution in Web Apps

Posted on October 31st, 2007 in Opinions, Utilities, Web 2.0 | 12 Comments »

Mozilla is on a spree to revolutionize the way we use web applications today. I had mentioned a brief post on Mozilla WebRunner. Naming it as a killer app just wasn’t doing justice to it. So I felt an urge to bring to the notice that it isn’t just any other app.It will be, probably the next biggest thing that the web will be seeing after Ajax.

Ajax had redefined the web application just a couple of years ago. It definitely changed in the way web apps were being developed. This promoted rise of different interesting possibilities that more than widened the eyeball of a regular surfer. Web Operating Systems were at that time being touted as being able to replace the desktop operating system altogether in the future. But all these breath taking ideas have fallen flat to a place where the idea is still traditional. The usage of web browser.

Web applications have and still are web applications and I have not come upon any idea so simple yet so revolutionizing as the WebRunner. To update you upon the news surrounding WebRunner, Mozilla has converted the WebRunner project to a Mozilla Labs Project with a new fascinating name, Prism. When I saw Web Runner I was not amazed at this app itself. My mind was already seeing the future of web applications. It’s behavior was similar to the nature of a desktop application. Yet it ran on the web! It was the perfect example of how Read the rest of this entry »

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