Just got the OK from work to go to Google Developer Day at Eveleigh. I’m quite interested in Bo Majewski‘s Google Maps API talk & the newly engaged Aaron Boodman‘s Building better AJAX applications should be good too. But mostly I’m wanting to meet other developers who are working on & interested in developing the same stuff I am.
Oh yeah, and learning new techniques that can be assimilated to the rest of our development team and to leverage our paradigms. Or something like that… important business reasons for me to be going!
So anyway, if anyone is going to be there, let me know & we’ll meet up!
[tags]Google, Google Developer Day 2007, Sydney, Australia[/tags]
IEBlog announces that Microsoft has released the 3rd beta of the Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar. The biggest update seems to be to the CSS interface with the ‘Style Tracer’ to show what styles are being applied to the currently selected object. That works nicely, but the subsequent ‘Trace Style’ and ‘CSS Selector Matches’ have no effect on my browser (IE 7 on Win2003).
From the Internet Explorer Dev Toolbar Wiki:
UI refresh – A single button on the toolbar that opens the DOM inspector and reorganised menus
Style tracer – Find where the style is defined by right clicking on the style attribute in teh right pain
View Source – Both the generated and original source as well as the source for the selected elements.
Even without that working it’s still really good, it runs fast and does pretty much the same things that the Firefox Web Developer Toolbar does, at least all the things that I use it for anyway.
It’s nice to see this evolve into a useful developer tool, especially for people like me who need to do cross-browser development. Remember the Developers Developers Developers!
At Drive we’ve just released the new Blog on drive. It’s running off a Movable Type engine, similar to the SMH blogs. There’s been a fair bit of interest already & some good discussions going. This is quite a new thing for drive, and we hope it will be of some value to people, rather than just turning into yet another lame corporate attempt to jump on the blogging bandwagon.So drop on in and add your 2 cents to whether Australian drivers are the world’s worst.
As this is a new development, we’re very open to comment/questions & suggestions. If there’s something that you think’s missing or something’s not working, please contact drive, or leave a comment here.
New promotion launched today too, win $100 worth of petrol.
Technorati tags: Blog, Corporate Blogs, Cars
Google’s new Page Creator tool has had that many traffic that they’ve shut down new signups.
Thank you for your interest in Google Page Creator! Google Page Creator has experienced extremely strong demand, and, as a result, we have temporarily limited the number of new signups as we increase capacity. In the meantime, please submit your email address and we will notify you as soon as we are ready to add new accounts. Thank you for your patience.
What does it say for the development of online tools when Google can’t handle the load?
Update: They’re back up again
The National Australia Bank, who have decided to follow KFC‘s lead in turning themselves into an acronym (yes I know KFC is only an abbreviation), have also decided that confusing their internet banking customers is also a good idea.
On their homepage the links to internet banking & online trading has been moved from a large bold link up the top of the page to the right side of the page in small font. Why this was done is a mystery to me. It doesn’t really affect me, as my eyesight is fine and I’m fairly comfortable with navigating web pages. However, for the less web-savvy and those with poor eyesight it’ll be making things just that little bit more difficult. Sure, it’s not a big issue, but why make it more difficult than it needs to be. Remember the user’s mantra is “Don’t make me think!“. And making internet banking harder to find will just push more people into the branches, which is something all banks are desperately trying to avoid. I can only think that it has been moved for design reasons, that is, their designer (or agency as I assume it will be) has come up with a design that has the login box over there. It really is a strange decision, becuase as this eyetrack heatmap study shows, the top-right position is possibly the worst place to put anything as it’s the last place people look on a page.
Enquiring minds (well mine anyway) want to know, because we all know that bloggers are all really self-obsessed narcissists who watch their log files all day long
[tags]Statistics, Log Files[/tags]
Dean Peters has finally revived Heal Your Church Website in the form of a WordPress blog. Time to get back into teaching, rebuking, correcting & training in righteous web design.
Welcome back Dean (not that you really went anywhere with all the blogs4God stuff you’ve been doing!)
[tags]Christian, Church Websites[/tags]
Official Google Blog: Here comes Measure Map
Another web-stat company absorbed by Google. One wonders what they’re going to do with all this, combine them or use Google Analytics to target the corporate customers and Measure Map for the bloggers.
If nothing else hopefully Google will put Measure Map on faster servers.
I’ve now installed the IE7 beta 2 & I thought I’d share my experience with it here. The IE blog has been lauding the new features of IE7 for a while now, so lets see if it at least starts to measure up to expectations (remembering that this is a beta preview release).
IE 7, like all versions of IE before it, installs over the top of any previously installed version of IE. This is a real pain right off the bat, especially as this is a beta release. The irony here is that the people who would most like to beta test, and who would be most valuable for Microsoft to beta test, are web developers. We know what sites should look like. We know the standards, we know the hacks and the common pit-falls and we can test them. But we also need a working copy of IE6 (even if we don’t use it as our own browser) to test the development of the sites we build, so we can’t very well replace IE6 with IE7 because it would interfere with our job. There is a discussion on the IE forum about having both versions installed, and the official response in there is that it can’t be done (never mind that it has been done, right up to and including beta 1 of IE7). So basically I’ve decided to give this beta a go today and then remove it tonight. There’s not much else I can do (other than decide to not play with the beta, and that’s just not going to happen).
So anyway, here we go…