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Canvas-based editor (in your browser)

13 Feb 2009 08:40

Today Developer Tools Lab at Mozilla announced the tech-preview of a new, in-browser, canvas-based concept editor that tries to resemble native desktop-based editing software.


After looking at the screenshots, watching short introductory video, I dashed to to try this out. I do not say this very often, but this is quite an excellent and amazing piece of work. Although I have been following the web development and new technologies and trends quite closely for the last couple of years, this is something that really convinces me that browser-based applications can once replace the native ones. Simply great.


Tags: canvas javascript mozilla

Comments: 3

Some PHP thoughts

12 Feb 2009 08:53

For several years now I have been using PHP for building several projects and web applications, including Wikidot. I dare say I know PHP very well, I was also one of the few first people in Poland to get the Zend Certified Engineer certification (which nicely sits next to my Sun Certified Java Programmer cert).

PHP is extremely popular. Zend is putting a lot of money and effort to move PHP from the commodity market into enterprise and… it seems to work. PHP has very nice learning curve, although to produce good code in PHP it takes as long time and effort as in other languages. PHP is easy to deploy, runs well on commodity hardware…


Tags: dev php programming

Comments: 9

Getting Things Done

09 Feb 2009 23:04

Every now and then I hear about people following the Getting Things Done methodology to manage their time and tasks. And this includes a friend of mine, Michal from Nozbe, who has been creating GTD toolkits for at least 2 years now.

A few days ago I was listening to some 43folders podcasts, I decided to give GTD a try. Although there are countless resources and tutorials for GTD, I decided the best way to start is the David Allen's book itself. So here I have it.



Tags: gtd productivity

Comments: 6

I dropped IE6 - not yet :-(

05 Feb 2009 08:12

If there is a single thing that web developers hate most, it is probably Internet Explorer 6. It is buggy, it is outdated, it does not follow most of web standards and the most important thing is that… people still use it.

From my estimate, when creating initial version of Wikidot, making it work in IE 6 took extra 30% of total development time. Today, when adding functionality to Wikidot, special care must be taken to make sure it works with outdated browsers like IE6.


Tags: ie6 web

Comments: 9

Working on email notifications

03 Feb 2009 09:12

As we hinted in several places, including the discussion at Pro tracker, we are currently working on email notifications, so that you can follow (watch) activity at Wikidot by receiving emails directly into your Inbox.

The feature is really great (we have it enabled for a few testing accounts) and allows you to be instantly notified about page edits, forum discussions, page comments etc. for pages, categories or whole sites.


Tags: activity email notifications rss wikidot

Comments: 7

Wikidot Not Available

02 Feb 2009 23:13

Today in the very morning we had a small problem with one of our Wikidot servers, which manifested in "service unavailable" message between 2 AM and 5 AM UTC. The problem was easy to fix, but unfortunately because it was the middle of the night for us, we could not respond quickly enough and SMSes from our monitoring systems did not wake us up.


Tags: outage wikidot

Comments: 1

One post per day - will it work?

02 Feb 2009 09:50

Habits are important for bloggers. And being a perfectionist is certainly a non-welcome for everyone who wish to publish a blog. Honestly, because I often like things to be perfect, this makes writing particularly difficult. But here is the thing - I am going to change it.


Tags: blogging

Comments: 8