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Productivity Tip: Copy and Paste without Junk

Have you ever tried to copy information from a web page or a MS Word document and got more than you bargained for when you pasted it into another Word document or web page? Text often comes with unwanted junk… Continue Reading →

How to add SSL / HTTPS to WampServer

With the importance of HTTPS for security and SEO (according to Google), you need a development environment that lets you run your site locally on https. Unfortunately, right out of the box, WampServer only includes a parts of what you… Continue Reading →

31 Free Stock Photo Sites for Your Web Projects

Adding photos to your web page can be a great way to connect with visitors who are more visual and to make your website generally more appealing. Here is a list of websites where you can find free stock photos for… Continue Reading →

Shopping for the best laptop for web developement

As a developer with a diverse background in IT and web development, I prefer to purchase a solid laptop that will serve me for 5-7 years rather than replace it every 1-2 years. This is because it takes me over… Continue Reading →

Integrating PuTTY and KiTTY into WinSCP

Whether you are doing web development or just need to manage a Linux server, PuTTY and its enhanced fork KiTTY are both great tools to use when you need to connect to a Linux shell command line. While PuTTY is the original… Continue Reading →

Making Print Screen Screenshots in Windows

You can capture a screenshot of almost anything that appears on your computer by using any of the following methods in Windows: There is a great free tool called Greenshot that works with the Print Screen button. It allows you to capture any part of… Continue Reading →

Tips for Customizing the Layout of NetBeans for Productive Debugging in PHP

Here are a few productivity tips to make editing and debugging PHP code easier in NetBeans by just modifying the editor’s layout. Display the NetBeans Debugging Window Click Window > Debugging and select the desired debugging tabs. In NetBeans 8.0,… Continue Reading →

Debugging in JavaScript

One of the most popular ways of debugging in JavaScript when you are just getting started is to use the JavaScript alert() and input() functions. However there are times when clicking OK repeatedly can become tedious not to mention time… Continue Reading →

When not to use Chrome for Web Development

One of the situations where you shouldn’t use Chrome is when you want to get a snapshot of the HTML for the purpose of copying and pasting it into the W3C Markup Validator. When it comes to viewing the source… Continue Reading →

Making XDEBUG work with NetBeans on Windows

After spending way more time that I should like to admit trying to get XDEBUG to work with Notepad++ using the DBGp plugin in anything but the simplest of projects, I decided to look for an alternative. I compared features… Continue Reading →

How to upgrade MySQL to MariaDB in XAMPP in 5 minutes on Windows

Here are the steps I used to to upgrad MySQL to MariaDB in XAMPP on Windows in about 5 minutes. After completing this process, MariaDB will look and work just like MySQL. You may even notice a performance increase in… Continue Reading →

New “Text Document” context menu missing after associating Notepad++ with .txt files

Shortly after associating Notepad++ with .txt files, I noticed that the Text Document option had disappeared from the Windows Explorer menu. Using regedit, I took a look in the Windows registry: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt The first thing I noticed was that the registry… Continue Reading →

Upgrading Moodle packages for Windows (XAMPP Control Panel, PHP, phpMyAdmin, Apache, MySQL)

Moodle 2.3 to 2.6.1+ for Windows comes with pieces of XAMPP 1.7.4. Although it works well, the version of PHP that comes included with it is buggy, lacks some key features for development such as a modern control panel and… Continue Reading →

Git for Moodle Developers on Windows

The Git for Developers page on Moodle.org is pretty helpful in getting you started in developing for the Moodle LMS platform. However if you need to use Git on Windows for your Moodle development, there are some differences as the… Continue Reading →

Add WinMerge to WinSCP to Compare Local and Remote Files

I love using WinSCP for so many reasons. One of the many really cool features of WinSCP is the ability to add custom commands. In this article, I will describe how to integrate WinMerge into WinSCP to compare a local… Continue Reading →

Reparing Windows 7

Here are a few links to tools and help to guide you through repairing Windows 7. IMPORTANT: Use at your own risk. Always backup your computer before trying these as they can potentially make the situation worse or even impossible to use… Continue Reading →

Getting Started in WET 3.1

Ramping up on WET 3.x and HTML5 standards can be overwhelming but it is so worth it as there is a lot of new functionality that comes built-in. Here is some information that you might find helpful. The following topics… Continue Reading →

Bookmarklets for Web Developers and Webmasters

Bookmarklets are short pieces of Javascript that can add useful functionality to your browser without installing any additional software on your computer. Installing a Bookmarklet Modern browsers: Simply drag and drop the link to the bookmarklet onto your browsers links bar…. Continue Reading →

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