Response times, availability, and stability are vital factors to bear in mind when creating and maintaining a web application. If you’re concerned about your web pages’ speed or want to make sure you’re in tip-top shape before starting or launching a project, here’s a few useful, free tools to help you create and sustain high-performance web applications.
I’ve tried to include a wide variety of tools that are easy to use, and have tried to keep them as OS and technology-independent as possible so that everyone can find a tool or two.
Your website’s favicon is a key trademark to its look. It shows up in the navigation bar as well as on browser tabs (for most browsers at least), helping users quickly pick out your website out of the crowd.
Creating favicons is simple, and with these online favicon generators, you’ll have your own favicons in no time! Further down the article are some more resources related to favicon design and inspiration.
A while back I wrote "Where to Go to Find Design Inspiration", where I listed some of my favorite places to peruse when I’m looking for design inspiration. At the end, I posed the following question to the readers: "Where do you go for design inspiration?", and asked that you contribute suggestions. This is a list of places that readers have recommended. Some I haven’t heard of, and several I’ve added to my own favorites list.
Without further ado – I present 16 sites that you visit for design inspiration.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Riccardo Degni, an Italian Web Designer who develops client and server side applications.
Ajax allows for rich-internet applications that mimic the responsiveness and complex user interfaces typically associated with desktop applications. Moving applications to the web browser opens many possibilities, including the ability to save user data, connecting with other users for collaboration and sharing, and making deployment and using the application easier since web browsers are standard-issue with most computers regardless of operating system.
If you’re interested in expanding your understanding of Ajax techniques and practices, check out these 25 hand-picked Ajax articles and tutorials that outline various methods and concepts involved in the development of Ajax-based applications. Though most are geared for budding and intermediate developers, veterans might find a trick or two they haven’t encountered before.
Build a simple RSS reader that takes remote XML data from RSS feeds using Ajax, PHP, and MySQL. This example allows users to view feed content from multiple sources in one page. At the bottom of the article, you’ll find an animated demonstration of the RSS reader.
Web applications often require a calendar or datepicker functionality. Whether it’s a web form that requests the user’s date of birth, a content management system that needs to display a calendar of events on a side column, or an application that charts data as a function of time – there’s never a short supply of demand for calendars or datepickers.
To write a custom solution yourself is one option, especially if you have the time, and your requirements can’t be met by freely available scripts. But if you’re the type that wants to save some time – check out these brilliant, free calendar and datepicker scripts available for download. You can use them for inspiration, incorporate them into your project as they are, or modify them to suit your needs.