Sketching UML is a great way to communicate ideas, design and requirements. Many tools are very extensive and prior to UMLet I often prefered to use post-its, pen & paper or whiteboard. UMLet makes the UML notation available without any code generation, reverse enginering, etc etc, features. It's very agile and easy to use. It's "popup-free" and can export diagrams to images. www.umlet.com.
SEO and Site Optimization
- Site issues that might affect Google visibility; Google Penalty Checklist
- "Bad Neighborhood" links scanner
- W3C Link Checker, Markup Validation Service, CSS Validation Service
- Another link checker Xenu's Link Sleuth
- Google Webmaster Tools and PageSpeed Insights
- Analyze and get clear suggestions on improvements, gtmetrix.com
- Microsofts contributon: www.modern.ie/en-us/report
HTTP debugging proxy that inspect request and response details for websites. It's an easy way to overview how chatty a website is. www.fiddler2.com.
Online convert png to ico. ico.bradleygill.com.
Create png sprites for resources. Combines all files in zip into one and creates all css positions with class names according to the original file names. spritegen.website-performance.org.
Graphically pick your layout and copy the CSS codes. www.cssmatic.com.
Manage requirements in-code using BDD
SpecFlow is a VS integrated BDD tool where you specify requirements as features and the implementation rules as scenarios. The Gherkin language specs are connected to the tests that run the implementation. Business lingo+reqs and technical implementation tied together. www.specflow.org.
CA Technologies APM Cloud Monitor
Ping public online services from a (big) bunch of probes revealing network latency from different well spread locations all over the world. cloudmonitor.ca.com/en/ping.php.
Find which provider are hosting a site at who-hosts.com (well actually the service seems to look more at the ns hoster rather than who hosts the targets... anyway, works for some)
VirtualBox is a VM system by Oracle. It's open source and available for several platforms. www.virtualbox.org
OVA (Open Virtualization Format) image files for XP IE8 etc are found here. www.modern.ie/en-us/virtualization-tools#downloads.
Download the VirtualBox versions that you want to try. Then start VirtualBox and use "Import Appliance" to create a VM using the downloaded OVA files. The online manual for VirtualBox are found here www.virtualbox.org/manual/UserManual.html. There you can find instructions on configuring network access etc.