Posts Tagged ‘Tools’

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Google PageRank: What Do We Know About It?

Everybody is using it, but (almost) nobody really knows how it works. Google PageRank is probably one of the most important algorithms ever developed for the Web. With billions of existing pages and millions of pages generated every day, the search issue in the Web is more complex than you probably think it is. PageRank, only one of hundreds of factors used by Google to determine best search results, helps to keep our search clean and efficient. But how is it actually done? How does Google PageRank work, which factors do have an impact on it and which don't? And what do we really know about PageRank?

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Online Converters

Online converters always come in handy. Once you need to perform some operation with your files, they can save your time achieving the same results online, without installing some specific software. In fact, there are many online tools, which convert formats, files and code snippets for free. Some of them are quite specific tools aimed for developers, but some are common "all-rounders", which manage to convert almost every format to a more popular one. Using them, you can generate .pdf-documents out of images, images out of texts or RSS-feeds out of web-sites. You can also convert any audio- and video-files immediately - the results can be received via e-mail.

So what can you use? What should you use?

This overview of online-converters for users and developers might give you some useful starting points and improve your productivity.

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Google Gadgets, Widgets and Moduls

If you've never used it before, you'll want to give it a try: Google Desktop is a handy tool, which enables you to search within your personal data in seconds. Fresh Google Gadget Plugins can make your search even more efficient, particularly if you are searching for videos, images or non-plaintext-files; besides, as web-developer you can also use numerous Gadgets and Moduls to personalize your sidebar and put some useful tools or web-services on your personal desktop. We've chosen some of the most interesting extensions, plugins, gadgets, widgets and moduls, checked them out and listed below - in a brief and descriptive overview. Links checked: July/14. 2008.

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Bookmarklets, Favelets and Snippets

If you've used them once you'll never be able to work without them. Bookmarklets (or Favelets) are tiny Javascript-Snippets, which are stored within a bookmark and add particular functionalities to the browser you're using. It doesn't matter whether you browse, bookmark, look up, search, design or program - depending on your interests, bookmarklets can significantly enhance your efficiency and productivity. However, if you take a look around, you'll find hundreds of sites, which offer favelets of any possible kinds. Indeed, you'll find thousands of bookmarklets, many of which you aren't really interested in. What you eventually are interested in, is a hand-picked choice of the most useful snippets you can directly copy and use from one single page.

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Preventing Spam: Bulletproof Solutions

Spam is probably one of the most difficult problems we have to deal with. E-Mail-filters, such as those used in GMail, provide accurate results, but not every company is willing to use extern services for its private mails. The problem occurs when web-developers have to display e-mail-addresses on a web-page.

How can you make sure that not a single spam mail will find its path to the inbox of your client? Or, speaking in more concrete terms, the question is, how should you display e-mails on a web-page in order to minimize spam attacks? Let's take a look at some modern and bulletproof solutions and techniques which will help you to prevent spam in your mailbox or the mailbox used by your clients.

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Web 2.0: Buzz-Monitoring and Tracking

You'd like to improve the link popularity of your site. Or maybe to keep track on the latest web buzz. It would be nice to inform your readers about it the minute the news occured. Or maybe you just want to monitor the activities of your users and be able to find the best topics they might be interested in - quickly and efficiently. In these cases tracking tools can be extremely useful and improve your search enormously.

We've taken a look around and listed the best buzz-monitoring, observing and tracking tools a web-developer might be willing to use analyzing and monitoring his/her recent web-projects. Links checked: May/09 2008

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Online Generators

One can discuss whether web-generators are useful or not. On the one hand, they don't challenge our creativity, but on the other hand they make our life easier and save our precious time. However, it doesn't matter really. What matters is that we use them if we have to solve some problem quickly and efficiently. We've taken a look at the most useful online-generators for web-development and listed them below. Links checked: May/10 2008 - screenshots added.

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Wikipedia: Services, Tools, Engines, Tutorials

Wikipedia. Everyone knows it. Everyone uses it. But how to use it effectively? If you thought of Wikipedia as just a free online-encyclopedia, built by enthusiasts from all around the world, you've seriously underestimated its influence. In the era of constantly growing Folksonomies Wikis - so-called Wikipedia-engines - are usually one of the essential tools, which enable users to collect information, share it and use it for personal, business and collaborative purposes.

If you know what I am talking about, you should have taken a closer look at dozens of useful tools, which can make the life of wikipedianers easier. With them you can collect information in a more efficient way; besides, they will help you to find the information you are looking for much-much-much quicker. An overview of the essential services, tools, engines and tutorials related to Wikipedia and Wikis - for our readers. Links checked: May/26 2008.

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