Web Stress Tool

Today I have been trying to web stress my development website using ACT from Microsoft. I am using Visual Studio 2005 Professional, and while taking a look to find this precious tool that was readily available in the previous version VS.NET 2003. I couldn’t find it. (uh!!! did i forget to install it ???? ) checked out but nothing done, checked on the web and reach a forum post which said. Application Test Center is no more available on VS.NET 2005, you can buy a new licence of VS.NET Team tester to to be able to use some stress tool. Ok how nice 🙂 marketing strategy…

Anyway, i have been wandering around the web to find a proper web stress/load tool to be able to test my web developments. results have been pretty deceiving… could not find a proper tool for testing ASP.NET Websites. After some time i came up on sourceforge. to find this tool : WEBLOAD (Open source performance testing) which is the open source version of the recognised Radview Webload.

I’ll be now trying this tool and then give some feedback soon after.

Web based Adobe Photoshop anounced

This announcement was made by Adobe chief executive on 27/02/2007.

Hoping to get a jump on Google and other competitors, Adobe Systems plans to release a hosted version of its popular Photoshop image-editing application within six months, the company’s chief executive said Tuesday.

Yes that what it is about… one or the most biggest guys in photo/video editing software industry building up PC/MAC Applications is trying to go WEB. Creating a free open web space build up on the popular photoshop software, with ads as main revenue. They have have already shown themselves up with Adobe’s Remix that will be provided free of use to all Photobucket members soon.

How is it gonna be. We’ll Adobe take out the WHOLE Web market on photo editing online… for that we’ll have to wait and see.

Sources:
Cnet
Techcrunch
Webware

Skype 3.0 is out

For those who don’t already know about skype, you can visit them here.

In this new realease of skype, there seems to have been a bit of change in the interface, with more practical interaction with the commands. This will surely help users cause the previous version had some missing functionalities for commands. But that’s not all, the new thing about skype 3.0 that i like the the “SkypeCast” which is in beta, but a very good communicating tool, that enable a user to open an online meeting like, where he can say everything he wants and have people listen or intervening in the cast… just like a radio broadcast where people can call to get live. This is the same old principle except that here people can talk and listen and control who wants to talk and who cannot talk… this is a very nice feature and can help out in many ways skype users… e.g those who wanna learn some new languages, that there are really much, last time i went on skypecast i saw there was English Learning skypecast and French learning, it’s really cool.

Even though there is one things that troubles me is that, this uses a terrible load of bandwith for all those people connecting and listen or talking at the skypecast, the last skypecast i went to there were some troubles with the communication… and the cast gone out of control of the hoster… 🙁

Even though these small issues, this feature is really some great job done by the skype team, hope it get much better when it goes out of beta.

Fiddler – HTTP Debugging Proxy

This is a quiet nice tool, that i have been using for sometimes now.

What is Fiddler?

Fiddler is a HTTP Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP Traffic, set breakpoints, and “fiddle” with incoming or outgoing data. Fiddler is designed to be much simpler than using NetMon or Achilles, and includes a simple but powerful JScript.NET event-based scripting subsystem.

The website is available here.

Mozilla Firefox 2.0 released

Finally Firefox 2.0 is out… 🙂

Go and try it out it’s available here. for those using IE6, just upgrade to IE7 or just get to firefox which is even better ;).

Also while you are at firefox check out the “recommended add-ons page” which could be quiet interesting. I have just download the plug-in “performancing” which is a rich blogging tool that enables you to edit, post and view your blog statistics easily.

Here is a screenshot…

Perfomancing Screenshot
There is still some missing features like:

  • Image resizing during upload
  • Enabling formating of image
  • Link with options to open in new window

I have try it up a bit more to see if there is anything that could make it a better tool. 🙂

PS:
also note the small notice that they put at the end of your post 😉

powered by performancing firefox

My first wordpress plugin

Good news i have been kinda motivated this weekend after my session of water sports 🙂 I have decided that i should creat a word press plugin to be able to interact with Google Maps. This saturday i have been working the whole day on it… it’s not in a fully working version already but here are some of the features that i want to include in the first release of the plugin.

  • Integration of WP rich text editor
  • Marker with editable HTML text info window for marker ( Where you will be able to say something about the location you have pointed out)

Only these 2 features to start with… 🙂

Coming features would be

  • Polyline ability
  • Dragable markers
  • Easy photo include in the HTML text info window for marker

I plan on releasing the first version end of this week.

Mozilla Firefox 2 release candidate 3

Mozilla has just released the lastest RC of Firefox 2 today. I downloaded the RC 1 and now I am trying this lastest release which will most probably be the nearest one to the full version which is one month late due. So here are the new features of Firefox 2.

You can download the lasest realease from here.

Quoted from Firefox release notes

    • Visual Refresh: Firefox 2’s theme and user interface have been updated to improve usability without altering the familiarity of the browsing experience. For instance, toolbar buttons now glow when you hover over them. We will continue to improve the look and feel throughout the release candidate process.
    • Built-in phishing protection: Phishing Protection warns users when they encounter suspected Web forgeries, and offers to return the user to their home page. Phishing Protection is turned on by default, and works by checking sites against either a local or online list of known phishing sites. This list is automatically downloaded and regularly updated when the Phishing Protection feature is enabled.
    • Enhanced search capabilities: Search term suggestions will now appear as users type in the integrated search box when using the Google, Yahoo! or Answers.com search engines. A new search engine manager makes it easier to add, remove and re-order search engines, and users will be alerted when Firefox encounters a website that offers new search engines that the user may wish to install.
    • Improved tabbed browsing: By default, Firefox will open links in new tabs instead of new windows, and each tab will now have a close tab button. Power users who open more tabs than can fit in a single window will see arrows on the left and right side of the tab strip that let them scroll back and forth between their tabs. The History menu will keep a list of recently closed tabs, and a shortcut lets users quickly re-open an accidentally closed tab.
    • Resuming your browsing session: The Session Restore feature restores windows, tabs, text typed in forms, and in-progress downloads from the last user session. It will be activated automatically when installing an application update or extension, and users will be asked if they want to resume their previous session after a system crash.
    • Previewing and subscribing to Web feeds: Users can decide how to handle Web feeds (like this one), either subscribing to them via a Web service or in a standalone RSS reader, or adding them as Live Bookmarks. My Yahoo!, Bloglines and Google Reader come pre-loaded as Web service options, but users can add any Web service that handles RSS feeds.
    • Inline spell checking: A new built-in spell checker enables users to quickly check the spelling of text entered into Web forms (like this one) without having to use a separate application.
    • Live Titles: When a website offers a microsummary (a regularly updated summary of the most important information on a Web page), users can create a bookmark with a “Live Title”. Compact enough to fit in the space available to a bookmark label, they provide more useful information about pages than static page titles, and are regularly updated with the latest information. There are several websites that can be bookmarked with Live Titles, and even more add-ons to generate Live Titles for other popular websites.
    • Improved Add-ons manager: The new Add-ons manager improves the user interface for managing extensions and themes, combining them both in a single tool.
    • JavaScript 1.7: JavaScript 1.7 is a language update introducing several new features such as generators, iterators, array comprehensions, let expressions, and destructuring assignments. It also includes all the features of JavaScript 1.6.
    • Extended search plugin format: The Firefox search engine format now supports search engine plugins written in Sherlock and OpenSearch formats and allows search engines to provide search term suggestions.
    • Updates to the extension system: The extension system has been updated to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.
    • Client-side session and persistent storage: New support for storing structured data on the client side, to enable better handling of online transactions and improved performance when dealing with large amounts of data, such as documents and mailboxes. This is based on the WHATWG specification for client-side session and persistent storage.
    • SVG text: Support for the svg:textpath specification enables SVG text to follow a curve or shape.
    • New Windows installer: Based on Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, the new Windows installer resolves many long-standing issues.

Here is a sample screen shot.