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Zeal and Dash—Offline documentation browsers

Yesterday I came across a really useful application for web development which has already sped up my workflow when needing to look for documentation: Zeal. Zeal is available for Linux and Windows only, because it’s…

BarCamp on Sublime Text 3

In order to try to improve our skills and share knowledge within the team we are currently trialling weekly, informal ‘BarCamps‘ within the team. Today we had our second, focusing on the code editor Sublime Text 3,…

Using Trello from within Microsoft Outlook 2010

If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you’ll know that almost a year ago we moved our Agile board to Trello. It has been a great success. Last year the University also moved both our email and meeting…

Using XAMPP web server

As we all (should) know testing out software on live environments isn’t particularly sensible. For the last five years in the office, and longer at home, I’ve been running XAMPP from Apache Friends as a test server on…

What developers think of Internet Explorer

I like this self-deprecating advert from Microsoft about Internet Explorer 9. Only today I was thinking how refreshing it is that I now don’t have to worry too much about testing webpages in Internet Explorer 9.…

My favourite Web developer add-ons for Firefox

Mozilla released Firefox 4.0 on Tuesday—it has already been downloaded 16,041,437 times; that’s about 92 downloads a second!— and there is a lot to commend it for: a clean look, that’s not too far away from both Google…

Internet Explorer from version 1.0 to 9.0

Since Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 was released Andy—you know! Andy!—wondered what it would be like to install every version of Microsoft’s Web browser starting at IE 1.0 under Windows 95 and working all the way up…

Saying goodbye to Internet Explorer 6

Today, Microsoft launched a big push aimed at “Moving the world off Internet Explorer 6”. IE6 Countdown aims to educate people about why they need to upgrade their browsers. The target is for IE6 to account for less…

PDF problems? Check your filenames

We have been contacted a couple of times recently by content maintainers who were concerned that some users of the website were unable to open PDF files. Our users have particularly been having problems opening some…

What browsers have our visitors been using this year?

The topic of which Web browsers are the most popular came up at our weekly Web team meeting this morning.  So I went away and did a little digging in our Google Analytics account.  (Bear in mind that I have no degree…