Are URL Shorteners A Necessary Evil, Or Just Evil?

May 31, 2009

One of the most viral activities on the Web is sharing links. It is fast and easy, and a good way to communicate ideas. What started out as something people did via e-mail and bookmark-sharing services like Delicious, is now moving to Facebook, Twitter, and other social broadcasting services. It is just so much more efficient to share a link once with all your friends and followers than to send it to each one individually.

Source: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/06/are-url-shorteners-a-necessary-evil-or-just-evil/


Levenshtein Distance

May 30, 2009

Levenshtein distance (LD) is a measure of the similarity between two strings, which we will refer to as the source string (s) and the target string (t). The distance is the number of deletions, insertions, or substitutions required to transform s into t.

The Levenshtein distance algorithm has been used in:

  • Spell checking
  • Speech recognition
  • DNA analysis
  • Plagiarism detection

Source: http://www.merriampark.com/ld.htm


Using JSON with JavaScript

May 30, 2009

Source: http://blog.platinumsolutions.com/node/91

JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) is a light weight data interchange format alternative to using xml with Ajax. It is a subset of the JavaScript object literal notation that which is basically made of 2 object types. The first being a collection of name value pairs similar to a hash table. An ordered list of values is the other, basically representing an array.


Adobe Kuler

May 30, 2009

Source: http://kuler.adobe.com/

No, this is not another Adobe product. But it’s a really slick Adobe web application that let’s you mix various color palettes. Adobe Kuler is the web-hosted application for generating color themes that can inspire any project. No matter what you’re creating, with Kuler you can experiment quickly with color variations and browse thousands of themes from the Kuler community.


WTF?! WhatTheFont?!

May 30, 2009

Source: http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/

For using WhatTheFont font recognition system, Just upload a scanned image of the font and instantly find the closest matches in their database.


Browsershots

May 30, 2009

Source: http://browsershots.org/

Browsershots makes screenshots of your web design in different browsers. It is a free open-source online service. A number of distributed computers will open your website in their browser. Then they will make screenshots and upload them to the central server.


Getting Real

May 30, 2009

Source: http://gettingreal.37signals.com

This is a FREE e-book (also available in paperback and hardcopy) written by the famous 37signals.com. Also, you can buy the PDF for $19, paperback for $25.

  • Book report
    Getting Real is the business, design, programming, and marketing philosophies of 37signals — a developer of web-based software used by over 1 million people and businesses in 70 countries.
  • Why is the book relevant?
    37signals used the unconventional Getting Real process to launch five successful web-based applications (Basecamp, Campfire, Backpack, Writeboard, Ta-da List), and Ruby on Rails, an open-source web application framework, in just two years with no funding, no debt, and only 7 people.
  • What’s in it for me?
    Anyone working on a web app — including entrepreneurs, designers, programmers, executives, or marketers — will find value, fresh perspectives, and inspiration in this practical book. At under 200 pages it’s quick reading too. Makes a great airplane book.
  • Who is 37signals?
    We’re a privately-held Chicago-based company committed to building the best web-based software products possible with the least number of features necessary. Our products do less than the competition — intentionally. We’ve been in business since 1999 and love what we do.