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My Test tools are free and increase productivity of daily work by 50%! I
work with Java applications that have user interface running in web browsers.
All tools are just in one place and easily accessible...
Good, fast, nice looking JSP application: What do you need to write it?
First of all, you must know the Java and J2EE. Then probably you need good test
environment and what most important for me - good tools to work in daily work.
Last week I reviewed briefly three major IDEs for Java development.
My choice was and still is IntelliJ IDEA. IntelliJ IDEA is not free
Today I will describe free tools that I use in my daily work to test
presentation part of my JSP applications. As you probably know, the JSP technology
was designed to present information mostly in Web Browsers.
Your chief probably does not understand much in server side code (JSP) and
will judge your work by how it looks.
Your Application CAN BE really BAD - not documented, millions of
exceptions that accompany every click in your application you professionally
caught with empty catch code - no printouts, no logs, just nothing - but, BUT IT
MUST LOOK EXCELLENT!!!
So, I use my free tools for that They
increases productivity and quality of my work dramatically!
How? Let's look!
Today exists tons of good tools for Java developer who works with
technologies like JSP when information is sent to browsers. For example, Perl,
PHP and ASP. The tools I will describe not are just for JSP applications but
for debugging of any Web based ones. As I mentioned, PHP, Perl and ASP.
Such applications usually represent information in HTML language with help
HTML page which will work and look the same through all the major browsers. Plus it should interactive, fast enough, have good
layout and look almost the same under different resolutions on different OS with
different depth of color palette.
Until recent days there were no tools that could help you easily test, debug
all the stuff in just one application and also be free! Until Firefox
came to the scene.
Flexible open architecture of Firefox lets easily write plugins where people
can add own functions and small applications that will be run within of Firefox.
Look at short list of plugins I have in my browser. Full more detailed
description will followlater
- Google Toolbar for Firefox you know this number one, no needs to
from status bar.
- Web Developer toolbar with many tools in it.
- IE tab - you have Internet Explore browser directly in Firefox, in a tab. Even
more you get a button in status bar where can switch browsers on the fly on
the same page. Extremely good for fast browsers compliance test.
and message in status bar:
- Crash Recovery - your bad design crashes
sometime even browsers, not only Windows Crash Recovery restarts browser
and automatically restores all opened pages after a crash happened.
You install it and forget, until a crash happens
- Add N Edit cookies - you already understand what it does.
- Wow! Session saver - restores your browser and session in exactly same
condition. Things you were typing, tabs, windows - they all will be
saved For me it was Number One when I worked with Tomcat sessions to
store logging info across multiple servers
- W3C CSS Validator - you see every page problems directly, without going
to W3C validation page!
- HTML Validator - it is one more to that you get in Web Developer
Toolbar. Uses Firefox internal validator Tidy, not W3C one.
Detailed descriptions with detailed descriptions of listed plugins I will give in
my next article. Also I will give you a list of those which I do not use daily
but still think are a must for you, who develops JSPs, servlets, web services,
web based applications with other technologies like PHP, ASP, Perl, etc....
To be continued...
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