What’s Hot in Web Development? – April Issue

Our April issue of “What’s Hot in Web Development”, takes a look at prominent script releases, hosted application launches, and the latest web development news.

New & Noteworthy Scripts

easybook
easybook is a PHP application that lets you easily publish book in various electronic formats: PDF, HTML and EPUB. It works by converting text archives written using the Markdown syntax. (Markdown is the standard format for writing documentation on the Internet). You can use easybook to publish novels, manuals, technical books and websites with your projects documentation.
 
Ospriet
Ospriet is a moderation tool that allows audiences to post and vote on questions/comments for talks, presentation and events. It is built on Twitter and is written in node.js and uses MongoDB for database storage. Anyone with aTwitter account can submit a question or comment by posting an @-reply to a dedicated Twitter account. These submissions are then moderated and posted to the application with attributions.
 
Presenteer
Presenteer.js is a jQuery plugin that provides a very flexible HTML5 presentation tool that works in one line of code and is configurable with constructor options and callbacks. It allows you to create stunning web-based presentation with effects like rotation, slide, etc.
 
elFinder
elFinder is an open-source file manager for the Web written in JavaScript using jQuery and jQuery UI. Its layout and simplicity of use is highly inspired from Mac OS X Finder application. You can perform all operations with files and folders on a remote server like copy, move, upload, create file/folder and delete. elFinder support background file upload with drag-and-drop HTML5.
 
ProjectSend
ProjectSend (previously cFTP) is a free, clients-oriented, private file sharing web application. Clients are created and assigned a username and password. Files can then be uploaded under each account and optionally a name and description can be attributed to them. ProjectSend works on common hosting environments to provide an easy and secure multi-file uploading system.
 
phpSitemapNG
phpSitemapNG is a free Google Sitemaps generator written in PHP, but also generates RSS-based, txt-based and HTML-based sitemap files. It will spider your website and generate the XML-based sitemaps.
 
W-Script
W-script is a free wallpaper script that allows you to start a wallpaper showcase and sharing Web site. It support features like color indexing, bulk upload from browser, unlimited catalogs, and automated wallpaper size generation for different desktop resolution and mobile devices.
 
PHP Tag cloud
PHP Tag cloud is an easy-to-use PHP tag cloud class that allows you to generate and display tag clouds from either a database or text file source. The class provides different methods to manipulate the tag cloud including addition of new tags, adjusting the size of the tags, limiting the number of tags or even setting the order.
 
Cockpito
Cockpito is an easy-to-install and use application metrics measuring and monitoring software, written in PHP/MySQL. By simply adding ready-to-use functions inside your application (web app, desktop app, mobile app or website), you can send tracking data to your Cockpito application and then monitor and track usage metrics.
 

Useful Hosted Apps

PHPForms
PHPForms is a hosted application that allows you to create Web forms quickly and easily using an advanced Web Form Builder. You can create an unlimited number of forms with any form elements like radio-buttons, text areas, pull-down menus, checboxes, etc. Form submissions may be sent to multiple email addresses or saved on the server and eventually exported as CSV files.
 
TeamBox
Teambox brings the familiarity of social networks to your projects. Sharing tasks and files is simple and secure. Manage tasks with status, due dates and milestones. Use the Kanban view for a quick overview of projects.
 
CushyCMS
CushyCMS is a fast, simple and free content management system that aims to make life easier for web designers by simplifying content management. Cushy is a hosted application — no custom installation, packages or mods required on your end!
 

Helpful Web Design Resources

Smush.it
Smush.it uses optimization techniques specific to image format to remove unnecessary bytes from image files. After Smush.it runs on a web page it reports how many bytes would be saved by optimizing the page’s images and provides a downloadable zip file with the minimized image files.
 
Stripemania
Stripemania is a simple and free tool to create seamless diagonal stripes for your designs. You are able to choose the size of the stripes and the spacing between those. You can even add color gradient effect for all of your stripes.
 
Clean CSS
Clean CSS is an online tool that allows you to optimize and format your CSS declarations. By simply copy-and-pasting your code or uploading it from a URL, you can select different compression options.
 

Useful Desktop and Online Tools

Fiddle Salad
Fiddle Salad is an online IDE for building client-side web applications. You can use it to write and test your HTML/CSS/JavaScript code in a single-page interface and review your output in real-time. It supports Zend Coding mode, JavaScript debug and version tracking.
 
SnipSave
SnipSave is a free online tool that allows you to save your code snippets online. It features a very easy-to-use interface where you can quickly create, edit, tag and delete your snippets. SnipSave will auto-detect your code and apply relevant syntax-highlighting.
 
Wappalyzer
Wappalyzer is a browser extension that uncovers the technologies used on websites. It detects content management systems, web shops, web servers, JavaScript frameworks, analytics tools and many more.This extension is available for Firefox, and Google Chrome.
 

Recent Web Development News

Google Offering Free GoMo Sites
Google is helping small businesses to optimize online storefronts for mobile by offering free websites via its GoMo page. Google’s GoMo and DudaMobile have joined together to better streamline desktop sites to be more mobile-friendly, by offering various templates, which can be customized.
 
Adobe Shadow Labs Release 2 Now Available
Adobe Shadow, tools that make developing mobile Web sites easier and faster, has been updated to stay in line with current Web standards. Adobe released the details of the new Shadow Labs Release 2 today. They’re incorporating many of the features that users have requested.
 
WordPress.com Gets New REST API
WordPress.com has announced a brand new REST API, which gives developers access to tons of new content, including posts and comments, as well as the ability to Follow, Like, or Reblog content for users. 
 
Twitter Makes Its MySQL Work Open Source
Twitter announced on its engineering blog that its work with MySQL will now be available to all under an open source license. This is pretty big since Twitter is basically built on MySQL from the interest graph and timelines to user data and the tweets themselves.