What’s Hot in Web Development? – March Issue

The web development landscape changes so quickly these days that new insightful and valuable resources are constantly being released. To help you uncover the best of these new resources, we’ve compiled this post that highlights newly released scripts, tools, hosted apps, and plugins as well as relevant tutorials and industry news.

New & Noteworthy Scripts

Timeline is a jQuery plugin that allows you to easily add interactive timelines to your site. It is also great for pulling in media from different sources. It has built in support for pulling in Tweets and media from Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo, Google Maps and SoundCloud. To add events to your timeline, you can populate it using a Google spreadsheet or via JSON.
AjaXplorer is a PHP and AJAX based file management system that you can install on your server to host and access your files from anywhere. It sports a modern and responsive interface very similar to OS-native file explorers. Users can easily share files or folders over the Internet, preview and edit most common file formats directly online, without having to download/upload the files to/from their local computer.
GelSheet is a free and open source web spreadsheet that allows users to create, edit and export in many formats. It’s intended to run either standalone or integrated within another web tool. GelSheet is also available as a WordPress plugin.
jQuery File Upload
jQuery File Upload is a file upload widget with multiple file and drag and drop support. During the file upload process, nice progress bars and preview images are displayed. It also supports cross-domain, chunked and resumable file uploads. You can use it with any server-side programming language that can handle HTML form file upload.
Hammer.js is a JavaScript library for adding touch events in your web site. It is lightweight (with only 2kb) and extremely easy to implement. It currently support gestures like tap, double tap, hold, drag and transform. Please note that this library requires jQuery.
Kimai is a free open source timetracker based on PHP5 and MySQL 5. It tracks work time and prints out a summary of your activities on demand. You can also run date-ranged reports by customer, project or activity. Kimai has support for multiple users as well.
Flotr2 is a library for drawing HTML5 charts and graphs. It can generate line graphs, bar charts, pie charts and bubble charts. These graphs and charts are generated using HTML5′s canvas and work across several desktop and mobile browsers. Once you provide the data points, the application will automatically calibrate the scale of your axes. Graphs can be zoomed and downloaded as PNG or JPG images.
jTable is a jQuery plugin that is used to create AJAX based CRUD tables without coding HTML or Javascript. The HTML table is automatically generated with records fetched from the server using AJAX. Records can also be added, updated and deleted. jTable unlike other similar CRUD datagrids is easy to use and comes with PHP and ASP.NET sample codes.
Centurion Project
Centurion is an open-source CMS delivered as a flexible PHP5 Content Management Framework. It is based on the Zend Framework and its components are generic, simple, clear and reusable. Centurion comes with the following components: Forms, caching, files, CRUD, views, signals and database.
OSClass is a PHP-based script that allows you to create a classified ads website. It can be used to set up a generic listings site or an industry-specific classified ads site for autos, jobs, real estate, and dating. It is easy to install and scales nicely on websites with millions of pageviews per month.

Useful Hosted Apps

Pusher is a hosted application that provides a set of different APIs for quickly, easily and securely adding scalable realtime functionality to web and mobile apps. These sets of APIs and libraries available in different languages is great for building apps that requires chat, activity streams, notification, collaboration and dashboards functionalities.
Trestle provides a suite of Cloud based services that includes user accounts, image manipulation, audio conversion and push notifications designed to make your job as a developer easier. Whether you choose just a single service API or you decide to use them all, there’s likely a service available to help you get your project done faster.
IntenseDebate is a hosted application that allows you to provide feature-rich comment system for WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr and many other blogging/CMS platforms. Let your readers post comments using services like Facebook, Twitter, and OpenID.

Helpful Web Design Resources

creaTTor is a community-driven creative library of free assets for your web design projects. It has a growing collection of site templates including WordPress themes, Joomla templates, Drupal themes, etc. You will also find free vectors, graphics and Flash components.
Entypo is a set of 100+ carefully crafted pictograms available as an OpenType font, vector EPS and web font. These sets are perfect for websites, apps and digital services.
Subtle Patterns
Subtle Patterns is a design resource site offering high quality tilable textured patterns for free. It currently serves over 200 patterns and you can also download all patterns on the site as a single Photoshop pattern file.

New Desktop and Online Tools

Intype is a text editor with advanced text editing features including select & edit, snippet insertion and management, auto-paired characters, fast syntax highlighting and code-coloring themes. Snippets, themes or even language grammars can be changed or added in the comfy extension editor. Intype has been optimized for speed and has snappy responses.
DirtyMarkup is an online tool that combines the power of HTML Tidy, CSS Tidy, JS Beautify, and the Ace editor to effortlessly clean up your messy code. Just paste your code (HTML, CSS or JavaScript) into the editor and press “clean” to tidy and beautify your code.
Crunch is an Adobe Air based CSS/LESS editor and compiler. (LESS is a JavaScript based CSS preprocessor which allows you to write CSS in its extended syntax and it will automatically compile that code into normal CSS.) Crunch supports multi-tab and syntax highlighting.
SpritePad is an online tool that allows you to create your CSS sprints within seconds. Simply drag and drop your images directly in your browser and have them immediately available as one PNG spring with its CSS code.

Recent Web Development News

PHP 5.4.0 Released
PHP version 5.4.0 was released earlier this month. This release is a major leap forward in the 5.x series and includes a large number of new features and bug fixes. Some of the key features in PHP 5.4.0 include: new language syntax, improved performance and reduced memory consumption, etc
Microsoft Makes ASP.NET Open Source
Microsoft has announced that it is opensourcing ASP.NET MVC 4, ASP.NET Web API, ASP.NET Web Pages v2 (Razor) under the Apache 2.0 license. While the source for ASP.NET MVC was made available since its release, community contributions were never included in releases. Microsoft will now ship community code inside ASP.NET in upcoming versions of Visual Studio.
Google’s Go Programming Language Gets Stable Release
Google has been toiling away on the Go Project since 2009. After three years and over 200 people contributing to the project, the Go Project has reached a major milestone and can now be considered usable by the masses.
Adobe Releases AIR 3.2 and Flash Player 11.2
Adobe announced the release of Flash Player 11.2 and Air 3.2 today, as the firm continues their push to help developers deliver media rich applications and console-quality games that run in web browsers.
MacAfee Introduces Free Plugin for MySQL Audits
McAfee has released a free open source plugin for MySQL database that shows detailed activity from database audits. The plugin features visibility into database vulnerabilities and supports databases such as Oracle, Sybase, MS-SQL and DB2.
Google Releases App Engine 1.6.4
The Google App Engine blog announced the release of App Engine 1.6.4 today. Unlike other incremental numbered updates, App Engine receives quite the hefty update this time with plenty of features that should make developers happy.
Developers Prefer Google Over Facebook
A new study from Appcelerator and the International Data Corporation (IDC) found that developers are more interested in Google than Facebook. According to the report, 39 percent of the more than 2,000 mobile developers surveyed plan to focus more on Google initiatives than Facebook’s social graph this year.