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28 days ago by program247365
LiveReload addendum
I thought a couple of additional discoveries after my LiveReload review yesterday were worth mentioning in a second post. First, Andrey Tarantsov (the developer) stopped by the post and let me know that the planned price is US $9.99 when it gets to the App Store. He’s charging almost exactly what I think will value his work but not freak out potentially valuable customers. I’m excited to purchase the final release.

He also mentioned that–contrary to a statement in my post–the JavaScript method of handling browser updates is quite useful and doesn’t require any browser extensions. You just put a JavaScript snippet in your file and it works in all your browsers.

I put it to the test last night and was floored. I had 5 browsers refreshing all at once, making live CSS modifications on the page… and I had the iPhone Simulator up and running with my work getting the same treatment there as in all of the other browsers. That was cool. A little PHP (or JavaScript) can make the snippet only function in the development environment, so it’s easy to stick in and forget.

There’s a lot more in the pipeline on this one, too. If you design for web and think you’ll be able to muster up $10 when the time comes, by all means you should be trying this out!

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december 2011 by program247365
App Review: LiveReload
I linked LiveReload on Twitter the day I discovered it, but I haven’t given it a truly thorough test until tonight. Suffice to say I was impressed enough to take some time out to write it up.

LiveReload is a tool for web designers. It watches for changes in a given folder and–in a way similar to what Marked does for Markdown files–it updates your web browser(s) whenever files with certain extensions change. Yes, you can (and I have) script your way to something similar, but LiveReload brings a few extra refinements to the job.

You have the option of adding a JavaScript snippet to the head of your HTML files on your development server, or (far better) you can use browser extensions in Safari, Firefox and Chrome. With either of these options in place, the coolest part of LiveReload becomes available: any changes to images or CSS are reflected live–and instantly–on the page without a reload. It’s not quite as “live” as Espresso, but it brings instant-preview editing to any of your favorite editors. Just add the watch folder, turn on the browser extensions and start saving. It also makes it possible to see previews in Gecko and Webkit browsers simultaneously without manually refreshing.

LiveReload has some powerful customizable options. You start by telling it which folders to watch, but you can get specific about which filetypes to watch as well. You can have it automatically compile SASS, LESS, CoffeeScript and others and control the output location for every individual file (if you like). You can also specify any shell command to run after changes are processed but before the browser refreshes. There’s really not much you can’t do with a setup like this.

LiveReload is in beta right now, but the development schedule appears to be on track. It’s ultimately headed for the App Store, and I don’t know what it will cost. If the price is reasonable for an app that I consider to be very useful–but could live without–I’ll definitely be picking up a copy when the time comes. There’s also a Windows version in the works, which might even help me solve some IE testing conundrums. We’ll see. For now, check out the beta, grab the browser extensions and see what you think.

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december 2011 by program247365
Querious: MySQL on Your Desktop
If you regularly work on website design or development, there’s a good change that you encounter MySQL from time-to-time. It’s a widely popular database system, often coupled with the infamous phpMyAdmin as a visual administration system. For many years, I longed for a better alternative to this clunky, visually dated front-end to MySQL.

Recently, my prayers have been answered in the form of Querious, a native Mac application for managing your MySQL database right from the desktop. This review will take an in-depth look at what Querious has to offer, and how it can make managing a database far more enjoyable.

Querious offers a simple interface for connecting to your database, allowing the storage of several favorites down the left hand side:

Connecting to a Database

A full range of connection options are available, and everything is fairly self explanatory. The “small print” to be noted here is that Querious is only capable of connecting to MySQL 5 databases (or later). This may prove a limitation if you’re on a slightly older hosting package and are not running the latest version of the database software. It’s certainly worth checking before purchasing the app!

Once connected, you’ll be offered a column of all the databases/tables in the MySQL installation. Clicking one will take you into one of two different views:

Managing Table Structure
The capabilities of Querious are broadly separated into managing the structure of your database, and managing the data within it. You can swap between these two views through the icons in the upper left corner of the screen.

The structure view is named “Columns”, and allows you to change the type, length, name, and default values of a particular field:

Viewing a database structure and columns

The functionality on offer is fairly straight forward, and works as you’d expect. Changes are made quickly, and a spinner in the upper left tab notifies you that they are being written back to the database.

Managing Data
When swapping to the ‘Content’ view, you’ll be shown all the records contained within a particular table. Sorting by a particular column responds immediately (an updated view is not requested from the database):

Viewing and editing database content

Searches can be performed on individual columns or the whole table, and work as you’d expect. To edit a particular record, you can double click it. This will bring up an editor window and allow you to change the value:

Editing a field

Upon clicking ‘OK’ you’re returned to the database and the change is made in the background.

Other Features

If you’re a slightly more advanced MySQL user, you’re able to perform specific SQL queries through the “Query” tab. This works well, and the feature to automatically save a query history is very useful.

In addition, a variety of MySQL operations can be performed with one click. These include: Analyze, Check, Flush, Repair and Optimize. Results are displayed in a dialog window. Full SQL import and export is supported, and you can choose files directly from your desktop. The exporting window offers a range of functionality:

Exporting Data

Three export options are available: CSV, Tab Seperated, or SQL. You can select a particular database and tables to export, along with whether you’d like to include options such as drop/create table. During exporting, you’ll see a progress bar and updates on what’s happening behind the scenes.

Even more useful is the ability to copy-and-paste several rows to the clipboard, automatically formatted as CSV, SQL or Tab Separated content. Upon clicking copy (or hitting a keyboard shortcut), you are asked how you’d like to export the data. This is one of my favorite features, as it’s far more user friendly than any other option available.

If you’re looking for a user friendly front-end to MySQL, Querious is certainly worth taking a look at. I’m thoroughly impressed with everything the app is capable of, and would certainly recommend it as an excellent desktop solution. The only downside is the occasional application hang as data is read/written from the database. This rarely happens, and everything usually works seamlessly.

A free solution is available - Sequel Pro. We’ll cover this in a future review, but in testing I found it not to offer the same polished experience. If you don’t mind parting with $25 (and your server supports MySQL 5), Querious is certainly worth the money.
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june 2009 by program247365
My War on Clutter
As I mentioned the other day, I learned about the anti-clutter book, It’s All Too Much, when its author, Peter Walsh, was interviewed for the Unclutterer site.

Well, the timing must have been right, because I bought a copy, and by the time I’d finished the first chapter, a switch had flipped in my head. I say “timing” because, while the book is pretty good (if perhaps not particularly groundbreaking), the author’s observations on why people allow themselves to live with too much crap were an overdue existential bitchslap for me. And, I’ll admit, he has simple cures for dealing with this seemingly intractable challenge, and for me that’s a hard combination to beat.

Clutter of every kind has been the default state of my physical world forever. Although no official record of the conversation exists, I would not be surprised to learn that I tried to talk the staff who delivered me into letting me keep my first diaper; just because — y’know — you never know when it might come in handy. Bad habits formed early, bad habits stuck, and, for the most part, bad habits remain intact to this day.

It’s All Too Much

by Peter Walsh

I lugged unnecessary crap through 3 moves a year in college, then entered a young adult life of unopened cardboard boxes and the omnipresent cruft of consumer existence. In addition to being a bit of a pig, I was also what Cory Doctorow calls “a craphound.” I had ersatz collections of stuff everywhere. But it wasn’t just ephemerabilia — I also lived with last week’s dishes, last month’s beer cans, last year’s TV Guide. You name it, I was not throwing it away.

Despite at least two purges of epic proportion in the late 90s, I moved to California with a lot of those same boxes — still unopened — and, although I did leave the empty beer cans in Tallahassee, the bad habits happily flew cross-country with me. Today, despite 7½ years of gentle intervention from a wonderfully tidy woman, I can still see ample evidence of my bad decision-making, twisted sentimentality, and utter failure to sensibly incorporate my worldly belongings into the space that’s available to contain them.

This bit from Chapter 3 of Walsh’s book is typical of the sections I’d credit with highlighting my awareness of the need for a change:

The things you own are a distraction to getting started on the right path. The key to getting — and staying — organized is to look beyond the stuff and imagine the life you could be living. Put most simply: It’s about how you see your life before all else.

Good stuff.

The problem is about more than just cubic inches of physical space — it becomes about cubic yards of mindshare when the state of your surroundings starts to define the promise of your future. The mindless junk of your past crowds out opportunities and sets pointless limitations. Pretty soon those “collectibles” start to seem a lot less valuable, and the baseline junk begins to look a lot less harmless. At least that’s been the revelation for me: clutter is not without its very real costs every day.

Anyway, this is all in the service of saying I’ve now spent the better part of the last 5 days throwing out crap, and I’m just getting started. This has been so alternately exhausting and exhilarating that I wanted to share some of it with you.

So over the next couple days, I’ll be writing about and linking to ideas that might help you wage your own war on clutter. Most of this won’t be brand new insight by a long shot, but if you have the clutter (and the ears to hear about some solutions), maybe you can join me in digging a tunnel to a more crap-free life.

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july 2007 by program247365

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