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Zen Coding high-speed HTML shorthand plug-in updated

Zen Coding made quite a splash when we first covered it almost a year ago. For those who aren't familiar, Zen is a fantastic form of shorthand for quickly hand-coding HTML. And today, a new version is out! Here are some of the goodies version 0.7 brings to the party: Text nodes: Writing something like a[href=/]{Click here} now works, and puts "Click here" within the link. New actio...

HP webOS 3.0 SDK released to developers

HP managed to keep webOS 3.0 pretty well off the radar until the Think Beyond event, when it was in full display on the company's new TouchPad tablet. Now that the new OS has been outed, it's time for HP to get developers involved. Developers who are members of the formerly-Palm Early Access channel can now download the webOS 3.0 SDK (codenamed 'Enyo'). You'll need to email pdc@palm.com to get yo...

Komodo Edit 6 is now out, based on Firefox 3.5 sources

I'm a big fan of Komodo Edit for editing PHP, HTML and other code. And now, Komodo Edit 6 is officially out! Komodo Edit 6 has been in Beta for quite some time, and I've been using the Beta versions for months. This release means Edit's older brother, Komodo IDE, also made it to version 6. Some of what version 6 brings to the table: Faster performance, since it's based on Firefox 3.5 -- It's s...

EtherCodes is an interesting code editor for real-time collaboration

Finally, someone has gone and done it: EtherCodes is a mashup of EtherPad and Skywriter (formerly known as Bespin). In simple terms, it's a collaborative, real-time, Web-based code editor, with syntax highlighting for C, C++, C#, Java, PHP, Python, JavaScript, Ruby (yay!), and HTML. It's currently in alpha, but I've played around with it, and it feels quite solid. It really feels like a hybrid. T...

Google to make Apps accounts more secure with two-factor authentication

Keeping your online accounts secure is a must, and Google will soon begin rolling out an improved authentication system to its Apps customers. Beginning with Google Apps Premier, Education, and Government users, you'll soon be able to utilize a smartphone-generated verification code as a second layer of account security. It's a bit like the dedicated RSA SecurID fobs some enterprises use for V...

So it turns out Google Wave isn't actually dead...

While prevailing sentiment seemed to be that Google Wave is all but finished as a standalone product, Google has made a pair of big announcements about the service. Google's Alex North has published a blog post which seems to indicate that something different is going on. Wave is not so much dead, as preparing to enter the second chapter of its saga. To that end, Google will be open sourcing a...

HTML5 Studio is yet another HTML5 showcase, this time by Google

Groan, I thought. Not another HTML5 showcase. We get it, ... we really get it! HTML5 is cool! It's awesome, it's the next big thing, and it's going to make us all insanely rich and handsome! But what's different about HTML5 Studio (and its main saving grace, if you ask me) is that it's made by Google. Yup! Straight from the big G come nine HTML5 examples, including such favorites as the Slider Ca...

YouTube comment exploit leads to copypasta vandalism

It's July 4th, so what better way to spend the day than declaring your independence from traditional YouTube comment dickery than coming up with an even better way to be loud and obnoxious? Until Google closes a rather serious hole in YouTube's comment code, you're going to see stuff like the marquee above appearing on YouTube videos all over the place. The "hack" -- if it can even be called t...

BitTorrent finds another legal use: Facebook's server farms

Say what you like about BitTorrent and the culture of piratical drugged-up junkies that it fuels, but the fact is: big businesses keep finding excellent, legitimate uses for torrents. Today, Facebook came out and admitted that BitTorrent powers the transfer of new code between each and every one of its servers. You wouldn't have thought it troublesome -- source code is fairly lightweight after ...

Tabjacking: a new and ingenious phishing attack

By now, all but the most geriatric Web users know about phishing. Usually it takes the form of a seemingly-official email from a bank or other money-related Web service. Most of the time these attacks are painfully obvious -- but what if you removed the email attack vector? What if you removed those daft give-away URLs? What if the phishing attack was pure, seemingly-benign JavaScript that's invi...

Find out what Windows error codes mean with a free, portable program

I don't have to look up Windows error codes often. You know the ones I mean -- they're those lovely hexadecimal heads-ups that sometimes pop up when a program acts up? When I do, however, it would be nice to have a simpler way to do it than sifting through Google or MSDN search results. ErrMsg is a free, portable utility which makes decoding those messages about as simple as it can get. Launch...

If you code HTML, Zen Coding will change your life

If you write HTML for a living, and you don't know Zen Coding yet, you are missing out big time. This is basically the coolest thing I've seen all week. I have been using it for a few days now; at first it seemed kind of gimmicky and I wasn't sure I could grasp the syntax, but today I really got to explore it, and woah is it awesome. Okay, I'll stop tripping over myself with excitement over here ...

Five lesser known Firefox add-ons for web developers

When it comes to making web pages, I can whip up a rounded div or add a splash of gradient for a nice fade effect successfully with little trouble, but like many, when trying to deduce out why some stupid DIV is misbehaving, I can waste an entire day spinning my wheels. Checking out the various blogs and forums are of course a great resource, but probably my most useful and productive help come...

webOS homebrew brings DOOM to the Palm Pre

If you've used a Palm Pre, you're probably wondering just what's possible with the webOS developer SDK. Over the last few updates, it would appear that Palm are really working to bump the number of technologies available for games -- and the homebrew community has been busy looking at the updates to figure out what's available. Over the Christmas break, the folks at Pre Central noticed that som...

Microsoft accused of poaching GPL code used in Windows 7 USB download tool

When I wrote up Microsoft's free tool to copy downloaded Windows 7 images to USB flash drives or burn then to DVD, I thought the app seemed like a great idea. After all, it provided student downloaders an easy way to get their cheapo upgrades copied onto install media. Rafael Rivera was doing his usual Columbo routine on the MS tool's source when he found something in the code which struck him. A...