Part of the game of getting code out that conforms to coding standards without having to go through the "One Big spring cleaning" exercise is configuring and centralizing the tools. At a minimum, it helps to have a central Eclipse installation that has all the tools configured and setup - so each person doesn’t have to do it. Alternatively, there should be a reference set of plugins and their configuration files available in the source control repository.

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http://www.aspectprogrammer.org/blogs/adrian/2006/02/tips_for_using.html Great Article - full of very very useful tips!

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I discovered this - totally by accident. In Firefox, you can use / (forward slash) to search for text OR links - and if its a link, then you can follow the link just by clicking Enter! That is way cool - especially when you’re on a laptop and cant/dont have your mouse around. I’ve always find it a pain to do a "link find" - ' (single quote) and a text find - ctrl-f separately…​Never knew that there was a shortcut that did both and what more - its way natural if you’re used to 'less'!

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Performancing | Firefox Add-ons | Mozilla Corporation Performancing for Firefox is a full featured blog editor that sits right in your Firefox browser and lets you post to your blog easily. You can drag and drop formatted text from the page you happen to be browsing, and take notes as well as post to your blog. powered by performancing firefox

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Diigo - a hidden gem

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If you use del.icio.us for online bookmarking and like google’s notepad for online research, then suggest that you take a look at Diigo’s offering. It’s all those rolled in one and then some. I’ve been using it for quite some time now (after trying out del.icio.us and google notepad) and I’m not budging! Recently I was doing a bunch of research online and diigo excelled! Online bookmarking - will also simultaneously post to your del.

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Amazing flash movie! Great flash movie explaining dimensions 4 (time), 5, 6 all the way uptil 10. And why they stop after 10! I’ve never come across a clearer explanation ever and the great visualization does the trick.

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http://[GAIM…​] I hate running 3 different chat clients (yahoo, msn, gtalk) on my machine - and that’s just 3x memory, startup programs and useless adversting too many. And I hate msn and yahoo’s advertising that’s built into their clients…​esp on MSN which insists on opening a mini page on login…​ Use GAIM - and do yourself a favour. Of course that’s if you don’t need the very specialized features :)).

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I’m on a high. I’ve been stuck with this problem of trying to understand a HUGE xslt that operates on an even bigger XML. I sorely needed something that will let me trace through the xslt execution to understand the flow. Tried a couple of IDEs - Stylus Studio (free edition) and Marrowsoft XSelerator. Stylus studio did a graceful exit, Xselerator went purple in the face and died a gruesome death :-(

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I’m on a high. I’ve been stuck with this problem of trying to understand a HUGE xslt that operates on an even bigger XML. I sorely needed something that will let me trace through the xslt execution to understand the flow. Tried a couple of IDEs - Stylus Studio (free edition) and Marrowsoft XSelerator. Stylus studio did a graceful exit, Xselerator went purple in the face and died a gruesome death :-(

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I love the premise of Test Driven Development - I’ve even used it a few times in the line of duty ;-) (I do have to admit, I’ve been naughty and left out the step of  seeing the test case fail a few times )…​Anyway, I end up working on web applications more often than not and while you can use TDD for your class libraries, a web app is a totally different animal.

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