HTML5 Boilerplate is the professional badass’s base HTML/CSS/JS template for a fast, robust and future-proof site.

After more than two years in iterative development, you get the best of the best practices baked in: cross-browser normalization, performance optimizations, even optional features like cross-domain ajax and flash. A starter apache .htaccess config file hooks you the eff up with caching rules and preps your site to serve HTML5 video, use @font-face, and get your gzip zipple on.

Boilerplate is not a framework, nor does it prescribe any philosophy of development, it’s just got some tricks to get your project off the ground quickly and right-footed.

Published under: Framework | License Free

Recently Facebook announced the alpha release of their new C# SDK. This release marks the first C# SDK produced by Facebook, “built to meet the needs of the significant community of Facebook developers using C#”. The new C# SDK has several features, according to Andrew Gode who built it during a recent Facebook hackathon:

  • Works with both Web (ASP.NET) and desktop applications.
  • Uses OAuth 2.0 for authentication.
  • Supports a convenient way of making calls to the new Graph API using the OAuth 2.0 access token.

Notably, C# is a primary platform for the upcoming Windows Phone 7 operating system. Facebook already has an iPhone and Android SDK, so a C# SDK fits well. No word from Facebook on whether this alpha release adheres to the differences between C# for Microsoft’s upcoming mobile operating system and its web/desktop counterpart.

Developers can access and download the Facebook C# SDK from Github today. As this is an alpha release, feedback and support are welcomed.

Published under: Framework | Social

OpenStack is an Innovative, open source cloud computing software for building reliable cloud infrastructure. The goal of OpenStack is to allow any organization to create and offer cloud computing capabilities using open source software running on standard hardware.

OpenStack Compute is software for automatically creating and managing large groups of virtual private servers. OpenStack Storage is software for creating redundant, scalable object storage using clusters of commodity servers to store terabytes or even petabytes of data.

All of the code for OpenStack is freely available under the Apache 2.0 license. Anyone can run it, build on it, or submit changes back to the project. They strongly believe that an open development model is the only way to foster badly-needed cloud standards, remove the fear of proprietary lock-in for cloud customers, and create a large ecosystem that spans cloud providers.

Published under: Framework | Apache License

Quizzy is an open Source PHP and AJAX based quiz library. It allows you to quickly and easily add multiple-choice quizzes to your website. All the quiz data is based on XML so making quizzes is very easy. Quizzy has been tested in IE 6+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari 4+, Opera 8+, and Konqueror.

Quizzy only requires PHP5 and jQuery to work. Setting up and customizing Quizzy is fairly easy; you can use quizzyBuilder (an online tool to setup your quizzes) and customize it by simply editing quizzyConfig.js and quizzyConfig.php files.

 

Features

  • Each option can have a unique block of text to explain the scoring to the user
  • You can add pictures to the quiz description, the question text, and any explanation
  • You aren’t limited to true or false questions. You can assign an arbitrary number of points to each option
  • You can add as many questions as you’d like
  • You can also use the quizzyBuilder to make a quiz graphically
  • Features a robust scoring system where you can define grades and ranks
  • You can even add a unique picture for each rank
  • As many quizzes as you want from as many xml files you want

Published under: Framework | GPL License

gameQuery is a jQuery plug-in to help make javascript game development easier by adding some simple game-related classes. It’s still in an early stage of development and may change a lot in future versions. The project has a Google Code page where the SVN repository of the project is hosted and a twitter page where you can follow the daily progress of the development.

Published under: Animation | Framework | MIT License

Sencha Touch allows your web apps to look and feel like native apps. Beautiful user interface components and rich data management, all powered by the latest HTML5 and CSS3 web standards and ready for Android and Apple iOS devices. Keep them web-based or wrap them for distribution on mobile app stores.

Sencha Touch provides you with many features including:

  • Bind non-standard touch events to your elements like tap, doubletap, swipe, pinch, and rotate to create amazing interactions.
  • Load data from AJAX, YQL, or JSONp, bind it to visual components, then take your data offline with localStorage.
  • Discover a user's location and display nearby points of interest in our Google Maps component.
  • Sencha Touch is built with web standard HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript, making it a very flexible mobile app framework.
  • Easily shift theme coloring, add style, and use our pre-included icons to deliver a phenomenal visual experience.
  • Animate between views using one of our many predefined animations, with loads of configuration options.

Published under: Framework | GPL License

The Joomla Project is proud to announce the immediate availability of Joomla 1.6 beta 3 (download). IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a beta version and is not intended to run any type of production site. It is intended to be used for evaluation purposes only.

Since the Joomla 1.6 beta 2 release on May 31, we have fixed approximately 102 issues in the tracker. Much of this progress is directly related to the stepped up efforts of the Joomla! Bug Squad. Thanks for all your hard work in bringing us one increment closer to stable!

See the CHANGELOG for details of what has been changed in this release.

What's next?

This is the third in our series of continuous betas. Beta 4 will be released on June 28, 2010.

Download here: http://joomlacode.org/gf/project/joomla/frs/?action=FrsReleaseBrowse&frs_package_id=5276

 

Related Links:

Joomla! 1.6 Development Shifting Gears
http://community.joomla.org/blogs/leadership/1168-joomla-16-development-shifting-gears.html

Joomla 1.6 Beta Now Available
http://www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5275-joomla-16-beta-now-available.html

Joomla 1.6 Beta 2 Now Available
http://www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5278-joomla-16-beta2-now-available.html

 

Published under: Announcement | Framework | GPL License

The days of PHPMyAdmin are numbered, and the count-down just reached 0. I appreciate what PHPMyAdmin has done for the community, but all good things must come to an end. With death, comes rebirth.

CIMyAdmin is the new child. A cleaner, faster, better, stronger MySQL Administration tool. CIMyAdmin is built on the light-weight  CodeIgniter Framework. it is designed with simplicity, elegance, and power in mind.

It isn't tied to stigmas of the past, and in looking to the future, supports the latest and greatest of technologies. For those of you running on legacy systems, you're limited to legacy software.

CIMyAdmin Features :

  • Lightweight / small footprint
  • Clean interface
  • Skinnable (clean xhtml)
  • Fast, Free and open source!
  • Plug-n-play (just drop it in, change two lines of code and you're good to go)
  • Super easy to install
  • Secure

 

Published under: Framework | License Free

CakePHP is a free, open-source, rapid development framework for PHP. It’s a foundational structure for programmers to create web applications. Their primary goal is to enable you to work in a structured and rapid manner–without loss of flexibility.

CakePHP takes the monotony out of web development. They provide you with all the tools you need to get started coding what you really need to get done: the logic specific to your application. Instead of reinventing the wheel every time you sit down to a new project, check out a copy of CakePHP and get started with the real guts of your application.

CakePHP has an active developer team and community, bringing great value to the project. In addition to keeping you from wheel-reinventing, using CakePHP means your application’s core is well tested and is being constantly improved.

Published under: Framework | MIT License