Cross Browser testing using SuperPreview for Internet Explorer

by Aboo Bolaky 24. September 2009 07:52

Let's face it. Although I'm no designer, I do feel sorry for my fellow colleagues when I hear them complain about the rendering on some specific browser(s).

It gets harder when testing against IE6 for example. They normally use IE6 VMs to perform testing.  There are three major drawbacks of this approach:

1: WHERE IS THE IE6 VM? Is it on the local machine? Is it on the network? Is it on a Virtual Server that no one has admin rights to? Does the IE6 VM have a meaningful name .. Imagine having 10 VMs locally and having to boot each one to see if IE6 is present !!

2: Loss of password for Logging into VM. (just because the last person who logged in just decided to change the "usual" password to his/her cat's name and not telling anyone about it..and he/she is most propbably off sick when we need to do testing)

3: VM gets copied across network onto physical machine. Transfering 6-10 GB to your computer and hosting the VM locally. Another designer comes along and does the same thing. We now have 2 VMs on 2 different machines that serve the same purpose. Let's not entertain the idea of having both VMs running simultaneously !! A whole range of IP Address/Name resolution conflicts arise. :)

Microsoft Expression Web SuperPreview for Windows Internet Explorer

This tool allows us to view a page in different IE versions. This eliminates the use of glorious VMs for testing. Well done Microsoft !

You can download Microsoft Expression Web SuperPreview for Windows Internet Explorer here

Description

"Expression Web SuperPreview for Internet Explorer is a stand-alone visual debugging tool that makes it faster and easier to migrate your sites from Internet Explorer 6 to Internet Explorer 7 or 8. With Expression Web SuperPreview for Internet Explorer, you can ensure that your Web sites work correctly in Internet Explorer 8 while also maintaining compatibility with earlier versions of Internet Explorer.

Expression Web SuperPreview for Internet Explorer shows your web pages rendered in Internet Explorer 6 and either Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 8, depending on which version you have installed on your machine. You can view the pages side by side or as an onion-skin overlay and use rulers, guides and zoom/pan tools to precisely identify differences in layout. You can even compare your page comp to how the targeted browsers render the page.

Expression Web SuperPreview for Internet Explorer not only shows a high-fidelity rendering of how pages will look on different browsers, but it also identifies the element's tag, size and position, applied styles, and location in the DOM (Document Object Model) tree so you can quickly fix the error. "

Expression Web SuperPreview for Internet Explorer is a standalone, free application with no expiration and no technical support from Microsoft. 

Note:

If you wish to have the ability to debug pages both in IE and Firefox flavours in a single application, go for Microsoft Expression Web. You can download a 60-day trial copy here

 

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Best way to parse HTML content

by aboo bolaky 23. September 2009 08:26


I'm going to keep this short and simple..rather short actually.

There is no better way to parse HTML other than using HtmlAgility Pack.

It's a lot simpler than Regex..which is a BIG no no!!

 

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Very Cool CSS Message Boxes for different message types

by Aboo Bolaky 31. July 2009 07:12

Janko Jovanovic has written a very nice article about ways to display different types of messages using CSS. The messages outlined are of the following types

  • Information messages
  • Success messages
  • Warning messages
  • Error messages
  • Validation messages

 

I believe what makes the article really stand out is the fact that he walks you through the css implementation as well. We're bound to display these types of messages on any web application we develop, so, please have a look at what he's achieved.

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Burn ISO Images on DVD using ImgBurn

by Aboo Bolaky 13. July 2009 03:38

I just realised how easy it is to burn .iso files onto dvds. Previously, I used to have many issues with the various tools that were available out there..mainly because I was running a 64-bit OS. Now, on top of Windows 7 RC (x64), everything seems to be a lot easier.

ImgBurn

Supports a wide range of image file formats - including BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI.

Burns Audio CD's from any file type supported via DirectShow / ACM - including AAC, APE, FLAC, M4A, MP3, MP4, MPC, OGG, PCM, WAV, WMA and WV.

You can use it to build DVD Video discs (from a VIDEO_TS folder), HD DVD Video discs (from a HVDVD_TS folder) and Blu-ray Video discs (from a BDAV / BDMV folder) with ease.

Supports Unicode folder/file names, so you shouldn't run in to any problems if you're using an international character set.

Supports all the windows OS's - Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008 and 7 (including all the 64-bit versions). It also nicely integrates with the context menu. 

 

AND, ABOVE ALL, IT'S FREE !!! ImgBurn Website

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Extract files from .msi files using Universal Extractor

by Aboo Bolaky 22. February 2009 10:31

I needed an application that could peek into .msi installation files and extract some content out of it.  As the author outlines, it will not replace any commercial archiving program. However, I do feel that this program rocks and worked even when other commercial apps failed or crashed.

It nicely integrates in the context menu and I'd certainly give it a 5 out of 5 !!

Universal Extractor can be download from here.

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How to change Logon Screen in Windows Vista

by Aboo Bolaky 11. February 2009 07:33

This may be known to some of you but today, I came across this fancy application :LogonStudio Vista (by Stardock).

This application allows you to change the logon screen of Windows Vista to a wallpaper of your choice.

It's available for download on CNET. As a side note, I do recommend you to have a go at other applications that Stardock have built...who knows..you might  like one of them :P

PS: Flavours include Windows XP for XP edition,  Windows Vista 32-bit/64-bit for Vista edition

 

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If you are a student, then grab these Micosoft software for free - Dreamspark

by Aboo Bolaky 5. October 2008 11:04

Microsoft has been giving away free software as part of the Dreamspark project for students. This project allows students from all over the world (well, not really...coz currently there are only a specific list of countries presented..However, there is talk over the addition of more countries throughout the year) to DOWNLOAD several Development Tools and Operating Systems for free!! 

The online student verification process is linked to various universities and colleges and requires you to subsequently log on the respective "Learning Portals/Learning Management Systems (LMS)" in order to successfully validate you as a student.

Up for grabs are:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 (Professional Edition)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (Standard Edition)
  • Microsoft Sql Server 2008 (Developer Edition)
  • XNA Game Studio 2.0
  • and a few more...

 

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