Developer tools I've built
Not so long ago I developed an interest in building add-ons for Firefox; pretty soon that interest had developed to building widgets for Opera and Mac OS X dashboard. There's an adage in software development, that the best ideas are the ones which solve your own problems; and that's where my original inspiration came from — some of these tools were built simply because I needed them myself.
But over time, as I've gained experience, this kind of development work has become another professional stable, and I've since been commissioned to build, maintain or improve browser-based tools for a number of clients.
- Dust-Me Selectors
Dust-Me Selectors is a development tool for Opera and Firefox, that scans HTML pages to find unused CSS selectors.
It extracts all the selectors from all the stylesheets on the page you're viewing, then analyzes that page to see which of those selectors are not used. The data is stored for each site, so that when testing subsequent pages, selectors can be crossed off the list as they're encountered.
- TwitterSearch for Opera
The TwitterSearch extension is a search and notifier tool for Opera, that searches the Twittersphere to tell you what people are saying on any subject.
Search for the name of your product, brand or company; follow your favourite artist or football team; or just revel in the endless stream-of-consciousness that's poured into Twitter every second! TwitterSearch can give you instant, live results for any search; it can also monitor searches in the background, then notify you whenever somebody Tweets something new on the subject.
CodeBurner is a suite of tools for web developers, that provide reference material for HTML and CSS, and are integrated with a range of popular development environments.
CodeBurner provides a range of tools for accessing the information in different ways. There's a text-based search that matches elements, attributes, properties, selectors and at-rules as you type, a DOM view for looking up elements and attributes from the source code of any page, and a CSS view for inspecting the style sheets associated with the DOM view page. CodeBurner also provides syntax-highlighted code examples for all search results.