mack - 6:36 pm on Mar 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
All in all today was a pretty good day. I spent quite a lot of time today creating simple templates that I will later modify for future needs. I also finished the majority of my simple CMS system.
I mentioned Blue Fish yesterday, so I though I would have a closer look at “Quanta Plus” today.
On the surface Quanta Plus and Blue Fish are very comparable. They are both HTML editors with menu systems to help speed up the code process. For example if you want to place a simple text link within a document the text I have is “go to example” By simply highlighting the word example, and pressing the anchor tab, a form asks me for information. When I type the address and press ok I get the following in my code
go to <A href="http://www.example.com">example</A>
I admit it only saves a few seconds, but there are lots of occasions where this sort of thing can greatly increase productivity. Page titles and meta tags can all be done using forms. There are also good tools for creating stylesheets, again using forms to create the code. I will experiment some more with Quanta and give some more details tomorrow
I also had to communicate with another developer about possible collaboration. Ubuntu installs Kopete by default. Kopete is a messenger client that supports many of the popular messaging services such as MSN live messenger, Yahoo! AIM and I am happy to report Skype.
I use Skype quite a lot on Windows, and it works just as well on my Ubuntu systems. Call and voice quality where just as good using Linux as opposed to Windows. The Skype application is to be honest more of a Wrapper. Integration is not as smooth between Kopete and Skype as it is with the other services.
The one problem I am having is finding an all in one development environment that I can use to build simple applications. For example on Windows I use the express versions of the Visual Studio tools. I have downloaded Kdevelop, QT Designer, and Qdevelop.
At first glance each of these programs look promising, but each also looks to have a huge learning curve. With vb.net for example (under Windows) you can simply throw a piece of software together and the amount of code you need to write is minimal. For example drag a button onto a Windows form, go to properties and change its text to close. Then double click the button in the designer and within code view “me.close()”
I would like to be able to use something under Linux that has the same basic functionality, and simple coding statements. I'm not sure if it exists or not.
When ever I am working I need music. I copied my music collection over from external disk to local drive. My preferred player on Linux has always been Kafine, its available through the “Ubuntu software center”. Kafine looks a lot different to how I remember it, and I think a lot of its simplicity and usability has been lost. My chosen media player for music is now Rhythmbox. Its got a nice UI and is extremely easy to use. The play-list features are just very simple.
It reminds me a lot of iTunes. You have the main menu items to the left and it opens the content of each item within the main application. Also supports streaming of Internet radio.
Tonight I need to look into two important aspects. I need to somehow be able to sync my Android phone with Kontact, and get to grips with one of the development tool sets.
One major problem I have always had with Linux is having libraries installed that are not required. For example if you install software though one of the package managers, it will install ill required dependencies. If you later choose to remove it, the package manager will only remove the selected items. Ubuntu have a pretty neat application called “computer janitor” when you use this utility it will display all items that are not currently required and gives you the option to remove them. This will prevent your system becoming overly cluttered, and free up disk space.