A few interesting articles/posts I have come across recently and wanted to share…
Two Months with a Tesla – This is an awesome write-up from Andrew Connell about his experience with his new Tesla S 85D. Like him, I have always been interested in Tesla and the cars they are producing. They are poised to radically change the automobile industry, in a good and lasting way. For years though, that change has felt like it is a long way off, as the appetite for electric cars has languished and the infrastructure was sorely lacking. Now, however, based on Andrew’s account, the future is here and it is exciting!
Code Watch: The first four habits of highly employable developers – One of the key goals in my professional life is to stay in tune with new technologies and new methods of software development. That doesn’t always mean using the latest and greatest, but it does mean knowing about them and letting them influence my current projects in the right ways. This article helps me appreciate that not only is this a balanced way of looking at things, but it will help me be employable if and when I am looking for another opportunity.
API Testing with Telerik Fiddler – I’ve been using Fiddler for years to debug websites and external APIs. But this post opened my eyes to a feature I didn’t know existed: the ability to test my own APIs from within Fiddler itself. You can load a Test List containing all the pertinent details of each request, and then setup Validators to compare the actual results against expected results. I look forward to utilizing this feature with my own APIs to improve their reliability and performance.
Today marks the release of an updated version of my Open in IE add-on for Firefox. This add-on is utilized by over 10,000 people on a daily basis to open certain sites in Internet Explorer that don’t work correctly in Firefox. I originally developed this to address my own frustrations, but I am thrilled to see that so many other people have benefited from my work.
Also, I’m happy to announce that the add-on is officially open source! While you have always been able to download the xpi file and open it up to see what’s inside, I have now posted the source code to GitHub. That means you can browse the code yourself and see how it works. Also, if there is a specific feature that you would like to see in this add-on, you can code it yourself and create a pull request to get it incorporated in the released version. Enjoy!
With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft is retiring Internet Explorer and replacing it with a new browser named ‘Edge’. The Open in IE add-on can be made to target Edge by changing the path to IE in the options window. But to make life easier, and to keep the statistics separate, I will be publishing a new add-on that targets Edge by default. Look for this new release around the time of the Windows 10 release.