Herramientas para desarrolladores Windows

Herramientas para desarrolladores Windows

Para quienes trabajamos habitualmente en mundo unix-like (Linux, MacOS, etc), trabajar en Windows puede resultar extremadamente molesto. Personalmente he encontrado dos herramientas que me han ayudado a mitigar mis tareas en Windows:

  • Chocolatey es un gestor de paquetes para Windows, es en cierto modo un equivalente al apt-get de los sistemas Debian.
  • Cmdler es un emulador de consola. Simplemente excelente pues más allá de los típicos comandos POSIX también provee un editor vi, un esquema de colores muy agradable y prompt muy cómodo.
  • Firefox, creo que no hay mucho que decir
  • Visual Studio Code es un «Power editor» al estilo Sublime. Su nombre me parece una triste elección pues causa confusión y poco tiene que ver con el famoso Visual Studio, pero es una muy buena herramienta de edición de código.


Website Performance Tools

During these days we (project A2 team) have been working on this topic. We are working on training material about website performance, so we had to review some tools to measure performance.
Below is a list of tools we have reviewed during the last week.

  • FireBug: is a very popular FireFox add-on for allowing to edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript, but it also provides lower level information such as http headers and others.
  • YSlow: is a FireFox/FireBug add-on developed by Yahoo! It analyzes and qualifies web pages from A to F suggesting ways to improve their performance based on a set of rules for high performance web pages. The reports it generates are very nice.
  • Page Speed: is a FireFox/FireBug add-on developed by Google. It performs several tests on web pages that are based on a set of best practices known to enhance web page performance. A score is provided for each page as well as helpful suggestions on how to improve its performance.
  • MSFast: is a browser plugin that help developers to improve their code performance by capturing and measuring possible bottlenecks on their web pages. It has been developed by MySpace.com and currently supports Internet Explorer.
  • dynaTrace: It integrates with Internet Explorer and allows you to diagnose and prevent AJAX performance issues.
  • Visual Round Trip Analyzer: is a standalone application that examines the communications protocol, identifying the causes of excessive round-trips, and recommending solutions. It is browser-independent. You open the tool and it starts recording what happen at network level. Then you browse your website and finally stop the recording. The tool helps you analyze what have happened.

There are some more tools we have reviewed but these are in my opinion the most interesting. You might be wondering why I didn’t mentioned Fiddler. The reason is that Fiddler does not provide any suggestions, it’s a passive tool: just captures the network traffic because its focus is not performance analysis.

On future posts I would like to drill down on each of these tools and I will also provide information about JavaScript profiling and server-side analysis.