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Resize Internet Explorer to the resolution of your choice without tweaking the OS settings

February 22nd, 2012 No comments

Tested on IE7 and IE9.
Here is a useful way to change the resolution of Internet Explorer if you need to test
a webapp on a specific resolution. It is pretty useful if you do not want to change the OS settings and/or if you need to test several resolutions.

In IE, you create bookmarklets which are JavaScript scripts that are intended to be run from a web browser’s bookmarks bar or menu.

  1. Add a favorite (shortcut : CTRL+D)
  2. Choose a name (for instance : 1024×768)
  3. Display the favorites
  4. Right-click on the favorite and edit its properties
  5. Add the URL : javascript:(function(){ window.resizeTo(1024,768); })();
  6. Click OK. On IE7, you get a warning message (“JavaScript is not a recognized protocole”). Ignore it.
  7. Follow the same steps to add another bookmarklet for another resolution.
    Then to change the resolution, you just need to select the favorite.

I quickly tried it on Firefox 10, it does not work. If anyone figures it out, please let me know.
Did Firefox take away the ability to use javascript: in the address bar ?
javascript:alert(7*45) does not even work in FF 10 (?!?)
Some discussion that i found on the matter :

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Google dropping Wave

August 5th, 2010 No comments

Not surprisingly, Google is dropping Wave. The official statement from a vice senior president of Google is here :

Well, I got an invite and even attended a demo once but never got the time or the desire to use it.

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Anti IF programming campaign

July 11th, 2010 No comments

The site aims to persuade developers to avoid using too many IFs in their code and to use “Object Oriented principles” instead.

It seems like a nice effort, too bad there is not much to see in the website (only 1 article).

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Google Wave = skateboarding

November 13th, 2009 No comments

Despite attending a presentation with a live demo at the Paris JUG this week, I think this picture sums up well the idea I have about Google Wave at the moment. And that most people have. 😀


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The tragedy of linked lists

November 11th, 2008 No comments

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Scalability (with Terracotta)

October 3rd, 2008 No comments

Last night, I attended a meeting about Terracotta and the presenter was the creator, Ari Zilka. Among his slides was what i found an interesting slide about Terracotta’s advantages : scalability and availability.

I reproduced it here. Scalability is a term often used in the computing area.

Writing data in memory is less scalable than writing on hard disks but on the other side data written in memory is more available (in terms of speed access) than data written on disks.


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Hug a developer today :)

September 1st, 2008 No comments
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Web trend map 2008

July 10th, 2008 No comments

The coolest gift for geeks, the A0 poster of the 2008 Web Trend Map (841mm x 1189mm / 33.25in x 46.75in), is now up for grabs:

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Interesting feedback from someone who compares the recruitment processes of Microsoft and Google

June 22nd, 2008 No comments

I was interviewed by Google a year ago or so, I kind of concurr with his point of view regarding Google’s recruitment process.

” It was like Olympiad in Informatics.” 😀

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