The Tweakomatic is a nifty new utility that writes scripts that allow you to retrieve and/or configure Windows and Internet Explorer settings. So what, you might ask. Well, think about it. Because these are WMI scripts, they can be used to configure settings on remote computers. Need to change something on a remote machine? Then haul out the Tweakomatic. And think about this: because the Tweakomatic writes scripts, you could do something like run these scripts as logon or logoff scripts. In other words, you could quickly, easily, and automatically configure settings on any or all the computers in your organization. Get it here.
Something new from the folks at Google. Search Google without leaving your desktop with the Google Desk Bar. This is interesting, it does a nifty little popup window with the results. Let's see if it as useful as the Google Explorer Bar which is awesome at popup blocking.
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If you thought the Tab navigation was good, check out the Sort-able grid script. By simply setting a class on any table you can make the headers sortable. The script takes care of numbers, dates and text automatically.
<li><a href="#p1" class="toggle">Panel 1</a></li>
<li><a href="#p2" class="toggle">Panel 2</a></li>
<p id="p1">This is panel 1</p>
<p id="p2">This is panel 2</p>
That's all it takes - the demo has a very slightly more complicated example.
I thought it was finished, until I tested it in Apple's Safari browser. In Safari, the worst possible thing happens. The initialisation code which hides all of the panels after the first one works fine. Unfortunately, the code that causes the links to change which panel is visible fails silently, leaving only the first panel accessible to users with that browser. That's a big problem.
- In a command line shell, execute
defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1(apparently Safari Enhancer lets you do this from a GUI).
- Start Console.app, which lives in /Application/Utilities. Note that this is not the same thing as the command line console. This took me a few moments to figure out. Macs remain a strange new realm of discovery.
Excellent - just what I needed to know. The entire error message I got when I clicked a link?
(event handler):Undefined value. Gee, thanks a lot Safari. If anyone has any ideas how I can fix the script in Safari (or at the very least prevent it from being unusable) please leave me a note.
Never thought this was possible.
In possibly the best news web designers will hear this year, Joe Maddalone of Insert Title Web Designs has discovered a way of running multiple versions of Internet Explorer on one installation of Windows! The problem of testing in different versions of IE has plagued developers for years, and it's fantastic to see a solution that doesn't involve running multiple partitions with separate Windows installations or shelling out for VMWare or VirtualPC.
Unsurprisingly, Joe's revelation is causing quite a stir in the web development community. Matthew Haughey is asking why Microsoft didn't tell us about this themselves, Luke Redpath has released some funky coloured icons to distinguish between versions and Ryan Parman has taken the risky (from a bandwidth point of view) step of packaging the minimum files needed to run versions 5.01 and 5.5 up in to zip files. Amazingly, they're 2.92 MB and 3.25 MB respectively. I'm running them now and they seem to work just fine - major kudos to Joe for the discovery, and Ryan for making it so easy to take advantage of.
This is a must have utility on all Windows machines. StrokeIt is a mouse gesture recognition program. Once you install the program simply right click and make gestures with your mouse to perform actions. For example I never have to move my mouse to the corner of a window to minimize it, I just make a small mouse movement and presto the window minimizes.
Some browse like Opera and Mozilla have mouse gestures built-in but Stroke It is truly unique in that it work on all windows. And the best thing I love is its small footprint (less than 200k). Stroke It is so cool almost everyone at my office uses StrokeIt. Get it here.
The problem with @@identity is that it returns the ID of the last record that was in the current connection. In which case if the table that you adding to has triggers (which inserts records in other tables) then @@identity returns the ID of the last record that was added by code inside the trigger. This becomes a potentially very difficult bug to track down.
So what should you do? Use scope_identity() which returns the ID of the last record that was inserted in the current scope. See MSDN:scope_identity() for detailed examples.