Things every boonex webmaster should have (humor)

mauricecano posted 9th of March 2010 in Community Voice. 11 comments.

I was viewing some screens today from other Boonex webmasters and I realized that all of us share the same tools.  So here's my list of things needed to properly install/modify/check/test/break Dolphin

1.  Dreamweaver/PHP editing software

2.  Cpanel Window Open

3.  phpmyadmin Open

4.  3 different browser programs (IE, FF, SF) opened to our site

5.  FTP Program

6.  Possible Telnet

7.  At many times, some sort of paint program

8.  Firebug

What else do you guys use that I left off the list (maybe we can compile an unofficial necessity list)

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Text editor. Editplus or Notepad++

I also use grepWin for finding things in files with regex search pattern support.
Phone # to my professional help. So many recommended it I added them to the speed dial. Amazingly they tell me to come in here and find lost souls to "help" as therapy... Is it working?
Most of them, some more :)
Andrew Boon
good chair
bunch of monitors
a few developers
understanding family
Sweet Tea (or Alcoholic Beverage - depending on my mood)
Plenty of hard drive space (for backups/mods)
Test site to break first
Something to hit that won't break my hand
Something my wife can do so she will not get mad at me for spending too much time on the computer
When I develop, I have Notepad++ (generally two to five sessions and 10-30 files each open) depending on whether it's framework or modules on the roll. When it's templates, it's Photoshop, and when it's Flash time, it's Flash obviously. When phase beta is done and dusted, I have FF, IE, Chrome, Opera, Safari on for obvious reasons, and depending on how the stars are aligned, IE7 on for a bit more or not. When it's time to do on-site tests, it's Filezilla + cPanel (or whatever the panel there be) see more + phpMyAdmin. I do heavy multitasking most of the time, so the toolset configuration changes as needed to help keep the focus in place, and I have my own little tools for most general stuff I need to automate and crunch out of the way.
A magic wand ,ruby slippers (there's no place like home) and a bottle of Jack
LightWolf, is that your standard setup? =D

Sounds to me more like the gear you need when you start checking at the end of the day that your site actually also works on Internet Explorer... I have had a "Living by Zen" floating along in my bag for months now... Waiting to crack open a new translation of "Tibetan Book of the Dead" I bought (well one of the 150 we shipped home) on my previous visit to Varanasi.

And on that note, lots of liquid. I can easily gulp down three see more to four liters in a long production session, keeping your fluids up keeps your head clearer. (Non-alcoholic though!)
1 ExpanDrive (It allows you to mount a remote linux drive/directory as a windows drive, and will tunnel through SSH to do it! Using this program, I can work on the remote server as if the files were on my local machine. However, it does require a broadband connection, and an SSH account on the server.)
2 Navicat for MySQL (Again, it tunnels through SSH and allows you to access/backup the MySQL database directly without having to install phpMyAdmin, or open up any ports through the firewall other see more than the standard SSH port)
3 SciTE (Scintilla Text Editor is a great text editor with syntax highlighting, and can even be configured to use API tootips for PHP and pop up the PHP Documentation if you hit F1)
4 VMWare Workstation/Player (This is VERY useful for testing various older/newer browsers on various versions of Windows/Linux/Mac software and installing more than one Browser)
5 Firefox with Firebug, Developer Toolbar and ColorZilla plugins installed
6 IETester (This program allows you to test multiple versions of IE from 5.5 to the most current.)
7 Google Chrome, and Safari for complete testing.
8 PuTTY to use as a SSH/Telnet client to log into the server
9 suite (This suite is nice because it can install portable versions of PuTTY, FireFox, etc, on a USB drive to take on the road. Also, using portable versions of Firefox, you can test using an older version without having to uninstall the current one.)
10 Paintshop Pro. (Wonderful paint software for editing GIF/JPG/PNG files and tweaking photos and images)

The nice thing is that most of these programs have trial/free versions that you can use to try them out to see if you like them. A good majority of them are open-source and so are available at no charge.
Below is the legacy version of the Boonex site, maintained for Dolphin.Pro 7.x support.
The new Dolphin solution is powered by UNA Community Management System.