Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Everyday PDF Tools

Adobe PDF is perhaps the best method of sharing documents. All the documents are read only and no matter which platform you use for formatting that. All the devices, both computer and mobile, can open any Adobe files.
Following are some of the best PDF tools which allow you to use PDF files effectively.
Adobe reader is the leading tool in PDF industry without any doubt. As it was the first to come up with PDF files, it is still best to create such files. The tool is not only free to use but extremely safe as it helps you to keep your data private. It is easy to transfer data across platforms and with others without disturbing formatting and layout. Finally, you can save both graphics and text in Adobe Reader Format.
The light weight Foxit Reader is somewhat similar to Adobe Reader but it offers many extra benefits. It is not only lightning fast but it is also free of numerous security flaws which are very common in Adobe Reader. It also allows you to annotate on PDF document in the shape of graphics and highlight and type text.
This is the best tool to create PDF files within the blink of an eye. It installs on your computer as a virtual printer and whatever you will print will be saved in PDF format. It works perfectly on all operating systems, create small PDF files and it is very fast. You can also integrate PDF creation with your custom applications as well as into a terminal service environment or Citrix.  

This is another super PDF tool offering some great functionalities. It allows you to extract data from PDF files, extract file attachments and read text from scanned files. You can also convert scanned PDF images into text searchable PDF format. You are able to search the documents using common terminologies and convert PDF to TIFF and HTML formats.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Landing Page Creation Services

Landing page is an important cog in a conversation chain. Most people set lofty goals for their landing pages but majority of them fail due to one main reason. They don’t know where to start from. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a developer or learn any programming skills to create really mind-blowing landing pages. You can produce fascinating landing pages without any hassle with the help of some amazing tools explained in the following lines.
  • Unbounce:
Unbounce is the most popular tool to create landing pages nowadays. However, the service is not free and a website with maximum of 5k visitors has to pay $49 to start with. The price increases for more advanced accounts which may feature integration with marketing platforms such as Hubspot and multiple users or clients. It also allows you to test infinite landing pages and offers different templates for emails and landing pages for social media.
This is another important tool which offers different templates for different types of pages. The tool allows you to view analytical data in real time in addition with tracking different types of conversation happening on different pages. You can also integrate this tool with renowned marketing tools such as Google Analytics and Hubspot.
  • Launchrock:
It's closer to a list building and a social tool and has many great social features making it easy for visitors to share your content. It also combines different types of pages with its list building features. Launchrock also features HTML and CSS editors, making it perfect for people who already have some coding knowledge.
  • PageWiz:
PageWiz features an easy to use editor, full range of professional integrations and unlimited A/B testing, all for just $29/month for 5k monthly visitors. It also allows you to copy its own fantastic design on your page. Their website also features easy to find info and unparalleled live chat support.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bootstrap And Alternatives

Bootstrap is one of the most popular front end development frameworks for building web sites and web applications. Hugely popular among both developers and designers, Bootstrap comes with global Cascade Style Sheet (CSS) settings with extensible classes and components like navigation, typography and much more.
How Bootstrap Was Developed:
Jacob Thornton and Marc Otto originally launched this tool to enhance efficiency and consistency of Twitter. However, bootstrap became really popular after it was released on GitHub as an open source project in August, 2011.
Although this very development tool was popular right from the start yet its popularity increased dramatically after the release of Version II. This was also the first version which featured responsive web design capabilities.
Why Developers Use Bootstrap:
Bootstrap framework is extremely rich in various features and offers a wide variety of benefits to developers who use it.
  • Quick and Easy Development:
Developers at least consider using this platform if they want to build new application or website quickly. They don’t have to write boring codes from scratch as they can use readymade blocks of codes to set up websites in no time at all.
  • Responsive:
Responsive web designs are increasing in popularity and you can use Bootstrap to create one thanks to fluid grid layout that dynamically it’s adjust its size according to the screen resolution. You virtually don’t have to do anything special to achieve full responsiveness.
  • Consistency and Support:
Finally, Bootstrap guarantees consistency irrespective of who is working on the project. Similarly, the output remains the same across different browsers. Most importantly, you can also customize bootstrap quite easily in order to meet specific requirements of your projects by only choosing the features you actually require.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Online Code Editors

Online code editors are a fun and easy way to write codes in hypertext and style languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery and PHP etc. The online editors are also commonly referred to as Integrated Development Environments (IDE) and are available on internet for free. They also allow you to share the code with others using saved URL codes.
Cloudd9.com is one of the most powerful and popular online code editors to write, run and debug your code. The editor also allows you to keep your work private or make it public in order to collaborate with other developers in your circle. Cloud9 makes developing much faster and testing extremely easy.  
Nitrous.io is a modern and lightweight online code editor with supporting for over 90 languages. You can run cashes, databases and webservers straight from your web browser including Windows, OS X, Linux/Ubuntu and Chrome OS. Similarly, it supports almost all of coding languages such as Ruby, Python, Java, PHP, HTML 5 and CSS etc.
Visual studio online editor has been around for a while and it is a great source to edit your code in languages ranging from C#/VB and C++ to JavaScript and Python. It helps you code faster in addition to finding and fixing bugs without any hassle. Most importantly, Visual Studio guides you with live assistance and you can also use an auto-completion feature to increase your speed and accuracy.
Visual Studio

Coderun is a cross platform editor designed especially for the cloud. It allows you to use your browser to develop, deploy and debug various applications. You can use Coderun in combination with your desktop editor as well. Some of the languages Coderun supports are C#/.NET (3.5), PHP (5.1), JavaScript, HTML and CSS.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Technical Support Question: How can I Read Excel files with ASP.NET?

We like any questions from our users, here is one of the most interesting cases (the ByteScout Spreadsheet SDK software).

I'm using the spreadsheet SDK and can't figure out how to read excel with asp.net.

Great question, here's the source code for C#.

 using System;
    using System.Collections.Generic;
    using System.Text;
    using Bytescout.Spreadsheet;


 // Create new Spreadsheet object to read from given excel 
       Spreadsheet document = new Spreadsheet();

       // read excel file (supports xls excel, xlsx excel, csv, ods)

       // Get worksheet by name
       Worksheet worksheet = document.Workbook.Worksheets.ByName("Sheet1");

       // Read cell value
       string value = worksheet.Cell(0, 0).ValueAsString;

We're waiting for your new questions!

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Learn Programming: Opinions wanted: Java or C#?

Do you need some comments to this question? Here is a short discussion topic, probably, it can be helpful before starting programming.

– Would C# benefit someone more instead of JAVA if they already had an understanding about network technology like Microsoft? Which would you recommend in terms of job fulfillment? There have been comments that Java is smoother than C# in regards to career choice.
– Do you think it's still useful to spend time learning Java? Even with all the syntax in C#?
– It is definitely still beneficial to learn Java. C# will give you plenty of neat tools to develope desktop applications. C# also has a fair amount for server-side solutions as well.
Java's like the opposite of C#. While Java only has a satisfactory amount of tools for desktop application development, Java gives you radical amounts of solutions for server-side solutions on a large scale.
– I recommend you learn both to some level greater than basic. You will start to notice many similarities at some point which will help you make a better decision about which to choose.
– Remember that while you are working in an environment prime for C#, Java has the ability to run anywhere C# can.
– I think it's important for a developer to understand and use both Java and C#.

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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Programming Learning: Free programming courses and apps for kids (Part 2)

The 1st part is here.

  • Cargo-Bot – iOS APP
  • https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cargo-bot/id519690804?mt=8
    An app that teaches children the foundation of programming concepts through a game like platform.

  • Alice – Software – Windows/Mac/Linux
  • http://www.alice.org/index.php
    Alice uses an interactive programming environment to teach the creation of 3D animations.

  • Game Salad– Software – ALL Major Platfoms
  • http://gamesalad.com
    A downloadable software that teaches children how to build android apps.

  • Move the Turtle – iOS App
  • https://itunes.apple.com/ie/app/move-turtle.-programming-for/id509013878?mt=8
    Children play a game where tasks teach them some general coding.

  • GreenFoot – Software – Windows/Mac/Linux
  • http://www.greenfoot.org/door
    Focused on Java programming, the downloadable program uses object orientation method to making learning fun.

  • LEGO Mindstorms - Software Win/Mac/Linux-Hardware
  • http://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/?domainredir=mindstorms.lego.com
    A downloadable software that enables children to build virtual animated robotics.

    All of the resources are worth of your attention. For example, www.code.org courses are fun because of Angry BirdsZombies so kids love it. But they forgot Minecraft.

    Minecraft is awesome because even though it's a game it still helps younger people to learn. There are also mods out there like learntomod where the player can make their own mod to do exactly what they want which is very cool.
    If your kid isn't interested in MindStorms at all and likes Lego very much so Lego-programming would be great for him/her. 

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