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Using HTTP Debugger to Debug Web Sites

August 15th, 2018

HTTP debugger is the premiere tool for IT pros who need a well managed full scale tool to grab, read and even analyze HTTP/HTTPS traffic between applications, web browsers web servers. Web developers, software pros, even system admins will find that there is no better tool to have in their arsenals than HTTP Debugger. Web Developers can pinpoint traffic bottlenecks and find specific errors in site programming. Software gurus can get a fully detailed view an analysis of HTTP traffic between their programs and the Web. Administrators can keep suspicious activity, web sites and protocols in check.

It used to be that going through the processes necessary to debug web sites was a tedious and tiresome chore that often seemed like it would never end. With HTTP Debugger, analyzing queries, redirects, cookies, error codes, POST parameters and HTTP headers has never been more straight forward. Web developers can do all that and more, including analyzing the traffic that comes as a result of ActiveX components, Java applets and browser add ons.

The genius of HTTP Debugger doesn’t stop with the ability to debug web sites though. Software developers can use the program to delve into HTTP traffic in any software programs written in C#, C++, Delphi, Java and VB regardless of whether it is a Windows System Service or user mode app.

Keeping an eye on suspicious behavior on the Internet is a crucial part of the job of network and system administrators. With the debugger Sys admins can watch this behavior carefully as well as seeing the information being transferred between server side applications and end users, even during updates and activation sequences.

With full support built in for both 32-bit and 64-bit applications, HTTP Debugger is all you need to see it all in a single window. Simply run the program on your 64-bit system and you will see HTTP/HTTPS traffic from both 32 and 64-bit apps all at once! What’s more, HTTP Debugger supports any web browser – from Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox to Opera, Google Chrome and Safari – as well as any other HTTP applications that run on Windows Operating Systems.

The HTTP Debugger program reads all traffic regardless of connection type or speed, so you need not worry about variances between DSL, ISDN, Cable and even dial up modems. It works just as well regardless of the speed of your connection. Since it doesn’t rely on the standard Port 80, the debugger will automatically capture all HTTP traffic on all open ports!

With drag and drop capability to customize the view to exactly what you need and comprehensive charts and diagrams (20 in all are built right in!), HTTP Debugger may be the last analysis program you will ever need. Tailor each diagram to your precise needs by choosing the exact data that is included from domain name, content type, data size, status code, item count, even average connection speed!

When you need to debug web sites, there is no program better equipped to meet your needs and exceed your expectations than HTTP Debugger.

Why Choose Custom Web Designers Over a Template Web Design Company?

August 14th, 2018

When you first begin investigating how to establish an online presence for your business, you will come across an enormous amount of information about web design, web development, online marketing and search engine optimisation which is not likely to make any sense to you. After all, you are only after a basic website and can learn about the rest of the online industry later. The only decision you really need to make at this stage is whether to build your site in consultation with designers who offer only templates, or consult an expert at a custom design company for a site that has been prepared with just your business needs in mind.

While choosing a designer that uses basic templates may seem like the fastest and most economic option for getting your business noticed on the world wide web, it is actually likely to have the opposite effect and hold back the future development of your website.

The web page delivered by a template website design company will have very limited functionality and little or no scope for change or personalisation. Another drawback of template websites is that many other businesses will be using an identical template. If you are interested in maximising the individual online presence of your company, the last thing you want to find out is that your competitors have exactly the same colour scheme and page design as that used on your website.

Although template design companies can be cheaper than custom web designers, they will also end up providing a website that has a cut-rate appearance and will instantly affect the impression that you give your potential customers. Your clients want to know that they will receive a top quality service and are unlikely to approach your company if even the design of your website appears generic and of a low quality.

Unlike template web designers, a web design company that provides fully customised websites will offer an endless amount of features and options for future development and will construct your website in close and ongoing consultation with your company. This means that your website can grow and change as your business does, thus better serving yours and your customers’ needs. A website built by a custom web design company will represent your company in a striking and individual way right from day one. A further advantage is that custom web designers can always modify your site to include the latest technologies and functionalities such as the creative use of images in flashing banners, shopping cart functionality, videos, newsletters and blogs.

The PowerBuilder of Web Application Development

August 13th, 2018

The PowerBuilder (PB) Phenomenon

PowerBuilder was a phenomenon in the 1990’s, achieving market dominance beyond what any other development tool dreamed of. If you were building enterprise client-server applications in the ’90’s there is a good chance you were using PowerBuilder or you had friends that were using PowerBuilder.

PB is an object-oriented client-server development tool and Interactive Development Environment (IDE) used mainly for creation of business applications against corporate database management systems such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and Sybase SQL Server.

Who will become the next PowerBuilder?

Most developers that have been in the Information Technology field for a few years have heard of PowerBuilder (PB) possibly they have maintained an existing in-house PB application or they have heard horror stories about a PB application that was poorly designed. As client-server becomes less popular there seems to be three main groups of thought surrounding PowerBuilder.

There is still a small group of die-hard PowerBuilder supporters that still believe it is the strongest tool on the market and hoping that the new PB12 offering is enough to get it into the web development arena. A second group has witnessed poorly designed PB applications which became common due to the large number of PB developers that were not trained enough to use the powerful tool. The third main group are prior PB developers who have moved on to other technologies but are still waiting for that next dominant tool out there that gives them the productivity they remembered with PowerBuilder.

The goal of finding the “PowerBuilder of Web 2.0”, isn’t literal. We are not trying to find another PowerBuilder or tool exactly like it, instead we are looking for a tool that “stands-out” ahead of all competition making development fun again. As of now there are many good tools but no outstanding ones. Who will be the next to dominate the development languages for the next decade or two, that is the real question here.

Some Big Players

Microsoft is always in the picture when it comes to technology and they are doing an exceptional job, offering some very powerful development languages available in a robust IDE called Visual Studio. Microsoft has come a long with the.NET Framework, C# (C Sharp) and Silverlight 4. I believe that the Microsoft.Net Framework 4 along with Silverlight 4 are amazing tools that are fun to use. Microsoft is second to none when it comes to documentation and beautiful interfaces. If a developer is going to be using a tool from 9 to 5 every day they want it to be pleasing to the eye, powerful and loaded with documentation. Microsoft is gaining market acceptance rapidly and depending what they come up with next I think Microsoft has a very real chance of gaining mass market acceptance in the corporate world, just as PowerBuilder did in the ’90’s.

Java has been around for a long time, is widely taught at colleges and known by a lot of developers. For some reason Java has failed to reach market dominance when it comes to corporate application development. Many new developers feel alienated by the “core” Java developers who develop by the book and are new developers feel unwelcome. Java has become very overloaded and messy due to the amount of time it has evolved without a major rewrite and the politics involved with Open Source development. Java is relatively complex to learn and is surrounded with open-source technologies that are poorly documented and in a constant state of change. It is my opinion that Java will be around for a long time but it will never be the next PowerBuilder of the web.

Notable Player

WaveMaker is a rapid application development IDE that is Java based but is simple enough that developers can build applications without the steep learning curve associated with Java. WaveMaker is still young and if they can improve in a few key areas they could very well achieve market dominance in a short time. It is worth mentioning that WaveMaker has the CEO of PowerSoft (original owner of PowerBuilder) as a member of their board of directors.