Thursday, February 7, 2008

How to write & colorize html code inside post

Well, you probably have noticed that when you write a html code in your post, blogger does not show it in html format, rather it execute your html. I was facing the same problem while trying to write a html code example. Let's see how we can write html inside a blogger post. In this tutorial I will also show you how to colorize or highlight your html, Java or other syntax in a very nice format.

Way to write code inside a post
Just one thing you need to do, convert < to &lt; and > to &gt; from your html code.

How to convert code & colorize it automatically?
The above manual process is very time consuming. You can do this conversion automatically with CodeHTMLer. Simply paste your C#, C++, Java, JScript, VB.net, XML, Powershell and F# code into the available text box and click "Htmlify Code" button. The page will refresh and you will find your converted code at the bottom of the page. Copy them and paste it into your blog post.

Try it yourself
Let's see the process with the following html code:

<html>
<body>
    <h1>Hello World</h1>
</body>
</html>


Got to this link, paste the above html code, choose code language as XML & press "Htmlify Code" button. It will return you following output:

<pre><span style=' color: Blue;'>&lt;</span><span style=' color: Maroon;'>html</span><span style=' color: Blue;'>&gt;</span>
<span style=' color: Blue;'>&lt;</span><span style=' color: Maroon;'>body</span><span style=' color: Blue;'>&gt;</span>
<span style=' color: Blue;'>&lt;</span><span style=' color: Maroon;'>h1</span><span style=' color: Blue;'>&gt;</span>Hello World<span style=' color: Blue;'>&lt;</span>/<span style=' color: Maroon;'>h1</span><span style=' color: Blue;'>&gt;</span>
<span style=' color: Blue;'>&lt;</span>/<span style=' color: Maroon;'>body</span><span style=' color: Blue;'>&gt;</span>
<span style=' color: Blue;'>&lt;</span>/<span style=' color: Maroon;'>html</span><span style=' color: Blue;'>&gt;</span></pre>


Copy & paste these codes into your blog post. Publish your post and finally you will find following output:

<html>
<body>
<h1>Hello World</h1>
</body>
</html>


Isn't it cool? This process is very good and fast. But there is a limitation of this method. It can colorize only few languages.

Now let me know how do you write code inside your post?

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

GraPHPite - Open Source PHP Graph

Creating graph in PHP is not so easy. You need to know lots of things, specially image manipulation by php. But there is a very easy solution for creating graph in PHP. It is GraPHPite. It is a free and open source graph rendering utility. Just download this script, place into your web directory and create your graph with the help of tutorial & documentation. You can create several types of graphs with it. You can create layouts with legends, fill using image or can create gradient smooth area. Another important feature of it is you can create multiple plot into a single graph. Types of graphs it can generates are:

  • Line Graph
  • Area Graph
  • Bar Graph
  • Stacked Bar Graph
  • Stacked Area Graph
  • Pie Graph
  • Radar Chart
  • Vector Function Graph
  • Step Chart
  • Impulse Chart
  • Dot Chart
  • Map Chart
  • Logarithmic axis & more...
Requirements
PHP4 or PHP5 with GD 2 support for optimal performance. I think this is very common to most of the servers.

Download
Download the latest version 1.2 from sourceforge.

Documentation
Full documentation is available from the site. Click here to view it.

Samples & Tutorials
Here are few excellent samples available in this link. You will find few good tutorial from here.


I think this graph utility will meet your all kind of needs for creating graph in php. You will also find that, creating graph with it is also a kind of fun. Hope you will like it.

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Absolute Color Picker

Absolute Color Picker is a freeware product by Eltima Software. If you are a html designer then you must need this software. You can choose varieties of colors & get color codes easily from it to design your website. It is the one of my favorite web development tools & softwares in my Quick Launch list. So why should you need this as you can get color code from photoshop, paint or other image editing software? Well, the most important part of this ActiveX Control is, you can select color from anywhere in you screen, desktop or even from another webpage instantly & get hexadecimal or 256 color codes. To copy a color from screen click & hold down your mouse pointer on the white rectangle part above Apply button and release it above your desire location. Here is a screenshot of this software:


There are 9 color choosing options or palettes available in this software. These are - HSB brightness, HSB radial, HSB hue, RGB 3D, Sphere, HSB Hue 2, Pens, Hexagons, Palettes. Full features listed in the Eltima.com are:

  • History of selected colors – up to 12 slots to save the color in
  • Screen eye-dropper – pick any color directly from screen
  • HTML color conversion
  • Customizable color selection dialogs: select only hose color models that are convenient for you
  • Many predefined color palettes
  • Compare current and previous color
  • Customize brightness, hue, saturation and other parameters separately to match your exact selection

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Saturday, February 2, 2008

RentACoder - Work From Your Home

Rent A Coder or RAC is a great way to complete projects & earn money from your home. More than 200,000 coders have been registered here. Everyday more than 2,500 projects are available to get done. The slogan of the site "How Software Gets Done". They also call it, "Home of the worlds' largest number of completed software projects". You will find varieties of projects - web development, design, data entry, game development, content writing or even providing suggestions ranges from $5 to $50,000 or more. I have been working here since 2005 & have completed 63 jobs. My current rating is 9.97 out of 10 and ranking is below 600 out of 200,000 coders. From this site I have got few permanent buyers who are providing me projects one after another.



Let's see what are the basic steps to complete a project in RAC:
  1. Registration: If you have not registered yet click here. On the sign up process give your personal informations, your preferred payment method, areas of expertise & your resume. Take your time to design your resume so that you can impress a buyer. You can put html codes here. Be careful, do not put your email address or any other contact information in Resume.
  2. Browse Projects: After successful registration login the site & browse projects one after another until you get a suitable one. You can filter projects to reduce the list. You will find this filter option while registering or from the left side column after login. I have selected only PHP, MySQL & Web related projects. Also choose these project types - Personal Projects, Very Small (under $100) & Small (above $100).
  3. Place a Bid: Now visit a project details page and check it carefully. There are few things you will notice. For now look around these - Project Type, Maximum Accepted Bid, Deadline, Project Description, Platform, Deliverables, Number of posted bids. Read the description in details & keep in mind the deadline. If you think you are confident then reply the buyer by message. If you are not clear then ask them questions. Do not provide your contact information or email address. In the message portion you will find a text box to place your bid. Try to put lower amount at the beginning. In my case I placed several bids over $50 or $100. But no one responded. Then one day I reduced it to $20 and got my first project, though it was a $100 job.
  4. Complete the Project: Once you will have won a project ask buyer to give you all necessary files & informations. Then start your work as soon as possible. After starting the project if you find that you did wrong and will not able to do this project then you can cancel it within first 24 hours. It will not affect your rating. My suggestion is clear everything before placing your bid to avoid unnecessary problems. Once you will complete your job, click "Report Work Complete" button & upload your work into a zip file. Always be careful about the deadline time & complete project before it expires by clicking that button.
  5. Buyer Approves Project: Now wait until buyer approve your project. If the buyer like your work then they will approve it, rate you between 1 to 10 and leave a comment. Before the buyer approve my work I ask them whether they are fully satisfied or not. I request them to let me know if they are not willing to rate my work as 10. If not then I ask them & fix anything I miss from the requirements. You will not view the rating until you also rate them. Buyer rating and comment is very much important to get more projects from RAC.
  6. Receive Payment: Once they will approve your work all money will be added into your RAC account from the escrow fund. You can withdraw all money when your RAC account will be $100 or more. There are several payment methods. Choose which one is suitable for you. Available methods are: Paypal, Payonner Debit Card, Western Union, Bank to Bank Wire Transfer, International Priority Mail, Snail Mail Check.

I hope this guide will help you to start work in RAC. In future I will post few tips & tricks about how to win a project. For more information visit How Does It Work for Coders? page.

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Friday, February 1, 2008

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Freelang Dictionary - Helps Me to Get More Projects

Last night I got a new project invitation from RentACoder. It is a template integration project into osCommerce. Template screenshot was attached with the bid. It is for a French e-commerce site. I noticed that no one bid on this as it is not in English though the amount was good enough. Then I place my bid and have got it immediately, although I do not know French. The only two languages I know are Bengali & English, but I completed several French language sites as well as other languages sites before with the help of online dictionary. Today I searched for a free desktop tool and I've just got a nice one - Freelang Dictionary. I like to share it with you which may help you to get more projects in different languages.

In the site there are 115 dictionaries available. The software can convert other languages to and from English. You need to download two files - one is the dictionary itself and other is for your preferred language word list. Download them and install into same directory. Available versions are for Windows 98, xp & vista.

After installing the software I am quite impressed. Interface is very simple & works fast. You can search words, phrases & also can add new words into the dictionary. Search works instantly whatever you type and show nearest words list. So you will find your word and also other words similar with it.

Let me know what you think about it. If you have any other better dictionaries then also let me know by leaving a comment here.

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