How to Do a Lot with Very Little: Open source software, tools and templates for webmasters

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Published on September 28, 2008

Author: wowlibrarian

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A slide show on Open Source tools for web development. SCSL's SLIS intern, Adam Vorobok, prepared this presentation.

How to Do a Lot with Very Little: Open source software, tools and templates for webmasters

What is Open Source? Very similar to the concept of Freeware (Free as in freedom, not free food) except for one important ideological point. A set of criteria that gives freedom to both the programmer and the user: 1. Free Redistribution 2. Source Code must be included 3. Derived Works 4. Integrity of the Author's Source Code 5. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups 6. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor 7. Distribution of License 8. License Must Not Be Specific to a Product 9. License Must Not Restrict Other Software 10. License Must be Technology-Neutral (from http://www.opensource.org/docs/osd 2/12/08)‏

Very similar to the concept of Freeware (Free as in freedom, not free food) except for one important ideological point.

A set of criteria that gives freedom to both the programmer and the user:

1. Free Redistribution

2. Source Code must be included

3. Derived Works

4. Integrity of the Author's Source Code

5. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups

6. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor

7. Distribution of License

8. License Must Not Be Specific to a Product

9. License Must Not Restrict Other Software

10. License Must be Technology-Neutral

(from http://www.opensource.org/docs/osd 2/12/08)‏

Why Open Source? Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in. (from http://www.opensource.org/ 2/12/08)‏

Firefox 3 beta One-click site info: Click the site favicon in the location bar to see who owns the site Malware Protection: warns users when they arrive at sites which are known to install viruses, spyware, trojans or other malware Full Page Zoom Cost: Free A user's bookmarks, history, cookies, and preferences are now stored in a secure database which will prevent data loss even if their system crashes. Over 300 individual memory leaks have been plugged Faster speed

One-click site info: Click the site favicon in the location bar to see who owns the site

Malware Protection: warns users when they arrive at sites which are known to install viruses, spyware, trojans or other malware

Full Page Zoom

A user's bookmarks, history, cookies, and preferences are now stored in a secure database which will prevent data loss even if their system crashes.

Over 300 individual memory leaks have been plugged

Faster speed

Web Developer Has many important tools Get extensive information about page elements; a ruler; HTML/CSS validators; edit HTML/CSS, error prompts Speeds up debugging Cost: Free Code can be very difficult to read Cannot upload changes to the server. Must save and/or copy paste

Has many important tools

Get extensive information about page elements; a ruler; HTML/CSS validators; edit HTML/CSS, error prompts

Speeds up debugging

Code can be very difficult to read

Cannot upload changes to the server. Must save and/or copy paste

Cost: Free Easy-to-read and navigate HTML/CSS Duel HTML/CSS windows Highlighter Can show you how long each element of the web page loads Eats up lots of CPU Has to be disabled when in non-use Can't upload changes directly to the server

Easy-to-read and navigate HTML/CSS

Duel HTML/CSS windows

Highlighter

Can show you how long each element of the web page loads

Eats up lots of CPU

Has to be disabled when in non-use

Can't upload changes directly to the server

FireShot Snapshots of web sites Leave notes Highlight text Can e-mail snapshots directly through the program, also upload to a server Cost: Free

Snapshots of web sites

Leave notes

Highlight text

Can e-mail snapshots directly through the program, also upload to a server

GIMP Image manipulator Combine photos, retouch photos, remove red-eye, etc. Can rival Photoshop Can open and save many different picture formats Gifs, jpgs, tiffs, pngs, bmps Interface can be awkward to a first time user High level of difficulty On-line Tutorials not necessarily helpful or out-of-date Cost: Free

Image manipulator

Combine photos, retouch photos, remove red-eye, etc.

Can rival Photoshop

Can open and save many different picture formats

Gifs, jpgs, tiffs, pngs, bmps

Interface can be awkward to a first time user

High level of difficulty

On-line Tutorials not necessarily helpful or out-of-date

Book Burro “ Senses” when you are looking at a book Provides a list of local libraries that have the same book Can configure to show prices from certain on-line bookstores Must enter zip code Cost: Free

“ Senses” when you are looking at a book

Provides a list of local libraries that have the same book

Can configure to show prices from certain on-line bookstores

Must enter zip code

Free Templates http://www. oswd .org/ CSS/HTML templates free to download http://www. opensourcetemplates .org/ Web Site and Vector Art http://www. openclipart .org/ Free clip art and images http://www. freeimages .co. uk / Free stock photos Cost: Free

http://www. oswd .org/ CSS/HTML templates free to download

http://www. opensourcetemplates .org/ Web Site and Vector Art

http://www. openclipart .org/

Free clip art and images

http://www. freeimages .co. uk /

Free stock photos

Resources Firefox - http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/ Gimp - http://www.gimp.org/ Book Burro - http://bookburro.org/

Firefox - http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/

Gimp - http://www.gimp.org/

Book Burro - http://bookburro.org/

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