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Here is a small application I discovered lately which I just love!

This little application will give you the option of changing the colors of any Windows folders you want.

You can also Change how the folder actually looks and edit the Tooltip that will be displayed when the mouse hovers above it.

Change the color of folders


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Although Dev102 is a blog about software tips, web and technology reviews, I want to introduce you something which is a little bit out of context. Most people, know and use Microsoft Outlook as their email application and are spending too much time searching for conversations, attachments, and other important information in their inbox. A company names Xobni introduce us a free Outlook plugin which offers a new way to organize and search the Outlook email.

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After I published a post about SDEdit which is a free desktop sequence diagram editor, I received a mail from Steve Hanov who wanted to introduce me with a very impressive alternative to SDEdit. Steve has created a web service that creates renditions of sequence diagrams, it is completely online and does not require a download. Well, after reviewing this tool, I decided to let Dev102 readers know about it too, it is really great.

Like SDEdit, the UML sequence diagrams are created from a textual syntax and not by drawing objects and lines. Lets take a look at the following example:

Alice->Bob: Authentication Request
note right of Bob: Bob thinks about it.
Bob-->Alice: Authentication Response

You can notice that the syntax is easy and if you ask from the tool to draw it, this is what you get:


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As software developers, all of us used at least one UML design tool such as Rational Rose, Enterprise Architect or even Microsoft VISIO. Those tools have one thing in common – they are commercial and thus cost money… I want to introduce you a nice free sequence diagram editor called SDEdit. It is not a full UML design editor, you can’t draw class diagrams or state diagrams, only sequence diagrams are there.

Markus Strauch, the author of this tool, also called it Quick Sequence Diagram Editor. The UML sequence diagrams are created from a textual syntax and not by drawing objects and lines. There is a text area at the bottom of the window to specify the objects and messages while you can see the sequence diagram itself at the upper part of the window…


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This is a guest post written by John Daniel-Trask from Mindscape.

Mindscape have released a major upgrade to their LightSpeed domain modelling / ORM tool. Version 2.0 includes a visual model designer integrated into Visual Studio, LINQ support, and the ability to access multiple databases concurrently. LightSpeed is a small, fast domain modeling tool which uses convention over configuration to perform object-relational mapping without the need for complex mapping files.

In the past it’s been necessary to code LightSpeed models explicitly in C# or Visual Basic, but the new Visual Studio-hosted designer enables a more data-centric approach: developers can drag tables from Server Explorer and LightSpeed automatically creates the models for them. Developers can also add validations and tune performance parameters such as caching and lazy/eager loading through the designer. The designer also supports a “round-tripping” approach whereby changes to the database can be applied incrementally to the…


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Here are two interesting tools I found while working on our Silveredo 2 theme.

Install Multiple Internet Explorer Versions

This one is quite helpful and a must if you are working and building themes. Usually you want your theme to be compatible with FF2/3 and IE7 which we all know has its issues…

I bet there are many people who want their site to be compatible with Internet Explorer 6 too, having IE6 and IE7 working together on your windows is a problem, as it turns out, you CAN have all the Internet Explorer versions working along side each other, all you have to do is to download the multiple IE version installer and install any version you need.


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We all know the propertyGrid control, which provides a user interface for browsing the properties of an object. What about having a WPF propertyGrid? Well, yesterday I  noticed that there is a work in progress on an open source WPF property grid. Tomer Shamam announced in his blog Essential WPF that he accepted Microsoft Israel OPEN UP challenge (open source contest) and created a new project – WPF property grid. As he stated, it is currently only a Proof of concept and the interface and its usage may change in next releases. I think that its worth tracking…


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imageXHTML sitemap validation tool allows you to XHTML validate your entire sitemap in one click, unlike the W3C markup validation service that let you validate one page at a time. This tool is also needed because XHTML validation is very important in the manner of SEO.
 
After releasing it a few days ago, Rob White from http://www.jacquelinewhite.co.uk/ wrote us that he had problems validating his site. Checking that issue, we found out that the default namespace on Robs sitemap is different than what we expected. During this bug fix, some other issues came up and we decided to release version 1.1 of our tool. The update includes:

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XHTML Validation Tool During the past couple of weeks we noticed that whenever we tweak our theme or change something in one of our posts, it causes some pages to become XHTML invalid. We came to think that you never know where it is going to hit you, so we sat down and created a small application which helps you keep all your pages XHTML valid. We checked it on our sitemap, and seems we have some HTML work to do :).

This application is written in WPF and is based on the .Net Framework 3.5.

It will allow you to validate you entire sitemap in one click. The validation is done through the W3C validation SOAP service, so you can trust it :).


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XPath is a language for addressing parts of an XML document, for those who are not familiar with this language – here are the W3C specifications and here is the W3schools tutorial. Now that we know XPath, lets get to the point of that post which is – Visual XPath. This is a free graphical […]


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