How to compress css & javascript: An alternative to mod_deflate or mod_gzip

So, you have used Website Optimization Analyzer or you installed Yslow for Firefox or you discovered somewhere else that compressing your files (html, javascript & css) is a good thing to do. Unfortunately, it’s not always as easy as it looks to do this. In Apache web hosting environments, there is a module called mod_deflate […]

How to Speed up Magento

Having implemented a number of websites now in Magento and being the web hosting provider for them also, it’s been both challenging and rewarding trying to get Magento running at an acceptable speed.People generally don’t understand what’s happening when they say “my website is slow”. So, for those of you unfamiliar with benchmarking / understanding […]

Quick Lightbox effect for any content in Joomla 1.5

Joomla 1.5’s use of Squeezebox in the backend makes for easy use in the frontend. Thanks to this article at I was able to mash up a lightbox style feedback form for category listing in sobi directory component. Technorati Tags: Joomla, Joomla 1.5, Squeezebox, Lightbox, Email

Open Source Web Design and Development Tools – Inkscape and Kompozer

I have been using Linux on the desktop part-time for nearly 6 years now and full-time for 3 years. My web development experience began using Macromedia’s tools and when I migrated to Linux, I took them with me with the help of the Wine project to run them under Linux. The majority of the functionality […]

JSON & Serialization in Django – Links for my reference

Generic Serialization using JSON – here ’tis Django + Ajax Presentation (pdf) – page 35 onwards – here ’tis Thread on ExtJS forum specifically Django + JSON + ExtJS – here ’tis Aah, also five part ipython series on Technorati Tags: django, extjs, json, ajax Powered by ScribeFire.

Seamless on/offline: Design winForms and deploy as ajax webapp on mono

Visual WebGui looks very interesting from a perspective that it allows you to develop a winforms application as you normally would and deploy it as a webapp (also). As per some previous posts, I like to be able to jump seamlessly between platforms. I don’t want to be tied down to anything if I can […]

Links for the day – Javascript for Rich Internet Applications

Some Interesting Javascript – I am no JS guru, so comments are welcome ExtJS – an interesting javascript library with some half-decent documentation and community, as well as paid support and alternative licensing Shortcut.js – Keyboard enable your web application – this is something that’s seriously needed. I have seen bank tellers migrate from Terminal […]