Express for Web

Iโ€™ve been using Aptana Studio for teaching webby development stuff because:

  1. Itโ€™s free
  2. Itโ€™s a real IDE with auto-complete, syntax highlighting etc.
  3. It supports HTML5, CSS, JavaScript
  4. It has an integrated debugger, which even works once youโ€™ve teased Firefox and Firebug to cooperate

But itโ€™s heavy. So heavy that for my own stuff and for demoโ€™ing to students Iโ€™ve stuck with Notepad++

Iโ€™ve just spent 15 minutes playing with Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web (having been pointed that way by the news that Expression is dead) and, I think, weโ€™ll be rapidly moving to that for future webby development.

  1. Itโ€™s free
  2. Itโ€™s a real IDE with auto-complete, syntax highlighting etc.
  3. It supports HTML5, CSS, JavaScript
  4. It has an integrated debugger which just works
  5. It supports a design view
  6. Itโ€™s not as heavy (not light, just not as heavy)

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It might also be a decent replacement for the editor we use to teach basic web page design especially as the progression from visual editing to markup editing would be within one product.

All I need to do now is hope our managed service provider can cope with itโ€ฆ

BTEC Information and Creative Technology

I spent Friday on a Person/Edexcel course: Getting Ready to Teach BTEC Firsts 2012: in Information & Creative Technology.

The Pearson representative at the event stressed that all the information shared was already in the public domain. So, in a similar spirit here are my raw notes straight out of the Evernote notebook (iPad predictive typos and all ๐Ÿ™‚

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RSS feeds of Twitter streams

Having discovered EdSurge Iโ€™ve been rather enjoying their content. I was hoping it would replace the combination of Ars Technica / TechCrunch / Engadget that I turn to first in the RSS reader.

Unfortunately not. I couldnโ€™t find an RSS feed, which turned out to be because there isnโ€™t one.

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Not to worry I thought, maybe I can subscribe to an RSS feed of their Twitter updates. Turns out you can, but not as easily as clicking on a button in Twitter, instead you need to construct a URL like this:

https://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/aiddy.rss

where youโ€™d replace โ€˜aiddyโ€™ with the Twitter screen name of the feed you want (omitting the @ symbol).

Here’s a little tool to make it easier to generate RSS feed URLs (and this explains why the tool isn’t embedded in this post). Enjoy.