Reviews of software and tools

Best software for webmasters, developers, and other programs of more general interest.

What license for my open source software?

A comparison of open source software licenses, under the conditions they impose or not.

Evolution of browsers and HTML 5 support

Internet Explorer finally supports HTML 5 with version 9

HTML editors

Best free tools for writing HTML pages, documents and to write a blog offline with a good editor.

Code editors written in JavaScript

The Mozilla editor Skywriter was merged with Ace to provide a powerful online collaborative IDE for many languages..

Oracle vs. PostgreSQL

Why to buy an expensive DBMS when a free alternative exists?

History of software forks, the successes

How to tell if a fork will become popular and will replace the original?

Silverlight, a magic plugin. It disappears

Web programmers need for standards. After XMLHttpRequest (first available in 2000 on Internet Explorer 5) and Ajax (popularized in 2005), XAML could be the next step, but it was missing a runtime to run on any computer. Silverlight is this tool that allows to run RIA on several browsers and operating systems. Moonlight is a port for Linux.

Internet Explorer 10

No revolution this time in the browser, but version 11 will implement WebGL.

From IE 7 to IE 9, HTML 5 for all

A revolution for Microsoft with a full HTML 5 support occurring four years after its implementation in Firefox and Chrome.

Sysinternals, free utilities for Windows
Microsoft provides now an archive holding a lot of utilities for getting infos and tweaking Windows.