Software I Use
This section is provided as a aid for my students looking to explore software application that can help them in a variety of ways. I use each of these packages listed below, but will not provide help on their use.
Yes, I still develop applications. Usually this is in support of a classroom example, or supporting material for a textbook. Here are a few of the applications that I routinely use in doing my development.
- Sublime Text 2 - Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. You'll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance.
- Notepad++ - Notepad++ is a generic source code editor (it tries to be anyway) and Notepad replacement written in C++ with the Win32 API. The aim of Notepad++ is to offer a slim and efficient binary with a totally customizable GUI.
- SmartCVS - SmartCVS is an innovative multi-platform CVS client. It has powerful features, like built-in File Compare/Merge, Transaction display or List Repository Files, and still is easy and intuitive to use. SmartCVS focuses on your day-to-day tasks and usability and is not limited to the available CVS command set.
- Smart SVN - SmartSVN is an innovative multi-platform client for Subversion, the designated successor of CVS. SmartSVN has powerful features like the built-in File Compare/Merge, Conflict Solver and Tag and Branch handling which make your daily work with Subversion as easy as possible.
- ArgoUML - ArgoUML is the leading open source UML modeling tool and includes support for all standard UML 1.4 diagrams. It runs on any Java platform.
- Checkstyle - Checkstyle is a development tool to help programmers write Java code that adheres to a coding standard. It automates the process of checking Java code to spare humans of this boring (but important) task. This makes it ideal for projects that want to enforce a coding standard.
- Ant - Apache Ant is a Java-based build tool. In theory, it is kind of like Make, but without Make's wrinkles.
- Trac - Trac is an enhanced wiki and issue tracking system for software development projects. Trac uses a minimalistic approach to web-based software project management.
I constantly have a need to create PDF files. Did you know there are several freely available options to do so? Outside of using my MacBook Pro (which can print to PDF files natively), I use the following options on my Windows machine.
- pdf24 - With pdf24 you can convert current documents into PDF-files. You can do this with pdf24-email.converter very easily online. No installation needed! Or you can download pdf24-creator for free.
- Neevia document converter (on-line only) - Neevia Document Converter eXpress makes it possible for anyone to instantly convert their files to PDF or Image without the need of installing special software. There is a 1 MB file size limitation so make sure you do not upload files that are over this limit.
- PDF my URL - Give them a URL, you get that page in a PDF. How easy is that?
Need to purchase anti-virus and anti-spyware tools? Not me. I use AVG at home. Students and faculty at TCNJ can also download Sophos anti-virus for free from our IT department.
- Wink - Wink is a tutorial and presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users. Wink produces Flash movies.