Balsamiq Mockups the next stage

I've been pushing Balsamiq Mockups for a number of years, it was on my toy list for 2009.

Once you have a mock up of your wireframe and the customer is happy with the look, the next stage is to convert it to HTML, previously I have prefered to pass this to a designer to make it look pretty.  But the problem you'll have with making something look nice is that the customer will think it is DONE and you just don't want that to happen.

I came across a Balsamiq Mockup to HTML/CSS converter this morning from NedeCo it just does the job and generates a simple and easy to follow HTML and CSS.

This is a perfect starting point for your application and you'll be able to get your business and architecture up and working before the customer gets any expectitions of a DONE project.

BalsamiqConverter.zip (511.03 kb)

Debugging and developing using Firefox

So I need to trap and look at the traffic going over HTTP and knowing that Firefox is the browser to use with all it different plugins it makes sense to download the latest version of Firefox and see what I can plug in to it.

What I like about Firefox is it is so easy to install plugins, just click restart Firefox and you're done.

So what I need to do is trap, monitor and post HTTP requests using XML, so what plug in am I going to use?

First one is FireBug every good developer and bad developer, even hackers will be using FireBug.

Next I need to monitor what is happening and I found Tamper Data which monitors ongoing requests, and more importantly monitors and posts and gets in the back ground.

Okay now the more tricky issue of being about to POST or GET using HTTP, I settled for Poster a great plug in for all the REST requests and perfect for what I am looking for.

So to summerise here is a list of what I have downloaded:

So I'm off, if I get any problems with them I'mm report them directly on this blog with comments so if you see no comments all is good.

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