I decided to create a collection of tools that web developers and programmers often use. I found that I was often googling for things like "json beautifier" or "url escaper" and I'd often end up on random websites with ads and garbage tools that don't work or have tons of options that no one needs.
So I created my own tools. No ads, no garbage, just plain tools all in one place. Press button, get result. Here they are:
Right now I've added 18 tools that I often use, and I'll be adding more tools every week. Soon this will be the largest collection of online programmer tools.
- URL Encode - encode special URL chars to %XX percent sign encoding.
- URL Decode - decode %XX percent sign chars back to normal chars.
- HTML Encode - encode special HTML characters to HTML entities.
- HTML Decode - decode HTML entities to normal characters.
- JSON Prettify - Pretty print JSON data (add spaces, newlines and indentation).
- JSON Minify - Compress JSON data (remove all spaces, tabs, newlines and indentation).
- CSS Prettify - Prettify CSS stylesheets.
- CSS Minify - Compress CSS stylesheets.
- XML Prettify - Pretty print XML data structures.
- XML Minify - Compress XML data structures.
- Convert JSON to XML - Convert JSON data structures to XML data structures.
- Convert XML to JSON - Convert XML to JSON.
- Convert UNIX time to UTC time - Convert UNIX Epoch time to UTC time. (Useful if you store timestamps as UNIX time in database.)
- Convert UTC time to UNIX time - Convert UTC time to UNIX Epoch.
- Convert IP to Decimal - Convert IPs to integer decimals. (Useful if you store IPs as integers in database.)
- Convert Decimal to IP - Convert integers back to proper IP addresses.
Next few tools that I'm adding are HTML minifier, HTML beautifier, and Base64 encoder and Base64 decoder.
Update: Just added base64 encoder and base64 decoder:
- Base64 Encode - Convert ascii/unicode/utf8/utf16/utf32 strings to base64 strings.
- Base64 Decode - Convert base64 strings back to original strings.
Another Update: Just added HTML prettifier and HTML minifier:
Any comments, questions, concerns or suggestions? Leave a comment below!
This is what going viral looks like traffic wise:
Hooray for viral marketing, and until next time!
PS. My record in going viral is getting 100,000 visitors in 1 day on the launch day.
Exciting news! My company Browserling was featured on Product Hunt and it got over 500 votes, making it the product of the day! If you haven't heard about Product Hunt, it's a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations.
In this blog post I want to quickly summarize what happens when you get on Product Hunt.
The immediate effect is very similar to getting on front page of Hacker news or Reddit and you get a sudden spike of traffic. However unlike HN and Reddit, Product Hunt's traffic lasts for several days (as long as your product is visible on Product Hunt's home page), and if you make it as the top product of the day, you get featured on their mailing list, that sends more traffic.
Browserling was product of the day on Product Hunt, Oct 18, 2015.
Overall, I had 7-10 days of 2x-3x daily average traffic thanks to Product Hunt and I got tons of tweets, several writeups on various tech sites, 800% more signups and 300% more new customers (compared to daily average).
Product hunt's traffic spike on Oct 18, 2015.
I had to spin up a bunch of extra cloud servers to handle all this extra traffic. Be prepared that a day after you get features, Product Hunt's mailing list goes out so you'll have another sudden spike of traffic. I didn't know that but I've real time Google Analytics open 24/7 and noticed that.
I've to run now. Other than that if you've a cool product, you've to get it on Product Hunt. It's a great site. I didn't find until 12 hours later that Browserling was submitted. And when you get on PH make sure to monitor Twitter and PH's comments and engage with people who're interested in your product.
Until next time!
I'm implementing every feature imaginable to make Browserling as easy to use as possible. A little while ago I created Bookmarklets for Browserling. Browserling's bookmarklets let you bookmark links to browsers for quick and easy access.
Let's say you're cross-browser testing in Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11 daily. Then you can just create bookmarks to these browsers, put them in bookmarks bar and start testing in IE 9, 10 and 11 with one click on the bookmark. Super quick and easy!
Under the hood, Browserling's bookmarklets use Browserling's unique browser sharing URL scheme, which is another feature for easily accessing browsers.
Here's how Browserling's browser sharing scheme looks like:
This loads catonmat.net in Chrome 40 on Windows Vista. Browserling's bookmarklets just generate the right browsing URL and when you bookmark it, it loads the right browser. Neat, isn't it?
I've also created Chrome, Firefox and Opera extensions for Browserling. They make cross-browser testing as easy as bookmarklets. Just install the extension and you can start testing with one click on the extension's icon.
Until next time!
In September I launched comic.browserling.com - a new webcomic about web developer, web designer, programmer and browser jokes. The comic has gotten popular quickly and the cartoons are getting shared and viewed tens of thousands of times.
I've been adding new cartoons every week and here are three latest comics.
All cartoons are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International. You can share, remix, transform, copy, link to, redistribute cartoons and jokes but you can't sell them.
Until next time!