Google TTS Wavenet voices for Android (Text to speech engine).
I read a lot of ebooks. The problem is that I get tired easily. Listening to ebooks is better for me. I use Google Books Text to speech feature all the time. It works nice, but the voices are terrible.
I even bought some premium TTS engines like from Acapela. It is bearable but lets get stright. These voices still sound like robots. OK for navigation apps but annoying for ebooks.
Sometimes I need to create a HTML Email template. The customers sends me a Photoshop file, my task is to create a E-Mail template which can be used in Outlook to send E-Mails.
The customer also tells me to create multiple versions where for example the header is same but the content slightly different, eg. multi language content.
The problem with CSS.
You can’t simply embedd a CSS file (at least not in some email clients) so you need to use inline CSS for almost every HTML tag. For example for the “p” tag (paragraph). Then the customer says he wants the p tag a little bit bigger.. so you open all your HTML files and edit the inline CSS for all your P tags. Thats tedious and unproductive.
Continue reading “How to create HTML E-Mail Templates?”
Working as developer requires me to work with a lot of files. The Windows Explorer is OK, you get almost everything done. When you want to be more productive, I recommend you to use something better than Windows Explorer.
My app of choice is “Total Commander” (from now on TC). In this article I will show you some of the awesome features I often use in Total Commander.
When you start a php script it will wait until it is done. Lately I and my customers were facing a huge problem where pictures were uploaded to a gallery web app and the problem was in the thumbnail generation.
The thumbnails were generated as someone opened the gallery (frontend). This resulted in long loading page and sometimes strange errors. Sometimes the page didnt load at all because Apache was working heavily on the thumbnails. Even worse was that the gallery was visited by many people simultaneously. The gallery app created 4 thumbnails out of one image in different sizes.
There are better ways to handle this. I could generate the thumbnails in the backend and show the thumbs on the frontend when they were generated. The problem is that I am using Owncloud as the backend and it is a pain the ass to extend Owncloud… but thats another story.
So, how did I manage to get rid of the problem and make the thumbnail generation fast and non blocking?
Currently I am creating a small console application for AceProject. (Github) I never worked with the Symfony CLI Component (CLI = Command Line Interface) but it works like a charm. You can create your own CLI applications in a breeze. And I already tried other php command line frameworks – most of the frameworks were complicated, complicated in the sense of understanding and creating simple CLI apps. Continue reading “How to add a Logo to Symfony Console Component”
Not only as a web developer but everyone needs to search for files. So how do you search for files quickly on windows? You just press on that windows logo and start to type yourdesired file.
And thats OK for most cases, but the problem is that the search is sometimes slow and it wont find files you really need. In my case the windows search even stopped working all together. I tried to fix it but the only one solution was to reinstall windows.
As a web developer you need to work with databases a lot. There are many databases and one of the common relational databases is mysql. You can use only a shell by typing “mysql” and start to code… But thats so oldschool. As a webdev you should use a better client for managing databases.
In this article I will show you my experiences with mysql clients for windows. But these will also work on linux with wine. (all tested by myself!). So, which is the best MySQL client for windows / linux? Continue reading “Best MySQL client”
I often need to work on linux servers and there are many ways to connect to the server. What is the best SSH client for Windows? At first let learn something about my 3 common used SSH clients: Continue reading “Best SSH Client for Windows”
If you want to become a web developer there are many skills you must master. 20 years ago it was just fine if you could create a website in html. Today there are many things you need to know. You can still create a site only in html, (and you should if you just starting) but to make awesome web apps you will need to learn a lot of stuff. Don’t worry, it doesn’t take years to learn the basics and with time you will get more experienced and it will be fun to code. Continue reading “How to become a web developer?”