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articles about the workings of the World Wide Web
open source tools
, iPhone apps and more.
Our World Wide Web FAQ
is written by
Tom Boutell, author of the original 1994 WWW FAQ that gave many
of today's web pros their start.
What follows is a short list of recent mobile apps, web apps and articles by Tom Boutell. You'll also
find many, many new and updated entries in the
September 26th, 2014: The Shellshock Vulnerability: Are You At Risk?
A security vulnerability explained in plain English
February 11th, 2014: See Your Website The Way Google And Bing Would
An organic SEO tool
SearchVision is handy for all of us who wonder what our websites really
look like to search engines like Google and Bing. By stripping out everything
that search engines usually ignore, I give you a dose of
organic SEO reality. You can follow links to explore your site the way
a search engine might... but only if you built it right!
May 14th, 2012: Node Makes Web Development Exciting Again!
I've just launched justjs.com, a blog about
query language) and other JS-based development tools, I'll show how to
do serious web development without constantly shifting between languages
February 26th, 2012: Build your website the easy way with Apostrophe
I am immensely proud of my work on Apostrophe at P'unk Avenue. Apostrophe makes it spectacularly easy to build a website. And there's a great free plan to get started with. If learning the ins and outs of HTML and CSS is not your bag, or you'd just like your clients to be able to edit their sites without a lot of handholding, you should definitely check it out.
June 12th, 2011: seeoverme offers short-range video without the need for 3G or Wifi
seeoverme transmits video via Bluetooth– a short-range networking
technology built into your iPhone that doesn't affect your 3G bandwidth
limit and doesn't require a cell tower or wifi hotspot to be nearby.
With a range of 30 feet, seeoverme makes a great periscope for seeing
over and around other people at concerts and parades.
Learn more about seeoverme
Convert video to animated GIF right on your iPhone!
Tom Boutell's latest iPhone app. Post your GIF via Tumblr, send it via email or copy the link to your clipboard and do as you please. Hosting is included. Convert existing videos or create new ones. The GIF blogs will never know what hit 'em.
Learn more on figgif.com.
December 2nd, 2010: What Shall We helps you plan good times with friends
Where shall we eat tonight?
What time should we meet?
What movie should we see?
Boutell's latest web application. Tired of playing cruise director? What Shall We...
lets your friends suggest options and vote them up or down. Sharing questions via Facebook or Twitter makes it even easier (not required— you can use it with your office coworkers too). Seeing others respond in real time helps everyone reach consensus fast. Just send out a link and watch the results!
June 16th, 2009: Sync and Speak reads your RSS and Twitter feeds aloud on the iPhone
Our first iPhone application, Sync and Speak
reads Twitter updates and RSS feeds out loud. Great for commuters and other
travelers who have a need to keep their hands and eyes free.
December 10th, 2008: 5seven5... the social network for haiku poets
5seven5.com is a social network for
for haiku poets and their poetry. Share and give feedback on haiku in a
twitter-like environment with
dynamic voting, follow lists and RSS feeds. Built with
was the test site for
November 1st, 2008: salsadelphia.com offers an up-to-date overview of the Philadelphia salsa scene
Salsadelphia is a regularly updated
directory of salsa hotspots in the Philadelphia area. Built with
Symfony, Salsadelphia provides
a perpetual calendar of upcoming events, with convenient filters to
display only the events of interest to you. Community-building features
such as event photos are slated to arrive soon.
June 11th, 2008: septime.org provides convenient transit schedules via web-enabled phones
septime.org provides information about the
next five departures from any stop mentioned in
SEPTA's online schedules.
septime.org formats its output in a way that even the simplest of Internet-enabled
cell phones and similar devices can handle.
The schedule data has also been made available in XML format for those who
would like to build other useful SEPTA-related web sites. See the
septime.org about page for
March 18th, 2008: Thomas Boutell joins P'unk Avenue
Thomas Boutell has joined forces with
P'unk Avenue, a Philadelphia-based
web design agency with complementary skills and a similar commitment
to the community. P'unk Avenue has built major interactive sites
for Duke University and many other clients. P'unk Avenue makes extensive
use of the cutting-edge
Symfony framework for
Naturally Boutell.Com will continue to grow as a
source of information, and support for Boutell's existing products will
continue to be offered.
February 5th, 2008: Boutell releases I'm Free 4, a social calendar for Facebook
I'm Free 4 makes it easy to let friends know when you're free for a meal
or an evening out... then match your calendar to those of your friends
to discover the best times to get together. I'm Free 4 employs
AJAX, PHP, FBML, FBJS and SQL to create a unique Facebook experience.
January 26th, 2008: Supergroup, Join My Band and LOLlograms are Boutell's First Facebook Applications
Facebook's open API for the creation
of third-party applications is fantastic and we're excited about it.
application allows users to create their own fantasy rock bands.
Our Join My Band
is for musicians and singers who want to start real bands where
they live. And LOLlograms
is good, silly fun for everyone. All three
demonstrate our Facebook application development skills.
Contact us with your Facebook development needs!
December 17th, 2007: Accountify 2.0 Adds Accounts To PHP Websites
Our Accountify package makes it easy to add accounts to any website. Accountify is a practical, open-source solution for those
who want to retain user information from one website visit to the next.
Accountify extends PHP's built-in
session mechanism to support long-term information storage. Recent updates
have added support for invitation management and for customization of the
account creation and preference editing process, allowing webmasters to
gather their own site-specific information.
November 8th, 2007: SupportMeLive 1.1 Adds Live Chats With Support To Any Site
SupportMeLive is an easy way to invite your
users to chat with you live on your web site. Provide technical and sales
support or just shoot the breeze with your web site visitors. SupportMeLive
began life as a demonstration piece for the
WWW FAQ and grew into a simple but solid package
for providing live support on small and medium-sized web sites.
October 12th, 2007: Mapedit 4.0 Greatly Enhances Imagemap Editing
Our Mapedit software, long
the most user-friendly imagemap editor available, is now the most complete
as well. Mapedit 4.0's new features include hotspot alignment, multiple
documents, multiple-hotspot and multiple-point selections, an improved
insert-point feature, "crisp-angle" polygon edge drawing and a great
deal more. Visit the Mapedit
news page for more information.
February 22nd, 2007: Boutell CAPTCHA Released
CAPTCHA systems allow websites to distinguish between human visitors
and automated attacks. Our CAPTCHA system is a straightforward,
developer-friendly, open-source solution easily plugged into any
PHP-based web form. Our solution includes a high-quality
audio CAPTCHA for vision-impaired users. See the WWW FAQ article
how do I add
a CAPTCHA to my web page? for complete details.
19 September 2005: Windows and Linux Integration Published
Tom Boutell is the co-author of Windows and Linux Integration: Hands-on
Solutions for a Mixed Environment. A practical, hands-on guide to
getting the most from Windows and Linux in the same enterprise. Covers
authentication, printing, file sharing, email integration, desktop
integration, web application development and more.
Available now on amazon.com and at your local bookstore! Updates, tips,
web-only exclusive extras and discussion forums are available at