When you come across a nicely built website, don’t you always wonder what technologies the site is built with. Perhaps a sneak peek at the page source can give you some idea.
But there’s an easier method. There’s this nifty little Chrome extension called BuiltWith (available for Firefox as well). When you’re in a webpage simply click the BuiltWith icon and it pops up with the list of technologies the page is built with and a small description of each of them. The image shows a part of the list twitter.com is built with. Yes, it works on https sites as well.
This may not be much of a thing for some people, but if you’re a noob about these things like me you’ll be able to learn a lot of web-tech stuff with this.
If you are a die-hard Vim fan and haven’t heard of Vimperator already, here’s great news: You can control your web browser using the keyboard without the need to touch your mouse just like in Vim.
Vimperator is a Firefox extension that creates a Vim-like environment in your browser. It removes all clutter including the menu bar, tool bar and bookmarks bar. However if you want, you can bring them up again using a simple command. Navigating the pages are same as in Vim, use hjkl and what-not. The list of commands you can use is enormous, but thankfully Vimperator has a great documentation as well. Just type :help and hit Enter to view the help.
You can build aliases, map keystrokes, etc in a separate configuration file named .vimperatorrc. There are also dozens of plugins available.
It takes some time to get used to the command-only interface, but once you are through you will know that it’s worth the effort.
Take a look at the minimal look of Firefox once Vimperator is installed: