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Monday, October 25, 2010

Google docs - save space on the top of the document

one of the drawbacks of using web based applications is the top area space wastage, with address bar , bookmarks toolbar and tabs occupying so much space at the top and that any additional space taken by application in top area just worsens the whole user experience of using web based application further more.

Google docs team can you please remove or have some option to hide the top area in the google docs. see attached image.

Update 12/1/2010: Google has release a option to hide that wasted space. Go to View -> Compact Controls

see image below to see where the menu command to hide the top space is located.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Free cloud computing resources

Here is a list of free offerings from some of the major and reputed cloud computing vendors.
  • Google App Engine: Free hosting of Java or Python application, you can host your website on Google app engine having just basic html files as well. It allows you to host up to 10 applications for free: for more information visit:
If you know any other free offerings from other vendors, please add it to the comments section below and I will update this blog entry. thanks!

Some hand picked books to help you get started on using these services:

Host Your Web Site In The Cloud: Amazon Web Services Made Easy: Amazon EC2 Made EasyProgramming Google App Engine: Build and Run Scalable Web Apps on Google's Infrastructure (Animal Guide)Development with the Platform: Building Business Applications in the Cloud

Friday, October 15, 2010 tip : how to delete pages, objects, fields in via IDE

you can delete almost anything which is accessible via IDE using destructiveChanges.xml

read more at :
help doc:

Thursday, October 14, 2010 tip : show bubble help text on visualforce page

to show bubble style help text on visualforce fields , use following syntax on tag

<apex:pageBlockSectionItem helpText="{!$ObjectType.Contact.Fields.Favorite_Game__c.inlineHelpText}" >