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Barcamp Auckland 4 Summary

I had yet another excellent time at Barcamp Auckland 4 #bcak4. This is an unconference run each year that brings together developers, designers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and others for discussion about topics of interest.  The sessions are always thought provoking and there are lots of super knowledgeable people and hence great discussions. My notes from the sessions are below.Building client side libraries in the enterpriseSimon Lieschke, @slieschkeBuild on top of Yahoo! User Interface libraryYUI doc tool for generating source code notesDeveloper declares dependencies and this will then determine what libraies to useHave generated tag library docsWhen building javacript libraries, use a functional test page (e.g. if change CSS then show all different buttons) #regressiontestingcurrently build page manuallySelenium mentioned as a tool to consider. It looks quite good.Unit TestingJsUnitYUI test is a bit nicer than JsUnit. It provides better tools for simulating browser behavi…

Why is my Powerpoint 2002/2003 file so big? How big (MB) is each slide? A solution...

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I had an oversized Powerpoint 2003 presentation even after doing the tips and tricks I was aware of.  After a bit of searching I came across two excellent resources:
Why are my PowerPoint files so big? What can I do about it?Bill's SizeMe Add-inThe first link contains myriad information that is useful.  Bill's SizeMe Add-in (works with PowerPoint 2002 (XP) and PowerPoint 2003) is easy to install with the excellent documentation on the website and the amount of information generated about each slide surprised me.

It does take a while to churn through the slides (and it's a good idea to use a copy of your original presentation), however it does result it a break down of each component on a slide.  The information can be viewed from within the Powerpoint itself or within Excel where it is easy to see where the bloat is coming from through the sorted raw data and graphs.

Online calendaring tools: Google vs Yahoo vs Microsoft

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I tend to always use my calendar at work (MS Outlook with Exchange at the backend) as my core calendar and then synchronise this with my mobile phone.  This works well for me but I thought I should check out the Online calendar scene.

My requirements for an Online Calendar are pretty simple, but the caliber of the different tools was quite significant:
Has a nice look and feel and is fast enoughWorks!Can handle recurring appointmentsCan synchronise with iPhone, Android and ideally Symbian OSCan synchronise / provide data to other calendar based mashups The company is highly likely to still be around in five yearsReasonable availability, stability, data integrity and security Online Calendars
 Google Calendar

None of the other Online calendar came close to matching the slick usability of Google Calendar.  The look & feel of this calendar is excellent.  Nice stand out features also include having both public and private URLS (supporting XML, iCal and HTML), support for multiple calenda…