5 site validators I am using daily

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Sometimes I am lazy about the code quality of my own pages. If all the browsers are showing the page as expected and visitors are able to get my site content, I can live with some “not-valid” piece of code. But it’s me. When working for clients, I am always checking the validity of the code (and the site ata all). Everything must pass the standard validation tests. And speaking of standards, here is the list of the 5 test tools I am using (almost) every day:

1) The W3C Markup Validator

This is the validator. If you never checked your site’s code against this validator — go and do it. It is not just a validation service, it’s a learning tool too. After fixing the same type of error several times, I tend to avoid the wrong code in future. In brief — this (and all) W3 Validators are the industry standard for testing against the industry standards 😉

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5 Best Site Speed / Load Time Test Tools

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I am using a bunch of testing tools on a daily basis. In the comming days I’ll publish several lists with my favorite test tools, starting today with my list of speed testing utilities.

Online Site Speed & Performance Test Tools:

These are “real-life” testing utilities. In general, you enter the URL, select among servers/locations, click a button and get the report (after some time of waiting for the actual test  to be performed). The advantage of these tools is that you can check the load speed of your site from different locations (different servers in different countries).

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AV scanners and false positives

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From time to time I receive sad/angry/informative messages from users that some antivirus scanner is reporting my programs as virus or trojan or suspicious file. Obviously those are “false positives” (the AV vendors are using this euphemism to replace “lies”). I have no idea why that happens. In the past I was publishing unsigned setup files, which could be part of the problem. But now everything is signed with my digital signature. The only reason for this to happen is the paranoid nature of some antivirus programs. Yesterday I had to deal with disappointed user who purchased my program just to see Nor**n saying it’s a virus and to stop the tool from working. I refunded the money, but no one could remove the bad taste feeling can’t be cured neither for me nor the user. According to nor**n, this tool is “suspicious” because is not very popular. Boy! I am writing niche software, I never intended to be popular with these tools. DrW*b directly says (lies) there is a virus in other of the tools I am publishing. Why? What virus? Kas***sky isn’t right now reporting any of my tools as virus, but it did that several times in the past… What is this? Why are antivirus programs lying about my programs?

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