It enables you to preview the theme live, save and download your WordPress theme as a zip file. It lets you design a complete WordPress theme with widget support in an easy and fast way, without any knowledge of programming languages.
Microsoft Web Applications Installer – distributing open source web software (Drupal, DotNetNuke, WordPress, osCommerce and others)
Something new comes from Microsoft: the company could become among the biggest open source software distributors in the world (not from their legal stand-point but it is a step)!
Now, that’s something new for a company known to say that open source movement is a “cancer“. Times are changing, so the words.
Microsoft developed the Web Applications installer software recently to help people get up and running with the most used Web Applications freely available for your Windows Server (yes, just Windows, no Linux support, as usual).
You can download the executable from here and install it on your computer. But be aware that you need to have Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista SP1 installed on your computer in order to successfully run this software (of course, you have to have IIS web server installed too, have the administrator privileges and at least .NET 2.0 framework).
Beside these requirements you have to have also MySQL database set up on your computer (use official MySQL installer).
The open source software supported so far are DotNetNuke, Drupal, Gallery, Graffiti CMS, osCommerce, phpBB and WordPress (probably more to come in the future). These are written in ASP.NET and PHP.
If you run into problems Microsoft has setup an online forum where you can get some help (this is a beta product).
Good move, Microsoft! If you can’t beat the open source join it !
Mantis is a free security web application (bug tracking system) written in PHP. It stores all found bugs in a database.
No software can be bug free. There is a phase in SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle) of Testing. Testing is very important phase of any software. It is important to formally maintain bugs. Normally in most of the companies, Bugs are recorded with a bug tracking system and on release of each version, all old bugs are rechecked.
Mantis, BugZilla, Jira are some of the bug tracking system commonly used by the companies.
Mantis is free and open source under GPL license. It can use MySQL, MS SQL Server and PostgreSQL as a database for storing the bugs. It can be installed on Windows, Linux, Mac OS and OS/2. Last but not least, as it is web based application – it is obvious that it needs web server. It can be either IIS or Apache.
If I write how to install Mantis, this paper will go on and on… and it is not necessary as it is already well written at mantis official site. I don’t see any point in reinventing wheel. Installation in easy steps is -
- Install prerequisites
- Web Server
- Get Latest version of Mantis
- Configure Mantis
- Login to admin application
- Create project and users
- Assign permissions to users
Features of Mantis
Mantis is very rich in the features and that is what makes it popular amongst companies. There are many features, though I am pointing out some of the key features here.