Platform ... My favorite sandbox
- Linux is everywhere... and you are looking at one. Any flavor is fine. Resistance is futile :-)
- Oracle is no friend of Open Source so lets prefer MySQL fork; thanks to Monty Widenius we have an excellent option. (Thanks to Oracle for still free MySQL Workbench and Virtualbox though).
Language ... The smallest particle
- PHP is a popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to quick web development. No flames here people - PHP has its strengths and weaknesses.
- Python is used for backend stuff (could use PHP CLI also but this is more fun).
- Shell scripting (bash/ksh/etc.) is used in contrib man-page export script because it just works well on the *nix platforms.
- (plus the usual HTML, CSS, etc)
Code ... No need to reinvent the wheel and thanks where it belongs
- Twitter Bootstrap (Apache License 2.0)
- Sleek, intuitive, and powerful front-end framework for faster and easier web development. Special thanks to Glyphicons for Halflings set.
- Open source social sign on php library. Special thanks to Tim Forsythe for his excellent HybridAuth framework
- Summernote enhances the form textboxes by providing the wysiwyg experience
- Bootstrap Tags Input
- jQuery plugin providing a Twitter Bootsxhtrap user interface for managing tags.
- Image creation in PHP with GD library
- by Christopher Heng (thesitewizard.com).
- to convert HTML to PDF on the fly.
- PHP & jQuery voting system
- by Sanwebe.
Misc ... Special thanks
- The best Domain Name Registrar at the moment (price & dynamic DNS option & other free goodies). The dynamic updater.
- Wikipedia ISO639-1 codes
- Wikipedia, the source of all good. ISO639-1 codes are used extensively in the database to track languages/coutries. Remember to DONATE!
- Open-Xchange (OX)
- Time to scrap the bloatware MS Exchange and start working smarter
- Google hosted libraries
- Thanks to the network giant for lending bandwidth for jQuery files
- Thanks for centrally hosting Bootstrap files
- The fastest way on the planet to solve your programming problems
- Linus Torvalds
- Last but not least. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are boyscouts compared to Linus and what his Linux has accomplished... OK, I'm biased as I am also a Finn.