A couple of times on my blog, I have mentioned a network utilities site that I have been working on. It was briefly mentioned in my IPv6 post and I remember saying something about it earlier, but wasn’t getting around to making it live and giving a full intro. It also differs in looks when viewed under different browsers.
So instead of putting it off even more, here it is:
Just creating some of the tools, like the Netmask Calculator, has been a challenge, as well as being informative. Working on something like this really refreshes your memory on how the internals work. I also have to appreciate Python and how fun and powerful it is to code in it. I even implemented an access control mechanism to stop abuse of the service though I hope I don’t have to enable it.
These are the tools (or utilities) that I currently have, though will add more later. Most of these have IPv6 support:
- Email address verification
- DNS lookup
- Netmask Calculator
- Ping utility
- Reverse DNS lookup
- TCP Traceroute
The part that I’m really bad at is coming up with a good design. I guess you need to have at least some background in arts as well as a less technical approach to things to create something really beautiful. My sites may validate when it comes to good code, syntax and functionality, but they don’t seem to be too appealing to the masses. How do you develop a good aesthetic sense?