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Enhancing the User Interface with Ajax

by Ayman Hourieh | June 2008 | Architecture & Analysis Content Management Open Source

The coming of Ajax was an important landmark in the history of Web 2.0. Ajax is a group of technologies that enable developers to build interactive, feature-rich web applications. Most of these technologies were available many years before Ajax itself. However, the advent of Ajax represents the transition of the web from static pages that need to be refreshed whenever data was exchanged to dynamic, responsive and interactive user interfaces.

In this article by Ayman Hourieh, you will learn about the following:

  • Ajax and the benefits of using it in web applications.
  • How to install an Ajax framework in Django.
  • How to use the Open Source jQuery framework.
  • Live searching of bookmarks.
  • Editing a bookmark in place without loading a separate page.
  • Auto-completion of tags when submitting a bookmark.
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Configuring OpenCms Search

by Dan Liliedahl | June 2008 | Content Management Java Open Source

A search feature in a website is always beneficial. In this article by Dan Liliedahl, we will see how to add search capabilities to an OpenCms website and will also discuss how to create a search index for blog content. Before all this we will start of with a small discussion on Lucene search engine.

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Deploying Your DotNetNuke Portal

by Daniel N. Egan | June 2008 | .NET Microsoft Content Management Open Source

Once your portal is looking the way you want it to, it is time to share your creation with the rest of the world. We want to transfer our site from our local computer and set it up on the World Wide Web.

In this article by Daniel N. Egan, you will know the following:

  • How to obtain a domain name for your site
  • What to look for in a hosting provider
  • How to modify your files to prepare for moving to a host
  • How to set up your database on a hosted site
  • What file permissions are needed for your site to run
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RadRails Views

by Javier Ramírez | June 2008 | AJAX Open Source Web Development

When developing a Rails project, there are more things to do than the source code itself. We have to start, stop, and monitor our servers, generate code templates, run our test suites, install plug-ins and gems, generate documentation, keep control of to-do items, or run Rake tasks for different purposes—database migrations, for example. RadRails provides different Views for supporting these tasks that are a part of the development but not of the coding itself. And, of course, it does it so we can control everything from within the IDE without having to go back to the command-line interface. In this article by Javier Ramírez, we will see how to open a View. We will also look at the Documentation Views and the Servers View, which are available as part of the Rails default perspective, that is, you don't need to do anything special to open them.

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First Steps with Scalix Admin Console and Scalix Web Access

by Markus Feilner | June 2008 | Linux Servers Open Source

This article deals with the Scalix Administration Console (SAC). This web interface is the central point of administration for the Scalix server. User, group, and resource management are done here as well as controlling services and settings. In this article by Markus Feilner, we will take a short tour through the interface, add a first user, and have a closer look at the configuration options available for him/her. Towards the end, we will test the account by logging into the web client, and sending (and receiving) emails.

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Comparing Asterisk and OpenSER

by Flavio E. Goncalves | June 2008 | Linux Servers Networking & Telephony Open Source

Voice Internet Protocol (VoIP) Telephony refers to the technology used for making telephone calls over the Internet. The two major technologies used to implement VoIP telephony are Asterisk and OpenSER. This article by Flavio E. Goncalves compares Asterisk and OpenSER topic by topic and shows the differences between them.

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Visual MySQL Database Design in MySQL Workbench

by Djoni Darmawikarta | June 2008 | MySQL PHP

MySQL Workbench is a visual database design tool recently released by MySQL AB. The tool is specifically for designing MySQL database.

MySQL Workbench has many functions and features; this article by Djoni Darmawikarta shows some of them by way of an example. We’ll build a physical data model for an order system where an order can be a sale order or a purchase order, and then, forward-engineer our model into an MySQL database.

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Handler and Phase in Apache Axis2

by Deepal Jayasinghe | June 2008 | Java Open Source

The fundamental goal of any given Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) processing framework is to deliver an incoming SOAP message to the target application. However, if we consider today's Web Services or any other application, just delivering the message to the application is not sufficient. We need to provide quality of service, such as reliability and security. To provide these features, most SOAP processing frameworks have the concept of pipes, where, any incoming or outgoing message goes through the pipe, and the pipe gets divided into smaller pieces. Each piece is known as an interceptor. "Handler" is the Apache terminology for "message interceptor". In this article by Deepal Jayasinghe, we will see how to write a simple handler, what is a Phase, different types of Phase, and invalid Phase rules.

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Configuring JDBC in Oracle JDeveloper

by Deepak Vohra | June 2008 | Java Oracle

The Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) API is used to access a SQL database from a Java application. JDBC also supports tabular data sources, such as a spreadsheet.

Oracle JDeveloper is a free Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for modeling, developing, debugging, optimizing, and deploying Java applications. JDeveloper 10g is used to develop J2EE applications comprising the JSPs, EJBs, Struts, Servlets, and the Java classes that may require accessing a database table in the Oracle 10g Database, or a third-party database. In this article by Deepak Vohra, we will see how to configure JDBC in the JDeveloper IDE.

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AJAX / Dynamic Content and Interactive Forms

by Tessa Blakeley Silver | May 2008 | MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP WordPress

AJAX—it's the buzzword that hit the Web with a bullet in 2005, thanks to Jesse James Garrett, a user-experience expert who founded If you're totally new to AJAX, I'll just point out that; at its core, AJAX is nothing that scary or horrendous. AJAX isn't even a new technology or language!

In this article by Tessa Blakeley Silver, we're going to take a look at the most popular methods to get going with AJAX in WordPress using plug-ins and widgets to help you include dynamic self-updating content and create interactive forms in your WordPress site. While we're at it, we'll also look at some cool JavaScript toolkits, libraries, and scripts you can use to appear 'Ajaxy'.

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Building a CRUD Application with the ZK Framework

by Hans-Jurgen Schumacher,Markus Staeuble | May 2008 | AJAX Java Open Source Web Development

With the help of this article by Hans-Jurgen Schumacher and Markus Staeuble, you should be able to build your own applications based on the ZK framework. First we will create the setup of the ZK application in the web container. After the preparation of the project, we will define some model classes to store data. After these cornerstones, we will design and implement the pages with the ZK framework.

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Facebook Application Development with Ruby on Rails

by Chang Sau Sheong | May 2008 | Open Source

In this article by Chang Sau Sheong, we learn how to create a Job Board Mashup Application using Ruby on Rails and Facebook. This application allows the user to perform some functions and features of a job board. Through this article, we will be able to acquire candidates through Facebook and search for jobs.

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Getting to Grips with the Facebook Platform

by Dr Mark Alexander Bain | May 2008 | MySQL Open Source PHP

In this article by Dr. Mark Alexander Bain, we will be dealing with building a Facebook application. However, before we jump into building a Facebook application, we need to spend some time looking at the Facebook platform, and by the end of this article you will:

  • Understand what the Facebook Platform is, and how it relates to your application
  • Know about the elements that make up the Facebook Platform, and how to test them without having to create an application
  • Know how to set up the Facebook Platform, ready for your new application
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SELinux - Highly Secured Web Hosting for Python-based Web Applications

by Joshua Kramer | May 2008 | Linux Servers Networking & Telephony Open Source

Traditionally, web hosts have had a difficult time offering efficient, highly secure web space for a multitude of customers. Generally, a host will provide cheap accounts on a shared server and offer virtual machines as a more expensive option for the more security-conscious site owners. In this article, Joshua Kramer will explain how to provide highly secure hosting for Python-based web applications in an efficient manner. With the popularity of applications such as Trac, Django, and TurboGears, Python-based web applications will become more prevalent in the future, and the concepts presented in this article will become more valuable.

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Theming Modules in Drupal 6

by Matt Butcher | May 2008 | MySQL Content Management Drupal Open Source PHP Web Development

The Philosophy Quotes module that we will create in this article will use Drupal's theme system and a simple database query to theme the content of a custom content type.

Here are some of the items we will cover in this article by Matt Butcher while working on this module:

  • Creating a custom content type
  • Performing simple database operations
  • Registering a module's theme functions with the hook_theme() function
  • Adding theme hooks to a module
  • Adding CSS stylesheets to a module's default theme
  • Using theme CSS and template files to override default module theme functions
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