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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 AdaptivePath.com. 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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Visual ETL Development With IBM DataStage

by Djoni Darmawikarta | May 2008 | Architecture & Analysis

ETL (Extract Transform Load) is the most resource consuming part of data warehouse development and maintenance. An ETL tool, particularly one that is GUI-based, can leverage the productivity and quality of ETL development and maintenance.

WebSphere DataStage from IBM is an ETL tool. In DataStage you build and execute ETL jobs visually on its GUI clients. This article by Djoni Darmawikarta shows how to build and execute an ETL job with DataStage. Specifically, we’ll build a job that loads a Customer Dimension table from an input sequential file (implementing an SCD1, Slowly Changing Dimension Type1; a well-known technique from Dimensional Data Warehouse methodology).

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Making the World Wide Web an Easier Place to Talk About

by Tim Walton | May 2008 | Beginner's Guides MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

If you were tasked with finding the letter that when spoken out loud repeatedly was more awkward than any other, you would come up with the W. Every other letter in the English alphabet is pronounced with a single syllable, yet the W is unique in requiring an impressive three syllables to utter.

This campaign is to encourage people to forget that WWW ever existed. Don’t type it, don’t speak it, and complain to every website that still requires it.

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Creating a Simple Report with Visual Studio 2008

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | May 2008 | .NET Microsoft

Report Services, Analysis Services, and Integration Services are the three pillars of Business Intelligence in Microsoft's vision that continues to evolve. Reporting is a basic activity, albeit one of the most important activities of an organization because it provides a specialized and customized view of the data of various forms (relational, text, xml etc) that live in data stores. The report is useful in making business decisions, scheduling business campaigns, or assessing the competition. The report itself may be required in hard copy in several document formats such as DOC, HTML, PDF, etc. Many times it is also required to be retrieved in an interactive form from the data store and viewed on a suitable interface, including a web browser. The Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services, popularly known by its acronym SSRS, provides all that is necessary to create and manage reports and deploy them on a report server with output available in several document formats. The reader will greatly benefit from reading the several articles detailed in the author's Hodentek Blog. The content for the articles were developed using VS 2003, VS 2005, SQL 2000 and SQL 2005.

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Downloading evolved with Metalink

by Mayank Sharma | May 2008 | Open Source

Anyone who has tried downloading a popular software or Linux distribution on or just after release day, knows of the pain of the phrase "connection timed out". Getting the software can be quite a struggle, despite all the mirrors and BitTorrent Samaritans. Anthony Bryan's Metalink is an open standard that makes downloading easier, faster, and more reliable by helping users extract the last drop of juice out of their connection.

I emailed a set of questions to Bryan to understand what separates Metalink from other run-of-the-mill download accelerators and listen in awe as he explains how Metalink combines traditional HTTP and FTP methods of downloading files along with BitTorrent.

Read more about this in Mayank's interview with Anthony Bryan.

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Copying a Database from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2008 using the Copy Database Wizard

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | April 2008 | .NET Microsoft

This article by Jayaram Krishnaswamy shows how to migrate a database from SQL Server 2005 (should work for 2000 as well) to SQL Server 2008 using the Copy Database tool in SQL Server 2008. In an earlier article we saw how this can be done manually by detaching the database from the SQL 2005 and then attaching it to the SQL 2008 server using the SQL Server Management Studio.

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Service Oriented Java Business Integration - What's & Why's

by Binildas A. Christudas | April 2008 | BPEL SOA Web Services Java Open Source

Many of you as (Java) programmers generate business purpose code, like "confirming an order" or "find available products". At times, you may also want to connect to external systems and services, since your application in isolation alone will not provide you the required functionality. When the number of such connections increases, you would be generating more and more of "integration code", mixed along with your business code.

In this short article, Binildas A. Christudas introduces the Java Business Integration (JBI) specification and discusses how it is covered in his new book, Service Oriented Java Business Integration

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Customizing the Default Theme in Drupal

by Michael Peacock | April 2008 | Drupal e-Commerce Open Source

You have a Drupal website and an online store; your product catalog is online and you have set up customer and staff users on the site; the only complaint so far is how the website looks. You like the default design, but do not think it is appropriate for your site or your store; you want something more tailored to your business.

In this article by Michael Peacock we will learn how to customize the default theme in Drupal.

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Creating a Web Page for Displaying Data from SQL Server 2008

by Dr.Jay Krishnaswamy | April 2008 | .NET Microsoft

This article by Jayaram Krishnaswamy describes how you may connect to SQL Server 2008 and display the retrieved data in a GridView Control on a web page. Trying to establish a connection to the SQL Server 2008 is not possible in Visual Studio 2008 as you will see soon in the tutorial. One way to get around this, as shown in this tutorial, is to create an ODBC connection to the SQL Server and then using the ODBC connection to retrieve the data.

Visual Studio 2008 Version: 9.0.21022.8 RTM, Microsoft Windows XP Professional Media Center Edition, and SQL Server 'Katmai' were used for this tutorial.

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Building Queries Visually in MySQL Query Browser

by Djoni Darmawikarta | April 2008 | MySQL PHP

MySQL Query Browser, one of the open source MySQL GUI tools from MySQL AB, is used for building MySQL database queries visually. In MySQL Query Browser, you build database queries using just your mouse—click, drag and drop!

MySQL Query Browser has plenty of visual query building functions and features. This article Djoni Darmawikarta shows two examples, building Join and Master-detail queries. These examples will demonstrate some of these functions and features.

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