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CMS Made Simple 1.6: Orders and Payments in an E-commerce Website

by Sofia Hauschildt | March 2010 | Beginner's Guides Content Management Open Source Web Development

In the article CMS Made Simple 1.6: Getting Started with an E-commerce Website, we covered Products module. In this article by Sofia Hauschildt, author of CMS Made Simple 1.6: Beginner's Guide, we will learn about a solution made of following modules:

  • Cart
  • SelfRegistration (optional)
  • Orders
  • PaypalGateway (optional)
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Building a Flex Type-Ahead Text Input

by Keith Lee | March 2010 | Open Source

A Type-Ahead TextInput is feature common to modern day web forms. Quite simply, it is a way to allow the user to enter free text into a field and simultaneously display a list of possible choices based on the text they've already entered. It does so in a way that does not interfere with the users choice of input. In this article by Keith Lee, we will use Flex and build a AutoComplete TextInput.

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Multi-user Environment in MediaWiki 1.1

by Jeff Orlof Mizanur Rahman | March 2010 | Open Source

In this article by Mizanur Rahman and Jeffrey T. Orloff, we will learn how to modify our profiles and change the editing preferences. It also explains how administrators, or sysops, can view a page's history to view previous edits made to the page.

This article will be broken into three sections: User Accounts, Administration, and Community. Under these three sections, we will look specifically at:

  • How the user can change their profile
  • How the user can change editing preferences
  • How the administrator can monitor content
  • How to block users
  • How to revert to an original page
  • Setting up and using talk pages
  • Resolving editing conflicts
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Rendering web pages to PDF using Railo Open Source

by Andrew Schwabe | March 2010 | Open Source

This article by Andrew Schwabe will discuss how to setup the basic structure for a website using CFML (ColdFusion Markup Language), and adding in the capability to render any page as a PDF dynamically using Railo open source.

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Multi-user Environment in MediaWiki 1.1- A Sequel

by Jeff Orlof Mizanur Rahman | March 2010 | Open Source

In this article by Mizanur Rahman and Jeffrey T. Orloff, we will learn how to modify our profiles and change the editing preferences. It also explains how the administrators, or sysops, can view a page's history to view previous edits made to the page.

Read Multi-user Environment in MediaWiki 1.1 here.

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Managing Users with PHP-Nuke

by Douglas Paterson | March 2010 | MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

The previous article by Douglas Paterson, author of Building Websites with PHP-Nuke, introduced us to the administration area of PHP-Nuke. We also saw how to configure our site, back up the database, and manage blocks and modules.

In this article, we will walk through the creation of new users, both by the super user and also by registering as a new user from the standard visitor interface on the site. We will also look at the basics of subscribing users to the site. Once we have some users in place, we will look through the Your Account module, which provides a personal area for each user within the site, and allows them to personalize the site. We will also look at the system of points awarded to users for interacting with the site, and the benefits this brings them through user groups. The final part of the article covers setting up other administrator accounts for managing individual modules rather than the entire site.

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Network Based Ubuntu Installations

by Christer Edwards | March 2010 | Linux Servers Open Source

This article by Christer Edwards, outlines how to install Ubuntu using the network installer. This utility allows you to install directly over the network, instead of using a CD or DVD image. It does require a small CD boot image, but beyond that it is entirely network dependent.

These steps can be used to install over the WAN from a public Ubuntu repository, or over the LAN from an exported Ubuntu CD or private repository. Network installations are generally faster than CD based installations, particularly when done over a Local Area Network.

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Apache MyFaces Extensions Validator

by Bart Kummel | March 2010 | Java Open Source Web Development

In this article by Bart Kummel, author of Apache MyFaces 1.2 Web Application Development, you will be able to:  

  • Set up a project to use ExtVal
  • Use ExtVal to generate validation based on JPA annotations
  • Use ExtVal’s added annotations for additional validation
  • Implement cross validation using ExtVal’s annotations
  • Use ExtVal with custom JSF validators
  • Create custom error messages for ExtVal validations
  • Override and extend ExtVal’s default behavior
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CMS Made Simple 1.6: Learning Smarty Basics

by Sofia Hauschildt | March 2010 | Beginner's Guides Content Management Open Source Web Development

In this article by Sofia Hauschildt, author of CMS Made Simple 1.6: Beginner's Guide, you will learn the basics of Smarty. Creating professional sophisticated designs is easier using Smarty. With the powerful combination of Smarty and HTML, there are no limits to the flexibility of the sites you design.

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Importing and Adding Background Music with Audacity 1.3

by Bethany Hiitola | March 2010 | Open Source

You can use Audacity to import music into your project, convert different audio files from one format to another, bring in multiple files and convert them, and more. In this article by Bethany Hiitola, author of Getting started with Audacity 1.3, we will learn how to add background music into your podcast, overdub, and fade in and out. We will also discuss some additional information about importing music from CDs, cassette tapes, and vinyl records.

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Building Your First iReport

by Shamsuddin Ahammad | March 2010 | Java Open Source

We will develop our first simple report using iReport, and before doing so, we will create a connection/data source that will be used to fill the reports.

In this article by Shamsuddin Ahammad, we will learn about:

  • Creating a new data source or database JDBC connection
  • Creating a report using the wizard
  • Using the design query feature to produce the SQL query for the report
  • Viewing and exporting the report using the built-in viewer
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Installing WordPress e-Commerce Plugin and Activating Third-party Themes

by Brian Bondari | February 2010 | WordPress

Before we can dive into listing and selling our products, we first need to install the WP e-Commerce plugin and then address a few cosmetic and functionality issues. Right out-of-the-box, a default installation of WordPress works great as a typical blogging platform, but the needs for an e-commerce site are different. Let's begin work on converting WordPress from a blog-centric platform to a business-focused platform.

This article by Brian Bondari, author of WordPress 2.9 E-Commerce, will cover:

  • Installing the WP e-Commerce plugin
  • Installing third-party themes
  • Enabling and disabling comments
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Setting Up WordPress Site as an e-Commerce Platform

by Brian Bondari | February 2010 | WordPress

In a previous article we began work on converting WordPress from a blog-centric platform to a business-focused platform. We covered the Installation of WordPress e-Commerce Plugin and Activation of Third-party Themes.

This article by Brian Bondari, author of WordPress 2.9 E-Commerce, will cover:

  • Setting up a static front page
  • Using widgets
  • Complementary plugins
  • Adding a contact form
  • Adding a business blog
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Organizing Your Wiki's Content in MediaWiki 1.1

by Jeff Orlof Mizanur Rahman | February 2010 | MySQL Open Source PHP Web Development

In this article series by Jeff Orloff and Mizanur Rahman, authors of MediaWiki 1.1 Beginner's Guide, we will learn how to organize our content by creating namespaces that allow us to group pages with similar purposes together, and we learn how to use categories to group pages with similar content together. It also teaches us about redirecting, moving, and swapping pages around so that we can ensure when a visitor comes to our site, they find the information they are looking for because the page titles will match up with page's content. MediaWiki has many built-in features that will not only help us keep our content organized, but make it extremely easy to do this.

In this article, we will learn how to make use of these tools including:

  • How we can create Namespaces
  • How to create Categories
  • How to setup a Template for our users
  • Why we would redirect a page
  • How to move and swap a page
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Drupal 6: Attachment Views, Page Views, and Theming

by J. Ayen Green | February 2010 | MySQL Content Management Drupal PHP Web Development

This article by J.Ayen Green, author of Drupal 6 Attachment Views, gives us an introduction to Attachment Views in Drupal.

Here's what we'll do in this article:

  • Learn what an Attachment view is
  • Learn what you can do with an Attachment view
  • Consider in what situations an Attachment view can be useful
  • Cover basic view theming
  • Create a Page view
  • Create an Attachment view
  • Theme the view
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