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Flex Multi-List Selector using List Control, DataGrid, and the Accordion

by Keith Lee | October 2009 | Open Source

The idea of a Multi-List Selector is not a new one. Apple implements something very similar to it in its Mac OS Operating System. Simply put, its a method of selecting an item by filtered hierarchical categories on a list by list basis. This structure is often seen while traversing files in directories, but can be applied with other data sources as well. This article by Keith Lee will demonstrate how to build a Multi-List Selector.

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Authorization with Zend_Acl in Zend Framework 1.8

by | October 2009 | MySQL Open Source PHP Web Development

In this article by Keith Pope, we will focus on how we can control access to parts of the application and how users can log in to use the services provided by the Storefront.

We will cover the following topics:

  • Using Zend_Acl
  • Integrating the ACL into our Models

Read Authentication with Zend_Auth in Zend Framework 1.8 to learn authentication in Zend Framework.

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Making Progress with Menus and Toolbars using Ext JS 3.0: Part 1

by Jorge Ramon | October 2009 | Cookbooks Open Source

In this two-part article by Jorge Ramon, you will learn how to use menus, toolbars, and progress bars. Along with an examination of the commonly used menu items, the topics in this article will teach you how to work with the new ButtonGroup component as well as the different ways to set up toolbars and progress bars in your applications.

This article teaches you about the following topics:

  • Placing buttons in a toolbar
  • Working with the new ButtonGroup component
  • Placing menus in a toolbar
  • Commonly used menu items
Read Making Progress with Menus and Toolbars using Ext JS 3.0: Part 1 in full

Listening Activities in Moodle 1.9: Part 1

by Jeff Stanford | October 2009 | Moodle Open Source

Listening is often a challenging activity for language learners. This could be because they have to deal with a range of accents and speeds or because the content may be difficult to follow. Sometimes background noise on the recording makes it more difficult to understand. In natural speech it is normal to interrupt, use ellipsis, or leave sentences unfinished. So recordings based on natural speech are also likely to be difficult.

Using Moodle, students can listen repeatedly to recordings until they feel more comfortable with them. We can also help students understand by using a recording program like Audacity to manipulate recordings, providing slower and faster versions of the same text. Certain Moodle modules, like Quiz and Lesson, can be used effectively to help students notice important features of texts, after which they are likely to understand the whole recording better.

The communicative language teaching classroom often focuses on activities that take place before, during, and after listening. This two-part article by Jeff Stanford follows the same pattern.

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What's New In Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala"

by Christer Edwards | October 2009 | Linux Servers Open Source

At the time of this writing, Ubuntu's 9.10 "Karmic Koala" will be due out in just ten days. Users around the world are hard at work testing and submitting fixes, eagerly trying to patch every hole in time for the final relesae. While there maybe a few quirks here and there, they have so far done an amazing job of integrating new technologies and upgrading underlying technologies. This article by Christer Edwards outlines some of the exciting new technologies and features that will be showcased in Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala".

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How to get Incoming Links in Joomla! 1.5 SEO: Part 1

by Herbert-Jan van Dinther | October 2009 | Joomla! MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

In this article by Herbert-Jan van Dinther, we will cover several different ways to get more incoming links, from commenting on other sites to blogging on other platforms. Building incoming links is time consuming, but if done the right way it is a very good way to boost your web site's rankings.

There are a few ways to get links to your web site, which we will learn about in this article, including:

  • Using paid options
  • Using forums to get incoming links
  • Commenting on other web sites to get links
  • Building your own incoming links
  • Using your best content for link building
  • Writing articles for links
  • Don't be afraid to ask
Read How to get Incoming Links in Joomla! 1.5 SEO: Part 1 in full

Managing Images and Videos in Joomla! 1.5: Part 1

by Tracey Porst | October 2009 | Joomla! Content Management Open Source

Images and videos are a great way to attract interest in a website. Also, when they are used in the right way, they can make an impact where text alone can't (not just in terms of aesthetics, but conveying a message quickly and with impact).

In this two-part article by Tracey Porst, we'll look at the following:

  • Accessing and using the Media Manager to upload image and media files
  • The various image and video file formats, what is available, and what you should know about them
  • Uploading and managing image and video files
  • Managing a Simple Image Gallery and videos played with the AllVideos and EasierTube plugins
  • Adding an MP3 audio file to the Party People website
Read Managing Images and Videos in Joomla! 1.5: Part 1 in full

Creating Site Accesses with eZ Publish 4

by Francesco Fullone Francesco Trucchia | October 2009 | Content Management Open Source

An eZ publish installation can host multiple sites using something called the siteaccess system. In this article by Francesco Fullone and Francesco Trucchia, we will look at:

  • eZ Publish siteaccesses
  • How to create custom siteaccesses
  • How a custom site access will help us in development stage

Also, we will look at how to enable additional languages on our site.

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