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Creating a Better Selling Experience with Drupal e-Commerce

by Michael Peacock | March 2009 | Content Management Open Source PHP

In this article by Michael Peacock, we will focus on creating a better selling experience for the customers of a store using a Drupal e-commerce website called 'Doug's Dinos!'.

In this article, we will learn:

  • How to add a shopping cart
  • How to add search features
  • How to auto-create user accounts
  • How to include images on our product listings
  • How to provide discounts to customers based on their role
  • How to enable coupons so customers can get discounts
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Creating an Administration Interface with Django 1.0

by Ayman Hourieh | March 2009 | Open Source Web Development

The administration interface is a universal feature needed in any web application that stores and manages data. For this reason, Django comes with a fully fledged administration interface ready to be used. This administration interface is considered one of the coolest features in Django because it's easy to use, and yet is powerful and flexible. This article is based on the updated version- Django 1.0. The previous article on Creating an Administration Interface was on the older version of Django.

In this article by Ayman Hourieh, you will learn how to:

  • Activate the administration interface
  • Use the administration interface to manage content
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Building Friend Networks with Django 1.0

by Ayman Hourieh | March 2009 | Open Source Web Development

Running a social web application means having a community of users who have common interests, and who use the application to share their interests and findings with each other. We will want to enhance the social experience of our users.

In this article by Ayman Hourieh, we will learn how to:

  • Build a friend network feature
  • Let users browse bookmarks of friends
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Microsoft Office Outlook Programming Using VSTO 3.0 and C#: Part 1

by Ayman Hourieh | March 2009 | Open Source Web Development

Microsoft Office Outlook is one of the world's most widely-used personal information management tool. Primarily, the Microsoft Office Outlook serves as an email application for a wide range of users. In this article by Vivek Thangaswamy, you will learn the concepts of programming for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 using VSTO 3.0 and C#. We will take a look at the following:

  • An overview of the Outlook object model and its features in VSTO
  • Learning the extensibility of Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 using the object model
  • Learning to customize Microsoft Office Outlook menus and toolbars using VSTO
  • Working with form regions in Outlook, manipulating folders, contact information, and mail items using VSTO programming
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Data Access with ADO.NET Data Services

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | March 2009 | .NET Microsoft

ADO.NET Data Services leverages the ADO.NET Entity Framework to build data services for relational data sources. These include support for MySQL, DB2, and Oracle in addition to MS SQL Server. It can also be used with non-relational data using an add-on provider model. With ADO.NET Data Services, the developers can build dynamic internet applications (AJAX, Silverlight, etc) that works across intranets as well as the internet. With this in place data access by applications is made possible using URI Syntax and using HTTP verbs operating on the data.

In this article by Dr. Jayaram Krishnaswamy, you will learn how to create a ADO.NET Data Service from scratch. You will also learn how you may access data using the URI constructs. The backend data for this tutorial comes from a copy of Northwind database named TestNorthwind on a named instance of SQL Server 2008. In order to work through this tutorial you should have Visual Studio 2008 SP1 installed. You also need to have .NET Framework 3.5 installed.

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Liferay Mail and SMS Text Messenger Portlet

by Jonas X. Yuan | March 2009 | Content Management Java Open Source

As an administrator of an intranet website, you are required to provide an environment for employees to enjoy mailing, SMS text messaging with others. In this article by Jonas X. Yuan, we will discuss how to manage emails and then focus on SMS text messenger.

In this article we will learn how to:

  • Manage (check, delete, forward, reply, search) mails.
  • Set up mail portlet.
  • Manage SMS text messenger portlet.
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Developing Wiki Seek Widget Using Javascript

by Roshan Bhattarai | March 2009 | AJAX PHP Web Development

Since Wikipedia contains articles about many things in different languages. In this article by Roshan Bhattarai, we will learn how to build a web widget which searches Wikipedia for articles related to any particular search keyword.

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Schema Validation using SAX and DOM Parser with Oracle JDeveloper - XDK 11g

by Deepak Vohra | March 2009 | Oracle

XDK 11g provides the Simple API for XML (SAX) and the Document Object Model (DOM) API for parsing an XML document. XDK 11g is included with JDeveloper 11g. XDK 11g parsers DOMParser and SAXParser may be configured for schema validation. In the previous article we discussed validating an XML document with an XML schema using XSDValidator. In this article by Deepak Vohra, we will discuss the procedure to validate an XML document with the SAXParser and the DOMParser.

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Customizing User Activity in Drupal 6 Social Networking

by Michael Peacock | February 2009 | Content Management Drupal Open Source

In the previous article, we saw module installation and how to add extra fields to our user profiles. In this article by Michael Peacock we will look into customizing user activity in Drupal 6 Social Networking.

Specifically, you will learn:

  • About Gravatars(Globally Recognized Avatars) and how to enable them
  • About settings and rules for users
  • How users can track the activity of each other
  • How to allow our users to customize their own blogs
  • More about users, roles, and permissions
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Liferay Chat Portlet

by Jonas X. Yuan | February 2009 | Content Management Java Open Source

As an administrator of an intranet website, you are required to provide an environment for employees to enjoy chatting, instant messaging and others. This article by Jonas X. Yuan will introduce to us, how to enjoy instant messaging.

In this article we will learn how to:

  • Add a participant for chatting.
  • Manage (view and delete) participants in the chat portlet.
  • Start chatting.
  • Set up chat portlet.
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Schema Validation with Oracle JDeveloper - XDK 11g

by Deepak Vohra | February 2009 | Oracle

An XML schema document defines the structure, content, and semantics for XML documents. We know the procedure to create an XML schema in JDeveloper and an XML document instance that conforms to the schema. But if you receive XML documents from another party, the validity of the documents has to be ascertained before the documents may be read and processed. This article by Deepak Vohra is about—validating an XML document with an XML schema. An instance document may be processed against a schema to verify whether the XML document conforms to the rules specified in the schema, a process called schema validation.

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Translations in Drupal 6

by Matt Butcher | February 2009 | AJAX Content Management Drupal Open Source

Drupal offers some enticing JavaScript tools, one of which is jQuery. The theming and behavior capabilities provided by drupal.js are other examples. Along with those cool tools comes a feature that has had a remarkable influence on the success of Drupal, but which provides far less glitz and glamour.

This tragic hero is the translation engine, which will be the subject of this article written by Matt Butcher.

Translations are important—one might even say vital—to the success of Drupal. Consequently, it is imperative that all Drupal developers become familiar with these tools. JavaScript written in Drupal 6 (and in later versions) should be translation-aware.

Here are the things we will cover in this article:

  • Get our bearings in the drupal.js library
  • Enable multi-language capabilities in Drupal
  • Learn the translation functions
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trixbox CE Functions and Features

by Kerry Garrison | February 2009 | Linux Servers Networking & Telephony Open Source

Every commercial PBX system has its own set of advanced features that are activated by key commands, also known as vertical service activation codes. In this article by Kerry Garrison, we will look at the standard and advanced features of trixbox CE. We will even look at how to add our own custom features to the system.

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HTML, PHP, and Content Posting in Drupal 6

by David Mercer | February 2009 | Content Management Drupal Open Source

In the event that you can't find a suitable module to do a task for you, or simply want to create something yourself quickly, it's important to look at how to harness the power of HTML and PHP to get the job done.

If it's layout you are talking about, then HTML is the order of the day. Alternatively, if you want to create some dynamic content that can change depending on the state of your site, or respond to user interaction, then PHP is the way forward. More than likely, you will end up using a combination of both.

Unfortunately, we can't possibly hope to give you a comprehensive introduction into either technology in the space we have here (although we will look over HTML quickly in a moment). However, there are many online resources available to learn about HTML and PHP for free, and we will list a bunch of them throughout this article.

In this article by David Mercer, we will look at how to achieve some fairly useful tasks by way of demonstrating how to create an About us page that will contain links to other useful sites, pictures of the imaginary site team, as well as some dynamic content.

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How to Bridge the Client-Server Gap using AJAX (Part II)

by Jonathan Chaffer Karl Swedberg | February 2009 | AJAX Open Source Web Development

In the first part of this two part series we learned that AJAX methods provided by jQuery can help us to load data in several different formats from the server without a page refresh. In this article by Jonathan Chaffer and Karl Swedberg, we will learn how to deal with common challenges of asynchronous loading techniques, such as keeping handlers bound after a load has occurred and loading data from a third-party server.

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