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Joomla! 1.5 Top Extensions for Using Languages

by Suhreed Sarkar | October 2010 | Cookbooks Joomla! Content Management Open Source Web Development

This article focuses on using multiple languages on a Joomla!-based site. It shows you how to add a language, translate language files, translate a site's content on the fly using Google's translation service.

In this article by Suhreed Sarkar, author of Joomla! 1.5 Top Extensions Cookbook, we will cover:

  • Adding a language to your site
  • Translating language files for your site
  • Translating your site's content using Google's translation service
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ASP.Net Site Performance: Improving JavaScript Loading

by Matt Perdeck | October 2010 | .NET Web Development

One approach to improving page performance is to shift functionality from the server to the browser. Instead of calculating a result or validating a form in C# on the server, you use JavaScript code on the browser. A drawback of this approach is that it involves physically moving code from the server to the browser. Because JavaScript is not compiled, it can be quite bulky. This can affect page load times, especially if you use large JavaScript libraries. You're effectively trading off increased page load times against faster response times after the page has loaded.

In this article by Matt Perdeck, author of ASP.NET Site Performance Secret, you'll see how to reduce the impact on page load times by the need to load JavaScript files. It shows:

  • How JavaScript files can block rendering of the page while they are being loaded and executed
  • How to load JavaScript in parallel with other resources
  • How to load JavaScript more quickly
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ASP.Net Site Performance: Reducing Page Load Time

by Matt Perdeck | October 2010 | .NET Web Development

In the previous article, ASP.Net Site Performance: Improving JavaScript Loading, we saw how JavaScript files can block rendering of the page while they are being loaded and executed, and how to load JavaScript in parallel with other resources.

In this article by Matt Perdeck, author of ASP.NET Site Performance Secret, we will see how to load JavaScript code on demand, and techniques to load JavaScript without blocking page rendering.

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Authorizing User Access to BPEL Process

by Matjaz B. Juric | October 2010 | Enterprise Articles Web Development

In the previous article, Securing a BPEL process, we saw the principles of securing BPEL processes.

In this article, by Matjaz B. Juric, author of WS-BPEL 2.0 for SOA Composite Applications with IBM WebSphere 7, we will look at how to secure BPEL processes, so that they can be accessed only by authenticated users. In a nutshell, we will:

  • Configure the web service export of a BPEL process to propagate user identity to the process, so that a process instance ownership can be claimed in that user's name
  • Protect a BPEL process at SCA level as a component to implement access to the process for authorized users only
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PostgreSQL 9: Reliable Controller and Disk Setup

by Gregory Smith | October 2010 | Open Source

PostgreSQL has become an increasingly viable database platform to serve as storage for applications, from classic corporate database use to the latest web apps.

The previous article by Gregory Smith, author of the book PostgreSQL 9.0 High Performance, helped prioritize spending when planning out the purchase of a new server intended to run PostgreSQL.

In this article we will take a look at the Write-back caches and the performance impact of write-through caching.

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jQuery User Interface Plugins: Tooltip Plugins

by Giulio Bai | October 2010 | Beginner's Guides Open Source Web Development

We might want to start off by saying tooltips are very popular in today's web design. This is probably due to the value that the tooltips add to the overall look of a website and the sensible addition to a nice user experience that they will certainly contribute. Also, as we have seen for many other plugins, which are not that difficult to create—provided we know exactly what to do and how to do it—there shouldn't be much of an issue with developing the tooltip plugin. It may actually take some time to understand how to position elements based on the mouse cursor position itself and how to move deftly with an increasing number of functions doing different things. However, we're now on the path to becoming experts, and fearless too!

The topics we're going to discuss in this article by Giulio Bai, author of jQuery Plugin Development Beginner's Guide, include:

  • Tooltip plugins in general
  • Positioning the tooltip
  • Merging pieces together
  • Custom jQuery selectors
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Managing Articles Using the K2 Content Construction Kit

by Tom Canavan | October 2010 | Cookbooks Joomla! Content Management Open Source Web Development

Like Joomla!, K2 also offers categories, except that it removes the concept of Sections. What that opens up is Categories, within Categories, within Categories. This is known as Nested Categories. This article by Tom Canavan, author of Joomla! 1.5 Cookbook, will show you how to set up and configure your categories for maximum use.

Tag Clouds are a popular means to display descriptions about your content and help with your Search Engine Efforts. You'll learn how to use this powerful tag cloud system. The final two sections cover configuration and moderation of comments in K2 as well as some tips and tricks to enhance your K2 experience.

In this article, we will cover:

  • Setup and configuration of categories and sub-categories
  • Using the K2 Tag Cloud
  • Configuration and moderation of commenting system
  • Overall tips and tricks to make your K2 site work
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PostgreSQL 9: Balancing Hardware Spending

by Gregory Smith | October 2010 | Open Source

PostgreSQL has become an increasingly viable database platform to serve as storage for applications, from classic corporate database use to the latest web apps.

This article by Gregory Smith, author of the book PostgreSQL 9.0 High Performance, discusses how the main components in server hardware, including processors, memory, and disks, need to be carefully selected for reliable database storage and a balanced budget.

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Securing a BPEL process

by Matjaz B. Juric | October 2010 | Enterprise Articles Web Development

In this article, by Matjaz B. Juric, author of WS-BPEL 2.0 for SOA Composite Applications with IBM WebSphere 7, we will get familiar with basic security concepts of WebSphere Application Server regarding protection of BPEL processes. We will create and protect a web service export of a BPEL process by user authentication, which requires providing a username and password inside the UsernameToken of the WS-Security specification.

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Tips and Tricks for Joomla! Multimedia

by Allan Walker | October 2010 | Joomla! Open Source

Joomla! is a Content Management System designed to organize and deliver content within a website environment. Multimedia provides us with stunning interactive user experiences and wonderful design options, but it requires discipline and knowledge to utilize it effectively so that we do not alienate our audiences.

In this article we will provide some tips and tricks for Joomla! multimedia, such as;

  • Inserting custom code into your Joomla! Articles
  • Creating a new directory using Joomla! Media Manager
  • Publishing your Twitter tweets in your Joomla! site
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PHP 5 Social Networking: Implementing Public Messages

by Michael Peacock | October 2010 | Open Source

Most social networking sites support two types of messages: public and private messages. Private messages are generally sent in a similar fashion to e-mails, and public messages being posted on user's profiles for other users to see.

In this article by Michael Peacock, author of the book PHP 5 Social Networking, you will learn how to allow users to post messages on each other's profiles.

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PHP 5 Social Networking: Private Messages

by Michael Peacock | October 2010 | Open Source

Most social networking sites support two types of messages: public and private messages. Private messages are generally sent in a similar fashion to e-mails, and public messages being posted on user's profiles for other users to see.

In the previous article by Michael Peacock, author of the book PHP 5 Social Networking, we learnt how to allow users to post messages on each other's profiles.

In this article we will learn how to allow users to post private messages to each other.

Read PHP 5 Social Networking: Private Messages in full

Installation and Introduction of K2 Content Construction Kit

by Tom Canavan | October 2010 | Cookbooks Joomla! Content Management Open Source Web Development

K2 is a wonderful content creation kit from Joomlaworks.gr that gives you the ability to manage content in an extremely powerful way. In this article by Tom Canavan, author of Joomla! 1.5 Cookbook, you'll learn how to install and configure K2. Using a short cut known as a 'master category', you can templatize your settings in K2 and greatly ease your administration time.

K2 offers some great extras such as connections for YouTube and PhotoGalleries as well. If you add K2 to an existing Joomla! site, you don't have to recreate all the articles. K2 offers an import feature and you'll become very familiar with it here.

In this article, we will cover:

  • Installation of K2 content creation kit
  • Configuration of K2
  • Setting up a master category in K2 to ease your administration time
  • Extras for K2 such as YouTube feeds and photo galleries
  • Importing your Joomla! content into K2
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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009: Creating a Matrix Form

by Matt Traxinger | October 2010 | Cookbooks Microsoft

This article series by Matt Traxinger, author of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Programming Cookbook, shows you how to create displays that will allow your users to interact with the data.

A matrix shows information from multiple tables at the same time. This article will show you how to create a matrix that shows the amount a customer has spent on specific items.

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Recovery in PostgreSQL 9

by Simon Riggs | October 2010 | Open Source

The previous article, Backup in PostgreSQL 9, showed us various backup options.

In this article by Simon Riggs, author of PostgreSQL 9 Administration Cookbook, we will cover the following:

  • Recovery of all databases
  • Recovery to a point in time
  • Recovery of a dropped/damaged table
  • Recovery of a dropped/damaged database
  • Recovery of a dropped/damaged tablespace
  • Improving performance of backup/recovery
  • Incremental/Differential backup and restore
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