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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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Organizing Your Wiki's Content in MediaWiki 1.1- An Extension

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

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 series, 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

Read Organizing Your Wiki's Content in MediaWiki 1.1 here.

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Managing the Site using PHP-Nuke

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

In the previous article by Douglas Paterson, author of Building Websites with PHP-Nuke, you explored many features of PHP-Nuke, created the super user (an all-powerful administrator of the site), and made your first modifications to the site. You also learned about the ways in which PHP-Nuke restricts access to the site.

In this article, which is the fourth article of the series, we will begin to acquaint ourselves with PHP-Nuke's administration area, which allows you to manage your site from the comfort of your web browser. We'll look first at the website configuration settings. These options control many global properties of the site.

Then we will look at block and module administration. The tools available here let you change the functionality of your site with ease, and customize the site's features to your liking.

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MediaWiki Content Organizing Features: Namespaces, Categories

by Mizanur Rahman | February 2010 | MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

One of the important aspects of content management is organizing the content that we create. Managed content looks much better than haphazard content for both authors and readers. Since MediaWiki works in a multi-user environment, it is necessary to maintain well organized content so that editing and reviewing becomes easier for users.

In this article by Mizanur Rahman, author of MediaWiki Administrators’ Tutorial Guide, we will see:

  • Why organizing content is important for a site
  • Some of the MediaWiki content organizing features like namespaces and categories
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Managing Image Content in Joomla!

by Allan Walker | February 2010 | Joomla! MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

Next to text content, images are one of the most utilized multimedia resources in web pages. They can be used to inform and educate the reader, offer help with navigation, and to enhance the design and user's overall visual experience.

Whether you need to create multimedia image galleries in your Joomla! website or simply add images to your articles and modules, this article will provide the assistance to help utilize image content effectively within your Joomla! website. In this article by Allan Walker, author of Joomla! 1.5 Multimedia, we look at:

  • Creating image galleries and slideshows
  • Template images
  • Joomla! Image Extensions
  • Browser support and accessibility for images
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MediaWiki Content Organizing Features: Templates, Sections, Redirection

by Mizanur Rahman | February 2010 | MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

In the previous article by Mizanur Rahman, author of MediaWiki Administrators’ Tutorial Guide, we discussed the importance of organizing and managing content for a site. We also studied some of the MediaWiki Content Organizing Features like Namespaces and Categories.

In this article we will see various MediaWiki Content Organizing Features like Templates, Sections, and Redirection.

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Your First Page with PHP-Nuke

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

In the previous article by Douglas Paterson, author of Building Websites with PHP-Nuke, you learned how to install PHP-Nuke on a local machine running an Apache/MySQL/PHP (AMP) environment.

In this article, which is the third article of the article series, you'll familiarize yourself with a visitor's-eye view of the PHP-Nuke world and make your first modifications to the site.

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Adding Image Content in Joomla!

by Allan Walker | February 2010 | Joomla! MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

Next to text content, images are one of the most utilized multimedia resources in web pages. They can be used to inform and educate the reader, offer help with navigation, and to enhance the design and user's overall visual experience.

This article by Allan Walker, author of Joomla! 1.5 Multimedia, will provide the assistance to help utilize image content effectively within your Joomla! website. We look at:

  • Why we use images in websites
  • Image formats and which ones to use
  • Including images in articles and modules
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An Introduction to PHP-Nuke

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

This article series by Douglas Paterson, author of Building Websites with PHP-Nuke, begins with an overview of PHP-Nuke; what it is, and what it can do to help you build your own community-driven website. We shall learn all the features and functionality provided by PHP-Nuke by developing an example site, the Dinosaur Portal, as we progress through this series.

In this article series, we will cover:

  1. An Introduction to PHP-Nuke (see below)
  2. Installing PHP-Nuke
  3. Your First Page
  4. Managing the Site
  5. Managing Users
  6. Story Management with PHP-Nuke
  7. Content Management Modules
  8. Managing the Discussion Forums
  9. Customizing Layout with Themes
  10. Programming PHP-Nuke
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Installing PHP-Nuke

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

In the previous article of the article series by Douglas Paterson, author of Building Websites with PHP-Nuke, we looked at features provided by PHP-Nuke for its visitors, the functionalities to make site maintenance easier, and what exactly is PHP-Nuke.

In this article, which is the second article of the article series, you will learn how to install and configure PHP-Nuke, apply patches, and also create the database. At the end of this article you will have a fully operational PHP-Nuke site, ready to go!

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