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Exceptions and Logging in Apache Struts 2

by Dave Newton | May 2009 | Open Source

In this article on Apache Struts 2 by Dave Newton, we'll cover something mundane but critical—exception handling and logging. We will explore:

  • The Struts 2 declarative exception handling mechanism
  • Some general exception handling practices that will help us create robust applications
  • Logging configuration and practices to help us take a peek inside our application's execution, and help determine what went wrong when errors occur
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Introduction to Legacy Modernization in Oracle

by Jason Williamson Tom Laszewski | May 2009 | Java Oracle

In this article by Tom Laszewski and Jason Williamson, we have outlined five methods of modernization: SOA Integration, Re-architecture, Platform Migration, Replacement, and Data Modernization as well as some key factors to be considered for each option.

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Posting on Your WordPress Blog

by April Hodge Silver Hasin Hayder | May 2009 | Content Management Open Source PHP WordPress

Once your WordPress installation is up and running, you are ready to start blogging. WordPress is the right choice for blogging because it's quite a powerful tool with a seemingly infinite array of options and possibilities. The main focus of this article is to explain how to make a blog post and how to control all of the information for that post, and not just the title and content. In this article by Hasin Hayder and April Hodge Silver, we will explore how to keep your content organized and searchable using tags and categories.

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Building a Web Service-driven Application with Flash in Drupal

by Travis Tidwell | May 2009 | Content Management Drupal Open Source PHP

In this article by Travis Tidwell, we will create a "Hello World" application that utilizes web services to populate a TextField or MovieClip with data from a remote location. Using web services to populate all of our Flash fields allows for the component abstraction necessary for an MVC architecture. Here Flash fulfills the role of the View, and Drupal fulfils the role as the Model and Component. This enables us to have a truly scalable and manageable web solution.

This approach allows for a Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture for our Flash applications, which is considered ideal since it separates the User Interface (View) from the Data Set (Model) and Business Logic (Component) of our application.

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The Rotating Post Titles with Post Preview Gadget

by Narayan Bhat | May 2009 | Content Management Open Source PHP WordPress

In this article by Narayan Bhat, we will see how to install The Rotating Post Titles with Post Preview Gadget in your blog. This gadget contains Official Google code created using the Dynamic Feed Control from the Google AJAX Feed API. It will show all the post titles in your blog classified according to Labels (in Blogger) or Categories (in Wordpress). It will also show a brief rotating post preview at the top.

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Date and Calendar Module in Drupal 5: Part 2

by Marjorie Roswell | May 2009 | MySQL Content Management Drupal Open Source PHP

The previous part of the article focused on just a few modules, with an emphasis on date. We explored Date formats, Exposed filters fieldset and the Views Date Range Filter Module. We also had a chance to create some summary views. In this part by Marjorie Roswell, we shall create a Timeline, cover the Views Popup feature, create a Calendar and also make an iCal feed.

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Multimedia and Assessments with Moodle 1.9 (part 2)

by João Pedro Soares Fernandes | May 2009 | e-Learning Moodle Open Source

This is the second part of a two-part article series by João Pedro Soares Fernandes dealing with assessment activities using multimedia. In the first part we saw how to add multimedia to multiple choice answers in Moodle quizzes and lessons and create crosswords and jumble exercises in Hot Potatoes.

In this part, we will create puzzles and "find-the-pair" activities using JClic and assessing multimedia using rubrics.

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Setting up the most Popular Journal Articles in your Personalized Community in Liferay Portal

by Jonas X. Yuan | May 2009 | Java

In this article by Jonas Yuan, you will learn how to set up the most popular journal articles in your personalized community and view the counter for other assets.

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Showing Drupal's CCK Module Fields in Flash

by Travis Tidwell | May 2009 | MySQL Content Management Drupal Open Source PHP

The CCK (Content Construction Kit) module is one of Drupal's most popular, contributed modules, and for a good reason. It gives the administrator the ability to create custom content types as well as custom fields that are essential for creating a web site that manages specific forms of content.

In this article by Travis Tidwell, we will use this module to create the structure required to enter content for each recipe in our Drupal web site. The dynamic content extracted from Drupal is incorporated as custom data within a Flash application.

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Customizing Page Management in Liferay Portal 5.2 Systems Development

by Jonas X. Yuan | May 2009 | Java

In this article by Jonas Yuan, we'll see how to employ features of page management. We will also learn how to use communities and layout pages efficiently.

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Multimedia and Assessments with Moodle 1.9 (part 1)

by João Pedro Soares Fernandes | May 2009 | e-Learning Moodle Open Source

In this two-part article series by João Pedro Soares Fernandes, we will create assessment activities using multimedia. We will use images, audio, and video to create interactive exercises, either by using Moodle's quizzes, lessons, or assignments, or by using external tools such as Hot Potatoes which can later be integrated into our course.

By the end of this part you will be able to:

  • Add multimedia to multiple choice answers in Moodle quizzes and lessons
  • Create crosswords and jumble exercises in Hot Potatoes
  • Integrate all of these activities into Moodle
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Delicious Tagometer Widget

by Roshan Bhattarai | May 2009 | AJAX MySQL PHP Web Development

Delicious provides a well-known widget known as Tagometer which displays the number of saves and tags used for saving a particular URL. In this article by Roshan Bhattarai, we’ll learn how to build a custom Delicious Tagometer widget.

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Managing Pages in Liferay Portal 5.2 Systems Development

by Jonas X. Yuan | May 2009 | Java

In this article by Jonas Yuan, we will first discuss how to extend the Communities portlet with additional fields. Later, we will also learn how to customize the Manage Pages portlet with additional fields and how to apply layout templates in runtime.

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Managing Content through Tagging in Grails: Part 2

by Jon Dickinson | May 2009 | Java Open Source Web Development

In the previous part of the article by Jon Dickinson, we saw how to construct a domain model to allow files and messages to be tagged. In this part, we will see how to customize our home page and work with the templates and tags.

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Date and Calendar Module in Drupal 5: Part 1

by Marjorie Roswell | May 2009 | MySQL Content Management Drupal Open Source PHP

This is the first part of a two-part article series by Marjorie Roswell. All of the recipes in this article require CCK and the date field (also Views, and Views UI), so we won't take the space to list them in every ingredient list. In this two-part article, we create a wide variety of views, mostly from a single workshop content type. Several of the views implement style plug-ins, which appear as new options in the Views Type drop-down. If you are still working on the 1.x versions of Date, be sure to check out Recipe 44, Upgrade Date and Calendar Modules which will be discussed in the next part.

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