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Managing Posts with WordPress Plugin

by Vladimir Prelovac | February 2009 | AJAX Content Management Open Source Web Development WordPress

The WordPress backend is very flexible, and can easily be customized to accommodate a lot of different purposes. In this article by Vladimir Prelovac, we shall learn how to customize the Manage Panel. We will also explore the possibility of turning WordPress into a Content Management System (CMS), using methods provided to us by WordPress.

In this article, you will learn how to:

  • Customize the Manage Page output
  • Use the error message class to handle display of errors
  • Use built-in WordPress capabilities to handle user permissions

By the end of this article you will learn how WordPress can transform into a CMS.

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Design with Spring AOP

by Massimiliano Dessì | February 2009 | Java Open Source Web Development

In this article by Massimiliano Dessi, we're going to examine some important design decisions to build better applications. In these design decisions, the AOP plays a significant role because it provides smart solutions to common crosscutting problems.

We will look at the following AOP design solutions:

  • Concurrency with AOP
  • Transparent caching with AOP
  • Security with AOP
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Drupal 6 Social Networking: Communicating with Users

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

Our users can communicate with one another, which is great, but quite often as an administrator the need may arise for us to communicate with a user or users on our site. It may be to remind them about the web site or to inform active users about new changes to the site, which they may not have been made aware of.

In this article by Michael Peacock, you will learn:

  • About mailing lists, and how to use them with our Drupal social network
  • How to use an offline approach for contacting our users
  • How to use blocks of content to get a message across to your users
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Data Modeling with ERWin

by Djoni Darmawikarta | February 2009 | Content Management Oracle

"ERWin from Computer Associates (CA) is one of the most popular data modeling software in the market. I’ve been using this data modeling tool since its release 3; it’s now at release 7. In this article I’ll show how to create a data model from scratch, starting with logical and physical models, and then forward engineer the physical model to Oracle database". In this article by Djoni Darmawikarta we’ll create a data model for Sales Order, with customer and product data.

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

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

In recent years, it has become common to judge sites based on their use of specific technologies. One of the most prominent buzzwords used to describe new web applications is AJAX-powered. This label has been used to mean many different things, as the term encompasses a group of related capabilities and techniques. This is covered in a two part series. In this article by Jonathan Chaffer and Karl Swedberg, we will learn :

  • The technologies involved
  • Loading data on demand
  • Choosing a data format
  • Passing data to the server
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Autoproxy in Spring Aspect-Oriented Programming (AOP)

by Massimiliano Dessì | February 2009 | Java Open Source Web Development

Spring allows us to use "autoproxy" bean definitions, which can automatically proxy selected bean definitions. There are three kind of autoproxies provided for automatic creation of beans. In this article by Massimiliano Dessi, we will look at this in detail.

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Show Additional Information to Users and Visitors of Your Plone Site

by Jon Stahl | February 2009 | Content Management Open Source Web Development

Web sites are not built with content alone. Most sites need additional chunks of contextually-relevant information such as navigation boxes, listings of recent items, and other bits of "sidebar" content. In Plone, these small chunks of content are generally known as portlets. In this article, Jon Stahl shows how to manage the portlets on your web site.

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Social Bookmarking in Blogger: Part 2

by Lee Jordan | February 2009 | Content Management Java

In the previous part of the article we saw the Working of Social Bookmarking and discussed how to Add Bookmarks to Blogs.

In this part by Lee Jordan, we will continue with the addition of Bookmarks to Blogs and see how to attract readers with Links.

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AJAX and Connection Manager with Yahoo User Interface (YUI)

by Dan Wellman | February 2009 | AJAX Open Source Web Development

The YUI Connection Manager utility provides an almost unequalled interface to AJAX scripting methods used today among the many JavaScript libraries available. It handles the creation of a cross-platform XHR object and provides an easy mechanism for reacting to success and failure responses among others. It handles common HTTP methods such as GET and POST with equal ease for negotiating cross-domain requests. In this article by Dan Wellman, we will explore the functionality of the YUI Connection Manager for providing an excellent interface to AJAX.

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How to Add Flair to your Actions with jQuery

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

If actions speak louder than words, then in the JavaScript world, effects make actions speak louder still. With jQuery, we can easily add impact to our actions through a set of simple visual effects, and even craft our own, more sophisticated animations.

jQuery effects certainly add flair, as is evident when we see elements gradually slide into view instead of appearing all at once. However, they can also provide important usability enhancements that help orient the user when there is some change on a page (especially common in AJAX applications). In this article by Jonathan Chaffer and Karl Swedberg, we will explore a number of these effects and combine them in interesting ways.

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Social Bookmarking in Blogger: Part 1

by Lee Jordan | February 2009 | Content Management Java

Blogging is not done in a vacuum. We are all looking for ways to attract readers and share our message. Social bookmarking will help you find new readers and measure successful posts. In this part of the article by Lee Jordan, we will see the working of Social Bookmarking. We will also discuss how to add Bookmarks to Blogs.

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The Multi-Table Query Generator using phpMyAdmin and MySQL

by Marc Delisle | February 2009 | PHP

The Search pages in the Database or Table view are intended for single-table lookups. This article by Marc Delisle, covers the multi-table Query by example (QBE) feature available in the Database view.

Many phpMyAdmin users work in the Table view, table-by-table, and thus tend to overlook the multi-table query generator, which is a wonderful feature for fine-tuning queries. The query generator is useful not only in multi-table situations but also for a single table. It enables us to specify multiple criteria for a column, a feature that the Search page in the Table view does not possess.

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Searching Data using phpMyAdmin and MySQL

by Marc Delisle | February 2009 | PHP

In this article by Marc Delisle, we present mechanisms that can be used to find the data we are looking for instead of just browsing tables page-by-page and sorting them. This article covers single-table and whole database searches.

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Drupal 6 Content Construction Kit (CCK)

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

It is likely that at some stage, you will want to upgrade at least some content from plain text to something that looks a little out of the ordinary. In this article by David Mercer, we will have a look at the CCK module provided by Drupal which is used to build custom content types that can be tailored to suit your needs. In effect, it gives you control over which fields are presented to a user whenever they post content using custom content types. The term field refers to a given piece of content within a node. Conversely, a node is a collection of fields.

In addition to the basic field types provided by the CCK module, you should also keep an eye out for contribs that extend CCK functionality to provide a huge range of useful field enhancements. Everything from Brazilian ID numbers to validated email fields, voting widgets and Amazon ASINS have been made available in the past.

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Developing Post Types Plugin with WordPress

by Vladimir Prelovac | February 2009 | AJAX Content Management Open Source Web Development WordPress

In this article by Vladimir Prelovac, we are going to dig deeper into the WordPress engine and discover ways to modify various aspects of the backend to match our specific needs with the help of the Post Types plugin.

Although WordPress is made primarily for the purpose of handling a blog, this basic functionality can be easily expanded to handle almost anything you want. The WordPress backend is very flexible, and can be customized to accommodate a lot of different purposes. For example, you could create a job portal or an e-commerce quite easily with WordPress, and those are just some of the possibilities.

Specifically, you will learn how to:

  • Implement localization support for users of other languages
  • Customize menus and submenus to change the way the WordPress backend looks
  • Handle file and image uploads
  • Use custom fields to add custom hidden information to your posts
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