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Blogs and Forums using Plone 3

by Erik Rose | May 2010 | Content Management Open Source

In a university, large class sizes limit class discussions and individual attention, while travel budgets limit the number of professional conferences where faculty can present. In this article by Erik Rose, author of the book Plone 3 for Education, we will set up blogs and forums to counter both problems—giving students more class interaction and helping faculty build professional prominence. We'll find the best Plone blog products and explore practical suggestions of how to use blogs in the classroom. We'll also take the undisputedly top forum product for a spin and see how to use it to let students support each other, saving office hours and after-school help for those who need them most.

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Individual Learning Plan (ILP) with Moodle 1.9

by Paul Taylor | May 2010 | e-Learning Moodle Open Source

This article by Paul Taylor, author of the book Moodle 1.9 for Design and Technology, will deal with a system that will allow students to reflect on their own work through the setting of targets by staff and themselves. As with all things in Moodle, there are a number of ways to achieve this, but perhaps the most accessible is the third party module called the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) activity module, developed and maintained by ULCC and available at http://moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?d=13&rid=1025&filter=1.

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Hands-on Tutorial for Getting Started with Amazon SimpleDB

by Prabhakar Chaganti Rich Helms | May 2010 | Enterprise Articles Java PHP Web Development

With Amazon SimpleDB you can scale your application's database on the cloud. In this article by Prabhakar Chaganti and Rich Helms, authors of Amazon SimpleDB Developer Guide, we going to sign up for an AWS account, download and install the necessary libraries, and create little code snippets for exploring SimpleDB. We will introduce the libraries as well as the SimpleDB Firefox plugin for manipulating SimpleDB. We will also examine the two methods for accessing SimpleDB: SOAP and ReST. For PHP users we will introduce the PHP sample library. You can install the samples on your PHP5 server so that you can try the samples as you read about them.

In this article we will:

  • Set up an AWS account
  • Enable SimpleDB service for the account
  • Install and set up libraries for Java, PHP, and Python
  • Illustrate several SimpleDB operations using these libraries
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Opening up to OpenID with Spring Security

by Peter Mularien | May 2010 | Java Open Source Web Development

OpenID is a very popular form of trusted identity management that allows users to manage their identity through a single trusted provider. This convenient feature provides users with the security of storing their password and personal information with the trusted OpenID provider, optionally disclosing this personal information upon request. Additionally, the OpenID-enabled website can have confidence that the users providing OpenID credentials is who they say they are.

In this article by Peter Mularien, author of the book Spring Security 3, we will:

  • Learn to set up our own OpenID in less than five minutes
  • Configure the JBCP Pets website with a very rapid implementation of OpenID
  • Learn the conceptual architecture of OpenID and how it provides your site with trustworthy user access
  • Implement OpenID-based user registration
  • Experiment with OpenID attribute exchange for user profile functionality
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Installing and Configuring Joomla! on Local and Remote Servers

by Timi Ogunjobi | May 2010 | Joomla! Content Management PHP Web Development

This article by Timi Ogunjobi, author of Joomla! 1.5 Site Blueprints, covers basic details about installing and configuring Joomla! for use on both local and remote servers. This article also contains information about where to obtain essential resources for learning, using, and optimizing Joomla!

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