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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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Taxonomy and Thesauri in Drupal 6

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

In this article by David Mercer, we will see how Taxonomy makes Drupal's classification system so powerful. The method of categorizing content in Drupal makes it one of the most sophisticated content management systems around. Take the time to master working with taxonomy in Drupal, because not only will this help you to work out how to manage content better, but it will also really set your site apart from others because of the flexible and intuitive manner in which the content is organized. These attributes allow you to manage a site of pretty much any size imaginable (just in case what you are working on is "the next big thing").

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Social Bookmarking with WordPress Plugin

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

In this article by Vladimir Prelovac, we will learn to create our first functional WordPress plugin and learn how to interact with the WordPress API (this is the WordPress interface to PHP) on the way. The knowledge you will gain in this article alone will allow you to write a lot of similar plugins.

Let's get moving! In this article, you will learn:

  • Creating a new plugin and having it displayed in the plugins admin panel
  • Checking the WordPress version and control activation of the plugin
  • Accessing API features—for example the title and permalink URL of each post
  • Using WordPress hooks to execute your plugin code when it's needed
  • Using conditional tags to control the flow of your plugins
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CEP and SOA: Six Letters Are Better than Three

by Michael Havey | February 2009 | Java Oracle

This article by Michael Havey explains to SOA veterans how to make good use of Complex Event Processing (CEP): a technology that is perhaps unfamiliar and obscure. CEP is a large topic, but we will focus on four specific subjects:

  • The nature of CEP, explained in terms of its relationship with SOA.
  • Where CEP fits in the SOA stack.
  • The contrasting coding styles of CEP and SOA.
  • CEP-aware SOA processes.
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