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Structure the Content on your Plone Site

by Tom Conklin | January 2009 | Content Management Open Source Web Development

Just like building a house, you need to have a strong foundation and framework to support a site that is built to last, without needing any major rebuilding in the future. Proper planning from the beginning will go a long way towards having a site that is easy to maintain. In this article, Tom Conklin will show us how to structure and organize your content so that your site is poised to grow.

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User Security and Access Control in JBoss portals

by Ramanujam Rao | January 2009 | Java Open Source Web Development

Every asset in the constraint declaration is restricted to a certain role, and every role ties back to a user or an entity. In this article by Ramanujam Rao, we will discuss the ways in which authentication and authorization is facilitated in JBoss portal. We will also discuss other aspects related to authentication and user management such as single sign-on.

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Adding Interactive Course Material in Moodle 1.9: Part 1

by William Rice | January 2009 | Moodle Open Source

In this three-part article series by William Rice, we will learn how to add Interactive course material in Moodle. Interactive course activities enable students to interact with the instructor, the learning system, or each other. Note that Moodle doesn't categorize activities into 'Interactive' and 'Static'. In Moodle, all activities are added from the Add an activity... menu after turning the editing on. We use the terms 'Interactive' and 'Static' as a convenient way to categorize the activities that Moodle offers.

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jQuery UI Accordion Widget - Part 1

by Dan Wellman | January 2009 | Open Source PHP Web Development

The accordion widget is another UI widget made up of a series of containers for your content, all of which are closed except for one. Therefore, most of its content is initially hidden from view. Each container has a heading element associated with it, which is used to open the container and display the content. When you click on a heading, its content is displayed. When you click on another heading, the currently visible content is hidden while the new content is shown.

It should be noted that the height of the accordion's container element will automatically be set so that there is room to show the tallest content panel in addition to the headers. This will vary, of course, depending on the width that you set on the widget's container.

In this article by Dan Wellman, we are going to cover the following topics:

  • The structure of an accordion widget
  • A default implementation of an accordion
  • Adding custom styling
  • The configurable properties
  • Built-in methods for working with the accordion
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JBoss Portals and AJAX - Part 1

by Ramanujam Rao | January 2009 | Java Open Source Web Development

Dynamic, attractive, and rich interfaces have always helped in creating compelling web applications. However, in recent years, the popularity and support for asynchronous browser-to-server communication, combined with the strong client-side capabilities of JavaScript and XML, have resulted in exciting user interfaces with unprecedented functionality. In this article by Ramanujam Rao, we will see that how AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), as the rich user interface design is commonly called, has gained wide acceptability in traditional web applications, and portals are no exception to this.

JBoss portal blends the dynamism and rich functionality offered by AJAX with its strong portal architecture to provide users with choices for developing highly-functional portal applications. The latest portlet specification, JSR-286, provides an easy and intuitive approach to implementing asynchronous calls that was not possible in JSR-168. In the first part of this article, we will discuss the limitations of the current specification and walk through an example portlet to understand how AJAX can enhance portlets. The next part will talk about AJAX support for markup.

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