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Content Modeling

by Martin Bauer | November 2007 | Content Management Open Source

Organizing content in a meaningful way is nothing new. We have been doing it for centuries in our libraries—the Dewey decimal system being a perfect example. So, why can't we take known approaches and apply them to the Web? The main reason is that a web page has more than two dimensions. A page on a book might have footnotes or refer to other pages, but the content only appears in one place. On a web page, content can directly link to other content and even show a summary of it.

In this article, author Martin Bauer explains the importance of having the right Content Model, and gives a step-by-step process to determine and create the desired model.

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Search Engine Optimization in Joomla!

by Brandon Dawson Tom Canavan | November 2007 | Joomla! Content Management Open Source

Search-engine optimization, or SEO, refers to the process of preparing your website to be spidered, indexed, and ranked by the major search engines so that when Internet users search for your keywords, your website will appear on their results page. Proper search engine optimization is a crucial step to ensure success and should be undertaken with care and diligence.

This article by Brandon Dawson and Tom Canavan, takes a look at Search Engine Optimization and how it can be used in Joomla! to build a successful website.

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Working with Rails – ActiveRecord, Migrations, Models, Scaffolding, and Database Completion

by Elliot Smith Rob Nichols | November 2007 | Open Source

In the previous article, we covered setting up a new Rails application and connecting it to a database. In this article, we take this a little further and deal with ActiveRecord, Migrations, Models, the Scaffold, and demonstrate how to complete the Database with the required tables using migrations

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Using An Object Oriented Approach for Implementing PHP Classes to Interact with Oracle

by Yuli Vasiliev | November 2007 | AJAX BPEL MySQL SOA Web Services Content Management Open Source Oracle PHP Web Development

This article by Yuli Vasiliev examines the object-oriented approach for developing PHP/Oracle applications, as an efficient means to reduce the development time and complexity, and increase the maintainability and flexibility of your applications.

In the following sections, you will learn how to create a simple PHP class to interact with Oracle and then how that class can be modified and reused in different scripts.

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Working with Rails – Setting up and connecting to a database

by Elliot Smith Rob Nichols | November 2007 | Open Source

The first thing to grasp is that Rails is often referred to as opinionated software (see http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/network/2005/08/30/ruby-rails-david-heinemeier-hansson.html. It encapsulates an approach to web application development centered on good practice, emphasizing automation of common tasks and minimization of effort. Rails helps developers make good choices, and even removes the need to make choices where they are just distractions.

In this article, authors Elliot Smith and Rob Nichols explain the setup of a new Rails application and how to integrate it with other data sources.

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