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Identifying Key Elements for Joomla! Template Design

by Tessa Blakeley Silver | October 2007 | Joomla! MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP Web Development

In the world of Joomla! websites where everyone has the same modules to work with, the three main things that will differentiate your site from all the others are the color scheme, graphic element style, and module placement.

In this article by Tessa Blakeley Silver, we will identify the key elements of a Joomla! template and discuss what considerations to make when contemplating your own design. You'll pick up some tips and tricks to help you define your color scheme and graphic style, as well as learn some standard techniques for optimizing and extracting images from your design while preparing to code it up.

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Miro: An Interview with Nicholas Reville

by | October 2007 | Open Source Web Graphics & Video

“There's an opportunity to build a new, open mass medium of online television. We're developing the Miro Internet TV platform so that watching Internet video channels will be as easy as watching TV and broadcasting a channel will be open to everyone. Unlike traditional TV, everyone will have a voice.”, says the co-founder and executive director Nicholas Reville of Participatory Culture Foundation about the future of Internet TV, online video, and their newest project named “Miro”.

Miro is an all-in-one Open Source desktop video application that plays almost any file format and makes it possible for you to search and download videos from multiple sources and channels.

In this interview with Nicholas, Packt's Kushal Sharma explores the vision, scope and the future of this project.

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SOAP and PHP 5

by Shu-Wai Chow | October 2007 | AJAX MySQL Open Source PHP Web Development

Creating your own search engine in the past would require a massive amount of hardware resources, and complex search and spidering algorithms. Lucky for us, search engines like Google, Microsoft MSN, and Yahoo! have already done this for us. Even luckier for us, these sites have released web services for us to query their data centers and retrieve results. Our main advantage is that all three offer web APIs, so we can leverage the data of all three engines. Instead of just one set of results from one search engine, our application will query each engine and present the results to the user on one page. No longer will users have to visit these sites individually to search each engine.

In this article, we will cover one of the important elements for building a search engine, SOAP, and we will see how PHP 5 interacts with it.

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Debugging AJAX using Microsoft AJAX Library, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox

by Bogdan Brinzarea Cristian Darie | October 2007 | .NET AJAX Microsoft Web Development

Developing AJAX applications that involve complex client-side programming and communication with the server side raises the need for equally complex debugging tools and techniques.

Most of today’s AJAX frameworks, including the Microsoft AJAX Library, offer built-in capabilities for debugging and tracing.

In this article by Cristian Darie and Bogdan Brinzarea, we will learn about the capabilities built in the Microsoft AJAX Library, and we’ll also learn about third-party debugging and tracing tools.

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Data Types in Microsoft® Dynamics™ NAV

by David A. Studebaker | October 2007 | .NET Microsoft

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one—Mark Twain

In this article, we will cover the data types that you are most likely to use. We will also take an overview of the others. In addition, we will also cover field classes, which are where the special features are enabled.

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