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An Introduction to PHP-Nuke

by Douglas Paterson | February 2010 | MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

This article series by Douglas Paterson, author of Building Websites with PHP-Nuke, begins with an overview of PHP-Nuke; what it is, and what it can do to help you build your own community-driven website. We shall learn all the features and functionality provided by PHP-Nuke by developing an example site, the Dinosaur Portal, as we progress through this series.

In this article series, we will cover:

  1. An Introduction to PHP-Nuke (see below)
  2. Installing PHP-Nuke
  3. Your First Page
  4. Managing the Site
  5. Managing Users
  6. Story Management with PHP-Nuke
  7. Content Management Modules
  8. Managing the Discussion Forums
  9. Customizing Layout with Themes
  10. Programming PHP-Nuke
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Building a Calender Application in Joomla! using Fabrik

by Suhreed Sarkar | February 2010 | Joomla! MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

Joomla! has many extensions that can help develop a custom application, especially simple form-based applications. With introduction of Content Construction Kits (CCK) now it is possible to create many types of contents without knowledge of coding PHP. Besides these newly introduced Content Creation Kits, there is another application builder for Joomla! that can be used to build database applications without coding PHP. It is called Fabrik. Fabrik is Joomla! application builder that can be used for building many types of applications. In this article by Suhreed Sarkar, we will learn how to build a event calendar application for Joomla! using Fabrik.

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PHP Web 2.0 Mashup Projects: Your Own Video Jukebox: Part 1

by Shu-Wai Chow | February 2010 | AJAX MySQL Open Source PHP Web Development

In this article by Shu-Wai Chow, we will begin with a project to create our own personalized video jukebox. This mashup will pull music lists feeds from the social music site, Last.fm. We will parse out artist names and song titles from these feeds and use that information to search videos on YouTube, a user-contributed video site, using the YouTube web service. We will also take a look at the three different XML-based file formats from those two sites: XSPF for song playlists, RSS for publishing frequently updated information, and YouTube's custom XML format. Rather than creating our own XML-based parsers to parse the three formats, we will use parsers from PEAR, one for each of the three formats. Using these PEAR packages, we will create an object-oriented abstraction of these formats, which can be consumed by our mashup application.

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Installing Mahara

by Richard Hand | February 2010 | MySQL Open Source PHP Web Development

This article by Richard Hand covers the installation of Mahara, along with the requirements for installation.

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AJAX Form Validation: Part 1

by Audra Hendrix Bogdan Brinzarea Cristian Darie | February 2010 | AJAX MySQL PHP Web Development

In this two-part article by Audra Hendrix, Bogdan Brinzarea and Cristian Darie, authors of AJAX and PHP: Building Modern Web Applications 2nd Edition, we will create a form validation application that implements traditional techniques with added AJAX flavor, thereby making the form more user-friendly, responsive, and pleasing. In the AJAX world, entered data is validated on the fly, so the users are never confronted with waiting for full-page reloads or the rude "blank form" as a reply.

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Rendering Images in TYPO3 4.3: Part 1

by Dan Osipov | January 2010 | MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

In this article by Dan Osipov, author of TYPO3 4.3 Multimedia Cookbook, we will cover:

  • Rendering images using content elements
  • Embedding images in RTE
  • Rendering images using TypoScript
  • Rendering links to files using the tags
  • Creating a gallery using ce_gallery
  • Rendering metadata from a DAM object
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Magento's Architecture: Part 1

by Jamie Huskisson | January 2010 | MySQL e-Commerce Open Source PHP

Magento has a wonderful architecture behind its system. It's a very strict architecture that relies on us knowing where the files should be placed and how to structure our templates and modules. But this is part of what makes Magento a great system, in that it enforces these standards.

Here in this two-part article by Jamie Huskisson, we will learn about this architecture and how it applies to development with Magento. We will learn:

  • Where everything is within Magento
  • What all the base directory files and folders do
  • The basics of how the template system works
  • How modules work within the system
  • How the Zend Framework fits into the equation
  • The best methods for backing up Magento
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