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Categories and Attributes in Magento: Part 1

by William Rice | April 2009 | Beginner's Guides MySQL e-Commerce Open Source PHP

In this article by William Rice, we will learn about Categories, Products, and Attributes in Magento.

The combination of products, presentation, and service makes our store unique. In this part, we will see how to add products to our store. Before adding products, we need to make some decisions about how we will organize our site. A few minutes of planning now can save us hours of work later.

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Installing Zenoss

by | April 2009 | Networking & Telephony Open Source

In this tutorial by Michael Badger, we fill in the step-by-step details required to get a functioning Zenoss system. We identify dependencies, review installation options, and take a look at server setup.

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Guided Rules with the JBoss BRMS (Guvnor)

by Paul Browne | March 2009 | Java Open Source

In this article by Paul Browne, we're going to read about the Guvnor rule editor, and use it to write some more sophisticated rules. In particular, we're going to:

  • Show how to put information into and out of our rules
  • Build a fact model to hold this information
  • Import our newly built model into Guvnor
  • Create guided rules using this fact model
  • Run and test our new fact-based rules
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Guided Rules with the JBoss BRMS (Guvnor)

by Paul Browne | March 2009 | JBoss Java Open Source

In this article by Paul Browne, we're going to read about the Guvnor rule editor, and use it to write some more sophisticated rules. In particular, we're going to:

  • Show how to put information into and out of our rules
  • Build a fact model to hold this information
  • Import our newly built model into Guvnor
  • Create guided rules using this fact model
  • Run and test our new fact-based rules
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Understanding Business Activity Monitoring in Oracle SOA Suite

by Matt Wright | March 2009 | Architecture & Analysis BPEL SOA Web Services Java Oracle Web Development

The key objective driving service-oriented architecture is to move the IT organization closer to the business. Creation of services and their assembly into composite applications and processes is the mechanism by which IT can move to be more responsive to the business. However, it is the provision of real-time business information via dashboards that really gives business the confidence that IT can deliver. In this article by Matt Wright, we will examine how to use BAM (Business Activity Monitoring).

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Customizing Elgg Themes

by Mayank Sharma | March 2009 | MySQL Open Source PHP

Setting up Elgg is all about customizing. Along with the various features that Elgg provides,it is also very essential to customize the look and feel of our network. Elgg does offer us several options for this too. In this tutorial by Mayank Sharma, we'll see how simply by moving around components, individual Elgg users can customize their landing page.We'll also understand Elgg's theming system and create our own themes using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

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Troubleshooting FreeNAS server

by Gary Sims | March 2009 | Networking & Telephony Open Source

It is a common experience amongst all of us that from time to time our computers don't always work as we expect and we need to hunt down and resolve problems with them. Troubleshooting can be time consuming especially if you have limited experience with the software or system you are using. This article by Gary Sims, is a guide on how to solve problems with your FreeNAS server. It covers where to look for information about the problem as well as how to hunt down problems by being methodical. It also looks at the common problems people have with their FreeNAS servers including networking problems and problems with RAID.

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Creating Joomla 1.5 Templates

by Hagen Graf | March 2009 | Joomla! MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

In order to customize the appearance of your website to that of your company's image, you have to modify an existing template or create a new one. In this article by Hagen Graf, you will learn the basics of building your own Joomla! templates.

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Elgg Social Networking - Installation

by Mayank Sharma | March 2009 | MySQL Open Source PHP

In addition to its impressive feature list, Elgg is an admin's dolly. In this tutorial by Mayank Sharma, we will see how Elgg can be installed in popular Linux web application rollout stack of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP, fondly referred to as LAMP. As MySQL and PHP can run under Windows operating system as well, you can set up Elgg to serve your purpose for such an environment.

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PHx (Place Holders extended) in MODx

by Antano Solar John | March 2009 | Content Management Open Source

In some cases, it may be necessary to perform simple conditional checks in the documents, or templates themselves. PHxPlace Holders extended—is a set of notations that makes this possible by adding a logic layer directly to the placeholder. PHx also makes it possible to format the output, for example converting the string to uppercase, and so on. In this article by Antano Solar John, we will learn to use this notation.

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Creating Tax Rules in Magento

by William Rice | March 2009 | Beginner's Guides MySQL e-Commerce Open Source PHP

In this article by William Rice, we will see how to create Tax Rules in Magento. In the real world, the tax rate that you pay is based on three things: location, product type, and purchaser type. In Magento, we can create Tax Rules that determine the amount of tax that a customer pays, based upon the shipping address, product class, and customer class.

When you buy a product, you sometimes pay sales tax on that product. The sales tax that you pay is based on:

  • Where you purchased the product from. Tax rules vary in different cities, states, and countries.
  • The type of product that you purchased. For example, many places don't tax clothing purchases. And, some places tax only some kinds of clothing. This means that you must be able to apply different tax rates to different kinds of products.
  • The type of purchaser you are. For example, if you buy a laser printer for your home, it is likely that you will pay sales tax. This is because you are a retail customer. If you buy the same printer for your business, in most places you will not pay sales tax. This is because you are a business customer.
  • The amount of the purchase. For example, some places tax clothing purchases only above a specific amount.
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Scalix and Security

by Markus Feilner | March 2009 | Linux Servers Open Source

The standard setup of the Scalix server may be satisfactory for most installations, but if you are running Scalix on an internet site or if your local server is available from the Internet, extended security measures have to be taken. In this article by Markus Feilner, we will deal with several recommendations that make your Scalix server safe—like minimizing the number of services running and listening. We will set up a firewall which allows the Scalix users to connect to. After that, we will set up Stunnel to provide SSL-encrypted Scalix services. Then, we will use OpenVPN to protect the server. Last but not least, we will have a look at the services running and discuss advanced possibilities of securing the server.

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Installation of FreeNAS

by Gary Sims | March 2009 | Networking & Telephony Open Source

In this article by Gary Sims, we will cover the installation and configuration of the FreeNAS server. We boot the FreeNAS server from the LiveCD disk and configure a simple disk that is accessed by CIFS and FTP. We also look at how to install FreeNAS to the hard drive and how to upgrade it.

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Installing Alfresco Software Development Kit (SDK)

by Jeff Potts | March 2009 | Content Management Open Source

In this article by Jeff Potts, you will learn how to get the Software Development Kit (SDK) set up in Eclipse, where you will get the Alfresco SDK, how to build it, and how to set it up in Eclipse.

This article assumes you already have Alfresco installed and running on Tomcat, and are also using MySQL as the backend database.

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Managing Manufacturers, Vendors, and Product Categories with Joomla! E-Commerce VirtueMart

by Suhreed Sarkar | March 2009 | Joomla! MySQL Content Management e-Commerce Open Source PHP

Once the configurations for a VirtueMart store are set, our next step is to build our product catalog for the store and manage that catalog. In the catalog management functions, there are several tasks including managing manufacturers, vendors, and products. In this article by Suhreed Sarkar, we are going to learn about these. On completion of this article, you will be able to:

  • Manage manufacturers and vendors
  • Manage the product categories
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