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Building Your First iReport

by Shamsuddin Ahammad | March 2010 | Java Open Source

We will develop our first simple report using iReport, and before doing so, we will create a connection/data source that will be used to fill the reports.

In this article by Shamsuddin Ahammad, we will learn about:

  • Creating a new data source or database JDBC connection
  • Creating a report using the wizard
  • Using the design query feature to produce the SQL query for the report
  • Viewing and exporting the report using the built-in viewer
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Installing WordPress e-Commerce Plugin and Activating Third-party Themes

by Brian Bondari | February 2010 | WordPress

Before we can dive into listing and selling our products, we first need to install the WP e-Commerce plugin and then address a few cosmetic and functionality issues. Right out-of-the-box, a default installation of WordPress works great as a typical blogging platform, but the needs for an e-commerce site are different. Let's begin work on converting WordPress from a blog-centric platform to a business-focused platform.

This article by Brian Bondari, author of WordPress 2.9 E-Commerce, will cover:

  • Installing the WP e-Commerce plugin
  • Installing third-party themes
  • Enabling and disabling comments
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Setting Up WordPress Site as an e-Commerce Platform

by Brian Bondari | February 2010 | WordPress

In a previous article we began work on converting WordPress from a blog-centric platform to a business-focused platform. We covered the Installation of WordPress e-Commerce Plugin and Activation of Third-party Themes.

This article by Brian Bondari, author of WordPress 2.9 E-Commerce, will cover:

  • Setting up a static front page
  • Using widgets
  • Complementary plugins
  • Adding a contact form
  • Adding a business blog
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Organizing Your Wiki's Content in MediaWiki 1.1

by Jeff Orlof Mizanur Rahman | February 2010 | MySQL Open Source PHP Web Development

In this article series by Jeff Orloff and Mizanur Rahman, authors of MediaWiki 1.1 Beginner's Guide, we will learn how to organize our content by creating namespaces that allow us to group pages with similar purposes together, and we learn how to use categories to group pages with similar content together. It also teaches us about redirecting, moving, and swapping pages around so that we can ensure when a visitor comes to our site, they find the information they are looking for because the page titles will match up with page's content. MediaWiki has many built-in features that will not only help us keep our content organized, but make it extremely easy to do this.

In this article, we will learn how to make use of these tools including:

  • How we can create Namespaces
  • How to create Categories
  • How to setup a Template for our users
  • Why we would redirect a page
  • How to move and swap a page
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Drupal 6: Attachment Views, Page Views, and Theming

by J. Ayen Green | February 2010 | MySQL Content Management Drupal PHP Web Development

This article by J.Ayen Green, author of Drupal 6 Attachment Views, gives us an introduction to Attachment Views in Drupal.

Here's what we'll do in this article:

  • Learn what an Attachment view is
  • Learn what you can do with an Attachment view
  • Consider in what situations an Attachment view can be useful
  • Cover basic view theming
  • Create a Page view
  • Create an Attachment view
  • Theme the view
Read Drupal 6: Attachment Views, Page Views, and Theming in full
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