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May 14, 2009

Welcome to the latest issue of the Developer Shed newsletter. It's amazing Larry Ellison isn't putting on weight given his huge appetite. Of course, that appetite is more for swallowing companies than food. We've hardly had the chance to catch our breaths after hearing about Oracle buying Sun before another acquisition hits the news. This one is named Virtual Iron. What does it mean for Oracle's future, and the markets it plans to enter? Check out the article we're highlighting for you this week on eWeek to get all the details.

So what else do we have on tap for you this week? I'm glad you asked. On Dev Shed, we focused on jQuery's TreeView control, showing you the cool ways you can use it to build navigation on your web site. ASP Free introduced you to some interesting uses of graphs; we also took a good look at the security aspects of Windows 7. We think you'll be pleasantly surprised with this aspect of Microsoft's latest eagerly-anticipated operating system.

Dev Articles featured the usual smorgasbord of helpful tutorials for website designers and developers. We're currently running several series on C++, HTML, and CSS. If you're interested in building browser menus, web page calendars, or working with frameworks, you should definitely check them out. Hardcore hardware enthusiasts reading Dev Hardware this week enjoyed our look at UPSes, speakers, and some of the extremely useful things you can do with flash drives (they're not just for storage anymore).

If you're trying to get your website to the top of the search engine results pages, you need to read SEO Chat this week (and every week, of course!). Content will get you there, but if you read Monday's article you'll see how much more complicated it is than that. We also reviewed Majestic SEO and considered what you need to do if you want to optimize your site for Yahoo. For those in the process of creating their first few web sites, Dev Mechanic offers food for thought. This week, you can learn how to build a better blog, add games to your website, and reflect on whether your site should be non-partisan.

The helpful tips and learning experiences never end here at the Shed. On Web Hosters, we revealed some of the best software you can use to help you manage your web sites. On Codewalkers, we continued our educational series on UNIX; this week's part covered data streams. And don't forget to check out Tutorialized and Scripts for some of our best user-generated educational content!

As always, thanks for reading. Until next week,
Developer Shed Staff

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Adding Elements to a Tree with TreeView jQuery
by Alejandro Gervasio, 2009-05-13

When it comes to building hierarchical menus that will be used as part of web-based navigational interfaces, one of the best solutions available today is a powerful jQuery plug-in called TreeView. This package comes with a number of handy options that allow you to create collapsible trees very quickly by using only a few simple nested HTML lists. This is the conclusion to a six-part series that uses numerous code samples to show you how to master the main features provided by the TreeView library.
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Using the Persist Argument in a TreeView jQuery Navigation System
by Alejandro Gervasio, 2009-05-12


Welcome to the fifth episode of a series covering how to build a hierarchical navigation system with the TreeView jQuery plug-in. Comprised of six parts, this series walks you through mastering the main features provided by this plug-in.
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Using Unique and Toggle in a TreeView jQuery Hierarchical Navigation System
by Alejandro Gervasio, 2009-05-11

The TreeView jQuery plug-in is a small yet powerful JavaScript application that allows you to build hierarchical navigation systems whose branches can be collapsed and expanded using different animation effects. So if you are planning to develop a web site that includes a navigation mechanism like this, start reading this series of articles. In it you will find a concise guide that will show you how to master the plug-in's main features, by means of copious hands-on examples. This article is the fourth of six parts.
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Using the Link Rel Canonical Tag
by Codex-M, 2009-05-07

The link rel canonical tag lets you solve canonical issues for your URL without having to resort to 301 redirects or other potentially complicated approaches. This article explains how to take advantage of the tag in your PHP-powered web sites.
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Windows 7 Security Enhancements
by Joe Eitel, 2009-05-13

If you've been holding off on upgrading your Windows XP operating system because of all the security headaches associated with Windows Vista, take heart; from all accounts, Microsoft got the message. Windows 7, released in beta in January and likely to be available to the general public in a few months, is not only less annoying than Vista, but also more secure. Keep reading for the lowdown.
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Depth-First Search in Graphs
by Gabor Bernat, 2009-05-12

Anyone or anything that can search effectively will eventually make a major impact on its environment. For a prime example just look at Google - from a simple search engine came one of the largest companies in the world of IT. So here, in this article, we will discuss a good search algorithm for graphs. What importance may it yield in the future?
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Breadth-First Search in Graphs
by Gabor Bernat, 2009-05-11


Me, you and everyone is constantly searching for something: a new relationship, knowledge, music, food or just for a new experience. If we start to think about it, searching slowly becomes our second nature and takes up a good portion of our life, becoming a central motive for us. In the world of graphs, searching is just as important. Today we are going to examine the breadth-first search algorithm (BFS).
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The Prufer Code and the Floyd-Warshall Algorithm
by Gabor Bernat, 2009-05-07


Graphs help solve many computer-related problems. They can show us the simplest way to present something, so that it takes up as little memory as possible. In this article, the second part of a multi-part series that covers graphs in detail, you will learn a very clever way to code and decode a tree.
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Layout for a Menu for All Browsers
by Chrysanthus Forcha, 2009-05-13

In this part of the series, I explain the nature of the menu items and how they fit into the tables of the sub menus and main menu. I spend the rest of the article talking about the style attribute of the tables of the sub menus. A lot of the design in this series lies in the configuration of the tables. In fact, we shall spend more time talking about the configuration of the tables than we shall spend talking about the JavaScript code.
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Using Stringstreams in C++
by Gabor Bernat, 2009-05-12


Variety is the spice of life; if you could see the same things each day, drink the same coffee, meet the same people, eat the same things, life would be absolutely boring. The drawback of this, on the other hand, is that coordinating such variety can be a big challenge. Copied from the multiplicity in our world, we have a significant diversity of types within the C++ programming world. This is not always a good thing. This article will explain how to tackle this challenge with help from streams and the STL class.
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Building the Current Year with a Web Page Calendar
by Chrysanthus Forcha, 2009-05-11


In the previous part of this eight-part series on building a web page calendar, we began a discussion of how to get the program to display any month the user wished to see. In this part, we complete that aspect of the application, and take the first step to enabling it to display an entire year. This is the fifth part of the series.
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Finishing Touches for a Common Browser Menu
by Chrysanthus Forcha, 2009-05-08


There are two states of a sub menu item generally. In the code we have been talking about so far, when a menu item appears, it is brown; when the mouse pointer goes over it, it is firebrick. This is done by changing the background color of the table cell of the sub menu item. In this part of the series I show you how you can use two images instead of two background colors to indicate these two states of a sub menu item. This is the final part of a ten-part series on building a common menu browser.
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The Blueprint CSS Framework
by Alejandro Gervasio, 2009-05-07


If you're an experienced web site developer, you know how challenging it can be to build a truly professional-looking site. What if you could use a framework that takes care of the more difficult issues, such as client and server-side technologies and even general design theory? The Blueprint CSS framework does just that. This is the first part of a seven-part series that will show you its major features so you can start using it for your own applications.
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Green Umbrella Product Review
by Katie Gatto, 2009-05-13

You may not realize the importance of a warranty on your electronic devices until you actually have to use it. Then you might even wish you'd gotten the extended warranty. Those are usually a bad value. The Green Umbrella warranty is different. Keep reading for the details.
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Converting DRM Protected WMA to MP3
by Bruce Coker, 2009-05-12

If you're tired of having to play some of your favorite WMA music strictly on players that are WMA-compatible because of DRM, keep reading. You can legally convert your purchased WMA music encoded with DRM to MP3s. This two-part series shows you how.
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Uninterruptible Power Supplies
by Gabor Bernat, 2009-05-11


These days, people store their lives on their computers - and frequently forget to back them up. A crash can be a disaster. If you work from home (as more and more people do today) or have a lot of important information on your home machine, a surge protector alone may not be enough. You want to make sure the power keeps going even if your local electric grid starts showing a strain. In short, you need a UPS.
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Southwing SH505 Bluetooth Headset
by Barzan "Tony" Antal, 2009-05-08

Every now and then we want to talk on the phone while driving, despite the safety recommendations, laws, and regulations that may prohibit that activity. Surely, sometimes it is that important business or personal call you can not miss, but more often than not, we do it just to kill some time. Today we are going to review the Southwing SH505 Bluetooth Headset.
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HP LP2465 Flat Panel Monitor
by Joe Eitel, 2009-05-07

HP's TouchSmart tz2z Touch Screen laptop is a laptop with a difference. It may seem strange to call it a bargain when it costs more than $1,200, but when you add up the features it offers, it may be well worth it. Keep reading as we take a closer look.
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Optimization for Yahoo
by Ivan Strouchliak, 2009-05-13

Google may seem to own the search space these days, but Yahoo still sees a respectable amount of traffic. Unlike Google, Yahoo is a content producer as well as a search engine; additionally, they didn't start out as an algorithm-based search engine. How does that affect it today? And what does that mean for you if you're trying to get your site viewed by Yahoo users? Keep reading for the answers.
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Majestic SEO Review
by Ivan Strouchliak, 2009-05-12

Majestic SEO is a link analysis tool, with an index of 52 billion pages, a record of 350 unique URLs and 2.6 trillion mapping relationships (URL pointing to URL). Majestic SEO maintains its own web crawler, "MJ12," and keeps its own database of the web (like the major search engines). The project belongs to Majestic-12 Ltd and is run by volunteers, with the goal of establishing a quality search engine to compete on the worldwide market. Majestic SEO is a side project of the Majestic 12 search engine, designed to raise funds. In this article we take a detailed look at the Majestic SEO tool and its use in search engine optimization.
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When Content isn`t King
by Terri Wells, 2009-05-11

The idea that content is king when building a web site, and especially when trying to climb to the top of the search engine results pages, is one of the first things that an SEO learns. You can't reach the top for your keywords without lots of good content. I believed that too - until I was proven wrong.
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The Evolution of Phishing
by Katie Gatto, 2009-05-13

When you run a website, whether it be an active blog or a large static site, keeping on top of everything can be more than a little bit of a challenge. There are a lot of aspects to be managed if you want your site to be successful. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools out there to make your job a little easier.
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The Evolution of Phishing
by Joe Eitel, 2009-05-06

According to Wikipedia, phishing “is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information.” If you are unfamiliar with the epidemic of phishing, it is high time that you educate yourself on the matter. Unfortunately, ignorance will not keep the danger of those who want your information at bay. Rather, if you are not educated about the dangers of phishing, you are even more vulnerable to it than most people.
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Is Clickfire the Only Honest Web Host Review Site?
by Joe Eitel, 2009-04-29

Not all web hosting review sites are reliable, as anyone who has tried to find truthful reviews of web hosts has discovered. Clickfire, however, is determined to be different. If you're looking for a web host, and not sure where to turn, keep reading. Clickfire may not recommend one host over another, but they just might give you the information you need to make up your mind.
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Should Your Site Be Non-Partisan?
by KC Morgan, 2009-05-13


It is no secret that every Web site revolves around content. If you are a Webmaster, content is one of your main concerns. You have to decide what goes on the site, lay the groundwork for content rules, and you are the one who reaps the rewards of that content - if there are any. But when you are so personally involved with your pages, it is easy to become personally involved with the content that is displayed on them. When there are two sides to every story and many, many choices and opinions on every subject, should your site be non-partisan?
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Build a Better Blog
by KC Morgan, 2009-05-11

You can not surf the Internet without running into at least one blog. Even celebrities write blogs these days to keep their fans up-to-date on news and events in their lives. But you do not have to be famous to write a blog - though writing a great one could help you get one step closer to true Internet stardom. Want to learn how to build a better blog? Learn how to make it fun, make it funny and make it stand out to make it a success.
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Five Ways to Monetize Your Website
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Control Mechanisms of the UNIX Shell
by Gabor Bernat, 2009-05-13

You can consider most of the things happening around you to be a stream of data. Your girlfriend loves you; two cars crash in a corner; your mother calls you to wish you a happy birthday; etc. Everything is just a stream of data that your brain takes and processes. The quality of your life very much depends on how your brain interprets this stream, however this on its own depends on what streams arrive there. In UNIX, things are very much the same. The tools just interpret and filter the data. Nevertheless, how these streams get from one place to another can very much influence the result.
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Control Mechanisms of the UNIX Shell
by Gabor Bernat, 2009-05-06

The power of an operating system is equal to the powers of the tools/programs it can provide. What you can do inside the operating system depends on the nature of the tools it offers you. However, you can have the most advanced and capable tools, yet suffer if you fail to put them to work in a correct and efficient way. This is where the control mechanism you have at your disposal enters the picture. Now then, what control mechanism will help us to exploit UNIX tools to their full capacities?
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Book Review: Learning Nagios 3.0
by Barzan 'Tony' Antal, 2009-04-29

Network monitoring is one of those tedious tasks where superficiality cannot be afforded. System administrators are constantly searching for new methods and solutions that can aid them during their everyday work. Today we are going to review a book that discusses how to work with Nagios, the open source industry standard and enterprise class network and server monitoring application.
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Play the World's Geekiest Musical Instrument

Popularized in video games and movies involving mad scientists, Tesla coils give off interesting lightning effects and with the appropriate controls, can even be used as musical instruments. The group Arc Attack has demonstrated this at a number of geek-friendly events (such as technology-related and anime conventions). Now they've taken things one step further: they've put the power of the lightning in your hands.

Specifically, they've built an online emulator of their singing Tesla coil. The original has been described by Dan Terdiman as an 8-foot-tall mash of circuitry and electronics that matches firing lightning bolts to the beat of DJ music. You can play the coil by clicking on the small onscreen musical keyboard with your mouse, or you can use your own computer's keyboard, matching up the list of letters they give that work to make music.

The sounds and visual effects are satisfyingly electric, though if you're a real musician you'll definitely want to use your keyboard; I found plunking out a tune with the mouse to go too slowly. The emulator will sustain notes if you keep your key or mouse pressed. Also, just as in real life, if you go too crazy you can cause the emulator to heat up too much and overload. The simulated singing Tesla coil will then explode, blowing a transistor, and you'll get the message Replacing IGBT (which is supposed to be an inside joke to Tesla coil makers).

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Now That's a Big Telescope

Conceived in 2003 and with a projected completion date in 2018, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will help astronomers solve some major mysteries, perhaps even answering the question of whether or not there is intelligent life outside our solar system. A combined project of US and Canadian organizations, the research tool will cost $700 million to build and dwarf previous holders of the title to world's biggest telescope, including the W.M. Keck Observatory's 10-meter telescope. It will even boast more than 100 times the collecting power of the Hubble Space Telescope.

The increased light gathering ability will let astronomers observe the most distant objects in the universe. Since light takes time to travel that distance, observing something that far away is akin to traveling in time; you see it as it looked when the light first left the object. So TMT will be able to look back 13 billion years in time to see what our universe was like when it first formed, before stars and galaxies came into existence.

The modified reflecting telescope itself will be as large as a football stadium and use a three-mirror system to collect and concentrate light. It will also feature adaptive optics to filter out the thermal turbulence of Earth's atmosphere. The engineers face a number of challenges in bringing the design to life. For example, the large mirror can't be made as a single piece, because it would sag under its own weight; rather, like Keck, it will be made up of smaller mirror segments, individually controlled to emulate one large mirror. Where Keck comprises 36 smaller mirrors, however, TMT will possess 492 segments, each one more than a meter across. Creating and controlling that many mirrors is just one of many challenges TMT faces on its way to becoming a reality. Once completed, however, it will make discoveries that, in the words of one scientist, will be absolutely staggering.

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Crowd Sourcing Translation Tasks

The online videos from the talks held at the yearly Technology, Entertainment and Design conference might not be quite as popular as YouTube videos, but they're up there; they've been viewed more than 100 million times. This $6,000 invitation-only conference aimed at the elite digerati set features fascinating talks by presenters guaranteed to hold your interest and change the way you view the world. The free videos do a great job of reaching those who can't make it to the conferences, but there's one problem: they're all in English.

Since the Internet reaches everyone around the world, viewers of TED videos frequently urge the organization to translate them into other languages. TED has responded by turning the request back on itself, in a sense: they've started the Open Translation Project. Based on the same volunteer focus that birthed Wikipedia, the project aims to harness crowd sourcing to get its videos transcribed and translated into multiple languages.

Already, the project's more than 200 volunteers have translated 300 videos into 40 languages. Another 450 translations are coming. Video viewers can now use a drop-down menu to sort videos by available languages. The videos are still in English, but now feature subtitles. Viewers can also follow along with a transcript displayed in a window next to the video. One very cool feature lets users click a phrase in the transcript to jump ahead to the point in the video when that phrase is used. The transcripts make the videos more accessible to outside search engines; they may start showing up more frequently in Google results now.


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