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Dec. 17, 2009

Welcome to the latest issue of the Developer Shed newsletter! If you're still trying to get your holiday shopping done, and you have a shutterbug on your list, you might want to check out the article we're highlighting this week from eWeek. You'll find an awesome selection of digital cameras. You may even want to snap one up for yourself, to help you preserve those precious holiday memories.

Before we can welcome the holidays, though, there's plenty of work to get through, and here at the Shed you can find all the tools you need to help you get your work done. Read Dev Shed this week to learn about factory methods and using foreign key constraints. If you're more Microsoft-inclined, you'll be interested in our articles on MS Access and ASP .NET over at ASP Free.

If you're a website designer, on the other hand, you'll definitely want to check out Dev Articles, where we wrap up a series on image replacement techniques sure to make your web site snazzy. You'll find a great selection of reviews on Dev Hardware, where the holidays just give you another excuse to buy electronic goodies (like laptops, smart phones, video games...).

SEO professionals reading SEO Chat this week will learn a few unusual tricks for building links, ponder the privacy concerns raised by Google Dashboard, and even see Google's position as the king of search advertising possibly threatened by the recent deal between Microsoft and OpenX. If you're new to owning a web site, of course, you'll want to check out Dev Mechanic; this week you'll learn what iClimber can do for you, and how to make your ads more prominent on the page without letting them become obnoxious.

That's not all. Web Hosters answers your questions about the safety of social networking. Codewalkers explains how to install Mint Linux. And Scripts and Tutorialized feature the best content created by our own readers.

As always, thanks for reading. Until next week,

Developer Shed Staff

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Performing Record Updates with Foreign Key Constraints in MySQL
2009-12-17

In this fourth installment of a six-part series, I explain how to use foreign key constraints to update rows of two InnoDB tables via a basic abstraction class built into PHP 5. This example will help you start utilizing foreign key constraints with a particular server-side scripting language.
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Updating and Deleting Records in MySQL Tables with Foreign Key Constraints
2009-12-16

In this third installment of a six-part series, I explain how to trigger cascading updates and deletions of records of a child table, when performing the same operations on the associated rows of its parent table. Achieving this with InnoDB tables is a simple process, thanks to the use of a single foreign key constraint.
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Applying the Dependency Injection Pattern and Factory Methods in PHP 5
2009-12-15

Welcome to the final part of a series on implementing factory methods in PHP 5. Composed of six approachable tutorials, this series uses numerous hands-on examples to teach you how to define specific methods within your own PHP programs. These methods return to client code instances from their originating classes, and from other classes as well.
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Decoupling the Interaction Between Objects with Factory Methods
2009-12-14

Welcome to the fifth part of a six-part series on implementing factory methods in PHP 5. In this part, I show how the removal of a factory method inside the constructor of the class that originates persistent objects can produce a huge impact in the way that those objects handle its dependency, which happens to be a database handler object.
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Using Windows XP and Linux Ubuntu Dual Boot to Maximize Computer Efficiency
2009-12-17

Dual boots provide a certain level of efficiency when using two operating systems on one machine. This tutorial will discuss the basic tips and concepts of managing a dual boot operating system. The operating systems covered are Linux Ubuntu 9.10 and Windows XP Home SP3, since this appears to be the most common dual boot configuration as of December 2009.
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Using ASP .NET with an MS Access Database
2009-12-16


If you are planning to build a dynamic web site using Microsoft-based technologies, MS Access and ASP .NET go together very well. This article will get you started with the basics.
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Improving Construction of Statistical Process Control Charts
2009-12-15

In the first article, you learned how to manually construct statistical control charts to monitor and detect problems pertaining to website traffic. This procedure has certain disadvantages. In this article, we'll tackle those problems by using macros.
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How to Monitor Website Traffic using Statistical Process Control Charts
2009-12-14

In this article, you will learn how to construct statistical process control charts. These charts serve as a tool to monitor your website traffic's stability. The objective is accurate problem detection without the risk of facing "out of control" situations common among web masters, SEOs and online business owners. This article is the first part of a two-part series.
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Rediscover the Hover CSS Pseudo-Class
2009-12-17

In this introductory article in a four-part series, I provide you with an elementary but illustrative example that shows how to use the "hover" CSS pseudo-class for highlighting different sections of an (X)HTML document.
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Langridge`s Image Replaceement Technique: A Final Look
2009-12-16


Welcome to the final part of a 12-part series on image replacement techniques. By means of a strong hands-on approach, this series helps you start using these methods so you can add a fresh, appealing look to different text-based elements of your web pages, without having to sacrifice the cleanness of their structural markup.
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Using the Padding-Top CSS Property with H2 Headers for Image Replacement
2009-12-15


In this penultimate installment of the series, I demonstrate how to apply Langridge's image replacement method to all of the H2 headers of a trivial XHTML document. The inner workings of this approach are very easy to grasp, so you shouldn't have major problems using it within your own web pages.
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More on Variables, Functions, and Flow Control
2009-12-14

In this second part of a two-part series, you'll learn how to delay a function call, handle script errors gracefully, and more. It is excerpted from chapter 4 of the JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook, Second Edition, written by Danny Goodman (O'Reilly, 2008; ISBN: 0596514085). Copyright © 2008 O'Reilly Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission from the publisher. Available from booksellers or direct from O'Reilly Media.
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Variables, Functions, and Flow Control
2009-12-11

This two-part series offers a mix of JavaScript tricks to help you with your everyday projects. It is excerpted from chapter 4 of the JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook, Second Edition, written by Danny Goodman (O'Reilly, 2008; ISBN: 0596514085). Copyright © 2008 O'Reilly Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission from the publisher. Available from booksellers or direct from O'Reilly Media.
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Band Hero for the PS3
2009-12-17

Band Hero for the PS3 is Activision's attempt to win the hearts and minds of a slightly different demographic than in the past. Will it appeal to you? Keep reading as we take a closer look.
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DJ Hero for the PS3
2009-12-16

DJ Hero is a new release from Activision who, in the past, created a successful fusion between the gaming world and the music industry with its Guitar Hero releases. While those games were a hit, it was time for some new blood, and to the rescue comes DJ Hero for the PS3. Let's check it out.
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The Samsung Mythic SGH-A897 for ATandT
2009-12-15


If you are looking for a phone that brings some entertainment value to the table, take a look at the Samsung Mythic SGH-A897. The Mythic combines the convenience of a touch-screen with a solid feature set that centers around entertainment by giving you plenty of options for enjoying video or music. You can get the Samsung Mythic for 149.99 after a mail-in rebate and a two-year contract.
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The Nokia Booklet 3G Netbook and the Gateway NV5207U Laptop
2009-12-14


Today we will take a gander at two devices that could possibly serve your portable computing needs: the ultra-compact Nokia Booklet 3G Netbook and the mid-sized Gateway NV5207U laptop.
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The Toshiba Satellite T135-S1309 and the Sony Vaio Signature Collection X Laptops
2009-12-11


Are you in need of a thin and light laptop? If so, continue reading, as we will review two such devices on different ends of the price spectrum in the form of the Toshiba Satellite T135-S1309 and the Sony Vaio Signature Collection X laptops.
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Microsoft and OpenX Team Up
2009-12-16

Whether you are a very large, already successful company or a small startup, the same rule applies if you want to make money online: increase your ad revenue or sales. This rule even applies to Microsoft, one of the most successful companies of all time, which is why they have recently partnered with OpenX. Keep reading to learn the implications of this deal, including its likely effect on Google.
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Google Dashboard: An Overview
2009-12-15

Google's new service is designed to help those concerned about their privacy online to track what the search engine knows about them. It's good to have a central place from which to use its services, but it is making a lot of people nervous. Keep reading to find out why.
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More Link Building Tips from Ivan
2009-12-14

With hundreds, if not thousands of articles on link building, it is hard to deliver original content that was not mentioned or discussed elsewhere. In this article you will find some less-than-obvious link building techniques and tips.
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How Safe is Social Networking?
2009-12-16

Social networking is not just for teenagers, online daters or people who spend a great deal of time on the Internet. Social networking sites are extremely popular online, and they are used by a vast variety of Internet users. Who uses social networking sites? And should we be worried about their safety?
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Why Do You Need to Buy Multiple Domains?
2009-12-09

Sure, building a site called www(dot)fuzzygreenpair(dot)com, for your signature line of green suede shoes, sounded like a great idea. Then the organic fruit company Fuzzy Green Pear came along, and your traffic has not been the same since. Okay, so this example is fictitious, but it is very likely something similar has happened to you - or that it will. Find out why you need to buy multiple domains.
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ICANN To Function Independently From U.S. Government
2009-12-02

You've probably heard the news that ICANN is now an independent entity, no longer under the control of the US government. What does this mean, and what are the ramifications for you? Keep reading to find out.
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Make Your Online Ads Prominent on the Page
2009-12-16

It is no secret that most Web sites earn income through advertising agreements. There are many different types of deals and many different ways to use them, but they pretty much all amount to the same thing: you have got to find a way to incorporate those advertisements onto your online pages if you want them to have any effect on your site at all. Learn how to make your online ads prominent on the page - without making them completely monopolize the page.
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What Can iClimber Do For You?
2009-12-14

You want to create a great site, a well-visited collection of pages that are as interesting as they are innovative, as creative as they are cash-generating. You have got plenty of great ideas and great big ambition. The only trouble is, you really do not know where to get started with all your big plans. That is where iClimber comes in.
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Can You Make Money with a Free Blog?
2009-12-11

You have got a free blog! But does it do you any good financially? Web logs made an appearance on the Internet and suddenly became the biggest thing in the online world since wireless. From celebrities to stay-at-home moms, everyone seems to have a blog these days. When there is such a large market, when there is so much competition, when there is so many ways for absolutely anyone to create one of their own, can you make money with a free blog at all?
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Installing Mint Linux
2009-12-16

Do you have an old computer you would like to bring back into service? You might want to install Linux on it. If all the stories you have heard about this open source operating system's user-unfriendliness make you pause, consider getting it in the Mint flavor. This article explains Mint's advantages and shows you how to install it on your computer system.
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Crucial Traits of Awk
2009-12-09

If you are tired of the way that new programming languages often force you to learn everything all over again, you will like awk - especially if you know C. Awk borrows heavily from C, as you have no doubt realized if you have read the previous article in this series. This article wraps things up by presenting awk under GNU Linux.
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Understanding Awk in the UNIX Shell
2009-12-02

So what is awk, and what does it have to do with UNIX? Plenty, as you'll soon learn. It is a tool that helps you get certain tasks done in the UNIX shell. But it's no mere tool; it's so developed that it's a programming language in its own right. Keep reading to learn how to make the most of awk.
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Finding and Curing Cancer in One Step

Imagine going in for an MRI to find out whether a suspicious lump is cancerous. Today, a positive result would mean discussing several treatment options with your doctor: surgery, radiation, chemo, or some combination. All are risky, unpleasant, and may not get rid of the cancer. Now imagine going in and being offered a pill before the MRI that would let them kill any cancer, if present, at the same time. Wouldn't you take that pill?

This imaginary scenario might be closer than you think. Researchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have created a very talented nanoparticle: it can be tracked on MRI while it hunts cancer cells, tags them with a fluorescent dye and kills them with heat. While it's only been tested in laboratory cultures, it's the early fruit in a new field called “theranostics” that will allow doctors to diagnose and treat diseases in a single procedure.

The nanoparticles are based on nanoshells, invented by Naomi Halas in the 1990s and currently in human clinical trials for cancer treatment. The nanoshells have the peculiar ability to grab laser light that would normally pass through the body and convert it into heat that can kill tumors. For this study, the nanoshells were modified by adding a fluorescent dye that glows under near-infrared light – which is invisible and harmless to humans. The shells also received a layer of iron oxide that would show up on an MRI, and an antibody that would let them bind to the surface of breast and ovarian cancer cells. The particles have yet to be tested in animals, and testing in humans is at least two years away. But it could, quite literally, revolutionize cancer detection and treatment.

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Now That's a Smart Bike Wheel!

MIT gave bike riding a high-tech boost with a smart wheel they unveiled at the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change. The Copenhagen wheel features a battery that can store the energy from braking and return the power for climbing hills or increasing your speed. It's all controlled by a sensor that measures your effort when you ride.

The wheel is actually a large round red hub that can be retrofitted onto any bicycle. Aside from giving you a boost, the hub can talk to an iPhone via a Bluetooth connection. An iPhone app lets it display your speed, direction, and distance traveled; it can even monitor traffic conditions, smog, and let you know the location of your biking buddies. The hub is totally self-contained; no other gadgets need to be installed on the bicycle to make it work.

The idea behind the Copenhagen wheel is to make biking more enjoyable, so more people use this form of pollution-free transportation more often. The wheel is expected to hit stores within a year. It won't be cheap, however; expect to spend between $500 and $1,000 to add it to your two-wheeled transportation. That's about the same price as a standard electronic bike.

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