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Jan. 07, 2010

Welcome to 2010's first Developer Shed newsletter! If you are reading this, then it is clear you made it through the new year. As part of our New Year's Resollution, we here at the Shed are resolving to bring you better articles and fresher content this year. And what better way that to start off with this newsletter?

So what's on tap for the first week of 2010? Lots of useful things to learn, if you visited our family of websites. Dev Shed shows you some creative ways to use PHP 5. If you're focused on .NET technologies, ASP Free has some articles that should be right up your alley!

With all of the updates we've seen to browser technology, you'll definitely want to check out Dev Articles; you'll learn a whole slew of Javascript and CSS techniques. Hardcore hardware enthusiasts, meanwhile, can celebrate the new year on Dev Hardware with a look at some of the hottest gadgets you may have found underneath your Christmas tree.

SEO professionals reading SEO Chat picked up some useful skills for a new year of traffic. Whatever you SEO goals, you'll find it here. Or if you're new to owning your own website, visit Dev Mechanic. You'll learn the basics of marketing and optimization.

Meanwhile Codewalkers and Webhosters offer up some new articles sure to tantalize you. And let's not forget Scripts and Tutorialized, both still offering some of the best content created by our readers.

As always, thanks for reading. Until next week,

Developer Shed Staff

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Working in the Method Scope with Static Variables in PHP 5 Classes
2009-12-30

Despite their name, static properties can help in a wide variety of situations. If you are not using them currently, and you regularly implement design patterns in your code, after reading this series you will wonder how you ever did without them. This article is the conclusion to a four-part series.
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Improving MySQL Connection with Static Variables in PHP 5 Classes
2009-12-29

In this third part of a four-part series on static variables, I show how to use another static property in the previous MySQL driver to connect "more cleverly" to the database server. This example demonstrates how powerful a property like this can be, when utilized in an effective manner.
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Handling MySQL Data Sets with Static Variables in PHP 5
2009-12-28

In this second part of a four-part series, I finish building a sample MySQL driver by adding to it a whole new class responsible for iterating over database result sets through a friendly and intuitive API. This functional example shows that the use of a simple static property makes it easier to implement the Singleton pattern, which is convenient when developing a class that abstracts the access to a database server, be it MySQL or a different one.
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Properties of an Application Business Logic Layer
2009-12-30

In this fourth part of a six-part series on building the business logic layer of a .NET application, we focus on the layer's properties. This article is excerpted from chapter five of the book Doing Objects in Visual Basic 2005, written by Deborah Kurata (Addison-Wesley, 2008; ISBN: 0321320492).
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Classes and Properties in an Application`s Business Logic Layer
2009-12-29


In this third part of a six-part series on building the business logic layer of a .NET application, we wrap up our initial discussion of classes and move on to properties. This article is excerpted from chapter five of the book Doing Objects in Visual Basic 2005, written by Deborah Kurata (Addison-Wesley, 2008; ISBN: 0321320492).
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Organizing Code for the Business Logic Layer of an Application
2009-12-28

In this second part of a six-part series on building the business logic layer of a .NET application, you will learn how to organize the code, build a constructor, and more. It is excerpted from chapter five of the book Doing Objects in Visual Basic 2005, written by Deborah Kurata (Addison-Wesley, 2008; ISBN: 0321320492).
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Paginating Database Records with the jQuery Quick Pagination Plug-in
2009-12-30

In this fourth part of a five-part series, I start developing a basic database-driven web application that displays a list of fictional users fetched from a MySQL table. The application is capable of generating a couple of static sections of a web page, including the typical header and footer sections.
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Finishing a Drop-Down Menu with the Hover CSS Pseudoclass
2009-12-29


In the last few months, "hover" CSS pseudo-classes have gone through a rebirth process that allows us to evaluate their actual functionality from a new and fresh point of view. This article series shows you how to unlock their potential. In this last part of the four-part series, we will finish building the drop-down menu that we began in the previous part.
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Paginating Images with the jQuery Quick Pagination Plug-in
2009-12-28


In this third part of a series on the jQuery Quick Pagination plug-in, I show you how to use it to paginate a set of sample images. The process is very similar to paginating paragraphs with the plug-in, so you should not have major difficulties performing the same task with other HTML elements.
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The HP Pavilion Slimline 5220y and the Dell Studio XPS 8000
2009-12-30

If you are searching for a new desktop, then today is your lucky day, as we will take a look at two varied selections in the genre. First up is the HP Pavilion Slimline 5520y, a budget desktop available in a retail configuration. We will follow it up with the more expensive and configurable Dell Studio XPS 8000 and its great design.
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Palm Pixi for Sprint
2009-12-29

If you are looking to get into the smartphone game, there is a new player in town: the Palm Pixi for Sprint. While the name may sound a bit silly or child-like, the Pixi does provide you with tons of features and some of the functionality found on the popular previously-released Palm Pre. Keep reading for a closer look.
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A Few of 2009s Oddest (But Still Cool) Gadgets
2009-12-28


The end of 2009 is upon us, which means we are being inundated with year-end lists: the best technology of 2009, the best gadgets of 2009, the worst gadgets of 2009, the most useless gadgets of 2009, ad infinitum. With all of these lists floating around it is a wonder that more websites are not compiling the most obvious: the oddest gadgets of 2009. Here is our take on this subject.
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SEO FAQ Answered by Google Webmaster Tools
2009-12-30

If you own a website, having an account with Google Webmaster Tools is invaluable. It can provide you with a wide variety of information about your site, its traffic, and how Google perceives it. In particular, webmasters just starting to learn SEO have many questions, and Google Webmaster Tools has the answers.
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How to Track Conversion Rates in Google Analytics
2009-12-29

If you use Google Analytics and you are trying to increase the conversions on your website, keep reading. This article will show you how to set up conversion tracking using this service, which is a good first step.
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Setting Up Feedburner for SEO
2009-12-28

You learned the basics of Feedburner and its relationship to SEO in the first part of this two-part series. Now in the second part, you will learn the detailed technical procedures for integrating Feedburner with your website to maximize subscribers and also increase the chance of getting organic links.
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Fighting Internet Distractions: Productive Telecommuting
2009-12-30

Are you one of the "lucky" workers who gets to telecommute? If you are, you know it is not entirely a blessing. Working online from home means fighting constant distractions. Fortunately, you can enlist some help in your battle to be productive.
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Norton Online Family: Making the Internet Child-Safe?
2009-12-23

Even a very simple, standard search on the Internet can yield dozens, even hundreds, of unwanted or inappropriate sites. Even a straightforward social networking site can lead to online interaction that is highly mature in nature. It is the kind of thing we do not want our children to see. How do we protect them from the bad things online while letting them experience the good? Norton Online Family may offer a solution.
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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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Straighten Crooked Photos
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Scripts is dedicated to developer and programming related scripts both commercial and free, and for all OS platforms.

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Google Webmaster Tools
2009-12-30

If you are an Internet user, there is almost nothing you can not do with Google. This powerful Web site (the most popular in the world) offers everything from free email to easy advertising, not to mention the very user-friendly search tool that draws in so many Google users in the first place. But are you making full use of everything this site can do for you, getting everything you can out of this powerful traffic-driving tool? Find out why you should learn more about Google Webmaster tools.
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How to Give Your Site an SEO Makeover
2009-12-28

So, you have put yourself, heart and soul, into your current project. You have invested time, energy, money and a little bit of your blood to get your site up and running. These efforts, however, have proven to be only marginally effective, and maybe they have even stalled completely. An SEO makeover can help you draw in more readers and turn your labor of love into a success.
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Putty File Transfer Commands in SSH Protocol
2009-12-30

Using SSH (secure shell) protocol during file transfer can decrease the chances that your web server's security will be compromised. There are a variety of SSH clients available. Putty, an open source SSH client, offers a number of advantages. This article will explain how to use it.
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Setting Up Ubuntu for Your Home Office
2009-12-23

Setting up a home office can be a daunting task. It can also be an expensive one if you are pricing it with all of the needed software for Windows. Of course, for every problem there is a solution. In this case your solution is a version of Linux known as Ubuntu. Today, we will look at how to set up your home office with Ubuntu. In just a few hours you will be up and running.
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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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The Future of Mixed Drinks

Here's something to ponder as you sip your champagne this New Year's Eve: with molecular gastronomy bringing science into the kitchen, why should chefs have all the fun? Why not, for example, bartenders? This fledgling field of molecular mixology (a term not actually appreciated by the mixologists themselves) is already turning out drinks that would do Star Trek: The Next Generation's Ten-Forward hostess Guinan proud.

Imagine, if you will, chilling drinks not with ice or chilled glasses, but liquid nitrogen. “With cocktails, you're always fighting dilution,” notes food-science writer Harold McGee. Cocktails are pure flavor, so mixologists are finding ways to slip different essences into the drinks to help set a mood. For example, Tony Conigliaro, a creative mixologist working at a cocktail bar in London, mixes small amounts of certain food-grade essences in with his drinks. He uses essences of leather and tobacco in a version of the classic Old Fashioned cocktail to give it the aura of a gentleman's club.

That's not the only trick he's learned. Using a temperature-controlled water bath, he can employ a French technique known as sous-vide cooking (which involves cooking something sealed in a vacuum at a low temperature) to infuse alcohol with unexpected flavors – leading to such treats as rhubarb-infused gin. Conigliaro even borrows techniques from molecular gastronomy chefs – like freezing a highly flavored liquid into a small sphere and dipping it in gelatin. The liquid in the gelatin sphere melts, giving the drinker an explosion of flavor when he consumes it. Future bars will no doubt offer other interesting surprises.

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Coming Soon: Google Phone?

The press is buzzing over Google's announcement that it will hold a press event on Tuesday, January 5 at its headquarters in California. What's going on? Many think that the search engine giant will unveil its new phone, the HTC-designed Nexus One. That seems likely, given that reports on the invitation-only event mention that it will involve Android, Google's mobile operating system.

If Google will be taking the wraps off a new phone at that event, it's hard to fault the timing: it beats the actual start of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by two days. It even beats out major press conferences scheduled by many CES exhibitors by a day.

So if this IS about the Nexus One, what can we expect? Some online leaks note that the phone will likely include a 3.7-inch touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, an accelerometer and compass. It will of course run Android 2.1, the latest version of the operating system. Some hope that Google will sell the phone unlocked, so buyers won't be forced to tie themselves to contracts with telecommunications carriers. There has been no word, leaked or otherwise, on possible pricing. An unlocked phone will likely be expensive...unless Google can come up with a clever ad-based model. It wouldn't be the first time the search company has come up with a way to make money by selling ads attached to an inexpensive (or free), incredibly useful service.

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