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April 09, 2009

It's time for the latest issue of the Developer Shed newsletter. And it's ABOUT time for mobile platform development to get the respect it so richly deserves. The article we're highlighting for you this week from eWeek shows that it's finally happening. When an institution as respectable as Stanford University offers a course on the subject of applications for the smart phone, you can bet that field has finally arrived. Granted, it's a free, online, 10-week course, but that makes it all the more desirable. Think of learning the skill set as acquiring another tool to put in your developer's toolbox.

This is what we at the Shed do best, after all: give you the tools to help you get your job done. So what's in the toolbox this week? Well, Dev Shed readers enjoyed our continuing series on the Ext JS library, the active record pattern, and challenging users for security purposes with AJAX. If you're planning a migration to Windows Server 2008, you won't want to miss reading ASP Free this week; we ran back-to-back articles on the process. They start you off with the planning stages, which should help keep you from running into problems down the line.

Website designers and developers can always pick up new tips and techniques from Dev Articles, and this week is no exception. We wrapped up two series: one on HTML magic edges and another on building a web page calculator. They're great read together; imagine building a calculator that slides smoothly out of the edges of your web site when your visitors want to use it, and disappears when they're ready to move on to something else. We also continued our comprehensive look at streams in C++. Don't forget that both Dev Articles and Dev Hardware publish five times a week now! Speaking of Dev Hardware, this week's reviews included a power supply unit and two digital cameras...just the thing if you're thinking about a summer vacation.

The SEO professionals reading SEO Chat may have noticed a distinct focus on jobs this week. In addition to the next part of our series on ranking factors, we discussed making money with Internet-based jobs and ways to boost the popularity of your job board. With the current economy, a focus on jobs shouldn't surprise anyone. Those of you who blog might want to check out Dev Mechanic this week; we ran the second part of our two-part series on configuring a WordPress-based web site, discussed the pros and cons of allowing comments on your site, and Friday's article...well, I shouldn't tell you, but it's also devoted to helping bloggers.

We know that's never enough for you, so of course we have more. Web Hosters ran an item on whether you should buy domains solely for their page rank. Codewalkers continued our series on UNIX by taking a close look at the shell. And Tutorialized and Scripts still offer plenty of useful content for your perusal.

As always, thanks for reading. Until next week,
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Using Division Equations to Make Web Forms Safer with Ajax
by Alejandro Gervasio, 2009-04-08

From a web developer's point of view, building a mechanism that permits you to protect online forms against attacks by spam bots, malicious automated submissions, and so forth, can be challenging. Developing such an application often requires using a server-side graphic library to generate the so-called noisy images. However, it is possible to quickly create a similar mechanism with Ajax, without having to work directly with images generated in the web server. This is the fourth part of a four-part series that explains how to do just that.
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Refactoring the MySQL Abstraction Class with the Active Record Pattern
by Alejandro Gervasio, 2009-04-07

In this group of articles you will be provided with an approachable guide to building a database accessing class that will use the programming model imposed by the active record pattern for performing raw CRUD operations on a group of selected MySQL tables, and for fetching database records by using the WHERE, LIKE and LIMIT clauses as well. This is the sixth part of a seven-part series.
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Working with Draggable Elements and Transparent Handles with the Ext JS Library
by Alejandro Gervasio, 2009-04-06

When it comes to building full-blown web-based interfaces, Ext JS is quite possibly one of the most powerful libraries available nowadays. It is equipped with an impressive set of JavaScript classes that allow you to create all sorts of clever things, ranging from simple yet professional message windows, to desktop-like data grids and shadowed drop-down menus. This third part of a three-part series covers just one of its features, which lets you give interesting abilities to containers.
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Using Nested Views with CodeIgniter
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One of the most common tasks that a PHP programmer has to perform when developing web applications with CodeIgniter is loading a bunch of views to generate different sections of a web document. As with many other features provided by this framework, there are several ways to work with view files. This seven-part article series shows you many different ways to handle views. In this third part, we will focus on nested views and other methods.
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Configuring WSUS 3.0 on Windows Server 2008
by Barzan "Tony" Antal, 2009-04-08

Windows Server Update Services, abbreviated WSUS, is a solution developed by Microsoft that is ideal in corporate environments. The system allows system administrators to easily manage, administer, and deploy security patches, software updates, and hot-fixes through the use of Automatic Updates in their network. In this article we are going to discuss how to set up WSUS 3.0 SP1 on the Windows Server 2008 platform.
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Migrating to Windows Server 2008
by Barzan "Tony" Antal, 2009-04-07

Migrating a server operating system is somewhat trickier than installing an update or patch to run-of-the-mill software. This article is the second part of our multi-part series focusing on the migration to Windows Server 2008. The first part covered the preliminary basics and glanced at the business factors and other considerations that it implied. This part will focus on performing the actual migration.
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Planning the Migration to Windows Server 2008
by Barzan "Tony" Antal, 2009-04-06

It is been five years since Windows Server 2003 was rolled out, so it feels right that a new server operating system is out, and probably necessary. However, upgrading to a newer server OS tends to be a trickier process that may cause frustration. This is the first part of an article series dedicated to the migration to Windows Server 2008. In this segment we will cover the preliminary basics that you need to know.
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Wine: Bottling Windows
by Katie Gatto, 2009-04-02

Are you working on a Mac- or UNIX-based system (such as Linux), and missing all the software created for Windows? You do not have to give up your software any longer. Keep reading to learn about Wine, the emulator that is not an emulator, and learn how you can take advantage of it to run some of your favorite programs again.
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Adding Scientific Functions to a Web Page Calculator
by Chrysanthus Forcha, 2009-04-08

In this last part of our six-part series, we shall talk about adding scientific functions to our web page calculator, and then conclude. Scientific functions refer to functions like sin(?), cos(?), tan(?), and log(x). The process is not as difficult as you think. The JavaScript interpreter incorporated into many browsers has some built-in scientific functions. It has most of the functions we shall use. However, it does not have some of the functions we shall use. We shall have to code the pair of functions that JavaScript does not have.
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File Handling and Streams in C++
by Gabor Bernat, 2009-04-07

Welcome to the fourth part of a ten-part series covering the use of streams with C++. Streams can save you a lot of time and effort that would otherwise be spent on trivial, tedious tasks. In this article, we will show you how to use streams to improve the data flow of your applications.
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Completing the HTML Magic Edges Project
by Chrysanthus Forcha, 2009-04-06

Welcome to the fifth part of a five-part series that shows you how to make HTML magic edges. These edges allow you to slide useful applications out of the sides of your web pages when a visitor slides his or her mouse over the edges. In this part of the series I explain the code for the project. We also conclude with some useful comments. Toward the end of this part, I give you a link to the complete code of the project in zip file format.
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Making a Common Browser Menu React
by Chrysanthus Forcha, 2009-04-03

Welcome to the fifth part of a ten-part series that shows you how to make a drop-down browser menu that works on multiple browsers. In this part of the series, we begin an in-depth analysis of the react() function, which is the function that responds to the onmouseover event for each table cell.
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Using Auto Margins to Center DIVs with CSS
by Alejandro Gervasio, 2009-04-02

If you are a web designer searching for a comprehensive guide that shows you how to build centered web page layouts by using a few simple CSS styles and basic markup, look no further. Welcome to the third installment of a series that focuses on centering DIVs with CSS. By means of a hands-on approach, this series walks you through implementing some proven CSS-based techniques that will let you create different kinds of centered web document layouts in a truly painless way.
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by Gabor Bernat, 2009-04-08

Unfortunately, many people still neglect to use UPS devices. Many users do not even think about them until they absolutely need one - such as right after their system failed because they did not have one. So many purchasers put the UPS on the optional list when they are shopping for a new system. If you are an average home user and you want a UPS, then perhaps you should consider the APC Back ES-550VA UPS.
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Pentax K200D Digital Camera
by Joe Eitel, 2009-04-07

The entry-level DSLR digital camera market is a crowded field, with some strong contenders. If you are going to compete in that arena, you had better have some features that set you apart. Today we are going to look at Pentax's entrant, the K200D digital camera. What makes this entry-level camera different? Is it worth the price? Keep reading to find out.
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Canon PowerShot SD790 IS
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The PowerShot SD790 IS from Canon is a continuing testament to Canon's ability to produce quality camera after quality camera. The SD790 is a compact point-and-shoot model with a modest price tag that reflects its goal of affordable high quality photos. Ten megapixels ensures that you will get the quality photo that you want, and the very compact size will allow you to keep that quality in your jeans pocket.
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Olympus Stylus 1030 SW Compact Digital Camera
by Joe Eitel, 2009-04-03

It almost seems as if with each day that passes there is a new, high-tech and unbelievably cool looking digital camera on the market. Olympus has decided to throw their hat into the ring with their one-of-a-kind Stylus 1030 SW compact digital camera. This camera redefines tough. The Stylus 1030 SW has a wide-angle lens and is shockproof, waterproof, freeze-proof and dust-proof, allowing consumers to comfortably and confidently shoot in any weather, at any location and in any condition. What other cameras can offer that? Not many, which is why the Olympus Stylus is the ideal accessory for divers, surfers, rafters, skiers or anyone else with an active, adventurous lifestyle.
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Sony Cybershot DSC-W150
by Joe Eitel, 2009-04-02

The Sony Cybershot DSC-W150 is a mid-range point-and-shoot digital camera that embodies the spirit of middle range point-and-shoot cameras. While the camera technically falls under the category of "ultra compact," the DSC-W150 is a little bulkier than most at 3.7 inches wide, 2.3 inches high, and 0.9 inches deep. Despite that, the camera is as small as you can expect most point-and-shoot digital cameras to be: small enough to stick in a big pocket or a bag. Read on for the details.
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Boost Your Job Board
by Bruce Coker, 2009-04-08

According to a 2008 study by service research group The Inavero Institute, 72 percent of salaried job vacancies are posted on the Internet. The study also reveals that online job boards are the favorite recruitment tool of around half of all recruiting managers. These statistics strongly suggest that a job board is one of the best possible services to offer online. This article will help you give your job board a competitive edge.
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Link Authority SEO Ranking Factors
by Ivan Strouchliak, 2009-04-07

This is a fourth part of a five-part series on SEO factors for ranking your web site well in the search engine results pages (SERPs). In this article we talk about the URL of the page, link authority, PR, outbound links, number of outbound links and more.
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Making Money Online with Internet-Specific Jobs
by Joe Eitel, 2009-04-06

One development that has come with the advent of the Internet is the great ease with which countless individuals of highly varied backgrounds and capabilities are able to earn money by working online. Due to the nature of the Internet, there is a wide variety of jobs that can only be performed on the Internet, and can therefore be done at home from a personal computer.
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Should You Buy Domains Solely For Their PR?
by Joe Eitel, 2009-04-08

If you are new to the field of web marketing, website design, or search engine optimization, you may have only briefly encountered the term "page rank." It is time that you become more familiar with the concept, because it is integral to just about any kind of money generation that you will find on the Internet.
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Designing Flash Websites: Pros and Cons
by Joe Eitel, 2009-04-01

If you are considering using Flash on your web site, you will want to read this article first. Whether you want to go all out with a totally Flash-based site or use it in a more limited way, Flash comes with certain advantages and serious disadvantages. You will want to be aware of the pros and cons to using Flash before you employ it on your web site. Keep reading to learn whether Flash can work for you.
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URL Redirection
by James Payne, 2009-03-18

Known by many names, URL redirection is a technique used to make a web page accessible to users via multiple domains. There are several reasons to do this, not all of which are on the up and up. In this tutorial, we will look at each one, and in our next article, learn the various methods used to achieve this effect.
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Isn't Inviting Comments Inviting Trouble?
by KC Morgan, 2009-04-08

It is hard not to have high expectations. After weeks, maybe months, of crafting content you are finally ready to take that next big step. You are finally ready to allow your traffic to comment on your content. You think you are going to explore a bold new world filled with communication and interaction. But instead of getting great discussion, it seems that you are getting into trouble - you, and your site.
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Checklist for Testing and Configuring Word Press Installation
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Why No One Finds Your Content
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The Shell and UNIX
by Gabor Bernat, 2009-04-08

It is dangerous to expose our most important possessions directly to every little effect coming from the world. Somebody may take advantage and just do damage to them. It is wise to put something in front of them. In the case of an operating system, the most important part is the kernel. Furthermore, we can take advantage of putting something in front of it, simplify working with the kernel, and make a couple of checks to ensure that nothing abusive happens. What we add before the kernel is the Shell.
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In Detail: UNIX File Systems
by Gabor Bernat, 2009-04-01

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Rights Management in UNIX
by Gabor Bernat, 2009-03-25

What is the perfect rights management? It is obvious that a completely democratic system would fail within just a few seconds, as everybody would start to abuse the system and mess with things that a computer needs in order to work properly. The trick is to give each person just as many rights as he absolutely needs, in such a fashion that he does not get the sense of being restricted.
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Future TV May Obey Your Every Move

Those gestures you make at the TV may take on an actual meaning if Hitachi and GestureTek have their way. The two companies are working together to bring a version of remote control to the TV without using a handheld device. Instead, a camera positioned below the set will pick up your hand movements, and allow you to change channels, navigate menus, raise and lower the volume, simply by waving your hands.

Before you get all excited about acting like Tom Cruise in your own version of Minority Report, however, keep in mind that this is still at the prototype stage. Hitachi did demonstrate it at Ceatec last year and at CES in January, but there's no guarantee that it will actually make it to market. That said, GestureTek has been making motion-control software for nearly 20 years, and it has been used in a variety of devices, including cell phones and game consoles.

The hardware presents a challenge. The remoteless remote uses a depth camera to spot predetermined gestures (meaning that you can gesture in three dimensions and the camera will understand it). As you would expect, such cameras are expensive; they cost 10 to 20 times what you would expect to pay for a web cam. William Leckonby, CEO of GestureTek, thinks the price will come down in the next year and a half, to $50 per camera. That's low enough for TV manufacturers to consider including them in their premium models. It may be worth paying a little extra to never lose the remote again...though fighting over control of it could take on a whole new meaning.

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Car Need Batteries? Grow Your Own

Normally, the process of producing lithium ion batteries is hard on the environment: it involves highly reactive components, high temperatures, and very nasty solvents, to say nothing of the hazards of handling lithium. Anything that can make it cleaner and safer to manufacture these batteries, which power everything from electronic gadgets to hybrid cars, is welcome. Now, scientists have successfully turned to genetically engineered viruses for a solution.

Angela Belcher and her team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology took a harmless virus dubbed M13 and inserted two genes into it: one that makes the virus produce proteins that bond with iron and phosphate ions, and another that creates a protein at the tip of the virus that bonds to a carbon nanotube. When you combine these two processes, you end up with tubular virus particles sheathed in iron phosphate, becoming nanowires, with a tip that conducts electricity. They had, in short, a cathode, and since they'd previously used a virus to make an anode, creating the full battery was relatively simple.

This is a battery, but is it any good? According to the team's tests, it's as good as the best commercially available lithium ion batteries. They now have a fully virus-based, 3-volt lithium ion battery that can easily power an LED. The creation process does not involve high temperatures, harsh chemicals or fancy equipment. Best of all, the battery is as efficient as the best of what we have today, and it's effectively a first draft. Belcher thinks they can boost their battery's performance using the same basic production system.

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Library of Congress Launches YouTube Channel

You've seen some amazing things on YouTube, but nothing quite like this. The Library of Congress made its way onto the wildly popular video website with its own channel this week. The move follows hot on the heels of the organization's collaboration with Flickr to bring thousands of non-copyrighted images to the photo sharing web site.

So what has the LOC chosen to share? The channel currently offers 70 historical videos, including the first moving image ever (of a man sneezing), century-old films from the studio of Thomas Edison, and industrial films featuring Rosie the Riveter. This is the tiniest fraction of the Library's six million video collection, and more are coming. LOC Director of Communications Matt Raymond insisted on the organization's public blog that they're not going to just upload a bunch of videos and walk away.

This probably won't be the last time you see the Library of Congress collaborating with a new media web site, either. Plans are in the works to distribute some of the library's collection through iTunes, and might even look into using Vimeo and blip(dot)tv. You can also check out the organization's own web site, at, to see what's available.

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