News Wire: PHP 4's Days are Numbered

  • Dojo 0.9 lands softly.

    Dojo 0.9 beta is out with a significant speed boost, pervasive improvements to accessibility (including keyboard navigation), a revamped and consistent themeing engine for widgets, and redesigned online documentation.

    (tags: javascript software opensource accessibility)

  • 30 free HTML email templates

    The fine folks at Freshview (and Campaign Monitor) have assembled a collection of 30 clean, free, and highly compatible HTML email templates for download—no strings attached.

    (tags: email design)

  • Presentation Layer Performance Tuning

    This article provides a nice summary of client-side performance issues and the solutions available for solving them.

    (tags: http css javascript)

  • HTML elements index

    A table of HTML tags, with their availability in HTML 3.2, HTML 4.01, XHTML 1.0, as well as the work-in-progress specs, XHTML 1.1, HTML 5, and XHTML 2.0.

    (tags: html standards)

  • Ultimate htaccess Blacklist

    An interesting approach to combatting comment spam and bandwidth theft, this .htaccess blacklist will also block legitimate users of mass download and screen scraper products such as GetRight. Whether this is an acceptable tradeoff is up to you.

    (tags: apache security)

  • Web Application Form Design

    A fascinating look at HTML form design, from the perspective of usability. As described in this article, different form layouts may facilitate different usability goals.

    (tags: html design usability)

  • Realitycheck: What Works on the Web

    Information Architects Japan shares some of the lessons is has learned in building an online business. These lessons include the discovery that giving things away for free works better than charging a little in the hopes of attracting a lot of customers.

    (tags: business)

  • New WordPress Blogs: 12 Steps to Set Up for Success

    This to-do list for newly-installed WordPress blogs is full of really useful (and non-obvious) advice. They should really make some of this stuff part of the installation wizard.

    (tags: search marketing opensource)

  • Introduction to Programming Using Java, 5th Edition

    A free, online textbook on introductory programming, which uses Java as the language of instruction. This book is directed mainly towards beginning programmers, although it might also be useful for experienced programmers who want to learn about Java.

    (tags: java programming)

  • Dojo Offline: 0.9 and Gears

    “Brad Neuberg and SitePen have released a new beta of Dojo Offline. This release includes a full port to Google Gears, a port from Dojo 0.4 to 0.9, and more.”

    (tags: javascript software google opensource network)

  • GoPHP5.org – helping speed the transition to PHP 5.2

    This grassroots campaign calls for PHP developers to cease support for PHP 4 in new releases of their projects from Tuesday, February 5th, 2008. Significant projects include Swift Mailer, PHPUnit, Drupal, phpMyAdmin, Typo3 and Symfony.

    (tags: php hosting opensource)

  • PHP 4 end of life announcement

    On the 3rd anniversary of PHP 5’s release, the PHP development team has announced that support for PHP 4 will cease at the end of 2007 (with critical security fixes continuing until August 8th, 2008).

    (tags: php hosting)

  • JDocs beta

    A major update to this community-driven Java API reference site includes wiki-based versioned annotations at all levels and, at long last, includes documentation for the Java SE core API.

    (tags: java)

  • Authoring HTML 5 – A Call to Web Professionals

    The W3C HTML 5 WG responds to criticism that the HTML 5 draft specification does not address the need for a specification that describes how HTML documents should be authored, including rich semantics (as opposed to font tags) and consistent syntax.

    (tags: html standards)

  • Google Mapplets Officially Released – Mashups 2.0

    Google has officially released the Mapplets technology it announced in beta in May. The new name for the technology is Mashups 2.0, and is essentially a plug-in API for Google Maps.

    (tags: apis google javascript)

  • Bringing the Browser to the Server

    John Resig has thrown together an impressive experiment: a virtual browser that will run ”headless” on a web server, or any other environment that can host the Rhino JavaScript engine. This environment is already sophisticated enough to run jQuery!

    (tags: javascript opensource software)

  • CSS Selectors – Speed Myths

    Jack Slocum tackles a few of the myths surrounding the impressive performance gains made recently by the popular JavaScript libraries in their support for CSS-style node selection.

    (tags: javascript)

  • Various Notes

    Dojo’s Alex Russell wishes that Jack Slocum’s analysis of CSS selector performance had included Dean Edwards’s Base2 library, claiming it’s the fastest implementation around. This point is debated in the ensuing comments.

    (tags: javascript)

  • Gears Roadmap and Development Process

    Google announces its plans for the ongoing development of Google Gears, including short-term plans for a cross-origin API (allowing site A to access the local database of site B) and improvements to make the Workerpool API easier to use.

    (tags: google opensource javascript)

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