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Newsletter Archive: 2006
The Oddness (and Evenness) Of Spry 1.4
Ok, I'm not sure if "evenness" is really a word, but if Steve Colbert can make stuff up - so can I. Before Spry 1.4, Spry supported a simple way to apply different CSS styles to datasets rows to support even/odd colors.

Date: 2006-12-21

Microsoft's Blend: Why Not Support Flash?
Adobe's John Dowdell has the best question (and best set of links) about Microsoft's new "Blend:" why do it and not support Flash? Because of what Blend lets Microsoft do: get Macromedia stuff out of the Windows development process. Huh?

Date: 2006-12-08

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Date: 2006-12-07

JavaScript: Alert.Show(”message”) From ASP.NET Code-behind
In highly interactive websites and intranet sites, you probably want to let the users know what's going on when they delete, save, export etc. on the site.

Date: 2006-11-29

Working With Fractions In PHP
There are a few ways to display fractions in the web. The most common way is just to add a slash between 2 numbers, like so "1/2".

Date: 2006-11-15

MySQL's Regular Expression Support
Many months ago I reviewed Ben's MySQL Crash Course, an excellent book that discusses MySQL at a very high, quick to read level.

Date: 2006-11-09

Is it time to move to a new hosting provider?
Every time an email address is written on a website, it allows spam robots to collect it and abuse it. If you have a website (e.g. blog or forum) that displays the users e-mail address it would be a nice service to mask it for the spam robots.

Date: 2006-11-08

Use An HttpModule To Spam-proof Your Website
Every time an email address is written on a website, it allows spam robots to collect it and abuse it. If you have a website (e.g. blog or forum) that displays the users e-mail address it would be a nice service to mask it for the spam robots.

Date: 2006-11-01

Web Developers Vs. Traditional Developers On CSS
In the year of 2006 it can be hard to avoid doing web development to some extent no matter what kind of developer you are. The lines between the traditional windows applications and the more web based ones have become grayer.

Date: 2006-10-18

Top AIM Developer Now With Google
Justin Uberti announced Saturday that he has left AOL after nearly 10 years as a lead developer for the company's widely utilized AOL Instant Messenger software.

Date: 2006-10-11

Get the Best Managed Server and Support.... Plus More!
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Date: 2006-10-09

Grokking The Source
At Jeff Atwood has an interesting observation:

Date: 2006-09-27

Download Just Released: CMS400.NET Version 6.1
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Date: 2006-09-20

Yahoo To Celebrate Hack Day
Attendees of the first public Hack Day at Yahoo can learn a variety of developer tricks including some on Search.

Date: 2006-09-13

Live Seminar: Optimizing and delivering video for the web with Flash
In celebration of the tenth anniversary of Flash® technology, Adobe is pleased to announce a free, in-person seminar on optimizing and delivering video for the web using Flash Professional 8. With 97% of Internet-connected PCs ready to run Flash content, there is no better way to deploy video online.

Date: 2006-09-12

Learn from the experts at Oracle Develop
Learn from the industry-leading technologists behind Apache, PHP, Spring, and more at Oracle Develop, Oracle’s premier developer program, coming to Oracle OpenWorld this fall.

Date: 2006-09-06

PHP Firm Zend Lands $20 Million
Zend develops products for PHP development, and the company just hauled in $20 million in Series D Funding; a "strong candidate" for the open CEO job may be named in the coming weeks.

Date: 2006-08-30

Yahoo Extends Answers To The API
Web developers can get to the question and answer site, Yahoo Answers, through an application programming interface recently made available on the Yahoo Developer Network.

Date: 2006-08-16

Developer: Windows Vista Is Not Ready
High-level Microsoft executives may be in for more of what they don't want to hear. After one developer says what many were thinking, those inside Vista development fulfill their own prophecy. Vista's not ready.

Date: 2006-08-02

Software Development Fallacies To Avoid
In this article I'm going to explain the top 10 software development fallacies my company avoids. By avoiding these myths and concentrating on excellence, we are able to make great quality software.

Date: 2006-07-26

Ajax Book Review
The first thing I should say is that this is a thoroughly enjoyable book. Ed Woychowsky is fun to read, and I could almost recommend this to you even if you have no interest in Ajax.

Date: 2006-07-19

Mac OS X Ruby On Rails - Where To Go Next
When we left off with Mac OS X Ruby on Rails, I had Rails up and running but had not a clue as to where to go from there.

Date: 2006-07-12

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Date: 2006-07-10

Adobe Flex 2 Shows Its Muscle
The new Flex 2 environment represents Adobe's effort to clean up browser-based development and make Flash Player 9 an even more desirable place for delivering business applications to consumers.

Date: 2006-06-28

Google Geo Developer Day, Where 2.0
What a day… I knew it was going to be full of news and cool stuff when Eric Schmidt (CEO), Larry Page and Sergey Brin (co-founders) walked onto the stage at the Googleplex - they note that geospatial is a defining opportunity in search!

Date: 2006-06-14

Avalanche P2P May Be In Vista
Microsoft has been quietly developing its BitTorrent alternative in the UK, and the announcement that Windows Vista-equipped laptops with built-in WiFi will be able to do peer to peer connections could indicate its pending arrival in the marketplace.

Date: 2006-05-31

Online Help Power Tool - Flexible. Precise. Efficient.
Easily Create Online Help. And Online Anything Else. New WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word is the next generation of online content delivery, leveraging the power of XML to make quick work of every common online format and Help system.

Date: 2006-05-30

Stay ahead of the curve with Flash Professional 8
If you want to stay on the leading edge of Flash production, you need to move up to Flash Professional 8 software. It's the industry's most advanced authoring environment for creating interactive Web sites, digital experiences and mobile content.

Date: 2006-05-16

ApplTop 11i Productivity And Compliance Solutions
In a recent announcement, productivity and compliance software developer ApplTop Solutions Limited stated they are making their entire product suite, as well as a majority of the source code, available under their new ApplTop Free & Open Software License:

Date: 2006-05-10

Race Conditions
A "race condition" is a circumstance where you have two things that really need to happen sequentially, but don't.

Date: 2006-04-26

But Is It Programming?
Apple has put out a tutorial introducing programming with Core Data, Xcode and Interface Builder. Even if you've never written a line of code in your life - and maybe even especialy if you have not - go take a look at Building a Sample Core Data Application.

Date: 2006-04-12

Intuitive Software Design
Since the beginning of computers and software development, the user has wanted ease of use and an intuitive interface. Developers under strict deadlines and rigid design constraints produced functional software designed to complete the task at hand.

Date: 2006-03-29

Stop Java Code Fire Drills
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Date: 2006-03-28

Microsoft Attempts to Up Development Reliability
According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is reorganizing some of its managers, bringing Steve Sinofsky to the Windows Division over from Office, in an attempt to instill the same reliability Office development has on Windows development.

Date: 2006-03-22

Simon's JavaScript Tutorial
My only regret about missing the first half of ETech last week is that I didn't get to attend Simon's JavaScript Tutorial.

Date: 2006-03-14

Reuse Or Write New?
Sometime last summer I was involved in a fairly complicated Perl project. It was one of those "Well, it's just like the thing you did for X, but now we need it for Y and Z".

Date: 2006-03-08

Adding speech to your application? Wizzard has what you need!
Wizzard Software supplies developers with the fundamentals they need to build a successful speech project! Founded by developers for developers, Wizzard is proud to offer the finest AT&T and IBM speech technologies at the very best prices. We can support you and your project with technical expertise based on over 10 years of building speech applications for the worldwide development community.

Date: 2006-02-28

Krugle Prepares To Launch Search Engine For Coders
Officially announced a couple of weeks ago at the DEMO conference, Krugle Inc. is preparing to launch a new search engine for coders... think of Google for Programmers.

Date: 2006-02-22

Openwave And Sun Microsystems Work On Mobile Content
Openwave announced they're working with Sun Microsystems in a plan to develop new content for mobile phones. The plan will integrate Openwave's XML-based MIDAS with sun's Java ME and will provide standards-based tools and environments to create and deliver that content.

Date: 2006-02-15

SVN Gets Props For Web Development
A Swiss developer has found the Subversion source control system a welcome integration into his team's web development efforts.

Date: 2006-02-08

Learn JSF, EJB 3.0, BPEL, and RAD J2EE development - Oracle
You are invited to attend Oracle Developer Day, a free hands-on workshop that will give you insight into the latest SOA and Java technologies. Attendees will also have a chance to win an Apple iPod nano and Oracle prizes.

Date: 2006-01-26

Python And Ruby: The Newer Alternatives
Thanks to the nature of open source, almost anyone can write a programming language and get a significant number of people to use it: and plenty of people have.

Date: 2006-01-25

The Differences Between Software Development And Software Engineering
Software development and software engineering go hand in hand when it comes to the implementation of software.

Date: 2006-01-11

Java Strings
Handling character strings in Java is supported through two final classes: String and StringBuffer. The String class implements immutable character strings, which are read-only once the string has been created and initialized, whereas the StringBuffer class implements dynamic character strings. All string literals in Java programs, are implemented as instances of String class. Strings in Java are 16-bit Unicode...

Date: 2006-01-04

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