Jun 172011
 

Just released by O’Reilly:

With step-by-step instructions and expert guidance, Creating a Website teaches readers how to go from nothing but an idea and a PC to creating a professional-looking website. This third edition shows readers not only how to create a compelling Web presence, but how to enrich it with interactivity, search-engine optimization, audio files, videos, visitorcentric community elements, and e-commerce capability with products like PayPal and Google Pay. It also describes the emergence of HTML 5, and tell them why it’s an improvement over earlier versions of HTML.

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Jun 132011
 

Just released by O’Reilly:

App Inventor is poised to change the mobile development landscape significantly. Not only does it make it much, much easier for beginners to get their hands dirty and start developing with little overhead or formal schooling/training, it stands to turn merely curious parties into more serious developers as well. The whole enterprise carries a strong stance that “programming can be a vehicle for engaging powerful ideas through active learning,” which is just so in line with O’Reilly. The blocks editor uses the Open Blocks Java library for creating visual blocks programming languages. Open Blocks is distributed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Scheller Teacher Education Program. The compiler that translates the visual blocks language for implementation on Android uses the Kawa Language Framework and Kawa’s dialect of the Scheme programming language, developed by Per Bothner and distributed as part of the Gnu Operating System by the Free Software Foundation.

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Jun 032011
 

Just released by O’Reilly:

Since 1996, JavaScript: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly Media) has been the bible for JavaScript programmers — a programmer’s guide and comprehensive reference to the core language and to the client-side JavaScript APIs defined by web browsers.

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May 302011
 

Just released by O’Reilly:

Join the next wave of Web 2.0 software development in the cloud! Cloud applications are the next big shift in application development: instead of building single-user applications to run on a personal computer, new applications are being built as multi-user services that run in data centers around the world.

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May 052011
 

Just released by Wrox:

Create must-have applications for the latest Android OS

The Android OS is a popular and flexible platform for many of today’s most in-demand mobile devices. This full-color guide offers you a hands-on introduction to creating Android applications for the latest mobile devices. Veteran author Wei Meng Lee accompanies each lesson with real-world examples to drive home the content he covers. Beginning with an overview of core Android features and tools, he moves at a steady pace while teaching everything you need to know to successfully develop your own Android applications.

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May 032011
 

Just released by O’Reilly:

Want to build apps for Android devices? Learning Android (O’Reilly Media) is the perfect way to master the fundamentals. Written by Marko Gargenta, an expert who has taught this mobile platform to hundreds of developers in large organizations, this gentle introduction shows experienced object-oriented programmers how to use Android’s basic building blocks to create user interfaces, store data, connect to the network, and more.

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Apr 292011
 


Just released by Wrox:

How to develop powerful mobile Web sites using popular content management systems.

Mobile is the hottest thing going — and developing content for mobile devices and browsers is even hotter than that.  This book is your guide to it all — how to design, build, and deploy sites, blogs and services that will work brilliantly for mobile users. You’ll learn about the state-of-the-art of mobile web development, the tools available to use, and the best practices for creating compelling mobile user interfaces. Then, using the most popular content management systems, WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal, you’ll learn how to building world-class mobile web sites from existing platforms and content. The book walks you through each platform, including how to use third-party plug-ins and themes, explains the strategies for writing your own logic, how to switch between mobile and desktop, and much more.

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Apr 282011
 

Last time, we created buttons for bookmarking, permalinking, mail forwarding, and printing. However, these days, your website can not be complete without some sort of social media integration. In this article we add page-specific buttons for LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to our site. Next time, we round up by setting up three general social media buttons. Continue reading »

Apr 242011
 

After we successfully installed the OpenX ad management system, we can now integrate this tool into our website. That allows us to set up accounts and management interfaces for individual advertisers, or to display advertisements from the OpenX Market. Continue reading »

Apr 222011
 

Previously, we installed the Advertising Manager plugin for WordPress. We showed how to integrate advertisements from Google AdSense into your website. But this same plugin supports other advertising networks as well. Since OpenX is the first competitor to AdSense, we now elaborate on the installation and configuration of this alternative ad manager and marketplace. Continue reading »

Apr 082011
 

Although most users do not pay for the services LinkedIn provides to them, the company has to make money some way. It does that by selling the contact and profile data to the users and companies that are paying for their LinkedIn accounts. That means that you will regularly receive messages from recruiters, analysts, advertisers, "partners", and other people trying to make a buck from you through LinkedIn. Continue reading »

Apr 062011
 

Often, a web page contains not only a navigational menu (on the left or at the top of the page), but also a menu offering page-oriented (local) functions. You are likely to find buttons for bookmarking, permalinking, mailing, and printing at the right of the web page. In this article we describe the code to set up these four functions for your site. Continue reading »

Apr 052011
 

PayPal APIs: Up and Running: A Developer's Guide to Integrating Transaction Services

Just released by O’Reilly:

If your web application’s success depends on how quickly and easily users can make transactions, then PayPal is a solution you can’t afford to overlook. PayPal APIs: Up and Running (O’Reilly Media) helps you determine which PayPal option is best for your situation, and provides step-by-step instructions for implementing the payment method you choose—whether you’re accepting money via the Web or mobile devices for products and services, donations, or anything else.

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Apr 032011
 

Just released by O’Reilly:

Facebook is spreading about as far and fast as the Web itself: 500 million members and counting. But there’s a world of fun packed into the site that most folks miss. With this bestselling guide, Facebook: The Missing Manual, Third Edition (O’Reilly Media), you will learn how to unlock Facebook’s talents as personal website creator, souped-up address book, and bustling community forum. It’s an eye-opening, timesaving tour, guaranteed to help you get the most out of your Facebook experience.

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Apr 012011
 

Mining the Social Web: Analyzing Data from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Other Social Media Sites, by Matthew A. Russell

Just released by O’Reilly:

Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn generate a tremendous amount of valuable social data, but how can you find out who’s making connections with social media, what they’re talking about, or where they’re located? This concise and practical book, Mining the Social Web (O’Reilly Media, $39.99 USD), shows you how to answer these questions and more. You’ll learn how to combine social web data, analysis techniques, and visualization to help you find what you’ve been looking for in the social haystack, as well as useful information you didn’t know existed.

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Mar 232011
 

After all these fine articles we wrote to get your attention, wouldn’t it be nice if people were able to contact us? For the current website is yet not much more than a collection of postings.

So we deploy the Contact Form 7 plugin to create a page where people can get in touch with the website owners. Continue reading »

Mar 212011
 

A good implementation of a web design is built on div and span tags. But they really come together in the CSS styling definitions. Keeping your layout parameters limited to alignments and floats results in a design that scales optimally on various resolutions, platforms and browsers. This way, you can make your design look good even on a mobile phone.

However, as a front-end designer, you sometimes find yourself in need of the more advanced placing methods CSS offers. For example, you could be looking for a way to include a graphic in a div tag, somehow aligning with the running text on the one hand but positioned "independently" on the other.
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