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136. AJAX 2: New possibilities offered by XMLHttpRequest level 2 specification

Posted on: 2010-11-23

AJAX applications are often implemented using the XMLHttpRequest JavaScript object.

XMLHttpRequest is getting a new specification named Level 2. This post is just a quick note about another interesting article about what new specification brings and how you can take advantage of it in your AJAX applications.


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135. Accelerate Web Pages Automatically using Google Mod_PageSpeed: Unusual Site Speedup Techniques Part 4

Posted on: 2010-11-17

After several months of development, Google announces a stable release of mod_pagespeed, an Apache 2 Web server module that can automatically optimize the Web pages that are served by Apache without any changes to the actual scripts that generate those Web pages.

This article explains in more detail what is mod_pagespeedup and how you can use it to improve the speed of serving your site Web pages.


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134. Unusual Site Speedup Techniques debate, Named parameters and Annotations - Lately in PHP podcast episode 6

Posted on: 2010-10-31

In this episode, Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert discuss several unusual site speedup techniques presented in recent articles of the PHPClasses site blog.

They also discuss the (non-)inclusion of new PHP features discussed by PHP core developers like having named parameters in function calls and the support of Java-like annotations in PHP code.


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133. Accelerate scripts running multiple tasks in parallel using asynchronous programming: Unusual Site Speedup Techniques: Part 3

Posted on: 2010-10-28

Asynchronous programming allows developers to write faster code by running multiple parallel tasks at the same time.

This contrasts with the traditional synchronous programming on which programs perform a task and do nothing else besides waiting for the task to finish before proceeding to the next task.

This article explains better what is asynchronous programming and how you can implement it in PHP to develop code that executes tasks much faster.


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132. Accelerate Page Accesses Throttling Background Tasks: Unusual Site Speedup Techniques: Part 2

Posted on: 2010-10-25

Web server machines usually do many other things besides serving Web pages. Often they have background tasks running that may slow down significantly the Web server processes that deliver the pages to the site users.

This article is the second part of the Unusual Site Speedup series that focus on what to do to make sure that Web server processes run as fast as possible by slowing down background tasks that may be taking too much machine resources.


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131. Accelerate Page Loading: Unusual Site Speedup Techniques: Part 1

Posted on: 2010-10-21

In the latest weeks, several measures have been implemented to provide dramatic improvements to the speed of this site.

This article is the first of several that describe those measures and how you can also apply to your sites too.

On the first part it is described how to make Web pages load much faster when there is heavy content slowing down the page loading, such as advertising or widgets retrieved from other sites.


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130. PHP Performance Optimization, PHP Code Generation, AppIgnite - Lately in PHP podcast episode 5

Posted on: 2010-09-28

On the episode 5 of the Lately in PHP podcast, Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert have as guest Jason Roberts, developer of the upcoming Web based application generation AppIgnite.

They have discussed several topics of interest like PHP code generation tools for speeding up PHP development, the video of Rasmus Lerdorf talk on PHP performance optimization techniques.

They also discuss the reasons and the progress status of things that sometimes annoy PHPClasses site users, like the advertising placement and the redirection during registration and login in the site.


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129. JSClasses, JSMag, PHP Alpha 1, PHP strict typing, IndieConf - Lately in PHP podcast episode 4

Posted on: 2010-08-30

On this episode of the Lately in PHP podcast, Manuel Lemos and Ernani Joppert interview Michael Kimsal from the WebDev publishing company.

They talked about JSClasses, the just launched PHPClasses brother site for JavaScript components.

They also commented on the OpenID based single sign-on system that was implemented to reuse PHPClasses accounts on the JSClasses site to avoid making current PHPClasses users to creating new accounts on the JSClasses site.

It was also discussed about the latest developments for the eventual PHP 5.4 Alpha 1 version, such as the support type hinting of scalar arguments versus strict typing.

Also covered are some initiatives of Michael's company, the JSMag JavaScript magazine (promotion coupon included) and IndieConf, a conference for independent Web professionals.


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128. JSClasses - a new repository of JavaScript components

Posted on: 2010-08-27

The JSClasses site was finally launched. It is based on the PHPClasses site but with the focus of redistributing Object Oriented Programming components written in JavaScript.

This is a brief note about that site with a reference to the actual site launch post.


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127. Single Sign-On authentication using OpenID and other security measures

Posted on: 2010-08-13

The authentication of the PHPClasses site users will be changed to work in a separate site. It will use the OpenID protocol, so you do not have to create a new account to access other sites.

This article explains better what this means in practice and how it will affect the site users.

Several new measures were implemented to provide better security to protect user accounts and prevent eventual security exploits. Advice is provided to PHP developers in order to apply similar measures to take better care of the security of their sites.


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