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65. 8 defensive programming best practices to prevent breaking your sites

Posted on: 2007-04-25

This article describes software development practices that have been used to prevent problems that can break Web sites.

This message also explains recent changes that were made to the site newsletter user options to reduce the site bandwidth usage to keep the hosting costs on budget.


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64. Searchonomy, folksonomy based on search keyword tags

Posted on: 2007-03-28

The PHPClasses site is introducing a new feature that will help the users find what they are looking for.

The site is now able to automatically tag its pages with keywords entered by the users in the site searches.

The top rated class packages are listed in the pages associated to each keyword tag, so the users can easily find the most appreciated packages for the topics they are interested.


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63. Make money with your tutorial videos

Posted on: 2007-02-15

This posts lets you know how to keep track of the latest tutorial videos published in the PHPClasses site.

Now the site users can rate class packages and show their appreciation about the tutorial videos provided by package authors.

It is also explained how class package authors and users can make money producing tutorial videos, and present them in the PHPClasses site. Now the site can also present tutorial videos hosted in sites that share revenue with video producers, like from Revver, for instance.


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62. A video is worth a million words

Posted on: 2007-01-31

The PHPClasses site is launching a new feature that allows class authors to submit tutorial videos about their packages, in order to provide greater interest to the package users.

This post also explains how to use screencasting programs to produce and distribute videos that capture slide presentations and live demonstration of class packages or other software running in a desktop machine, without the need to use video cameras or expensive hardware.

It is also explained how to submit tutorial screencast videos to the PHPClasses site, and use video section links to provide good navigation to browse each section of a tutorial video.


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61. File upload progress meter for PHP 4, at last!

Posted on: 2006-12-21

This post explains how to implement a upload progress meter for PHP sites, including those that still run PHP 4.

It also explains how to use a new plug-in of the Form Generation and Validation class to show an upload progress bar and live upload statistics using AJAX COMET requests.

The Forms Generation and Validation class is very important to the PHPClasses site since its beginning. This post tells about the story of the site and how this class motivated its creation.


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60. User submitted book reviews and package required PHP versions

Posted on: 2006-11-30

In this post it is announced a new feature that allows any site user to submit reviews of books and products of the interest of the PHP users.

The package pages are also showing now the information about which PHP version each package requires to run, as well the package version number, if the respective authors have submitted that information.


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59. Where are the PHP women?

Posted on: 2006-10-24

This post lets you know about a new initiative to bring together the women that work with PHP throughout the world.

It explains how spreading the word is vital for the success of communities of specific interests.

The article also tells what you can do to help.


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58. Responsive AJAX applications with COMET

Posted on: 2006-09-27

This post describes an approach used to implement highly responsive AJAX applications using the COMET approach.

It describes in detail how the AJAX COMET approach can be implemented in PHP.

It also discusses how HTTP compression and chunking affect AJAX response delays, as well aspects that may influence the choice between Apache 1.3.x with mod_gzip versus Apache 2.x with mod_deflate for AJAX COMET applications.


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57. RSS 2.0 feeds for latest package changes

Posted on: 2006-08-31

This post announces the launch of the RSS feeds that list the latest changes made on each package.

The enhancements made on RSS feed items are also explained. The site uses HTML to format RSS feed contents in a more pleasant way that includes package screenshots and additional links of interest.

The site also provides RSS 1.0 and 2.0 feed alternative formats to please a greater audience. Details about the RSS generator class used by the site are also mentioned.


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56. Search 2.0, a site search better than Google could provide

Posted on: 2006-07-31

This post presents the recent developments made to the internal site search engine.

It explains which features were implemented to provide a better search experience than using Google to search the site.

Some features are explained in detail like the search keyword auto-completion, AJAX based search results pagination, and DHTML based page animation effects.


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