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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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55. Improved browsing and cross site scripting prevention

Posted on: 2006-06-28

This post announces several improvements on the way of viewing the files of the packages available on the site.

An extensive explanation is provided about the security concerns of presenting content from untrusted sources, specifically those that may lead to security abuses known as cross-site scripting.

Several solutions to prevent cross-site script exploits are presented. A solution named "safe domain" used by the site, that is not very well known, is presented in detail.


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54. PHP news aggregated from Digg

Posted on: 2006-06-08

The PHPClasses site is starting a new experimental initiative meant to help the users keeping upto date with the latest PHP news of interest.

This initiative consists on using the Digg.com to syndicate a selection of news articles about PHP, the PHPClasses site and related matters.

Anybody can participate by suggesting the articles that can feature in the selection.


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53. Is PHP ready for Web 2.0?

Posted on: 2006-05-31

This post attempts to clarify the confusion about the what is Web 2.0 and why it is an evolution over Web 1.0.

It also discusses whether Web developers and Web site owners are ready to produce Web 2.0 sites and benefit from its potential.

A presentation is made about the features that make the PHPClasses repository a Web 2.0 site since its beginning in 1999.

Several Web 2.0 new features were implemented in the site this month. One of such features consists on a mash-up pages that integrate with Google Maps to show where are the local PHP user groups registered in the site.

Finally, a couple of proposals are presented about ideas to follow to evolve towards Web 3.0 .


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