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60. User submitted book reviews and package required PHP versions

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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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52. Recommended PHP frameworks

This post discusses the existing PHP Web development frameworks.

It provides advice on what criteria is relevant when choosing a framework that addresses the needs of each PHP developer.

It also explains why certain frameworks seem very popular while others are not getting as much attention as their developers hoped.

Finally it mentions a long list of packages and tools that make up the framework that is used to implement the PHPClasses site.


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51. PHPClasses 2.0 Beta, AJAX XMLHttpRequest x IFrame

The PHPClasses 2.0 beta testing initiative was launched. Subscribers interested to participate in the tests of upcoming services may submit a requests to become a beta testers. Beta testers may test now the improvements that in the future will only be available to premium subscribers.

New site enhancements are already available, including an AJAX enhanced login page.

An Open Source component was made available to every user that wants to enhance their sites with AJAX based features.

This component uses IFrame, rather than XMLHttpRequest objects. This post presents extensive reasoning to why IFrame is much better than using XMLHttpRequest objects.


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