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Articles Tagged ‘opensource’

Mobile version of your homepage

Monday, June 15th, 2009 by Manuel Thomsen (Servage)
mobilehomepageOnly a few days ago, Apple announced a new iPhone. This new device is supposed to be even faster and cooler than the old one. But Apple is by far not the only one presenting cool new cell phones. The Palm Pre and all the BlackBerry devices seem to become very popular and these device all have one thing in common: The ability to browse the web, just like on your home-PC... Well, or at least almost like that. The screens are still very limited and most devices cannot display Flash content. This means that some of the very cool sites out there simply cannot be visited from anywhere, and ...

JavaScripting made simple

Friday, May 22nd, 2009 by Servage
jqueryFollowing up on some previous posts on how you can improve your development process, your website, add modern functionality and interactions to your site, I would like to present yet another thing that can make your life as a webmaster even nicer: jQuery "The write less, do more, JavaScript library" enables you to add tons of cool functionality to your site, with few simple steps. jQuery is basically a library that allows you to add effects and behavior to elements on your website. This could for example be making a list sortable, adding effects to DOM elements and more. What makes jQuery so popular is it's ease to use. Allow me ...

Hello Googler, Stumbler, Twitterer…

Monday, May 18th, 2009 by Servage
wp_greetingboxGreet your visitors with a customized sentence depending on their origin. Personalized websites are up for much discussion. The problem is that in order to create customized content for each user, such as relevant adds, interesting news articles and so on, the provider needs to log a lot of information about the user. Otherwise the provider, such as Google or Facebook, cannot generate the user-profile needed to support that functionality. Personally I like seeing adds that actually interest me, when I have to be exposed to adds in the first place, rather than just seeing some random ones. However, the "price" for that is for example Google storing a lot ...

Need a logo for your project?

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 by Servage
logoinstantYou have a great project but lack the perfect logo? I've often been in the situation that a cool idea could not be represented in a suitable manner in terms of a logo without having a professional creating one, which unfortunately mostly is expensive. LogoInstant.com may have exactly what we're looking for! They offer ready made, free, easy-to-modify logos for all sorts of things. The quality of the graphics is really high and very professional. You should have a look! Maybe you can find a logo for your (next) project there - or at least get a lot of inspiration.

Getting your content distributed

Saturday, April 11th, 2009 by Servage
addthis1You have a great website or blog, you have cool and interesting articles, you have readers, and you wish to spread the word about your content faster and more efficiently? Sharing and bookmarking your content across a wide range of online services like Digg, Delicious, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter is a great way to promoting it, and thus broadening your reader base. However, it's even more efficient if your readers can do it for you! Free services such as AddThis.com and ShareThis.com offer exactly this functionality for your website or blog. It's easy for you to integrate and it's easy for you to use. You get a button ...

Make a rich web-application easily

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 by Servage
yui1Rich web-applications feature similar functionality and usability as desktop software and are mostly powered by JavaScript or Flash. The whole Web 2.0 concept evolves around such rich, interactive web-based services that provide the user with a smooth experience. Creating rich web-applications can be a big project, but working with the right utilities, you can get started really fast - adding great value to your website. Among many options I would like to present the open source Yahoo User Interface Library (YUI) to you today. YUI basically features a whole lot of ready-to-run scripting libraries, that can add great functionality to your website - really easy and fast. Example 1) Creating cool sortable ...

Developing with a PHP framework

Friday, April 3rd, 2009 by Servage
frameworksThere are numerous advantages of working with a framework when creating and maintaining projects. Development work can be faster and more efficient when using a framework. It is easier to get things done, and it motivates developers to continue working. Often solutions to common issues are already available within the framework, so you do not have to reinvent the wheel every time you start a new project. What is a framework exactly? Wikipedia defines "a framework is a basic conceptual structure used to solve or address complex issues". Plainspoken, in PHP terms, it means that you get a set of scripts that you build and base your application on. The advantage for you ...

Improve your web development

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 by Servage
firefox1When I work on web development or design projects I always repeat the same constant flow of activities: Edit something, test in browser. Edit something, test in browser... There are so many things to test for, that it can become a real hassle from time to time... I'm thinking valid code, cross-browser compatibility, support for non-javascript, search-engine-optimization, fast page load speeds and more. Fortunately there are some tools out there that make life a bit easier for developers like us. My personal browser preference when developing is Firefox (on Mac). I have come to like it especially because of the many available extensions (plugins/add-ons) that are available. For web development I found ...

Identifying hacked code

Monday, February 9th, 2009 by Servage
matrixFrom time to time we are seeing that customers' websites are being hacked. This is very unfortunate and extremely frustrating because it often involves big hassles for the webmaster to repair the damage. Such intrusions are seen coming from different points of entry, which for instance could be via FTP after sniffing a password or via installed scripts like a CMS, forum, blog or similar. The main plot of the stories is commonly the same, while the scenes and actors vary. Often the goal of the intruder is to drive traffic from your website to the hacker's own page or network of pages - for instance to gain a financial benefit ...

Open source routing anniversary

Monday, February 2nd, 2009 by Servage
network_cableAbout one year ago we gave ourselves the task to get fairly common server hardware perform the tasks of traditional and (very) expensive commercial routers. Our network has been using open source based border routers (BGP/OSPF) for over a year now and performance and availability of the network has improved considerably. Plain simply we can now build better and even more redundancy into our network with the available resources. We chose an open source routing platform that uses a Cisco-like syntax and similar commands. That made the transition convenient and our routing specialists could work with the new system the same way as they were used to. This avoided human errors that are ...