Creating OpenSocial Gadgets

There are two things which look and act similar but are different, gadgets and widgets. Widgets can be referred to any icons or graphical interface element that is operated by a computer or internet use to execute a preferred function online or on the computer. You can add a widget in all kind of web pages. A gadget acts just like a widget, often fulfilling the same purpose, but it is proprietary or called to be self-contained. It only works on a certain website or a specific set of websites. For example, OpenSocial...

Forget the Plugins, Try These WordPress Hacks

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WordPress is undoubtedly one of the most popular tools on the Internet because it makes it so easy to get a functional web site up and running in such a short time. And then there are the plugins. If you want your WordPress site to do something then odds are there is a plugin that you can install to make your site do what you want it to do. But plugins pose a bit of a problem at times. Since they are created by third-party developers you never know what quality control practices are used and what security testing...

An Introduction to HTML5’s Video API

Since the late 90s, when embedding media elements like audio and video clips into web pages, developers have had to rely on third party plug-ins. Flash has become the go-to method for nearly all video sites, and has been widely used for audio embedding as well. Because of the nature of the Flash plugin, this has limited the accessibility of embedded media. With the introduction of the HTML5 media elements API, this has all begun to change. Now, many libraries and video players are being introduced that...

Is Google Dart on Target or Does It Miss the Mark?

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At this point, only those living under a rock for the past couple of months are unaware that Google has taken on JavaScript with its latest project, the Dart programming language. Dart, originally named Dash, was started to “fix” the problems of JavaScript’s “fundamental flaws that cannot be fixed merely by evolving the language” by meeting the following goals: Create a structured yet flexible language for web programming. Make Dart feel familiar and natural to programmers and thus easy...

Integrate Social App Features Into Your Website Using OpenSocial

OpenSocial is useful for websites to start hosting social applications. Apache Shindig is an OpenSocial container and helps you to start hosting these apps on your website. OpenSocial is not just about gadgets and widgets for your Website. With it, your website can be a container or can store persistent data and publish notices/alerts called activities. OpenSocial has vast verity of uses including social mashups, social websites and applications, gadgets/application creation, CMS and social...

Wrapping Your Head Around HTML5 Canvas: Part 4

If you've made it this far in the series you should have a core understand on the basics and how all of them fit together inside of Canvas. Unfortunately for you, you're used to my terribly dry sense of humor as well. Congratulations are in order though if you've stuck it out, because today we'll be diving into some of the more advanced 2D Canvas API features. To be a tad more specific I'm talking about beginning to use the animation. The animation features that we see coming out of Canvas have been referred...

Creating a PHP User Survey: Database Tables and Class File Constructor

User surveys can be an extremely effective marketing tool for any business web site. Visitors can make their voices heard on what products, services and information they would like the site to provide. Site owners can then adjust their marketing plans and promotions around the results of these polls. In order to build a basic user poll, we must first create the database tables that will hold the poll question and its various responses. Create the MySQL Polls Table ... First, we must build a database table...

Create Your Own CRUD App with MySQL and PHP

You’re may be wondering what exactly CRUD is. CRUD simply stands for Create, Read, Update and Delete and it is the one of the fundamental principles of programming logic that can be expanded and applied to larger projects. For example, let’s imagine we’re creating a social network and we like to have the ability for users to create accounts, edit and update information for those accounts and also delete said accounts; that is CRUD at work. Now let’s get started using PHP & MySQL, to...
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