Oct 18, 2006 News Wire

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  • Stripes is a new upstart in the Java web framework arena, whereas WebWork has been around for years. This chronicle of one developer’s experience migrating from one to the other is of definite interest for those choosing a framework today.
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  • There’s nothing like a good “my language is better than yours” debate to start the day right! Find out why this web developer still maintains Java as his first choice.
  • A useful overview of dyslexia and its implications to web design and accessibility.
  • A low-level update on where the Mozilla platform (upon which Firefox is based) is heading in 2008 and beyond. Some pretty hefty technical detail, but one thing web developers can expect is a high performance script engine that runs ECMAScript 4 (“JS2”).
  • Simon Willison tries out Tamper Data, a Firefox extension for recording and modifying HTTP requests, and discovers the well-hidden graphing feature that offers tremendous insight into timeline of loading the various elements that make up a web page.
  • The final release candidate of Firefox 2.0 is now available for download. It is unlikely that there will be changes between this and the final 2.0 release. Grab it now and test your sites!
  • A free wiki book covering the basics of the Python language.
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  • Though the new Dreamweaver competitor from Microsoft doesn’t have what it takes to make this particular designer switch, he does point out a few unique features that some users will appreciate.
  • An excellent thread in Joel on Software’s The Business of Software forum on the challenges faced by freelancers and telecommuters who work at home.
  • Some issues with open source Adobe Flex competitor OpenLaszlo, as raised by a number of Flash developers in the field. Somewhat one-sided, and it’s worth reading the comments for a balanced perspective.
  • An interesting approach to automatically redisplaying a form with the entered values and validation error messages. Processes the raw HTML of the form with PHP code to inject the necessary values. Neat, but I’ll probably stick with QuickForm or similar.
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  • As a tie-in with our current feature article on Django, this setup guide will get you up and running with Django and PostgreSQL (as opposed to MySQL in our article) on your Windows system.
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Kevin Yank is an accomplished web developer, speaker, trainer and author of Build Your Own Database Driven Website Using PHP & MySQL and Co-Author of Simply JavaScript and Everything You Know About CSS is Wrong! Kevin loves to share his wealth of knowledge and it didn't stop at books, he's also the course instructor to 3 online courses in web development. Currently Kevin is the Director of Front End Engineering at Culture Amp.

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