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Oct 26, 2006 News Wire

By Kevin Yank



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  • 37signals re-releases its popular ebook, Getting Real, in print-on-demand paperback and as a free HTML version for online viewing.
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  • A new vulnerability in MySpace arises when posting two fragments of code, neither of which is harmful on its own, but when they appear next to each other on the page combine to produce harmful code. The researcher labels this an XSS Framentation Attack.
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  • Adobe has launched a free beta of SoundBooth, a new sound editor for Windows and Mac. The software is ideal for designers that need to clean up, apply effects and add music to individual clips, but to combine multiple tracks you’ll need another editor.
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  • An interesting technique for dislaying RSS/Atom feeds in browsers that don’t recognize them (such as IE 6). Using an XSLT style sheet to convert the feed to HTML, you can present a usable view of the feed’s contents, or redirect to a subscription service.
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  • A cheat sheet of sorts for rapidly getting up to speed on UNIX concepts. Great to have on hand if you only occasionally need to venture into the world of the Linux shell.
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  • A concise history of the friendly (if confusing) series of project merges and splits that led to the current state of the Struts Java web application frameworks, Struts 1 (the original, now very stable framework) and Struts 2 (based on WebWork 2).
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  • One of my biggest beefs with ASP.NET inches closer to resolution. This new beta now supports ASP.NET View State, complies with XHTML 1.1 Strict, and offers better handling of browser font size scaling.
  • Right on the heels of the Flash Player 9 Beta for Linux, Adobe has released a beta its Flex Builder 2 IDE for MacOS X.
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  • A set of ColdFusion components (CFCs) for generating different flavours of feed (RSS 0.9x, RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0, and Atom).
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  • I couldn't resist. For those of you doing user testing, here's your lowest common denominator.
  • Google demonstrates that it’s not above shutting the barn door after the horses have bolted, and asks people to please only use the word “Google” when referring to Google Inc. and its services. I wonder how they feel about people saying “The Google”?
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  • A tell-all ebook about life as an engineer within Silicon Valley startup and MySpace competitor Facebook. The book is being sold for $12 ($9 for students), but is available for free online for the next 24 hours or so.
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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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