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Reap the Benefits of Web Caching, Part 2: Reduce the Download Time
By Ivan Pepelnjak
Nov 17, 2006
Now that you've mastered the basics of web caching (setting the content expiration date), it's time to deploy more caching mechanisms to reduce the download time. In part 2 of his series, Ivan Pepelnjak explains how to get the most out of the HTTP caching architecture when using dynamic web pages.
Getting Started with AJAX and the XMLHttpRequest Object
By Joshua Eichorn
Nov 3, 2006
This chapter introduces you to the XMLHttpRequest object, showing you how to work around its implementation differences between browsers. Also learn how to make some actual page requests, both in a synchronous fashion and in an asynchronous fashion. This chapter finishes with some various fallback approaches that can be used if a browser doesn't support XMLHttpRequest, including how to use IFrames and cookies as your communication channel.
Reap the Benefits of Web Caching, Part 1: Explicit Content Expiration
By Ivan Pepelnjak
Oct 27, 2006
In this three-part series, Ivan Pepelnjak describes how you can benefit from the web caching architecture to increase the speed of your ASP or PHP applications while reducing the load on your web server. Part 1 shows you how to use explicit content expiration.
RSS Aggregation with PHP and AJAX
By Kris Hadlock
Oct 20, 2006
An RSS aggregator is the perfect application to build with a standard AJAX engine, but cross-domain AJAX requests to RSS feeds are not possible. In this article, Kris Hadlock shows how to leverage a simple PHP function to bridge the gap between the AJAX engine and RSS content.
Podcast Pigeonholes: Genres and What Makes Them Work
By Mur Lafferty, Rob Walch
Sep 8, 2006
Mur Lafferty and Rob Walch list the most popular categories for podcasts along with some examples of successful podcasts in each, things to think about in each genre, and what makes these particular genres work.
Using Ebay Auction Listing Services and Software
By Michael Miller
Sep 8, 2006
eBay's default sell your item form is fairly customizable, but should you instead use a third-party listing service or program? Michael Miller explores your options in this sample chapter.
Seven Steps to XML Mastery, Step 7: Ensure XML Security
By Frank Coyle
Aug 25, 2006
We’ve come a long way since the beginning of our journey toward XML mastery. In the last article of his series, Frank Coyle examines XML-related security issues. We begin by looking at the family of XML security standards and then move on to the threat of black-hat attacks and what you can do to safeguard your XML-based applications.
Seven Steps to XML Mastery, Step 6: Employ the Semantic Web
By Frank Coyle
Aug 18, 2006
In terms of modern technology, the Web is actually a venerated oldster. Is it time for the younger set to take over, bringing newer and more powerful ideas? In the sixth step toward XML mastery, Frank Coyle discusses the facets of the semantic web, which just may be the Web of the future.
Seven Steps to XML Mastery, Step 5: Making Web Services Work for You (Part 2 of 2)
By Frank Coyle
Jul 28, 2006
After you build your web service, you want clients to be able to connect to it and use it. In this step, Frank Coyle takes us on a tour of how the Web Services Description Language (WSDL) lets you describe a web service, so that any client computer can connect to and use the service. Don’t want to wrestle with WSDL syntax? No problem. Plenty of open source tools exist to create your WSDL automatically from simple interface descriptions.
Seven Steps to XML Mastery, Step 4: Parsing and Processing XML (Part 2 of 2)
By Frank Coyle
Jul 7, 2006
In the second part of step 4 toward XML mastery, Frank Coyle moves us a bit deeper into the XML parsing world, with a look at how SAX filters can be used to compose parsing components into more complex applications. He then takes a look at a hot new successor to SAX called StAX, which lets applications “pull” information from an XML document as needed. StAX is generating a lot of interest in both the server and handheld device worlds, where applications need to stay in control in order to manage their resources.
Seven Steps to XML Mastery, Step 5: Making Web Services Work for You (Part 1 of 2)
By Frank Coyle
Jun 16, 2006
You could spend oodles of money assembling a database of info that's available in bits and pieces here and there on the Net. But why bother, when your server might be able to grab all that data for you with the help of a simple web service? In step 5, Frank Coyle gives us a tantalizing glimpse of the possibilities of rolling your own web service around an existing web service.
Seven Steps to XML Mastery, Step 4: Parsing and Processing XML (Part 1 of 2)
By Frank Coyle
Jun 9, 2006
In this fourth step to XML mastery, Frank Coyle starts us into the world of parsing technology with a look at the major parsing models: DOM, SAX, and StAX (a newcomer on the block). With some parsing technology under your belt, you can programmatically extract, modify, and even create XML - and it's actually much less complicated than it sounds.
Which Hosted Wiki Is Right for You?
By Scott Nesbitt
Jun 9, 2006
Are you wiki wonky? Scott Nesbitt covers three popular hosted wiki services that are free or relatively cheap to use and provide easy tools to set up your wiki within minutes.
Seven Steps to XML Mastery, Step 3: Exploring the Power of XSLT (Part 2 of 2)
By Frank Coyle
Jun 2, 2006
Manual XSLT transforms are great, but Frank Coyle wants to push us a little harder. In this article, he shows how we can generate HTML dynamically from our XML, by using a Java servlet whenever someone visits our web site. As you’ll see, XSLT resembles a rule-based expert system that can transform XML into virtually any other data representation.
Podcast: Matthew David Interviews Microsoft’s Aric Cohen on Windows Presentation Foundation
By Matthew David
May 26, 2006
In this podcast Matthew David chats with Aric Cohen from Microsoft. Aric is leading the development team building the new Windows Presentation Foundation, or WPF. WPF is the new way to display images in WinFX, which is core to Windows Vista and can be added to Windows XP.
Seven Steps to XML Mastery, Step 3: Transform with XSLT (Part 1 of 2)
By Frank Coyle
May 26, 2006
Frank Coyle is ready to take us one step closer to XML mastery in this article on how to leverage the power of XSLT, XPath, and namespaces to generate HTML code dynamically from the customer's XML data.
Cocoa: Working with XML
By Marcus Zarra
May 19, 2006
Objective-C and Cocoa is the predominate language/framework on the Apple OS X operating system, but it is fairly uncommon otherwise. One way to enable an application written in this language to communicate with applications written for other platforms is via the universal XML. Marcus Zarra walks you through constructing, transmitting, and deconstructing an XML document using Objective-C and Cocoa.
Seven Steps to XML Mastery, Step 2: Display for the Web
By Frank Coyle
May 19, 2006
Now that you've conquered step 1, reading XML code, it's time to learn how to prep that XML code for publishing on the Web. In step 2 of his series, Frank Coyle gives the lowdown on how to structure web pages with some key XHTML elements and attributes to take advantage of the power of Cascading Style Sheets and to get things ready for upcoming work with XSLT.
Using XQuery to Manage XML with SQL Server 2005
By Jesse Smith
May 12, 2006
Jesse Smith gives you a crash course on XQuery methods and how you can use them in certain situations to retrieve and update XML data stored in your SQL Server 2005 database.
Seven Steps to XML Mastery, Step 1: Read Before You Write
By Frank Coyle
Apr 28, 2006
Frank Coyle takes us on the first step to mastering XML: learning how to read XML code. In this article, he discusses the power and use of RSS, SVG, DTDs, and a host of other web-related abbreviations that you've probably seen thrown around but never quite understood.

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