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PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor is a widely used, general-purpose scripting language that was originally designed for web development to produce dynamic web pages. For this purpose, PHP code is embedded into the HTML source document and interpreted by a web server with a PHP processor module, which generates the web page document.

Like so many things in the programmers tool kit, PHP has developed almost accidentally. What started as one person’s experiment with scripting, managed to fulfil a need for many other programmers, a need for a small, fast and simple scripting language that could work seamlessly with many other components. In the last three years PHP has grown to become a major player in the server side scripting market.

Recently, another acronym was coined, LAMP, standing for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP – now considered an important package in the Internet world, a set of programs that work together to produce dynamic, data-driven Web sites.

As a general-purpose programming language, PHP code is processed by an interpreter application in command-line  mode performing desired operating system operations and producing program output on its standard output channel. It may also function as a graphical application. PHP is available as a processor for most modern web servers and as a standalone interpreter on most operating systems and computing platforms.

Great Online Resources to Learn PHP

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When it comes to learning a programming language, there is a set path to achieve perfection in it. No shortcuts and no ‘7 day’s fast tracks’. PHP used to stand for Personal Home Page, but is now popularly known as Hypertext Preprocessor, is most probably the most widely used language on the web today.

PHP is an interpreted language and it’s used to create dynamic web pages. Examples could be website registration systems, forums (PHP Bulletin Board is the most popular), web stores and so on… If you want to get a head start at PHP then we’d recommend you bookmarking the following free online resources.

The list is categorized into:

  • PHP Programming Forums
  • IDEs (Integrated Development environments for PHP)
  • Online tutorials
  • Free PHP books

PHP programming forums:

PHP.NET

Nothing is more helpful than the official website. This is the place where you can find all the different versions of PHP, code repository and for starters they have a pool of really helpful tutorials. It is maintained by the PHP consortium and it works with the help of donations in terms of technical help from 3rd party applications, which are also mostly developed in PHP. In a sense it’s a way of giving back to the community. PHP.net is a useful guide for writing your first very PHP page. Besides the quick starter guide, they also have an extensive FAQ section that will help you accelerate your learning curve and steer you away from making unnecessary rookie mistakes.

PHP DN FORUMS

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PHP DN forums is one the most visited places by amateur as well as expert PHP programmers. Forums give quick access to a repository of common errors that programmers face during their initial learning curve. You can utilize PHP Developer Network (DN) forums as a one stop shop for PHP tutorials, design issues, error reporting and resolution and above all, to get work offers from several people hunting for quality PHP developers.

Delphi PHP
Delphi is another one of the more popular PHP flavors out there used by thousands of PHP developers. They are a good resource that PHP programmers can take advantage of in almost any scenario. You can interact with other PHP programmers through the Delphi PHP forums, which are membership based, exchange programming help and hunt for PHP related work opportunities. New PHP programmers should register on these forums and get active from the get go.

Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow is one of the most awesome programming forums out there. It’s quite a general programming forum and it does not stick to one specific language but still the quality, and speed, of the replies you get on Stack Overflow often surpasses what you get on dedicated PHP programming forums. It’s membership based and the trick to get quick replies to your queries is adding tags to your question. Programmers usually search for tags (for example: #PHP) when looking for new queries and help requests.

Daniweb Forums

Daniweb is yet another general programming forum but nevertheless, just like with Stack Overflow, you should put up your programming related queries on it too. Daniweb has a huge number of members, 0.8 million programmers, designers, engineers and counting, so you can expect quick replies. It’s also membership based and the key to getting quick replies on Daniweb is to be as specific and concise as possible in your queries.

PHP IDEs (Integrated Development Environments)

An Integrated Development Environment is the software that you use for… Well, your development. It typically has a debugger, compiler, documentation generator (not necessary), code snippets and an integrated web browser. There also are other features found in some of the leading PHP IDEs, such as source control, class view, multiple language support, database navigation and more.

Eclipse

Eclipse has two very popular plug-ins for PHP development. One is the official PHP IDE Project which is an Eclipse foundation project. You can download Eclipse right away and try out the several coding examples it provides for PHP. The other popular PHP development plug-in is PHPEclipse which is a 3rd party plug-in. Eclipse is definitely good for beginners as it’s very easy to use.

Komodo

Komodo has a vast user base and is also a popular IDE for PHP development. Komodo has support for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. The only obvious downside with Komodo is that it isn’t free.

PHP Designer

PHP designer is a PHP IDE which includes built in HTML, CSS and JS editor in addition to the basic PHP editor. It has all the standard features and there is a free version available so you can try it out to see if it works for you. Another great feature is that it can easily integrate FTP/SFTP and TortoiseSVN for source control and versioning. A good thing for all the professional PHP developers.

PHPEdit

PHPEdit is a PHP Editor and IDE with an impressive set of features which includes support for all the popular PHP frameworks, code snippets, source control through Subversion or FTP/SFTP, besides the standard PHP editor, debugger and compiler. It also has a free version which you can try for evaluation purposes. The full version will cost you $89.

Zend Studio

Zend Studio truly is one of the top PHP IDEs out there. Zend is not just for individual PHP developers, it’s also ideal for large development teams working on big PHP projects. A big bonus is that Zend hosts weekly webinars on PHP development and general programming, as well as conducting PHP training and certification for individuals and companies. There is trial version of the Zend Studio available for download.

Online PHP Tutorials

IBM PHP Developer Network
IBM has a really comprehensive set of tutorials covering everything from basic to advanced PHP topics. Early stage PHP developers can utilize these tutorials as a quick starting guide on how to do some really everyday things in PHP, such as form authentication, managing file I/O and XML interoperability.

PHP Builder

PHP Builder has a huge database of quick PHP starting guides, tutorials and articles. An example is the tutorial on how to make your own web mailer program in PHP. This is a common feature used by many dynamic websites for contact forms, registration forms etc. They also have accompanying forums that can be utilized for posting problems or questions you have regarding their tutorials.

W3Schools

It’s impossible not mentioning W3Schools when it comes to tutorials and help guides related to web programming languages and frameworks. They have a quick starters guide, covering the most essential parts of the PHP programming language. Beside the guides, they also have a comprehensive reference manual on the most commonly used PHP functions and once you are ready you can take the PHP certification which definitely adds to your credibility.

Tutorialized’s PHP Tutorials

This resource has a pretty thick set of high quality PHP tutorials freely available. There are more than 600 tutorials categorized into around 50 categories, ranging from how to build ecommerce shopping carts to security. Once you understand the fundamentals, you can start experimenting with the help of these tutorials.

DeveloperTutorial’s PHP Tutorials

This is a great place to go hunting for tutorials on PHP related topics that you find interesting. They do not have a thick set of tutorials but the ones they do have are of the highest quality. Most of these tutorials have been written by expert PHP developers.

Online PHP Books

  • Web Blazonry’s free PHP books
  • TuxRadar’s Practical PHP Programming
  • Free Programming Resources / PHP Books
  • FreeTechBook’s PHP books
  • WikiBooks’s PHP Books

Having a good website program manager is one of the secret formulas of getting a good working website. Please note that here I am talking about really big websites. so… we were discussing the program manager for a good working website…And you probably don’t have one on your website team, because most web teams don’t.

I am citing one very blatant example of lack of co-ordination between design and development teams of a website project which resulted into site getting the google’s famous grey bar in google tool bar. You might be thinking of how lack of co-ordination between project teams can cause a website to get grey bar… so here is the case…

The design team worked on specifications provided by marketing team and designed a corporate website, simultaneously, the development team also worked on functional specifications and developed the website… they synced the versions and launched the website. The issue was noticed after google’s page rank refresh when a few pages of the website got grey bar… ( Though it could have been detected much earlier, if they would have looked upon the webmaster account of google where it shows the indexation stats, referrers, redirect issues etc)

so when I got a chance to look upon the site, I came to know that in the entire website all the links are showing 301 redirects… when I went indepth then came to know that while linking the website the designers linked relative pages rather than linking final destination urls of the intended pages. The developers after doing canonicalization through .htaccess didn’t botherd to co-ordinate with designers on link issue.

Ideally the scenario should be like this:

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Google might be thinking of what a fool these people are… on one side they are applying .htaccess redirecting the page to directory and on the otherhand while linking the pages they are giving the page link instead of final destination link. Nevertheless, teams got to know about this and they corrected all the anomalies. In the next page rank refresh, all the pages get page rank and their grey status is resolved.

IF you would like to explore the microblog limit of 140 characters then you can join the time-challenged mob of adults and quickly adopting kids who twitter! The bottom line is Twitter is another tool for fans, community, brand building and sharing. The question is Should you Twitter???

I think if you have an enterprise or are your own business, like many artists are, then yes, I think you should consider Twittering. Its simple, its easy and its quick. And here’s why. This is where the new business is going – it’s going to the web and since this is how they play, then if you don’t want to be left behind, you might consider playing there too 🙂

Twittering isn’t for you if:

  • your audience doesn’t use it
  • you absolutely don’t have time
  • you don’t care about listening
  • you don’t like sharing

More Tips on Twittering Real Good from some bright minds
Check back often as I will be updating this whenever I come across a great article.

  • How To Use Twitter by Guy Kawasaki, the power entrepeneur, explains how he uses Twitter as a Twool. Excellent advice and some more great reasoning on why you should use Twitter as a marketing tool.
  • Twitter Power Guide eBook. For the more advanced Twitter user familiar with Google Reader, RSS and Yahoo Pipes, this FREE ebook is just out from Christopher Penn – savvy marketer, blogger, podcaster and podcamp founder. Not to be missed.

Web giant Google rolls out first ad campaign on US networks to promote web browser Chrome

Google has launched its first television advertising campaign across a range of US networks.

The company’s TV adverts are an attempt to draw the public’s attention to Chrome, the web browser that it launched last year in an attempt to compete with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

The company has famously avoided traditional marketing in the past – indeed, its website boasts that it has become “one of the world’s best known brands almost entirely through word of mouth”.

But Google is desperate to raise the profile of Chrome, which launched to great fanfare last September but has so far failed to make major inroads on its competitors.

According to statistics from Net Applications, Internet Explorer continues to win the browser wars with a market share of 66%. In second place is Mozilla’s Firefox, which is used by 22% of web users, while Apple’s Safari program comes third with 8%.

Chrome, meanwhile, is the choice of just 1.4% of internet users.

It remains to be seen how mainstream audiences will respond to the clip, however, which has no voiceover, does not mention the fact that it is advertising a web browser and only displays the Google logo at the very end.

The campaign is also an attempt to highlight the effectiveness of the company’s TV Ads system, which lets Google act as a broker to sell advertising time on television networks. Most advertisers and TV broadcasters consider the scheme to be an interesting but niche experiment, after striking just a handful of high-profile deals since it first began two years ago. Google is hoping that the Chrome campaign can help push the concept of using TV Ads into the minds of media executives.

The 30-second spot shows a stop-motion animation in which a tray of children’s play bricks is rearranged to resemble a browser window – an image intended to represent the simplicity and ease of using Chrome.

In a statement on the official Google blog, the company said that the video was made by a team from Google Japan as a YouTube clip, but had proved so successful that it had decided to take it on to traditional television.

“After releasing this video on the web, we got lots of positive feedback and thoughtful comments,” said the company. “We designed a Google TV Ads campaign which we hope will raise awareness of our browser … we’re excited to see how this test goes and what impact television might have on creating more awareness of Google Chrome.”

1 . Nokia 888 Communicator
Nokia definitely has the most interesting concept phones. Nokia 888 Communicator is a striking futuristic concept phone. The phone, which uses liquid batteries, speech recognition, flexible touchscreen and touch-sensitive body cover,is designed by Tamer Nakisci and won the Nokia Design Award

2 . Nokia Aeon
Nokia Aeon was presented by Nokia on their website in the Research & Development section. What is so great about this phone is that it looks like it will actually go into production next February. Of course, its just a rumor, but still, makes us hope to actually see it someday in the GSM shop. All we know about it for now is that its a touchscreen phone and it looks fantastic.

3 . Sky “Sleak n Slim”
“Sleek & Slim” from SKY is another concept based on touchscreen technology. The phone has a discretely glowing touchpad, hideaway keys and generally utterly-fashionable minimalist design.

4 . Benq-Siemes “Snaked”
Benq designers thought of women too and presented Snaked. This is a “reptile” looking phone, creepy somehow, but still is very cool. The Snaked is a fashion phone for sport loving women, because it also has body monitoring sensors to help the ladies keep those fine shapes.

5 . What You See is What You Get Concept
One thing is for sure about this concept phone they could’ve named it shorter. Designed by Pei-Hua Hang, the phone’s name comes from the fact that this concept no longer uses an LCD as viewfinder for the digital camera, instead it uses a transparent frame. And of course, interaction is made through a touchscreen

6 . Benq-Siemens “The Blackbox”
Black Box designed by Benq-Siemens uses a touch screen as its keypad and, depending on the functions you are using, the touch screen changes the control layout immediately.

7 . NEC Tag
Somehow similar to the Snaked concept, the NEC Tag is a flexible phone concept that can be , for example, hung from a belt or wrapped around the user’s arm. Interesting is that the phone has shape-memorizing material and sensors that allows the phone to change its shape according to the mode.

8 . TripleWatch
Though the idea of a cellphone watch is not so new, the TripleWatch designed by Manon Maneenawa has an interesting triple flip technique that allows the user to transform the watch into a normal cellphone. When used as a wrist watch, the phone has a speaker button that allows the user to answer the phone and hang up while driving.

9. Asus Aroa

When we talk about “mobile payment” we understand that its something related with mobile web payment or WAP billing that means you are paying money through a mobile device. Mobile payment has two primary models of payment:

  • Premium SMS based transactional payments
  • Mobile web payments (WAP)

The Wap payments has many advantages over the sms based payments due to its accuracy, reliability and ease in transactional capabilities.  WAP payments are ideal for both adults-only and general participation services. For gamers like me, its the ease and hassle free transactions on mobile gaming that matters.

Good news is Spin3 has become the first mobile gambling company to offer WAP Billing. WAP Billing allows your users to make payments through their mobile phones just as if they were using a web-based payment service through a PC web browser.

It’s announced that Vodafone UK customers can now purchase Wild Jack Mobile Casino credits via their phone bills for the first time. The option can be rolled out to other Spin3 operators in the near future.

Vodafone UK verifies each user’s age through its customer records to prevent minors from gaining access to the service. While playing, gamers can view their balance and should they want to buy more credits, they can easily navigate to the banking section within the game.

Robbie Guy, marketing manager of Wild Jack Mobile Casino, said: “In the Games’ Options menu, our players now have a new, simpler method of depositing funds into their accounts, along with the existing secure options. I’m confident that this new and exciting feature will increase Wild Jack’s ever-growing player base.”

Have you seen your body under your skin ?? my this post is dedicated to a visualization tool that illustrates three dimentional models of around 1700 anatomical structures of human body. You can see under your skin with a web-delivered application that offers unparalleled understanding of human anatomy…. Sounds Interesting… Isn’t it?

This biomedical visualization tool has been reviewed for accuracy by a panel of experts that includes physicians and antomists… with years of modelling and enhancement, this has become a sophisticated and completed 3D model of human body now available for netizens.


.The Visible Body features:

* Complete, fully interactive, 3D human anatomy model
* Detailed models of all body systems
* Dynamic search capability
* Easy-to-use, 3D controls
* Seamless compatibility with Internet Explorer

How you can sign up for visible body

Step 1: Sign up on http://www.visiblebody.com/ for free with your valid email address

Step 2: Once you’ve signed up, just sign in and click the “Launch Visible Body” button.

Step 3: Once the application is launched, the 3D anatomy models will download automatically.


What You Can Do

*  Search for and locate anatomical structures by name.
* Hide, rotate, see through, and explore parts of human anatomy.
* Move the model in three-dimensional space, by either clicking directly on the
model or using the virtual joystick.
* Zoom in and out, using either the on-screen zoom slider or a mouse scroll wheel.
* Click on systems or structures to make them transparent or hide them entirely.
* Click on anatomical structures to reveal names.


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