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Intro to Joomla

We had earlier discussed on the utility of MooTools and JQuery as compact, JavaScript frameworks for rapid, client side code development. While on the one hand having a website with a professional “look and feel”, sliding menus and fade in/out effects will definitely add a competitive edge, however, on the other hand, what about its content?

You need to have your website content updated regularly if you want your visitors to keep visiting your website. This may be easy as it seems, but imagine a situation where regular updating of content may overload the server with information that might be quite cumbersome for you to manage. This is where the need for a Content Management System (CMS) arises and Joomla is one such CMS tool, that we shall be discussing here. Whether you are a professional web designer, delivering high end service oriented websites to your clients or a naive user, just starting off to develop your own personal website with minimal programming knowledge, Joomla can assist you in more ways than one to publish as well as manage the content of your website, right from the word “go”.


Getting Your Site to Play Well With All Browsers

A customer is visiting your e-commerce Web site. She’s decided to do more online shopping this holiday season to save on gasoline and find the lowest prices. She’s using a Mac running Safari, but your site is optimized for Internet Explorer (IE) 7 and your development budget is mainly focused on preparing for IE 8. She selects a few products and heads for the shopping cart, but the “checkout” button isn’t available. Frustrated, she’s off to another site. You’ve lost the sale.

IT managers are now working feverishly to avoid this type of incident, which underscores a current fact of life for Web site designers, Web application developers and your entire IT department: Web pages can look and perform differently from one browser to another.


The Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)

On the information superhighway or what is most commonly known as the “internet”, there is a superfluity of data that is constantly being produced or consumed. Information exchange seems to be the buzzword of most modern web services under development and your service should be able to “talk” to other services in order to produce desired results. Architecture is no more standalone with respect to the fact that a particular web service may require data that is produced by another web service and this idea may be extended across web services.

The moment you talk about information exchange across different web services, the first thought that probably strikes you is compatibility. For example, consider two web services, where one web service is running on a Microsoft IIS Server and the other on an Apache Tomcat Server with ASP.NET and JSP scripting respectively. How do these services communicate with each other?

Earlier, before the advent of the use of SOAP, such mechanisms were achieved by the XML-RPC, which was not a very safe and secure mode of communication. SOAP provides an optimal solution to this problem.


New Manager on the Block!

With information overflowing from the million sites on the net, finding exactly what one is looking for, is nothing short of finding a pin from a haystack. Say, you have a website or intranet and it has spread its branches over time. While it is very useful, much of the content is outdated, updating the [...]