Reviews

50 Top Joomla! Extensions

With more than 4,000 Extensions in the Joomla! Extensions Directory, one of the most daunting aspects of selecting a Joomla! Extension is finding the right tool for the job. With thousands of Extensions to choose from, you are sometimes faced with multiple options that appear to achieve your goals. While there...

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Google Pet Peeve Number 1

~ even Google has usability issues ~ Google, a favorite poster child for simple and easy to use site design, is not without its own issues. My biggest pet peeve with Google is the way the system handles erroneous logins. I’m not talking about not talking about simple username/password mismatch,...

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BBC News Online Gets a Facelift

~ a review of BBC web design over time ~ One of my favorite news sources, the BBC’s online news site (http://news.bbc.co.uk), just underwent a minor facelift. The changes, while aesthetically small, show improvements in usability and reflect the ongoing logical evolution of the site. Here’s a quick snapshot of...

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Getting a Grip on the Flow

In any organization the ebb and flow of email is a complex, fluid dynamic. The larger the organization, the more important it is to have a good handle on where those flows are going and how they are being managed. Two new Open Source products can help you get a...

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Great News and More

I am well-known to my friends as an information junkie. Information overload? Ha! No such thing. I just need bigger barrels so I can get it into my system. This last week I found two tools that help me manage: PubSub and Great News. Info junkies are loving the proliferation...

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Getting Started with osCommerce

Looking to build an online store for yourself or for a client? Debating among various open source solutions? Thinking about cobbling together a customized solution with a database and an open source shopping cart? Don’t bother; look no further than osCommerce. osCommerce is an open source catalog and shopping cart...

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Open Search Opens Up

Amazon’s search startup, A9.com, has launched a new service called Open Search and it may shake things up a bit. Read on to see how this new open standards search offering works and how it might impact the industry. A9 is a late-comer to the search engine wars and has...

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Book Review: Google Hacks 2

Authors Calishain and Dornfest are back with even more tips, tricks, and hacks aimed at the Google search engine and its family of related services. Like the first edition, the second edition relies heavily on programming techniques that make use of the Google API. Unlike, the first edition, the second...

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A Peek Under the Hood: Mambo & osCommerce

In last week’s Web@Work column I took on a bit of an apples and oranges comparison: One of the challenges of working with open source software is dealing with the variations that exist from product to product. osCommerce and Mambo, two of my favourite open source products, provide a classic...

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Extending Firefox

By now you must have heard about the Firefox browser from Open Source champions Mozilla. One of the joys of Firefox is that it is not a “take it or leave” package of features. Rather, Firefox is expandable and enjoys the benefits of being associated with an active developers community...

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