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Top 21 PHP progamming mistakes - Part I: Seven Textbook Mistakes

  • Zend; By Sterling Hughes (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 14, 2005 1:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
One of PHP's greatest strengths happens to be one of its greatest weaknesses as well: PHP is easy to learn. A lot of people are attracted to the language because of this, not realizing that it's a lot tougher to learn how to do it right. There just hasn't been enough emphasis on good programming practice. Inexperienced coders are being asked to create and distribute complex web applications. Mistakes that an experienced programmer would avoid are all over the place, such as the improper use of the printf()functions or the misapplication of PHP's semantics.

Can Microsoft Out-Google Google?

  • Mad Penguin; By Christian Einfeldt (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 14, 2005 1:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
What will the Internet look like 10 years from now? Will it look more like one big pay-per-view channel, or more like an open street fair, or will it be somewhere in between? The answer will be heavily influenced, of course, by the competition between the King of Search and the current desktop market leader. On November 2, 2005, Microsoft announced its most major new initiative in 10 years, and although the announcement was vague, it is clear that Microsoft intends to directly take on Google on Google's on terms: search, services and advertising.

Using Perl in PostgreSQL

  • O'Reilly Network; By Andrew Dunstan (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 14, 2005 12:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
there is another way of using Perl with PostgreSQL--writing little Perl programs that actually execute inside of the server. This way of using Perl is less well known than using the DBI driver, and is, as far as I know, unique to PostgreSQL. It lets you do some very cool things that you just can't do in the client.

Trolling for patents

If Michael Doyle, Eolas Technologies and the University of California win the next round in a patent-infringement lawsuit against Microsoft, they stand to make more than half a billion dollars.

US Army migrates off the mainframe with Micro Focus and IAI

  • Computerworld New Zealand (Posted by tadelste on Nov 14, 2005 12:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
... several options to increase LOGFED’s deployment agility, including replacing the mainframe with a deployable “zFrame” machine running Linux with an OS390 ...

Linux Gamer Guide

  • Digg.com; By Geek Watcher (Posted by tadelste on Nov 13, 2005 11:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Comprehensive Wiki Guide on Linux Games including: Reviews, Previews, Game Lists, Game Ports, Emulators & Virtual Machines, Gaming Sites, Hardware Help, Howtos, Installation etc...

Diggable

CLI Magic: netcat

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 13, 2005 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The response to my recent sysadmin toolbox article has been overwhelming. By far, readers' number one suggestion was to replace Telnet with netcat. Here then is an introduction to netcat for Linux users who may not be familiar with the "TCP/IP Swiss Army knife."

INTERVIEW: Volunteers helped turn IMDb into big business

  • Yahoo News; By Paul Bond (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 13, 2005 11:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
When Col Needham was 14, he was developing gaming software. At 23, he created the Internet Movie Database. That was 15 years ago. ADVERTISEMENT Better known now as IMDb.com, the site started as a simple Usenet group for movie fans. Needham made the site searchable in 1990. He quit his day job in 1995 to focus full time on IMDb and sold the company to Amazon.com in 1998.

Sun Microsystems unveils new server chip

  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer; By Matthew Fordahl (Posted by dcparris on Nov 13, 2005 9:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Looking to leapfrog its rivals, computer maker Sun Microsystems Inc. announced a server chip that it claims will deliver more performance while requiring less electricity than competing microprocessors. The UltraSparc T1 processor, code-named Niagara, has eight computing engines on a single chip, with each core capable of handling up to four tasks at once, Sun said Monday. It expects to ship systems based on the processor by the end of the year.

KDE 3.5 Release Candidate 1 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir.com (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 13, 2005 7:44 PM EDT)
dot.kde.org reports - KDE 3.5 is almost finished, so we have prepared a first release candidate. We want to have it tested as much as possible, so please give it a show.

OSDir has some sweet screenshots of KDE 3.5 Release Candidate 1 running off the Klax Live CD.

John C. Dvorak's Microsoft Murder Plot: "How to Kill Linux"

John C Dvorak's PC Magazine article called "How to Kill Linux," introduced the world to what he called "the lopped-off head approach" - the head being that of Linux, and the beheader being Microsoft. Dvorak's notion is that, since the key to competitive success is to gain dominant market share with a proprietary product, all Microsoft needs to neuter Linux is to usher "MS-Linux" into the world, then cut the driver layer out of Windows and attach it to Linux directly.

[Ed. Microsoft should introduce their own GNU/Linux distribution. Those who oppose proprietary software would not use it, obviously, but even following Apple's lead and developing on top of FreeBSD would be better than trying to improve their current offering. - dcparris]

Why do people switch to Mac?

Last month, Tom Adelstein over on sister site LinuxDevCenter asked the question Why do people switch to Linux? The results of a survey of readers on lxer.com were presented responding to that question, and the results were rather surprising, particularly how little anti-Microsoft feelings had to do with the decision, relative to other factors.

Comment of the Day - November 13, 2005 - Can't Win for Losing

ahz says: "we use GNOME at our office, and I really like it". But, he has some other comments you should read.

Related to:
Gnome versus KDE on the Corporate Desktop

Thin client server revitalizes old PCs

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Nov 13, 2005 6:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Frankfurt-based 2X Software Ltd. has released a new thin-client software suite that aims to simplify thin-client deployment and give new life to old PCs, by converting them into thin-client terminals. The client-side operating system is a "small footprint Linux-based OS," and the server-side software works on either Linux or Windows systems, the company said.

ThinClientServer can be used to convert old PCs to thin clients, supports "any" brand of thin-client device, and allows administrators to manage them all from a single management interface, 2X said. The server-side software also provides central management of users' connection settings.

[Ed: Notice the advertisement to your right under "Today's Big Story" -tadelste]

Students say religion research hampered by school's Web filter

  • Herald Tribune; By Markeshia Ricks (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 13, 2005 5:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"We have access to sites on Christianity, Judaism and Islam, but not a lot of the smaller religions, or the various cults and things," said Robinson, who is a member of the Pine View Progressive Club. "We find that the filter picks on some of these nontraditional religions are arbitrary."

[Ed.- Poo, students don't need free speech rights or unfettered access to information anymore than adults do. Someday the entire world will come under the Dept. of Homeloon Defense, the RIAA, and the DMCA, and then we'll all be happy. -tuxchick]

Chip guys say software chaps reverse Moore’s Law

  • TheInquirer; By Mike Magee (Posted by bstadil on Nov 13, 2005 5:01 PM EDT)
SENIOR SEMICONDUCTOR FOLK here at this show think that software engineers are turning the whole industry on its head by halving the time it takes to make great software in the 18 months half as dumb again.

We think the semi guys are saying software engineers are stupid. But then the semi guys are too diplomatic to put it that way.

Worm targets Linux systems

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Nancy Weil (Posted by tadelste on Nov 13, 2005 4:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Plupii, which is also known as Lupper, hasn’t spread much and isn’t seen as much of a threat.

Gallery of Computation

  • Complexification.net; By Jared Tarbell (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 13, 2005 3:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I write computer programs to create graphic images. With an algorithmic goal in mind, I manipulate the work by finely crafting the semantics of each program. Specific results are pursued, although occasionally surprising discoveries are made.

[Ed.- Fascinating, beautiful images.- tuxchick]

SAP man says he really really loves Open Source

From the get-your-story-straight before you speak dept.:

A SUIT from German CRM software outfit SAP has lit out against journalists and claimed they’ve wrenched his remarks out of context.

Spam from Iraq

  • O'Reilly Network; By Brian McWilliams (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 13, 2005 2:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the middle of 2003, Iraqi themes began to surface in new renditions of the typical Nigerian advance-fee fraud or "419" scam spam...junk emailers are often born out of an amalgam of technical skill and economic hardship. Iraq's certainly got a lot of both of those elements right now.

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