Archive for September, 2012

Top 5 Java Web Development Frameworks

September 28th, 2012 Leave a comment 1 comment
Top 5 Java Web Development Frameworks

Introduction Writing web applications in Java from scratch can often seem a great way to go in an enterprise-level environment simply because it may seem that there is no other way to ensure a consistently high level of quality control and design paradigms. There are, however, a number of Java web development frameworks designed to facilitate enterprise-level Java application development- almost too many, in fact, to choose one. Here are our top 5 Java web development frameworks to help you narrow down the choice of which framework is right for you! 1. Apache Struts 2 Apache Struts 2 is, as with all of… View full post »

Website Speed Testing: Tools to Make Your Site Faster

September 26th, 2012 Leave a comment
Website Speed Testing: Tools to Make Your Site Faster

While more and more users are using high-speed internet connections to access the web, there is still a need to optimize our web pages so that our users do not have to wait for pages to load. Most people are impatient on the internet and your web site’s performance needs to be top-notch to compete. In order to determine where the speed problems or bottlenecks are in your site, you often need to use speed test tools that can analyze what is going on. In this article, I discuss various speed test tools you can use to… View full post »

Useful CSS Tricks for Better Looking Pages

September 23rd, 2012 Leave a comment
Useful CSS Tricks for Better Looking Pages

As a Web developer, you begin to learn many tricks with cascading style sheets (CSS) to help you create the layouts and look that you want. There are many ways to change the look of your pages with CSS that look complex but are easy to achieve. In this article I will show you how to create some great changes you can make with CSS so you can begin to create better Web pages. Create and IE specific Stylesheet You can create a stylesheet that is specific to Internet Explorer to try to fix IE related style problems. IE Only <!–[if IE]> <link… View full post »

Sending Text Messages with PHP

September 21st, 2012 Leave a comment 1 comment
Sending Text Messages with PHP

These days text messaging is everywhere and not just for personal conversations. Companies are using text messages to send you coupons, let you know when you bills and statements are ready or that your dry cleaning can be picked up. Text messaging seems more convenient than making phone calls and creating your own PHP script to send these messages is a very easy thing to set up. Get on board with these other companies that have found how convenient text messages are for their customer and start integrating text messaging into your PHP applications. In this… View full post »

The $_SERVER PHP Variable In-Depth

September 18th, 2012 Leave a comment 1 comment
The $_SERVER PHP Variable In-Depth

Whether you are new to PHP or have been working with it for a while, you have probably heard of the $_SERVER variable. PHP automatically stores some important information in the $_SERVER super global array that can be used in your scripts or to help you troubleshoot problems with your requests. If you are used to previous versions of PHP, the $_SERVER has taken the place of the $HTTP_SERVER_VARS array. In this article I will show you some of the useful attributes of the $_SERVER array so you can begin using them in your scripts. This useful tool… View full post »

Using the Java final Keyword: Best Practices

September 16th, 2012 Leave a comment 1 comment
Using the Java final Keyword: Best Practices

Most new developers these days learn how to program in an object-oriented language such as Java and many people have learned Java as one of several programming languages over the course of their career. Java has some unique characteristics that are not always found in other languages and the final keyword is one of them. Since we are not accustomed to using it, it may be misused or misunderstood. Some developers over-use it because they think it will enhance performance, other underutilize this powerful tool where it could be useful because they don’t understand it. In this article I will… View full post »

JavaScript Best Practices for Beginners

September 8th, 2012 Leave a comment 6 comments
JavaScript Best Practices for Beginners

When you are just learning a new programming language it can be daunting to think you may be picking up bad habits or not learning something the right way. With JavaScript, there are a lot of quirks and different ways to accomplish things that you may not realize. In this article I am going to discuss some best practices for beginners so you can start gaining knowledge of JavaScript without having to worry you are doing something wrong. 1. Remove the “language” attribute from the <script> tag. Years ago, the language attribute was required on the <script> tag to ensure… View full post »

REST Web Services for Beginners

September 6th, 2012 Leave a comment 1 comment
REST Web Services for Beginners

When you are just getting started learning about Web services, it can seem like a daunting task. Just looking through the list of architectures to choose from can be confusing and intimidating. In this article, I will introduce you to REST and the concept of RESTful web services so that you can begin using them like a pro. Since REST has gained acceptance as a better, easier alternative to SOAP and the Web Services Description Language, you will find that it isn’t as hard to understandas you may have thought. What is HTTP? HTTP is a communications protocol that… View full post »

Rewriting URLs with .htaccess

September 4th, 2012 Leave a comment
Rewriting URLs with .htaccess

Rewriting URLs is a useful tool for hiding or removing the file extension so your users do not know which programming or scripting language is being used to produce the page. This gives you an extra measure of security since a hacker or malicious person would not know how to intrude or inject code in your website, since they do not know which language you are using. In this article we will look at how to change the file extension of your requested URLs as well as rewrite the URLs to something completely different. Another benefit of rewriting URLs is for… View full post »