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From JavaScript Kit: Dictate what search engines such as Google and other crawlers can -and cannot- crawl on your site, through a magical little file called "robots.txt."

Creating a Web Custom Control

From Learn how to build Web custom controls by creating one that displays checkboxes in a categorized, hierarchical view.

Multiple Checkbox Items In A DataGrid - Introduction

From This article examines how to create a fully functional DataGrid with all the features you'd find set up on Hotmail or Yahoo. All data tasks are performed strictly utilizing Microsoft's new Data Access Application Block or DAAB v2.

Advanced Link Development Tutorial

From Improve your Web site link development skills. Learn how to create higher-quality links that are more valuable in the eyes of search engines than a large quantity of links.

Dynamic Calender in PHP, Javascript and HTML

From For people looking at date selection through JavaScript instead of entering date manually.

Cost-Effective Website Acceleration - Effective Cache Control

From Part 2 of a complete guide to site acceleration, this chapter focuses on the server side. Authors cover cache control and server side optimization in all its guises -- from meta tags, to programming cache control.

Generate dynamic content based on referring URL

From This string-battering tutorial demonstrates how to take the referring URL string and break it up with a view to generating dynamic content, based on where the user came to that page from.

Printer friendly pages using CSS

From Everybody knows that CSS is great for defining visual formatting and positioning on screen, but how many think of it as a useful way to define visual formatting and positioning for a printout?

How Big is the Difference Between Websites?

From Jakob Nielsen tests Web site usability and discovers the average difference in measured usability between competing Web sites is 68%. This is smaller than expected, but makes sense given the dynamics of design within individual industries.

Cascading Style Sheets Quick Reference Guide

From This is a useful 166 page reference source that defines and explains all of the various style sheet properties, values, and displays sample code.

Web site user modeling with PHP

From If you've glanced at the user modeling technologies of the advanced systems used by bigger companies, you may have assumed they're out of your league. Not true; this tutorial will have you working with PHP and MySQL for great Web site user modeling.

No Spam Email Link

From Help cut down your email Spam at the source. This script dynamically writes your email address to the page, preventing unwanted email crawlers from grabbing your email address and sending you Spam.

Modal Dialogs in JavaScript

From Learn what your options are for creating modal dialogs in JavaScript. From the basic built-in functions to DHTML, you will discover that browser programming doesn't have to be modeless.

Access Control 101

From Web Developer's Journal: Controlling how network resources are accessed is paramount to protecting private and confidential information from unauthorized users. The types of access control mechanisms available for information technology initiatives today continues to increase at a breakneck pace.

Introduction To Unix For Web Developers

From Topics covered include references, variable localization, object-oriented programming, inheritance, polymorphism, encapsulation, modules, and using "qw."

Adding Search Functionality to Perl Applications

From Do you write applications that deal with large quantities of data -- and then find you don't know the best way to bring back the information you want? Author describes some simple, but powerful, ways to search your data with reverse indexes.

Form and Spelling Validation

From Most dynamic Web sites rely heavily on forms. From user authentication to entry of news items, we use forms to accept user input. There are many different ways we can validate data from the user. In this tutorial, we will examine several of the more common items that need validation and provide examples for each. We will also explore how to check documents for misspelled words and suggest proper replacements.

Animation Tips and Tricks
From Animation is all the rage on the Web and is becoming more popular every day. This covers file formats, storyboarding, esthetics, polygonal reduction, image maps, weighted optimization, etc.

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Web Services

The Web Services Empire Strikes Back

From A series of featured blogs on the new features in ASMX version 2 being released with Visual Studio 2005. This installment looks at the good, the bad, and the missing in ASMX version 1.

Creating Web Services from J2EE Components

From Take some of the basic building blocks of a J2EE-based system, convert each to an individual Web service, and deploy.

Creating a Web Service using ActiveX Components

From Explains the advantages of using the SOAP Library for Web Services.

Advanced Web Services
From Developer's Corner: This tutorial explores SOAP messaging, how to handle a Java client, and provides a detailed review of WSDL. The tutorial includes example code and detailed explanations of how to work with Systinet WASP products.

An introduction to Web Service Security using WSE
From The Code Project: This article explains the first steps to build secure Web Services. It introduces the WSE specification and the easiest authentication mechanism based on username identification and password validation.

Build Your First Web Service With Visual Studio .NET
From If you haven't gotten your hands dirty creating a Web service yet, this article gets you started. It provides a basic overview of the components and processes involved in a Web service, then walks you step by step through building a simple service using Microsoft's Visual Studio .NET development environment.

Introduction to Web Services Management
From Analyze the requirements and develop a basic understanding of the core components of the Web Services Management Platform.

Free course: Web Services Programming
From Sang Shin is offering a free online "Web Services Programming (with Passion!)" course starting on April 22nd, 2004.

Advanced ASP: Web Services
From How to build a Web service that returns a dataset.

Building a Web Service to Provide Real-Time Stock Quotes
From There are many benefits to using a Web Service, including the versatility of the client that consumes the Web Service and the reusability of the code. This article provides an example of a useful Web Service that provides real-time stock quotes through information scraped from public Web sites.

A Proxy-Based Approach To Secure Web Services
From Consider a lightweight framework for providing secure access to Web services.

Exception Handling in Web Services
From The Web service should not only capture the exceptions, but also communicate the exception back to the consumers of the Web service.

Creating an ASP.NET Web Service and accessing it from the browser and VB.NET Windows application
From; Using Visual Studo.NET beta 2 and .NET Framework SDK Beta 2, to create a ASP.NET Web Serivce (coded using VB.NET) and then access it from a form-based VB.NET Windows application.

Authentication for Web Services
From One of the most important issues to consider when implementing a commercial Web service is authentication.

The Four Major Constraints to Loosely Coupled Web Services
From This paper shows that loose coupling is a qualitative measure of the dependency between two systems and that a variety of constraints can be performed to achieve loose coupling. Four major constraints that are undergoing development are described: Extensibility, Versioning, Early binding, and Asynchrony.

Building Web Services Security with WSDK V5.1
From Security is a key component of any enterprise-grade Web service. This tutorial begins with a primer on basic security concepts (authentication, authorization, encryption, etc.), followed by a broad look at the evolving Web services security sector (WS-Security). Next, we explore three security technologies: Secure HTTP with SSL, XML Encryption, and XML Digital Signatures. Finally, we will walk through the details involved in securing a SOAP exchange, and compare and contrast various security options.

Achieving Loose Coupling
From This paper shows that loose coupling is a qualitative measure of the dependency between two systems and that a variety of constraints can be performed to achieve loose coupling. Four major constraints that are undergoing development are described: Extensibility, Versioning, Early binding, and Asynchrony.

Web Services Security
From Systinet: The single biggest concern about Web services among developer and IT architects is security. In this tutorial, we examine the major issues and problems, and then provide a way to create end-to-end security using Systinet WASP.

What is Service-Oriented Architecture?
From An exploration of the emerging model of loosely connected Web services. SOA is an architectural style whose goal is to achieve loose coupling among interacting software agents.

An e-mail user interface to Web services
From developerWorks: With the architecture proposed in this article, you can create an e-mail user interface that interacts with a Web application in a similar manner to that of a standard Web browser.

Web Services in Action: Aligning IT with Business Objectives
From Brian Connell, CTO of Web Services management software provider WestGlobal, explains why Web Services are ideal for bridging the gap between the IT department and the rest of the business.

Build a SOAP-based Chat Application with Java Web Services
From This introduction to Web services eschews the canonical stockQuote service in favor of a more complex and more informative SOAP-based chat application. Learn how to develop a fully-functional application using the Eclipse IDE and free Web services software from Systinet.

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Understanding XML Namespaces - Introduction

From Understanding XML namespaces is essential to understanding and building Web services. Unfortunately, most developers do not understand how XML namespaces work and get confused when they see all the colons and URLs. The funny thing is, namespaces are so simple that once you understand them you wonder why you had trouble understanding them in the first place.

Tie in data with Web services and XSL Transformations

From IBM's Part of a series on analyzing data with XSLT, this tutorial explains how to create an application that not only retrieves data but also transforms it into XHTML and outputs it to the browser. The stylesheet shows how to pull XML information from multiple sources within a single transformation and also includes a device that alerts developers when Amazon changes the Web service, since changes in the feed can break the application.

XML data binding with data types

From Some interesting and potentially very powerful features utilizing the Microsoft XML DSO and data types within IE 5 and greater.

Streamline Your XML Searches
From Web Services Journal: Imagine a customer has hired you to put together a solution for managing a huge quantity of XML information. The firm's team is using XML because it gives them flexibility in how the data is structured. They like the fact that they do not need to specify a given record structure up front, and they can change the XML structure of records whenever they need to.

Build an XML Data Extension for SQL Server Reporting Services
From Get to know the main features of SQL Server Reporting Services and learn how to extend it with an XML Data Provider Extension.

XSL FO Tutorial
From This page presents a learn-by-example tutorial for XSL Formatting Objects. It is not an exhaustive reference on XSL FO, but rather an attempt to facilitate reading the XSL Formatting Objects specification by giving a series of commented basic examples.

XML Strengths & Weaknesses with DOM, ASP & XSL
From This article explains in a very simple manner how you can use XML in conjunction with the DOM, ASP and XSL and explores the strengths and weaknesses of this technology.

Using XSLT and .NET to Manipulate XML Files
From XML Stylesheet Transformations (XSLT) is defined as a language for transforming source XML documents into other document formats using XML Path Language (XPath) as a query language. This is particularly useful when XML documents do not match the document type needed.

Developing Wireless Content using XHTML Mobile
From XHTML Mobile provides an answer to the proliferation of incompatible mobile markup solutions. Find out how to make mobile content, and ensure backwards compatibility.

XML Namespaces Support in Python Tools
From A hands-on introduction to Python's facilities for processing XML namespaces.

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