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The Understanding XML Game
From Learn by playing the "Understanding XML" game. Read about XML and then answer the questions. See if you can get a 100% score and if not, play it again.

Getting Reacquainted with dbXML 2.0
From The second version of dbXML is much improved over its predecessor, offering transactions, security features, new APIs and query mechanisms. Here's an update.

Custom Datatyping for XML and XML Schemas
From This article examines the reasoning and implementation of custom datatypes, which allow XML users to break the chains that keep them using pre-defined types in their XML documents.

XForms Basics
From Today, XML is most definitely in the mainstream, and proving its mettle by making all kinds of new and unique applications possible (witness the success of's AWS service, or the Google APIs, both based on XML technology). This article provides an introduction to XForms, a recent W3C Recommendation that suggests using XML to manage the display, input and processing of form data on the Web.

Displaying XML as HTML in the browsers
From Transforming data with client-side XSL is convenient in the browsers like IE, but for browser compatibility (especially for low level browsers) you must perform the XSL transform on the server.

Basic XML3: XSL
From A more elegant method of displaying your XML data using ASP, by using XSL.

Transforming XML with XSLT and PHP
From This tutorial shows you how to use XSLT to transform XML documents into HTML documents.

XML Made Easy with XMLBeans
From A new XML parser from BEA makes it easy to handle instance documents in Java, using regular bean-like syntax.

XML HTTP Requests
From If you are using IE 5.0 or higher, XML data can be requested from a server using an HTTP request.

Building Languages with XML
From Web Developer's Virtual Library: The Extensible Markup Language allows you to create custom languages (technically called vocabularies) for particular applications, which can be anything from a Web page to an e-commerce interface to a game to a complete virtual world. Here's an overview of how (and why) to create your own custom XML vocabularies, as well as examples of some existing ones.

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.

Recursive XSLT
From Oracle Technology Network: The latest tutorial in the XML Parser Techniques series describes sample code that uses recursive XSLT calls and JavaScript to display an expanding and collapsing tree view of an XML document.

DTD Tutorial
From The basics of XML validation.

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Slicing and Coding a Content Box in DreamWeaver

From How to slice up a basic content box and use DreamWeaver to create the tables and format the box to accept content without displaying a mess whenever the content is too much or the size of the browser window is changed etc.

Best PHP Practices in PHP

From The author says: One of the things I hear from people and my friends is questions about the best way to work with PHP. They always want to know how to get started on a project, what software to use, how to plan it successfully, and so on. In this article I plan on revealing the "magical secrets" about how I do my PHP programming so quickly with so few bugs.

Lessons Learned Managing Software Development in Start-ups

From This article outlines the process of setting up a source code management system, evaluates the pros and cons of Razor and CVS, and compares BugTracker and GNATS.

Controlling PHP
From This tutorial tours the many ways in which PHP's behavior can be controlled.

A Byte of Python
From A Byte of Python is a book on programming using the Python language. It serves as a tutorial or guide to the Python language for anyone. If all you know is how to save text files, then this is an ideal beginner's book for you. If you are an expert programmer who loves C, Perl, Java or C#, you can also learn Python using this book. (6,000 downloads within 40 days of its announcement).

Turn Your PC Into a TV
From Here's everything you need to transform your desktop or notebook PC into a TV.

Optimizing Your Servers' Pagefile Performance
From If you want to wring the most out of your servers' performance, you need to go beyond the default pagefile setting. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, offers his hard-won advice.

Shell Scripting with KDE dialogs
From Tutorial that describes how to use KDE dialogs in shell scripts with kdialog. It is presented as an example-based tutorial.

Retrieve E-Mail from a POP3 Server
From Your app can easily retrieve Internet e-mail from a POP3 server once you learn the tricks.

Sending E-Mail with System.Web.Mail
From Discover how to send e-mail from within your .NET applications using the System.Web.Mail namespace.

Command Line Tools for Windows Server 2003, Overview
From Command line tools provide a way for administrators to script and automate functions on a local system or on many systems in a domain. Some admins prefer them to GUIs. This tutorial outlines and describes command line tools available in Windows Server 2003.

ActionScripting (I) - Taking the First Step
From ActionScript is a programming language that is the heart of Flash. By Using ActionScript, your Flash movies will become "applications," and you will be able to add interactivity to your movies.

Regular Expressions Tutorial
From Regular expressions for Python, Perl, JavaScript ....

Working with text files in PHP
From Learn how to perform different tasks with text files in this tutorial from Subhash Madhawa. January 6, 2004.

Perl Slurp-Eaze
From Several different ways to read and write a file in a single operation, a common idiom that's sometimes misused.

Entity management in XML applications
From Explore the advantages of entity management for XML application development. Entity management is the term used to describe the process for controlling how an XML application discovers and accesses external resources known as entities.

Creating a WSH Script Step-by-Step
From Focus on JavaScript at Learn how to create Windows Scripting Host scripts for automating routine tasks in this step-by-step tutorial.

PHP with mySQL introduction
From How to learn about basic mySQL interaction by making a link database.

Writing Socket Servers in PHP
From Zend: This tutorial is intended for the PHP programmer interested in exploring the use of PHP Sockets functions to create an Internet Socket Server.

Build a weblog with Slashcode
From Librenix: Today it's easy for anyone to set up a powerful Weblog system on a Linux server. These advanced forum-like systems have an unlimited number of potential uses, ranging from online diaries to group collaboration. Slash, an open source application, is a good tool for running such Weblog. This article walks users through the complexities of installing Slash.

File And Directory Manipulation In PHP
From DevShed: PHP comes with a powerful and flexible file manipulation API that allows developers (among other things) to read and write files, view and modify file attributes, read and list directory contents, alter file permissions, and retrieve file contents into a variety of native data structures.

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