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08/16/2005

Hacking PayPal, Part 2 by Dave Burchell, Dave Nielsen, Shannon Sofield
Last week, in Part 1 of this two-part excerpt from PayPal Hacks, the authors offered three hacks to ensure PayPal's convenience and effectiveness. This week, they present two more hacks to help make you and your customers happy. The first hack highlights using IPN to effortlessly deliver digital goods to your customers, and the second shows how to set up phony Sandbox accounts to test your code. 10/05/2004

Hacking PayPal by Dave Burchell, Dave Nielsen, Shannon Sofield
The authors of PayPal Hacks offer two hacks designed to make PayPal more customer-friendly, profitable, and accountable, plus an additional hack to catch IPN system errors. 09/28/2004

Hacking IRC, Part 2 by Paul Mutton
Paul Mutton has selected three hacks for IRC addicts from his book, IRC Hacks. Learn how to create a calculator bot and a bot for viewing up-to-the-minute newsgroup postings, and a way to keep track of IRC while away from your computer. 09/24/2004

Manipulating Space with CSS by Christopher Schmitt
One of the main strengths of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is how the technology handles web typography. In this article, Christopher Schmitt shows how to use CSS's letter- and word-spacing properties to easily adjust the space between two letters or to separate whole words within a paragraph. Chris is the author of O'Reilly's recently released CSS Cookbook. 09/21/2004

Hacking IRC by Paul Mutton
IRC Hacks author Paul Mutton has selected some of his favorite hacks to excerpt here. This week find out how to add your IRC nickname to your webcam, and how to make your own IRC bot for passing on short messages to other users. Be sure to check back to this space next week for hacks on performing feats of math; announcing newsgroup posts; and using IRC within a screen. 09/17/2004

Top Ten Tricks and Tips for New IRC Users by Paul Mutton
Millions of people around the world use IRC to chat with friends and family or to collaborate on projects, but if you're new to IRC you may be intimidated by its unfamiliar look and feel. Paul Mutton, author of IRC Hacks, presents ten tips and tricks--from advice on picking the right client for your needs to good IRC etiquette--that will get you on the road to becoming an everyday IRC user. 08/27/2004

ActionScript for Non-Coders by Sham Bhangal
Sham Bhangal uses real-world examples to show how the Flash authoring environment allows an ActionScript coder to work and share ideas with designers who have no ActionScript experience, while at the same time allowing the designers to make full use of scripting. Sham is the author of O'Reilly's recently released Flash Hacks. 08/18/2004

Hacking Flash, Part 2
Today we offer two more hacks excerpted from O'Reilly's Flash Hacks. Learn how to create a performance budget that shows where your money is going, and how to secure your online Flash content. And if you missed them, be sure to check out last week's hacks from the book. 08/06/2004

Hacking Flash
In these two excerpts from Flash Hacks, learn how to simulate pixel-based fades and wipes, as supported in Macromedia Director; and how to use complex shapes as masks. 07/27/2004

The Ideal Digital Photographer's Workflow, Part 5 by Ken Milburn
Ken Milburn, author of Digital Photography: Expert Techniques, offers the latest installment in his series on creating ideal (and least destructive) workflows for digital photography. This week, he offers step-by-step routines for performing the three stages of sharpening that are almost always necessary: rescue, effect, and output. And he offers advice on a few things you should do before you even start sharpening your images. 07/20/2004

The Ideal Digital Photographer's Workflow, Part 4 by Ken Milburn
Ken Milburn continues his quest to create ideal (and least destructive) workflows for people working in digital photography. In this installment, he shows you the most efficient way to scan your images, which in turn insures that you've preserved as much of the data that was in the original image as possible. Ken is the author of Digital Photography: Expert Techniques. 05/07/2004

A Random Collection of Photoshop CS Tips by Deke McClelland
Deke McClelland, author of Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One, has gathered 14 random (and occasionally bizarre) Photoshop CS tips, plus one bonus tip to grow on. The tips cover a wide range of helpful topics that include manipulating pixels, working with the Camera Raw dialog, and dealing with shortcuts. If you have Photoshop tips to share, let us know about them at the end of the article. 04/30/2004

Resizing an Image by Deke McClelland
O'Reilly has just released Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One. To give photographers and web designers a sense of what they'll find in the book, we've excerpted a lesson from Chapter 5 that explains how to modify image size, when to resample, and what to do about resolution. And to make things crystal clear, we've also included one of the QuickTime-based video lessons, called "Image and Canvas Size" (26MB). (If you're not interested in a long download, check out the one-minute excerpt instead. Note: To download either file, you must have QuickTime installed on your machine.) 03/30/2004

What's New in Photoshop CS? by Ken Milburn
Photoshop CS may have fewer new features than version 7, but quality counts more than quantity, and Ken Milburn is pretty jazzed about the quality. In this article, he covers the new features in CS he's most excited about. Ken is the author of the just-released Digital Photography: Expert Techniques. 03/24/2004

The Ideal Digital Photographer's Workflow, Part 3 by Ken Milburn
You can achieve greater control over the quality of the images produced by your new digital camera if you shoot them in RAW format. Trouble is, it can take an inordinate amount of time to convert RAW images into something your image-editing program can use. In Part 3 of Ken Milburn's series on creating ideal digital photography workflows, he details several steps you can take to save hours of RAW-process work after every shoot. Ken is the author of the upcoming Digital Photography: Expert Techniques. 02/24/2004

The Ideal Digital Photographer's Workflow, Part 2 by Ken Milburn
Ken Milburn follows up on suggestions he made in Part 1 of this two-part series about creating a minimally destructive workflow for the work you do inside image-editing software. Here he offers five nondestructive editing steps to take once you've downloaded your images. Then he provides some second-stage editing techniques to enhance the impact your images will have on your clients, or your friends and family. Ken is the author of the upcoming Digital Photography: Expert Techniques. 01/23/2004

The Ideal Digital Photographer's Workflow, Part 1 by Ken Milburn
Ken Milburn offers a workflow that digital photographers can follow for preparing for a shoot and determining a shooting procedure, and for downloading, cataloguing, tracking, and archiving the image files that result. Ken is the author of the upcoming Digital Photography: Expert Techniques. 12/18/2003

More Spidering Hacks by Morbus Iff and Tara Calishain
This week we offer two more hacks on grabbing--or scraping--the information you need, whether it's the link count for a particular Yahoo! category, or the quick answer for the word that's just on the tip of your tongue! Just two of the 100 such workarounds you'll find in O'Reilly's Spidering Hacks. 12/02/2003

Spidering Hacks by Morbus Iff and Tara Calishain
This week we offer two hacks from Spidering Hacks that save you time as well as extra trips to your favorite web sites. The first is on using Template::Extract, a Perl module that allows you to scrape a web page to generate RSS from its data structure. And the second is on using a program called dailystrips to grab all your favorite online comic strips and have them presented in one HTML file. 11/24/2003

JPEG2000: the Killer Image File Format for Lossless Storage by Ken Milburn
Is JPEG2000 the killer image file format for lossless storage? Ken Milburn thinks so. In this article, Ken details the options available in the JPEG2000 plug-in, which have been designed to help photographers losslessly compress and store the highest-quality images as efficiently as possible. Ken is the author of the upcoming Digital Photography: Expert Techniques. 11/21/2003

Fail-Safe Amazon Images by Paul Bausch
Amazon Web Services (AWS) allow anyone with some coding skills to create applications using Amazonís data, including its images. But relying on someone elseís data on someone elseís servers introduces some challenges. Paul Bausch, author of Amazon Hacks, shows you how to properly display Amazon product images in a dependent, distributed application. 10/22/2003

Cooking with ActionScript, Part 2 by Joey Lott
We conclude our two-part series of excerpts from ActionScript Cookbook this week with sample recipes on pausing and resuming a sound, saving a local shared object, and searching XML. 10/03/2003

Cooking with ActionScript by Joey Lott
We've a diverse slate this week of recipes for ActionScript developers from the recently released ActionScript Cookbook: Our first is on formatting currency amounts; the second on using a unique depth when creating a new movie clip; and the third on creating timers and clocks. And check back to this space next week for recipes on pausing and resuming a sound, saving a local shared object; and searching XML. 09/26/2003

Top Ten Tips for Developing ColdFusion Components by Rob Brooks-Bilson
ColdFusion Components, or CFCs, are a new construct in ColdFusion MX that allow you to move from totally procedural development to a more object-oriented approach. Because this represents a new paradigm for many ColdFusion developers, Robert Brooks-Bilson, author of Programming ColdFusion MX, 2nd Edition, has assembled a list of tips to keep in mind when developing with CFCs. 09/24/2003

Hacking eBay by David A. Karp
This week we're showcasing excerpts from the recently released eBay Hacks. These three hacks have a common thread--they all deal in some manner with hacking the view of eBay from your browser. In these sample hacks, learn how to tap into eBay's massive database right from your own address bar; how to use Cascading Style Sheets to change the look of your eBay page; and how to control the view of other eBayers' pages with your own browser. 09/19/2003

Ten Tips for Building a Flash Remoting Application by Tom Muck
Flash Remoting has not changed much for the release of Flash MX 2004, which is good news for programmers building complex Rich Internet Applications (RIA). Flash Remoting still offers the most flexible, intuitive way to add an application server to an RIA. Tom Muck, author of O'Reilly's upcoming Flash Remoting: The Definitive Guide, offers ten tips for building a Flash Remoting application that will help programmers deliver the most efficient RIA possible. 09/16/2003

Selling with eBay's New Auction Page by David A. Karp
In July 2003, eBay completely redesigned its standard auction page, the page that shows the details of any particular sale item. For sellers, these changes may have repercussions that ultimately affect their bottom line. In this article, David Karp, author of eBay Hacks, discusses several approaches eBayers can implement right away to help them communicate more effectively to customers about their auctions, and bring in the cash. 09/09/2003

Hacking Amazon, Part 2 by Paul Bausch
Paul Bausch, author of Amazon Hacks, is back this week with more hand-selected hacks from his book. Learn how to list your Amazon items for sale on your own web site, and how to create a wireless wish list. 09/09/2003

Cooking with JavaScript & DHTML by Danny Goodman
For some reason, IE for Windows has been missing the handy feature that allows web form fillers to type in select element choices. In this bonus recipe you won't find in his JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook, author Danny Goodman provides a solution and example code to fill the gap, giving your form fillers a more uniform experience across browsers. 09/03/2003

Hacking Amazon by Paul Bausch
O'Reilly's Amazon Hacks recently released, so we asked author Paul Bausch to select some hacks from the book to highlight here. Find out how to search Amazon from any web page in IE, and how to create Amazon Associate links on your Movable Type weblog. And check back to this space next week for hacks on listing your Amazon items for sale on your own web site, and on creating a wireless wish list. 09/03/2003

An Introduction to OOP in Flash and ActionScript, Part 2 by Joey Lott
Learning to create your own custom classes in ActionScript can really propel your efficiency to another level. In this second part of a two-part series, Joey Lott, author of ActionScript Cookbook, offers the whys and hows of basic OOP with ActionScript. 08/19/2003

Introduction to OOP in Flash and ActionScript, Part 1 by Joey Lott
One of the greatest stumbling blocks in learning object-oriented programming is the inherent abstractness. Enter the simplicity of Flash and ActionScript. Joey Lott, author of ActionScript Cookbook, offers an introduction to basic OOP with ActionScript. 08/12/2003

Adding Movies to Your Web Page by Jennifer Robbins
If you've just started out creating your own Web pages, chances are you've asked yourself, "How did they get that little movie to play right on their page." In this excerpt from Learning Web Design, 2nd Edition, Jennifer Niederst offers advice on creating good video for web sites. 07/18/2003

Super-Efficient Image Rollovers by Danny Goodman
Problem: You want to reduce the number of individual image files downloaded to the browser to accomplish three-state image rollovers. Answer: Well, Danny Goodman has it in this bonus recipe you won't even find in his latest book, JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook. Read on for all the skinny. 07/01/2003

Cooking with JavaScript & DHTML, Part 6 by Danny Goodman
In our sixth and final sample recipe from Danny Goodman's JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook, learn how to locate the pixel coordinates of a nonpositioned element that the browser has placed during normal page flow. And if you've enjoyed sampling these recipes, check back here in two weeks; we'll be publishing a bonus recipe Danny has written that you won't find in his book. 06/17/2003

Cooking with JavaScript & DHTML, Part 5 by Danny Goodman
In this week's sample recipe from JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook, learn how to read effective style sheet property values. Once you've assigned a value to a property of an element's style object, the value can be read subsequently through the style property. 06/10/2003

Cooking with JavaScript & DHTML, Part 4 by Danny Goodman
In this week's sample recipe from JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook, you'll find a quick and simple solution to importing browser- or operating system-specific style sheets. And check back to this space next week for a recipe on reading effective style sheet property values. 06/03/2003

Cooking with JavaScript & DHTML, Part 3 by Danny Goodman
In this week's sample recipe from JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook, learn how to detect object property and method support. And check back here next week for a sample recipe on importing browser- or operating system-specific style sheets. 05/27/2003

A Study in Flash Form Submission by Colin Moock
The release of Flash MX's Flash UI components made the Flash form creation process easier. But form submission is still trickier in Flash than it is in HTML. In HTML, forms can be submitted via a submit button or via the Enter key. Flash does not have built-in support for Enter-key form submission; thus, Colin Moock, author of ActionScript for Flash MX: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition, explains how to handle the Enter key manually. 05/20/2003

Cooking with JavaScript & DHTML, Part 2 by Danny Goodman
In this week's sample recipe excerpted from JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook, learn how to simulate a hash table for fast array lookup. And check back to this space next week for a recipe on detecting object property and method support. 05/20/2003

Why Try to Out-Google Google? by Tara Calishain
If Google has been successful, Tara Calishain says, initially at least, it had nothing to do with actual technology. Tara, coauthor of the best-selling Google Hacks, looks at what has made Google a success, as well as ways Google could out-Google itself. If search engines took a close look at the cultural factors that led to some of Google's success, and then considered how they could leapfrog what Google's doing now, the competition to be your search engine of choice might really heat up. 05/16/2003

Cooking with JavaScript & DHTML by Danny Goodman
In this first sample recipe excerpted from JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook learn how to use auto-tabbing for fixed-length text boxes. And check back to this space over the next several weeks for more sample recipes covering arrays and objects, browser feature detection, style-sheet management, and HTML elements positioning. 05/13/2003

Information Architecture Meets Usability by Bruce Stewart
An interview with information architect Lou Rosenfeld and web usability expert Steve Krug about the common pitfalls of their respective disciplines. 05/13/2003

Dynamic HTML Tables: Improving Performance by Danny Goodman
The widespread browser adoption of the W3C Document Object Model (DOM) and other de facto standards have given developers many ways to repopulate a table. So what's the best approach? Danny Goodman, author of JavaScript & DHTML Cookbook, investigates this issue in search of the most efficient techniques for maximizing table-modification code performance. Some of his findings may surprise you. 05/06/2003

Stay on Top of the Latest Technology with News Feeds from O'Reilly by Glen Gillmore
Learn how to set up and use RSS feeds to customize the information you want delivered to your desktop or web application. This article introduces you to RSS newsreaders, technology feeds available from O'Reilly, and resources to help you set up your own RSS feeds. 04/09/2003

Developing Movable Type Plug-ins by Timothy Appnel
Movable Type's features are so rich that the tool's uses have begun to transcend weblogging. In this article, Timothy Appnel examines the MT plug-in framework, its complete API, the basics of hooking into the core systems operation, and its data persistence service. 03/19/2003

Making Feature-Rich, Movable Type RSS Files by Ben Hammersley
RSS feeds, especially RSS 1.0 ones, are made much more valuable with every extra piece of information you can put inside. Ben Hammersley, author of Content Syndication with RSS, walks through how to create a feed that contains all of the data you can possibly pull out of a standard Movable Type installation. 02/28/2003

Firing Up Director MX by David Weiss
Macromedia has updated the Director work environment, and David Weiss has put together this hands on tutorial to help you create interactive projects for the Web and CD publishing. 02/14/2003

Getting Dreamweaver MX Up to Speed with PHP by David Sawyer McFarland
Thanks to the hard work of developers, there are plenty of free and commercial add-ons available for using PHP with Dreamweaver. In this article, David McFarland, author of Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual, points you to several extensions that will bring powerful and useful enhancements to Dreamweaver's PHP features. 02/07/2003

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