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New PHP, no fireworks!!

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Alright, I can’t ignore it any further. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The much anticipated PHP5 final release is out. Pitted directly against Microsoft’s ASP.NET, this has been the much awaited version of PHP, though another version in the 4.x series, the PHP4.3.8 is also out. Both released on the same date over a week ago, I can hardly believe that there’s been no noise, no fireworks, etc. over the release of PHP5.

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A Guide to Ethical Hacking!!

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Yes, there are people & institutions that are now teaching computer/network security experts & professionals how the hackers work.

Firstly, to those who are unaware, ethical hackers are those who have ethics. ๐Ÿ˜‰ No, seriously, ethical hackers are people who know how hackers work, hack away into networks & thus they are in a position to prevent hacking. Simply put, these are just good hackers. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Amazon in WordPress!!

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Want to link to a book, movie or some music album from your WP powered blog, maybe in context to the post you’re making & found it difficult?
A new plugin for WordPress 1.2 by name of WP-Amazon lets you insert links to any product at Amazon along with an image easily in your post & since you search for the product right from your WP, you are not held by slow speeds of Amazon.com, compliments of graphical ads & high traffic. The links are from Amazon.com & so is the product catalog, but things just speed up a little & become easy, that’s all. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Comments Whitelist for WP!!

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There’s a new plugin at MooKitty by the name of Kitten’s Friendly Comments. Its a sort of whitelist that will check the eMail address of the comment poster against the eMails of past comments. If an eMail had been approved earlier, the comment with that eMail will be approved otherwise it’ll be set for author moderation. Seems like a good plugin. It also has a provision for adding eMails of past comments to SPAM words, which means that comments by these eMails would be set for moderation even if comments from that eMail were approved in past. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Mosquito Swatter!!

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So, now WordPress has a proper bug tracker of its own, looks like the team is all out to swat the bugs out. ๐Ÿ˜€
There are already quite a number of bug reports in there, I’m not surprised. Most of the times, the bug reports are like
“Oh, I’ve gone through every available word on installation but my WP won’t install”
“damn this thing, I can’t seem to find this or that or make that thing work”

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Comments Subscription WP Plugin

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Via Matt, I came across this seemingly cool plugin for WordPress made by Jennifer, which lets users subscribe to comments to the posts they’ve commented so that they get an eMail notification when someone else has commented after their comment. ๐Ÿ˜€

Looks like cool. I’ll sure try that out & put it in my Blog once I upgrade. Mind you, I haven’t upgraded to WP1.2 yet, & its been weeks since it was released & I was one of the people who reported its release within few hours. ๐Ÿ˜‰
But then, like i mentioned here, I’m also working on changing the look of the Blog & I’ve decided that I’ll upgrade with new look, so that’s what’s taking the time.
 

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A peek inside the future?

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Matt gave us a peek inside the plans for the future of WordPress, what’s on the charts & what we can expect. ๐Ÿ˜€
Having the ability to run multiple blogs through just one installation is a feature that has eluded WordPress users till yet. To have multiple blogs, we have to install multiple instances of wordpress. Though its not a problem but still, the ability to create/edit/monitor a blog with just a click is too tempting & too good to be overlooked. ๐Ÿ˜‰
And this is the feature that other Blog scripts in the competition have had for many versions now, the leader of the pack being MovableType. This is a feature that has kept MT users from switching to WordPress from MT. Many MT users have been fed up with the slow rebuilds(rebuilding itself is a disgusting thing) & now the licensing evils of MT. But most of MT users have more than a Blog running of their MT install & they used to wonder that how difficult would it be to manage more than one instance of WP, logging in to different urls(this can be solved with a little coding) each time to adminster a Blog, its just too much of an overhead. ๐Ÿ˜ก
I, for one, don’t have any problems with non-existence of multi-blogs feature, as I’m the only one who run this Blog. So added feature or not, it doesn’t matter much to me(at the moment). But I think that it’ll be an added reason for people to start using WordPress & to switch from MT. ๐Ÿ˜€
 

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Stored Queries in Access

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Marcus has written an article at 15Seconds which highlights the increase in performance that you can get when you use Stored Queries in the Access database rather than using Dynamic Queries.

Ofcourse everyone has heard about Stored Procedures in databases like MSSQL & Oracle etc., but what you may ask what are stored queries in Access databases. Its not a surprise that many ASP developers, including those who’ve been programming in ASP for quite a time now, are unaware of Stored Queries. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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