Ric Shreves is a web applications consultant and author. He has published books on WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Mambo and Ubuntu. Ric is also the lead analyst on several industry white papers, including the Open Source CMS Market Share Report (from water&stone) and travel industry white papers from PhoCusWright Consulting. He is the founder of digital agency water&stone and is presently focused on creating a new travel startup: GottaGetaway, a Singapore-based company offering users a better way to find, plan and book their travel online.
Authors Calishain and Dornfest are back with even more tips, tricks, and hacks aimed at the Google search engine and its family of related services. Like the first edition, the second edition relies heavily on programming techniques that make use of the Google API. Unlike, the first edition, the second strives to be more egalitarian in its approach, giving much more for the non-programmers in the crowd.
ABC News calls them the People of the Year and, according to the statistics, a new one appears every seven and a half seconds. Who are they? They are The Bloggers. 2004 was the year blogging went mainstream. You mean you don't have a blog? How is that possible...?
I will be the first to admit that I find the blogging phenomenon a bit hard to fathom. Face it: This is diary writing with a spin. It is electronic journal keeping with marketing hype.
In last week's Web@Work column I took on a bit of an apples and oranges comparison:
One of the challenges of working with open source software is dealing with the variations that exist from product to product. osCommerce and Mambo, two of my favourite open source products, provide a classic example of variations in standards and fundamental approaches to software development.
More than half of the large firms in North America are employing Open Source software in some fashion, and another 19% are planning to use it by years' end, according to Forrester Research. In a new report, entitled "How Firms Should Work With the Open Source Ecosystem", Forrester Research outlines the history and drivers behind the trend and looks forward to the development of what they label the "Open Source Ecosystem."
By now you must have heard about the Firefox browser from Open Source champions Mozilla. One of the joys of Firefox is that it is not a "take it or leave" package of features. Rather, Firefox is expandable and enjoys the benefits of being associated with an active developers community of programmers and enthusiasts who turn out a wide variety of enhancements (called "extensions") which give you the ability to customize Firefox to your needs.