jQuery ‘AjaxLinks’ Plugin

I previously wrote an article showing how you can turn a normal ‘A’ link into an ajax request and place the returned content into divs. This does the same job but used as a jQuery plugin with more customizable options and flexible use.

The download is at the bottom of the article and the script in the zip file is minified to 1.22kb; the code below shows the full script.

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Dropbox Cloud Storage

Dropbox is a cloud storage system where you can backup your files and folders on their servers and access them in real-time on Windows and Linux machines.

It integrates with the operating systems desktop manager and allows you to add/remove files just like a folder on your computer.

It’s free to try out and you’ll have 2GB of storage completely free; if you invite your friends using the referral scheme you get an extra 250MB per person (up to 3GB) so in theory you could have 5GB of online storage for nothing.

The good thing about Dropbox is that it supports Windows, Linux, Mac and even your iPhone and allows you to share files between these devices. It’s pretty good considering it costs you nothing.
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PHP5 & Memcached (Example)

In this example I’ll be showing you how to read and write from a memcached server using PHP5, using singleton class design and some basic static functions to connect your servers up before performing the caching. For those of you who don’t know what memcached is I have included the description from the memcached website below.

If you want to know more technical information visit the official website: memcached.org

“Free & open source, high-performance, distributed memory object caching system, generic in nature, but intended for use in speeding up dynamic web applications by alleviating database load.

Memcached is an in-memory key-value store for small chunks of arbitrary data (strings, objects) from results of database calls, API calls, or page rendering.

Memcached is simple yet powerful. Its simple design promotes quick deployment, ease of development, and solves many problems facing large data caches. Its API is available for most popular languages.”

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CSS3 XHTML Template

Since the implementation of CSS3 into some of the modern browsers, eg. Webkit based browsers and Firefox we’re starting to see more and more websites use CSS3 to style the pages. I have made an example of how we can use “Rounded Corners” in CSS3 in a modern layout. I have provided the download at the bottom of the page.

The layout is a standard two column layout with a header, two menus and a footer – I have rounded the corners using the CSS3 standard of border-radius and added sample dummy content to the pages. Feel free to modify and use this template as you wish.
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Google Gears: LocalDB Example

logo_153x43I have recently been playing around with google gears; Gears is an open source project that enables more powerful web applications, by adding new features to your web browser such as interacting with the desktop, storing local data and running Javascript in the background. Here is a simple link manager I created to test out the LocalDB usage.

In this example I have made a link manager, where you can add/delete links from categories – as well as add/edit/delete existing categories. I have been using JQuery to automate some things, so if you use any of this code at all make sure JQuery is loaded beforehand.
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Teamspeak 3: Connection Class

phpDue to the recently released Teamspeak 3 BETA I have made a connection class in PHP to communicate with the server and fetch back information that I can display in a visual format. I have included a download ZIP for this that includes the PHP code, styles and icons used.

The full package includes a stylesheet and icons, see the archived file at the bottom of this post.
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Google Chrome Extensions

chromeGoogle chrome have just released a BETA version of the extension gallery. You can check it out here. There are many good extensions already released. I have listed below some of the more interesting ones.

Speed Tracer (By Google) is one of the more advanced extensions available, this will provide you with detailed graph analysis of the speed that web pages are loaded.
Speed Tracer is a tool to help you identify and fix performance problems in your web applications. It visualizes metrics that are taken from low level instrumentation points inside of the browser and analyzes them as your application runs. Speed Tracer is available as a Chrome extension and works on all platforms where extensions are currently supported (Windows and Linux).
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Cloud Storage: Ubuntu One

ubuntuI came across a free (and paid) cloud service from Ubuntu; the creators of the popular OS Ubuntu Linux. You can have a free account and have 2GB’s worth of storage costing you nothing. If you happen to run the Ubuntu OS, One integrates with the desktop; providing ‘drag and drop’ functionality for backing up files.

More information below.

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