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Open Source e-Commerce - Magento vs. Ubercart

  • Posted on: 20 April 2008
  • By: Jacob

To my eyes, the most promising open source e-Commerce platforms I've seen lately are Ubercart and Magento. We're actually currently using Ubercart here as I write this, for this very site! Ubercart is actually a module for Drupal (a powerful content managment system). Drupal has another e-Commerce module... Drupal e-Commerce (yes, not very imaginitive, I know), but it's not currently quite as full featured as Ubercart.

3D Animation in Flash

  • Posted on: 3 April 2008
  • By: Jacob

Want to do 3D in Flash? There are 3 basic ways to get 3D animation in Flash.

Methods:

  1. You can export video (or a series of images) from your 3D program, and import it into Flash. These would be basically a series of raster images (i.e. bitmaps) in Flash, that look like 3D.
  2. You can use some type of export from a 3D program that renders directly as a vector object in Flash. This would be similar to method 1, except that it would be in a Vector format instead of raster.

April Flash Player Update breaks AMFPHP

  • Posted on: 3 April 2008
  • By: Jacob

Wade Arnold has an important post on the upcoming Flash Player update and the security changes that will break AMFPHP. As SWX-PHP uses AMF-PHP as a library, it too will be affected.

Wade's post has a crossdomain.xml file that you can use on your existing sites to make sure that they don't break.

http://wadearnold.com/blog/?p=17

Artist/Band sites with Drupal

  • Posted on: 3 April 2008
  • By: Jacob

I found a nice article on how to make nice artist/band sites with Drupal. It lists the modules you could use, and even gives examples of Drupal sites that other artists that use Drupal. If you're a musician, a site made with Drupal could be the ultimate way to promote your music:

http://groups.drupal.org/node/5167

Oh, and where is the best place to host your new music site? AccelerHosting of course! ;-)

How to Stop Blog Comment Spam

  • Posted on: 2 April 2008
  • By: Jacob

If you have had a blog for a while, you might have noticed that as it gets more popular with real users, it also gets more popular with spammers! Yes, there are evil lurking robots out there, who go around just adding their links to blogs.

There are some tools out there to get rid of this stuff, automagically!

Here are some useful methods:

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