The Play framework makes it easier to build Web applications with Java
The Play framework is a clean alternative to bloated Enterprise Java stacks. It focuses on developer productivity and targets RESTful architectures. Play is a perfect companion to agile software development.
The Play framework’s goal is to ease web applications development while sticking with Java.
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The latest stable release of WordPress (Version 3.0) is available.
Major new features in this release include a sexy new default theme called Twenty Ten. Theme developers have new APIs that allow them to easily implement custom backgrounds, headers, shortlinks, menus (no more file editing), post types, and taxonomies. (Twenty Ten theme shows all of that off.) Developers and network admins will appreciate the long-awaited merge of MU and WordPress, creating the new multi-site functionality which makes it possible to run one blog or ten million from the same installation.
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By Mac Slocum
Remember how Facebook used to lumber and strain? And have you noticed how it doesn’t feel slow anymore? That’s because the engineering team pulled off an impressive feat: an in-depth optimization and rewrite project made the site twice as fast.
Robert Johnson, Facebook’s director of engineering and a speaker at the upcoming Velocity and OSCON conferences, discusses that project and its accompanying lessons learned below. Johnson’s insights have broad application — you don’t need hundreds of millions of users to reap the rewards.
Facebook recently overhauled its platform to improve performance. How long did that process take to complete?
Robert Johnson: Making the site faster isn’t something we’re ever really done with, but we did make a big push the second half of last year. It took about a month of planning and six months of work to make the site twice as fast.
What big technical changes were made during the rewrite?
In addition to these big site-wide projects, we also performed a lot of general cleanup to make everything smaller and lighter, and we incorporated best practices such as image spriting.
The 1.3 final version of PrestaShop is considered as being the most accomplished, stable and professional published until now. Many optimizations and fixes have been made to the project to maximize its performance and its international accessibility, including many suggestions and recommendations from the Open-Source community. PrestaShop is now published in three languages: English, Spanish and French.
In terms of technical sophistication, the MySQL performances have been optimized, as well as its template engine based on Smarty. Significant corrections have been made to the prices and taxes system.
Alongside these improvements, a number of important new features have been added to the solution, bringing to more than 200 the number of technical, functional and graphical possibilities of a PrestaShop based e-shop. In addition to these features, extensions are available on the official marketplace of PrestaShop, PrestaStore, whose catalog now offers nearly 700 modules and themes.
“Our goal is to continuously enrich PrestaShop to provide online merchants with an e-commerce software ever more complete, functional and suitable to their needs, while respecting their constraints. PrestaShop needs to be a modular and flexible solution to suit all countries and all activities.” says Igor Schlumberger, PrestaShop co-founder.
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Ordinary self-hosted WordPress users know only too well that even though choosing and using thousands of available themes is a snap, creating one is an almost impossible task. You could use one of the customizable themes to modify the look to your liking, but that’s as far as you can go. Theme creating is not for the faint-hearted who are afraid to plunge into HTML, PHP and CSS coding.
But that’s not the case anymore. I recently stumbled across a WordPress theme editor plugin called Stiqr – still in beta as every other Web 2.0 service is – which can help ordinary web users to become a “skillful” web designer. If you can drag and drop objects, you can modify the look of your web. Self-hosted WordPress is officially included in the list of supported type of websites.
PrestaShop is a professional e-Commerce shopping cart software
The final 1.3 version of PrestaShop is getting closer and closer! This v.1.3 RC3 version, third “release candidate”, is aimed at identifying the last bugs present in PrestaShop before the publication of the 1.3 final version.
Among the modifications made since last week, we can mention:
- Corrections made on the quick access links in the Back Office
- Deleted an SQL error on tags filter on the Admintags page in the Back-Office
- Bug fixed about the thumbnails generation (pictures)
- Accepted currencies verification in the Moneybookers module
- Fixed the “Mailalert” module – emails sending
- The Hipay module is now compatible with multi-currencies
Bulkr is an Adobe AIR application that can download all of your photos in your Flickr account in several formats like thumbnail, small, medium, large and original. It can also download photos by Set or your Favorites photo saved in Flickr. To use Bulkr, your system must have adobe AIR and you need to give authorize permission to Bulkr in Flickr.