Archive for October, 2008

SitePoint Members Rock!

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Editor’s ViewPoint

I am excited! There are so many great things going on at SitePoint this month that I hardly know where to start! Some big news is the upcoming 2008 SitePoint Awards. Along with that, it’s great to be promoting the excellent activities of our members in the Crier‘s Hornblower’s Corner.

For one, DeenaEsq is Simply Brilliant, but this month we’re also shining the light on the members you chose to honor in our Shout Out. One of those honorees is also our Member of the Month, and he is quite the character! Really! He started out using a cardboard keyboard. Honestly. He said so!

So with all those helpful members in our spotlight, we decided this was the month to tour further Around the Town to help you make searching for threads and saving the important ones easier.

Finally, if you’re tired of seeing “no comment” on your blog posts, Lerxtir has a great solution that you’ll find out about in SitePoint Social.

Summary

  • Editor’s ViewPoint
  • News & Views
  • Hornblower’s Corner
  • Simply Brilliant
  • Around the Town
  • SitePoint Social
  • Shout Out
  • Drum Roll Please!
  • Support Our Sponsors
  • Hot Topics
  • Fun Topics
  • Website Reviews
  • New Blogs (more…)

Weathering the Economic Downturn

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Introduction

Brendon SinclairI’m back! With my fifteen-year-old son, I took a few weeks off to cycle across Australia. Cycling almost 3,000 miles (4,500 km) in 30 days means that I’ve been spending a whole lot of time standing up since my return!

First up, thanks to Miles for taking the Tribune reins in my absence–it was great to have his input and perspective, and I’m happy to say that we’ll be sharing the writing of the newsletter from now on.

In this issue, we’ll take a look at how a certain celebrity is wasting her time with Twitter, how and why you can and should control what’s said about you online, and how this current economic crisis that has everyone on edge can actually benefit you and your money-making plans.

We’re also giving away a ticket to the Edge Of The Web conference in Perth to one lucky reader–read on to find out how!

Finally, check out the Tips section for a tool that has our AdWords expert positively drooling!

Happy reading!

Brendon Sinclair
tribune@sitepoint.com

Summary

  • Introduction
  • Editor’s Perspective: How Britney Is Blowing a Huge Opportunity
  • Marketplace Moments: One More Way to Protect Your Sales
  • Make More Money in the Economic Crisis
  • Follow SitePoint on Twitter; Win A Ticket To Edge Of The Web
  • Tips & Tricks
  • Latest Tutorials
  • Hot Discussions
  • New Blogs (more…)

Definitions Of Wealth

Monday, October 20th, 2008

The dictionary defines wealth as:

1. – the state of being rich and affluent
2. – an abundance of material possessions and resources
3.– property that has economic utility: a monetary value or an exchange value
4.– the quality of profuse abundance

None of those definitions sound too bad, right?  The quality of profuse abundance –   I like that definition!

However, wealth as it is defined in the dictionary is only a small aspect of such a grand and often controversial word.

The definition of wealth can be quite divisive. Ask your family and friends how they define wealth and then sit back and enjoy the conversation!  Ask any political candidate how they define wealth and you’ll get vastly different answers.

There is of course the capitalist definition of wealth which states that all wealth is earned, not distributed.

Conversely, socialism states that there is a more equitable distribution of wealth and wealth is better shared.

That being said, all political theories and ideologies aside, we know deep down at our core that there is more to ‘wealth’ than dollars in the bank.

Consider the following quotes:

“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”
Oscar Wilde

“Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time”
Margaret Bonnano

So wealth is:
– Having time
– Having health
– Having quality of life
– Possessing freedom
– Finding inspiration
– Having peace of mind
– Wealth is having compassion
– Being loved
– Loving
– And of course money in the bank – how much money in the bank is defined by you.

And so on and so on.

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Dreamweaver CS4 Touches Down

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Introduction

Alex WalkerWelcome to Design View #51.

You know, it’s easy to justify NOT going to conferences. After all, they cost you money. They cost you time you could be earning more money.

Dmitry, Cam and GabrielHowever, sitting here two weeks after Web Directions South 08, the payoffs are much clearer.

Now it’s easy to talk about the obvious benefits — what you take away from listening to some of the experts in your field talk about how what they do.

I’ll revisit those idea in the months ahead.

But for me, the real value comes between sessions and at the multiple nightly events. For once you’re in the rare situation where you can joke about RSS or ‘whale fails’ or FTWs to the stranger next you, and know they’ll ‘get it’.

With an automatic ice-breaker like that, if you don’t come away with a pocketful of email address, phone numbers, IM contacts, LinkedIn connections, Tweeps and (GASP!) friends, you probably need to look at your personal hygiene.

And remember, a great many of these people will know stuff that you don’t. The fun is finding out what that is.

Now to start devising my bold and cunning plan to get to SXSW. Hmmmmm….

Today, however, there’s only one topic on my mind — the recent lauch of Dreamweaver CS4, and what’s in it for you.

Enjoy.

Alex Walker
Editor
SitePoint Design View

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Summary

  • Introduction
  • 6 Things To Like About Dreamweaver CS4 – Pt I
  • 6 Things To Like About Dreamweaver CS4 – Pt II
  • Latest Tutorials
  • Hot Discussions
  • New Blogs (more…)

Seek Client Feedback for Business Success

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Introduction

Most of us spend our waking hours working for clients — and assuming that we understand precisely what they’re hoping for. Could we be at fault, though, for not asking the right questions?

In this issue, we discuss post-project interviewing and surveys. These are great tools for finding out what went well and what went wrong with a recently completed project.

We’ll start by discussing the topic of client feedback, before jumping into the SitePoint web site to uncover articles on similar topics in the archives. Then, let’s look at a few statistics from the SitePoint Tribune Readers’ Survey — do you know who your fellow readers are?

We’ll also look at using web-based survey tools, which offer a fantastic low-cost method for gaining data — although nothing’s nearly as personal as a face-to-face interview.

Want to see the latest in web-based image editing tools? We’ll uncover a fantastic resource, available right now for free.

Enjoy the reading!

Miles Burke
tribune@sitepoint.com

Summary

  • Introduction
  • Editor’s Perspective: Ask Your Customers for Success!
  • The SitePoint Archives: Asking for Feedback
  • Tribune Reader Survey: Results
  • Surveys on the Web
  • Latest Tutorials
  • Hot Discussions
  • New Blogs

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Douglas Crockford on Web Standards and JavaScript

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Introduction

Andrew TetlawThe best thing about conferences is that you get to talk to people.

The SitePoint team sent to Web Directions had some great opportunities to talk to some very interesting people. As I wrote in the last Tech Times, I caught up with Dmitry Baranovskiy, author of the Raphael JavaScript library. Matt was able to talk with Daniel Burka, lead designer at Digg and co-founder of Pownce. Kevin had a great interview with Douglas Crockford, Yahoo! JavaScript Architect and all-round guru.

When I was learning JavaScript, I read all of Douglas’ stuff. If you’re keen to see him speak, I recommend his videos on the YUI Theatre site:

Read on for the highlights of Kevin’s interview.

Summary

  • Introduction
  • Douglas Crockford on Web Standards and JavaScript
  • New Technical Articles
  • Techy Forum Threads
  • More Techy Blog Entries (more…)
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