Book review Extending and Embedding PHP

in Categories Book Review last updated July 31, 2006

Slashdot has published Book review – Extending and Embedding PHP book.

FTA, “…PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development. The interpreter that executes programs written in the PHP programming language has been designed from the ground up to be easily embeddable (for instance into the Apache Web Server) and extendable. This extensibility is one of the reasons why PHP became the favourite “glue” of the Web: functionality from existing third-party libraries (database clients or image manipulation toolkits, for instance) can be made available through PHP with the ease of use you expect from a scripting language…”

Read the rest of Sebastian’s review at Slashdot.

Xen not ready for prime-time, says Red Hat

in Categories News, RedHat/Fedora Linux last updated July 31, 2006

FTA, “…A senior Red Hat executive today maintained the Xen open source virtualisation environment was not yet ready for enterprise use, despite “unbelievable” customer demand and the fact rival Novell has already started shipping the software…

Read more at ZDnet

To be frank nothing beats VMWare at the movement. Enterprise customer needs support and quality. (money or licensing cost comes later). May be one day you will see some xen articles here too 😉

Fun Things To Do With Your Honeypot

in Categories News, Security last updated July 30, 2006

Honeypot is a combination computer and special software set up for computer crackers (or attackers). It is use to detect unauthorized access (unauthorized attempts/attacks) on network computer system.

Alberto Gonzalez has published simple and nice article titled as “Fun Things To Do With Your Honeypot”. It is not howto/guide to Honeypot.

FTA, “…Most of the papers deal with the potential gains a honeypot can give you, and the proper way to monitor a honeypot. Not very many of them deal with the honeypots themselves. Honeypots are a hot topic in the security research community right now. It seems everyone is starting up their own honeypot system. Most of the papers deal with the potential gains a honeypot can give you, and the proper way to monitor a honeypot. Not very many of them deal with the honeypots themselves…”

Read more at whitedust security (via ./)

Shells scripting – How to create GUI dialogs for GNOME and KDE?

in Categories Shell scripting last updated July 29, 2006
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I love scripting and when you have GUI utilities to create a dialog box from scripts, it makes your life easy.

Zenity and KDialog tools allow you to create GNOME- and KDE-specific front ends for scripts.

FTA, “…Because Linux developers have made great strides in improving Linux’s desktop interfaces and GUI applications, users have had no reason to focus on the command line. New users especially tend to be wary of the command-line interface (CLI) and favor the graphical environments (GUI) …


For example consider following small command:

$ zenity –info –text “Welcome to nixCraft weblog” –title=’Hi there!’

zenity command output

Pretty easy eah? 😉

Fedora women project

in Categories Linux, News last updated July 29, 2006
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This aims to provide a central forum and point of support for the often under-represented side of Fedora’s Community.

From the site, “A large portion of the Fedora userbase is made up of women. They are often under-represented within the community, with many people not even realizing how big a share of the community they are. The Fedora Women program aims to improve that representation and to provide a forum for the women of the Fedora Community”

Good move, IMPO.

More information at following site:

Found via slashdot.

Zend Framework PHP (based object-oriented) howtos

in Categories Howto, php last updated July 29, 2006

Zend Framework based on PHP and it is object-oriented stuff.

A couple of years ago, PHP sat at the top of the powerful-but-easy-to-use scripting languages heap — at least as far as popularity was concerned. It was installed on most UNIX and Linux-based Web servers. And if you were a programmer, it was easy to get a hosting account that would let you use it. Ruby had been around for quite some time, but not many people were using it. If you wanted to build a Web site using dynamically generated content, but you weren’t sure that you needed to go so far as to use an application server like J2EE, you would very likely use PHP. It was fast, easy to learn, convenient, and you didn’t have to learn Perl.

These howtos will help you to kick start development with Zend Framework 🙂