Weekly Roundup - June 16th 2008

Posted June 16th, 2008 in Weekly Roundup

This is my weekly roundup for the week of June 9th to June 15th 2008, where I look back at the posts I made over the past week as well as useful and interesting articles on other websites and blogs that I might have read.

Articles posted on my blog

Monday: Weekly Roundup - June 9th 2008
Tuesday: PHP is not showing any error messages
Wednesday: Vista Laptop Issues
Thursday: Use normal href if Javascript is disabled
Friday: Check if a MySQL table exists
Saturday: PHP function to check if a MySQL table exists
Sunday: Command line arguments with a PHP CLI script

Interesting articles found offsite


knoge.com posted how to get console input and output in a C# application.


campaignmonitor.com had a post about CSS support in email clients. It includes a table of the tags that work / do not work in various email and webmail clients.


FCKEditor 2.6.1 was released. FCKEditor is an in-browser WYSIWYG HTML editor which I use myself on various websites.


The 3rd release candidate of Firefox 3 was released. The final release of Firefox 3 is due for Tuesday June 17th 2008 at 3pm PST.


Google posted about the Yahoo/Google advertising agreement on their offical blog.


Smashing Magazine posted a list of examples of block quotes and pull quotes in web pages.


royal.pingdom.com posted a list of Javascript frameworks and high traffic / popular websites that use them.


The Web Resources Depot posted an example of a sliding top menu with jQuery.

Linux Distros/Releases

Linux Mint 5.0 was released. Read the release notes on the Mint website. This release of Mint is compatible with Ubuntu Hardy and its repositories. This is a Gnome release and there will presumably be community contributed versions with KDE and others in the future. The main edition features support for various media codecs "out of the box" but there is also a "light" edition available without proprietary software, patented technologies or restricted formats, i.e. the light edition does not have support for Macromedia Flash, encrypted DVDs, Windows codecs, restricted multimedia formats, unrar or Sun Java (replaced by GIJ).

DamnSmall Linux 4.4 was released. Damn Small Linux is a 50MB Live Bootable Linux distribution based on Knoppix and designed to run on business card sized CDs. You can read more in the changelog at the DSL website.

64 Studio 2.1 was released. 64 Studio is a GNU/Linux distribution tailor-made for digital content creation, including audio, video, graphics and publishing tools and is based on Debian 4.0.

Linux.com reviewed Puppy Linux 4.0


Opera 9.5 was released. Opera is a cross platform web browser and an alternative to Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.


Richard Dingwall asked "Is the 80 character line limit still relevant" when programming? He talks about the history, advantages and disadvantages. The comments on the post are also worth a good read.


John Rockefeller posted how to secure your web forms from MySQL injection attacks.

Search Engines

Just Creative Design posted 10 SEO rules for designers. Although the post is titled "for designers" it really applies to anyone working on a website.

SQL Server

SQL Server 2008 is currently scheduled to ship in Q3 this year, and Microsoft have made the first release candidiate available. Read more at The Register and try it out from the Microsoft website.


PC World reported how to get Windows XP after the June 30 2008 cutoff, and how to get support for Windows XP after the cutoff.


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