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January 23, 2008 | Vol 3 Issue 2


In This Issue:

>> Jazz Up Your Web Site by Customizing PHP Templates
>> The Reality of Virtual

Feature Article - Programming
Jazz Up Your Web Site by Customizing PHP Templates

Implement the latest Web 2.0 bells and whistles so that you can provide not only the prettiest but also the smartest Web apps!

By Duncan Kenzie

It's an axiom of human nature that people generally appreciate beautiful things more than plain ones. This is true of Web applications compared to 5250 applications, too. Although many of us die-hard green-screen fans may extol the virtues of green-screen apps for their ease of use and simplicity, they just don't look as pretty as good Web applications. Of course, prettiness and intelligence don't always go hand in hand, as seems evident by the notorious behavior of a certain hotel heiress. In the case of Web development, though, it is possible to produce applications that are at once functionally powerful and pretty. 


Feature Article - System Administration
The Reality of Virtual

Cable clutter, white noise, and even your carbon footprint can be reduced via virtualization, but is the technology ready for prime time?

By Joe Pluta

Back at the beginning of the year, I talked to you about virtualization and specifically about VMWare. At the time, I wanted to see if I could find some way around the artificial limitation that IBM had imposed on my expensive xSeries machine (namely, that you couldn't run high-resolution graphics on it). The results were mixed; it worked but not quickly, nor was it particularly stable. At the end of the research, my conclusion was that for high-resolution graphics, virtual reality was a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there.

I'm going to return to that product again, but this time I'll address a different issue: server sprawl.