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Get your Java 6.0 builds here!

For as long as open source has been a household name, developers have clamoured for Sun to release the Java platform into the open source landscape. Sun, meanwhile, has steadfastly maintained its stewardship over the platform, playing the part of the benevolent dictator to a tee. That isn’t to say that Sun is unmoved by the continued demands for greater openness in Java, and recent events prove that they are listening! Just over...

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Developing for Mobile Devices (Open and Proprietary)

Developing for mobile devices may seem pretty straightforward using slimmed down pages. However, as handhelds grow in sophistication and in user base, the demand for more complex web content and even web applications is falling to the web developer. As I explore this new arena myself, I am starting from a foundation of understanding how the most basic web content executes and appears on these varied devices. I of course have my own...

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Presentations with s5

One of the Opera browser’s best kept secrets is Opera Show, a brilliant feature which allows the easy creation and display of PowerPoint style presentations using HTML and the CSS projection media type. With s5, Eric Meyer has taken this core idea and expanded it in to a cross-browser XHTML slide show package. s5 stands for Simple Standards-Based Slide Show System, and uses a combination of CSS, XHTML and JavaScript to turn a...

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Make Access Command Buttons Work Harder

The other day I was working on an existing Access database application when I realized that there were simply too many command buttons for the allotted real estate.  The form was already packed with controls and the client required additional functionality.  There was no way I was going to fit it all without some kind of clever adaptation, so I reached into my bag-of-tricks and I found my old Popup Magic Button. The Popup...