Packt Publishing Open Source Awards 2010

Packt Publishing started the 2010 Open Source Awards.
In 2009 WordPress won the yearly Open Source Awards Award in what was a very close contest with MODx and SilverStripe.

The 2010 Award will feature a prize fund of $24,000 with several new categories introduced. While the Open Source CMS Award category will continue to recognize the best content management system, Packt is introducing categories for the Most Promising Open Source Project, Open Source E-Commerce Applications, Open Source JavaScript Libraries and Open Source Graphics Software.  CMSes that won the Overall CMS Award in previous years will continue to compete against one another in the Hall of Fame CMS category.

For more information visit www.PacktPub.com/open-source-awards-home

OpenX Ad Server: Beginner’s Guide

Packt Publishing released the book “OpenX Ad Server: Beginner’s Guide” last week.

I`m very lucky to give you guys (and girls) with a review on my blog (this site, doh!) this month!
I`ve been using OpenX since 2006 to structure and organise online advertisement campaigns.

The books covers the following items:

  • Learn the essentials of online advertising from the advertiser and publisher points of view
  • Install and utilize OpenX Ad Server effectively to make your business run faster
  • Get to know the usage of all the campaign and banner types
  • Manage ad campaigns and banners on multiple web sites from a centralized platform
  • Display ads according to their importance and alter the under-performing ads easily and swiftly
  • Learn the most effective way to work with web site ad zones
  • Maximize your profits by selling your ad space on your blogs and web sites effectively
  • Take full advantage of GeoTargeting for generating maximum revenue by showing ads according to visitor origin
  • Utilize the channels to show relevant ads based on the content of web sites
  • Integrate Google AdSense and Amazon ads with your web sites using OpenX
  • Convert OpenX Ad Server into a multi-user ad management platform for advertisers, publishers, and ad agencies
  • Track the success of any ad campaign, banner or web site zone using detailed statistics, and reports

More information about the book can be found at www.packtpub.com/openx-ad-server-beginners-guide/book

CodeIgniter 1.7 professional development

If you we`re intested in CodeIgniter 1.7 by Packt Publishing I have good news, the followup “CodeIgniter 1.7 professional development” will be released next month.

The book contains the following content:

  • Learn the Model-View-Controller design pattern to structure your code
  • Create more readable and maintainable queries using the Active Record implementation
  • Create and maintain database tables using the Database Forge class
  • Authenticate users using Twitter oAuth and Facebook Connect
  • Create your own Authentication Library for more control over your user accounts
  • Secure your application using CodeIgniter’s built-in functionality and some quick tips to help further
  • Build a RESTful Web Service, opening up your application to third-party developers
  • Create extended Controllers, grouping functionality into multiple Controllers helping to keep repeated code to a minimum
  • Learn techniques used by professionals to scale CodeIgniter over multiple servers
  • Learn top tips for releasing code to the community and giving support to the developers using your code

More information about the book can be found at www.packtpub.com/codeigniter-1-7-professional-development/book

WordPress 2.8 Themes Cookbook

Somewhere in april Packt Publishing will release the WordPress 2.8 Themes Cookbook.
I will be reviewing this book on my website.

The book is writing for WordPress developers and webmasters who want to learn how to create custom themes for their site/blog. It`s recommended to have experience with WordPress and HTML/CSS before you start with the book.

What you will learn from this book

  • Enhance your page templates, optimize the use of images, and add effects to them
  • List your pages, categories, and tags on a blog and create navigation
  • Stylize your posts to make them look interesting
  • Display, format, and tweak the comment system to attract the visitors
  • Add sophistication to your dynamic web site using popular JavaScript libraries
  • Package and distribute your theme using the WordPress.org theme repository
  • Display auxiliary information about the post being displayed using dynamic sidebars
  • Empower your end users to change the contents displayed in the theme’s sidebar without involving a programmer
  • Change the style of your theme depending upon image content and time