[thelist] Fw: SitePoint Tribune #113 - Advanced Web Design

rudy limeback r937 at interlog.com
Sat Sep 16 17:26:59 CDT 2000

aargh, anybody else ever done that, talk about something attached or
forwarded and then forget to attach or forward it?



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Date: September 16, 2000 16:01
Subject: SitePoint Tribune #113 - Advanced Web Design

>                   The SitePoint Tribune
>Editor:                Matt Mickiewicz
>E-Mail:                matt at sitepoint.com
>URL:                   http://www.SitePoint.com
>ISSN:                  1488-142X
>September 15th, 2000   Issue #113
>Note: This newsletter is supported solely by advertisers like the
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>               ....In This Issue.....
>~ Introduction
>~ What's New On SitePoint?
>~ Article: Advanced Web Design: A Primer
>~ Script of the Week (Mail File)
>~ Download of the Week (Sigaba)
>~ The Weekly Tip List (Design)
>~ News Roundup by MoreOver.com
>~ Advertising Information
>~ ReferWare
>----- Introduction -----
>Hello Tribuners,
>This week I personally experienced what happens when email goes
>wrong. Sprinks.com, a pay-per-clickthrough search engine owned by
>About.com (NASDAQ: BOUT) sent an email to all of their 1240
>customers. Unfortunately, the person doing the mailing put the
>entire customer list in the CC: field meaning that everybody on
>the list could see everybody else's email address.
>The havoc that ensued over the next few days caused a great deal
>of grief to my Inbox. To no ones surprise, a few spammers quickly
>made use of the list of email addresses to let everyone know
>about their websites. This in turn, caused dozens of clueless
>people to send emails to the entire list asking to be removed
>from the mailing list. The problem compounded from there...
>One interesting revelation came about from this otherwise
>unfortunate incident. Me, and every other Sprinks.com customer
>found out about a major bug in the system that allows anybody to
>deplete another's account in a matter of minutes. Due to this
>revelation, and the carelessness of Sprinks.com with its customer
>list, I cannot recommend you do business with them for now.
>- Matt Mickiewicz
>mailto:matt at sitepoint.com
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>----- What's New On SitePoint? -----
>Dot Coms Path to Profitability
>By Pascal Burg
>B2C, B2B, WAP... so what's going to be the next buzzword in the
>ecommerce world? How about we start with P2P, or Path To
>----- Article: Advanced Web Design: A Primer  -----
>By Kevin Yank (kevin at sitepoint.com)
>Making a Web page is easy. Given a good software package, any
>beginner can create a Web site in less than a day... sometimes
>less than an hour! Given a little more time, your average
>computer user can probably pick up a good understanding of HTML
>too, giving added control over the look and design of the site.
>What comes next, though? As soon as any fledgling Web author sets
>her sites beyond the limitations of modern HTML, she is faced
>with a daunting barrage of acronyms (CSS, ASP, PHP, and XML, to
>name a few) and advanced technologies (such as Dynamic HTML,
>JavaScript, Cold Fusion, and MySQL). How is one expected to make
>sense of it all?
>In this two-part article, I’ll attempt to do just that. I’ll
>begin this week by drawing a line between the two main categories
>of advanced Web technologies: client-side and server-side
>technologies. I’ll talk about what makes them different, and the
>advantages and disadvantages of each. Then I’ll take a stroll
>through the client-side technologies, providing a plain-English
>description of what each of them does and a couple of links to
>where you can learn more. Next week, I’ll do very much the same
>thing for each of the server-side technologies.
>By the end of this article, you should have a better idea of how
>it all fits together. And hopefully, you’ll be equipped to decide
>for yourself what to learn next based on what any given
>technology can do for you.
>Waiters and Customers: Clients and Servers
>As I mentioned above, advanced Web design technologies may be
>divided into two broad categories: server-side and client-side.
>Understanding the difference between the two requires a basic
>understanding of what goes on when someone views a Web page on
>the Internet.
>You’ve done it hundreds, if not thousands of times before. You’ve
>typed a Web address (URL) into your Web browser’s address field
>and it has loaded and displayed the corresponding Web page. But
>what’s really going on behind the scenes?
>In the simplest sense, there are two computers involved in this
>process: your computer, where you Web browser is running, and the
>computer somewhere on the Internet that serves up the Web page in
>question. In this arrangement, your computer is known as the
>client and the computer providing the Web page is known as the
>server. Think of the server as a waiter in a busy restaurant, and
>the client as one of the customers clamouring for his attention.
>Just like in the real world, one server (or waiter) is
>responsible for fulfilling the requests of many clients (or
>In our busy restaurant, the waiter takes orders from the
>customers, and then brings them (hopefully) what they ordered.
>This is surprisingly similar to what goes on between the client
>and server computers on the Web. The client computer, as you
>know, runs a Web browser that allows it to view Web pages. This
>software, when provided with a Web address, sends a request for
>that address over the Internet to another software program
>running on the server computer. This program, known as a Web
>server, responds to that request by sending back the Web page
>corresponding to the address. It is then up to the browser to
>interpret that Web page, converting it into human-readable format
>and slapping it up on the client computer’s screen.
>The retrieval and display of any Web page on the Internet
>proceeds along the same general lines I have just outlined;
>however, it’s not always quite as simple. Most advances in Web
>design lately have come with the cost of additional steps in the
>above process. Whether the additional steps come before or after
>the waiter hands the customer his order is the difference between
>client- and server-side technologies.
>In most restaurants, the waiter isn’t the one responsible for
>preparing the food; that’s the cook’s job. The waiter just takes
>the order, and relays it to the cook. The cook prepares the
>order, and then gives it to the waiter to give to the customer.
>In a way, the cook assists the waiter in his work: giving the
>customers what they ask for. In the same way, the Web server
>software running on the server computer can have ‘helpers’ that
>let it do more than just serve up ready-made meals--err, Web
>pages. These helpers are server-side technologies for advanced
>Web design.
>Now, when the customer finally gets his order from the waiter,
>the logical thing for him to do is eat it, right? But sometimes
>it’s not so simple. Consider, for instance, if the customer
>ordered French toast. Typically, he will also be given a little
>cup of maple syrup. If the customer were to just eat his meal
>as-is, taking a swig of maple syrup after every few bites of
>French toast, he might get a funny look or two. Instead, the
>customer is expected to spread the syrup on his toast before
>eating it – a small part of the task of preparing the meal has
>been left for the customer to do. By the same token, some Web
>pages are more complex for the browser to display than simply
>taking the HTML and converting it into a picture on the screen.
>Sometimes additional tasks must be completed by the Web browser
>for the Web page to be displayed. Anything that requires the
>browser to become a more active participant in determining what
>to display on the screen is a client-side technology for advanced
>Web design.
>Article continued at:
>----- Script of the Week -----
>Mail File is a neat little script that creates a form which
>allows users to have specific files emailed to them. Your users
>simply fill out a form that asks for their email address, then
>they click on boxes specifying which files they want sent to
>For example, you can use this script to send detailed product
>specifications, small freebie programs/utilities, or other
>information directly to a visitor's email address upon their
>Script Name: Mail File
>URL: http://www.oatmeal-studios.com/Perl_Scripts/Mail_File/
>Know of a good script that should be Script of the Week? Let me
>know! mailto:tribune at sitepoint.com If your suggestion is used
>we'll publish your URL in this newsletter which reaches 30,000
>interested subscribers.
>----- Download of the Week -----
>Some of you may recall last week I featured a program called
>"Disappearing Email" and I mentioned that I wish a product
>existed that would let me delete an email I have already sent if
>the recipient hasn't read it yet. Well, shortly after that issue
>went out, Peter dropped me an email to let me know about a
>program called Sigaba. Not only does it offer easy encryption of
>emails, expiry dates, but also the ability to delete messages
>already sent! And, unlike "Disappearing Email" which only works
>with Outlook, Sigaba integrates with Eudora, Netscape Messenger,
>Hotmail, Yahoo Mail AND Outlook. Finally, if you happen to send
>an email to someone who is using a platform or client not
>currently supported by Sigaba, they can use the online decryptor
>to read your email message.
>Program Name: Sigaba (Freeware)
>URL: http://www.sigaba.com/corporate/products_download.html
>Know of a good utility/program that should be Download of the
>Week? Let me know! mailto:tribune at sitepoint.com If your
>suggestion is used we'll publish your URL in this newsletter
>which reaches 30,000 interested subscribers.
>----- The Weekly Tip List -----
>Each week, the Weekly Tip List features either Promotion or Web
>Site Design tips on a rotating basis. This week:
>Design Tip:
><-> Whether you are building a new site from scratch or
>re-designing your current one, perhaps the most tedious part of
>the process is constantly changing elements on a page which
>requires constant HTML re-coding. A quick and easy way to get
>around the entire problem is to use a program such as Photoshop,
>Fireworks or Illustrator to design the layout of your pages. This
>way you can easily add, remove and move around various elements
>of a page as well as testing different color combinations. When
>you finally arrive at a look that you like, cut the concept into
>HTML. Macromedia has an excellent feature in Dreamweaver 3 that
>allows you to set a graphic file as a background image in the
>work window. You can then simply and easily create tables, etc.
>on top of the graphical concept image.
>Have any tips? Share them (full credit is given for every tip
>published, including your name and URL).
>mailto:tribune at sitepoint.com
>----- News Roundup by MoreOver.com -----
>Go.com to unveil redesigned Web site
>Nando Times
>Olympics Web Site Builds Traffic As Games Approach
>Why is your web site out of date?
>OPEC Web site hacked
>USA Today
>The 10 commandments of website design
>Guardian Unlimited
>Hacker Disrupts OPEC Website
>Website Envy? Find Out Who Designed the Site
>eCompany Now
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