WWW has always fascinated me. It is such a nice medium for information exchange. This section is based on my experience with the WWW.
I plan to add my thoughts, code snippets and information I found useful.
I'm also offering some web services via XML-RPC.
Since web is quite an insecure medium, and you want to have secure communications, I strongly recommend you use SSH. A good and free SSH client for MS-Windows is PuTTY . Also helpful might be this good document on connecting to CSoft servers. For Unix/Linux/BSD, visit OpenSSH site.
All the scripts in this site are under GNU Public License. And they cost $0. I've had several people ask me how much they need to pay me to use these. If you've tons of money and feel that you must pay me, email me. If you really liked the scripts, you can send me a postcard of your town/village.
I used to read Jakob Nielsen's Useit.com fairly regularly. Since around September 2000, I think it is just repeating old stuff, and that it is over-hyped, like Java. Try A List Apart , which is more sensible, practical and does not remind you that you get more information for $40000 an hour. STC Usability Site is a very good resource.
If you have 1001 dot-com/dot-bomb web consulting companies trying to
sell you how wonderful (for them) it will be to make your mostly-static
site by putting everything into a database, please please read
Static Site Development
from Guide to Web Publishing
. Some guys
even make a 100 page static site using MS Access database.
You don't need database for every damn thing on the web. You just need a datastore. It can be as simple as a disciplined folder structure, plain text files or CSV files. Try XML with XSL instead of silly Access databases with useless ASP scripts. What you gain most (or loose most) by putting all your stuff in a database is that you'll have a prolonged relationship with the guys who made it for you. Oh yes, they will make nice PowerPoint presentations for you too, which you can take to your managers and say "wow, it is exciting" a thousand times. Remember the boy - "mommy, the emperor is not wearing any clothes" ? Unfortunately, in the corporate world, that boy is seldom present.
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