Thursday, February 15, 2007


recently, i came across the "LAMP" term; I was excited to know that it is an acronym for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP programs (description later). I thought it is a cool term. I am the kind of person who spend lots of time browsing the net and always eager to learn about new technologies, platforms, tools, etc ..Having said that, i would expect that LAMP is a pretty new term. To my surprise, the term has been around since 1998 and was first used by the Michael Kunze. in an article for the German computing magazine c't in 1998 (12/98, page 230). At a later stage it has become more popular among English readers by O'Reilly and MySQL AB.

Each program (LAMP) is an open source standard in its own right: Linux is the operating system; Apache is the most commonly-used Web server; MySQL is a relational database management system (RDBMS) with add-on tools for Web-based administration; and PHP is a popular object-oriented scripting language that encompasses the best features of many other programming languages to make it efficient for Web development.

Many of the world's largest organizations, including Yahoo!, Sabre Holdings, Cox Communications, The Associated Press, Google, and NASA, are realizing significant cost savings by using open source products to power web sites, business-critical enterprise applications and packaged software.

ammar sajdi
Oracle consultant
Amman - Jordan

Monday, February 12, 2007

Welcome to Joomla!

Finally, i spared sometime to install JOOMLA
I read about it several time and browsed the website so many times, i wanted to try it out; and i had no way to do that but to install it.
I installed it on our Linux machine which is also used as the companies Proxy (not a very nice idea) It required MySQL, PHP and Apache server which were already installed by me due to earlier experimentations. It is an open source thing and it fully utilizes LAMP (short for Linux, Apache, Mysql, PHP).

But what is Joomla, well here is what the website says

Cutting Edge Content Management

"Joomla! is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage, and reliable"

and this is what the defautl template has to say

"If you've read anything at all about Content Management Systems (CMS), you'll probably know at least three things: CMS are the most exciting way to do business, CMS can be really, I mean really, complicated and lastly Portals are absolutely, outrageously, often unaffordably expensive. ....
Joomla! is set to change all that ...
Joomla! is different from the normal models for portal software. For a start, it's not complicated. Joomla! has been developed for the masses. It's licensed under the GNU/GPL license, easy to install and administer and reliable. Joomla! doesn't even require the user or administrator of the system to know HTML to operate it once it's up and running. "

I am going to pursue this beast and see where i end up at!
wish me luck

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Getting Ref of the View Object referenced by the current Iterator binding for One iterator page without knowing the name of the iterator ...