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  • Tips & Tricks: CAPTCHA That Form, by Ben Ramsey
    2005 From the introduction Has your blog or that of a friend been inundated with comment spam Columnist Ben Ramsey brings back the Tips Tricks column with an overview of ways to prevent this annoying side effect of running a publicly commentable website By Ben Ramsey Posted on 21 Jul 2005 Atlanta PHP July Meeting Tips Tricks Input Filtering Part 1 Tweet Vote on Hacker News Please enable JavaScript to

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2005/07/tips-and-tricks-captcha/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Atlanta PHP July Meeting, by Ben Ramsey
    presenting a talk that I m preparing for some of the fall conferences in the event that my proposals are selected The talk I m presenting was actually inspired by several questions asked during my presentation at the last Atlanta PHP meeting in which I briefly covered cross site scripting XSS and cross site request forgeries CSRF but went on to describe server configuration instead of a more in depth discussion on XSS and CSRF This talk goes into more detail where the other left off and approaches these attacks from the application code level XSS and CSRF Programmers Prepare Users Beware Cross site scripting XSS and cross site request forgeries CSRF are often confused as being one and the same but this misconception can lead to disastrous results In this talk you will encounter each of these attacks through examples and learn to distinguish between them You will also examine secure coding practices and techniques for prevention So if you re in the Atlanta area tomorrow come on out and join Atlanta PHP at 7 00 PM EDT at New Horizons in Tucker Looking forward our August and September meetings are already shaping up and the topics are very

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2005/07/atlanta-php-july-meeting/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Attn PHP Bloggers: Help MIT Study, by Ben Ramsey
    Bloggers Help MIT Study Take part in this MIT survey to help them gather data about bloggers and the blogging phenomenon By Ben Ramsey Posted on 25 Jun 2005 Web Services Find a New Home Tiger s Dashboard Atlanta PHP July Meeting Tweet Vote on Hacker News Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus Twitter Github LinkedIn Email Copyright 2004 2016 Ben Ramsey Except where otherwise noted

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  • Web Services Find a New Home: Tiger's Dashboard, by Ben Ramsey
    Tiger to the Mac world is pioneering a revolution This revolution is not about hardware nor is it particularly about software it s about the Web and its future I see a great potential in what is going on here a change in the way things are done and a true move towards that legendary and elusive Information Superhighway Microsoft has long sought to achieve this by further integrating their browser into the OS but I think the folks at Apple have truely made the first real move And what move is that Simply put they have brought the Web platform to the desktop Indeed now is the time to do so With more people accessing broadband connections than ever before it is the perfect season to bring the Web to the desktop and Apple has done just that with the introduction of the Dashboard The Dashboard is Apple s newest and possibly most exciting feature in their Mac OS X operating system Sure Tiger comes with the flexibility of the workflow Automator and the power of the Spotlight system search engine but Apple has truly given Web services a new home with Dashboard Now Web services can run from their native platform the Web but be truly integrated as a desktop application or widget in this case News stocks weather comics package tracking e mail maps and directions and more can all be accessed through the Dashboard No longer does one need to pull up another browser window and click through a list of bookmarks to access this information It s all right there on the Dashboard This doesn t feel like the Web rather it s the new Web None of the information accessed is stored on the computer yet these Dashboard widgets provide a gateway to volumes

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2005/06/web-services-find-home-tiger-dashboard/ (2016-04-26)
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  • My Tiger Dashboard, by Ben Ramsey
    Tiger this morning and had some fun playing with the dashboard widgets and downloading new ones Just another great thing to take up my time What s on your dashboard By Ben Ramsey Posted on 18 Jun 2005 Thoughts on Ajax Web Services Find a New Home Tiger s Dashboard Tweet Vote on Hacker News Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus Twitter Github LinkedIn Email Copyright

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  • Thoughts on Ajax, by Ben Ramsey
    today are more standards compliant and have greater support of Javascript DHTML and XML more people are connected via broadband connections than ever before So we can no longer say that people on dial up or people using old browsers are holding us back from making use of this technology Hmm I think I ve just convinced myself that it s here to stay However if it is just a fad then it hasn t yet peaked I think we ll at least see some very cool things come out of Ajax use over the next couple of years before Ajax itself evolves into something else Hey if anyone thought that DHTML had come and gone then take a look at Ajax it s really what DHTML is evolving into In just a few short months Adaptive Path has coined a new term and managed to create a frenzy around this new technology that s already about eight years old I find this in and of itself utterly amazing The term Ajax has become a meme among Web developers Still the introduction of the name seems to have created a bit of confusion among the developer community over what it

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  • TagCloud php-news Cloud, by Ben Ramsey
    creators are hoping to achieve the same level of success as Flickr and del icio us but I can t see the benefit of having a system automatically create a folksonomy for you since the point of a folksonomy is the community oriented collaborative categorization of items Nevertheless if TagCloud would open up their system as a REST based service I think we could start to realize the potential of

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2005/06/tagcloud-php-news-cloud/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Happy Birthday, PHP!, by Ben Ramsey
    small lounge rock band Not Quite Seven but playing in the band was not the important part making the band s Web site however was though I didn t expect anything to come of it Someone who had seen some of my skills as a Web developer told me to apply with the school s student jobs office so I did Soon after I was developing and maintaining the content for the college s athletics department Again with the band Web site and the athletics department Web site I was noticed again this time in 1999 by someone with an Internet start up company He needed a webmaster I was happy to join the team Still 1999 turned into 2000 and I had yet to hear even of ASP much less PHP I had likely seen the file extensions used on Web sites but I didn t give much thought to them I stuck with Perl until one fateful day In January of 2000 after having just started working for the Internet start up company I visited a friend of mine who worked for 99X radio in Atlanta She took me on a tour of the station I met a few of the DJs but then she left me to talk to the station s webmaster Jim Dougherty Jim and I carried on a conversation at length probably for about 45 minutes or more about building dynamic Web sites with ASP VBScript I was ecstatic Here was something new and exciting that could make my life easier Straightway I started building dynamic Web sites in ASP using a Microsoft Access database back end Later that year I switched jobs for more money and the more relaxed company culture of EUREKA Interactive At EUREKA we were building dynamic Web sites using ASP on a Cobalt RaQ4r which used a derivative of RedHat Linux 6 I believe The RaQ came with ChiliSoft ASP installed so we could easily run ASP in the Linux environment It was during this time that I also discovered PHP It was already running some of the applications on the RaQ the files used the old php3 extension I decided to try playing around with it but at the same time an update patch to the RaQ broke the ChiliSoft ASP installation Our ASP driven sites went down costing us much money The kind folks at ChiliSoft were on the phone with us for hours and we gave them root access to see if they could solve the problem In short they were able to solve the problem but only at the expense of losing PHP To this day I have yet to figure out how the two were connected but when they disabled PHP in Apache they regained control of ASP Our sites were back up but it would be 2002 before I rediscovered PHP and 2003 before we started deploying sites using it I think what initially turned me on to PHP in 2002 was its

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