News : August 2007
Magento Preview released – open-source e-commerce
They promised an August release, and in the dying seconds of the month Varien’s eagerly awaited open-source e-commerce platform, Magento, is finally available to download.
Version 0.6 is an early beta release and not recommended for use in production environments, but I’m sure there will be hordes of developers eager to see if this is finally the customizable, standards-compliant, e-commerce platform we’ve been desperate for for years.
PHP support arrives in Aptana
Deadlines for Web Directions South and the McFarlane Prize
For our Australian readers, here’s a reminder about the deadlines for Web Directions South and the McFarlane Prize honoring “excellence in Australian Web Design”. Both deadlines are this coming Friday, August 31 2007, at midnight. Get your discount Web Directions South tickets for $895, or at least reserve a spot at that price!
Labor Day holiday
The Digital Web magazine staff will be taking a well-earned break for the next couple of weeks, while we wind down after the summer break and Labor Day. Our next issue will hit your virtual newsstands on September 11th.
Cameron Moll’s New Mobile Design Book: Win an iPhone?
Interested in knowing respected web designer Cameron Moll’s take on designing for mobile, and maybe even winning an iPhone if you buy his new book on its first day on sale? Then be sure to go to the book’s spiffy new website today-his book, Mobile Web Design, is available there now.
Job: Web Developer (WA)
My colleague, Jon Pederson at PWG Design, tells me that they are looking for a skilled backend web developer who is interested in working on a variety of projects with a small team of really great people. For those who don’t know, PWG Design is a Web design company based in Mount Vernon, Washington that does some pretty cool work. Requirements for the job include:
- Understanding of Web Standards
- Used to Mac OS X & Linux
- Clear communications skills
- Good work ethic and honest
As far as location goes, Jon tells me that they would love to find someone local in the Seattle area, but they would be open to anyone in Washington state provided they are available via email, phone and IM. If you are interested and fit these criteria contact Jon directly via pwgdesign.com.
New Issue: Reviews of ‘Beginning Rails’ and Easy-Install Forums
Digital Web’s own staff have two contributions to the magazine this week. Managing Editor Matthew Pennell digs into Ruby on Rails and reviews “Beginning Rails”, a great primer for those getting started with application frameworks. Editorial Assistant Jessica Neuman Beck reconsiders the formerly daunting task of setting up online forums in Forum Setup for Designers: Putting Vanilla to the Test.
Refresh Seattle: Web Accessibility in Three Acts
The next Refresh Seattle talk sneaked up on us. Tomorrow fellow colleague Matt May is going to be talking about Web Accessibility in Three Acts. For those who don’t know, Matt May was one of the four original founders of Blue Flavor, he also did a lot of work for the W3C WAI group, lead WaSP’s Accessibility Task Force, he is a contributor at Digital Web Magazine (be sure to check out Matt’s article on Accessibility From The Ground Up), and these days you will find him at Adobe addressing accessibility within their array of products. His talk will be one not to miss. Space is limited for this talk so please RSVP ahead of time.
Webmaster Jam Session Early Bird Registration Ends Soon!
For those of you who are slack’n, the Early Bird discount for the Webmaster Jam Session is about to end. Given the number of great speakers (ahem! myself, Jeff Croft, Keith Robinson and more!) and topics on the schedule the pricing is well worth it. To get the Early Bird discount of $50, go to the registration page and enter “CLICKHAPPY” in the Discount Code field. Hope to see you there in Dallas!
I am about a week late with this news, but in case you missed it… Lee, Sachi and Amos LeFever have another great video up for The CommonCraft Show. This time around he is explaining Social Bookmarking in Plain English. Be sure to catch the full series of videos on his site, they make it really easy to explain things like RSS, Social Networking, and even Wikis to those who even are novice computer users. Also, if you get a chance, be sure to catch Lee’s presentation on how your website is like a party (slides).
New Issue: Ryan Nichols and the “Future Of” Designs
Digital Web is proud to offer a third installment in our popular series The Working Designer. This week’s working designer is Ryan Nichols, who joins us to dissect his branding and website design for the “Future Of” series of conferences, like the well-attended Future of Web Apps and Future of Web Design. Join Ryan in Designing the “Future Of” Sites for a tour of the decision-making process and branding thought behind the FOWD/FOWA/FOOA aesthetic.
New Issue: Hacking APIs
This week in Digital Web, Gareth Rushgrove returns to offer up a follow-up to his first article, APIs and Mashups For The Rest Of Us. His new article goes a step further in addressing hacking, APIs and building some smart stuff—with Twitter, too! Add some API hacking skills to your bag of tricks with Hacking on Open APIs.