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Create a Better 404 Page in WordPress – Without Plugins

By • Jul 1st, 2009

Recently, one of my friends posted a list of plugins you can use to optimize your 404 page. In case you don’t know what a 404 page, its the page that shows up if the URL requested by the user don’t exist. He listed eight plugins to do this. And since I am working on the Plugin Killer series, it got me thinking – is it possible to do it without using any plugins?

Creating a Paypal Donate Widget in WordPress – Without a Plugin

By • Jun 20th, 2009

Paypal donate plugins. This is extremely simple to implement – you don’t even have to edit the code to get this done.

Show Popular Posts in WordPress – without a plugin

By • Mar 22nd, 2009

A list of the popular posts of the blog is a standard feature in many blogs. There are quite a few plugins that offer this feature. In case you are new to this blog, I am currently working on the Plugin Killer Series – a series of post in which I explain how to duplicate the functionality provided by some wordpress plugins – without having to install the plugin.

Interactive SQL Tutorial

By • Feb 11th, 2009

I have completed a tutorial that I have been working on for a long time. Its the Interactive SQL(Structured Query Language) Tutorial – it teaches you the basics of SQL. SQL, for those of you who are unaware of it, is the language used to access and manipulate data within a database. It is very simple and very powerful.

Using Linux for a better Windows Experience

By • Jan 17th, 2009

If you are a Windows user who want more stability(but unwilling to switch to Linux completely), this post is for you. Basically, you have to create a dual boot system with Linux and Windows – and use Linux for doing the more ‘unsafe’ operations. The end result is windows remains stable – and you will be able to do things that are potentially dangerous.

Windows Hacks: ‘The Escape’

By • Jan 8th, 2009

What’s the keyboard shortcut to close an application? Yes, its Alt+F4. Its not an easy shortcut to hit. I always thought that the Escape key was a much better shortcut to close applications. Once I convinced myself that it was the ‘One-True-Way’TM, I decided to impose that shortcut on the applications that I use. Metapad and Irfan View already had that option – the other application I had my sight on was the Windows Explorer(explorer.exe). This tutorial will teach you how to add the Escape key as a shortcut to close Windows Explorer.

3 Windows Speed Tips from a Linux User

By • Jan 3rd, 2009

Most of my regular readers know that I do most of my work in Linux. After all, my development platform is LAMP(L being Linux). But it was not always so – I used to be on Windows(in a period now referred to as the dark ages). Being a power user, I found a lot of tweaks on Windows. But I never managed to share them on any of my blogs – because I started almost all of them after I moved to Linux. So here is three tips on how to make Windows a bit better(or at least less painful).

Installing lighttpd Web Server in Linux with PHP and MySQL

By • Nov 10th, 2008

After two articles on installing Apache, lets take a look at installing and configuring lighttpd web server on a linux system. lighttpd (pronounced “lighty”) is a web server designed to be secure, fast, standards-compliant and flexible while having a low memory footprint.

Hello Script for C Language

By • Jul 4th, 2008

C – the root of all modern language’s syntax. Here is the hello script for C. A ‘Hello Script‘ is a file that contains the most commonly used elements of a programming language so that it can be used as a cheat sheet when working with that language. C is a general-purpose, block structured, procedural, […]

Hello Script for Java

By • Jun 11th, 2008

After the Hello Script for JavaScript, here is the Hello Script for Java. ‘Hello Script’ is a file that contains the most commonly used elements of a programming language so that it can be used as a cheat sheet when working with that language. Warning: I am NOT an expert in Java – I am […]