Setting up Fantastico on your Joomla

January 18th, 2011 | Posted under The Internet, Web Design Tutorials | No Comments »

Setting up Fantastico on your Joomla

Fantastico which has derived from the name Fantastico Deluxe is the most popular auto installer for web servers. This auto installer Fantastico takes the help of Cpanel to carry on its natural activities. Netenberg is the original inventor of Fantastico. After this much hard work he was able to invent this wonderful auto installer Fantastico, today which is serving millions of people over the World Wide Web. This is actually a web application which is included as a free add-on in most of the popular web hosting providers. This is a collection of various scripts and gets auto installed depending on the demand of the user.

Joomla is also a very well known web designing application serving millions of people worldwide. Most web designing companies and also web designers have general support of various open source software to design and maintain various websites of that company, Joomla is one such popular software used by millions of such companies for managing their internet activities.

Integrating Joomla with the help of Fantastico

Most web hosting service providers uses Cpanel for managing the accounts of their users in an easier way. This can be done by using a special feature of Cpanel that is Fantastico. This Fantastico provides a simple way to install various open source applications at a single click. Joomla is also a very well know web application software and the feature of Cpanel that is Fantastico provides us a very easier way to auto install Joomla on to the system, though many advanced users prefer to install this software manually.

Minimum system Requirements for setting up of Fantastico on your Joomla are as follows

The system should be integrated with PHP 4.2.x or more advanced version.

It should also be integrated with MySQL 3.23.x or more advanced version.

It should also be integrated with Apache 1.13.19 or more advanced version

Steps to install Joomla with Fantastico

First one need to login to his or account of the control panel like Cpanel.

Then the Fantastico icon has to be searched from the various features offered by the control panel. Then one need to click on that option.

setting up fantastico on your joomla

Then the next step is to find the Joomla application and after finding that option click on that option.

setting up fantastico on your joomla

On clicking that option a lot of applications will appear to be installed but one must look for “CMS or sth” applications for installation.

Then the next step is to fix the path of the installation. One should make sure that the path for Joomla application must be the root site not the linked page of the original site.

setting up fantastico on your joomla

The set the administrator username and password which should be completely secured to prevent unauthorized access.

Then the next job is to set the name of the original site and email id of that authorized person.

Then on filling all the above details click on the install option to complete the installation procedure.

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Using Cpanel to backup your resources

January 10th, 2011 | Posted under Web Design Tutorials, Web Hosting, Web Hosting Tips | No Comments »

Using Cpanel to backup your resources

We all know the importance of backing of resources while doing any important project, because if something goes wrong while dealing with the main files during runtime then one may easily recover those files from the back up, thus this backing up system helps us a lot in preserving our important resources, which may be very useful at the time of crisis. This same strategy is used while designing and maintenance of website resources. It is very essential to backup the website resources during its designing and maintenance, so that if by any chance the main file system or database crashes one will have the complete freedom to restore the resources of the website from the backup system for its successful execution, thus proving us a very effective weapon to try some experiment with the website resources without any risk included. Cpanel is very effective software which provides us a very effective and efficient tool for backup of the website resources in a very easy and quick manner.

using cpanel to backup your resources

Need of Cpanel backup system

CPanel is very much required for backup purpose to restore the original resource files of the website on to the web space, in case the main database of the server where the website is hosted crashes. This may happen due to many reasons, like if power supply goes off from the server without prior warning which may crash the hard disk of the server, if the server room sets on fire due to any internal problem resulting in destroying of hosted website resources or any other natural calamity which may result in destruction of server resources. Thus at this time Cpanel backup feature is very required to restore the previously hosted resources over net.

How to backup web resources using Cpanel hosting

This involves the following steps

First one needs to log into the Cpanel of that website whose resources need to be backup.

Then we have to move to file option and have to click on the Backup option. One may also use the backup wizard which also works in the same manner.

The one needs to click on the “Generate / Download” for full backup of the system.

Then to set the backup destination one needs to choose the Home Directory and has to enter to the email address. Then leaving the rest of the field blank one need to click on the “Generate Backup” option.

This completes the user work for backing up, a notification will be send to the email address of the user who requested for the backup, after completion of the backup process.

Cpanel backup windows

using cpanel to backup your resources

Testing of the Cpanel backup

For this one need to download the backup file. This can be done by clicking on the backup option under the Files.  Then click on the “Generate / Download” under the full backup option. Then click on the download option to download the latest backed up resource on to the computer. Then one should restore the website from that backup file in a new web space to check its successful backing up.

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Create simple applications with help of Android

January 10th, 2011 | Posted under Internet Trends, Web Design Tutorials | No Comments »

Create simple applications with help of Android

Android is actually a Linux dependent Open Sourced Operation System. It operating system is JAVA enabled which makes is more popular as various JAVA based mobile applications can be made here. Though Google has taken the major imitative in developing Android but it’s not the only owner of this software. There is an “Open Handset Alliance” consisting of a set of sixty five technologies, mobile companies and operators, handset manufacturers, semiconductor companies and many software companies. Google combining with this “Open Handset Alliance” forms the entire owner list of this software and they all contributed a lot in the development and commercialization of this operating system Android.

Android operating system has been released in three different versions; they are Android 1.6, Android 2.0/2.1 and Android 1.5. As already stated Android is an Open Sourced Software, so its source code is visible to all, thus any one can use this software and can even rebuilt the source code to make it more useful. Android operating system has an application known as “android application developers” which is very much useful for creating various applications for publishing and feedback purpose. Android is very flexible software, so those applications made from “android application developers” can easily execute on other platform like any version of Mac OS, Linux or Windows. Thus this application software is very common and is used for making various applications.

Things to be done by Android Application

Create simple applications with help of Android

Android’s Application Development

Android’s Application Development has given a new definition to the mobile technology. Android’s Application Development has given us various tools for developing dynamic and innovative applications for mobile phones.

Various important tools given by Android for developing dynamic and innovative mobile applications are

Android is compatible with various  advanced technologies like EDGE, GSM, CDMA, WI-FI, Bluetooth, EV-DO, UMTS  which is very much required for sending and receiving data via mobile network.

Android’s Application Development software also had various comprehensive libraries to incorporate 2D and 3D graphics in various applications.

Playing audio and video files and viewing high definition images are the necessary requirements for any modern mobile. So Android includes all types of audio and video file formats like MPEG4, H.264, WAV , MP3 , MP4, AMR-WB, 3GP and many others. It also supports all types of image format like JPG, BITMAP and GIF.

These days camera is another important crazy feature in mobile phones. Android gives this feature too in various modes of camera starting from VGA camera to high definition camera.

Touch screen, accelerometer, GPS and accelerometer are the other important features in modern mobile phones and Android are capable providing all these features.

Mobile application developed through Android

Create simple applications with help of Android

Four basic components of Android’s Application Development


This includes those applications running on the display screen, this the most active application running at that moment.

Broadcast Receiver

It is the ultimate reaction of some event like while calling, the phone starts ringing and vibrating.


This includes those applications running in background.

Content Provider

This shares data with other services and activities.

Interaction of Android with the application programmed

Create simple applications with help of Android

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Integrating CSS and XML to work wonders

October 27th, 2010 | Posted under Internet Trends, Web Design Tutorials | No Comments »

Integrating CSS and XML to work wonders

XML is known for its universal and unique data format and is thus extensively used in various fields of application like engineering, physical science, electronic commerce etc. On the other hand CSS is such a language which helps in making optimum presentation. It actually optimizes the user’s data in an appropriate manner.  Thus on integrated both XML and CCS, one can take the help of all the features given by both these languages. Thus in short CSS is viable to decorating the XML documents. This integration of XML and CSS is coined as “Structured Markup with Display Semantics”.

Advantages of using XML with CSS

XML is mainly used to create stylish document to make it presentable to gather the attention of the people. CSS actually assists XML in dong this job.

Present ability

This one the foremost advantage of using integrated XML with CSS. Both theses languages together put effort to generate stylish sheets by decorating and providing descent style to the document.


CSS is actually a mechanism to generate style sheets.  On the other hand XML is the Meta language in which the user can create his own elements according to his requirement.  This freedom in XML to create own tags according to requirement is actually priced. Thus tags of XML has nothing predefined semantics. Thus resulting in various ambiguities like < image> can be either an image or imaginary number, <manual> may be a technical book or human labor. In some informal language like English humans can easily identify the various meanings associated with the context but this is not the case when dealing with some formal language, some standard semantics need to be followed to make the machine understand the meaning of various code. So here comes the ultimate advantage of using CSS with XML. CSS is style sheet software which defines these display semantics while using XML documents for various purposes.


While using integrated XML with CSS the style sheet documents becomes more accessible mainly for physically disabled persons having problem in vision or speaking. Thus this integrated software provides a variety of accessible features needed for various uses.

Authoring Software


This is a professional XML editor which provides a set of three points over XML documents. One is the enhancing grid view meant for structured editing and displaying purposes, another is the low level display meant for syntax coloring; the third one integrated browser display meant for providing support to CSS sheets. This also includes a feature for character-set and Unicode encoding and also for supporting XML and XHTML Namespaces. Another very useful feature is provided by XML spy to provide editing of DTD and XML documents simultaneously. The screenshot of XML spy has been given below:

 Integrating CSS and XML to work wonders

Authoring Approach

Integration of CSS with XML involves the following approach

  1. XML document should be authorized.
  2. CSS stylish sheet should be authorized.
  3. Then the CSS stylish sheet should be associated with XML documents.
  4. The final step is to render XML documents associated with CSS stylish sheet.

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What cloud computing stores for us in future

October 18th, 2010 | Posted under Internet Trends, The Internet, Web Design Tutorials | No Comments »

What cloud computing stores for us in future

Cloud Computing is the most advanced and intellectual technology associated with internet. It is simple means “INTERNET BASED COMPUTING”. Under this concept there is sharing of software, resources and other important information to a computer or other networking devices which is on demand, just like electricity grid. Cloud computing comprise of paradigm shift, which is followed from mainframe shift to client server shift since 1980. The internal details are hidden from the normal user who has nothing to do with the internal integrities of the software. Thus implementing, data abstraction. Also cloud computing sets a new consumption and the delivery model to modify the IT services on Internet.

Proper meaning of Cloud Computing

In cloud computing, cloud is symbolic metaphor for Internet. On the basis of this cloud drawing telephone networks were represented in the past. Later when the concept of internet came, this concept was used in designing the network diagram for inter-connecting the computers over internet. Thus Cloud computing givers provides online business applications accessed from other software or web servers like Web Browser, but the data and the software are stored on the main server. Almost all cloud computing servers deliver services through inbuilt servers and common centers. Thus cloud computing is meant for giving quality services to customers. The most popular cloud computing providers includes Google, Amazon and Sales force.

What cloud computing stores for us in future

Future applications of Cloud computing

Today the major application of cloud computing is in the region of storage and this is expected to increase further in the next five years, but after that period the concept of cloud computing will reach further limits and the practical application of this concept will increase further. According to Tom Clark an IBM engineer thought application of cloud computing in storage management will increase but various other applications on network management will also gather momentum like servers for file transfer, databases and many others. Thus cloud computing concept is not simply meant for storage but for various other applications and this massage will get globalized in each and every corner of the world.

What cloud computing stores for us in future

Future applications of cloud computing

Mobile Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the future of the modern web technology. But it is not simply restricted to computers, clients and storage but it will get further extended mobile platform and will a heavy impact on mobile technology, according to the analysis of ABI Research. The exact meaning of this term refers to the wonderful infrastructure in which data storage and data processing takes place simultaneously outside the device. The most common application of mobile cloud computing today includes Google Maps, mobile Gmail and various other navigation applications.

Miscellaneous applications

The concept of cloud computing is not restricted to a specific field but its spreading in every direction on the networking sector. Various applications include real time data application, social networking, GPS system and many others to meet the growing needs of the people.

Thus the introduction of cloud computing technology in the world of networking has revolutionized the entire world but the major portion of this development still remains in the hands of the future. Thus cloud computing will play a very vital role in fulfilling our future needs.

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Creating cool Joomla themes on your own

October 4th, 2010 | Posted under Content Management Systems, Web Design Tutorials | No Comments »

Creating cool Joomla themes on your own

Creating cool Joomla themes on your own

Joomla is a famous award winning Web Content Management System (WCMS), which allows you to design websites and build powerful online applications. It is one of the most popular web-site software, its features like extendibility and easy to use has made its popularity to rise up. It is an open-source software, which is easily available to anyone free of cost. It helps you to keep track of each detail available on your website. The biggest advantage of joomla is that you almost do not need any technical skill or knowledge to operate and manage it.

Joomla can be easily installed manually from a source code from a system, which is running a web server that supports PHP based applications. Several companies provide a control panel that is used to manage a Joomla website.

Creating joomla themes are pretty easy. There are several tutorials available over net. You just need to go through them to understand and know how to work in a text editor such as Adobe Dream Weaver. You just need to download the software from internet and install it into your machine.

A template is the basic layout and overlook of a site. Once you install Joomla several templates are automatically installed. More than thousands of Joomla templates are available free of cost. The special features that can be implied using a template are:

Interesting layout

you will have the power to develop various layout and improve the overall outlook of the site.

Choosing Background

You can choose between as possible variants of colour for the background and other details.

Display Images

Images can also be displayed on the pages and you will also have the privilege to select the desired fonts.

Some basic templates are available over internet. You can download these templates and after some editing you can create your own theme. Else you can also create a basic template of your own. You can even upgrade a template just by few clicks. The next step is to create a basic index.php file.

Now the index.php file consists of a header and main body and sometimes with footer if essential.

The main features that Joomla provide are that it is easy to use and versatile and inexpensive. You can create any sort of website using the Joomla software. Commercial sites, forum, business directory sites, e-commerce sites, article directory sites, learning sites you can build any of them. You can sell eBooks using this software, you can launch coaching classes, and you can even make booking. Hence you enjoy complete freedom with this one piece of software. Even free Joomla training tutorials are available over net which will teach you as beginners and help you make your Joomla website up and running..

Creating cool Joomla themes on your own

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Advantages of using AJAX with PHP

September 30th, 2010 | Posted under Internet Trends, The Internet, Web Design Tutorials | No Comments »

Advantages of using AJAX with PHP

PHP is quite popular in the world of web applications. Server-side language is scripted for web applications using PHP for quick and best results. Nuke, osCommerce, and Joomla are some of the thriving and most popular web applications designed using PHP.

AJAX is also quite popular in the market as it has wide advantages unlike other web applications. AJAX allows websites to connect to the server without the need to refresh the complete page. The asynchronous feature allows client servers to send requests to be executed to the server side. JavaScript is then used to process the result of the server, and the output is merged in an HTML view without refreshing the page. AJAX in short is not a new programming language, its only application of the existing technologies for better use.

The combination of AJAX with PHP proves to be a powerful platform for websites or web applications. Robust features of AJAX and PHP are used to the maximum for creating new web based applications. The use of AJAX with PHP needs deep understanding of HTML and JavaScript code.

Some of the advantages of using AJAX with PHP are

Communication with Server

Using AJAX the process of sending and receiving data becomes quite faster. Using AJAX one doesn’t have to wait long for a page to update.  Using AJAX a JavaScript function is called that checks and collects values from the submitted form and then the data is send to a server side function. The result is simultaneously sent to the client who processes and updates the required part of the page. This doesn’t require complete refreshing of the page. Hence it takes quite less time, making the performance better.

Advantages of Using AJAX with PHP

Supporting AJAX using PHP

Extending AJAX is just not about rewriting XML codes; it’s about delivering front-end service for accessing back-end services in PHP in a very simpler and faster manner.  Essentially a JavaScript is written which allocates a XHR object, sends the request, receives response and then it is passed to a chosen function or directly the output is passed to a HTML element. The main aim is to reduce the JavaScript code that one has to write.

PHP AJAX basically helps in extending a PHP class with one’s own class. When PHP file is called an initialization method is also called which produces the required XHR code for the user. The front-end then calls a JavaScript function of the same name as the PHP class name.

Advantages of using AJAX with PHP

Asynchronous Calls

AJAX PHP has a feature to make asynchronous calls to a server. This makes the transfer function fast by letting the client browser to retrieve data before repeating it once again.

Minimal Transfer of Data

By sending all datas to the main server and avoiding post back, utilization of the net is minimized and the work also becomes faster. In turn the network performance gets enhanced a lot.


Since AJAX is asynchronous for clients; they have great and fast response.

A computer-working habit of quite many users depends on the intuitiveness and interaction of the particular software. AJAX along with PHP provides a great platform for new features in website development.

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Looking deeper into Adobe Photoshop

September 10th, 2010 | Posted under Graphic Design, Software, Web Design Tutorials | No Comments »

Looking deeper into Adobe Photoshop

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP is software from the company ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED, which is an American company, based at San Jose, California. It was founded in December 1982. ADOBE PHOTOSHOP is an image editor.  In the year, 2003 Adobe went for rebranding of Photoshop and named it Photoshop CS where CS stands for “Creative Suite”. It is used widely by the Professionals whose domain of work is graphics designing. They use this software for designing purposes even for website designing.

Adobe Photoshop


In the year 1987, a PhD student from University Of Michigan named THOMAS KNOLL was working on some kind of project, which would display on a monochrome display some grayscale images. He was using a program DISPLAY. Here came into the picture his brother JOHN KNOLL. He was an employee at INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC (ILM). He advised Thomas to convert this program into full fledged graphics software. This was when Thomas took leave from his studies and helped his brother to develop graphics software named IMAGE PRO in the year 1988. But this software was renamed as PHOTOSHOP.

Later that year John travelled to Silicon Valley to promote his software. He presented his software in front of the engineers at APPLE and then to Russel Brown of ADOBE. Russel was an art director at ADOBE. Finally, ADOBE bought the software in September 1988. John took up the job of Plug-ins in California and Thomas stayed at ANN ARBOR doing the program code. It was in 1990 that PHOTOSHOP 1.0 was released exclusively for Macintosh.

Adobe Photoshop


Adobe Photoshop has a wide variety of application in the field of graphics editing. It links up with other adobe software for the purpose of animation, media editing, and authoring. Adobe Photoshop produces file in the format .PSD, which is its native file format. It has a lot of imaging options available with it, which includes layers with masks, ICC profile. It also has features like colour spaces, spot colours, transparency, text, duotones and many more.

Now let us talk about some of its features, which came after rebranding it with the name CREATIVE SUITE in the year 2003. We will be talking about few of its CS.

CS 3

CS 3 came as a market strategy to improve Photoshop’s sales. It came with new features which had better co-ordination with the software ADOBE BRIDGE. Its new features included streamlined interface, it also had better print control features and moreover it worked quite well with ADOBE READER i.e. with .PDF format files.

Adobe Photoshop

CS 4

Now CS 4 came up with a new feature perhaps first of its own kind and that was 3D engine. It provided the user with an opportunity to work in 3D. It also included wrapping up of 2D images or objects around 3D.

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop

CS 5

CS 5 the latest version of the Photoshop was to be launched on 12 April 2010. It is assumed to use strong CUDA technologies.

Adobe Photoshop

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP comes in two versions: BASIC & EXTENDED. The EXTENDED version has extra features added to it. ADOBE PHOTOSHOP is undoubted the most Graphics software being used by the professionals.

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XML simplified – understanding the structure

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XML simplified – understanding the


XML is actually an”Extensible Markup Language” which follows a set of certain rules to encode documents in machine language. The main goals of XML language are easy usability, generality and simplicity while working on internet. It is mainly used for transportations and storage of data rather than displaying it unlike HTML. This concept is defined in XML 1 specification marketed by W3C. All the tags used are user defined. The most popular XML language so far developed includes Atom, Soap, and XHTML, ms office, apple’s iWork, open office and RSS. All the information required by the user is written on the tags. One can also design his software for receiving, sending and displaying information.

General format of XML document

XML simplified - understanding the structure

Key Terminologies

Key terminologies are basically XML Specifications, which are very essential while writing XML documents. They are as follows:

Unicode Character

XML documents are basically a collection of characters in the form of strings. Almost every Unicode character happens to appear in every XML documents.

XML simplified - understanding the structure

Grouping of characters

Characters of XML documents are subdivided into group’s content and markup. These content and markup characters are easily distinguished by simple application of syntactic rules. Those strings which begin with ‘<’ character or end with’>’ character or those beginning with ‘&’ and ending with ‘;’ character are considered as markup language. Rest all strings with are not markup are known as content.

Processor and its application

Processor simply analyses the markup text and delivers to the application this structured information. Specifications actually places the requirement to the XML processor, thus coordination the work of the processor by directing it what to do and what not to do. The application is outside the scope of the specifications but is coordinated by processor. Thus due to this feature of the XML processor it is considered as XML parser.


Markup construction begins with ‘<’ character and ends with ‘>’character. Tagging within this markup text have three types that is start tags coded as <text>, end tag coded as</text> and at last the empty tag coded as <text/>.


The element is the most logical component. It begins with start tags, and then finally ends with matched end-tags. It may consist of only empty element tags. The characters in between start tags and the end-tags, are called element’s content. It may contain the markup and other elements, collectively known as child elements.


In XML, attributes are a part of element which helps in providing additional regarding that element. Thus attributes can be imagined as adjectives defining the elements present with it. Attributes as two fields name and value, which always occurs simultaneously. The name field declares the object and value field defines the nature of the object.  They are two types of attributes one is mandatory and the other is optional.

XML simplified - understanding the structure

XML Declaration

Every XML document begins with XML Declaration, thus helping us in knowing the version name of the document.


XML can be used to store data inside html document, and this keeps data separated from html document and hence is helpful in using the html for formatting and display

It can create data that can be read by different application and hence reduce complexity.

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Designing your website with content management systems

September 7th, 2010 | Posted under Content Management Systems, Internet Trends, Web Design Tutorials | No Comments »

Designing your website with content management systems

Web designing is a certain skill, which allows a person to design pages, which will run over World Wide Web. The one skillful in this profession is called a web-designer. Web content management system (WCMS) is a specific type of Content management System (CMS) that deals with all web issues such as web-design, web page management, development of the web schedule on the website, etc. It is particular software that is implemented for this very purpose. It allows you to manage and create HTML documents. WCMS total control on the management, creation, editing, and all other necessary web maintenance functions. The latest versions of content management system (CMS) are a bloom for every web designer. It provides complete flexibility and allows you to apply your innovative ideas. Those who create a profitable website, by application and usage of proper web design tools then the content management system is just the right tools.

Content management system provided several features to its users

Bring your innovations to life

CMS provides all special, unique, and essential features, which allow you to create and imply your own ideas. It is completely flexible and gives you all freedom to go on and create your own webpage. You have complete control on your design as all the requirements are at your finger touch distance. You enjoy all the features to create manage measure deliver develop optimize extend and modify you work.

Designing your website using content management system

Caters to the increasing demand

For those who are professional web-designer. It allows them to design and manage the websites with full efficiency. Its features like automated billing help to build up your business with proper care.

Easy management of workflow

Workflow means creating and accomplishing some predefined jobs by setting them in a certain sequence or by parallel arrangement. So you can note down your target, workload and manpower and design a proper page which will allow you to sketch you progress and measure your companies efficiency easily.

Easy to use

CMS is pretty easy to use and simple to learn. One can learn using CMS in no time. You can easily design and edit.


You can design your webpage content in multiple languages, thus the total views of your page will easily multiply along with it your revenue will also multiply.

Most WCMS’s are open source software system and they do have the capability to support features like add-ons, these provide extended usage, i.e. you can include applications like forum, blog, photo galleries, etc. They are also called as extensions. They ease your overall work. As these are easy to use software, it helps to learn and get a good grip on the working. With stylish templates and beautiful eye catching layouts these will surely cater to all your requirements. It also has automated features help it enhances working. Thus in layman’s language you can say that it is a simple yet powerful software.

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