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Research Techniques

by Matthew J. Hamm | January 2014 | Web Development

This article, by Matthew J. Hamm, the author of the book Wireframing Essentials, covers a brief introduction of research techniques that help us to obtain the information which is required to design applications and offer valuable services to the end users.

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Organizing Backbone Applications - Structure, Optimize, and Deploy

by Swarnendu De | January 2014 | Open Source

Backbone itself doesn't provide any application structure or guidance on how to organize the application source code. This makes it quite difficult for beginner-level programmers to understand how to create a folder structure, add proper namespaces, load script files in the appropriate order, and follow patterns to create a robust app architecture. We will see how to do so in this article by Swarnendu De, author of Backbone.js Patterns and Best Practices.

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Grunt in Action

by Jaime Pillora | January 2014 | Open Source Web Development

In this article by Jaime Pillora, author of Getting Started with Grunt: The JavaScript Task Runner, we will perform additional transformations on set of source files by using Grunt.

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by Himanshu Kumar | January 2014 | Networking & Telephony

These days, security is the most vital subject for any organization irrespective of their size or the kind of the business they do. The primary reason for this is that organizations don't want to lose their reputation or business over compromises affecting security; secondly, they have to meet legal and regulatory requirements. When it comes to technical security of the infrastructure, Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (PT or PenTest) play the most vital role. This article by Himanshu Kumar, the author of Learning Nessus for Penetration Testing, illustrates what a PT or PenTest is, why it is required and how to set up and manage Nessus for your organization.

This article will introduce you to Nessus, a tool for vulnerability assessment and penetration testing. We will also cover the following topics:

  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Penetration testing
  • Introduction to Nessus
  • Installing Nessus on different platforms
  • Updating Nessus plugins
  • Nessus user management
  • Nessus system configuration
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Server Logs

by Hussein Nasser | January 2014 | Architecture & Analysis Enterprise Articles Networking & Telephony

In this article by Hussein Nasser, author of Administering ArcGIS for Server, we will learn how to read logfiles and understand them in order to extract useful information that can help solving problems that might occur

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Search Using Beautiful Soup

by Vineeth G. Nair | January 2014 | Open Source Web Development

In this article by Vineeth G. Nair, the author of the book Getting Started with Beautiful Soup, we will learn the different searching methods provided by Beautiful Soup to search based on tag name, attribute values of tag, text within the document, regular expression, and so on. At the end, we will make use of these searching methods to scrape data from an online web page.

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Using Phalcon Models, Views, and Controllers

by Stephan A. Miller | January 2014 | Web Development

In this article, by Stephan A. Miller, the author of Getting Started with Phalcon, gives an introduction to using Phalcon to develop web applications.

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Intents for Mobile Components

by Muhammad Usama bin Aftab Wajahat Karim | January 2014 | Open Source

In this article by Wajahat Karim, the author of the book "Learning Android Intents" has discussed some of the applications of intents with a more practical approach. Also, he has discussed the mobile components that are commonly found in all Android phones.

Now, we will see how these mobile components can be accessed and used very easily via intents. Android provides a vast collection of libraries and features through which a developer can utilize mobile components. This is as easy as a walk in the park. This article mainly includes four different categories of components: visual components such as camera, communication components such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, media components such as video and audio recording, speech recognition, and text-to-speech conversion, and finally, motion components such as proximity sensor. The following topics will be discussed in this article:

  • Common mobile components
  • Components and intents
  • Communication components
  • Using Bluetooth through intents
  • Using Wi-Fi through intents
  • Media components
  • Taking pictures and recording video through intents
  • Speech recognition using intents
  • Role of intents in text-to-speech conversion
  • Motion components
  • Proximity alerts through intents

The concepts and structures of intents are the prerequisites for understanding this article.

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Creating a basic JavaScript plugin

by Gordon Beeming | January 2014 | Enterprise Articles

In this article by Gordon Beeming, the author of the book Team Foundation Server 2013 Customization, we are going to explore in Web Access how to create a basic JavaScript plugin that will display work item IDs on both the task and portfolio boards and the state of requirements on the task board.

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BSD Socket Library

by Jon Hoffman | January 2014 | Cookbooks

In this article by Jon Hoffman, author of iOS and OS X Network Programming Cookbook, we will cover:

  • Finding the byte order of your device
  • Retrieving network address information
  • Performing network address resolution
  • Creating an echo server
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Working with common architectures

by Yik Yang | January 2014 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles

This article by Yik Yang, the author of book LabVIEW Graphical Programming Cookbook, covers commonly-used architectures and tools in LabVIEW. LabVIEW is a graphical programming development environment for problem solving, accelerated productivity, and continual innovation. It integrates all the tools that engineers and scientists need to build a wide range of applications in a short amount of time.

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Integrating Direct3D with XAML and Windows 8.1

by Justin Stenning | January 2014 | Cookbooks

In this article by Justin Stenning the author of Direct3D Rendering Cookbook we will cover the following recipes:

  • Preparing the swap chain for a Windows Store app
  • Rendering to a CoreWindow
  • Rendering to a XAML SwapChainPanel
  • Loading and compiling resources asynchronously

Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) is an XML-based language created by Microsoft that is most commonly used for creating UI layouts for .NET Framework applications. XAML was originally used with the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight but has also been used for designing workflows within Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). Generally, a C# Windows Store app is built using XAML.

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Beyond Grading

by Mythravarun Vepakomma | January 2014 | Open Source

This article written by Mythravarun Vepakomma, the author of the book Blender Compositing and Post Processing, deals with advanced compositing beyond grading. These techniques emphasize alternate methods in Blender Compositing for some specific 3D render requirements that can save lots of render time, thereby also saving budgets, in making a CG film. Following is the list of contents that will be presented in this article:

  • Relighting
  • Fresnel effect in compositing
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Securing QlikView Documents

by Stephen Redmond | January 2014 | Enterprise Articles

In this article by Stephen Redmond, author of QlikView Server and Publisher, we will look at different methods of securing QlikView documents.

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Anatomy of a Sprite Kit project

by Dmitry Volevodz | January 2014 | Games

This article by Dmitry Volevodz, the author of iOS 7 Game Development explains the anatomy of a Sprite Kit project as well as gives an idea about what are nodes, scenes, and so on.

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