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AJAX Implementation in APEX

by Arie Geller Matthew Lyon | May 2010 | Enterprise Articles Oracle Web Development

This article by Arie Geller and Matthew Lyon, authors of the book Oracle Application Express 3.2 – The Essentials and More, looks at how we can utilize the APEX AJAX framework, both on the client and server side, to integrate and support this important technology in our APEX applications.

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Metaprogramming and the Groovy MOP

by Fergal Dearle | May 2010 | Java Open Source

In this article by Fergal Dearle, author of the book Groovy for Domain-Specific Languages, we will cover the inner workings of Groovy's Meta Object Protocol (MOP).

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Developing Secure Java EE Applications in GlassFish

by Masoud Kalali | May 2010 | Open Source

In this article series by Masoud Kalali, author of GlassFish Security, we are going to develop a secure Java EE application with all standard modules including Web, EJB, and application client modules.

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Designing Secure Java EE Applications in GlassFish

by Masoud Kalali | May 2010 | Java Open Source

In this article series by Masoud Kalali, author of GlassFish Security, we are going to develop a secure Java EE application with all standard modules including Web, EJB, and application client modules.

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3rd International SOA Symposium

by | May 2010 | Enterprise Articles SOA

As you may have seen last month, Packt is continuing to dedicate a great deal of time to SOA. We are now happy to offer you an early bird discount on this October’s third International SOA Symposium, and the co-located second International Cloud Symposium in Berlin.

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Blogs and Forums using Plone 3

by Erik Rose | May 2010 | Content Management Open Source

In a university, large class sizes limit class discussions and individual attention, while travel budgets limit the number of professional conferences where faculty can present. In this article by Erik Rose, author of the book Plone 3 for Education, we will set up blogs and forums to counter both problems—giving students more class interaction and helping faculty build professional prominence. We'll find the best Plone blog products and explore practical suggestions of how to use blogs in the classroom. We'll also take the undisputedly top forum product for a spin and see how to use it to let students support each other, saving office hours and after-school help for those who need them most.

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Individual Learning Plan (ILP) with Moodle 1.9

by Paul Taylor | May 2010 | e-Learning Moodle Open Source

This article by Paul Taylor, author of the book Moodle 1.9 for Design and Technology, will deal with a system that will allow students to reflect on their own work through the setting of targets by staff and themselves. As with all things in Moodle, there are a number of ways to achieve this, but perhaps the most accessible is the third party module called the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) activity module, developed and maintained by ULCC and available at http://moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?d=13&rid=1025&filter=1.

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Hands-on Tutorial for Getting Started with Amazon SimpleDB

by Prabhakar Chaganti Rich Helms | May 2010 | Enterprise Articles Java PHP Web Development

With Amazon SimpleDB you can scale your application's database on the cloud. In this article by Prabhakar Chaganti and Rich Helms, authors of Amazon SimpleDB Developer Guide, we going to sign up for an AWS account, download and install the necessary libraries, and create little code snippets for exploring SimpleDB. We will introduce the libraries as well as the SimpleDB Firefox plugin for manipulating SimpleDB. We will also examine the two methods for accessing SimpleDB: SOAP and ReST. For PHP users we will introduce the PHP sample library. You can install the samples on your PHP5 server so that you can try the samples as you read about them.

In this article we will:

  • Set up an AWS account
  • Enable SimpleDB service for the account
  • Install and set up libraries for Java, PHP, and Python
  • Illustrate several SimpleDB operations using these libraries
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Opening up to OpenID with Spring Security

by Peter Mularien | May 2010 | Java Open Source Web Development

OpenID is a very popular form of trusted identity management that allows users to manage their identity through a single trusted provider. This convenient feature provides users with the security of storing their password and personal information with the trusted OpenID provider, optionally disclosing this personal information upon request. Additionally, the OpenID-enabled website can have confidence that the users providing OpenID credentials is who they say they are.

In this article by Peter Mularien, author of the book Spring Security 3, we will:

  • Learn to set up our own OpenID in less than five minutes
  • Configure the JBCP Pets website with a very rapid implementation of OpenID
  • Learn the conceptual architecture of OpenID and how it provides your site with trustworthy user access
  • Implement OpenID-based user registration
  • Experiment with OpenID attribute exchange for user profile functionality
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Installing and Configuring Joomla! on Local and Remote Servers

by Timi Ogunjobi | May 2010 | Joomla! Content Management PHP Web Development

This article by Timi Ogunjobi, author of Joomla! 1.5 Site Blueprints, covers basic details about installing and configuring Joomla! for use on both local and remote servers. This article also contains information about where to obtain essential resources for learning, using, and optimizing Joomla!

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Moodle 1.9: Exploring Design Portfolios

by Paul Taylor | May 2010 | e-Learning Moodle Open Source

There are a number of electronic portfolios (e-portfolios) available to work with Moodle and they range in complexity and functionality. As they are a very personal thing, this article will try to give an overview of the most popular portfolios and a review of their main features in terms of supplementing Design Technology courses, as well as some examples of how they might be used to best effect.

In this article by Paul Taylor, author of the book Moodle 1.9 for Design and Technology, we will look at three popular portfolio applications:

  • Exabis:It is a small file manager-based portfolio that enables a degree of sharing and integrates as a block into Moodle courses
  • MyStuff: It is a fully featured internal portfolio designed and maintained by the Open University, offering more sharing and collaborative tools
  • Mahara: It is an external portfolio that integrates with Moodle using Single Sign On (SSO)
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    Creating, Installing and Tweaking your theme using Plone 3

    by Veda Williams | May 2010 | Open Source

    Themes are among the most powerful features that can be used to customize a web site, especially in Plone. Using custom themes can help you brand your site for a particular corporate image; it ensures standards compliance and creates easily navigable layouts. But most Plone users still continue to use default themes as developing and deploying themes that are flexible and easily maintainable is not always straightforward.

    In the article by Veda Williams, author of Plone 3 Theming, we will learn :

    • About the theme
    • Creating a theme product
    • Altering the theme product's structure
    • Installing the theme product
    • Adjusting web site content to support the design
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    Plone 3 Themes

    by Erik Rose | May 2010 | Content Management Open Source

    This article by Erik Rose, author of the book Plone 3 for Education, is a crash course in Plone 3 theme creation. After untangling Plone's confusing theming situation, we walk you through the development of a skeletal theme.

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    Building a News Aggregating Site in Joomla!

    by Timi Ogunjobi | May 2010 | Joomla! Content Management Open Source PHP Web Development

    Bad news is always good news for the press. This is why Vaughan Pyre has decided to take advantage of this fact and creates a website that will aggregate bad news and weird happenings from all over the world. In this article by Timi Ogunjobi, author of Joomla! 1.5 Site Blueprints, the content of the site will be entirely derived from Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds from several sources (each feed being automatically fetched and its items displayed on the website).

    Weird Hap'nins requirements will be the need to:

    • Get external feed sources and allocate them to menu links on the website
    • Create the means to automatically fetch and display article items located in the feeds
    • Display the latest content from all feed sources on the front page
    Read Building a News Aggregating Site in Joomla! in full

    Use of macros in IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio

    by Abhishek Sanghani | May 2010 | Enterprise Articles IBM

    Cognos Report Studio is widely used for creating and managing business reports in medium to large companies. It is simple enough for any business analyst, power user, or developer to pick up and start developing basic reports. However, when it comes to developing more sophisticated, fully functional business reports for wider audiences, report authors will need guidance.

    In this article, by Abhishek Sanghani, author of IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio Cookbook, we will show you  that even though macros are often considered a Framework Modeler's tool, they can be used within Report Studio as well. These recipes will show you some very useful macros around security, string manipulation, and prompting.

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