In this article by William Rice the author of the book Blackboard Essentials for Teachers, we will discuss how to create assignments where the student must submit or upload a material for the instructor to review. You will learn how to review and respond to the files that students submit.Read Blackboard Essentials for Teachers - Assignments for Students in full
OData (Open Data Protocol) is a web protocol for querying and updating data, which can be freely incorporated in various kind of data access applications. OData makes it quite simple and flexible to use by applying and building upon existing well-defined technologies such as HTTP, XML, AtomPub, and JSON. WCF Data Services (formerly known as ADO.NET Data Services) is a well-encapsulated component for creating OData services based on the Microsoft .NET Framework platform. It also provides a client library with which you can easily build client applications that consume OData services. In addition to WCF Data Services, there are many other components or libraries, which make OData completely available to the non-.NET or even non-Microsoft world.
In this article by Steven Cheng, author of OData Programming Cookbook for .NET Developers, we will cover:
- Accessing OData service with OData WP7 client library
- Creating Panorama-style, data-driven Windows Phone applications with OData
- Using HTML5 and OData to build native Windows Phone applications
Citrix XenApp is the leader of application virtualization or application delivery. Citrix was founded in 1989 and they developed the first successful product in 1993 called WinView. It provided remote access to DOS and Windows 3.1 applications on a multi-user platform. Citrix licensed Microsoft's Windows NT 3.51 source code from Microsoft; and in 1995, they shipped a multiuser version of Windows NT based on the MultiWin engine, known as WinFrame. This allowed multiple users to log on and execute applications on a WinFrame server. In 1996, Citrix licensed the MultiWin technology to Microsoft, establishing the foundation of Microsoft's Terminal Services.
This article by Guillermo Musumeci, the author of Getting Started with Citrix XenApp 6.5, will create a sample application to list all XenApp servers in our farm using Citrix XenApp Commands with managed code. Samples contained in this article are developed in Microsoft C# 2010 Express Edition.Read Creating a sample C#.NET application in full
Maps provide a great visual experience for location-based services. Maps are now a default feature on most smartphones as they provide a good graphical overview of information (usually geotagged data) around the user's location.
With custom pin markers and directions, maps also help users navigate to their destination easily. Most importantly maps give the user a feeling that "This place is around the next block, north from where I am standing," so decision-making happens quickly for the user.
In this article by Zeeshan Chawdhary, author of Windows Phone 7.5: Building Location-aware Applications we shall cover the following topics:
- Understanding map geometry
- Overview of Windows Bing Maps Silverlight Control
- Using maps in your Windows Phone application – Hello Maps
- Using pushpins with maps
- Custom map pushpins
- Handling pushpin events
- Working with Bing Maps geocoding and reverse geocoding services
- Overview of Launchers and Choosers
- Using directions with Bing Maps directions task
- Performing local searches with BingMapsTask
Read Using Maps in your Windows Phone App in full
LiveCode has an English-like programming language, a graphical development environment, and an easy-to-understand structural metaphor. When you create an application, you spend more time thinking about how to implement the different features, and less about the complexities of the tool you are using. But if you've never used LiveCode before, it's still going to be unfamiliar at first.
Before we can do neat things…
Creating stacks that do something that you will find useful or that may become a mobile app that you can sell, is a very gratifying process. Minute by minute, you can be making progress, and instantly see improvements that you have made. Unfortunately, there is a lot of less gratifying work to be done before and after you have made your masterpiece. In this article by Colin Holgate, author of LiveCode Mobile Development Beginner's Guide, we will take you through the before part.
LiveCode makes mobile apps by taking the stack you have made, along with any supporting files you have added, and compiles the application file using the developer kit that you will download from the mobile OS provider – Google for Android and Apple for iOS. In this article we will:
- Sign up for Android Market
- Sign up for Amazon Appstore
- Download and install the Android SDK
- Configure LiveCode so that it knows where to look for the Android SDK
- Become an iOS developer with Apple
- Download and install Xcode
- Configure LiveCode so that it knows where to look for the iOS SDKs
- Set up simulators and physical devices
- Test a stack in a simulator and physical device
Here we go...
Read Getting Started with LiveCode for Mobile in full
Prezi is a tool for delivering presentations in a linear or non-linear format. This cloud-based software enables users to structure presentations on an infinite canvass in a way that is much more engaging and visually stimulating to the audience.
In this article by Russell Anderson-Williams, author of Mastering Prezi for Business Presentations, we'll cover:
- Text editor
- The plus button
- The play button
This article will walk you through modeling a Ruby application, learning various constructs of MongoDB, and then integrating it into Rails and Sinatra. In this article by Gautam Rege, the author of Ruby and MongoDB Web Development Beginner's Guide, we will cover:
- Modeling the application data.
- Mapping it to MongoDB objects.
- Creating embedded and relational objects.
- Fetching objects.
- How does this differ from the SQL way?
- Take a brief look at a Map/Reduce, with an example.
Your database performance heavily depends on how you have physically placed your database objects and how you have configured your disk subsystem. Designing the physical layout of your database correctly is the key factor to improve the performance of your database queries and thus the performance of your database. However, the correct decision on a physical design structure of the database depends on the available hardware resources that you might have. This includes the number of processors, RAM, and storage resources, such as how many ,disks or RAID controllers you might have in your database environment. The best thing while designing physical layout of the database is to have multiple physical disks for your database. If you configure your database in such a way that it spreads across multiple disks, it can benefit from parallel I/O operations.
The following are some of the decisions that influence your database performance:
- Where do you place data files?
- Where do you place log files?
- Where do you place large objects?
- Where do you place indexes?
- Where do you place the tempdb database?
You can control the physical location of database objects within the database by using files and filegroups.
In this article by Ritesh Shah and Bihag Thaker, co-authors of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Performance Tuning Cookbook, we will learn how to best design the physical structure of the database on your disk subsystem when you have enough available hardware resources, such as multiple processors and multiple physical disks.Read Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Performance Tuning: Implementing Physical Database Structure in full
A common challenge for many SharePoint users is finding sites with content that is relevant to them. It is pretty common to find environments with hundreds if not thousands of sites. In past versions of the product, there was a Site Directory feature that was available, but it was essentially just a SharePoint list which required manual entry and significant maintenance, which ultimately made it a pretty unreliable and ineffective solution.
In this article by Mike Oryszak, author of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Business Application Blueprints, will provide some alternative solutions for addressing these challenges, starting with an overview of some key concepts on how to leverage SharePoint Search to provide an optimized experience, making it easier for users to search and discover relevant sites. In addition to the conceptual overview, the following configurations and custom solutions will be covered:
- Sites Search Scope
- Site Directory page
- Relevant sites Web Part
Read Building a Site Directory with SharePoint Search in full
Setting the foundation of your business intelligence and data warehouse solution is key to the project. By making specific architecture and design decisions, you will be required to build the solution in a particular way. It is essential to understand some of the different architectural options and how they will affect your design, before you begin the development effort.
Making a mistake at the architecture and design stage of the project will have many ramifications in the form of rework and additional time, cost, and expense. Business intelligence and data warehouse projects have been around for many years, and there is a wealth of best practice information available, which is a great place to begin your project.
In this article by John Heaton, author of Business Intelligence Cookbook: A Project Lifecycle Approach Using Oracle Technology, we will review some of the key architecture and design issues that should be addressed by the project. Specifically, we will cover:
- Choosing your database type
- Defining your database layout
- Selecting the Third Normal Form or a Dimensional model
In this article by Ankit Garg, the author of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence 10.1 Dashboarding Cookbook, you will learn about IBM Cognos 10 BI, which is the leading performance tool that enables users to monitor, measure, and manage corporate performance at a glance. With its dashboard capabilities, users can assemble and organize data in personalized dashboard views to support different decision-making requirements.
In this article we will be:
- Introducing IBM Cognos 10 BI Cognos Connection
- Exploring IBM Cognos Business Insight User Interface
- Exploring IBM Cognos Business Insight Advanced User Interface
Drupal 7 is a modern Content Management System famed for its flexibility and power. Using Drupal you can easily create custom functionality that would otherwise have to be purchased in many of the other leading CMSs
In this article by Dylan James, author of the book Drupal 7 Cookbook, we will explore the process of setting up a Drupal website. We will see how to install the offcial Drupal 7 release and also how to install third-party Drupal distributions which are preconfigured in a variety of ways.
Following the installation, we will move on to the installation of third-party modules and then how your site can be configured to provide a site search form.
The article culminates with a recipe on setting up Drupal multi-site where two Drupal sites are configured to run from the same core files.Read Installing and Configuring Drupal in full
One of the key aspects that separates a computer game from that of, for example, a movie, is its interactive nature and its ability to be influenced by the player to achieve a different outcome each and every time.
In this article by Luke Drumm,author of Microsoft XNA 4.0 Game Development Cookbook, we will examine some different ways of capturing the player's intent that may not be immediately obvious or trivial to implement when we first set ourselves the challenge.Read Microsoft XNA 4.0 Game Development: Receiving Player Input in full
Drupal's default installation is in English. But, as you'll soon see, it can be configured to handle other languages as well. Creating a multilingual website expands your audience, and studies have shown that users are more likely to buy products and services on a website when content is presented in their native language. Coupled with the fact that there are many more non-English native speakers than English native speakers, you should see the full value of creating a site that supports other languages.
This article by Kristen Pol, author of Drupal 7 Multilingual Sites starts with setting up a test site. Once the site is ready, we'll add several new languages and configure language detection so that we can view each language using different URLs. With the detection in place, we will enable a switcher block to easily navigate between each language.
After the language settings are done, we'll move on to translating the Drupal interface. First we will translate manually by grabbing files from localize.drupal.org, and then we'll configure the site for automatic updates. Once the contributed translations are in place, we will learn how to add and change translated UI strings as well as how to contribute these translations back to the Drupal community. The last part of the interface translation section deals with changing English strings and reusing strings on other sites.Read Setting up the Basics for a Drupal Multilingual site: Languages and UI Translation in full
Character controller is extremely important part of any game. Essentially, it allows us to interact with it, control our alter-ego, shoot, explore, and do all kinds of crazy stuff. Most common character controller is humanoid, in general it needs to know how to walk, run, jump, attack, it needs to camera rig that will be accompanying it throughout play. All these actions need to be supported on a programming level and we will look into a way that it can be done in Unity. This article by Volodymyr Gerasimov and Devon Kraczla, the authors of the Unity 3.x Scripting, will help you to:
- Learn Character Controller versus Rigidbody – pros and cons
- Teach player-controlled character walk, run, jump, and shoot
- Program camera controls and switching between different camera types with a press of a single button
- Learn script animations to follow character's actions