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Dynamic Menus in WordPress

by Tessa Blakeley Silver | November 2009 | Content Management WordPress

In this article by Tessa Blakeley Silver, we will learn how to take your working, debugged, validated, and properly packaged WordPress theme and enhance it with dynamic menus using the SuckerFish CSS-based method and Adobe Flash media.

Here, we will learn about:

  1. Drop-down menus
  2. DIY SuckerFish menus in WordPress:
    • Applying CSS to WordPress
    • Applying the DOM script to WordPress
    • Allowing only selected pages to display
    • Hiding pages the easy way with pageMash
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ADO.NET Entity Framework

by Joydip Kanjilal | November 2009 | .NET Microsoft

In this article, by Joydip Kanjilal, we will discuss entity framework for ADO.NET.

we will cover the following points:

  • Creating an Entity Data Model
  • Introducing the Entity Data Source Control
  • Implementing our first application using the ADO.NET Entity Framework
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An Introduction to Hibernate and Spring: Part 1

by Ahmad Seddighi | November 2009 | Java Open Source

This article by Ahmad Seddighi, introduces Spring and Hibernate, explaining what persistence is, why it is important, and how it is implemented in Java applications. It provides a theoretical discussion of Hibernate and how Hibernate solves problems related to persistence. Finally, we take a look at Spring and the role of Spring in persistence.

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Blocking Common Attacks using ModSecurity 2.5: Part 1

by Magnus Mischel | November 2009 | Linux Servers Open Source

In this three-part article by Magnus Mischel, we will look at some of the most common attacks that are being carried out against web applications and servers today. Knowing the anatomy of these attacks is the first step in understanding how they can be blocked, so we will first seek to understand the details of the attacks, and then see how they can be blocked using ModSecurity.

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Creating a Text Logo in Blender

by | November 2009 | Open Source Web Graphics & Video

In this tutorial by Jonathan Williamson, we are going to examine the process behind creating a text-based logo in Blender. We will be looking at some modeling techniques mixed with several modifiers to create a background for the logo, and then we will move on to creating the actual text. Following that we will set up the lighting and render settings to produce our final image.

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Writing XML data to the File System with SSIS

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | November 2009 | Microsoft

This article by Dr. Jayaram Krishnaswamy, shows how you may retrieve XML data from a relational database and write it to a folder on your file system as a text or xml file using Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services 2008. The following are the different steps involved in this EL process (there being no transformation):

  • Creating a stored procedure that retrieves XML
  • Creating a package in BIDS or Visual Studio 2008
  • Adding and configuring a ExecuteSQL task
  • Adding and configuring a Script task
  • Running the package and verifying the results
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Customizing Headers and Footers with MS Office Live Small Business

by Rahul Pitre | November 2009 | .NET Beginner's Guides Microsoft Content Management e-Commerce

In this article by Rahul Pitre you'll start using the design tools to personalize your site's headers and footers. You'll customize its name and slogan, and in the bargain put your distinctive stamp on your website.

In this article, you will:

  • Decide what your website's title should be, and set it in your template
  • Decide what your website's slogan should be, and set it in your template
  • Decide what information should go into your website's footer, and set it
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Modeling a Steampunk Spacecraft using Blender 3D 2.49

by Allan Brito | November 2009 | Open Source Web Graphics & Video

The previous article, Polygon Modeling of a Handgun, was a great introduction to the modeling techniques required to continuously increase the difficulty level of your projects. In this article by Allan Brito, we'll start working on our second Incredible Machine, and for this project we will be manipulating a bigger object. The main objective for this article is to create a steampunk spacecraft with even smaller details and more UV mapping techniques to add more realism to the model.

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Text Search, your Database or Solr

by David Smiley | November 2009 | Open Source

The scenario addressed in this article is a typical one. You have got a database-backed web application that you are building, and it needs to have a text-search capability. It is an increasingly common requirement. There are a variety of options and variations at your disposal to implement text search. This article is mostly about two of them, using the text search features in your database versus using Apache Solr – an open-source search platform. Solr is built on the established Apache Lucene. In this article by David Smiley, we are going to talk about database based text search in general and not a particular one because there are many databases and they vary widely. Likewise, this article should also be useful when considering one of Solr's competitors.

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Moodle 1.9 Math Quizzes: Part 1

by Ian Wild | November 2009 | Moodle Open Source

Tired of marking all of those math tests you've set for your students? No problem! Now we can have Moodle do all of the grading for us! Getting to grips with the Pythagorean Theorem is going to take practice, and the Moodle Quiz module is going to give my students that practice without my having to worry about a mountain of marking. We'll see in this article by Ian Wild that the Moodle Quiz module is a very powerful tool that not only automatically marks the answers for us, but also copes with different units (for example, answers given in feet or inches, meters or centimeters). We can also specify placeholders in the question that Moodle will replace with random numbers. This means we can provide lots of practice questions, which Moodle will both generate and mark automatically. Specifically, we will learn how to do the following:

  • Create a math quiz and learn all about the different question types Moodle supports
  • Install and use the feedback activity (not part of a normal Moodle install)
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