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Adding Interactive Course Material in Moodle 1.9: Part 1

by William Rice | July 2009 | Moodle Open Source

In this three-part article series by William Rice, we will learn how to add Interactive course material in Moodle. Interactive course activities enable students to interact with the instructor, the learning system, or each other. Note that Moodle doesn't categorize activities into 'Interactive' and 'Static'. In Moodle, all activities are added from the Add an activity... menu after turning the editing on. We use the terms 'Interactive' and 'Static' as a convenient way to categorize the activities that Moodle offers.

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Query Performance Tuning in Microsoft Analysis Services: Part 1

by Chris Webb | July 2009 | .NET Microsoft MySQL PHP

In this two-part article by Chris Webb, we will cover query performance tuning, including how to design aggregations and partitions and how to write efficient MDX. The first part will cover performance-specific design features, along with the concepts of partitions and aggregations.

One of the main reasons for building Analysis Services cubes as part of a BI solution is because it should mean you get better query performance than if you were querying your relational database directly. While it's certainly the case that Analysis Services is very fast it would be naive to think that all of our queries, however complex, will return in seconds without any tuning being necessary. This article will describe the steps you'll need to go through in order to ensure your cube is as responsive as possible.

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Query Performance Tuning in Microsoft Analysis Services: Part 2

by Chris Webb | July 2009 | .NET Microsoft MySQL PHP

In the previous part of the article by Chris Webb, we covered performance-specific design features such as partitions and aggregations. In this part, we will cover MDX calculation performance and caching. We'll see how important caching is to overall query performance.

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Getting Your APEX Components Logic Right

by Douwe Pieter van den Bos | July 2009 | Oracle

In this article by Douwe Pieter Van Den Bos, we will get ready for our Forms conversion and generation. In this part of our conversion project, we will investigate, analyze, and adjust some of the most important parts of our application. This means that we will set everything up for the generation of the application. We will discuss the following parts of the conversion project in this article:

  • Investigating the components that will be generated
  • Getting to know the database blocks in our Forms files
  • Looking deeper into the block items inside our blocks and editing them
  • Enhancing the queries on which our blocks are based
  • Analyzing the triggers we have in the Forms XML files
  • Massively changing the completeness and applicability of triggers or items
  • Customizing the query that the blocks are based on in order to complete our generation
  • Understanding the way our pages will be generated in APEX
  • Editing the titles of our blocks and items
  • Analyzing our business logic (probably the most important part)
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Creating Convincing Images with Blender Internal Renderer-part1

by Reynante Martinez | July 2009 | Open Source Web Graphics & Video

In this article series by Reynante Martinez, we will learn how to go about creating really convincing still images in Blender with the help of Blender Internal Renderer.

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Feeds in Facebook Applications

by Dr Mark Alexander Bain Hasin Hayder | July 2009 | MySQL Open Source PHP

Feeds are a very important part of Facebook Applications. They are used to publish notifications and news in a user's profile. So, feeds are the best way to keep the friends of the users up-to-date about the user's current activities. Feeds are also a great way to publicize your applications, if you know what I mean.

In this article by Dr. Mark Alexander Bain and Hasin Hayder, we will go into the details of managing feeds (both news feed and mini feed) using Facebook REST APIs. The following sections will help you understand what the major differences between these two types of feed are, and how to use them properly in your application.

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Creating Convincing Images with Blender Internal Renderer-part2

by Reynante Martinez | July 2009 | Open Source Web Graphics & Video

In this article series by Reynante Martinez, we will learn how to go about creating really convincing still images in Blender with the help of Blender Internal Renderer. This is the second part of this series. To read the first part, click: Creating Convincing Images with Blender Internal Renderer-part1

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Remote Job Agent in Oracle 11g Database with Oracle Scheduler

by Ronald Rood | July 2009 | Oracle

This article by Ronald Rood will be of a great help in setting up remote external jobs introduced in Oracle 11g. This article also answers questions like how is this related to the old-fashioned local external jobs that we know since Oracle 10g and why we should get rid of the old external jobs.

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Layout in Dojo: Part 1

by Peter Svensson | July 2009 | Open Source

The layout widgets in Dojo can often be alternatives to complicated CSS rules. Many times it is necessary to create pages with a two- or three-column layout, sometimes with a header and/or footer as well.

The layout manager widgets let you create powerful layouts without using more than a minimum of custom CSS styling. The layout managers have a lot of carefully laid-out styling that you can benefit from without having to interact with it. The BorderContainer makes sure that it has a proper margin to the widget it contains, as well as adding (removable) ‘gutter’ border lines for default clarity, for example. The TabContainer lets you programmatically choose if you want the tabs on top, bottom, left, or right without using any custom CSS, and so on.

This two-part article by Peter Svensson will list a large number of layout widgets. Some are fully 'official', with accessibility support and internationalization. In this part, we will look at basic Dojo layout facts, ContentPane, container functions, DragPane, ExpandoPane, FloatingPane.

One of the biggest challenges in learning Dojo is the sheer volume of the framework. The layout managers are too important and too complicated to be reduced to a mere sentence or two, which explains the volume of this article.

After the near-exhaustive expose of different layout managers and supporting acts, there will be a couple of longer examples which, with some luck, will give you some good practical points to elaborate upon.

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Layout in Dojo: Part 2

by Peter Svensson | July 2009 | Open Source

In the previous part of this article by Peter Svensson, we covered basic Dojo layout facts, ContentPane, container functions, DragPane, ExpandoPane, FloatingPane. In this part, we will focus on GridContainer, RadioGroup, RotatorContainer, ScrollPane, compound example using layout,and creating a widget.

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Preparing Your Forms Conversion Using Oracle Application Express (APEX)

by Douwe Pieter van den Bos | July 2009 | Oracle

In this article by Douwe Pieter Van Den Bos, we will see what we need to get things ready for our Forms Conversion project. We need to gather all our original Forms, Reports, Menus, and Libraries so that we can generate the APEX project. We will need to get the XML sources by using the tools in the Oracle Developer Suite. Of course, we will learn to understand these newly created sources and what they mean to us. Before we can create our APEX applications using the Forms Conversion tool, it would be nice to design and implement the target database.

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Add-on Tools and Theming Tips for Plone 3

by Veda Williams | July 2009 | Content Management Open Source

In this article by Veda Williams, we'll take a look at some Plone products that can be used to make your web site even more impactful and manageable. We'll also briefly cover some useful tips to be aware of when theming a Plone site.

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Measures and Measure Groups in Microsoft Analysis Services: Part 2

by Chris Webb | July 2009 | Content Management

In the previous part of this article by Chris Webb, we covered useful properties of measures, along with built-in measure aggregation types and dimension calculations. In this part, we will focus on measure groups and dimension/measure group relationships.

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Using ASP.NET Controls in SharePoint

by Mike Poole | July 2009 | Microsoft

As SharePoint and the underlying .NET Framework developed over the years, more readymade controls have become available for us to use in our applications. Such controls allow us to drop common, and often complex, features into our site. For example, if we would like to add user registration and login features (often referred to as personalization and membership) to our site, it is a chore to build everything we require (registration form with validation, login box, password reminder, change password, etc.) each time we build a site. Microsoft has built these controls for us so that we can easily add them to our site. In this article by Mike Poole, we will examine the use of these controls.

Very occasionally, we find that we are not able to do what we would like to do with the SharePoint configuration that comes "out of the box". A common example of this is using forms authentication in our site. Later on in the article, we will also make some configuration changes to SharePoint and associated products, such as Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Server, and Visual Studio, to demonstrate how forms authentication can be enabled.

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Dial Plans in sipXecs 4.0

by Michael W. Picher | July 2009 | Networking & Telephony

In this article by Michael W. Picher, we will discuss about dial plans in sipXecs 4.0 in detail.

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