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Creating a matrix report using the Analysis Services Cube

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | June 2009 | Microsoft PHP

The Analysis Services can also be configured when the SQL Server 2008 is installed. Out of the box the analysis server has no objects and you need to deploy a database to work with this service. Two previous articles described the process of creating a CUBE from scratch using the TestNorthwind database, a copy of the Northwind database. In this article by Dr. Jayaram Krishnaswamy, we will be authoring a report based on an analysis services CUBE.

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Extending Project Governance for Service Oriented Architecture-part1

by Todd Biske | June 2009 | Architecture & Analysis SOA Web Services

This two-part article series by Todd Biske will begin the story of Advasco, and describe the beginning of their SOA journey. Through their initial experiences, you will learn about the role of SOA governance within the typical project governance efforts.

In the second part, you will learn key project roles, Service Contract, adding SOA to Traditional Project Governance, Service Communication Technologies, WS-I Compliance, Service Interface Specification, Web Services, POX over HTTP, and REST.

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Authoring an EnterpriseDB report with Report Builder 2.0

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | June 2009 | Open Source

This article by Dr. Jayaram Krishnaswamy shows step-by-step how you may retrieve data from a database on a Postgres Plus server and display the results in a report generated using Report Builder 2.0. Report Builder 2.0 is a report building and maintaining tool provided with SQL Server 2008. The evaluation version of SQL Server 2008 Enterprise edition was used in this tutorial. Report data is obtained via an ODBC DSN. The connection uses an EnterpriseDB ODBC driver that gets installed on the computer when EnterpriseDB is installed.

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Navigating the Online Drupal Community

by Marjorie Roswell | May 2009 | Content Management Drupal Open Source PHP

Drupal.org is an amazing resource rich in conversations, modules, documentation, patches, and more. In this article by Marjorie Roswell, we cover some important skills for use on the hefty site: how to interact with the issue queue and how to create and apply patch files. We'll also look at some additional helpful online resources.

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Competitive Service and Contract Management in SAP Business ONE Implementation: Part 1

by Wolfgang Niefert | May 2009 | Architecture & Analysis

In this article by Wolfgang Niefert, we will take a closer look at the service module to evaluate potential actions that are triggered, based on service-related information. The concept introduced here will utilize the service module features to establish a guaranteed response time for customers. You will see that there are various angles to look at service. In addition to its more traditional view, service can be used to establish a service-level-type management for customers and the related sales opportunities. Basically, the service module can be used as a sophisticated alert system.

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Competitive Service and Contract Management in SAP Business ONE Implementation: Part 2

by Wolfgang Niefert | May 2009 | Architecture & Analysis

In this article by Wolfgang Niefert, we will cover the following topics:

  • Service workflow (from setup to operation) – In this section, we will configure the service module in a step-by-step manner.
  • Limitations of the SAP service module – Based on the available features, we will discuss potential limitations of the service module.
  • Evaluate potential add-ons for service – Add-ons which are proven to enhance the service module features, are available to overcome the limitations.
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Exceptions and Logging in Apache Struts 2

by Dave Newton | May 2009 | Open Source

In this article on Apache Struts 2 by Dave Newton, we'll cover something mundane but critical—exception handling and logging. We will explore:

  • The Struts 2 declarative exception handling mechanism
  • Some general exception handling practices that will help us create robust applications
  • Logging configuration and practices to help us take a peek inside our application's execution, and help determine what went wrong when errors occur
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Introduction to Legacy Modernization in Oracle

by Jason Williamson Tom Laszewski | May 2009 | Java Oracle

In this article by Tom Laszewski and Jason Williamson, we have outlined five methods of modernization: SOA Integration, Re-architecture, Platform Migration, Replacement, and Data Modernization as well as some key factors to be considered for each option.

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Posting on Your WordPress Blog

by April Hodge Silver Hasin Hayder | May 2009 | Content Management Open Source PHP WordPress

Once your WordPress installation is up and running, you are ready to start blogging. WordPress is the right choice for blogging because it's quite a powerful tool with a seemingly infinite array of options and possibilities. The main focus of this article is to explain how to make a blog post and how to control all of the information for that post, and not just the title and content. In this article by Hasin Hayder and April Hodge Silver, we will explore how to keep your content organized and searchable using tags and categories.

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Building a Web Service-driven Application with Flash in Drupal

by Travis Tidwell | May 2009 | Content Management Drupal Open Source PHP

In this article by Travis Tidwell, we will create a "Hello World" application that utilizes web services to populate a TextField or MovieClip with data from a remote location. Using web services to populate all of our Flash fields allows for the component abstraction necessary for an MVC architecture. Here Flash fulfills the role of the View, and Drupal fulfils the role as the Model and Component. This enables us to have a truly scalable and manageable web solution.

This approach allows for a Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture for our Flash applications, which is considered ideal since it separates the User Interface (View) from the Data Set (Model) and Business Logic (Component) of our application.

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The Rotating Post Titles with Post Preview Gadget

by Narayan Bhat | May 2009 | Content Management Open Source PHP WordPress

In this article by Narayan Bhat, we will see how to install The Rotating Post Titles with Post Preview Gadget in your blog. This gadget contains Official Google code created using the Dynamic Feed Control from the Google AJAX Feed API. It will show all the post titles in your blog classified according to Labels (in Blogger) or Categories (in Wordpress). It will also show a brief rotating post preview at the top.

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Date and Calendar Module in Drupal 5: Part 2

by Marjorie Roswell | May 2009 | MySQL Content Management Drupal Open Source PHP

The previous part of the article focused on just a few modules, with an emphasis on date. We explored Date formats, Exposed filters fieldset and the Views Date Range Filter Module. We also had a chance to create some summary views. In this part by Marjorie Roswell, we shall create a Timeline, cover the Views Popup feature, create a Calendar and also make an iCal feed.

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Multimedia and Assessments with Moodle 1.9 (part 2)

by João Pedro Soares Fernandes | May 2009 | e-Learning Moodle Open Source

This is the second part of a two-part article series by João Pedro Soares Fernandes dealing with assessment activities using multimedia. In the first part we saw how to add multimedia to multiple choice answers in Moodle quizzes and lessons and create crosswords and jumble exercises in Hot Potatoes.

In this part, we will create puzzles and "find-the-pair" activities using JClic and assessing multimedia using rubrics.

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Setting up the most Popular Journal Articles in your Personalized Community in Liferay Portal

by Jonas X. Yuan | May 2009 | Java

In this article by Jonas Yuan, you will learn how to set up the most popular journal articles in your personalized community and view the counter for other assets.

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Showing Drupal's CCK Module Fields in Flash

by Travis Tidwell | May 2009 | MySQL Content Management Drupal Open Source PHP

The CCK (Content Construction Kit) module is one of Drupal's most popular, contributed modules, and for a good reason. It gives the administrator the ability to create custom content types as well as custom fields that are essential for creating a web site that manages specific forms of content.

In this article by Travis Tidwell, we will use this module to create the structure required to enter content for each recipe in our Drupal web site. The dynamic content extracted from Drupal is incorporated as custom data within a Flash application.

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