This article is written by Chad Troftgruben, the author of Learning Anime Studio. Anime Studio offers a large selection of tools to help you craft the perfect character, environment, or prop. This can be a bit overwhelming if you are unfamiliar with Anime Studio's interface or drawing on a computer. This article will help ease you into the process.
In this article, we will cover the following topics:
- Mouse versus tablet drawing
- Vector and raster graphics
- The Draw and Fill tools
This article created by Sean Lang, the author of Web Development with Jade, shows us some of the best practices to follow while organizing Jade projects. Also, we look at the use of third-party tools to automate tasks.Read Organizing Jade Projects in full
In this article by Alexandre Devert, author of matplotlib Plotting Cookbook, we will cover the following topics:
- Installing matplotlib
- Plotting one curve
- Using NumPy
- Plotting multiple curves
- Plotting curves from file data
- Plotting points
matplotlib makes scientific plotting very straightforward. matplotlib is not the first attempt at making the plotting of graphs easy. What matplotlib brings is a modern solution to the balance between ease of use and power. matplotlib is a module for Python, a programming language. In this article, we will provide a quick overview of what using matplotlib feels like.Read First Steps in full
This article by, Dr. Zakir Laliwala and Irshad Mansuri, the authors of Activiti 5.x Business Process Management Beginner's Guide, explains how to install Solr. The business process is important for any organization, but managing it is of equal importance. Business requirements frequently change for an organization. To change, manage, and understand the current business process is very hard without Business Process Management (BPM), where the execution of each system depends on the business process. For developers, implementing a business process without following any standards leads to complexity. To explain a business process to a non-technical person without any graphics leads to misunderstanding. In such situations, Activiti comes to the rescue, as it is one of the best BPM frameworks for implementing business processes in your organization. Activiti provides a platform to create a business process on a canvas, build it, and execute it on the fly. It is open source, written in Java, and distributed under the Apache V2 license.
To implement a business process using Activiti, you first have to understand the skeleton of Activiti BPM. In this article, we will show you how to download and install Activiti.
In this article, we will cover the following topics:
- Overview of Activiti BPM
- Downloading Activiti BPM
- Installing the Activiti framework
- Building your first business process
By the end of this article, you will be able to install and access the Activiti framework and implement your own business process.
So, let's take a tour of Activiti, set it up, and implement a business process.Read Installing Activiti in full
In this article by David R. Heffelfinger, the author of Java EE 7 GlassFish 4 Application Server, you will learn how to develop web-based applications that feature full duplex communication between the browser and the server as opposed to relying on the traditional HTTP request/response cycle.
In this article, we will cover the following topics:
- Developing WebSocket server endpoints
- Developing WebSocket clients in Java
This article by P. Taylor Goetz and Brian O'Neill, the authors of the book Storm Blueprints: Patterns for Distributed Real-time Computation, focusses on the Hadoop File System (HDFS) and Yet Another Resource Negotiator (YARN).Read Deploying Storm on Hadoop for Advertising Analysis in full
In this article by Karthik Bharathy and Jon Fancey, the authors of Getting Started with BizTalk Services, we will discuss deployment considerations, provisioning BizTalk Services, and prerequisites for creating your first BizTalk Services solution.Read Getting Ready for Your First BizTalk Services Solution in full
In this article, created by Klaas Deforche and Kenny Saelen, the authors of the book Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Services, we will see how to consume a web service from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.
In the previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX, you could add a web service reference in a reference node in the AOT. This generated proxy classes and other artifacts that you could then use to consume the service. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, we no longer have the option to add service references to the AOT. Instead, Microsoft Visual Studio is used to generate all artifacts, which are then added to the AOT.
How this works and how this can be done will all become clear in this article.
The following topics will be covered in this article:
- Installing the Visual Studio Tools: We have to install additional components because part of the development takes place in Visual Studio 2010. You will learn which components to install and what exactly they do.
- Visual Studio development: After introducing the demo service, we will create a reference for the services with the help of Visual Studio. We will take you through this process step-by-step.
- X++ development: Finally, we will demonstrate how we can use the Visual Studio project to consume services in Microsoft Dynamics AX. You will also gain an insight into the different deployment modes that are available to deploy the project's output.
This article by Ty Audronis, the author of the book Lightning Fast Animation in Element 3D, deals with the use of Element 3D to set up complex 3D scenes for animation in After Effects. Here, you will learn how to set up your scene, light it, and get a camera ready.Read Preparing Your Scene in full
This article by Michal Karzynski, the author of this book Webmin Administrator's Cookbook, will cover tasks related to setting up and running your database server. We'll demonstrate how Webmin can be used to create and edit databases, back them up and manage database users.Read Running a PostgreSQL Database Server in full
In this article, by Dr. M. O. Faruque Sarker, author of Python Network Programming Cookbook, we will cover the following recipes:
- Executing a remote shell command using telnet
- Copying a file to a remote machine by SFTP
- Printing a remote machine's CPU information
- Installing a Python package remotely
- Running a MySQL command remotely
This article promotes some interesting Python libraries. The recipes are presented aiming at the system administrators and advanced Python programmers who like to write code that connects to remote systems and executes commands. The article begins with lightweight recipes with a built-in Python library, telnetlib. It then brings Paramiko, a well-known remote access library. Finally, the powerful remote system administration library, fabric, is presented. The fabric library is loved by developers who regularly script for automatic deployments, for example, deploying web applications or building custom application binaries.Read Automating Your System Administration and Deployment Tasks Over SSH in full
In this article by Daniel Bates, the author of Rasberry Pi Projects for Kids, discusses how to create a new game that will test how quickly the player can react. To do this, we will create our own game controller—something you can't do on a normal computer—and write a program to handle when the controller's buttons are to be pressed.Read Testing Your Speed in full
In this article, by Amr Gawish, the author of Oracle ADF Faces Cookbook, you will learn how to present a single record, multiple records, and master-details records on your page using different components and methodologies.
The article will cover the following topics:
Presenting single records on your page
Presenting multiple records using ADF Table
Presenting multiple records using ADF List View
In this article, by Aditya Gupta, author of Learning Pentesting for Android Devices, we will look inside an Android application, or the .apk file, and understand its different components. We will also go ahead and reverse the applications using tools, such as Apktool.Read Reversing Android Applications in full
This article by Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen and Aravind Sivaraman, authors of the book VMware ESXi Cookbook, helps you to understand the vSphere networking concepts—the distributed switch—then moves on to discuss some of the more advanced networking configurations available in the distributed switch.Read Networking in full
This article by Sudheer Jonna, author of Learning PrimeFaces Extensions Development, provides a basic introduction for newly created advanced components, improved components along with the useful converters, validators, utility functions, and maven plugins to make the web development easier. After that, it explorers the basic input and advanced dynamic form components, commonly used input components and their features, InputNumber component, KeyFilter component, TriStateCheckbox and TriStateManyCheckbox, TimeLine component, MasterDetail component and its various features, and introduces the exporter component and its features.Read Components of PrimeFaces Extensions in full
In this article by David Horachek, the author of Creating E-Learning Games with Unity, discusses the various animation systems in Unity3D.
Until this point, we have been successfully developing our game with the in-editor primitives provided by Unity3D. To add a professional layer of polish, we will learn how to add skinned models and various types of animations to our e-learning game. We will download skinned mesh models and animations from a popular site and learn how to integrate them into the game, as we develop a character motion system. We will also learn about the in-editor animation editor and how it can be used to animate static meshes (appropriate for in-game models such as buildings, cars, and statues that are not weighted to a 3D skeletal hierarchy).
In this article, we will discuss the following topics:
- Exploring 3D hierarchies
- Skinned meshes in Unity3D
- Exploring the Mechanim animation system
- Exploring the Unity Animation editor
In this article by Sébastien Armand, the author of the book Extending Symfony2 Web Application Framework, has discussed about the basics of services in the Symfony2 framework. A service is an essential and core concept in Symfony2. In fact, most of the framework itself is just a big set of predefined services that are ready to use. As an example, if you just set up a new installation of Symfony2, from your project root, you can type php app/console container:debug to see the full list of services currently defined in your application. As you can see, even before we start writing anything for our application, we already have almost 200 services defined. The php app/console container:debug <service_name> command will provide information about a specific service and will be a useful command to refer to throughout the article.Read Services in full
In this article by Rebecca Fitzhugh, the author of the book vSphere Virtual Machine Management, has explained the basic concepts of the virtual machine. Ever since VMware was founded in 1998, it has been creating stable x86 virtualization platforms that allow multiple guest operating systems and applications to run on a single physical server. Before an administrator can begin creating and configuring vSphere virtual machines, it is important to understand what a virtual machine is and the concepts behind virtualizing hardware.
In this article, you will learn:
- What a virtual machine is
- Components of a virtual machine
- Why to use virtual machines
- Files that make up a virtual machine
- The four primary resources
- VMware Tools
This article written by Martin Bergljung, the author of Alfresco CMIS, describes Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS), which is an interface that provides a standard way to access a Content Management System (CMS). This article introduces the CMIS standard and it explains why CMIS is important.Read Getting Started with CMIS in full
In this article by Wojciech Kocjan, author of the book Learning Nagios 4, we will learn some guidelines that will help you migrate from small (and increasing) Nagios setups to a flexible model by using templates and grouping effectively. Any experienced administrator knows that there is a huge difference between a working system and a properly configured system. Using this advice will help you and your team survive the switch from monitoring only critical services to checking the health of the majority of your IT infrastructure.Read Advanced Configuration in full
In this article by Nathan Danneman and Richard Heimann, the authors of Social Media Mining with R, introduces readers to the concept of social media mining. This article discusses sentiment analysis, the nature of contemporary online communication, and the facets of Big Data that allow social media mining to be such a powerful tool.Read Going Viral in full
This article is by Jürgen Brunner, the author of the book Getting Started with Clickteam Fusion. Game development is not all about turning cool ideas into games. You will also face a big non game-related technical part and a preproduction phase behind every game. Deciding on a resolution and the right interface for your game will be part of this book. You will also learn some basic enemy behavior.Read Introducing a new game type – top-down in full
In this article by Michael Larkin, author of VMware Horizon Workspace Essentials, we will cover the basic installation and configuration of Horizon Workspace 1.5. After making sure all the prerequisites are in place, we can now deploy the Horizon Workspace vApp.Read Design, Install, and Configure in full
This article by Fernando Carbone, the author of the book Computer Forensics with FTK, will cover how to use the most important features for processing and filtering data during an investigation process.
The processing step is considered to be the most important step because the correct utilization of its functionality can be decisive in the relevant results of an investigation.
You will understand the importance of the correct use of the Time Zone feature and how this impacts the properties of the files, and learn how to use filters and searches. Finally, you will be able to generate a report of your findings.Read Processing the Case in full
Given the frequency of debugging, any refinement to the tools used can pay immediate dividends. In this article by Jeff Martin, the author of the book Visual Studio 2013 Cookbook, he explains the popular Edit and Continue feature that now supports working with 64-bit code. Added to that is the new ability to see the return value of functions in your debugger. These two features combine to make debugging code easier, allowing you to solve problems faster.Read Maximizing everyday debugging in full
Twitter Bootstrap is an excellent CSS framework that provides many carefully crafted user interface elements, layouts, and jQuery plugins. Bootstrap is open source and is also one of the most popular projects of all time on GitHub. We will explore Bootstrap in this article by Christoffer Niska, author of Extending Bootstrap.Read Getting Started with Bootstrap in full
This article is written by Tedi Heriyanto and Lee Allen , the authors of Kali Linux – Assuring Security by Penetration Testing. Target exploitation is one area that sets a penetration test apart from a vulnerability assessment. Now that vulnerabilities have been found, you will actually validate and take advantage of these vulnerabilities by exploiting the system in the hope of gaining full control or additional information and visibility into the targeted network and the systems therein. This article will highlight and discuss practices and tools that are used to conduct a real-world exploitation.Read Target Exploitation in full
Our knowledgebase plugin adds extra content to Redmine projects in the form of categories and articles. These new content areas may contain sensitive information, which we would want to restrict certain users from accessing.
As there are different levels of users in Redmine for issue reporting and management, it is only natural that we would want to restrict access to the content in our knowledgebase plugin in a similar fashion.
In this article, written by Alex Bevilacqua the author of Redmine Plugin Extension and Development, you will be introduced to Redmine's permission system. You will learn how you can take advantage of it to restrict access to content areas within our plugin.
We will cover the following topics in this article:
- Summarizing Redmine's permissions system
- Declaring custom permissions
- Ensuring access restrictions in models, views, and controllers
- Understanding custom content access control
In this article by Nicholas Terwood, the author of Highcharts Cookbook, there exists a wide variety of different tools and frameworks spanning different languages and paradigms, and this list of tools continues to grow and expand. This article examines a few of the more popular tools and gives us some idea on how to integrate these different tools with highcharts.
In this article, we will cover:
- Using NodeJS as a data provider
- Using Django as a data provider
- Using Flask / Bottle as a data provider
- Integrating with Backbone
- Using AngularJS data-bindings and controllers
In this article by Daniel Bartholomew, the author of the book MariaDB Cookbook, has discussed about the SHOW EXPLAIN feature of MariaDB. The SHOW EXPLAIN feature was introduced in MariaDB 10.0. It enables us to get an EXPLAIN (that is, a description of the query plan) of the query running in a given thread.Read Using SHOW EXPLAIN with running queries in full
In this article by Dave Calabrese, author of the book Unity 2D Game Development, we're going to explain parallax scrolling, which is an effect where objects further in the distance move slower than objects closer to the camera. From what I understand, many of you may now need to take a moment to stop hyperventilating. Go for it, I'll wait.Read Parallax scrolling in full
In this article by James Serra and Bill Anton, authors of Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012, we will look into what self-service reporting is and talks about how Power View solves self-service reporting needs, covering its main features and functionalities.Read Self-service reporting in full
In this article by Brian Bradley, the author of Photographic Rendering with V-Ray for SketchUp, discusses V-Ray in SketchUp as it guides us through with the use of many key areas in the render engine, all of which need to be utilized by an artist if they want to produce photographic renders using V-Ray.Read Diving Straight into Photographic Rendering in full