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JasperReports 3.6: Creating a Report from XML Data using XPath

by Bilal Siddiqui | June 2010 | Cookbooks Java Open Source

XML is a popular data source used in many applications. JasperReports allows you to generate reports directly from XML data. This first section of the article teaches you how to connect iReport to an XML file stored on your PC. In the second section of this article by Bilal Siddiqui, author of JasperReports 3.6 Development Cookbook, you will create a report from data stored in an XML file. In order to process an XML file and extract information from it, JasperReports uses XPath, which is a popular query language to filter XML data. So you will also learn how to use XPath expressions for report generation.

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Product Management with Compiere 3

by Andries L Pretorius | June 2010 | CRM

Products are an integral part of the ERP transactional process, and thus require a detailed explanation in the setup process, not only from the master data point of view but also for transactional processes.

We will therefore describe how Compiere handles Product. In this article by Andries L Pretorius, author of Compiere 3 Implementation Guide we shall learn:

  • Give you an overview of the concept of a product
  • Show you how to set up price lists and discount schemas
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Debugging Java Programs using JDB

by Nataraju Neeluru | June 2010 | Java

In this article by Nataraju Neeluru, we will learn how to debug a Java program using a simple command-line debugging tool called JDB. JDB is one of the several debuggers available for debugging Java programs. It comes as part of the Sun's JDK. JDB is used by a lot of people for debugging purposes, for the main reason that it is very simple to use, lightweight and being a command-line tool, is very fast. Those who are familiar with debugging C programs with gdb, will be more inclined to use JDB for debugging Java programs.

We will cover most of the commonly used and needed JDB commands for debugging Java programs. Nothing much is assumed to read this article, other than some familiarity with Java programming and general concepts of debugging like breakpoint, stepping through the code, examining variables, etc. Beginners may learn quite a few things here, and experts may revise their knowledge.

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Oracle: Environmental Variables and Scripting

by April C. Sims | June 2010 | Enterprise Articles Oracle

This article by April Sims, author of the book Oracle Database 11g – Underground Advice for Database Administrators, discusses the various guidelines for Unix shell scripting.

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How to configure MSDTC and the firewall for the distributed WCF service

by Mike Liu | June 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In the first article we have seen how to enhance this WCF service to support distributed transaction processing and how to configure all related computers to enable distributed transaction support

In this article by Mike Liu, author of WCF 4.0 Multi-tier Services Development with LINQ to EntitiesWe will cover the following topics in this article:

  • Configuring the firewall for the distributed WCF service
  • Propagating a transaction from the client to the WCF service
  • Testing the multiple database support of the distributed WCF service
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Getting Started with Facebook Application Development using ColdFusion/Railo

by | June 2010 | Open Source Web Development

In this article by Andrew Schwabe, we will be learn how to build Facebook applications using CFML (ColdFusion Markup Language) on Railo (open source CFML engine) or ColdFusion.

This article will discuss the fundamentals of how Facebook applications work, getting started with building a Facebook application using CFML and how to use the Facebook APIs so you can get running quickly.

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Getting Started with Blender’s Particle System- A Sequel

by | June 2010 | Open Source Web Development

In this article series by Reynante Martinez, we’ll discuss the following:

  • What is a particle system and where can we find it in Blender?
  • What are the types of Blender particle system?
  • Basic and practical uses of the Particle System
  • Creating Dust
  • Creating Smoke
  • Creating Fire
  • Creating Bubbles
  • Simulating Rock Slides
  • Creating Hair/Fur/Grass

Read Getting Started with Blender’s Particle System here.

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Getting Started with Blender’s Particle System

by | June 2010 | Open Source Web Graphics & Video

In this article series by Reynante Martinez, we’ll discuss the following:

  • What is a particle system and where can we find it in Blender?
  • What are the types of Blender particle system?
  • Basic and practical uses of the Particle System
  • Creating Dust
  • Creating Smoke
  • Creating Fire
  • Creating Bubbles
  • Simulating Rock Slides
  • Creating Hair/Fur/Grass
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Security and Disaster Recovery in PrestaShop 1.3

by John Horton | June 2010 | e-Commerce Open Source

In this article by John Horton, PrestaShop 1.3 Beginner's Guide, we shall:

  • Look at ways your shop can be damaged
  • Add users, profiles, and permissions to increase security
  • Talk about and optionally implement SSL to protect your customers' private information
  • Learn how to backup and restore your shop in case everything else fails
  • Talk about upgrading PrestaShop and how this helps keep your business secure
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Creating Composition Components in JSF 2.0

by Anghel Leonard | June 2010 | Java Open Source Web Development

In this article by Anghel Leonard, author of the book JSF 2.0 Cookbook, we will cover the following:

  • Creating composition components in JSF 2.0
  • Passing sub-elements to composition components
  • Passing actions to composition components
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Getting Started with jQuery

by A P Rajshekhar | June 2010 | Open Source Web Development

It is JavaScript that brings a HTML page to 'life'. Whether it is client-side validation, animating the page elements or calling the server in the background to get updated page, one can use JavaScript to achieve all this and much more. However, using JavaScript in its 'raw' state compels the developer to write multiple lines to implement each of the afore-mentioned functionality and for each application. The pit-fall in such an approach is that each application will have its own pattern and trying to reuse JavaScript code developed for one application, will ultimately result in re-factoring most of the code so that it meets the requirements of both the applications. This is where JavaScript libraries come into picture. These libraries encapsulate the ordinary yet oft used functionalities (e.g. validation, selection of elements etc.) and provide simplified API to access these functionalities. Among the JavaScript libraries, one of the most used is jQuery.

In this article by Rajshekhar A.P., the focus will be on the basics of jQuery. The first section will be about how jQuery works. The second section will provide details about using various functionalities of jQuery. That’s the agenda for this discussion.

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Checkbox Persistence in Tabular Forms (Reports)

by Arie Geller Matthew Lyon | June 2010 | Enterprise Articles Oracle Web Development

In this article by Arie Geller and Matthew Lyon, authors of the book Oracle Application Express 3.2 – The Essentials and More, we will see how to save the checked checkboxes into a database table.

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Distributed transaction using WCF

by Mike Liu | June 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

WCF is the acronym for Windows Communication Foundation. It is Microsoft's latest technology that enables applications in a distributed environment to communicate with each other.

In this article series, we will first verify that the LINQNorthwind WCF service does not support distributed transaction processing. We will then explain how to enhance this WCF service to support distributed transaction processing and how to configure all related computers to enable distributed transaction support. To demonstrate this, we will propagate a transaction from the client to the WCF service and verify that all sequential calls to the WCF service are within one single distributed transaction. We will also explain the multiple database support of the WCF service and discuss how to configure MSDTC and the firewall for the distributed WCF service.

In this article by Mike Liu, author of  WCF 4.0 Multi-tier Services Development with LINQ to Entities We will cover the following topics in this article:

  • Creating the solution files
  • Testing the transaction behavior of the DistNorthwind WCF service
  • Enabling transaction flow in the service bindings
  • Modifying the service operation contract to allow transaction flow
  • Modifying the service operation implementation to require a transaction scope
  • Configuring the Distributed Transaction Coordinator for the distributed WCF service
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How Microsoft Dynamics NAV fits a consultancy company

by Mark Brummel | June 2010 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 is a very complete ERP package, but unlike other ERP packages it has a design capable of providing an open structure and a development platform. The idea is to provide 80% of the solution out of the box and allow the other 20% to be designed by qualified business application developers.

In this article by Mark Brummel, author of  Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 Application Design, we will learn how Microsoft Dynamics NAV fits a consultancy company. Most consultancy companies have project related processes. They take on larger projects that take a certain time to complete. Some consultancy companies also purchase and sell items.

We will discuss four different project scenarios and see how Microsoft Dynamics NAV can be used to support those. To do this we will create some modifications along the way.

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Build iPhone, Android and iPad Applications using jQTouch

by Mambe Nanje Churchill | June 2010 | Open Source Web Development

With jQTouch, web developers can build smartphone interfaces for their existing web applications by simply transforming an existing Document Object Model (DOM) structure into an interface that works, looks and feels like native iPhone or Android application. In this tutorial by Mambe Churchill Nanje, we will learn how to develop such an application.

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