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Organizing Jade Projects

by Sean Lang | March 2014 | Open Source Web Development

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.

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Consuming Web Services using Microsoft Dynamics AX

by Kenny Saelen Klaas Deforche | March 2014 | Enterprise Articles

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.
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Preparing Your Scene

by Ty Audronis | March 2014 | Open Source

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.

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Running a PostgreSQL Database Server

by Michał Karzyński | March 2014 | Cookbooks Networking & Telephony Open Source Web Development

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.

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Automating Your System Administration and Deployment Tasks Over SSH

by Dr. M. O. Faruque Sarker | March 2014 | Cookbooks Networking & Telephony

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.

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Testing Your Speed

by Daniel Bates | March 2014 | Open Source

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.

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Presenting Data Using ADF Faces

by Amr Gawish | March 2014 | Enterprise Articles

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

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Reversing Android Applications

by Aditya Gupta | March 2014 | Open Source Web Development

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.

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by Aravind Sivaraman Mohammed Raffic Kajamoideen | March 2014 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles

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.

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Components of PrimeFaces Extensions

by Sudheer Jonna | March 2014 | Open Source Web Development

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.

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Adding Animations

by David Horachek | March 2014 | Games Open Source

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
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by Sébastien Armand | March 2014 | Open Source Web Development

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.

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Virtual Machine Concepts

by Rebecca Fitzhugh | March 2014 | Enterprise Articles

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
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Getting Started with CMIS

by Martin Bergljung | March 2014 | e-Commerce Open Source

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.

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Advanced Configuration

by Wojciech Kocjan | March 2014 | Open Source

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.

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