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Creating a Shipping Module

by Bart Delvaux Nurul Ferdous | February 2014 | Cookbooks Open Source

In this article by Bart Delvaux, the author of Magento 1.8 Development Cookbook, we will cover the following topics:

  • Initializing module configurations
  • Writing an adapter model
  • Extending the shipping method features
  • Adding the module in the frontend
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Creating attention-grabbing pricing tables

by David Cochran Ian Whitley | February 2014 | Open Source Web Development

In this article by David Cochran and Ian Whitely, authors of the book Bootstrap Site Blueprints, you will learn how to design a set of three thoughtfully designed pricing tables for a beautiful one-page scrolling website.

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Using Azure BizTalk Features

by Johan Hedberg Kent Weare Morten la Cour | February 2014 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

In this article by Johan Hedberg, Morten la Cour, and Kent Weare, authors of the book Microsoft BizTalk Server (70-595) Certification Guide, Second Edition, we will Identify the processes used to run a BizTalk Server environment as a Windows Azure Virtual Machine and Identify the processes used to enable integration using Windows Azure BizTalk Services part of the Assessment. It will introduce the reader to some basic concepts of Microsoft Windows Azure as well as cover both running BizTalk in a virtual image on Azure and using the new Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS). Using the new mapper, XML, and Flat File bridges as well as using the EDI Portal for receiving X12 documents will also be covered.

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Starting Out with BackBox Linux

by Stefan Umit Uygur | February 2014 | Open Source

This article, by Stefan Umit Uygur, the author of Penetration Testing with BackBox, is based on full penetration testing methodologies using BackBox. We will acquire in-depth knowledge of BackBox by familiarizing ourselves with its various tools and functions. It is highly recommended that readers have a prior general understanding of Linux systems and an average level of knowledge concerning shell environments.

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Making the Unit Very Mobile – Controlling the Movement of a Robot with Legs

by Richard Grimmett | February 2014 | Open Source

In this article by Richard Grimmett, the author of the book Raspberry Pi Robotic Projects, you will be introduced to some of the basics of servo motors and using Raspberry Pi to control the speed and direction of your legged platform.

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Making Your Code Better

by Łukasz Gąsior | February 2014 | Open Source

This article by Łukasz Gąsior, the author of the book ReSharper Essentials, will focus on one of the most notable ReSharper features—code analysis.

In this article, we will cover the following topics:

  • Code quality analysis
  • Eliminating errors and code smells
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Adding health checks

by Alexandros Dallas | February 2014 | Open Source Web Development

This article by Alexandros Dallas, the author of RESTful Web Services with Dropwizard, deals with the implementation of runtime tests for our application, which are known as health checks. You will be guided through the implementation of a health check that ensures that your HTTP client can indeed interact with a web service.

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Achieving site resilience for the Mailbox server

by Nuno Mota | February 2014 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

This article by Nuno Mota, the author of the book Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 High Availability, describes site resilience for the Mailbox server by covering the following topics:

  • Scenario 1 – active/passive
  • Scenario 2 – active/active
  • Scenario 3 – third datacenter
  • Using Datacenter Activation Coordination (DAC)
  • Deciding where to place witness servers
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CreateJS – Performing Animation and Transforming Function

by Afshin Mehrabani | February 2014 | Open Source Web Development

In this article by Afshin Mehrabani, author of the book Getting started with CreateJS, we are going to talk about and use the Animation and Transforming function of CreateJS. In this article, we use TweenJS and EaselJS to create basic animation in browsers.

You can then use these functions to create more innovative animations.

In this article, we will cover the following topics:

  1. Creating animations with CreateJS
  2. Understanding TweenJS
  3. Understanding the TweenJS API
  4. Creating simple animations
  5. Transforming shapes
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Adding Graphics to the Map

by Eric Pimpler | February 2014 | Open Source Web Development

This article by Eric Pimpler the author of the book Building Web and Mobile ArcGIS Server Applications has described the reader how to display temporary points, lines, and polygons in GraphicsLayer on the map. GraphicsLayer is a separate layer that always resides on top of other layers and stores all the graphics associated with the map.

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Changing the Appearance

by Sten E. Vesterli | February 2014 | Enterprise Articles

In this article by Sten Vesterli, author of Oracle ADF Enterprise Application Development – Made Simple, Second Edition, explains how to use the powerful skin editor available in JDeveloper 11g Release 2 and later versions to create Cascading Style Sheets to create a new skin, which corresponds to your enterprise visual identity, for your application.

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VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials - Introduction to vCenter Operations Manager

by Lauren Malhoit | February 2014 | Enterprise Articles

This article by Lauren Malhoit, author of the book VMware vCenter Operations Manager Essentials, provides a quick overview of how vCenter Operations (vC Ops from here on) is able to learn our environment and gives us many benefits for both troubleshooting and capacity planning.

In this article, we'll cover:

  • What is vCenter Operations Manager (vC Ops)?
  • Benefits of troubleshooting with vC Ops
  • Benefits of capacity planning with vC Ops
  • Feature comparison of different versions
  • What is vCenter Operations Manager Suite?
  • Licensing versions
  • Using vC Ops with other solutions
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Introduction to vSphere Distributed switches

by Robert van den Nieuwendijk | February 2014 | Enterprise Articles Networking & Telephony

This article by Robert van den Nieuwendijk, the author of Learning PowerCLI, gives you a brief introduction on managing virtual networks with PowerCLI. VMware vSphere provides two types of virtual switches that you can use to configure the networks: vSphere Standard Switches and vSphere Distributed Switches. The vSphere Standard Switches are specific for an ESXi server host. The vSphere Distributed Switches are created and centrally managed on a vCenter Server and are copied to every host that uses this vSphere Distributed Switch.

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XamChat – a Cross-platform App

by Jonathan Peppers | February 2014 | Open Source

This article is written by Jonathan Peppers, the author of Xamarin Cross-platform Application Development. Xamarin technologies are used to develop real-world applications for iOS and Android. This article explains the concept of a cross-platform sample application that we can build using Xamarin Studio.

The best way to truly learn a programming skill, in our opinion, is to take on a simple project that requires you to exercise that skill. This gives new developers a project where they can focus on the concepts they are trying to learn without the overhead of fixing bugs or following customer requirements. To increase our understanding of Xamarin Studio and cross-platform development, let's develop a simple app called XamChat for iOS and Android.

In this article, we will cover the following topics:

  • Our sample application concept
  • The Model layer of our application
  • Mocking a web service
  • The ViewModel layer of our application
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Bitcoins – Pools and Mining

by Piotr J. Kula | February 2014 | Networking & Telephony Open Source Web Development

This article by Piotr J. Kula, author of the book Raspberry Pi Server Essentials, will illustrate the concept of cryptographic currencies, and we will try and understand what Bitcoin is. We will set up a wallet and learn how to send and receive coins.

In this article, we will cover the following topics:

  • Installing Bitcoind
  • Bitcoin wallet
  • Creating a Bitcoin address
  • Mining for Bitcoins
  • Mining with ASICMiner
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