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by Himanshu Kumar | January 2014 | Networking & Telephony

These days, security is the most vital subject for any organization irrespective of their size or the kind of the business they do. The primary reason for this is that organizations don't want to lose their reputation or business over compromises affecting security; secondly, they have to meet legal and regulatory requirements. When it comes to technical security of the infrastructure, Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (PT or PenTest) play the most vital role. This article by Himanshu Kumar, the author of Learning Nessus for Penetration Testing, illustrates what a PT or PenTest is, why it is required and how to set up and manage Nessus for your organization.

This article will introduce you to Nessus, a tool for vulnerability assessment and penetration testing. We will also cover the following topics:

  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Penetration testing
  • Introduction to Nessus
  • Installing Nessus on different platforms
  • Updating Nessus plugins
  • Nessus user management
  • Nessus system configuration
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Server Logs

by Hussein Nasser | January 2014 | Architecture & Analysis Enterprise Articles Networking & Telephony

In this article by Hussein Nasser, author of Administering ArcGIS for Server, we will learn how to read logfiles and understand them in order to extract useful information that can help solving problems that might occur

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Search Using Beautiful Soup

by Vineeth G. Nair | January 2014 | Open Source Web Development

In this article by Vineeth G. Nair, the author of the book Getting Started with Beautiful Soup, we will learn the different searching methods provided by Beautiful Soup to search based on tag name, attribute values of tag, text within the document, regular expression, and so on. At the end, we will make use of these searching methods to scrape data from an online web page.

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Using Phalcon Models, Views, and Controllers

by Stephan A. Miller | January 2014 | Web Development

In this article, by Stephan A. Miller, the author of Getting Started with Phalcon, gives an introduction to using Phalcon to develop web applications.

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Intents for Mobile Components

by Muhammad Usama bin Aftab Wajahat Karim | January 2014 | Open Source

In this article by Wajahat Karim, the author of the book "Learning Android Intents" has discussed some of the applications of intents with a more practical approach. Also, he has discussed the mobile components that are commonly found in all Android phones.

Now, we will see how these mobile components can be accessed and used very easily via intents. Android provides a vast collection of libraries and features through which a developer can utilize mobile components. This is as easy as a walk in the park. This article mainly includes four different categories of components: visual components such as camera, communication components such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, media components such as video and audio recording, speech recognition, and text-to-speech conversion, and finally, motion components such as proximity sensor. The following topics will be discussed in this article:

  • Common mobile components
  • Components and intents
  • Communication components
  • Using Bluetooth through intents
  • Using Wi-Fi through intents
  • Media components
  • Taking pictures and recording video through intents
  • Speech recognition using intents
  • Role of intents in text-to-speech conversion
  • Motion components
  • Proximity alerts through intents

The concepts and structures of intents are the prerequisites for understanding this article.

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Creating a basic JavaScript plugin

by Gordon Beeming | January 2014 | Enterprise Articles

In this article by Gordon Beeming, the author of the book Team Foundation Server 2013 Customization, we are going to explore in Web Access how to create a basic JavaScript plugin that will display work item IDs on both the task and portfolio boards and the state of requirements on the task board.

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BSD Socket Library

by Jon Hoffman | January 2014 | Cookbooks

In this article by Jon Hoffman, author of iOS and OS X Network Programming Cookbook, we will cover:

  • Finding the byte order of your device
  • Retrieving network address information
  • Performing network address resolution
  • Creating an echo server
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Working with common architectures

by Yik Yang | January 2014 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles

This article by Yik Yang, the author of book LabVIEW Graphical Programming Cookbook, covers commonly-used architectures and tools in LabVIEW. LabVIEW is a graphical programming development environment for problem solving, accelerated productivity, and continual innovation. It integrates all the tools that engineers and scientists need to build a wide range of applications in a short amount of time.

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Integrating Direct3D with XAML and Windows 8.1

by Justin Stenning | January 2014 | Cookbooks

In this article by Justin Stenning the author of Direct3D Rendering Cookbook we will cover the following recipes:

  • Preparing the swap chain for a Windows Store app
  • Rendering to a CoreWindow
  • Rendering to a XAML SwapChainPanel
  • Loading and compiling resources asynchronously

Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) is an XML-based language created by Microsoft that is most commonly used for creating UI layouts for .NET Framework applications. XAML was originally used with the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight but has also been used for designing workflows within Windows Workflow Foundation (WF). Generally, a C# Windows Store app is built using XAML.

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Beyond Grading

by Mythravarun Vepakomma | January 2014 | Open Source

This article written by Mythravarun Vepakomma, the author of the book Blender Compositing and Post Processing, deals with advanced compositing beyond grading. These techniques emphasize alternate methods in Blender Compositing for some specific 3D render requirements that can save lots of render time, thereby also saving budgets, in making a CG film. Following is the list of contents that will be presented in this article:

  • Relighting
  • Fresnel effect in compositing
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Securing QlikView Documents

by Stephen Redmond | January 2014 | Enterprise Articles

In this article by Stephen Redmond, author of QlikView Server and Publisher, we will look at different methods of securing QlikView documents.

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Anatomy of a Sprite Kit project

by Dmitry Volevodz | January 2014 | Games

This article by Dmitry Volevodz, the author of iOS 7 Game Development explains the anatomy of a Sprite Kit project as well as gives an idea about what are nodes, scenes, and so on.

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Your First Application

by Raphaël Saunier | January 2014 | Open Source Web Development

Having learned about the conventions and responsibilities in Laravel, and how to create a new project with Composer, you are now ready to build your first application!

In this article by Raphaël Saunier, author of Getting Started with Laravel 4, you will use the concepts presented previously in a practical way and learn how to do the following:

  • Sketch out the URLs and entities of your application
  • Troubleshoot common issues when getting started
  • Define the routes and their actions as well as the models and their relationships
  • Prepare your database and learn how to interact with it using Eloquent
  • Use the Blade template language to create hierarchical layouts

The first step in creating a web application is to identify and define its requirements. Then, once the main features have been formulated, we derive the main entities as well as the URL structure of the application. Having a well-defined set of requirements and URLs is also essential for other tasks such as testing; this will be covered later in the book.

A lot of new concepts are presented in this article. If you have trouble understanding something or if you are not quite sure where to place a particular snippet of code, you can download the annotated source code of the application on, which will help you to follow along.

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Installing Virtual Desktop Agent – server OS and desktop OS

by Gaspare A. Silvestri | January 2014 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Networking & Telephony

In this article by Gaspare A. Silvestri, the author of Citrix XenDesktop 7 Cookbook, we will study how to install Virtual Desktop Agent in a server OS and a desktop OS.

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That's One Fancy Hammer!

by Ryan Henson Creighton | January 2014 | Beginner's Guides Games

This article by Ryan Henson Creighton, author of Unity 3D Game Development by Example,introduces you to Unity 3D—an amazing game engine that enables you to create games and deploy them to a number of different devices, including (at the time of writing) the Web, PCs, iOS platforms, and WiiWare, with modules for Android and Xbox Live Arcade deployment in the works. You'll play a number of browser-based Unity 3D games to get a sense of what the engine can handle, from a massively-multiplayer online game all the way down to a simple kart racer. You'll download and install your own copy of Unity 3D, and mess around with the beautiful Island Demo that ships with the product.

Technology is a tool. It helps us accomplish amazing things, hopefully more quickly and more easily and more amazingly than if we hadn't used the tool. Before we had newfangled steam-powered hammering machines, we had hammers. And before we had hammers, we had the painful process of smacking a nail into a board with our bare hands. Technology is all about making our lives better and easier. And less painful.

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