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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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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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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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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 http://packtpub.com/support, 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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IPv6 on Packet Tracer

by Jesin A | January 2014 | Enterprise Articles

This article is written by Jesin A the author of Packet Tracer Network Simulator. Cisco Packet Tracer is a powerful network simulation program and provides simulation, visualization, authoring, assessment, and shows collaboration capabilities of a network. This article explains the IPv6 addresses used in Packet Tracer.

IPv4 has 4.3 billion addresses, which may seem mindboggling. However, it took only two decades for it to reach its depletion. IPv6 has come to the rescue in the form of 128-bit addresses. Packet Tracer supports a wide array of IPv6 features. We'll start by learning how to assign IP addresses to different devices and how to configure routing between them. Finally, we'll create a setup that enables IPv6 communication over IPv4 devices.

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Windows Azure Mobile Services - Implementing Push Notifications using

by Geoff Webber-Cross | January 2014 | Enterprise Articles

In this article by Geoff Webber-Cross, author of the book Learning Windows Azure Mobile Services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, we will have a look at how push Notifications allow us to expand our application's user experience outside the bounds of the app with live tile updates, toast notifications, and badges in Windows 8. Windows Azure Mobile Services makes it very easy for us to trigger notifications via Windows Notifications Service (WNS) (for Store apps), Microsoft Push Notification Service (MPNS) (for Windows Phone 8 apps), Apple Notifications Service (ANS), and Google Notifications Service (GCM). We're going to discuss how to configure Windows 8 and Windows Phone applications to allow notifications, send different types of notifications using scripts, and create a list of devices to manage our user's notification channels.

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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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Aspects of Data Manipulation in R

by Jaynal Abedin | January 2014 | Open Source

This article, by Jaynal Abedin, the author of the book Data Manipulation with R, highlights the features such as factor variables, the split-apply-combine strategy, and reshaping a dataset in R.

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Preparing and Configuring Your Magento Website

by Robert Kent | January 2014 | Open Source Web Development

This article, by Robert Kent, the author of Magento Search Engine Optimization, covers the basic concepts of keyword placement and the roles of the different types of pages to prepare and configure your Magento website.

In this article, we cover the following topics:

  • Understanding the structure of a website, the purpose of optimizing for e-commerce, and the relationship between keywords and their position on a website
  • Understanding the buying intent of our visitors and how this intent may differ depending on the type of page by which they enter our website
  • The roles of content management system (CMS) pages
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Making POIApp Location Aware

by Mark Reynolds | January 2014 | Open Source

The article by Mark Reynolds, the author of Xamarin Mobile Application Development for Android, deals with one of the most interesting aspects for mobile development is interacting with device capabilities such as motion sensors, cameras, and location sensors. While these capabilities are new and fun to many developers, they can also bring a great deal of value to the users of our mobile apps.

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