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Creating Your First Virtual Machine: Ubuntu Linux (Part 1)

by Alfonso V. Romero | April 2010 | Beginner's Guides Linux Servers Open Source

Packt are due to launch a new Open Source brand, into which future VirtualBox titles will be published. For more information on that launch, look here.

In this two-part article by Alfonso V. Romero, author of VirtualBox 3.1: Beginner's Guide, you shall:

  • Create your first virtual machine in VirtualBox, using Ubuntu Linux
  • Learn about your virtual machine's basic configuration
  • Download and install Ubuntu Linux on your virtual machine
  • Learn how to start and stop your virtual machine
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Creating Your First Virtual Machine: Ubuntu Linux (Part 2)

by Alfonso V. Romero | April 2010 | Beginner's Guides Linux Servers Open Source

Packt are due to launch a new Open Source brand, into which future VirtualBox titles will be published. For more information on that launch, look here.

Read Part One of Creating Your First Virtual Machine: Ubuntu Linux here.

Read Creating Your First Virtual Machine: Ubuntu Linux (Part 2) in full

Programming PHP-Nuke

by Douglas Paterson | April 2010 | MySQL Content Management Open Source PHP

In the previous article of the series by Douglas Paterson, author of Building Websites with PHP-Nuke, we transformed the look of the Dinosaur Portal with the help of a new PHP-Nuke theme. In this article, which is the concluding article of the article series, we will look at programming PHP-Nuke. Specifically, this means creating new blocks and modules. Before we get stuck into that, we will have a look at what actually happens inside PHP-Nuke when a page is requested by a browser.

After that, we will create a new block, a better version of the Dinosaur of the Day block we created in Article 4. That, if you recall, was a static HTML block, and we had hard-coded the image of the dinosaur and its title into the block. Here we will create a block that takes the image to display and title of the dinosaur from the database. This will introduce us to data access in PHP-Nuke, a topic that you will use a lot as you begin to code more with PHP-Nuke.

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Installing VirtualBox on Linux

by Alfonso V. Romero | April 2010 | Beginner's Guides Linux Servers Open Source

Packt are due to launch a new Open Source brand, into which future VirtualBox titles will be published. For more information on that launch, look here.

In this article by Alfonso V. Romero, author of VirtualBox 3.1: Beginner's Guide, you will learn to install VirtualBox on Ubuntu Linux.

Let's go and get our hands dirty with VirtualBox and Ubuntu Linux!

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Creating an Underwater Scene in Blender- Part 2

by Reynante Martinez | April 2010 | Open Source Web Development

Packt are due to launch a new Open Source brand, into which future Blender titles will be published. For more information on that launch, look here.

In this article series by Reynante Martinez, we will learn how to go about creating a underwater scene from scratch. We will begin by creating the terrain for the underwater environment. In the sequel of the article, we will learn how to add vegetation, pebbles and corals. After which we will discuss how to add distant terrains, lighting effects and finally composition.

Read Creating an Underwater Scene in Blender- Part 1 here.

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Creating an Underwater Scene in Blender- Part 1

by Reynante Martinez | April 2010 | Open Source Web Graphics & Video

Packt are due to launch a new Open Source brand, into which future Blender titles will be published. For more information on that launch, look here.

In this article series by Reynante Martinez, we will learn how to go about creating a underwater scene from scratch. We will begin by creating the terrain for the underwater environment. In the sequel of the article, we will learn how to add vegetation, pebbles and corals. After which we will discuss how to add distant terrains, lighting effects and finally composition.

Read Creating an Underwater Scene in Blender- Part 1 in full

Creating an Underwater Scene in Blender- Part 3

by Reynante Martinez | April 2010 | Open Source Web Development Web Graphics & Video

Packt are due to launch a new Open Source brand, into which future Blender titles will be published. For more information on that launch, look here.

In this article series by Reynante Martinez, we will learn how to go about creating a underwater scene from scratch. We will begin by creating the terrain for the underwater environment. In the sequel of the article, we will learn how to add vegetation, pebbles and corals. After which we will discuss how to add distant terrains, lighting effects and finally composition.

Read Creating an Underwater Scene in Blender- Part 2 here.

Read Creating an Underwater Scene in Blender- Part 3 in full

Author Podcast - Bob Griesemer on Oracle Warehouse Builder 11g

by Bob Griesemer | April 2010 | Enterprise Articles Oracle

Listen to Bob Griesemer, author of Oracle Warehouse Builder 11g: Getting Started, speaking with Dain Hansen, Director of Product Marketing for Oracle Fusion Middleware, about his book, data integration, and the benefits of Oracle Warehouse Builder 11g in data warehouses.

Read Author Podcast - Bob Griesemer on Oracle Warehouse Builder 11g in full

The Reasoning Behind Packt's Brand Launch

by | April 2010 | Enterprise Articles Open Source

You are probably already aware of the fact that Packt is set to launch two new brands, Packt Enterprise and Packt Open Source, in the coming weeks. You may even have read about it on our blog or in a previous news piece. This article will offer a slightly more in-depth look at what the brand launch will mean, and why we are doing it.

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Measuring SOA Complexity

by Michael Havey | April 2010 | SOA

This article by Michael Havey, author of SOA Cookbook, presents a formula for scoring SOA processes on complexity. We position complexity analysis as an important step in design oversight and governance. The approach we consider allows the governance team to rate each process as red, yellow, or green and to flag reds for rework. Intuitively, the 'complexity' of a process is the amount of branching or nesting in its graph. Flat form, scores well on complexity because it avoids excessive branching. Naïve processes score poorly. Our scoring method is a variant of McCabe cyclomatic complexity.

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Installing Pentaho Data Integration with MySQL

by María Carina Roldán | April 2010 | Java

In this article by María Carina Roldán, author of Pentaho 3.2 Data Integration: Beginner's Guide, we will learn how to install Pentaho Data Integration (PDI). We will also play around with the graphical designer—Spoon. The article also discusses installing MySQL server.

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Navigation Widgets and Styles in Microsoft Silverlight 4

by Frank LaVigne | April 2010 | Beginner's Guides Microsoft Web Development Web Graphics & Video

In this article by Frank LaVigne, author of Microsoft Silverlight 4 Business Application Development, we shall create a navigation widget in Silverlight to add to the current website.

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Monitoring Windows with Zabbix 1.8

by Rihards Olups | April 2010 | Networking & Telephony

In this article by Rihards Olups, author of Zabbix 1.8 Network Monitoring, we will learn about the following:

  1. Installing Zabbix agent for Windows
  2. Querying performance counters
    • Using numeric references to performance counters
    • Using aliases for performance counters
  3. Monitoring Windows services
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Oracle's RDBMS SQL Command Dump Block

by April C. Sims | April 2010 | Oracle

Dump block gives you the view of the data at the block level, the smallest piece of storage for the data. Working through this article by April Sims, author of Oracle Database 11g – Underground Advice for Database Administrators, allows you to apply concepts of how data moves, block by block, through the physical structures of the database, really solidifying how transaction integrity is maintained. You would only use dump block on a production system with an Oracle Support Engineer, which is usually done during advanced recovery situations. The dump block is often used to determine the level and extent of corruption and what data can be recovered. It can also be used to resolve some tuning and performance issues.

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Unveil the Power of Your Business Data with Oracle Discoverer

by Yuli Vasiliev | April 2010 | Oracle

While starting a discussion about Oracle Discoverer, it would be interesting to say that the name actually stands for more than one tool. Discoverer Plus, Discoverer Portlet Provider, Discoverer Administrator, and Discoverer Viewer – all of these belong to the Oracle Discoverer group. You might be wondering what these components have in common and what purpose they serve. The answer is, all of them are integrated to work together as a complete Business Intelligence solution.

In this article by Yuli Vasiliev, you will look at:

  • Where to get the software containing Oracle Discoverer
  • What components are included in the installation packages
  • How to install Oracle Discoverer components
  • First steps to take in exploring Oracle Discoverer
Read Unveil the Power of Your Business Data with Oracle Discoverer in full
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