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Creating our first bot, WebBot

by Shay Michael Anderson | October 2013 | Open Source

In this article by Shay Michael Anderson, the author of the book Instant Simple Botting with PHP, you will get started with building your own bot. You should be aware of and comfortable with HTTP requests and responses, how to develop HTTP packages, and why we use bootstrap files.

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Getting Familiar with the Story Features

by Liz Staley | October 2013 | Open Source

In this article by Liz Staley, the author of Mastering Manga Studio 5, we will cover:

  • Making a new story file
  • Creating and working with custom page templates
  • Saving custom page templates
  • Navigating the Story tab
  • Organizing pages
  • Viewing options
  • Easy text entry with the Story Editor mode
  • Changing font face and size
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Quick start – using Foundation 4 components for your first website

by Carlos Azaustre Jorge Arévalo | October 2013 | Open Source Web Development

Foundation 4 provides a set of UI elements to construct our websites. In this article by Jorge Arévalo and Carlos Azaustre, the authors of the book Instant Zurb Foundation 4, we will show you how to use some of them in our websites. Specifically, we will see the following two elements:

  • The Grid
  • The navigation Bar
  • Buttons
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Using Sprites for Animation

by Darmie Akinlaja | October 2013 | Open Source

This article, created by Darmie Akinlaja, the author of LÖVE for Lua Game Programming, takes you through drawing a 2D object, moving objects, and animating a game character.

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Cross-platform Development - Build Once, Deploy Anywhere

by Andreas Oehlke | October 2013 | Games Open Source

In this article by Andreas Oehlke, the author of the book "Learning Libgdx Game Development", you will learn more about the generated Eclipse projects and how they work together. Also, you will learn more about the following components of the Libgdx framework:

  • Backends
  • Modules
  • Application Life-Cycle and Interface
  • Starter Classes
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Working with Databases

by Gilberto T. Garcia Jr. | October 2013 | Cookbooks Open Source

In this article by Gilberto T. Garcia Jr., the author of the book Lift Application Development Cookbook, we will cover the following topics:

  • Configuring a connection to database
  • Mapping a table to a Scala class
  • Creating one-to-many relationships
  • Creating many-to-many relationships
  • Creating CRUD features with CRUDify
  • Paginating result sets
  • Using an in-memory database in application tests
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AR experience using Vuforia and features definition

by Dominic Cushnan Hassan EL Habbak | October 2013 | Games Open Source

This article written by Dominic Cushnan and Hassan El Habbak, the authors of Developing AR Games for iOS and Android, discusses about how Vuforia tracks the images and also defines the various features that can be tracked in an image. This article contains two sections: What decides trackable score? and Features definition.

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Routes and model binding (Intermediate)

by Christian Horsdal | October 2013 | Open Source Web Development

This article by Christian Horsdal, author of Instant Nancy Web Development, we take a look at how to handle the other HTTP verbs apart from GET and how to work with dynamic routes such as /custumer/42, where 42 is the customer ID. We will also look at how to work with JSON data and how to do model binding.

In this recipe, we will see the Todo application, which is the running example of the article, take shape. In fact at the end of this recipe, you will have a backend—if hooked up correctly— that works with the canonical JavaScript library todo samples. The downloadable code for this recipe is attached with the backbone.js todo sample.

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What is New in 12c

by Aman Sharma Francisco Munoz Alvarez | September 2013 | Enterprise Articles

This article by Francisco Munoz Alvarez and Aman Sharma, the authors of Oracle Database 12c Backup and Recovery Survival Guide, covers topics such as pluggable database, RMAN's new features and enhancements, and Data Pump's new features and enhancements.

In this article, we will cover the following topics:

  • Pluggable database
  • RMAN's new features and enhancements
  • Data Pump's new features and enhancements
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Ninject Patterns and Anti-patterns

by Daniel Baharestani | September 2013 | Open Source

In this article, by Daniel Baharestani, the author of Mastering Ninject for Dependency Injection, we will learn how Ninject facilitates the implementation of Dependency Injection to solve common design problems of real-life applications in a simple and easy-to-understand format. It will teach you everything you need in order to implement Dependency Injection using Ninject in a real-life project.

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Connecting to MongoHq API with RestKit

by Taras Kalapun | September 2013 | Open Source

In this article by Taras Kalapun, the author of RestKit for iOS, discusses how to connect to MonoHq API with RestKit. While performing a request operation, the object manager will use the base URL and the provided request path, to construct the NSURL object with [NSURL URLWithString:relativeToURL:]. The way this method evaluates the relativity of the URL can sometimes be confusing and surprising, and one can experience a lot of errors regarding this. For example, a small part of the AFNetworking documentation is provided, so one can better understand how the base URL and different paths interact.

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Getting Started with OMNeT++

by Thomas Chamberlain | September 2013 | Networking & Telephony

This article created by Thomas Chamberlain, the author of book Learning OMNeT++, introduces you with Omnet++. This book is intended for a whole range of people, from network engineers who want to create reliable networks to budding simulation enthusiasts. I know I would have benefited from a book like this when I was in my final year of University. That's when I realized I needed to simulate networks to solve the problems I had. This book would have been useful for me, because once I realized I wanted to simulate a network, I also realized that I had no idea how to do it. Once I discovered OMNeT++, I also found the learning curve for using it to be steep to start with, and I really wanted the network simulations that I would soon create to be up and running as quickly as possible. I wish for this book to be useful, interesting and also fun.

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Hadoop and HDInsight in a Heartbeat

by Rajesh Nadipalli | September 2013 | Open Source

Apache Hadoop is the trademark of Apache Software Foundation (http:// hadoop.apache.org/). HDInsight is Microsoft's Apache Hadoop-based solution for Windows server and Windows Azure. This article, created by Rajesh Nadipalli author of the book, HDInsight Essentials, will provide an overview of Apache Hadoop and Microsoft Big Data strategy where Microsoft HDInsight plays an important role.

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Plugins and Extensions

by Abdullah Al Mohammad | September 2013 | Open Source Web Development

This article by Abdullah Al Mohammad, the author of the book Ext JS 4 Plugin and Extension Development, introduces and defines the Ext JS plugins and extensions, the differences between them, and finally shows how to develop a plugin and an extension.

In this article we will cover:

  • What a plugin is
  • What an extension is
  • Differences between an extension and a plugin, and choosing the best option
  • Building an Ext JS plugin
  • Building an Ext JS extension
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Testing a Camel application

by Evgeniy Sharapov | September 2013 | Open Source

In this article by Evgeniy Sharapov, author of the book Instant Apache Camel Messaging System, we will learn about testing a Camel application. Of course, it is very easy to start your application and see how it works while it is small. Once the application starts growing, it will become impossible to check that it works correctly. Furthermore, Camel is both concurrent, which makes it even more complex, and an integration framework, so one would expect inputs and outputs to come and go from and to other systems, which might make things very tedious for the person doing quality assurance. Well, a long time ago, software developers came up with an idea to automate testing. Since then, plenty of good frameworks and libraries facilitating automatic testing have emerged. One of the approaches is unit testing—testing an application's functionality piece by piece or unit by unit. In the Java world, there are two options for unit testing: JUnit and TestNG. Even though Apache Camel supports both, here we will use only JUnit.

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