# Ink Slingers

by Michael Rhodes | April 2014 | Beginner's Guides Open Source

In this article, by Michael Rhodes, the author of Manga Studio 5 Beginner's Guide, you will learn pressure settings and inking and how to create new brush tips for airbrushes and other marking tools.

• What is inking?

• Tools that Manga Studio provides to let us ink our artwork

• Using rulers and guides for inking

• Creating a customized brush for special effects

• How to use the Manga Studio default tones

• A walk-through inking example

# Monte Carlo Simulation and Options

by Yuxing Yan | April 2014 | Open Source

In this article by Yuxing Yan, the author of Python for Finance, discusses how to use Monte Carlo simulation to price European, American, average, lookback, and barrier options.

In finance, we study the trade-off between risk and return. The common definition of risk is uncertainty. For example, when evaluating a potential profitable project, we have to predict many factors in the life of the project, such as the annual sales, price of the final product, prices of raw materials, salary increase of employees, inflation rate, cost of borrowing, cost of new equity, and economic status. For those cases, the Monte Carlo simulation could be used to simulate many possible future outcomes, events, and their various combinations. In this article, we focus on the applications of the Monte Carlo simulation to price various options.

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# Bootstrap 3 and other applications

by Bass Jobsen | April 2014 | Open Source Web Development

This article by Bass Jobsen, the author of Less Web Development Essentials, introduces Bootstrap and then talks about how you can use Bootstrap's Less files, and what modifications can be done on the same.

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# Creating a Responsive Magento Theme with Bootstrap 3

by Andrea Saccà | April 2014 | e-Commerce Open Source

In this article, by Andrea Saccà, the author of Mastering Magento Theme Design, we will learn how to integrate the Bootstrap 3 framework and how to develop the main theme blocks.

• An introduction to Bootstrap

• Integrating the files into the theme

• Defining the main layout design template

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# Getting Started with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Marketing

by Alok Singh Sandeep Chanda | April 2014 | CRM Enterprise Articles

In this article, by Alok Singh and Sandeep Chanda, the authors of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Marketing Automation, you will be introduced to the present day marketing and learn how the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems are playing a key role in bringing in automation and helping organizations realize their marketing objectives.

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# Getting Started – An Introduction to GML

by Matthew DeLucas | April 2014 | Open Source

GML or GameMaker Language is a great tool for expanding the already vast variety of tools provided by GameMaker: Studio. GML scripts allow users to write their own code, creating an organized codebase that is easier to modify and debug than GameMaker: Studio's built-in drag-and-drop functionality.

Before exploring GML's use in creating actual games, this article by Matthew DeLucas, the author of GameMaker Game Programming with GML, will go over the basics of the language, such as the following components:

• Syntax and formatting
• Variables
• Functions
• Statements
• Arrays
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# Skeuomorphic versus flat

by António Pratas | April 2014 | Open Source Web Development

This article is written by Antonio Pratas, the author of Creating Flat Design Websites. Skeuomorphic design, also known as realism, is a style that was very much used during 2012 and 2013, and it consists of creating visual elements that represent their original, physical counterpart.

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# Indexing the Data

by Marek Rogoziński Rafał Kuć | April 2014 | Open Source

In this article by Rafał Kuć and Marek Rogoziński, authors of Elasticsearch Server Second Edition, we will learn about Elasticsearch indexing, how to configure our index structure mappings, and also see what field types we are allowed to use.

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by Marius Sandbu | April 2014 | Enterprise Articles Web Development

This article by Marius Sandbu, author of the book Implementing NetScaler VPX™, gives an idea on setting up a load-balanced Microsoft SQL Server running on 2008 R2.

# Building Mobile Apps

by Anubhav Hanjura | April 2014 | Networking & Telephony

This article is written by Anubhav Hanjura, the author of Heroku Cloud Application Development. Mobility has reached significance of extraordinary proportions today. There are innumerable mobile apps available from different online app stores for different platforms that provide value added services to its users, ranging from business productivity to gaming and entertainment. As a result, it has become increasingly important to gain the ability to build and deploy these mobile apps as fast and portably as possible.

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# Designing a XenDesktop® Site

by Craig Thomas Ellrod | April 2014 | Enterprise Articles

In this article by Craig Thomas Ellrod, the author of Getting Started with XenDesktop® 7.x, he starts with defining the pieces or components that make up a XenDesktop Site along with the terminology and concepts involved. We then set out to design a basic XenDesktop architecture, which ends with a network diagram that we will use as a roadmap. In this article, we will cover the following topics:

• The components of XenDesktop®

• Terminology and concepts

• System requirements

• Designing a basic XenDesktop® Site

• Common ports used in network communication

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# Using a Persistent Connection

by Roberto Vespa | April 2014 | Cookbooks Open Source Web Development

In this article by Roberto Vespa, the author of SignalR Real-time Application Development Cookbook, we will cover the following recipes:

• Adding and registering a persistent connection

• Sending messages from the server

• Sending messages to the server

• Exchanging messages between a server and a JavaScript client

• Exchanging messages between a server and a .NET client

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# Introduction to Veeam® Backup & Replication for VMware

by Christian Mohn | April 2014 | Enterprise Articles

In this article by Christian Mohn, the author of Learning Veeam® Backup & Replication for VMware vSphere, we will learn about various backup strategies and also go through various components of Veeam Backup and replication.

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# Analyzing a Complex Dataset

by Steven F. Lott | April 2014 | Open Source

This article is written by Steven F. Lott the author of the book Mastering Object-oriented Python. Let's assume we've been given a big set of data that we need to analyze to produce useful summaries. In many cases, we're given data that's not a neat fit with the simplistic row-and-column form of a spreadsheet.

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# The Software Task Management Tool - Rake

by Andrey Koleshko | April 2014 | Open Source

In this article, by Andrey Koleshko, author of the book Rake Task Management Essentials, we will cover the installation of Rake, the definition of basic terms such as rake task and Rakefile, and how to use them for easy programming issues. The introduction will be given using straightforward examples to explain the terms as clearly as possible. You will see that Rake is a tool that is written in the Ruby programming language, and that's why any Ruby code can be written in a Rake application. Also, you have the choice of using any available Ruby library in a Rake project. This feature makes Rake the winner compared to many other build tools, which use their own limited languages. The article will serve as a base for introducing Rake's Domain Specific Language (DSL) and project file structuring.