The launch of Windows XP in 2001 heralded the long-awaited transition of consumer-orientated editions of Windows to the NT codebase. Microsoft designed the Windows Application Compatibility Infrastructure as part of Windows XP to help system administrators and home users solve compatibility problems with applications that were designed to run in Windows 98 or earlier versions of the 9x range.
In this article by Russell Smith, author of Least Privilege Security for Windows 7, Vista and XP, we will learn:
- How the Application Compatibility Infrastructure uses shims to modify incompatible applications on the fly
- Why using shims provides the best balance between compatibility and security
- How to create shims using Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5
- Distributing compatibility databases to devices across the enterprise
In this article by David Heffelfinger, author of the book Java EE 6 with GlassFish 3 Application Server, we will look at how to build queries programmatically through the JPA 2.0 Criteria API and automating data validation through JPA 2.0's Bean Validation support.Read New Features in JPA 2.0 in full
In this article by Prashanth Hirematada, author of Flash 10 Multiplayer Game Essentials, we will explore the Hello World sample included in the Pulse package. We will focus on how things get initialized and the login process. We will also cover the Pulse framework functionalities. We will explore how the different screens for the game are managed by the PulseUI framework. Finally, we will explore some of the server-side challenges regarding player login and registration during a commercial game deployment.
Specifically, we will learn the following:
- Programming structure of a multiplayer game
- Game screen management with the PulseUI framework
- Detailed walk-through of the login process
- Login and registration in a typical multiplayer game deployment
This article by Russell Smith, author of Least Privilege Security for Windows 7, Vista and XP, includes information about tools and techniques that can be used to solve Least Privilege Security problems. Specifically, we will use third-party solution to configure administrative privileges for applications and Windows processes on-the-fly. Privilege Guard is a third-party solution, from Microsoft Gold Partner Avecto, that allows system administrators to dynamically add or remove privileges by modifying the logged in user's access token as it's assigned to new processes.Read Solving LUA Problems with Avecto Privilege Guard in full
With Pulse SDK, we hardly need to write code for either on the server side, which is already taken care of by the server out of the box or on the client-side, which is taken care of by the PulseUI framework. In the previous article we were introduced to the Lobby and Room Management. In this article by Prashanth Hirematada, author of Flash 10 Multiplayer Game Essentials, we will see how we can directly use the PulseUI framework to jumpstart our multiplayer game as well as customize it to suit the needs for your game. Finally, once players either create a room or join an existing one, we will see how the game screen gets initialized and displayed for the game to start.
More specifically, we will learn the following:
- Creating a new game room
- Player management within game rooms
- Initializing the game screen
Let's have a look at the Python syntax that allows us to create object-oriented software. In this article by Dusty Phillips, Author of Python 3 Object Oriented Programming we will understand:
- How to create classes and instantiate objects in Python
- How to add attributes and behaviors to Python objects
- How to organize classes into packages and modules
In this article by Gastón C. Hillar, author of Microsoft Silverlight 4 and SharePoint 2010 Integration, we want to include Silverlight 4 RIAs (Rich Internet Applications) in SharePoint 2010. RIAs provide rich experience for users, both through their browsers and outside them. Integrating Silverlight RIAs in SharePoint 2010 offers amazing opportunities to combine the power and flexibility offered by SharePoint with great user experiences. In fact, many interfaces shown in SharePoint 2010 are developed in Silverlight. We want to integrate Silverlight RIAs into SharePoint 2010. First, we must understand some of the fundamentals that are related to various tools and their configurations. In this article, we will cover many topics to help us understand the new tools and techniques involved in creating Silverlight RIAs for SharePoint 2010 sites. We will:
- Understand the benefits of integrating Silverlight with SharePoint
- Prepare the development environment to develop applications for SharePoint 2010 using Silverlight 4
- Prepare the SharePoint 2010 server to host Silverlight applications
Some of Plone's advanced features at user level are worth having their own section. All of them have a direct impact on how our users use the intranet, and most importantly, they are the catalyst to an alive and more dynamic intranet. A dynamic intranet is in constant change and users update its contents frequently.
In this article by Víctor Fernández de Alba, author of the book Plone 3 Intranets, we will cover the following topics:
- Content rules: They will allow us to define a set of actions and tasks triggered when some event happens in our site, or in a folder tree. Both the actions and events are user configurable and help us make our site dynamic.
- Syndication: This is often very important in order to keep our users posted when something changes in our intranet. Not only collections are syndication aware, we can also make any folder in our site export the objects it contains as an RSS feed.
- Versioning: This is another notable Plone feature and very useful in an intranet scenario. In few words, our users will love it.
- WebDAV access: WebDAV access to content, along with external editing, will enable communication between our user's desktop and the intranet, taking our user's productivity to its maximum.
- External editing: This feature will allow us to edit any file content type with the suitable desktop application and save it on the fly.
Plone is a highly extensible Content Management System built on Zope application server, which is written in Python. Plone is very suitable for building intranets. No matter what size, or purpose, it offers a solution to the most common intranet needs, and more. Although it shows its real power in medium and large-scale corporate intranets, we can take advantage of Plone even in small-scale scenarios, such as small work groups, software projects, or research teams.
In this article by Víctor Fernández de Alba, author of the book Plone 3 Intranets, we will see how to build our own Plone 3 theme add-on product.Read Building our own Plone 3 Theme Add-on Product in full
In the previous article we had an introduction to the Application.cfc object and application variables. Next, we are going to discover the differences between application, session, and request scopes. We will learn how to share some information and how to protect the rest of the information in a controlled manner. In this article by John Farrar, author of ColdFusion 9 Developer Tutorial, we will have a look at the following topics:
- The special standard method events, which ColdFusion calls in the Application.cfc object.
- Custom tag paths and mapping settings inside the object—the two special functions of the Application.cfc object.
Plone is a powerful web application used mainly for website content management and comprised of many different, but related Python packages
In this third article of the article series by John Ward, Author of Plone 3.3 Site Administration we will learn :
- Examining themes in the ZMI
- Making changes through the Web
In this article by Daniel Barreiro and Dan Wellman, authors of the book YUI 2.8: Learning the Library, we're going to look at a very common web page element: navigation menus. The Menu widget provides a timesaving and code-efficient solution to common website application requirements.
The skills that you will take away from this article include:
- How to implement a basic navigation menu
- How to override the default sam skin
- How to create an application-style menu bar
There is a huge difference between a web application and a dynamic web page. Web applications persist basic information, so we can create things such as shopping carts, user authentication (login and logout), and much more. HTML helps us to click through pages with links. In this two-part article series, we will learn how we can use web server memory to create engaging and interactive web applications by using variable scopes.
In this article by John Farrar, author of ColdFusion 9 Developer Tutorial, we will have a look at the following topics:
- The life expectancy for various types of information. This affects the system memory and the place where different information is stored.
- The Application.cfc object class—the cornerstone of ColdFusion applications.
While Plone is quite fortunate to be built on top of the very safe and secure Zope 2 application server, there is always more we can do to make sure our site is running as safely and securely as possible.
Because security is such a big topic, there are many areas where we can perform audits and make improvements such as operating system (OS), flesystem (FS), through the web (TTW), and so on.
Lastly, there are some miscellaneous tasks that fall under the security umbrella; we can take this opportunity to learn them.
So let's get to it.
In this article by Alex Clark, author of Plone 3.3 Site Administration you will learn:
- Restricting TCP/IP access to localhost or LAN host
- Managing IP addresses and ports effectively
- Configuring the Zope 2 effective user dynamically
- Installing Cassandra to audit through the web (TTW) security
- Applying security and bug fixes to Plone
Soon after you install and run Plone for the first time, you will probably want to change the appearance. The effort needed to do so varies, and depends largely on your goals. If you are not picky, adding a new theme to Plone can be as simple as adding a package to your buildout.cfg file, running Buildout, and restarting Plone. However, if you want a high quality, unique, and a professional-looking theme for your site, it could take some time to achieve the desired result.
In this three part article series by Alex Clark, author of Plone 3.3 Site Administration, in addition to covering various aspects of through the web versus filesystem theming, you will learn:
- Installing themes with Buildout
- Examining themes with Omelette and Python
- Overview of theme package files
- Creating a theme package with ZopeSkel
- Examining themes in the ZMI
- Making changes through the Web
In this first article, we will learn installing themes with Buildout and examine themes with Omelette and Python.Read Examining themes with Omelette and Python in full