Search Books and eBooks

All | June | May | April

Creating a Text Logo in Blender

by | November 2009 | Open Source Web Graphics & Video

In this tutorial by Jonathan Williamson, we are going to examine the process behind creating a text-based logo in Blender. We will be looking at some modeling techniques mixed with several modifiers to create a background for the logo, and then we will move on to creating the actual text. Following that we will set up the lighting and render settings to produce our final image.

Read Creating a Text Logo in Blender in full

Writing XML data to the File System with SSIS

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | November 2009 | Microsoft

This article by Dr. Jayaram Krishnaswamy, shows how you may retrieve XML data from a relational database and write it to a folder on your file system as a text or xml file using Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services 2008. The following are the different steps involved in this EL process (there being no transformation):

  • Creating a stored procedure that retrieves XML
  • Creating a package in BIDS or Visual Studio 2008
  • Adding and configuring a ExecuteSQL task
  • Adding and configuring a Script task
  • Running the package and verifying the results
Read Writing XML data to the File System with SSIS in full

Customizing Headers and Footers with MS Office Live Small Business

by Rahul Pitre | November 2009 | .NET Beginner's Guides Microsoft Content Management e-Commerce

In this article by Rahul Pitre you'll start using the design tools to personalize your site's headers and footers. You'll customize its name and slogan, and in the bargain put your distinctive stamp on your website.

In this article, you will:

  • Decide what your website's title should be, and set it in your template
  • Decide what your website's slogan should be, and set it in your template
  • Decide what information should go into your website's footer, and set it
Read Customizing Headers and Footers with MS Office Live Small Business in full

Modeling a Steampunk Spacecraft using Blender 3D 2.49

by Allan Brito | November 2009 | Open Source Web Graphics & Video

The previous article, Polygon Modeling of a Handgun, was a great introduction to the modeling techniques required to continuously increase the difficulty level of your projects. In this article by Allan Brito, we'll start working on our second Incredible Machine, and for this project we will be manipulating a bigger object. The main objective for this article is to create a steampunk spacecraft with even smaller details and more UV mapping techniques to add more realism to the model.

Read Modeling a Steampunk Spacecraft using Blender 3D 2.49 in full

Text Search, your Database or Solr

by David Smiley | November 2009 | Open Source

The scenario addressed in this article is a typical one. You have got a database-backed web application that you are building, and it needs to have a text-search capability. It is an increasingly common requirement. There are a variety of options and variations at your disposal to implement text search. This article is mostly about two of them, using the text search features in your database versus using Apache Solr – an open-source search platform. Solr is built on the established Apache Lucene. In this article by David Smiley, we are going to talk about database based text search in general and not a particular one because there are many databases and they vary widely. Likewise, this article should also be useful when considering one of Solr's competitors.

Read Text Search, your Database or Solr in full

Moodle 1.9 Math Quizzes: Part 1

by Ian Wild | November 2009 | Moodle Open Source

Tired of marking all of those math tests you've set for your students? No problem! Now we can have Moodle do all of the grading for us! Getting to grips with the Pythagorean Theorem is going to take practice, and the Moodle Quiz module is going to give my students that practice without my having to worry about a mountain of marking. We'll see in this article by Ian Wild that the Moodle Quiz module is a very powerful tool that not only automatically marks the answers for us, but also copes with different units (for example, answers given in feet or inches, meters or centimeters). We can also specify placeholders in the question that Moodle will replace with random numbers. This means we can provide lots of practice questions, which Moodle will both generate and mark automatically. Specifically, we will learn how to do the following:

  • Create a math quiz and learn all about the different question types Moodle supports
  • Install and use the feedback activity (not part of a normal Moodle install)
Read Moodle 1.9 Math Quizzes: Part 1 in full

Facelets Components in JSF 1.2

by | November 2009 | Java

In this article Ian Hlavats, we are going to discuss:

  • Creating a Facelets UI composition template
  • Decorating the user interface
  • Rendering a UI fragment
  • An advanced Facelets composition template

 

Read Facelets Components in JSF 1.2 in full

Hibernate Types

by Ahmad Seddighi | November 2009 | Java Open Source

In this article by Ahmad Seddighi, we will discuss the Hibernate types. We will see how Hibernate provides built-in types that map to common database types. We'll also see how Hibernate allows us to implement and use custom types when these built-in types do not satisfy the application's requirements, or when we want to change the default behavior of a built-in type. As you will see, you can easily implement a custom-type class and then use it in the same way as a built-in one.

Read Hibernate Types in full

Drag-and-Drop with the YUI: Part-1

by Dan Wellman | November 2009 | AJAX Open Source Web Development

Drag-and-drop with Yahoo's library is extremely easy to implement, completely clean, and cross-compatible with the entire spectrum of A-grade browsers.

In this three-part article series by Dan Wellman We're going to examine this utility or mechanism which allows Panels and Dialogs to be dragged around the viewport in detail. The first two parts cover Drag-and-Drop, one of DHTML's crowning acheivements which is wrapped up in an easy to use utility. In the third part of this artice we will have a look at the related Slider control and how this basic but useful control can be added to pages with ease.

Read Drag-and-Drop with the YUI: Part-1 in full

Ways to improve performance of your server in ModSecurity 2.5

by Magnus Mischel | November 2009 | Linux Servers Open Source

In this article by Magnus Mischel we will take a look at the performance of ModSecurity and what impact, if any, it has on the speed of your server and web application. We will also look at the ways in which you can increase the performance of your server by tweaking your configuration and writing more efficient rules.

Read Ways to improve performance of your server in ModSecurity 2.5 in full
Code Download and Errata
Packt Anytime, Anywhere
Register Books
Print Upgrades
eBook Downloads
Video Support
Contact Us
Awards Voting Nominations Previous Winners
Judges Open Source CMS Hall Of Fame CMS Most Promising Open Source Project Open Source E-Commerce Applications Open Source JavaScript Library Open Source Graphics Software
Resources
Open Source CMS Hall Of Fame CMS Most Promising Open Source Project Open Source E-Commerce Applications Open Source JavaScript Library Open Source Graphics Software