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Modifying the System using Microsoft Dynamics Nav 2009: Part 1

by David Roys Vjekoslav Babić | August 2009 | Microsoft

Hardly any standard business management application can fit the needs of a business out of the box. Either the customer must shape their processes to match the system, or the consultant must shape the system to match the processes. Usually, the latter prevails. This article will explain the process of modifying the system without programming and describe the tools we have at our disposal to do it.

In this article by David Roys and Vjekoslav Babić you will learn:

  • How a non-programmer can develop killer applications
  • How to customize data model, user interface, and reporting components
  • What kind of changes can be made without breaking the whole thing
  • And a few tricks from old dogs that got new bones ahead of everybody else
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Character Head Modeling in Blender: Part 1

by Jonathan Williamson | August 2009 | Open Source

In this two-part tutorial by Jonathan Williamson, we are going to look at how to model a character head in Blender. Along with basic modeling tools we will also focus heavily on good topology and how to create a clean mesh that will deform well during animation. This tutorial will take you through the whole process from setting up a background image as a reference, to laying out the topology, to tweaking the final model proportions and mesh structure.

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Gateways in sipXecs 4.0: Part 1

by Michael W. Picher | August 2009 | Networking & Telephony

In this article by Michael W. Picher, we will learn all about gateways in sipXecs 4.0. We will discuss how to add gateways which will include managed gateways and unmanaged gateways. Managed gateways will include PSTN Lines, Caller ID, Dial Plan, SIP, Voice Codecs, Proxy and Registration, DTMF & Dialing, Advanced Parameters, Supplementary Services, FXO, Network, Media, RTP/RTPC and Management. Unmanaged gateways will cover Add gateway, Caller ID and Dial Plan. We will also learn about SIP Trunks towards the end of the discussion.

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Gateways in sipXecs 4.0: Part 2

by Michael W. Picher | August 2009 | Networking & Telephony

Read Gateways in sipXecs 4.0: Part 1 here.

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Understanding the Model Development Process in IBM Cognos 8

by Rich Babaran | August 2009 | Architecture & Analysis

IBM Cognos Planning allows you to create highly complex models using its advanced forecasting algorithms and scenario planning facilities. With this capability at your disposal, you may be tempted to build a model that "does everything at the push of the button". This article by Rich Babaran summarizes the key steps of the Model Development Process. Over the course of this article, you will learn how to:

  • Design the model template in Analyst
  • Build the Contributor application
  • Enter and review plans in the Contributor Web user interface
  • Publish and report on planning data
  • Maintain the planning models
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Character Head Modeling in Blender: Part 2

by Jonathan Williamson | August 2009 | Open Source

This is the second part of the two-part tutorial by Jonathan Williamson. In this tutorial, we are going to look at how to model a character head in Blender. Along with basic modeling tools we will also focus heavily on good topology and how to create a clean mesh that will deform well during animation. To read the first part, click: Character Head Modeling in Blender: Part 1

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Painters in LWUIT 1.1

by Biswajit Sarkar | August 2009 | Java Open Source

All LWUIT components have a multi-layered structure. The frst layer erases a visually obsolete widget, and the subsequent layers then paint the background followed by the constituent parts of the new version. As a matter of fact, the background too can be made up of several layers, and that is not all. After a form has been fully rendered, we can place a layer above it that can be drawn upon regardless of any changes or animations that may be taking place in the form below. Such a layer—known as a GlassPane—is usually transparent or translucent so that the form under it remains visible.

The classes that work as a background painter or a glass pane must implement the Painter interface. In case more than one background painter is used, they can be formed into a chain through the PainterChain class so that the background can be rendered layer-by-layer. Similarly, a glass pane also can have many layers.

In this article by Biswajit Sarkar, we shall familiarize ourselves with the Painter interface and the PainterChain class. We shall also learn, with the help of examples, how background painters and glass panes can be used.

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Using Themes in LWUIT 1.1: Part 1

by Biswajit Sarkar | August 2009 | Java Open Source

In an application with a large number of UI components, setting attributes for each can be a tedious task and can also lead to errors. A Theme allows us to set the style attributes for an entire class of components in a single place. This not only simplifies the task of setting attributes for all components of a particular type but also ensures that any newly added component will look just like all the others of the same type in the application. A theme thereby establishes a visual coherence through all the screens of an application.

In this two-part article by Biswajit Sarkar, we shall study themes and their usage in detail. In the first part, we will cover the following points:

  • View an existing theme using the LWUIT Designer
  • Edit a theme
  • Build a new theme
  • Preview the new theme on LWUIT demo MIDlet
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Using Themes in LWUIT 1.1: Part 2

by Biswajit Sarkar | August 2009 | Java Open Source

In the previous part by Biswajit Sarkar, we covered working with theme files. In this part, we will focus on theming custom components, manual styling versus theming, theming on the fly, and new version of the LWUIT Designer.

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User and Group Management: Oracle VM Manager 2.1.2

by Tarry Singh | August 2009 | Oracle

In this article by Tarry Singh, we will explore how to manage users and groups in Oracle VM Manager 2.1.2. We will start off by dividing the section into two parts namely, managing users and managing groups. In user management, we will learn how to create a user, view or edit a user, change a user's role and delete a user. In group management, we will learn to create a group, add users to a group, edit a group and finally delete a group.

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Building a News Aggregating Site Using Drupal 6

by Rahul Pitre | August 2009 | Drupal

The example project in this article by Timi Ogunjobi is based on a fictitious web site development brief, and it illustrates a practical way of applying Drupal to develop a News Aggregation site called Weird Hap'nins. Bad news is always good news for the press. This is why Vaughan Pyre has decided to take advantage of this fact and create a web site that will aggregate bad news and weird happenings from all over the world. The content of the site will be entirely derived from Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds from several sources (each feed being automatically fetched and its items displayed on the web site).

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Reporting Planning Data in IBM Cognos 8: Publish and BI Integration

by Jason Edwards Ned Riaz Rich Babaran | August 2009 | Architecture & Analysis

In this article by Ned Riaz, Jason Edwards, and Rich Babaran, we will explain how planning data that has been entered and saved in the Contributor Web Client can be made available for reporting purposes by using the publish process. We then explain the different options that can be used for accessing this data for reporting in real time and through the publish process. After reading this article, you should be able to:

  • Make the user-submitted plan data available, by using the Contributor Web Client, for reporting, analytics, and export this data to other databases.
  • Understand how to access this data for IBM Cognos BI reporting in real time or through the publish process
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Time Dimension in Oracle Warehouse Builder 11g

by Bob Griesemer | August 2009 | Oracle

In this article by Bob Griesemer, we'll create the Time Dimension using the wizard that the Warehouse Builder provides for us to simplify the task of building cubes and dimensions. We'll also look at the Data Object Editor in detail.

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Faceting in Solr 1.4 Enterprise Search Server

by David Smiley | August 2009 | Open Source

In this article by David Smiley, we will learn about faceting in Solr in detail. We will cover the field requirements, types of faceting, faceting text and alphabetic range bucketing. We will also learn about faceting on arbitrary queries, excluding filters and faceting dates which includes date facet parameters.

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