MDX is a powerful, yet complex language. Many terms and concepts need to be understood well enough if you want to master it. In order to help you in that mission, this article will provide with a short explanation of all important terms related to MDX.
In this article by Tomislav Piasevoli, author of MDX with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Cookbook, we start by explaining what MDX queries are made of, followed by the terms and concepts specific to the execution of MDX queries. The middle part of the article covers the most important things related to dimension design, cube design, and MDX script. Next, we explain terms related to query optimization and finally finish the article with types of queries that can be used with SQL Server Analysis Services.Read Terms and Concepts Related to MDX in full
As the computing power of mobile devices has increased, so has their ability to play and record a variety of media such as audio and video. Android provides some useful tools for managing multimedia.
In this article by Kyle Merrifield Mew, author of Android 3.0 Application Development Cookbook, we will cover the following recipes:
- Playing an audio file from within an application
- Playing back video from external memory
- Playing multiple sounds with a SoundPool
This article by Neil Mackenzie, author of Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook, shows how to use the Windows Azure Service Management REST API to manage a Windows Azure hosted service. It shows how to create and upgrade deployments of a hosted service, including retrieval of the properties of a hosted service.
In this article, we will cover:
- Creating a Windows Azure hosted service
- Deploying an application into a hosted service
- Upgrading an application deployed to a hosted service
- Retrieving the properties of a hosted service
One of the attractions of cloud computing is the financial saving gained through the elastic provision of compute services, that is, the ability to scale up and down the number of instances of a hosted service.
In this article by Neil Mackenzie, author of Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook, we will see how the Windows Azure Service Management REST API can be used to autoscale a hosted service, so that it can handle the current and predicted load depending on the day of the week. By autoscale we mean the ability of a hosted service to scale itself elastically by modifying automatically the number of running instances.Read Autoscaling with the Windows Azure Service Management REST API in full
The Windows Azure Platform PowerShell cmdlets use the Windows Azure Service Management REST API to expose service management operations as PowerShell cmdlets. The cmdlets provide a convenient way to manage hosted services, including retrieving the properties of current deployments and uploading new and upgraded deployments.
In this article by Neil Mackenzie, author of Microsoft Windows Azure Development Cookbook, we will learn how to use the Windows Azure Platform PowerShell cmdlets to invoke various service operations in the Windows Azure Service Management REST API.Read Using the Windows Azure Platform PowerShell Cmdlets in full
In this article by Tomislav Piasevoli, author of MDX with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Cookbook, we will take a look at some recipes on how to perform iteration. They deal with those cases when there's no other way but to iterate. However, some of the recipes also point out which calculation patterns we must recognize and thereby give up on using classic naïve iteration and use a better approach.
We will cover:
- Iterating on a set in order to reduce it
- Iterating on a set in order to create a new one
- Iterating on a set using recursion
This article by Tomislav Piasevoli, author of MDX with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Analysis Services Cookbook, discusses the common MDX tasks and one or more ways to solve them or deal with them appropriately. We'll cover basic principles and approaches such as how to skip an axis and prevent common errors, how to set the default member of a hierarchy, and how to format cell foreground and background colors based on the value in cells.
Specifically, we will cover:
- Skipping axis
- Handling division by zero errors
- Setting special format for negative, zero, and null values
- Applying conditional formatting on calculations
- Setting default member of a hierarchy in MDX script
- Types of widget state styles
- Cue and its types
- Overlays and shadows
NetBeans is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and platform. Although initially the NetBeans IDE could only be used to develop Java applications, as of version 6 NetBeans supports several programming languages, either by built-in support or by installing additional plugins. Programing languages natively supported by NetBeans include Java, JavaFX, C, C++ and PHP. Groovy, Scala, Ruby and others are supported via additional plugins.
In this article by David R. Heffelfinger, author of Java EE 6 Development with NetBeans 7, we will cover how to get started with NetBeans; topics covered in this article include:
- Obtaining NetBeans
- Installing NetBeans
- Starting NetBeans for the first time
- Configuring NetBeans for Java EE development
This article by Adam Boduch, author of jQuery UI Themes Beginner's Guide, is all about the ThemeRoller application. This is an indispensable tool for customizing user interfaces. In this article, we shall:
- Get familiar with ThemeRoller
- Browse the theme gallery
- Explore theme settings
- Edit existing themes
- Download a theme
So let's get rolling.Read jQuery UI Themes: Using the ThemeRoller in full
If your OpenGL/GLSL program involves multiple shader programs that use the same uniform variables, one has to manage the variables separately for each program. Uniform blocks were designed to ease the sharing of uniform data between programs. In this article by David Wolff, author of OpenGL 4.0 Shading Language Cookbook, we will create a buffer object for storing the values of all the uniform variables, and bind the buffer to the uniform block. Then when changing programs, the same buffer object need only be re-bound to the corresponding block in the new program.Read OpenGL 4.0: Using Uniform Blocks and Uniform Buffer Objects in full
The OpenGL Shading Language (GLSL) Version 4.0 brings unprecedented power and flexibility to programmers interested in creating modern, interactive, graphical programs. It allows us to harness the power of modern Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) in a straightforward way by providing a simple yet powerful language and API.
This article by David Wolff, author of OpenGL 4.0 Shading Language Cookbook, provides tips and tricks for setting up your OpenGL development environment to take advantage of the latest OpenGL and GLSL language features. It also teaches the basic techniques for communicating with shader programs. In this article, we will cover:
- Using the GLEW library to access the latest OpenGL functionality
- Using the GLM library for mathematics
- Determining the GLSL and OpenGL version
- Compiling a shader
- Linking a shader program
- Sending data to a shader using per-vertex attributes and vertex buffer objects
- Getting a list of active vertex input attributes and indices
- Sending data to a shader using uniform variables
- Getting a list of active uniform variables
The Play framework is the new kid on the block of Java frameworks. By breaking the existing standards it tries not to abstract away from HTTP as with most web frameworks, but tightly integrates with it. This means quite a shift for Java programmers. Understanding the concepts behind this shift and its impact on web development with Java are crucial for fast development of Java web applications.
In this article we will we will cover:
- Binding objects using custom binders
- Validating objects using annotations
- Rendering JSON output
In the previous article, BizTalk Application: Currency Exchange Rates, we took a look at the setup for sending data using AIF XML documents to AX. We can use the BizTalk adapter to retrieve data from Dynamics AX via this AIF module. This is done using the AIF Queue manager. Throughout Dynamics AX, there are Send electronically buttons that can allow you to push data into the AIF Queue with an Outbound direction. Similarly, asynchronous incoming messages have an Inbound direction parameter.
In this article by Carl Darski, author of Microsoft BizTalk 2010: Line of Business Systems Integration, we'll create a BizTalk application that retrieves messages from Dynamics AX 2009 via the AIF Queue.Read BizTalk Application: Dynamics AX Message Outflow in full