Gradle is a tool for build automation. With Gradle, we can automate the compiling, testing, packaging, and deployment of our software or other types of projects. Gradle is flexible but has sensible defaults for most projects. This means we can rely on the defaults, if we don't want something special, but can still use the flexibility to adapt a build to certain custom needs.
This article by Hubert Klein Ikkink, author of Gradle Effective Implementation Guide introduces Gradle and explains how to install Gradle.
Gradle is already used by big open source projects, such as Spring, Hibernate, and Grails. Enterprise companies such as LinkedIn also use Gradle.Read Starting with Gradle in full
Windows Workflow Foundation (from now, Windows WF) is the less known part of the all-new WinFX Platform that Microsoft is going to release along with Windows Vista, and that also will be provided as an update for Windows XP and Windows 2003 systems. This article, by Alejandro Serrano, aims to serve as an introduction to this technology, its tools, and why to use workflows.Read Starting with Windows Workflow Foundation in full
In this article by Tammie Lister, author of the book BuddyPress Theme Development, we will get to know about the basics of BuddyPress themes. We're going to start our journey with BuddyPress themes. This is going to be a foundation, setting the scene for the road ahead.
In this article, we're going to cover the following:
- What is BuddyPress?
- What is a theme?
- Theme compatibility
- What is a community?
- A brief look at responsive design, adaptive design, and mobile first
- A look at some existing BuddyPress sites and existing themes
- What are your options when creating a theme?
At the end of this article you will have an overview of the past and present state of BuddyPress themes along with a grasp of some of the topics anyone creating a theme should know about.Read State of Play of BuddyPress Themes in full
One trap that many web site owners fall into is spending lots of time pulling in traffic but not offering anything to encourage visitors to return. This leads to a rather self-defeating cycle where the site owner is forced to constantly promote their site to keep bringing in the same number of visitors, eating up valuable time that could be spent improving the site in other ways.
Fortunately, a little time invested during the early days of building a site can pay off very well in terms of encouraging repeat visitors. In this article by Lesley Harrison, we will:
- Learn what is meant by making a site "sticky"
- Look at ways to build conversations with visitors through comments and contact forms
- Make our visitors feel like they are part of a community with gravatars, polls, and welcome messages
- Find out how to encourage visitors to subscribe to the site, and keep them coming back
In this two-part article by Ned Riaz, Jason Edwards, and Rich Babaran, we will discuss how data is stored in IBM Cognos Planning Analyst. We will begin by defining the D-Cube and explaining the things that you need to think about before creating the D-Cube. We will discuss the importance of the order of dimensions in enforcing calculation and format priorities. We will show you how you can view the multiple slices of the cube and how you can save a selection of the cube as a separate object. We will explain how you can restructure the dimensions of the cube by adding, deleting, substituting, and reordering dimensions. We will cover some of the important functions available with the D-Cube, including global formatting, exporting, and other options that can make it easier for you to work with the program. We will illustrate how you can use data entry commands that will enable you to enter data, execute mathematical operations, or set restrictions for a cell, a range of cells, or the entire cube. Finally, we will cover Breakback—a powerful feature that allows you to cascade changes throughout the cube simply by making the change to a calculated item.Read Storing Planning Data in IBM Cognos: D-Cube (Part 1) in full
In the previous article of the series by Douglas Paterson, author of Building Websites with PHP-Nuke, shows how to manage visitors to your site, how to create users, explore the Your Account module, which is the user's private 'space', and set up other administrators to perform limited administrative tasks on the site.
In this article which is the sixth article of the article series, we will cover the following, paying attention to both the administrator and visitor points of view when required:
- An overview of stories and the story publication process
- Organizing stories into topics and categories
- Adding and editing stories
- Understanding comment moderation
- Managing stories
- The different modules that let you access stories
- Creating polls and surveys
- Syndicating your news with the backend.php file
This article by Brandon Milonovich, the author of Scratch Cookbook, covers the following recipes:
- Adding words to a sprite
- Adjusting the timing
- Sprites interacting with other sprites
- Basic broadcasting and receiving
- Resetting parts of a program
- Other fun graphic effects
You learned about a lot of different basic things that we can do with Scratch. You learned specifically about the Scratch interface and created your first project, incorporating control and movement blocks. This article will focus on how you can use Scratch to tell a story.
We'll primarily be interested in learning more about the Looks blocks, Control blocks, and Events blocks. Take a look at each recipe to get a good understanding of these types of blocks.Read Storytelling in full
Just like building a house, you need to have a strong foundation and framework to support a site that is built to last, without needing any major rebuilding in the future. Proper planning from the beginning will go a long way towards having a site that is easy to maintain. In this article, Tom Conklin will show us how to structure and organize your content so that your site is poised to grow.Read Structure the Content on your Plone Site in full
This article, StyleCop analysis, talks about setting up a job project, launching it, and analyzing it using Visual Studio. The article StyleCop analysis, by Frank LEVEQUE, author of the book Instant StyleCop Code Analysis How-to, describes about building a job for project, which will also help to find out errors.Read StyleCop analysis in full
In this article by Gaurav Gupta, the author of Mastering HTML5 Forms, with the basic understanding of CSS3, we will learn how to improve the look and feel of the forms. After applying CSS3, the final web forms will have a rich and elegant look.Read Styling the Forms in full
- Take a closer look at toolbars and buttons, using layouts, and additional styles and icons to boost the visual appeal of the user interface
- Expand on our previous work with icons; this includes using the Pictos icon font to display new icons
- Talk about the considerations and shortcuts for working with different devices and screen sizes
- Explore the incredibly powerful Sencha theme engine using Sass and Compass to create complex visual skins using simple CSS-style commands
Joomla! is a fantastic way to create a dynamic CMS. Now, you want to go to the next step and interact with your users. Forms are the way you ask questions and get replies. ChronoForms is the extension that lets you do that and this article tells you how.
In this article by Bob Janes, author of the book ChronoForms 3.1 for Joomla! site Cookbook , we will cover:
- Using ChronoForms default style
- Switching styles with "Transform Form"
- Adding your own CSS styling
- Putting several inputs in one line
- Adding your own HTML
In this article by Digit Octavianto and Iqbal Muhardianto, the author of the book Cuckoo Malware Analysis, we will deal with Word documents that contain malware samples. Please make sure that you have installed the Microsoft Office bundle program in your VM environment. Internet connection in your VM environment is also needed to make sure that the malware analysis can run smoothly in your VM environment.Read Submitting a malware Word document in full
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The primary focus of Support for Developers of Spring Web Flow is to introduce tools: build systems and IDEs. This will help developers build web applications using Spring Web Flow. This article by Sven Lüppken, shows you more about the Ant and the Maven build systems. We will also see how we can add support for the Spring Framework in the Eclipse IDE and include Spring NetBeans modules in the NetBeans IDE.Read Support for Developers of Spring Web Flow 2 in full
Drupal provides an environment where a single person can do the job of creating, editing, approving, and publishing. This works well with a small site and a low volume of content. However, where large sites and larger quantities of content prevail, there is often a team involved. In this article, we will learn about some of the terminologies that Drupal provides for supporting team work, such as:
- Roles—defining types of users
- Permissions—defining capabilities for each role
- Node Content types—as they apply to Roles
- Access Rules—for those pesky misbehaving users
OpenNebula is one of the most advanced and highly scalable open source cloud computing toolkits. If you ever wanted to understand what Cloud Computing is and how to realise it, this is your way.
This article, by Giovanni Toraldo author of OpenNebula 3 Cloud Computing, guides you through the various hypervisors which are supported by OpenNebula. We will cover the following topics in this article:
- Configuring hosts
- Configuring sudo
- Configuring network bridges
- Managing hosts in OpenNebula
- Networking drivers
- KVM installation
- Xen installation
- Installing on Debian Squeeze through standard repositories
- Installing Xen through sources
- Installing VMware ESXi
- Installing Libvirt with ESX support
Read Supporting hypervisors by OpenNebula in full
The 2010 Open Source CMS Market Share Survey is now open!
Bali, Indonesia – water&stone is now in the process of gathering data for the third annual Open Source CMS Market Share Report. This year’s report will be looking at survey data gathered from CMS users around the world. The survey is now available online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/oscms2010Read Survey Seeks to Define Open Source CMS Market Leaders, Key Market Dynamics in full