One of the great joys of programming is not when we are trying to get the bare essentials basically working, but when the system is working as a whole, and we start to ask, "What about this? What about that?" One positive sense of the term "hacking" can refer to this tinkering, and it can be a joy to tinker with an already working system to see what enhancements are possible. Here we will tinker with the system and make some minor tweaks and two slightly more major enhancements.
- Minor bugfixes and enhancements
- A more usable input solution for passwords
- Telling an (approximate) local time for other people we are working with, who may be in different time zones
In this article, we will have a look at the tips and tricks presented thru-ought Learning Ext JS 3.2Read Tips & Tricks for Ext JS 3.x in full
Python is a dynamic programming language, which is completely enterprise ready, owing largely to the variety of support modules that are available to extend its capabilities. In order to build productive and feature-rich Python applications, we need to use MySQL for Python, a module that provides database support to our applications.
In this article, we will have a look at the tips and tricks presented thru-ought on MySQL for Python.Read Tips & Tricks on MySQL for Python in full
In this article by Rachel McCollin and Tessa Blakeley Silver, authors of WordPress Theme Development - Beginner's Guide we'll look at some added extras, some additional bells and whistles you can use to make your theme just that bit better.
You'll learn how to create and make use of additional template files to add extra flexibility and functionality to your theme, as well as how to use conditional tags to display different content in different parts of your site. You'll also learn how to make use of the Theme Customizer and optimize your site for SEO.
You can create perfectly good, workable WordPress themes without any of these extras, but you'll find that you can take your WordPress themes much further with these techniques.
So let's get going!Read Tips and Tricks in full
A slow website with angry managers looking over your shoulder and raging calls from advertisers and clients is every web developer's nightmare.
The following article will take a look at some tips and tricks to improve the performance of your ASP.NET-based website, such as:
- Caching is one of the methods used to improve website performance
- Hotlinking should be avoided
- Reducing space taken by ASP.NET Ids
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
Joomla! is a Content Management System designed to organize and deliver content within a website environment. Multimedia provides us with stunning interactive user experiences and wonderful design options, but it requires discipline and knowledge to utilize it effectively so that we do not alienate our audiences.
In this article we will provide some tips and tricks for Joomla! multimedia, such as;
- Inserting custom code into your Joomla! Articles
- Creating a new directory using Joomla! Media Manager
- Publishing your Twitter tweets in your Joomla! site
Business is emotional. According to Gartner, there is now strong evidence that emotional engagement is four times more important than rational engagement. A successful strategy depends on the buy-in of people across the whole organization. One way of ensuring a buy-in is to use a methodology that is proven to deliver results. Nothing overcomes objections like success. So, here are top 10 tips for modeling with a bonus tip thrown in for free.Read Tips and Tricks for Process Modeling in Open Text Metastorm in full
Alfresco is an open source content management system written entirely in Java that can be run in a standard Servlet container, such as Apache Tomcat or a JEE server, such as JBoss. The Alfresco platform is built using many third-party open source Java libraries and it's good to know about these libraries as we will use many of them when building extensions and solutions.
This article will take a look at some tips and tricks for using Alfresco, such as:
- Executing patches in a specific order
- NTLM authentication
- Content modeling manageability
In this article by Tessa Blakeley Silver, author of Wordpress 3.0 jQuery, we will cover the following things:
- Tips and tricks to properly load our jQuery scripts and making sure that they are compatible with other scripts, libraries, and plugins
- Some tips and tricks for using Firefox and Firebug to speed and aid in your jQuery development
- The virtues of valid WordPress markup and how you can make it easy on the site's content editors
In this article by Matthew Casperson, author of Away3D 3.6 Essentials, you will learn how to optimize your Away3D applications, which will allow you to create spectacular 3D environments while maintaining a high level of performance.
- Determining the current frame rate
- Setting the maximum frame rate
- Setting the stage quality
- Modifying the size and scaling of the viewport
- Triangle caching
- Level Of Detail (LOD) 3D objects
- The Away3D filter classes
BackTrack is a penetration testing and security auditing platform with advanced tools to identify, detect, and exploit any vulnerabilities uncovered in the target network environment. Applying appropriate testing methodology with defined business objectives and a scheduled test plan will result in robust penetration testing of your network. In this article we will take a look at some tips and tricks to make the best use of BackTrack OS either in a commercial environment or an experimental test bed.Read Tips and Tricks on BackTrack 4 in full
This article, in the tips and tricks format, takes a good look at the components in IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager and the role each of them plays and how the interconnection existing in those components builds the existing models available to deploy ECM in our organization. This article might provide the right background trivia to make your use of the IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager simpler when dealing with the smaller problems.Read Tips and Tricks on IBM FileNet P8 Content Manager in full
This article, in the tips and tricks format, takes a good look at the components in an App-V infrastructure and the role each of them plays and how the interconnection existing in those components builds the existing models available to deploy App-V in our organization.
The reader will benefit from the previous article on FAQ on Virtualization and Microsoft App-V.Read Tips and Tricks on Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.6 in full
In this article by Abhishek Sanghani, author of IBM Cognos 8 Report Studio Cookbook, he from his experience shows some techniques to break boundaries and provides some features in reports that are not readily available in the Studio. It also talks about showing images dynamically (traffic lights), handling missing images, dynamic links to external website (for example, Google Maps), alternating drill links, showing tooltips on report, minimum column width and merged cells in Excel output.
In this article, we will cover
- Showing images dynamically (Traffic light report)
- Handling missing image issue
- Dynamic links to external website (Google Map example)
- Alternating drill link
- Showing tool tips on reports
- Achieving minimum column width
- Merged cells in Excel output
- Work sheet name in Excel output
- Changing column titles conditionally
Sakai is an open source, web-based, Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE) that is primarily focused on higher education, and has been adopted by hundreds of institutions. It supports the activities of students, teachers, and researchers. Sakai also provides an administrative interface. Sakai is flexible, and can be configured for a variety of specialized audiences.
This article by Alan Berg, author of Sakai CLE Courseware Management, explains concepts that you may need during first-time Sakai deployments. Within this article, you'll find an overview of the third-party frameworks on which Sakai is built and information about how to manage and monitor Java.Read Tips for Deploying Sakai in full
With the release of Titanium 2.0, a lot of new features and APIs were introduced, though the biggest change is the fully loaded integration of CommonJS. CommonJS started to appear at the end of 2011 and has meant a complete rewrite of the best practices and the application structure. Best practices are always open to interpretation; they are a good starting point but not a definitive solution.
With so many computer programming languages around, people are always trying to find better means to improve the way developers write code and come up with a standard set of practices. Some companies take this policy to a level where they define a complete set of standards. However, for most developers there are no predefined rules laid out or enforced, so they work out their own.
Not following a set of standards or best practices has various consequences, ranging from bad code layout (not a crime, unless you meet the next person to modify the code) to badly performing applications. To define these standards for Titanium we have to start with CommonJS, as it plays a major role in the whole framework. This article by Boydlee Pollentine and Trevor Ward, authors of Appcelerator Titanium: Patterns and Best Practices, looks at best practices directly as they relate to the Titanium Mobile API itself, before diving into writing Titanium applications using CommonJS.Read Titanium Best Practices in full
There may be situations where you need to support standard users and have no choice but to temporarily grant administrative privileges. 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.
In this article we'll learn to:
- Set up a system for temporarily granting administrative privileges to standard users for support purposes
- Use Task Scheduler to run common processes without the need to elevate privileges
Jeff Laskowski , author of the new book and eBook: Agile IT Security Implementation Methodology, gives his top 10 tips on organizing an Agile IT Security Team.
Read Top 10 tips for organizing an Agile IT Security Team in full
Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes and operating system, middleware and key applications. It is one of the most popular OS in the market and is also a good platform for getting things done. There are a lot of Android apps, many designed to help users be more productive, but finding them can often be a burden.
Overall, there are more than 150,000 Android apps. We conducted a survey in our office and found the following 5 applications to be the most used among Android users. Let's take a detailed look at them.Read Top 5 Must-have Android Applications in full