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The Decider: External APIs

by Bryan P. Johnson John Earl Clark | June 2013 | Open Source

One of the key aspects of mobile technology is the ability to tie different systems together into a meaningful application. More and more companies are allowing access to their programs and data through an Application Programming Interface or API. These APIs include things such as:

  • Maps via Google, Yahoo, and other providers

  • Music applications such as Rdio and Spotify

  • Location aware data providers such as Foursquare

  • Social networks such as Facebook and Google Plus

  • Photo services such as Flickr and Picassa

You can get a rough idea of what is available, at http://www.programmableweb.com/apis.

This is just a small sampling of the data available to make your application more useful. The trick is how to get the data and how to use it. In this article we will be using the Foursquare API to explore the use of these types of APIs and how to get started.

In this article by John Earl Clark and Bryan P. Johnson, authors of Creating Mobile Apps with Sencha Touch 2, We will talk about:

  • An overview of external APIs

  • Getting started with the Foursquare API

  • Building the basic application

  • Loading a data store with information from Foursquare

  • Displaying the data to the user

We will start with a general look at how external APIs generally work and what you need to get started with one.

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The Decider: External APIs

by Bryan P. Johnson John Earl Clark | June 2013 | Open Source

One of the key aspects of mobile technology is the ability to tie different systems together into a meaningful application. More and more companies are allowing access to their programs and data through an Application Programming Interface or API. These APIs include things such as:

  • Maps via Google, Yahoo, and other providers

  • Music applications such as Rdio and Spotify

  • Location aware data providers such as Foursquare

  • Social networks such as Facebook and Google Plus

  • Photo services such as Flickr and Picassa

You can get a rough idea of what is available, at http://www.programmableweb.com/apis.

This is just a small sampling of the data available to make your application more useful. The trick is how to get the data and how to use it. In this article we will be using the Foursquare API to explore the use of these types of APIs and how to get started.

In this article by John Earl Clark and Bryan P. Johnson, authors of Creating Mobile Apps with Sencha Touch 2, We will talk about:

  • An overview of external APIs

  • Getting started with the Foursquare API

  • Building the basic application

  • Loading a data store with information from Foursquare

  • Displaying the data to the user

We will start with a general look at how external APIs generally work and what you need to get started with one.

Read The Decider: External APIs in full

The Deployment Feature of Alfresco 3

by Munwar Shariff | September 2010 | Content Management Open Source

Alfresco offers true Web Content Management (WCM) by providing an open source alternative to expensive proprietary systems such as Microsoft SharePoint, Interwoven, and IBM Content Manager. Alfresco WCM is a good fit for the customers who are also looking for cost savings.

The previous article introduced you to the content delivery feature of Alfresco.

This article by Munwar Shariff, co-author of the book Alfresco 3 Web Content Management, introduces you to the deployment feature of Alfresco. It focuses on the auto deployment feature where the content can be scheduled to be delivered to the production servers automatically.

By the end of this article you will have learned how to:

  • Set up the process for auto deployment
  • Deploy to a test server
  • Deploy directly from a workflow
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The Design Documentation

by Hersey Cartwright | January 2014 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles

In this article by Hersey Cartwright, author of VMware vSphere 5.x Datacenter Design Cookbook, we will cover the following topics:

  • Creating the architecture design document
  • Writing an implementation plan
  • Developing an installation guide
  • Creating a validation test plan
  • Writing operational procedures
  • Presenting the design
  • Implementing the design
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The DHTMLX Grid

by Eli Geske | October 2013 | Web Development

This article written by Eli Geske author of the book, Learning DHTMLX Suite UI. In this article, we will learn about the DHTMLX grid component covering the different initializations, events, methods, and settings. We will then add a grid to the application that will control the user data.

All changes done in this article will occur inside the app.js file.

In this article, we will start adding code to the callbacks object and use the storage object for the first time.

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The Dialog in jQuery User Interface 1.7

by Dan Wellman | December 2009 | MySQL Open Source PHP Web Development

In this article by Dan Wellman, we will focus on the dialog widget. The dialog behaves in the same way as a standard browser alert, but it does so in a much less intrusive and more visitor-friendly manner. We look at how it can be configured and controlled to provide maximum benefit and appeal.

In this article, we will cover the following topics:

  • Creating a basic dialog
  • Work with dialog options
  • Modality
  • Enabling the built-in animations
  • Adding buttons to the dialog
  • IE6 and the selectbox z-index bug
  • Working with dialog callbacks
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The Dialog Widget

by Yuguang Zhang | October 2013 | Open Source Web Development

This article by Yuguang Zhang, the author of the book Building UIs with Wijmo, discusses the dialog widget, which is present in the Wijmo Open set. It is an enhancement of the jQuery UI dialog with more features. Wijmo dialogs can be maximized, minimized, pinned to a location, and display external content from a URL in the dialog window. This article discusses the options, methods, and events that are added in Wijmo, and how to use them to change the appearance and behavior of the dialog.

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The Different Types of Q Replication

by Pav Kumar-Chatterjee | November 2010 | Enterprise Articles IBM

In the world of DB2 replication, we have two main options—SQL replication and Q replication, both of which involve replicating between source and target tables. The choice of replication solution depends on a number of factors, of which the fundamental ones are:

  • Type of source
  • Type of target
  • Operating system support

In this article by Pav Kumar-Chatterjee, author of IBM InfoSphere Replication Server and Data Event Publisher, we look at the different types of replication available, namely the base replication methods of unidirectional, bidirectional, and peer-to-peer.

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The Django Debug Toolbar

by Karen M. Tracey | April 2010 | Content Management Open Source Web Development

In this article by Karen M. Tracey, author of the book Django 1.1 Testing and Debugging, we will see that the Django Debug Toolbar is a very useful general purpose debugging tool for Django applications. It lets you see the SQL queries that were needed to produce a page. We will also see, it goes far beyond that, providing easy access to much more information about the SQL queries and other aspects of request processing.

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The DPM Feature Set

by Steve Buchanan | July 2011 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 is a backup and recovery solution which provides continuous data protection for Windows application and file servers to seamlessly integrated disk, tape, and cloud.

In this article by Steve Buchanan, author of Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010, we will take a look at the existing as well as new features of DPM.

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The easy to install Gentoo with bling-bling. No, the other one!

by Mayank Sharma | March 2010 | Open Source

Gentoo is a source-based Linux distribution that helps users put together a streamlined custom system. But Linux users spoiled by the see-before-you-try Live CDs would often shy from Gentoo. Then along came Kororaa. Kororaa is a pre-configured binary Live CD for Gentoo Linux that also features an installer. Kororaa's package selection not only makes it an all-round Linux desktop, but has also ruffled feathers of Linux kernel developers.

Kororaa's developer Chris Smart probably had the best tutors introduce him to Linux, including Andrew Tridgell, the author of Samba file server. In this discussion, Chris talks about why he developed Kororaa, why people interested in learning Linux should use Gentoo, and his new project to help users make the move to Free and Open Source software.

Read more about this in Packt Columnist Mayank Sharma's interview with Chris Smart.

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The Economics of Open Source Donations

by Mayank Sharma | August 2007 |

Donations play a crucial role in supporting Free and Open Source Software projects. At times readers will write in to share their positive experience with a utility or program or a distribution that I have written about. Now don't confuse them with your average technical-bent-of-mind Linux user. These are accountants, home-office businessman, and even carpenters and plumbers, who've saved a lot of money thanks to open source software. And they have one question in mind -- how do I help the person behind the program?

This month, Packt columnist and open source enthusiast Mayank Sharma explores the economics behind open source projects, what they do with their donations and how crucial they can be to their future.

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The Elements of the Spring Web Flow Configuration File

by Markus Stäuble Sven Lüppken | March 2009 | Java Open Source Web Development

The primary focus of The Elements of the Spring Web Flow Configuration File is to give you an in-depth look into the Spring Web Flow configuration file and its elements. In this article by Sven Lüppken, we will see which elements and their attributes are allowed in the Spring Web Flow configuration file. This article makes it easier to understand how the XML Schema definition file works, in case you have to take a look at the file of Spring Web Flow while you're configuring your flow.

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The EventBus Class

by Bill Bejeck | September 2013 | Java Open Source

In this article by Bill Bejeck, the author of Getting started with Google Guava, discusses Guava that will give Java developers a boost in their productivity and the introduction of the functional programming idioms provided by Guava.

In this article, we are going to cover the following things:

  • The EventBus and AsyncEventBus classes
  • Subscribing to events and registering with EventBus to be notified of events
  • Publishing events with EventBus
  • Writing event handlers and choosing between coarse-grained or fine-grained event handlers depending on our needs
  • Using a dependency injection framework in conjunction with EventBus
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The Fabric library – the deployment and development task manager

by Cathy Wang Martino Sabia | April 2014 | Open Source

In this article by Martino Sabia and Cathy Wang, authors of Python Tools for Visual Studio, we will learn everything about a Python library and a command-line tool that allows execution in application deployment and administration tasks.

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The Fastest Way to Go from an Idea to a Prezi

by Hedwyg van Groenendaal | April 2014 |

In this article, by Hedwyg van Groenendaal, the author of Prezi Hotshot, we will be using the brainstorming techniques in Prezi. It is easy to create a good prezi. We will go from brainstorming to a mind map and use that as a basis for our prezi.

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The GNS3 orchestra

by "RedNectar" Chris Welsh | October 2013 | Networking & Telephony Open Source

The conductor of the orchestra is of course the GNS3 GUI, who wields its Dynagen-like baton — the GNS3 management console, to control the three main sections in the orchestra: Dynamips , qemuwrapper , and vboxwrapper. Let "RedNectar" Chris Welsh, the author of GNS3 Network Simulation Guide, take you through a complex suite with a variety of objects: Cisco routers, generic switches, Qemu devices, and VirtualBox devices.

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The Grails Object Relational Mapping (GORM)

by Fergal Dearle | June 2010 | Java Open Source

The Grails Object Relational Mapping (GORM) is a core component of the Grails web application framework and uses DSL- style techniques to apply persistence to regular Groovy classes.

In this article by Fergal Dearle, author of the book Groovy for Domain-Specific Languages, we will take a look at the Grails Object Relational Mapping (GORM). We will also see how a GORM model is built.

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The Hunt for Data

by Nishant Shukla | June 2014 | Cookbooks Open Source

In this article by Nishant Shukla, author of the book Haskell Data Analysis Cookbook, we will learn how to use local data of different file formats and also learn how to download data from the Internet using our Haskell code.

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