In this article by Roberto Vespa, the author of SignalR Real-time Application Development Cookbook, we will cover the following recipes:
Adding and registering a persistent connection
Sending messages from the server
Sending messages to the server
Exchanging messages between a server and a .NET client
There are many features of Solr that we don't use every day. Highlighting, sorting results, or ignoring words may not be in everyday use, but they can come in handy in many situations. In this article Rafal Kuc, author of Apache Solr 3.1 Cookbook, the author will try to show you how to overcome some typical problems that can be fixed by using some of the Solr functionalities.
Specifically, we will cover:
- Getting more documents similar to those returned in the results list
- Presenting search results in a fast and easy way
- Highlighting matched words
- How to highlight long text fields and get good performance
- Sorting results by a function value
- Searching words by how they sound
- Ignoring defined words
This article by Alan Wijntje, the author of the book Monitoring with Opsview, gives us information about some of the advanced configurations and other features that Opsview offers us to improve our monitoring setup.Read Using Advanced Host Configurations and Opsview Pro Features in full
This article by Yuli Vasiliev examines the object-oriented approach for developing PHP/Oracle applications, as an efficient means to reduce the development time and complexity, and increase the maintainability and flexibility of your applications.
In the following sections, you will learn how to create a simple PHP class to interact with Oracle and then how that class can be modified and reused in different scripts.Read Using An Object Oriented Approach for Implementing PHP Classes to Interact with Oracle in full
This article by Kurt Jaegers, author of XNA 4.0 Game Development by Example: Beginner's Guide, enhances a board-based puzzle game called Flood Control in XNA 4.0 using animation. In this article, we will cover:
- Animating the rotation of pieces when manipulated by the player
- Gradually fading out pieces of completed scoring chains
- Animating the falling of pieces into place on the board
All of these enhancements will give the player a better game experience, as well as give us the opportunity to learn more about how the SpriteBatch class can be used for animation.Read Using Animated Pieces in a Board-based Game with XNA 4.0 in full
This article written by Kunal Mathur, the author of Instant Social Media Marketing with HootSuite, will teach you how to integrate various social content applications directly from HootSuite. A prerequisite for this is that you must have a HootSuite account and must be logged in to it.Read Using App Directory in HootSuite in full
As SharePoint and the underlying .NET Framework developed over the years, more readymade controls have become available for us to use in our applications. Such controls allow us to drop common, and often complex, features into our site. For example, if we would like to add user registration and login features (often referred to as personalization and membership) to our site, it is a chore to build everything we require (registration form with validation, login box, password reminder, change password, etc.) each time we build a site. Microsoft has built these controls for us so that we can easily add them to our site. In this article by Mike Poole, we will examine the use of these controls.
Very occasionally, we find that we are not able to do what we would like to do with the SharePoint configuration that comes "out of the box". A common example of this is using forms authentication in our site. Later on in the article, we will also make some configuration changes to SharePoint and associated products, such as Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Server, and Visual Studio, to demonstrate how forms authentication can be enabled.Read Using ASP.NET Controls in SharePoint in full
In the previous article by Spencer Harbar, Lim Mei Ying, and Stefan Gobner, authors of Enhancing Microsoft Content Management Server with ASP.NET 2.0, we reviewed the basics of the new Visual Studio 2005 MCMS development environment, configured the 'CMS' Virtual Directory, and created our own custom Visual Studio 2005 templates for MCMS.
This article, which is the fourth article in the article series, provides an overview of the benefits of using master pages and a step-by-step guide for implementing them in your MCMS applications, where they become master templates!Read Using ASP.NET Master Pages in your MCMS Applications in full
PSTN or Public Switched Telephone Network is the collection of all the telephone networks, which are interconnected in the world. If we want to be able to route calls from and to the PSTN using OpenSER, we need to be connected to a PSTN. To send calls to the PSTN, we need a device called PSTN gateway. There are several manufacturers such as Cisco, Nortel, and others who manufacture this kind of equipment. You can also use an Asterisk PBX box for this task. Asterisk makes an affordable PSTN gateway that is very competitive with the big players mentioned above. In this article by Flavio E. Goncalves, we will see how to use asterisk as a PSTN gateway for OpenSER.Read Using Asterisk as a PSTN Gateway for OpenSER in full
In this article by Johan Hedberg, Morten la Cour, and Kent Weare, authors of the book Microsoft BizTalk Server (70-595) Certification Guide, Second Edition, we will Identify the processes used to run a BizTalk Server environment as a Windows Azure Virtual Machine and Identify the processes used to enable integration using Windows Azure BizTalk Services part of the Assessment. It will introduce the reader to some basic concepts of Microsoft Windows Azure as well as cover both running BizTalk in a virtual image on Azure and using the new Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS). Using the new mapper, XML, and Flat File bridges as well as using the EDI Portal for receiving X12 documents will also be covered.Read Using Azure BizTalk Features in full
This article by Bart Kummel, author of Apache MyFaces 1.2 Web Application Development, shows how we can use Bean Validation (JSR 303) annotations to declaratively define validation rules in our Java EE application. In this article, Apache MyFaces Extensions Validator (ExtVal) is used to generate the JSF validators, based on Bean Validation annotations. While JSF 2.0 has native support for Bean Validation, ExtVal can also be used with JSF 1.2. And ExtVal offers some possibilities that cannot be achieved with the default JSF 2.0 Bean Validation support.
This article is the third in a series of ExtVal articles. Other articles in this series:
- Apache MyFaces Extensions Validator is the first article in the series and introduces ExtVal.
- Customizing and extending Apache MyFaces ExtVal shows the flexibility of ExtVal and how we can customize and extend it.
In this article by Antony Reynolds and Matt Wright, authors of Oracle SOA Suite 11g R1 Developer's Guide, we will discuss the new Rules Editor in 11gR1, including Decision Tables and how we can incorporate rules as decision points within a BPEL Process.Read Using Business Rules to Define Decision Points in Oracle SOA Suite 11g R1- An Introduction in full
In this two part article by Matt Wright, we will look at how we can use the Business Rules engine to externalize rules from a BPEL process into a separate decision service. Once we've done this, we will know how to invoke the rule from a BPEL process. At run time there may be many potential paths through a BPEL process, controlled by conditional statements such as switch or while activities. Typically the business rules that govern which path to take at any given point are written as XPath expressions embedded within the appropriate activity.
Although this is an acceptable approach, we often find that while the process itself may be relatively static, the business rules embedded within the activities may change on a more frequent basis. This will require us to update the BPEL process and redeploy it even though the process flow itself hasn't changed. In addition, by embedding the rule directly within the decision point, we often end up having to re-implement the same rule every time it is used, either within the same process or across multiple processes. Apart from being inefficient, this can lead to inconsistent implementations of the rules as well as requiring us to update the rule in multiple places every time it changes.Read Using Business Rules to Define Decision Points in Oracle SOA Suite: Part 1 in full
In the previous part of the article we looked at how we can use the Oracle Business Rules engine to implement business rules, and how we can invoke these from within BPEL as a decision service.
In this part by Matt Wright, we will have a look at how to create a Decision Service.Read Using Business Rules to Define Decision Points in Oracle SOA Suite: Part 2 in full
In this article by Matt Smith and Chico Queiroz, the authors of Unity 4.x Cookbook, we will cover:
- Creating a picture-in-picture effect
- Switching between multiple cameras
- Customizing the lens flare effect
- Making textures from screen content
- Zooming a telescopic camera
- Making an inspect camera
- Creating particle effects using Shuriken
- Displaying a mini-map
As developers, we should never forget to pay attention to the cameras. After all, they are the windows from which our players see our game. In this article, we will take a look at ways of making them more interesting within the player experience.Read Using Cameras in full
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 the previous article we covered:
- Adding a validated checkbox
- Adding an "other" box to a drop-down
- Sending an SMS message on submission
- Signing up to a newsletter service
- Adding a conversion-tracking script
In this article by Bob Janes, author of the book ChronoForms 3.1 for Joomla! site Cookbook , we will cover the following features:
- Showing a YouTube video
- Adding a bar-code to a for m e-mail
- Adding a character counter to a textarea
- Creating a "double drop-down"
Building a successful intranet is not an easy job. When we are asked to build an intranet there is always an implicit requirement that doesn't show in any requirement list. This requirement is easy in concept, but hard to achieve: the intranet must be a success in terms of usability and use. The last thing we will want is that it ends up being one of those web services that people barely use. In this article, by Víctor Fernández de Alba, author of Plone 3 Intranets, we will cover the key factors for the success of an intranet and the effective use of the content types.
We will cover the following topics:
- Navigation and taxonomy
- Table of contents
- Next/previous folder
- Presentation mode
- Best practices for third-party content types
We can make building an intranet an easy task if we want to do so. As we already know, a content type is not only an information container; it also defines the way the information is shown to the consumer via the content view. We will learn to use the right content type and its right view for the right job. Another crucial factor is to extend wisely our default content type set via third-party add-on products. We will learn how to choose and use them correctly.Read Using Content Type Effectively with Plone Intranet in full
In the previous article we looked at ways to structure and access data objects to make your application faster and more scalable.
This article by Amy Unruh, co-author of the book Google App Engine Java and GWT Application Development, describes the Datastore transactions, what they do, and when and how to use them.Read Using Datastore Transactions in Google App in full
The article, Using Debug Perspective, will guide you through the ways of setting up breakpoints and navigate through the code using various breakpoint manipulation options. This article by Anatoly Spektor, author of Instant Eclipse Application Testing How-to, will guide you to learn what breakpoints are and how to use them. After reading this article, you will be able to effectively debug Java applications of any scope. Fortunately, any prior knowledge of Eclipse is not required; thus it is suitable for developers with any level of experience in Eclipse application development and testing.Read Using Debug Perspective – setting breakpoints in full
There are a number of things we are going to build in this article, so hang on tight.Read Using different jQuery event listeners for responsive interaction in full