In this article created by Jan Haller, Henrik Vogelius Hansson, and Artur Moreira, the authors of SFML Game Development, we are going to populate the game world, and implement the core part of the game; the actual gameplay with enemies, weapons, battles, and goodies. We are going to cover the following topics:
- Enemy aircraft controlled by a simple artificial intelligence
- Projectiles such as a machine gun or missiles
- Pickups that improve the player's equipment
- Collision detection and response between entities in the scene graph
- The world's update cycle and automatic removal of entities
In order to solve problems that arise in concurrently running threads in applications, we need new debugging techniques suitable for the new parallelism environments that occur in Visual C#. In this article by Gastón C. Hillar, we will learn many tricks and debugging procedures that will help us find solutions to multithreaded application problems and have a better understanding of the execution of parallel threads. We will be performing the following exercises:
- Learn some tricks to prepare multithreaded code to simplify the debugging and troubleshooting processes
- Become skilled at watching and understanding the execution of multiple concurrent threads
In this article by Magnus Mischel we will take a look at the performance of ModSecurity and what impact, if any, it has on the speed of your server and web application. We will also look at the ways in which you can increase the performance of your server by tweaking your configuration and writing more efficient rules.Read Ways to improve performance of your server in ModSecurity 2.5 in full
WCF is the latest technology from Microsoft for building services. In this article by Mike Liu, we will explain what WCF is, and what it is composed of. We will also explain various .NET runtimes, .NET frameworks, Visual Studio versions, the relationships between them, and what is needed to develop or deploy WCF services. You will see some code snippets in this article that will help you to further understand WCF concepts, although they are not in a completed WCF project.
Let us discuss the following in detail:
- What WCF is
- Use of WCF for SOA
- WCF architecture
- Basic WCF concepts
Well, for the next two months, Packt is inviting you to blog about a relevant technology subject for the chance of getting your blog post published on the Packt website and across the Packt information network.
Want more information about this contest? Email us now!Read We Blog, You Blog in full
After we understand our requirements and learn the basics of using CMSs, we are will be ready to look at Web Content Management Systems (commonly known as WCMS, Web CMS, or WCM Systems). Web CMSs allow you to manage your web content easily. They are generic in nature and perform a variety of operations. If you ask someone about a CMS, they will most probably recommend you one of the systems we cover in this article. It's important to learn the features of the top web CMSs to make the right choice for your project.
In this article by Nirav Mehta, we will take a look at the top general-purpose Web CMSs. In the process, we will:
- Cover a variety of top Web CMSs
- Perform customizations and content management operations
- Discover interesting features in CMSs
- Examine which CMS could be right for you
In this article by John K. Murphy, author of DotNetNuke 5.4 Cookbook, we will cover the following topics:
- Adding web controls to your Toolbox
- Showing an e-mail link in a Datagrid
- Showing checkboxes in a Datagrid
- Showing a thumbnail image in a Datagrid
- Creating labels you can edit
- Suggest text while typing
Read Web Controls in DotNetNuke in full
On the Internet today one can find varying websites—some are personal sites, others are corporate, informational, instructional, and more. More commonly you can find personal blogs and small business storefronts. These two types of websites offer unique capabilities of creating the entire site with templates—or basic designs that are common throughout them.
In this article by Bethany Hiitola, author of Inkscape 0.48 Essentials for Web Designers, we will cover the following:
- Web design principles for blogs and storefronts.
- Overview of RSS and ATOM feeds examples of designs for these two types of websites.
In this article by Erik Westra, author of Python Geospatial Development, we will understand the concept of a spatially-enabled database. We will also explore some of the major tools and frameworks available for building your own geo-spatial web applications.Read Web Frameworks for Python Geo-Spatial Development in full
Web scraping is the set of techniques used the to get some information, structured only for presentation purposes, from a website automatically instead of copying it manually. This article by Javier Collado will show how this could be done using python in the steps that require some development.Read Web Scraping with Python in full
This article by Javier Collado expands the set of web scraping techniques shown in his previous article by looking closely into a more complex problem that cannot be solved with the tools that were explained there. For those who missed out on that article, here's the link. Web Scraping with Python
In this article created by Murray Fife, the author of Extending Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Cookbook, we will show you how you can use Microsoft InfoPath in conjunction with web services linked to Dynamics AX to create smarter forms. You will also learn the following:
- Creating a Dynamics AX web service
- Creating a web service wrapper
- Using a Dynamics AX web service in an InfoPath form
- Creating custom OData queries to retrieve Dynamics AX data
- Building InfoPath lookups using OData queries
Web services are a great way for other applications to connect with Dynamics AX, and are also very easy to create and use through the tools that are delivered with Dynamics AX. You can create new web services that you can use to perform updates in the system, and you can also use the standard query services to get data from the database, all through a secure method.
InfoPath is a great Office application that you may already have installed, but not know what you can use it for. It allows you to create forms and documents that can read and update databases, and also use web services to grab and update data. When you combine these two, you will be able to create simpler forms very quickly that the users can use for Dynamics AX without having to be an expert programmer.
In this Article, we will show you how you can use web services and InfoPath to create a simple update form for Dynamics AX.Read Web Services and Forms in full
In this article, by Ruth Hoffman, Apache OFBiz Cookbook, we shall look at various techniques to build OFBiz web service providers and consumers. In particular, you will find information on:
- Requesting web services using URL parameters
- Requesting web services using an HttpClient
- Creating HttpClient and passing XML documents
- Creating XML-RPC web service clients
- Becoming an XML-RPC web service provider
- Building SOAP messaging clients
Technically, web services are part of the web role, but their use and development are so distinctly different than web forms that we'll look at these separately. The web services themselves can be written in any language supported by Azure, but utilizing the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) libraries in .NET greatly simplifies the development of web services. The simple storage services have their own REST API and client library developed, but if we want to add data into SQL Azure, we'll have to create our own web services.
In this article by Richard J. Dudley and Nathan A. Duchene, authors of Microsoft Azure: Enterprise Application Development, we'll:
- Gain an overview of WCF services
- Build the WCF service for the Jupiter Motors portal
Quality is a key to success of service-oriented projects. Utilization of proper tools is important to the outcome of web service testing methodology. Being the leading open source web services testing tool, soapUI helps to build robust and flexible automated tests in a productive manner.
In this article by Charitha Kankanamge, author of Web Services Testing with soapUI, we will cover:
- Overview of some of the key characteristics of web services
- The role of web services in SOA
- Approaches of testing web services
- Web services testing challenges
- Introduction to soapUI
- Installing soapUI
Web services are one of the key building blocks of service-oriented solutions. Because of their usage and importance in the enterprise applications, the project teams are expected to be knowledgeable and familiar with the technologies which are associated with web services and service-oriented architecture(SOA).Read Web Services Testing and soapUI in full
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), as an architectural platform, is adopted today by many businesses as an efficient means for integrating enterprise applications built of Web services—loosely coupled pieces of software that encapsulate their logic within a distinct context and can be easily combined into a composite solution. Although building applications that enable remote access to resources and functionality is not new, doing so according to the principles of service orientation, such as loose coupling, represents a relatively new approach to building composite solutions.Read Web Services, SOA, and WS-BPEL Technologies in full
In this article created by Stefan Sjogelid, author of Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents we'll use sight as our gear of perception. We're going to show you how to get the most out of your webcam, help you secure your perimeter, and then end it on a high note with some mindless mischief.Read Webcam and Video Wizardry in full
Objects in 3D scenes can have actions on their own. For instance, in a racing car game, each car has its own speed and trajectory. In a first-person shooting game your enemies can hide behind barricades then come and fight you or run away. In general, each one of these actions is modeled as a matrix transformation that is attached to the corresponding actor in the scene. These are called local transforms.
In this article by Diego Cantor author of WebGL Beginner’s Guide, we will study different techniques to make use of local transforms.Read WebGL: Animating a 3D scene in full
This article by Luca Masini and Rinaldi Vincenzo, authors of Securing WebLogic Server 12c, covers every aspect you need to consider for activating an internal user and group structure. Here, you can also find a very useful section about errors and debugging tips, needed to resolve your configuration issues.Read WebLogic Security Realm in full