In this article by Jason Langone and Andre Leibovici, the authors of VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions, we will learn about virtualization. Virtualization, the technology of abstracting the operating systems from the underlying physical server components, has become a cornerstone of the data center architecture. Virtualization allows organizations to run not just one operating system per physical server in the data center, but tens, dozens, or even hundreds, on a single physical server. The benefits of virtualization are many, including a reduction in hardware, power, and cooling costs. In addition, virtualization allows for new techniques of distribution and resilience to be applied, such as VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and VMware High Availability (HA).Read VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization in full
Interactive Voice Response (IVR)-enabled telephony platforms are the pivot elements of the telephony industry. You must be familiar with several IVR telephony platform—your cellular provider's top-up system, your bank's call distribution system, or your Internet service provider's technical support line—IVR systems are everywhere. As you may already know, IVR systems can be a hell to use, but as Winston Churchill said, you just have to keep on going to get to your destination.
In this article by Nir Simionovich, we will learn about the human dynamics of IVR systems, the implementation and the deployment of an IVR environment to your AsteriskNOW PBX system.Read Voice Menus and IVR in AsteriskNOW in full
In this article by Robin de Jongh, author of SketchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualization: Beginner's Guide, we will cover:
- What to include in your animation
- How to create a simple walkthrough in SketchUp
In this article created by Jan Haller, Henrik Vogelius Hansson, and Artur Moreira, 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 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