The Blender 3D suite is probably one of the most used 3D creation and animation tools currently in existence.
Also, man-made materials and textures are probably the most used and applied in any 3D environment. The need to simulate created and manufactured objects is therefore an important skill to learn and apply within Blender. Fortunately, the techniques necessary to simulate man-made surfaces are no more difficult than creating natural surfaces.
In this article by Colin Litster, author of the book Blender 2.5 Materials and Textures Cookbook, we will cover
- Creating a slate roof node material that repeats but with ultimate variety
- Using a tileable texture to add complexity to a surface
- Warping a texture to disguise seams in a repeated texture
- Adding weathering by copying and reusing textures
With more than two million users worldwide, R is one of the most popular open source projects. It is a free and robust statistical programming environment with very powerful graphical capabilities. Analyzing and visualizing data with R is a necessary skill for anyone doing any kind of statistical analysis.
In this article by Hrishi V. Mittal, author of the book R Graph Cookbook, we will learn some intermediate to advanced recipes for customizing line graphs even further. We will look at ways to improve and speed up line graphs with multiple lines representing more than one variable.Read Creating Line Graphs in R in full
In order to customize the appearance of your website to that of your company's image, you have to modify an existing template or create a new one. In this article by Hagen Graf, you will learn the basics of building your own Joomla! templates.Read Creating Joomla 1.5 Templates in full
In this article by Nivedita Majumdar and Swapnonil Banerjee authors of MATLAB Graphics and Data Visualization Cookbook, we will cover:
Obtaining user input from the graph
Linked axes and data brushing
The magnifying glass demo
Animation with playback of frame captures
Stream particle animation
Animation by incremental changes to chart elements
This article, created by Farhan Ahmed Nadeem and Prasenjit Sarkar, the authors of Implementing Cisco UCS Solutions, introduces identity and resource pools which include UUID, MAC addresses, WWN, and server pools.
The list of topics that will be covered in the article is as follows:
- Understanding identity and resource pools
- Learning to create a UUID pool
- Learning to create a MAC pool
- Learning to create a WWNN pool
- Learning to create a WWPN pool
- Understanding the server pool
- Learning to create server pool membership and qualification policies
This article by Jim Wilson, author of Creating Dynamic UI with Android Fragments, shows how to use fragments to meet the challenges of creating dynamic UIs in the modern world of mobile app development.Read Creating Dynamic UI with Android Fragments in full
In this article by David Heffelfinger, we will explore how to create a report from the data obtained from a database using JasperReports 3.5. In this article, we will cover the following topics:
- How to embed SQL queries into a report template
- How to pass rows returned by an SQL query to a report through a datasource
- How to use report fields to display data obtained from a database
- How to display database data in a report by using the
Data warehouses are becoming increasingly common as businesses have realized the need to be able to mine the information they have stored in the electronic form in order to provide a valuable insight into the operation of their business and how best to improve it. Organizations need to monitor these processes, define policies, and—at a more strategic level—define the visions and goals that will move the company forward in the future. The Warehouse Builder provides a couple of ways to create a dimension. One way is to use the wizards that it provides, which will automatically create a dimension for us. The other way is to manually create it.
In this article by Bob Griesemer, author of Oracle Warehouse Builder 11g R2: Getting Started 2011, we will create:
- The Product dimension
- The Store dimension
In this article by Kharrat Jaouher, the author of Instant-HTML5 Fonts and Typography, the Creating different font files recipe will explain how to generate our own font and other cross-browser font files and the Using Web fonts recipe will cover web hosted fonts.Read Creating different font files and using web fonts in full
Packt are due to launch a new Enterprise brand, into which future Silverlight titles will be published. For more information on that launch, look here.
In this article by Frank LaVigne, author of Microsoft Silverlight 4 Business Application Development, we shall create a form for allowing users to submit information.Read Creating Data Forms in Silverlight 4 in full
Themes are among the most powerful and flexible features available when it comes to the presentation of a website. The greatest strength of Drupal lies in its design which, when done correctly, allows developers and designers to customize and micromanage each and every aspect of the site.
In this article by Karthik Kumar, author of the book Drupal 6 Theming Cookbook, we will be covering the following recipes:
- Clearing the theme registry
- Creating a theme from scratch
- Creating myzen, a Zen-based theme
- Choosing a CSS layout for myzen
- Overriding Zen template ﬁles with myzen
- Adding a custom region to myzen
- Adding a background image to the theme
- Adding a conditional stylesheet in Zen
- Modifying myzen's theme settings
In this article by Terry Patterson, for the book Blackboard Learn Administration, we discuss how to make our Blackboard instance ready for users. We've gotten our virtual community up and running, and given it a look and feel that makes its users comfortable to work with. Before we cut the ribbon and open our doors to the users, we need to create homes and apartments where they can work and communicate with one another. In Blackboard Learn, these areas are referred as courses.
In this article we will:
- Learn how to configure default course settings and organize courses within our Blackboard Learn environment.
- Understand the different ways to create courses
- Know how to bring content into our newly created courses
We have quite a bit of information to review in this article, so let's start creating courses.Read Creating Courses in Blackboard Learn in full
In this article series by Reynante Martinez, we will learn how to go about creating really convincing still images in Blender with the help of Blender Internal Renderer. This is the second part of this series. To read the first part, click: Creating Convincing Images with Blender Internal Renderer-part1Read Creating Convincing Images with Blender Internal Renderer-part2 in full
In this article series by Reynante Martinez, we will learn how to go about creating really convincing still images in Blender with the help of Blender Internal Renderer.Read Creating Convincing Images with Blender Internal Renderer-part1 in full
A website (social network) is only as good as its content. You can have the flashiest,most gimmick-filled website, but if it does not have content, is not user friendly, and does not attract users to come back to it, then it will become another nine-day wonder and no one will remember it.
In this article by Beatrice A. Boateng and Kwasi Boateng, Author of Joomla! Social Networking with JomSocial we are going to create content for our site in order to attract more appheads (the name for users of our site) by:
- Extending our social network to include a ratings system by using SOBI, a Joomla! directory extension
- Listing apps
- Reviewing apps
- Displaying listings in profiles
- Sharing multimedia content such as videos and pictures
Drupal is a popular Open Source content management system.
In this article by Mark Noble, author of the book Drupal 7 First Look, we will take a look at creating content in Drupal 7.Read Creating Content in Drupal 7 in full
In this article by Anghel Leonard, author of the book JSF 2.0 Cookbook, we will cover the following:
- Creating composition components in JSF 2.0
- Passing sub-elements to composition components
- Passing actions to composition components
The vast majority of a website is content, and ExpressionEngine makes it easy to create and maintain such content. In this two-part article series we will create an actual website and learn how to use channels and templates to display our content.
In this article by Leonard Murphy, author of Building Websites with Expression Engine 2.X, you will take an existing website that was written outside of ExpressionEngine and adapt it to ExpressionEngine. As part of this transition, you will be creating your own channel with fields customized to the content that you will be displaying.Read Creating Channel for Moving a Website to ExpressionEngine in full
In this article by Ben Fhala, author of HTML5 Graphing and Data Visualization Cookbook, we will cover the following topics:
Building a bar chart from scratch
Spreading data in a scatter chart
Building line charts
Creating the flying brick chart (waterfall chart)
Building a candlestick chart (stock chart)
This article has been created by Karol Król and Aaron Hodge Silver, the author of WordPress 3.7 Complete Third Edition.
Now that your WordPress installation is up and running, you are ready to start creating content. In this article, you'll learn how to control all the information associated with a post, not just the title and content, but also images and media.Read Creating Blog Content in WordPress in full