In this article by John P. Doran, the author of the book, Mastering UDK Game Development, we will guide us in creating a HUD that can be used within a Medieval RPG and will fit nicely into the provided Epic Citadel map making use of Scaleform and ActionScript 3.0 using Adobe Flash CS6.
We can have the most fun game in the world, but if the player has no idea what's going on it is next to impossible for that fun to be experienced by anyone other than the creator. One of the main tools that we use within the game industry to pass on information to the user is a heads—up display, more commonly referred to as a HUD.
The tool that most modern—day games use for doing user—interface (UI) work, such as HUDs, is Scaleform. Scaleform has been used with great success in Unreal games such as Borderlands 2, Mass Effect 3, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and Bioshock Infinite.
Scaleform allows users to bring in Flash animation files to UDK to be rendered directly on the screen or rendered onto textures that can be used within the game world. We can interact with these movies using both Kismet and UnrealScript to create whatever kind of interface you can dream of.
Read Creating a Custom HUD in full
The Plone Content Management System is one of the best open source CMS because, by using Plone’s development framework, you can extend its functionality according to the specific requirements of your website. The Plone framework has lots of components that can be used to create add-ons or extensions called Plone Products. You can optimize your site for improved usability, accessibility, and security, by creating custom Plone products.
In this article by Juan Pablo Giménezand Marcos F. Romero, author of Plone 3 Products Development Cookbook, we will cover the creation of Archetypes content types from scratch by hand... kind of. We will actually use paster to automatically create most of it.Read Creating a Custom Content Type with Paster in Plone 3 in full
In this article by Bob Griesemer, author of Oracle Warehouse Builder 11g R2: Getting Started 2011, we will define our cube, which is where our measures will be stored—the facts that users will want to query. There is a wizard available to us for creating a cube that we will make use of to ease our task. So let's start designing the cube with the wizard. We'll create the objects using the wizards that the Warehouse Builder provides for us to simplify the task of building cubes and dimensions.
We will cover:
- Creating a cube with the wizard
- Using the data object editors
In this article by Antano Solar John, author of Catalyst 5.8: The Perl MVC Framework, we will be creating a basic application. We'll create the skeleton of the application and write some Catalyst actions (Perl code that gets executed on URL requests). Then we'll learn how to use the Template Toolkit (TT) to generate HTML output and finally, connect a SQLite database to Catalyst with DBIx::Class.Read Creating a Catalyst Application in Catalyst 5.8 in full
This article by Bilgin Ibryam, author of Instant Apache Camel Message Routing, provides a high-level overview of Camel architecture and explains how to create simple message driven applications.
Camel is a Java based application integration framework. It is lightweight and can run as a standalone application, as part of spring applications, or as an OSGI bundle. Camel can easily connect with many different systems using a variety of connectors, and integrate seamlessly, thanks to multiple messaging pattern implementations. In this first Camel application, we are going to connect to the filesystem and copy files from the source folder to a target folder using a polling consumer.Read Creating a Camel project (Simple) in full
Designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, income, and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports.
In this article by Ashok Ramachandran, author of the book Gnucash 2.4 Small Business Accounting: Beginner's Guide, you will learn how budgets help you to set up a Trip Plan to reach your business goals and practice creating budgets and generating reports showing budget vs. actual comparison. You will also learn the limitations of GnuCash budget reports and how to overcome them by exporting to spreadsheets.Read Creating a Budget for your Business with Gnucash in full
In this article by Michael Peacock, we will focus on creating a better selling experience for the customers of a store using a Drupal e-commerce website called 'Doug's Dinos!'.
In this article, we will learn:
- How to add a shopping cart
- How to add search features
- How to auto-create user accounts
- How to include images on our product listings
- How to provide discounts to customers based on their role
- How to enable coupons so customers can get discounts
Vaadin is a new Java web framework for making applications look great and perform well, making your users happy. Vaadin promises to make your user interfaces attractive and usable while easing your development efforts and boosting your productivity.
In this article by Nicolas Frankel, author of Learning Vaadin, we will:
- Learn key concepts behind the Vaadin framework
- Have an overview of its internal architecture
- See how to deploy a Vaadin application to a servlet container, be it in an IDE or outside it
- See how to update the previously developed application with a very simple interaction in order to display "Hello Vaadin!"
In this article by Afshin Mehrabani, author of the book Getting started with CreateJS, we are going to talk about and use the Animation and Transforming function of CreateJS. In this article, we use TweenJS and EaselJS to create basic animation in browsers.
You can then use these functions to create more innovative animations.
In this article, we will cover the following topics:
- Creating animations with CreateJS
- Understanding TweenJS
- Understanding the TweenJS API
- Creating simple animations
- Transforming shapes
In this article by Ahsanul Bari and Anupom Syam, we will learn some of the important aspects of CakePHP. We will learn how we can create an application that we call the CakeTooDoo. It can manage to-do lists, list all the tasks, add tasks, edit tasks, and delete tasks.
This article will show how we can create a database that follows the Cake convention, and how to configure Cake to use it. It will also discuss how to create models, controllers, views, and the conventions that we need to follow to make them work together.
We will discuss a few important model functions like find(), create(), save(), del() and the use of controller functions like set() and redirect(). The HTML Form and the Time Helper will also be introduced, and we will see how the functions of these helpers can make it easier to display views.Read Create a Quick Application in CakePHP: Part 1 in full
How can a company or organization minimize bandwidth costs when maintaining multiple Ubuntu installations? With bandwidth becoming the currency of the new millennium, being responsible with the bandwidth you have can be a real concern. In this article by Christer Edwards, we will learn how to create, maintain and make available a local Ubuntu repository mirror, allowing you to save bandwidth and improve network efficiency with each machine you add to your network.Read Create a Local Ubuntu Repository using Apt-Mirror and Apt-Cacher in full
In this article, by Amresh Singh, the author of Instant Cassandra Query Language discusses about how CQL can be used for client applications.
CQL 3 is being pushed as a standard for building applications over Cassandra. Running CQL queries on the shell is fine for viewing and modifying the data for testing purpose, but the actual use of CQL lies with building applications just the way SQL is used with JDBC.
Next, we are going to explain the three ways using which you can build Java applications over Cassandra (it's possible to build applications in other programming languages as well via appropriate drivers and clients).Read CQL for client applications in full
SQL Server 2008 R2 has a flurry of new enhancements added to the core database engine and business intelligence suite like SQLAzure, DAC PACK and UCP. In addition to the new features and internal enhancements, SQL Server 2008 R2 includes external components such as Master Data Services (MDS). The recipes in this article involve the planning, design, and implementation of features that are added and they are important to the management of the core technologies of SQL Server 2008 R2.
In this article by Satya Shyam K Jayanty, author of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Administration Cookbook, we will cover the following topics:
- Installing and configuring a Master Data Services solution
- Designing and deploying a framework to use Master Data Services
The reader would benefit from the previous article on Managing Core SQL Server 2008 R2 TechnologiesRead Core SQL Server 2008 R2 Technologies: Deploying Master Data Services in full
This article introduces the working of UITableView and explains step-by-step how information is displayed via the table view. Array can be used to display information through the Table View control. The article explains the different methods used in displaying information through table view and also how to add more information to the existing information being displayed via table view.
Assume that we want to create an application "Sales Record System of a Store" where we want to keep the information of the customers along with the product details sold to each of them.
In this article by B.M. Harwani, author of Core Data iOS Essentials, we will design a data model for keeping the customer's information, that is, we will define a Customer entity and its attributes. After designing data model, we build data object (classes) associated with the Customer entity.Read Core Data iOS: Designing a Data Model and Building Data Objects in full
This article by A.P. Rajshekhar, author of .Net Framework 4.5 Expert Programming Cookbook , will cover recipes related to core concepts in .NET, which will include the following:
Metadata-driven programming: The first six recipes will cover how to use attributes as metadata for specific purposes such as validation and localization.
Reflection: The Processing custom attributes via reflection recipe will tell you how to use reflection to create metadata processors such as applications or libraries that can understand custom attributes and provide the output based on them.
Asynchronous file I/O: This is a new feature for file input/output introduced in .NET 4.5. The Using asynchronous file I/O for directory-to-directory copy recipe will cover this feature.
Dynamic programming: .NET 4.0 introduced the concept of dynamic programming, in which blocks of code marked as dynamic will be executed directly, bypassing the compilation phase. We will look at this in the last recipe, Accessing JSON using dynamic programming.
Read Core .NET Recipes in full
This article by Jayaram Krishnaswamy shows how to migrate a database from SQL Server 2005 (should work for 2000 as well) to SQL Server 2008 using the Copy Database tool in SQL Server 2008. In an earlier article we saw how this can be done manually by detaching the database from the SQL 2005 and then attaching it to the SQL 2008 server using the SQL Server Management Studio.Read Copying a Database from SQL Server 2005 to SQL Server 2008 using the Copy Database Wizard in full
XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a very important format for storing multi‑purpose data. It is also known as universal data format, as you can represent anything and visualize the data properly with the help of a renderer. One of the biggest advantages of XML is that it can be converted from one form of data into another easily with the help of XSLT. Also, XML data is highly readable.
One of the great blessings of PHP5 is its excellent support to manipulate XML. PHP5 comes bundled with new XML extensions for processing XML easily. You have a whole new SimpleXML API to read XML documents in a pure object-oriented way. Also, you have the DOMDocument object to parse and create XML documents. In this article by Hasin Hayder, we will learn these APIs and learn how to successfully process XML with PHP.Read Cooking XML with OOP in full
In this article by Deepak Vohra, you will learn to convert a XML document to a PDF document. This process will include setting the environment, converting the XML document to XSL-FO, parsing the XML document which further explains generating XSL-FO document, after which we finally move to converting the XSL-FO document to a PDF document.Read Converting XML to PDF in full