In this article by Sébastien Finot, the author of the book "Building Interactive Queries with LINQPad", a brief introduction to LINQ and how it can be used has been discussed. LINQPad is a free IDE (Integrated Development Environment) that allows you to create programs and query databases. Language Integrated Query (LINQ) consists of a set of features introduced in Visual Studio 2008 that extends powerful query capabilities to the language syntax of C# and Visual Basic.
To introduce you to LINQ, we will first look into a non-LINQ example so that we can have a point of comparison.
Read Using a LINQ query in LINQPad in full
In this article by Gohar Ahmed, the author of Implementing Citrix XenServer Quickstarter we will learn about XenConvert.
Citrix XenConvert is a tool to convert physical machines to virtual machines; that is, a Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) conversion tool. It converts a Windows-based workload from a server or desktop machine to a virtual machine in a XenServer, virtual appliance, virtual disk, or virtual disk connected to Provisioning Services.
A conversion involves copying the contents of the workload and configuring its operating systems for XenServer. So, the workload can be applications and data besides the base Windows operating system. XenConvert can convert from a single server or desktop (physical machine) running Windows to a provisioned virtual disk or VHD that Provisioning Services can import.
A good scenario would be converting a physical Windows server with all the applications hosted in it to a virtual machine for pre-staging, so that the hosted applications' behavior can be tested after adjustments. This can be the operating system upgrade or application updates/upgrades.Read Introduction to XenConvert in full
In this article by Matt Brasier and Nicholas Wright, the authors of this book Oracle SOA Suite 11g Performance Tuning Cookbook, we will look at the ways in which you can design your application for high performance.The topics that will be covered are:
- Using BPEL process parallelization
- Using non-blocking service invocations in BPEL flows
- Turning off payload validation and composite state monitoring
- Designing BPEL processes to reduce persistence
- Using parallel routing rules
- Setting HTTP timeouts for external HTTP services
- Tuning BPEL adapter properties
In this article by Nicholas Emond, the author of the book Instant MDX Queries for SQL Server 2012, it is explained that a MDX query is coded and executed against a cube to have a result in a specific format return to the client application.Read Quick start – writing your first MDX query in full
In this article by Andrew Duckworth, Steve Beaumont, and Baumgarten Andreas, authors of Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 Cookbook, we will cover the following recipes:
- Planning the Orchestrator deployment
- Installing a single-server deployment
- Installing the Management Server in a multiserver deployment
In this article, by Sten Vesterli, the author of Developing Web Applications with Oracle ADF Essentials, we'll cover the following topics:
Adding logic to business components
Adding logic to the user interface
In this article by Sherry Li, author of MDX with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services Cookbook we will cover:
- Calculating the YTD (Year-To-Date) value
- Calculating the YoY (Year-over-Year) growth (parallel periods)
- Calculating moving averages
In this article, by David Boike author of Learning NServiceBus, we'll explore the basics of NServiceBus by downloading the NServiceBus code and using it to build a simple solution to send a message from an MVC website to a backend service for processing.Read Getting on the IBus in full
In this article by Vishal Pathak, the author of Oracle APEX 4.2 Reporting discusses about the entire book.
Oracle APEX 4.2 reporting is designed to bring the best of the reporting world for intermediate as well as advanced readers. The book is designed to expose the APEX developers to other reporting solutions, inform them about the strengths of each of these, and to enable them to use these technologies in APEX. The book also assists the designers who wish to use APEX with their existing heterogeneous enterprise so that their existing code is reused and their effort in building better business intelligence systems is minimized. Let me briefly walk you through the contents of the book to inform you about the newer dimension that this book adds to the reporting universe.Read Oracle APEX 4.2 reporting in full
In this article by Debarchan Sarkar, the author of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 with Hadoop, we will learn how to create an SQL Server Integration Services package to move data from Hadoop to SQL Server using the Hive ODBC driver.
Microsoft SQL Server is a complete suite of tools that include an RDBMS system, a multidimensional OLAP and tabular database engines, as well as other services, for example a broker service, a scheduling service (SQL Agent), and many more. As discussed it has become extremely important these days to integrate data between different sources. SQL Server also offers a powerful business intelligence stack, which provides rich features for data mining and interactive reporting. One of these BI components is an extract, transform, and load (ETL) tool called SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). SSIS offers the ability to merge structured and un-structured data by importing Hive data into SQL Server and apply powerful analytics on the integrated data. Throughout the rest of this article, we will get a basic understanding on how SSIS works and create a simple SSIS package to import data from Hive to SQL Server.Read SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) in full