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.NET 4.5 Extension Methods on IQueryable

by Shawn R. McLean | May 2013 | .NET Enterprise Articles

In this article by Shawn R. McLean, author of Instant .NET 4.5 Extension Methods How-to , we learn about the extension methods on IQueryable. IQueryable is used to operate mainly on databases. IQueryable<T>are an extension from IEnumerable<T>, hence, we can call all extensions and methods of IEnumerable<T>. A query using IQueryable can be built up on over time, before it hits the database. The query is executed once you execute an eager function such as ToList(), looping the data or attempting to use the values. IQueryable is used by providers such as LINQ to entities or LINQ to SQL.

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Working with Home Page Components and Custom Links

by Paul Goodey | May 2013 | Cookbooks CRM Enterprise Articles

In this article by Paul Goodey, author of Salesforce CRM Admin Cookbook, we will cover the following recipes:

  • Creating a Personal Setup link using the standard Custom Links on the sidebar

  • Using Custom Links to open Training in a new window from the sidebar

  • Creating a news-ticker message on the home page

  • Automatically collapsing Chatter feeds on the home page

  • Removing Chatter feeds on the home page

  • Adding a Send An Email button on the home page

  • Showing Opportunity Sales Stage descriptions on the home page

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Validating and Using the Model Data

by Vinod Krishnan | May 2013 | Beginner's Guides Enterprise Articles Oracle

In this article by Vinod Krishnan, author of Oracle ADF 11gR2 Development Beginner's Guide, we will take a look at validating and using the model data. Validating data is important as business depends on the data that gets stored in the database. So how do we validate the data? Validation is something that makes sure that valid data is getting stored in the database. Validation could be anything from comparing two fields in a table to multiple validations on a single field involving different columns from a different table.

In any other framework, we would end up writing a lot of code even for a small validation. But in ADF, we do little or no coding at all, and most of the validations are achieved declaratively.

In this article, we will learn the following topics:

  • Declarative validation
  • Groovy expressions
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Inventorying Servers with PowerShell

by Ed Goad | April 2013 | Cookbooks Enterprise Articles Microsoft

This article explains how to inventory the hardware and software configurations of Windows 8 Servers and create a detailed inventory and configuration report. Additionally, this article will cover methods to track configuration changes over time, export the configuration report via Word. This article should cover everything necessary to create a centralized hardware and software inventory of all servers in the enterprise.

This article by Ed Goad, author of Windows Server 2012 Automation with PowerShell Cookbook, covers the following topics:

  • Inventorying hardware with PowerShell

  • Inventorying the installed software

  • Inventorying system configuration

  • Reporting on system security

  • Creating a change report

  • Exporting a configuration report to Word

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Migrating Data

by Cristina Nicolàs Lorente Laura Nicolàs Lorente | April 2013 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is an Enterprise Resource Planning ( ERP ) system targeted at small and medium-sized companies. In this article by Laura Nicolàs Lorente and Cristina Nicolàs Lorente from the book Implementing Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, we will see which tools can be used in Dynamics NAV to migrate data into the system and how to convert data to meet NAV requirements. We will look at tools such as:

  • RapidStart Services

  • XMLport

  • User defined tools

We will also see what kind of data is commonly migrated to Dynamics NAV and which strategies can be used to migrate it. The kind of data and strategies are listed as follows:

  • Master data

  • Open entries

  • Historical data

  • Open documents

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Creating your first VM using vCloud technology

by Daniel Langenhan | April 2013 | Enterprise Articles

This article by Daniel Langenhan, author of Instant VMware vCloud Starter [Instant] explains how we can create our first VM in vCloud using VMware vCloud Director.

We first have to get vCloud Director installed then we can start playing with it. Our first aim is obviously to deploy a VM inside our vCloud. To do that, we have to assign resources (CPU memory and disk) to vCD for consumption. In step 1 we will learn about all the different types of resources, and in steps 2 to 5, we will build them. Step 6 finally builds a vApp. Last but not least, I will give you some ideas about what to explore next.

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Examining the Oracle Architecture

by Steve Ries | April 2013 | Enterprise Articles Oracle

In this article by Steve Ries author of OCA Oracle Database 11g: Database Administration I: A Real-World Certification Guide, we will explore what Oracle has to offer. It covers the Oracle architecture and how it operates to provide data integrity and high performance in an Oracle system.

In this article we will:

  • Understand the distinction between a database and an instance

  • Explore the Oracle instance

  • Understand Oracle's process architecture

  • Examine the Oracle memory cache architecture

  • Explore the Oracle database

  • Investigate Oracle's datafile structure

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Installing and Setting up Sure Step

by Andrew Birch Keith Dunkinson | April 2013 | Enterprise Articles Microsoft

The article, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 with Sure Step 2012, provides a comprehensive guide to implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 with Sure Step 2012, and is the prefect accompaniment for project team members of all levels. In this article by Keith Dunkinson and Andrew Birch, authors of Implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 with Sure Step 2012, provides complete information on installation of Sure Step and the setup of projects, and also discusses the project offerings within it.

In this article, we will examine the installation of Sure Step and setting it up for a specific project including some of the key choices we need to make, and activities that should be undertaken at this time. After reading this article, we should be able to: download and install the Sure Step client, create an appropriate Sure Step project, and initiate key activities for our Dynamics AX project.

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Learning to Fly with Force.com

by Abhinav Gupta Ankit Arora | April 2013 | Enterprise Articles

In this article by Ankit Arora and Abhinav Gupta, the authors of the book Force.com Tips and Tricks, we will focus on the basics of cloud computing and briefly go over the following:

  • Principles and constructs of Force.com

  • Benefits and building blocks of Force.com

  • When to choose this platform

  • Which edition is right for you?

  • A cursory overview of how to manage your Salesforce.com org

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Testing your App

by Gabriel José Balda Ortíz Nehal Shah | April 2013 | Enterprise Articles Web Development

While the subject of testing could span whole books and there are many books on the subject indeed, we will offer a framework for testing HTML5 enterprise applications as well as an outline of cogent topics that will serve as a point of departure for further study. Different testing tools come with their own particular set of idioms; we will cover the concepts underlying those idioms.

This article by Nehal Shah and Gabriel José Balda Ortíz, authors of HTML5 Enterprise Application Development, will cover the following:

  • Unit testing

  • Functional testing

  • Browser testing

  • Continuous integration

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