Maps provide a great visual experience for location-based services. Maps are now a default feature on most smartphones as they provide a good graphical overview of information (usually geotagged data) around the user's location.
With custom pin markers and directions, maps also help users navigate to their destination easily. Most importantly maps give the user a feeling that "This place is around the next block, north from where I am standing," so decision-making happens quickly for the user.
In this article by Zeeshan Chawdhary, author of Windows Phone 7.5: Building Location-aware Applications we shall cover the following topics:
- Understanding map geometry
- Overview of Windows Bing Maps Silverlight Control
- Using maps in your Windows Phone application – Hello Maps
- Using pushpins with maps
- Custom map pushpins
- Handling pushpin events
- Working with Bing Maps geocoding and reverse geocoding services
- Overview of Launchers and Choosers
- Using directions with Bing Maps directions task
- Performing local searches with BingMapsTask
Read Using Maps in your Windows Phone App in full
Your database performance heavily depends on how you have physically placed your database objects and how you have configured your disk subsystem. Designing the physical layout of your database correctly is the key factor to improve the performance of your database queries and thus the performance of your database. However, the correct decision on a physical design structure of the database depends on the available hardware resources that you might have. This includes the number of processors, RAM, and storage resources, such as how many ,disks or RAID controllers you might have in your database environment. The best thing while designing physical layout of the database is to have multiple physical disks for your database. If you configure your database in such a way that it spreads across multiple disks, it can benefit from parallel I/O operations.
The following are some of the decisions that influence your database performance:
- Where do you place data files?
- Where do you place log files?
- Where do you place large objects?
- Where do you place indexes?
- Where do you place the tempdb database?
You can control the physical location of database objects within the database by using files and filegroups.
In this article by Ritesh Shah and Bihag Thaker, co-authors of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Performance Tuning Cookbook, we will learn how to best design the physical structure of the database on your disk subsystem when you have enough available hardware resources, such as multiple processors and multiple physical disks.Read Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Performance Tuning: Implementing Physical Database Structure in full
In this article by Ankit Garg, the author of IBM Cognos Business Intelligence 10.1 Dashboarding Cookbook, you will learn about IBM Cognos 10 BI, which is the leading performance tool that enables users to monitor, measure, and manage corporate performance at a glance. With its dashboard capabilities, users can assemble and organize data in personalized dashboard views to support different decision-making requirements.
In this article we will be:
- Introducing IBM Cognos 10 BI Cognos Connection
- Exploring IBM Cognos Business Insight User Interface
- Exploring IBM Cognos Business Insight Advanced User Interface
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
In India, being a Manager is highly valued. A majority of people see themselves taking a managerial position some day. However, can anyone become a manager? A really good manager? Are managers born or made? Do all managers, at least all good managers, share something in common?
When we look around and see the journeys being taken by different managers, their working styles and behaviors, we can hypothesize that:
- Managers are born and made. Some folks have a natural flair to be a manager and some acquire essential skills to be a manager in a given situation.
- Not everyone may enjoy being a manager. While you may be 'promoted' to become a manager, you may find that you don't really enjoy the time spent talking to people, driving them to results, and compiling status reports for your management.
- It appears that good managers do have many things in common, even though they may have their own style of execution.
In this article by Rahul Goyal author of Management in India: Grow from an Accidental to a Successful Manager in the IT & Knowledge Industry , we will explore the skills, traits, talents, and competencies that are usually required and expected for playing a manager role, and also burst some myths surrounding managers.Read Basic Skills, Traits, and Competencies of a Manager in full
The Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Developer Professional Guide helps you master advanced PL/SQL concepts. Besides the clear and precise explanation on advanced topics, it also contains example code and demonstrations, which gives a sense of application and usage to readers
In this article by Saurabh Gupta, author of Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Developer Professional Guide, we'll cover the following topics:
- Collections—an overview
- Associative arrays
- Nested tables
- PL/SQL collection methods
This article by Jaime Campbell, CPA, MBA, CTT, MCT, author of Intuit QuickBooks Enterprise Edition 12.0 Cookbook for Experts illuminates a number of accounting errors that are common in QuickBooks files, and enables you to resolve them.You will examine a number of accounting errors that are common in QuickBooks files, and enables you to be powerful and efficient in resolving them.
In this article, we will cover the following recipes:
- Clearing stale undeposited funds
- Adjusting cash basis receivables or payables balances
- Writing off stale receivables
- Writing off stale payables
- Balancing the balance sheet
- Classifying unclassified transactions
- Reclassifying opening balance equity transactions
- Classifying uncategorized income or expenses
- Resolving opening balance discrepancies in bank reconciliations
The majority of time administrating a network is spent managing users. Users not only need access to a Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 network but they all need access to its resources. The key to good network administration is doing this in the most effective manner. Probably the most important part of a network will be the users. They need access to the resources on the server as well as the services that it provides. To do this securely they are firstly going to need a network login ID that identifies them to the domain. They will typically use this login ID at a workstation connected to the domain.
In this article by Robert Crane and Drew Hills, co-authors of (MCTS): Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard, Configuring (70-169) Certification Guide, we shall look at creating and managing user accounts.Read Creating and managing user accounts in Microsoft Windows SBS 2011 in full
In this article by James D. Miller, author of IBM Cognos TM1 Developer's Certification Guide, we will identify and discuss each of the components of IBM Cognos TM1 that are covered in the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam. The current exam assigns a weightage of 3 percent to this topic. The components of TM1 are divided into two basic types which are:
- Client components
- Sever components
BizTalk enables the integration and managment of automated business processes within or across organizational boundaries. To build a solid BizTalk solution, deploy a robust environment, and keep it running smoothly you sometimes need to broaden your spectrum, explore all possibilities, and choose the best solution for your purpose. In this article by Steef-Jan Wiggers, author of BizTalk Server 2010 Cookbook, we will cover:
- Gathering requirements by asking the right questions
- Analyzing requirements and creating a design
- Installing and using the BizTak Best Practices Analyzer
- Validating BizTalk installation with the BizTalk Benchmark Wizard tool
- Automating performance analysis by using the PAL tool