This article by Ryan Henson Creighton, author of Unity 3D Game Development by Example,introduces you to Unity 3D—an amazing game engine that enables you to create games and deploy them to a number of different devices, including (at the time of writing) the Web, PCs, iOS platforms, and WiiWare, with modules for Android and Xbox Live Arcade deployment in the works. You'll play a number of browser-based Unity 3D games to get a sense of what the engine can handle, from a massively-multiplayer online game all the way down to a simple kart racer. You'll download and install your own copy of Unity 3D, and mess around with the beautiful Island Demo that ships with the product.
Technology is a tool. It helps us accomplish amazing things, hopefully more quickly and more easily and more amazingly than if we hadn't used the tool. Before we had newfangled steam-powered hammering machines, we had hammers. And before we had hammers, we had the painful process of smacking a nail into a board with our bare hands. Technology is all about making our lives better and easier. And less painful.Read That's One Fancy Hammer! in full
This article, by Jaynal Abedin, the author of the book Data Manipulation with R, highlights the features such as factor variables, the split-apply-combine strategy, and reshaping a dataset in R.Read Aspects of Data Manipulation in R in full
This article, by Robert Kent, the author of Magento Search Engine Optimization, covers the basic concepts of keyword placement and the roles of the different types of pages to prepare and configure your Magento website.
In this article, we cover the following topics:
- Understanding the structure of a website, the purpose of optimizing for e-commerce, and the relationship between keywords and their position on a website
- Understanding the buying intent of our visitors and how this intent may differ depending on the type of page by which they enter our website
- The roles of content management system (CMS) pages
The article by Mark Reynolds, the author of Xamarin Mobile Application Development for Android, deals with one of the most interesting aspects for mobile development is interacting with device capabilities such as motion sensors, cameras, and location sensors. While these capabilities are new and fun to many developers, they can also bring a great deal of value to the users of our mobile apps.Read Making POIApp Location Aware in full
This article by Sherif Talaat, the author of Windows PowerShell 4.0 for .NET Developers, demonstrates both simple and advanced examples of how to make use of PowerShell integration with technologies such as .NET, WMI, CIM, and COM.
In this article, we will cover the following topics:
- The basics of WMI, CIM, COM, and XML
- Extending Windows PowerShell capabilities with .NET, COM, and XML