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Lesson Solutions using Moodle 1.9: Part 1

by Susan Smith Nash William Rice | January 2010 | Moodle Open Source

In this article by Susan Smith Nash and William Rice, we will discuss the best way to organize your course content into lessons, along with how to build lessons using Moodle's unique capacity to let you use and reuse your materials, and to arrange and rearrange them. So, with that in mind, prepare to develop a strategy for creating lessons that can consist of many different elements, which could include readings, practice quizzes, questions for reflection, media, and peer interactions (discussions and student reviews). In this article, you'll learn how to select content so that it contains the appropriate depth, breadth, and level for your students. You'll also learn the best way to organize the material so that the sequence keeps the students on track, and allows them to develop successful learning strategies so that they perform well in their outcome assessments. Finally, this article will show you how Moodle's object-oriented philosophy of design allows you to go back and update, refine, revise, and retool your course.

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Normalizing Dimensional Model

by Djoni Darmawikarta | January 2010 | Architecture & Analysis

In the Solving Many-to-many Relationship in Dimensional modeling article published in December 2009, a fact is added to solve the author-to-book many-to-many relationship in the book sales dimensional model, effectively normalizing the author out of the book dimension into its own author dimension.

In this article by Djoni Darmawikarta, we will discuss how to solve other denormalised structures in a dimensional model.

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Shipping and Tax Calculations with PHP 5 Ecommerce

by Michael Peacock | January 2010 | e-Commerce PHP

In this article by Michael Peacock, you will learn about how to process orders for shipping and tax calculations, once your e-commerce store has received the purchase order. The article includes the following topics:

  • How to calculate shipping costs based on Product, Weight, Location, and "Shipping rules"
  • About third-party shipping APIs
  • How to integrate shipping and tracking notifications on orders
  • How to integrate tax costs into our system
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Unittest in Python

by Daniel Arbuckle | January 2010 | Open Source

In this article by Daniel Arbuckle, we shall:

  • Learn how to write and execute tests in the unittest framework
  • Learn how to express familiar testing concepts using unittest
  • Discuss the specific features that make unittest suitable for more complicated testing scenarios
  • Learn about of couple of Mocker's features that integrate well with unittest
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SOA Management—OSB (aka ALSB) Management

by Arvind Maheshwari Debu Panda | January 2010 | Oracle

Oracle acquired BEA systems in 2008 and post-acquisition Oracle SOA offerings includes AquaLogic product suite. AquaLogic product suite contains many components. In this article, we'll focus on the management of the core component of AquaLogic suite that is Oracle Service Bus (AquaLogic Service Bus before the acquisition).

In this article by Arvind Maheshwari and Debu Panda, we'll use the term OSB for Oracle Service Bus. We'll cover the following:

  • Introducing Oracle Service Bus—we'll introduce you to Oracle Service Bus and look at a typical deployment of Oracle Service Bus.
  • Discovery of Oracle Service Bus.
  • Monitoring of Oracle Service Bus. Besides monitoring of Oracle Service Bus, we'll introduce a model for monitoring services implemented using Oracle Service Bus.
  • Configuration, management for Oracle Service Bus.
  • Lifecycle management for Oracle Service Bus – Provisioning of services and projects.
  • Best practices for management of Oracle Service Bus.
  • Summary of what we have learned.
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