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Adding Worksheets and Resources with Moodle

by Mary Cooch | March 2009 | e-Learning Moodle Open Source

In this article by Mary Cooch, we will learn how to save energy. Not only our own, but the world's too! Moodle's main attraction, to many teachers, is the fact that you can upload all of those worksheets that you hand out in class (and that your students lose). When you've done it once, they are there for as long as you need them—so you don't have to find and print them off the next time you do that topic, and fewer trees will be felled in the name of education!
In this article, we shall:

 

  • Put an information sheet about the River Thames into Moodle
  • Load a whole week's slideshows about River processes into Moodle in a neat folder
  • Make a click here type link (this is known as a hyperlink) to the River Thames web site
  • Create a worksheet about flooding by typing it straight into Moodle
  • Make our page a bit prettier now that we've got some real stuff on it
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Working with the Report Builder in Microsoft SQL Server 2008: Part 1

by Jayaram Krishnaswamy | March 2009 | .NET Microsoft

Report Builder 2.0 is feature-rich reporting tool with the latest Microsoft Office look and feel. In this two part article by Jayaram Krishnaswamy, we will see how the Report Builder 2.0 provides an extremely flexible GUI with user friendly wizards for creating the Tablix data regions, a versatile construct that includes tables, matrix, and charts and gauges. Report Builder 2.0 supports server resources such as shared Data Sources, works with SQL Server Data Sources and many third party products, and can directly open and edit server hosted reports. Report Builder together with Report Manager provides powerful support for building and managing a bewildering array of report types.

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Your First ASP.NET MVC Application

by Maarten Balliauw | March 2009 | .NET Microsoft

When downloading and installing the ASP.NET MVC framework SDK, a new project template is installed in Visual Studio—the ASP.NET MVC project template. This article by Maarten Balliauw describes how to use this template. We will briefly touch all aspects of ASP.NET MVC by creating a new ASP.NET MVC web application based on this Visual Studio template. Besides view, controller, and model, new concepts including ViewData—a means of transferring data between controller and view, routing—the link between a web browser URL and a specific action method inside a controller, and unit testing of a controller are also illustrated in this article.

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Using Business Rules to Define Decision Points in Oracle SOA Suite: Part 1

by Matt Wright | March 2009 | Architecture & Analysis BPEL SOA Web Services Java Web Development

In this two part article by Matt Wright, we will look at how we can use the Business Rules engine to externalize rules from a BPEL process into a separate decision service. Once we've done this, we will know how to invoke the rule from a BPEL process. At run time there may be many potential paths through a BPEL process, controlled by conditional statements such as switch or while activities. Typically the business rules that govern which path to take at any given point are written as XPath expressions embedded within the appropriate activity.

Although this is an acceptable approach, we often find that while the process itself may be relatively static, the business rules embedded within the activities may change on a more frequent basis. This will require us to update the BPEL process and redeploy it even though the process flow itself hasn't changed. In addition, by embedding the rule directly within the decision point, we often end up having to re-implement the same rule every time it is used, either within the same process or across multiple processes. Apart from being inefficient, this can lead to inconsistent implementations of the rules as well as requiring us to update the rule in multiple places every time it changes.

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Building the User Portal with SerMyAdmin for OpenSER

by Flavio E. Goncalves | March 2009 | Linux Servers Networking & Telephony Open Source

Having implemented authentication using a MySQL database we will now need a tool to help users and administrators which is easier than openserctl. It is very hard to manage thousands of users manually, so a user provisioning tool becomes very important in our process. In this article by Flavio E. Goncalves, will well look at the SerMyAdmin tool, created specifically to help building user and administrator portals.

By the end of this article you will be able to:

 

  • Identify why you need a user portal for administration
  • Install SerMyAdmin and its dependencies
  • Configure resources such as administrator and user access
  • Add and remove domains
  • Customize the portal with the colors and logos of your company
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