The key objective driving service-oriented architecture is to move the IT organization closer to the business. Creation of services and their assembly into composite applications and processes is the mechanism by which IT can move to be more responsive to the business. However, it is the provision of real-time business information via dashboards that really gives business the confidence that IT can deliver. In this article by Matt Wright, we will examine how to use BAM (Business Activity Monitoring).Read Understanding Business Activity Monitoring in Oracle SOA Suite in full
Setting up Elgg is all about customizing. Along with the various features that Elgg provides,it is also very essential to customize the look and feel of our network. Elgg does offer us several options for this too. In this tutorial by Mayank Sharma, we'll see how simply by moving around components, individual Elgg users can customize their landing page.We'll also understand Elgg's theming system and create our own themes using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).Read Customizing Elgg Themes in full
It is a common experience amongst all of us that from time to time our computers don't always work as we expect and we need to hunt down and resolve problems with them. Troubleshooting can be time consuming especially if you have limited experience with the software or system you are using. This article by Gary Sims, is a guide on how to solve problems with your FreeNAS server. It covers where to look for information about the problem as well as how to hunt down problems by being methodical. It also looks at the common problems people have with their FreeNAS servers including networking problems and problems with RAID.Read Troubleshooting FreeNAS server in full
In order to customize the appearance of your website to that of your company's image, you have to modify an existing template or create a new one. In this article by Hagen Graf, you will learn the basics of building your own Joomla! templates.Read Creating Joomla 1.5 Templates in full
In addition to its impressive feature list, Elgg is an admin's dolly. In this tutorial by Mayank Sharma, we will see how Elgg can be installed in popular Linux web application rollout stack of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP, fondly referred to as LAMP. As MySQL and PHP can run under Windows operating system as well, you can set up Elgg to serve your purpose for such an environment.Read Elgg Social Networking - Installation in full
In some cases, it may be necessary to perform simple conditional checks in the documents, or templates themselves. PHx—Place Holders extended—is a set of notations that makes this possible by adding a logic layer directly to the placeholder. PHx also makes it possible to format the output, for example converting the string to uppercase, and so on. In this article by Antano Solar John, we will learn to use this notation.Read PHx (Place Holders extended) in MODx in full
In this article by William Rice, we will see how to create Tax Rules in Magento. In the real world, the tax rate that you pay is based on three things: location, product type, and purchaser type. In Magento, we can create Tax Rules that determine the amount of tax that a customer pays, based upon the shipping address, product class, and customer class.
When you buy a product, you sometimes pay sales tax on that product. The sales tax that you pay is based on:
- Where you purchased the product from. Tax rules vary in different cities, states, and countries.
- The type of product that you purchased. For example, many places don't tax clothing purchases. And, some places tax only some kinds of clothing. This means that you must be able to apply different tax rates to different kinds of products.
- The type of purchaser you are. For example, if you buy a laser printer for your home, it is likely that you will pay sales tax. This is because you are a retail customer. If you buy the same printer for your business, in most places you will not pay sales tax. This is because you are a business customer.
- The amount of the purchase. For example, some places tax clothing purchases only above a specific amount.
The standard setup of the Scalix server may be satisfactory for most installations, but if you are running Scalix on an internet site or if your local server is available from the Internet, extended security measures have to be taken. In this article by Markus Feilner, we will deal with several recommendations that make your Scalix server safe—like minimizing the number of services running and listening. We will set up a firewall which allows the Scalix users to connect to. After that, we will set up Stunnel to provide SSL-encrypted Scalix services. Then, we will use OpenVPN to protect the server. Last but not least, we will have a look at the services running and discuss advanced possibilities of securing the server.Read Scalix and Security in full
In this article by Gary Sims, we will cover the installation and configuration of the FreeNAS server. We boot the FreeNAS server from the LiveCD disk and configure a simple disk that is accessed by CIFS and FTP. We also look at how to install FreeNAS to the hard drive and how to upgrade it.Read Installation of FreeNAS in full
In this article by Jeff Potts, you will learn how to get the Software Development Kit (SDK) set up in Eclipse, where you will get the Alfresco SDK, how to build it, and how to set it up in Eclipse.
This article assumes you already have Alfresco installed and running on Tomcat, and are also using MySQL as the backend database.Read Installing Alfresco Software Development Kit (SDK) in full
Once the configurations for a VirtueMart store are set, our next step is to build our product catalog for the store and manage that catalog. In the catalog management functions, there are several tasks including managing manufacturers, vendors, and products. In this article by Suhreed Sarkar, we are going to learn about these. On completion of this article, you will be able to:
- Manage manufacturers and vendors
- Manage the product categories
In the previous part of the article we looked at how we can use the Oracle Business Rules engine to implement business rules, and how we can invoke these from within BPEL as a decision service.
In this part by Matt Wright, we will have a look at how to create a Decision Service.Read Using Business Rules to Define Decision Points in Oracle SOA Suite: Part 2 in full
In the previous article we saw how to Enable Spring Faces support. In this article by Markus Stäuble, we will learn how to use Spring Faces and its integration with JSF component libraries.Read Using Spring Faces in full
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
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.Read Working with the Report Builder in Microsoft SQL Server 2008: Part 1 in full