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Prototyping Arduino Projects using Python

 In this article by Pratik Desai , the author of Python Programming for Arduino , we will cover the following topics: Working with pyFirmata methods Servomotor – moving the motor to a certain angle The Button() widget – interfacing GUI with Arduino and LEDs

Working with VMware Infrastructure

In this article by Daniel Langenhan , the author of VMware vRealize Orchestrator Cookbook , we will take a closer look at how Orchestrator interacts with vCenter Server and vRealize Automation (vRA—formerly known as vCloud Automation Center, vCAC). vRA uses Orchestrator to access and automate infrastructure using Orchestrator plugins. We will take a look at how to make Orchestrator workflows available to vRA. We will investigate the following recipes: Unmounting all the CD-ROMs of all VMs in a cluster Provisioning a VM from a template An approval process for VM provisioning

KnockoutJS Templates

 In this article by Jorge Ferrando , author of the book KnockoutJS Essentials , we are going talk about how to design our templates with the native engine and then we will speak about mechanisms and external libraries we can use to improve the Knockout template engine. When our code begins to grow, it's necessary to split it in several parts to keep it maintainable. When we split JavaScript code, we are talking about modules, classes, function, libraries, and so on. When we talk about HTML, we call these parts templates. KnockoutJS has a native template engine that we can use to manage our HTML. It is very simple, but also has a big inconvenience: templates, it should be loaded in the current HTML page. This is not a problem if our app is small, but it could be a problem if our application begins to need more and more templates.

Writing Consumers

 This article by Nishant Garg , the author of the book Learning Apache Kafka Second Edition , focuses on the details of Writing Consumers. Consumers are the applications that consume the messages published by Kafka producers and process the data extracted from them. Like producers, consumers can also be different in nature, such as applications doing real-time or near real-time analysis, applications with NoSQL or data warehousing solutions, backend services, consumers for Hadoop, or other subscriber-based solutions. These consumers can also be implemented in different languages such as Java, C, and Python.

Material nodes in Cycles

 In this article by Enrico Valenza , author of the book Blender Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook Third Edition , we will see how a Cycles material is basically made up of distinct components named shaders . They can be combined to build even more complex surface or volume shaders. In this article, we'll have a look at the basic, necessary steps required to build a basic surface Cycles material, to activate the rendered preview in the 3D window, and to finally render a simple scene.

AngularJS Performance

In this article by Chandermani , the author of AngularJS by Example , we focus our discussion on the performance aspect of AngularJS. For most scenarios, we can all agree that AngularJS is insanely fast. For standard size views, we rarely see any performance bottlenecks. But many views start small and then grow over time. And sometimes the requirement dictates we build large pages/views with a sizable amount of HTML and data. In such a case, there are things that we need to keep in mind to provide an optimal user experience. Take any framework and the performance discussion on the framework always requires one to understand the internal working of the framework. When it comes to Angular, we need to understand how Angular detects model changes. What are watches? What is a digest cycle? What roles do scope objects play? Without a conceptual understanding of these subjects, any performance guidance is merely a checklist that we follow without understanding the why part. Let's look at some pointers before we begin our discussion on performance of AngularJS: The live binding between the view elements and model data is set up using watches . When a model changes, one or many watches linked to the model are triggered. Angular's view binding infrastructure uses these watches to synchronize the view with the updated model value. Model change detection only happens when a digest cycle is triggered. Angular does not track model changes in real time ; instead, on every digest cycle, it runs through every watch to compare the previous and new values of the model to detect changes. A digest cycle is triggered when $scope.$apply is invoked. A number of directives and services internally invoke $scope.$apply : Directives such as ng-click , ng-mouse* do it on user action Services such as $http and $resource do it when a response is received from server $timeout or $interval call $scope.$apply when they lapse A digest cycle tracks the old value of the watched expression and compares it with the new value to detect if the model has changed. Simply put, the digest cycle is a workflow used to detect model changes. A digest cycle runs multiple times till the model data is stable and no watch is triggered. Once you have a clear understanding of the digest cycle, watches, and scopes, we can look at some performance guidelines that can help us manage views as they start to grow.

Getting Twitter data

In this article by Paulo A Pereira , the author of Elixir Cookbook , we will build an application that will query the Twitter timeline for a given word and will display any new tweet with that keyword in real time. We will be using an Elixir twitter client extwitter as well as an Erlang application to deal with OAuth. We will wrap all in a phoenix web application.

Your first FuelPHP application in 7 easy steps

In this article by Sébastien Drouyer , author of the book FuelPHP Application Development Blueprints we will see that FuelPHP is an open source PHP framework using the latest technologies. Its large community regularly creates and improves packages and extensions, and the framework’s core is constantly evolving. As a result, FuelPHP is a very complete solution for developing web applications.

Python functions – Avoid repeating code

In this article by Silas Toms , author of the book ArcPy and ArcGIS – Geospatial Analysis with Python we will see how programming languages share a concept that has aided programmers for decades: functions. The idea of a function, loosely speaking, is to create blocks of code that will perform an action on a piece of data, transforming it as required by the programmer and returning the transformed data back to the main body of code. Functions are used because they solve many different needs within programming. Functions reduce the need to write repetitive code, which in turn reduces the time needed to create a script. They can be used to create ranges of numbers (the range() function), or to determine the maximum value of a list (the max function), or to create a SQL statement to select a set of rows from a feature class. They can even be copied and used in another script or included as part of a module that can be imported into scripts. Function reuse has the added bonus of making programming more useful and less of a chore. When a scripter starts writing functions, it is a major step towards making programming part of a GIS workflow.

Deployment Scenarios

In this article by Andrea Gazzarini , author of the book Apache Solr Essentials , contains information on the various ways in which you can deploy Solr, including key features and pros and cons for each scenario. Solr has a wide range of deployment alternatives, from monolithic to distributed indexes and standalone to clustered instances. We will organize this article by deployment scenarios, with a growing level of complexity. This article will cover the following topics: Sharding Replication: master, slave, and repeaters

iOS Security Overview

In this article by Allister Banks and Charles S. Edge , the authors of the book,  Learning iOS Security , we will go through an overview of the basic security measures followed in an iOS. Out of the box, iOS is one of the most secure operating systems available. There are a number of factors that contribute to the elevated security level. These include the fact that users cannot access the underlying operating system. Apps also have data in a silo (sandbox), so instead of accessing the system's internals they can access the silo. App developers choose whether to store settings such as passwords in the app or on iCloud Keychain, which is a secure location for such data on a device. Finally, Apple has a number of controls in place on devices to help protect users while providing an elegant user experience. However, devices can be made even more secure than they are now. In this article, we're going to get some basic security tasks under our belt in order to get some basic best practices of security. Where we feel more explanation is needed about what we did on devices, we'll explore a part of the technology itself in this article. This article will cover the following topics: Pairing Backing up your device Initial security checklist Safari and built-in app protection Predictive search and spotlight

Our App and Tool Stack

 In this article by Zachariah Moreno , author of the book AngularJS Deployment Essentials , you will learn how to do the following: Minimize efforts and maximize results using a tool stack optimized for AngularJS development Access the krakn app via GitHub Scaffold an Angular app with Yeoman, Grunt, and Bower Set up a local Node.js development server Read through krakn's source code Before NASA or Space X launches a vessel into the cosmos, there is a tremendous amount of planning and preparation involved. The guiding principle when planning for any successful mission is similar to minimizing efforts and resources while retaining maximum return on the mission. Our principles for development and deployment are no exception to this axiom, and you will gain a firmer working knowledge of how to do so in this article.

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