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Data expert Phyllis Helton talks to Bert Scalzo and Dan Hotka, co-authors of Toad for Oracle Unleashed, about some of their favorite features in Toad, their thoughts on GUI tools, and advice for people new to developing using Oracle and Toad.

Every network engineer must have a good understanding of how trunks work in an Ethernet switching environment. Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, shows how trunks carry traffic from multiple VLANs across switches to their configured switchports, and discusses the Cisco modes and commands that configure trunking ports.

You're sure that your C/C++ memory-allocation code is bulletproof, but will the code work when the host platform is under stress? Consider using bit flags for applications that require low-level data access. Modern programming also routinely requires the use of complex language features such as callbacks and function pointers. As Stephen B. Morris explains, the use cases for these features are both simple and powerful.

This chapter from OpenGL Superbible: Comprehensive Tutorial and Reference, 7th Edition, provides an overview of the OpenGL pipeline from start to finish, providing insight into each of the stages, which include fixed-function blocks and programmable shader blocks.

Much has been written about DevOps, but most of it focuses on the Ops side of things. This article highlights the most important aspects for software architects and engineers, which is a short summary of the book DevOps: A Software Architect's Perspective, by Len Bass, Ingo Weber, and Liming Zhu. As such, the authors will cover core aspects that software architects should be aware of: DevOps, its motivation and its main practices, organizational aspects of introducing DevOps, and implications for software architecture.

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