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Building iOS Applications with Swift: A Q&A with BJ Miller
By BJ Miller
Nov 20, 2014
BJ Miller, author of Sams Teach Yourself Swift in 24 Hours, and Pearson Senior Acquisitions Editor Trina MacDonald discuss how Apple’s Swift programming language makes it easier for new iOS developers to build their first iOS applications.
How to Build Solar-Powered Robots
By John Baichtal
Nov 20, 2014
In this chapter from Robot Builder: The Beginner's Guide to Building Robots, you'll learn about how to use solar panels in your robot projects, including an introduction to breadboarding, which is a cool way of temporarily constructing circuits. You'll also build two sweet projects. The first is a solar-powered battery charger, and the second is a simple robot that is entirely powered by sunlight .
Getting Started with AV Foundation
By Bob McCune
Nov 19, 2014
Learning to use AV Foundation is the key to building the next generation of media applications for Mac OS X and iOS. This chapter from Learning AV Foundation: A Hands-on Guide to Mastering the AV Foundation Framework provides you with an introduction to the AV Foundation framework, where it fits into Apple's media environment and the capabilities it provides.
Introduction to Help Desk Support Roles
By Darril Gibson
Nov 19, 2014
This chapter from Effective Help Desk Specialist Skills introduces the support center, help desk professionals, users, and incidents (or problems) in four major sections: Understanding the Support Center, The Role of the Help Desk Professional, Understanding Users, and Typical Incident Process.
Writing Java Programs for Minecraft Mods
By Rogers Cadenhead
Nov 18, 2014
In this chapter from Minecraft Mods Programming Absolute Beginner's Guide, you create a simple program with the Java language by entering it into a text editor. When that's done, you save the program, compile it, and test it. Then you break it on purpose and fix it again, just to show off.
Displaying Alerts in iOS 8
By Wei-Meng Lee
Nov 17, 2014
With every new release, Apple's operating system grows more powerful and a better fit for all its applicable devices. But changes in the OS mean extra work for software developers, who must ensure that their legacy programs still run and that new products fit the new version. Wei-Meng Lee describes the new UIAlertController class in iOS 8 and how it can improve your program's ability to display messages and get input from users.
Integrating Python and .NET Using IronPython
By Jesse Smith
Nov 14, 2014
Jesse Smith shows you how to combine the two languages to serve the same .NET application. You get the best of both worlds: Python and .NET work together to provide reusable code functionality without your having to rewrite the code base for a single environment.
Introduction to Next Generation SOA
By Thomas Erl, Pethuru Chelliah, Clive Gee, Jürgen Kress, Berthold Maier, Hajo Normann, Leo Shuster, Bernd Trops, Clemens Utschig, Philip Wik, Torsten Winterberg
Nov 13, 2014
We have reached a stage where developments in service-oriented computing have made it possible to create service-oriented solutions of unprecedented sophistication. In this introduction to Next Generation SOA: A Concise Introduction to Service Technology & Service-Orientation, the authors introduce their book, which is a guide to the paradigm of service-orientation and the service technologies that can be leveraged to build contemporary service-oriented solutions.
Mining and Ore Generators in Minecraft
By Stephen O'Brien
Nov 13, 2014
Ores are the building blocks of Minecraft. In this excerpt from The Advanced Strategy Guide to Minecraft, Stephen O'Brien shows you how to mine cobblestone, create stone, and generate obsidian.
Big Data Scalability: Why Your Database Is Slow, and When You Should Start Scaling
By Cory Isaacson
Nov 12, 2014
Constant increases in the volume of Big Data worldwide have begun to overwhelm the database management systems on which we all rely. We need a comprehensive method for managing this overflow. Database expert Cory Isaacson, CEO/CTO of CodeFutures and author of Understanding Big Data Scalability, discusses how scaling can help to keep your databases from being overwhelmed, how you'll know when you should start scaling, and the best way to make it happen.
The Hard Way Is Easier: An Introduction to Learn Ruby the Hard Way
By Zed A. Shaw
Nov 12, 2014
Zed Shaw explains the right way to learn to program in this introduction to Learn Ruby the Hard Way.
A Short History of Bitcoin
By Michael Miller
Nov 11, 2014
So Bitcoin is a virtual currency. But how did Bitcoin come about? How did Bitcoin evolve from concept to the most popular virtual currency today? Michael Miller explains the history of virtual currency and Bitcoin in this chapter from The Ultimate Guide to Bitcoin.
A Video Interview with C++ Author John Lakos
By John Lakos, Brian Overland
Nov 10, 2014
John Lakos, author of Large-Scale C++ LiveLessons (Workshop): Applied Hierarchical Reuse Using Bloomberg's Foundation Libraries and senior software architect at Bloomberg, talks with Brian Overland about applied hierarchical reuse, the problem with undefined behavior, the use of macros in C++, the importance of using the right tool for the job, and the challenge of getting people to do things your way.
Five Common Challenges of Implementing Information Governance
By Anthony David Giordano
Nov 10, 2014
Anthony David Giordano, author of Performing Information Governance: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Information Governance Work, explains the main objections that prevent organizations from implementing information governance, or that keep information governance from being successful once implemented. Learn how to overcome these challenges, as well as how information governance can add value when performed in your organization.
Video: Introduction to Git and GitHub Workshop
By Peter Bell
Nov 7, 2014
Learn the key commands to quickly become productive using Git and best practices for using GitHub to collaborate with your team. These excerpts from Git and GitHub LiveLessons (Workshop) by Peter Bell cover resolving merge conflicts, rebasing, and merging in a pull request.
AngularJS Fundamental Concepts for Building Web Applications: Part 4
By Jesse Smith
Nov 6, 2014
In the concluding article of a four-part series, Jesse Smith shows you how to use web forms with AngularJS to submit data to a back-end database.
Video: Tommy Norman on Advanced Scrum
By Tommy Norman
Nov 6, 2014
How do you do Quality Assurance and still be Agile? Tommy Norman, author of Scrum Fundamentals and Advanced LiveLessons Video Training, answers questions about his video and discusses requirements management in Scrum, finding the right balance of documentation, and the importance of user stories.
Beyond Big Data: Understanding Social MDM Reference Architecture
By Martin Oberhofer, Eberhard Hechler, Ivan Milman, Scott Schumacher, Dan Wolfson
Nov 5, 2014
Reference architectures encapsulate architectural best practices harvested and harnessed from a series of implementations. In this chapter from Beyond Big Data: Using Social MDM to Drive Deep Customer Insight, the authors introduce the Social MDM Reference Architecture regarding its key capabilities based on the capability framework. The primary purpose of this chapter is to enable you to understand the relevant components, their relationships, and interactions for building MDM solutions—specifically for Social MDM use cases.
Power Up Your Large-Scale JavaScript Development with TypeScript
By Bill Wagner
Nov 5, 2014
Bill Wagner, author of Effective C#: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your C#, Second Edition, explores the TypeScript language, walking through a detailed example that shows how TypeScript complements JavaScript. Learn how to build modern code that's more productive and easier to maintain.
Introduction to HBase, the NoSQL Database for Hadoop: Programming HBase with Java
By Steven Haines
Nov 4, 2014
The first article in this series (“Introduction to HBase”) presented HBase, also known as the Hadoop database and described how to set up a local environment and manipulate data using the HBase shell. This article continues by demonstrating how to interact with HBase using Java. You learn how to put data into HBase, get data out of HBase, delete data from HBase, and how to perform a table scan to extract a range of records. Finally, you see how to set up an HBase project using Maven.

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