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Video: Building Spark Applications: SparkR - Visualizing Data with ggplot2
By Jonathan Dinu
Jan 21, 2016
One of the biggest problems in working with large amounts of data is that it's very hard to get a sense of what your data looks like. In this excerpt from Building Spark Applications LiveLessons, Jonathan Dinu shows you how you can use SparkR to visualize large amounts of data with ggplot2, a very powerful and intuitive data visualization library.
Drones: What Are They, Exactly, and How Will They Affect Your Future?
By Michael Miller
Jan 20, 2016
Drone aircraft are in the news practically every day. But what is a drone? How is a drone different from a radio controlled airplane? Who flies drones, and why? In this article, The Internet of Things author Michael Miller tells you all about drones -- and how they will affect your future.
How to Choose the Right CSS Framework for Your Website
By Jennifer Kyrnin
Jan 20, 2016
Jennifer Kyrnin, author of Sams Teach Yourself Bootstrap in 24 Hours, advises using a framework or boilerplate to build your web pages more quickly and effectively. Learn how CSS frameworks can help you to build better-looking and more responsive web designs.
Start Using C++
By Brian Overland
Jan 20, 2016
Nothing succeeds like success. This chapter from C++ Without Fear: A Beginner's Guide That Makes You Feel Smart, 3rd Edition focuses on successfully installing and using the C++ compiler—the tool that translates C++ statements into an executable program (or application).
Learning WatchKit Programming: Responding to User Actions
By Wei-Meng Lee
Jan 19, 2016
The UI of an Apple Watch application is represented by various controls (commonly known as views in iOS programming), and they are divided into two main categories: responding to user actions and displaying information. In this chapter from Learning WatchKit Programming: A Hands-On Guide to Creating watchOS 2 Applications, 2nd Edition, learn to use these controls to build the UI of your application.
Setting Up a Private Docker Registry
By Christopher Negus
Jan 19, 2016
This chapter from Docker Containers: Build and Deploy with Kubernetes, Flannel, Cockpit, and Atomic explains how to create a private Docker registry in Fedora or Ubuntu, use the docker-registry package, use the registry container image, and understand the Docker image namespace.
Introduction to Unity
By Ben Tristem, Mike Geig
Jan 18, 2016
This chapter from Unity Game Development in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself, 2nd Edition shows you how to choose and install a Unity license. Once that is installed, you learn how to create new projects as well as open existing ones. You open the powerful Unity editor and examine its various components. Finally, you learn to navigate a scene using mouse controls and keyboard commands. This chapter is meant to be hands-on, so download Unity while reading and follow along.
Motors for Makers: Introduction to Stepper Motors for Motion Control
By Matthew Scarpino
Jan 18, 2016
Due to their simplicity and precision, steppers are popular in electrical devices. Analog clocks, manufacturing robots, and printers (2D and 3D) rely on steppers for motion control. This chapter from Motors for Makers: A Guide to Steppers, Servos, and Other Electrical Machines discusses stepper motors, including permanent magnet (PM) steppers, variable reluctance (VR) steppers, hybrid (HY) steppers, and stepper control.
Video: Building Spark Applications: Making Sense of Data Summary Statistics and Distributions
By Jonathan Dinu
Jan 18, 2016
In this excerpt from Building Spark Applications LiveLessons, Jonathan Dinu discusses looking at some interesting analysis and statistics, such as the most frequently occurring values for a given column, summary statistics, Anscombe's Quartet, and visualization of distributions.
Responsive Web Design Is More Than Just Media Queries for Mobile Devices
By Jennifer Kyrnin
Jan 14, 2016
RWD is more than just breakpoints, flexible images, and switching navigation between icons and drop-down menus. To create truly responsive design, Jennifer Kyrnin, author of Sams Teach Yourself Responsive Web Design in 24 Hours, recommends leaving out the media queries and instead focusing on how customers really want to use your web pages.
Video: Building Spark Applications: A Day in the Life of a Spark Application
By Jonathan Dinu
Jan 14, 2016
In this excerpt from Building Spark Applications LiveLessons, Jonathan Dinu talks about the steps of a Spark application: determine the RDD lineage, create an execution plan for DAG, and schedule and execute the tasks.
Linux File Management Basics
By Ross Brunson, Sean Walberg
Jan 13, 2016
This chapter from CompTIA Linux+ / LPIC-1 Cert Guide: (Exams LX0-103 & LX0-104/101-400 & 102-400) covers Linux file system management as it pertains to the objectives on the CompTIA Linux+ / LPIC-1 exam.
Tips for Using Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, and Notes
By Jason Rich
Jan 13, 2016
In this chapter from iPad and iPhone Tips and Tricks (Covers iPads and iPhones running iOS9), 5th Edition, Jason Rich helps you get acquainted with the Calendar, Contacts, and Reminders apps, as well as the newly enhanced Notes app. He explains how to stay organized, on time, and productive with your iOS mobile device and how to sync your app data across all your devices and iCloud.
Video: Building Spark Applications: A Course Introduction
By Jonathan Dinu
Jan 13, 2016
In this excerpt from Building Spark Applications LiveLessons, Jonathan Dinu introduces his Spark video course, talks about his experience with Spark, and covers what he will cover in each lesson.
WAN Technologies: Important Points of Interest, Part 3 of 3
By Sean Wilkins
Jan 13, 2016
Concluding this three-part series on WAN technologies, Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, Academic Edition, discusses how satellite, wireless data, and leased lines are used as part of a networking solution.
Mobile: The New Generation of Information Technology
By Leigh Williamson, Roland Barcia, Omkar Chandgadkar, Ashish Mathur, Soma Ray, Darrell Schrag, Roger Snook, Jianjun Zhang
Jan 12, 2016
In this chapter from Enterprise Class Mobile Application Development: A Complete Lifecycle Approach for Producing Mobile Apps, you'll learn the reasons that businesses want to develop mobile apps, and the impact that mobile apps have on how businesses operate. Also covered are the challenges posed in the development of mobile apps, as an underlying motivation for the rest of the book.
Using Advanced Techniques in Android User Interface Design
By Ian G. Clifton
Jan 12, 2016
With all the core work done, most Android user interface developers consider the process done, but Ian Clifton shows that there are a lot of advanced techniques to learn and implement including analyzing and improving the efficiency of your layouts, in this chapter from Android User Interface Design: Implementing Material Design for Developers, 2nd Edition.
Video: Learning HTML and CSS: Write a Basic CSS Style Sheet
By Jennifer Kyrnin
Jan 12, 2016
In this excerpt from Learning HTML & CSS LiveLessons (Video Training), Jennifer Kyrnin shows you how to write a basic CSS style sheet.
Managing Software in Ubuntu
By Matthew Helmke
Jan 11, 2016
Matthew Helmke looks at the options you have to manage your software in Ubuntu, including an introduction to the graphical software management tools that you will use for most of your software management. This chapter also covers monitoring and managing memory and disk storage on your system.
Software Architecture: The What and Why
By Tilak Mitra
Jan 11, 2016
This chapter from Practical Software Architecture: Moving from System Context to Deployment provides some background on the discipline of software architecture and some of the time-tested value drivers that justify its adoption.The chapter ends by laying some groundwork for the essential elements of the discipline.

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