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iOS Developer's Cookbook: Painting Sprite Kit
By Erica Sadun
Aug 11, 2014
Don't waste time wallpapering your Sprite Kit scenes. Focus your time on actual game design and debugging. Simple class extensions enable you to apply UIKit pattern colors and images to your Sprite Kit nodes.
Introducing Learning Labs: A New Way to Learn Programming
By Jennifer Kyrnin, Phil Ballard, Brad Dayley
Aug 9, 2014
In this interview with Jennifer Kyrnin, Brad Dayley, and Phil Ballard, authors of HTML5 Mobile Application Development in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself (Learning Lab), jQuery and JavaScript in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself (Learning Lab), and JavaScript in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself (Learning Lab), respectively, answer some questions about this new format and what you can learn from it.
Fluent Windows 8.1 App Development: Jumping into the Deep End
By Rebecca M. Riordan
Aug 7, 2014
In this chapter from Fluent Windows 8.1 App Development, you'll jump in at the deep end and build a complete Win8 app so that when we do start working on the details, you’ll know where and how they fit.
Preface to Foundations of Software and System Performance Engineering: Process, Performance Modeling, Requirements, Testing, Scalability, and Practice
By André B. Bondi
Aug 7, 2014
In this preface to Foundations of Software and System Performance Engineering: Process, Performance Modeling, Requirements, Testing, Scalability, and Practice, André B. Bondi talks about the scope and purpose of his book, which discusses the practice of the performance engineering of software systems and software-controlled systems.
Introduction to Polymer Science
By Joel R. Fried
Aug 6, 2014
This chapter introduces the basics of polymer science, including classification of polymers, polymer structure, molecular weight, chemical structure, and thermal transitions.
CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 Authorized Cert Guide: OS Hardening and Virtualization
By David L. Prowse
Aug 5, 2014
This chapter focuses on the hardening of operating systems and the securing of virtual operating systems and will help you prepare for the CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 exam.
Introduction to Core HTML5 2D Game Programming
By David Geary
Aug 5, 2014
Learn how to implement a full-fledged HTML5 video game so that you can learn how to create one of your own. In this chapter, David Geary looks at the game Snail Bait from a high level to get a feel for its features and to understand some of the best practices it implements.
Joomla! Content Explained
By Stephen Burge
Aug 5, 2014
This chapter from Joomla! 3 Explained: Your Step-by-Step Guide, 2nd Edition explains the easiest and fastest way to add content to a Joomla site. If you follow this workflow, it will make your Joomla life very easy.
Xcode File Tricks
By Erica Sadun
Aug 4, 2014
Take charge of Xcode by learning essential file management tricks. You can discover ways to unbreak your heart and fix some red in your Xcode projects.
Game Design Prototyping: Introducing the Unity Development Environment
By Jeremy Gibson
Aug 1, 2014
This chapter discusses the game development tool Unity and explains why it is a great game development tool. It also looks at the sample project included with Unity and describes the Unity interface.
Introduction to Apache Cordova
By John M. Wargo
Jul 31, 2014
This chapter is your introduction to the Apache Cordova framework and Apache Cordova application development. In the chapter, John Wargo describes what Cordova is, how it works, and how to develop applications using Cordova.
The Evolution of Technical Information: Introduction to a Handbook for Writers and Editors
By Michelle Carey, Moira McFadden Lanyi, Deirdre Longo, Eric Radzinski, Shannon Rouiller, Elizabeth Wilde
Jul 31, 2014
The authors of Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors, 3rd Edition introduce their book and discuss how writing and presenting technical information has evolved over the years.
Cisco WSA: User Authentication with Transparent Proxy
By Natalie Timms
Jul 30, 2014
In this video Natalie Timms covers integrating user authentication with Web Cache Communication Protocol (WCCP) based transparent proxy service on the Cisco Web Services Appliance (WSA). She shows how an existing Microsoft Active Directory user database can be leveraged to validate user credentials when determining if redirected traffic flows should be permitted through the WSA.
Evernote for iPad: Your New Best Friend
By James Floyd Kelly
Jul 30, 2014
This chapter introduces Evernote and shows some of the useful tools and features that make it a worthy app and service for your own Ultimate iPad.
Preface to 12 More Essential Skills for Software Architects
By Dave Hendricksen
Jul 30, 2014
Dave Hendricksen introduces his book, 12 More Essential Skills for Software Architects; learn the three sets of skills that will have the greatest impact on your ability to succeed and ascend.
Preface to The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 2: Seminumerical Algorithms, 3rd Edition
By Donald E. Knuth
Jul 30, 2014
To mark the release of the official multi-format ebook of Donald Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 2, we are pleased to make available the preface.
Background Tasks in Windows 8.1
By Jeremy Likness
Jul 29, 2014
Windows Store apps are designed to remain alive and connected even when they are not running. Your app may need to fetch data from a remote server, download large files in the background, scan the file system for changes, or connect with a web service to retrieve updates while the user is performing other tasks. Fortunately, the Windows Runtime (WinRT) provides a mechanism referred to as background tasks that provides this functionality. In this article, Microsoft MVP for Silverlight Jeremy Likness shows you the variety of tasks that are available from updating information on the lock screen, raising alerts from incoming messages, to playing audio in the background and receiving data only when the connection is not metered.
Service-Orientation Principles with Java Web-Based Services
By Thomas Erl, Raj Balasubramanian, David Chou, Thomas Plunkett, Satadru Roy, Philip Thomas, Andre Tost
Jul 29, 2014
This chapter visits each of the eight service-orientation principles in depth to highlight considerations specific to design and development with Java.
Introduction to "SOA with Java"
By Thomas Erl, Raj Balasubramanian, David Chou, Thomas Plunkett, Satadru Roy, Philip Thomas, Andre Tost
Jul 28, 2014
Thomas Erl et al. describe the objectives and organization of their book, SOA with Java: Realizing Service-Orientation with Java Technologies, explain who the book is for, and what is not actually covered.
iOS Developer's Cookbook: Sprite Kit Label Shadows
By Erica Sadun
Jul 28, 2014
Let your Sprite Kit labels pop by automatically adding shadows. Shadow node children add contrast and visibility.

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