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Understanding Networking as It Relates to Minecraft
By Timothy L. Warner
Aug 18, 2015
If you're interested in discovering the magic of computer programming, developing Minecraft mods might be just the ticket to get you started. In this chapter from The Ultimate Guide to Minecraft Server, Timothy L. Warner covers computer networking (a huge topic) in the space of only a couple dozen pages. By the end of the chapter, you not only will understand what you need to do to put your Minecraft LAN server on the public Internet to host external players, but also will know the "hows" and "whys" behind your configuration.
Better Error Handling with the New Exception Filters in C# 6
By Bill Wagner
Aug 17, 2015
The exception filters in C# 6 cut back on the cumbersome error-handling code commonplace to earlier releases. Of course, handling errors is part of the job, but new implementations in C# 6 can diminish the extra work. Bill Wagner, author of Effective C#: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your C#, Second Edition, details the changes in the new release.
Custom Code Refactoring with VB 2015 and the .NET Compiler Platform
By Alessandro Del Sole
Aug 17, 2015
Concluding his series on the coding experience in Visual Basic 2015, Alessandro Del Sole explains how to leverage the .NET Compiler Platform APIs to build custom refactoring tools that integrate into the code editor.
Providing Location Service Using DependencyService in Xamarin.Forms
By Wei-Meng Lee
Aug 17, 2015
When your app needs to work with location information, the code that requests and then handles the user's latitude and longitude shouldn't be affected by the platform of that device. Wei-Meng Lee shows how to use Xamarin.Forms to take advantage of each platform's native features to provide location services.
CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Quick Reference: WAN Technologies
By Anthony Sequeira
Aug 13, 2015
In this chapter from CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Quick Reference, Anthony Sequeira discusses various WAN technologies, such as fiber, satellite, broadband cable, and WiMAX.
Five Steps to Delegating Successfully
By Pat Brans
Aug 13, 2015
No matter how smart, focused, and hard working you are, you can't do everything by yourself all the time. Sometimes you simply must delegate tasks to other people. Nobody is born knowing how to delegate; as with any other skill, delegating well takes thought and practice. Learn from Pat Brans how to delegate any kind of task successfully.
Help Me, Windows 10! Cortana to the Rescue
By Katherine Murray
Aug 13, 2015
In this excerpt from My Windows 10, Katherine Murray shows you how to use the voice-activated Cortana tool in Windows 10 as your built-in electronic assistant.
Sharp Regrets: Top 10 Worst C# Features
By Eric Lippert
Aug 12, 2015
Though C# has many great features, a handful could have been designed differently or omitted entirely, says Eric Lippert, who should know, because he served on the design committee. The co-author of Essential C# 6.0, Fifth Edition shares his personal top 10 (bottom 10?) C# design annoyances.
Video Q&A with Effective Python Author Brett Slatkin
By Brett Slatkin
Aug 12, 2015
Brett Slatkin, author of the video "Effective Python Live Lessons," talks about what makes Python a good introductory language, what's appealing about Python, and the most common pitfalls for new Python users.
Video: Java and MongoDB Rapid App Prototyping: Using Groovy to Convert XML into MongoDB Documents
By Trisha Gee
Aug 12, 2015
In this excerpt from Java and MongoDB Rapid App Prototyping (Developer Talks): App Development using HTML5, AngularJS, Groovy, Java, and MongoDB, Trisha Gee shows you how to use Groovy to convert XML into MongoDB documents.
Configuring and Personalizing Chrome OS
By Michael Miller
Aug 11, 2015
In this chapter from My Google Chromebook, 3rd Edition, you’ll learn about the many configuration options available with Chrome OS, from changing Chrome’s startup behavior to selecting a new desktop background.
Five Crucial Commands for Verifying Cisco Switch Network Status and Operational State
By Sean Wilkins
Aug 11, 2015
A network engineer needs to be conscious of the state of the network and every device connected to it. But when your network consists of multiple devices connected at a distance, how can you test connections and keep on top of network performance? Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, discusses five basic commands you need to know and use correctly to maintain your Cisco network.
Logging In to Windows 10 and Customizing the Start Menu
By Mark Edward Soper
Aug 10, 2015
In this sample chapter from Easy Windows 10, author Mark Soper explains essential functionality of working with Windows 10: how to start and stop the operating system, navigate the Windows desktop, and make the menus work for you.
The New nameof Expressions in C# 6: Painless Conversion of Symbols to Strings
By Bill Wagner
Aug 10, 2015
Translating symbol names into text is common in modern code. The task isn't exactly odious, but it still takes time, it's tedious, and it's easy to make mistakes. Bill Wagner, author of Effective C#: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your C#, Second Edition, happily skips all that work (and the associated runtime costs) with the help of the new nameof expression in C# 6.
Upgrade Your IT Using Agile IT Organization Design
By Sriram Narayan
Aug 10, 2015
Sriram Narayan, author of Agile IT Organization Design: For Digital Transformation and Continuous Delivery, describes a holistic approach to improving organizational agility through deliberate organization design based on three overarching principles. This operating model scales Agile using a modern scale-out mindset rather than a conventional scale-up mindset.
Upgrading and Repairing PCs Tip #25: Top 12 PC Troubleshooting Problems and Solutions
By Scott Mueller
Aug 10, 2015
In this excerpt from the 22nd edition of Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Scott lists some of the most frequently asked troubleshooting questions he receives, along with the solutions that typically address them.
Upgrading and Repairing PCs Tip #24: A Checklist of PC Maintenance Hand Tools
By Scott Mueller
Aug 7, 2015
In this excerpt from the 22nd edition of Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, you'll learn about the tools required to assemble a kit that is capable of performing basic, board-level service on PC systems.
Top 10 Architectural, Organizational and Process Related Failures
By Martin L. Abbott, Michael T. Fisher
Aug 6, 2015
Organization and process issues sometimes create the problem and at other times stand in the way of permanent fixes. Martin L. Abbott and Michael T. Fisher, authors of The Art of Scalability, offer a "Top 10" list of the most common architecture, organizational and process related failures in small, medium and large sized product groups.
Upgrading and Repairing PCs Tip #23: Building Your Own Computer: 16 Steps for Powering on Your System for the First Time
By Scott Mueller
Aug 6, 2015
So you've built your computer, but now will it work? In this excerpt from the 22nd edition of Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Scott walks you through 16 steps to powering on your new system.
Introduction to Azure App Service
By Sara Silva
Aug 5, 2015
Microsoft Azure has changed significantly in the latest release, showing Microsoft's intent to improve its services in order to provide the best solutions for its clients. Sara Silva introduces the Azure App Service, a new service that adds features to Microsoft Azure, pointing out the advantages that this service brings to Microsoft clients.

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