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Building Windows Store Apps with with HTML5 and JavaScript
By Stephen Walther
Feb 20, 2014
This chapter teaches the basics of building Windows Store apps, showing how to take advantage of the features of Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 to build, run, and debug a Windows Store app.
Marketing with Vine
By Michael Miller
Feb 20, 2014
Vine is the mobile social network that lets people share short (six-second) videos from their smartphones. Major businesses such as Bacardi, Doritos, General Electric, Lowes, and Target are already marketing on Vine. In this article, author Michael Miller shows businesses why Vine is important, and how they can use Vine’s six-second videos to attract and connect with customers.
Customizing Your Mac with OS X Mavericks Custom Settings
By Kate Binder
Feb 19, 2014
In this chapter, you’ll learn how to customize the Finder, the Dock, the desktop, your screen saver, and your security preferences. You’ll also learn how to make your own Dashboard widgets — tiny custom programs that you can build from pieces of your favorite websites.
Five Ways to Improve Your Windows Store Experience
By Katherine Murray
Feb 19, 2014
The Windows Store has been improved in Windows 8.1. Katherine Murray shows you how to get more information about apps, check the apps you installed, search for new apps, purchase the ones you want, and update apps seamlessly while you work.
Building Breakernoid in MonoGame, Part 1
By Sanjay Madhav
Feb 18, 2014
In the first of four articles on how to create a clone of classic brick-breaking games using C# and MonoGame, Sanjay Madhav walks you through setting up the basic infrastructure, creating a base game object class, and adding a moving paddle.
Managing Your Apps in Windows 8.1
By Katherine Murray
Feb 18, 2014
Katherine Murray shows you how to manage the apps installed by default in Windows 8.1 and points you toward the Windows Store, from which you can find and download new apps to help you make the most of Windows 8.1 features.
Overcoming Obstacles as a Beginner, a Minority, or a Woman in Computer Science
By Allison Collier
Feb 18, 2014
Allison Collier, a freshman computer science student at Virginia Tech, discusses how to succeed in computer science despite the adversity beginners, minorities and women may experience while pursuing a CS major or minor.
Working with Text, Keyboards, and Buttons in iOS 7 App Development
By John Ray
Feb 18, 2014
This chapter shows how to create an application that uses multiple different input and output techniques. It teaches how to implement and use editable text fields, text views, and graphical buttons, and how to configure the onscreen keyboard.
Four Tips for Integrating Quality Assurance with Scrum
By Tommy Norman
Feb 17, 2014
These four tips for integrating Quality Assurance practices into your Scrum process will support the underlying Agile value. Principles from the Agile Manifesto are applied in ways that affect your approach to software quality. You will learn how to address impediments to adopting those principles and why the approach of testing software as you go, not waiting until the very end of your Sprints, not only builds in better quality but promotes a deeper understanding of the entire application for the entire Scrum Team. Discover the common obstacles involved with Agile adoptions, and learn to apply temporary fixes in your Quality Assurance processes along the way, as long as your team learns from each experience and continually improves.
Introduction to Large-Scale Java Platforms
By Emad Benjamin
Feb 17, 2014
This chapter defines three categories of large-scale Java platforms and discusses various trends and outlines technical considerations to help you understand the range of technical issues associated with designing large-scale Java platforms.
Using TRILL, FabricPath, and VXLAN: IS-IS Intra Domain Routing Protocol
By Padmanabhan Krishnan, Sanjay K. Hooda, Shyam Kapadia
Feb 14, 2014
This chapter covers the control plane aspects of TRILL and FabricPath. It provides an overview of IS-IS followed by a detailed description of the changes that were made in IS-IS to support TRILL.
Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Exam Cram: Concepts in IP Addressing
By Keith Barker, Michael Valentine
Feb 13, 2014
The CCENT exam requires a perfect fluency in subnetting. This chapter discusses binary and hexadecimal numbering systems as compared with the more familiar decimal system. An understanding of binary, in particular, is crucial to success on the test.
Using Amazon's "Manage Your Kindle" Page
By Jennifer Ackerman Kettell
Feb 12, 2014
In this chapter, you learn how you can use Amazon’s Manage Your Kindle page to keep track of your books and subscriptions and manage your payment and device information.
Building an Android Tip Calculator App
By Paul Deitel, Abbey Deitel, Harvey Deitel
Feb 11, 2014
This chapter shows you how to create an interactive Android app: the Tip Calculator. It provides step-by-step instructions covering the GUI, coding, and debugging.
Protect C++ Legacy Programs by Using Python
By Stephen B. Morris
Feb 11, 2014
Stephen B. Morris illustrates a simple way to execute C++ programs by using Python. This approach is lightweight and yet robust, taking advantage of Python's powerful exception-management facilities. Learn how to achieve deeper integration between C++ and Python, while addressing important design issues.
Advice for Dealing with Negative Online Comments
By Thursday Bram
Feb 10, 2014
Comment sections in many forums seem to showcase the worst of humanity. Unfortunately negative comments tend to be particularly bad toward women in the technology field. Learn the difference between a good and bad comment policy, how to set your own, and strategies to deal with commenters intent on being mean.
Cisco CCENT ICND1 100-101 Exam Cram: Concepts in IP Addressing
By Keith Barker, Michael Valentine
Feb 10, 2014
The CCENT exam requires a perfect fluency in subnetting. This chapter discusses binary and hexadecimal numbering systems as compared with the more familiar decimal system. An understanding of binary, in particular, is crucial to success on the test.
Meeting Customers' Real Needs: The Nature of Service System Design
By CSCMP, Stanley E. Fawcett, Amydee M. Fawcett
Feb 10, 2014
As a supply chain manager, service system design is a core and vital aspect of your job. Your company’s identity—and future—is defined by its ability to meet customers' real needs. Yet, despite its importance, few companies excel at creating remarkable customer experiences. This chapter addresses the question, “Why is it so hard to improve customer satisfaction?”
The Critical Role of Transportation in Business and the Economy
By CSCMP, Thomas J. Goldsby, Deepak Iyengar, Shashank Rao
Feb 7, 2014
Transportation is a major contributor to the economy and a competitive force in business. It is the activity that physically connects the business to its supply chain partners, such as suppliers and customers, and is a major influence on the customer’s satisfaction with the company. This chapter illustrates the role of transportation in the logistics function, the supply chain, and the larger economy.
Android 4.2.2 on Your Tab 2, Part 3: New Settings
By Eric Butow
Feb 6, 2014
The Android 4.2.2 operating system on your Galaxy Tab 2 contains a number of new settings that you can use to get the most from your Tab 2. You learn how to change new display and security settings and share your Tab 2 data with other devices.

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