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Video: Principles of Continuous Delivery
By Jez Humble
Sep 17, 2015
In this excerpt from Continuous Delivery LiveLessons (Video Training), Jez Humble defines continuous delivery -- you'll learn how to get changes into production safely and quickly in a sustainable way.
Working with the PowerShell Desired State Configuration, Part 2: Implementation and Troubleshooting
By Timothy L. Warner
Sep 17, 2015
Concluding his two-part series on using the PowerShell DSC, Timothy Warner, author of Sams Teach Yourself Windows PowerShell 5 in 24 Hours, shows how to work with Managed Object Format (MOF) files in your PowerShell scripts. Configure remote systems, use commands to perform necessary tasks, and find/fix problems without having to set foot outside your office.
Managing and Understanding the Boot Procedure on Red Hat Enterprise Linux
By Sander van Vugt
Sep 16, 2015
In this chapter from Red Hat RHCSA/RHCE 7 Cert Guide: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (EX200 and EX300), Sander van Vugt explains how the boot procedure on Red Hat Enterprise Linux is organized, including a discussion of systemd, the overall service that takes care of starting everything on your server. He also covers GRUB2 and how to apply changes to the GRUB 2 boot loader.
NoSQL Key-Value Database Simplicity vs. Document Database Flexibility
By Dan Sullivan, James Sullivan
Sep 16, 2015
Dan Sullivan (author of NoSQL for Mere Mortals) and James Sullivan explore the features and advantages of two widely used types of NoSQL databases.
6 Reasons to Migrate Your Oracle Databases Twice as Fast to Release
By Jim Czuprynski
Sep 15, 2015
Oracle Database is the terminal release for Oracle 11g R2, and extended support for that release ends as of December 2015. Yet many Oracle shops haven't accelerated their pace to transition to Oracle Database 12c R1. Oracle ACE Director Jim Czuprynski, author of Oracle Database 12c New Features, Part 1 LiveLessons, explains why Oracle DBAs should redouble their upgrade efforts to take advantage of six key feature sets available in Oracle Database
Getting Started with Windows 10
By Katherine Murray
Sep 14, 2015
In this chapter from My Windows 10, Katherine Murray covers the best new features in Windows 10, which enable you to choose the best of both worlds, whether you are more comfortable using touch or the mouse to navigate as you use your computers and devices.
Jumping in with Both Feet: A Visual Basic 2015 Programming Tour
By James Foxall
Sep 14, 2015
In this excerpt from Visual Basic 2015 in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself, James Foxall gives you a quick tour of Visual Basic that takes you step by step through creating a complete, albeit small, Visual Basic program.
Creating Custom Apple Watch Complications, Part 1
By Wei-Meng Lee
Sep 10, 2015
Wei-Meng Lee, author of Learning WatchKit Programming: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Apple Watch Applications, continues his exploration of what's new for developers in watchOS 2. This time, he shows how to create complications for the watch faces on the Apple Watch.
The .NET Languages
By Lars Powers, Mike Snell
Sep 10, 2015
In this chapter from Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 Unleashed, 3rd Edition, Lars Powers and Mike Snell focus on the foundations of .NET programming in C# and Visual Basic. They start by highlighting new features of the languages for those who are already familiar with C# and VB. They then include a language primer as a review of some basic .NET programming tasks. They then cover some more in-depth programming features, enhancements to C# 6.0 and VB 14, and language-related IDE enhancements. The chapter concludes with an overview and map of the .NET Framework class library.
Video: Designing Great Video Games: What is Innovation?
By Zach Comm
Sep 10, 2015
In this excerpt from Designing Great Video Games LiveLessons (Video Training): How to Create Insanely Fun and Challenging Video Games, Zach Comm talks about the importance of innovation in video games and the idea of providing the player with new experiences.
Relational Versus NoSQL Databases: Which Is Right for Your Database Application?
By Dan Sullivan, James Sullivan
Sep 9, 2015
Dan Sullivan (author of NoSQL for Mere Mortals) and James Sullivan summarize the main factors to consider when deciding whether to go with a relational database or a NoSQL database for your application.
Video: Designing Great Video Games: What is Fun?
By Zach Comm
Sep 9, 2015
Zach Comm, author of Designing Great Video Games LiveLessons (Video Training): How to Create Insanely Fun and Challenging Video Games, talks about the most important part of great video game design: fun!
What Is Scrumban and Why Should I Care?
By Ajay Reddy
Sep 9, 2015
Scrumban is a management framework that emerges when teams employ Scrum as their chosen way of working and use the Kanban Method as a lens through which to view, understand and continuously improve how they work. Ajay Reddy, author of The Scrumban [R]Evolution: Getting the Most Out of Agile, Scrum, and Lean Kanban, explains what Scrumban is and how the framework can improve your projects.
Java Data Validation Using Hibernate Validator
By Stephen B. Morris
Sep 8, 2015
Online attackers grow more ingenious, with their exploits becoming more audacious and potentially more lucrative. We say crime doesn't pay, and yet the aggregated scale of online crime puts attackers' revenues at around the GDP equivalent of a large country. As software professionals, we have a duty to fight these attackers, and the means to do it in our arsenal of software tools and techniques. One key technique is data validation, which can filter out all kinds of nasty data. Stephen B. Morris explores Java-based validation with some examples using Hibernate Validator.
Making the Galaxy S6 More Accessible
By Michael Miller
Sep 7, 2015
Let’s face it. As we get older, it often becomes more difficult to read fine print and sometimes to perform fine motor functions. Fortunately, there are several settings on the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge that can make life easier. This chapter from My Samsung Galaxy S6 for Seniors explores these accessibility options as well as a special Easy Mode that simplifies the phone’s operation.
Using Static Methods and 'Better Betterness' in C# 6
By Bill Wagner
Sep 7, 2015
Concluding his series on new and improved features in C# 6, Bill Wagner, author of Effective C#: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your C#, Second Edition, discusses new syntax for static methods that will really de-clutter your code, along with improved overload resolution that reduces ambiguity by helping the compiler to make better method-overload choices.
Introduction to Dynamic Web Programming with AngularJS, JavaScript, and jQuery
By Brad Dayley, Brendan Dayley
Sep 3, 2015
This lesson from AngularJS, JavaScript, and jQuery All in One, Sams Teach Yourself gives a high-level overview of web server and browser interactions and the technologies that are involved. The rest of this lesson is dedicated to setting up and configuring an AngularJS, jQuery, and JavaScript friendly development environment. You end with writing your very first web pages that include JavaScript and jQuery code.
Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) Walkthrough
By Sean Wilkins
Sep 3, 2015
A deep understanding of the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) is crucial to working with Ethernet switched networks. What complicates understanding is that you need to know how networks use STP before you'll understand the protocol. Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, walks through an example to show how port states and roles, bridge IDs and BPDUs, and more are related in Cisco network devices.
Asynchronous Programming in Visual Basic 2015
By Alessandro Del Sole
Sep 2, 2015
In this chapter from Visual Basic 2015 Unleashed, you get an overview of both the Event-based Asynchronous Pattern and the Asynchronous Programming Model; then you learn about the Asynchronous Pattern, which is without a doubt one of the most important features in Visual Basic language. You will see how easily you can now write modern and responsive applications via asynchronous code.
Using Your Apple Watch to Stay Active
By Craig James Johnston
Sep 2, 2015
In this chapter from My Apple Watch, you learn how your Watch keeps track of your activity and helps you stay healthy.

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