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Working with the PowerShell Desired State Configuration, Part 1: Theory and Initial Setup
By Timothy L. Warner
Aug 24, 2015
Timothy Warner, author of Sams Teach Yourself Windows PowerShell 5 in 24 Hours, shares the advantages of the PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) for keeping your network configuration from being changed inadvertently (or intentionally).
Understanding the Big Data World
By George Trujillo, Rommel Garcia, Steve Jones, Charles Kim, Justin Murray
Aug 20, 2015
The data volume, velocity, variety, and need to perform analytics on data from multiple different sources are disrupting business. The authors of Virtualizing Hadoop discuss how big data solutions such as Hadoop, in-memory, distributed search, and NoSQL are solutions for addressing the data disruption.
Toad for Oracle Unleashed: Working with SQL
By Bert Scalzo, Dan Hotka
Aug 3, 2015
This chapter from Toad for Oracle Unleashed covers various aspects of the SQL Editor window, such as various modes to compile and execute code, using Toad history for past SQL, enhancing the interface to best fit your needs, using little-known items within the SQL Editor, code templates, and building SQL without typing.
Querying Neo4j with Cypher
By Steven Haines
Jul 29, 2015
Steven Haines concludes his three-part series on Neo4j with an overview of Cypher, Neo4j's custom query language. Learn by example how to build basic single-element queries, and then move on to structuring multiple-level queries that are surprisingly readable.
Programming Neo4j with Java
By Steven Haines
Jul 22, 2015
In the second article of a three-part series, Steven Haines discusses two ways of using Java to program for Neo4j: via the Core Java API, and via the Traversal API.
Package Management in Windows PowerShell v5: Install and Manage Software from the Command Line
By Timothy L. Warner
Jul 16, 2015
Package management in Linux is great: Scroll through a repository, grab the specialized modules you like, and slide those packages seamlessly into the OS. Shouldn't Windows do that, too? Yep, and soon it will. Timothy Warner, author of Sams Teach Yourself Windows PowerShell 5 in 24 Hours, previews package management with the upcoming Windows PowerShell v5 release.
Introduction to Neo4j
By Steven Haines
Jul 15, 2015
Relational databases are still great for storing and managing data, but in this century data hasn't just multiplied; it has diversified. No RDBMS can keep pace with data experiencing exponential growth and increasingly intricate relationships. In Part 1 of a three-part series, Steven Haines describes a better solution: Neo4j, a graph database with the flexibility and power to handle modern business and complex social interactions.
Oracle Exadata Smart Flash Cache in Depth
By Tariq Farooq, Sridhar Avantsa, Guy Harrison, Syed Jaffar Hussain, Charles Kim, Nitin Vengurlekar
Jul 6, 2015
In this chapter from Oracle Exadata Expert's Handbook, the authors review the architecture of Exadata Flash solid-state disk and examine in detail how Exadata Smart Flash Cache and Exadata Smart Flash Logging allow you to transparently leverage this Flash I/O.
SQL Server AlwaysOn and Availability Groups
By Ray Rankins, Paul Bertucci, Chris Gallelli, Alex T. Silverstein
Jun 29, 2015
SQL Server's AlwaysOn is taking the database world by storm. This chapter from Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Unleashed dives into the AlwaysOn new features and availability groups.
Swift Development: Nobody Knows the Tuples I've Seen
By Erica Sadun
Jun 23, 2015
In the Swift programming language, tuples play specialized roles that lend power and flexibility to your development. Erica Sadun, bestselling author of The Gourmet iOS Developer's Cookbook: Even More Recipes for Better iOS App Development, explores tuples in depth.
In-Memory Optimization and the Buffer Pool Extension in SQL Server 2014
By Ray Rankins, Paul Bertucci, Chris Gallelli, Alex T. Silverstein
Jun 18, 2015
To take maximum advantage of the performance improvements that can be achieved from having your critical OLTP tables memory resident, Microsoft developed the In-Memory Optimization feature for SQL Server. Another feature introduced in SQL Server 2014 to take advantage of the lower costs and increased sizes of SSDs, is the Buffer Pool Extension feature. The authors of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Unleashed discuss both of these exciting new features in this chapter.
Preface to Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Unleashed
By Ray Rankins, Paul Bertucci, Chris Gallelli, Alex T. Silverstein
May 26, 2015
The authors of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Unleashed introduce their book and discuss its intended audience, what the book covers, and conventions used in the book.
NoSQL for Mere Mortals: Designing for Document Databases
By Dan Sullivan
May 19, 2015
In this chapter from NoSQL for Mere Mortals, Dan Sullivan helps you understand ways of assessing document database models and choosing the best techniques for your needs.
Video: Oracle SQL Performance Tuning for Developers: Introduction
By Dan Hotka
May 14, 2015
Dan Hotka introduces his video course in this excerpt from Oracle SQL Performance Tuning for Developers LiveLessons (Video Training), Downloadable Version.
Video: Oracle SQL Performance Tuning for Developers: Understand Explain Plans
By Dan Hotka
May 12, 2015
In this excerpt from Oracle SQL Performance Tuning for Developers LiveLessons, Dan Hotka describes the role of explain plans in Oracle SQL performance tuning.
Understanding the Windows PowerShell Release Cycle
By Timothy L. Warner
Apr 20, 2015
Timothy Warner, author of Sams Teach Yourself Windows PowerShell 5 in 24 Hours, explains how Windows PowerShell releases are related to Windows version releases and which bits go with what. It's not a 1:1 relationship, so you might need to uninstall if things don't go quite as expected. With Tim's help and the Windows Management Framework, you'll get it right from the start.
SQL in PL/SQL
By Benjamin Rosenzweig, Elena Rakhimov
Mar 4, 2015
In this chapter from Oracle PL/SQL by Example, 5th Edition, learn how to make use of variables and the various ways to populate variables. This chapter also covers transactional control in PL/SQL by explaining what it means to commit data as well as how SAVEPOINTs are used.
Video: Working with Big Data: How to Write Data Into the Hadoop File System
By Paul Dix
Mar 3, 2015
In this video excerpt from Working with Big Data LiveLessons (Video Training): Infrastructure, Algorithms, and Visualizations, Paul Dix shows you how to copy files up to Hadoop using a StackExchange public data dump as an example.
Working with Records in FileMaker Pro 13
By Tim Dietrich
Jan 5, 2015
In this chapter from FileMaker Pro 13 Absolute Beginner's Guide, explore and work with the Filemaker database. You change, add, and delete records; navigate through records and layouts; and much more.
Practical Advice for Building Secure Android Databases in SQLite
By Godfrey Nolan
Jan 2, 2015
This chapter from Bulletproof Android: Practical Advice for Building Secure Apps looks at how developers have used SQLite and, more importantly, how they have tried to secure that data in progressively more secure ways so you don’t make the same mistakes.

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