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Designing Software in a Distributed World
By Thomas A. Limoncelli, Strata R. Chalup, Christina J. Hogan
Oct 1, 2014
This chapter from The Practice of Cloud System Administration: Designing and Operating Large Distributed Systems, Volume 2 is an overview of what is involved in designing services that use distributed computing techniques. These are the techniques all large web sites use to achieve their size, scale, speed, and reliability.
Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2
By Don Poulton, David Camardella
Sep 30, 2014
This chapter from MCSA 70-410 Cert Guide R2: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 focuses on installing Windows Server 2012 R2 in its basic configurations and introduces you to basic server configuration actions that you should be familiar with before you undertake any advanced actions.
Retrofitting an Existing Site to a Responsive Mobile Design
By Phil Dutson
Sep 29, 2014
It doesn’t matter whether you are working for yourself, as a freelancer, for a corporation, or even as part of a design studio—at some point, you will be asked to take an existing site and make it work on everything. This might seem overwhelming but is by no means impossible. In this chapter from Responsive Mobile Design: Designing for Every Device, you learn about choosing the proper layout, working with site components, and keeping some important issues in mind when going mobile.
NCLEX-PN Practice Questions Exam Cram: Practice Exam 3 and Rationales
By Wilda Rinehart, Clara Hurd, Diann Sloan
Sep 25, 2014
This excerpt from NCLEX-PN Practice Questions Exam Cram, 4th Edition offers practice questions and answers for the NCLEX-PN exam.
The Secret to Planning SharePoint 2013 and/or Office 365's Taxonomy and Navigation
By Errin O'Connor
Sep 25, 2014
There is no single path or magic bullet to developing a best-practices information architecture (IA), but rather core guiding principles will ensure that your overall design is implemented in a structured manner that will accomplish your current business needs as well as have the ability to meet future growth and organizational changes. SharePoint expert Errin O’Connor covers the broad 360-degree spectrum of SharePoint and/or Office 365’s capabilities, underlying technical architecture, topology, and information architecture principles.
Minecraft Mod Development: Making Your First Item
By Jimmy Koene
Sep 24, 2014
Transform Minecraft into anything you can imagine! This excerpt from Minecraft Mod Development in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself teaches you how to write the most basic version of a Minecraft item and then shows you how to add a texture to your item.
How to Deliver a Unified Mobile Device Management Solution with Windows Intune
By Kerrie Meyler, Dan Andersen, Greg Ramsey, Jason Sandys, Panu Saukko, Kenneth van Surksum
Sep 23, 2014
This appendix from System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Unleashed: Supplement to System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM) Unleashed explains the genesis of Windows Intune, its history, licensing, and architecture for integrating with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager to deliver a unified mobile device management solution.
What You Really Need to Know About Dropbox
By Ed Tittel, Kim Lindros
Sep 23, 2014
Dropbox offers free cloud-based storage for personal use, with highly affordable options for commercial use. But sharing files via Dropbox comes with some interesting gotchas, especially when large volumes of data are involved or when files are shared by many users. Learn how to handle these gotchas with dispatch and aplomb, and avoid potential loss of access to important files or content.
The Practice of Cloud System Administration: Operations in a Distributed World
By Thomas A. Limoncelli, Strata R. Chalup, Christina J. Hogan
Sep 22, 2014
This chapter from The Practice of Cloud System Administration: Designing and Operating Large Distributed Systems, Volume 2 starts with some operations management background, then discusses the operations service life cycle, and ends with a discussion of typical operations work strategies.
Introducing NoSQL and MongoDB
By Brad Dayley
Sep 18, 2014
In this chapter from NoSQL with MongoDB in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself, learn about the design considerations to review before deciding how to implement the structure of data and configuration of a MongoDB database. You'll also learn which design questions to ask and then how to explore the mechanisms built into MongoDB to answer those questions.
CCIE Security v4.0 Quick Reference: Application and Infrastructure Security
By Lancy Lobo, Umesh Lakshman
Sep 17, 2014
This chapter from CCIE Security v4.0 Quick Reference, 3rd Edition covers HTTP, HTTPS, Simple Mail Transfer, Protocol, File Transfer Protocol, Domain Name System, and Trivial File Transfer Protocol.
Hit the Ground Running with MongoDB and Python
By Stephen B. Morris
Sep 16, 2014
Stephen B. Morris describes how to get started with MongoDB and Python. As usual with Python, you can get productive quickly, without worrying about complex IDEs. MongoDB has a simple data model and easy-to-understand semantics, giving you a handy on-ramp to this interesting technology.
Create Your First Arduino Program
By Richard Blum
Sep 15, 2014
Write your first program and watch it work! In this excerpt from Arduino Programming in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself, learn how to use the Arduino IDE software package to create, compile, and upload an Arduino program. You then learn how to interface your Arduino with external electronic circuits to complete your Arduino projects.
An Introduction to Data Visualization in JavaScript: How to Use Data-Joins in D3
By Ritchie S King
Sep 12, 2014
Data-joins are the bread and butter of D3. This chapter from Visual Storytelling with D3: An Introduction to Data Visualization in JavaScript covers how to use data-joins to add elements to a webpage and then manipulate them with data.
Migrating Users and Applications to Windows 8.1
By Don Poulton, Randy Bellet, Harry Holt
Sep 11, 2014
Learn how to migrate users and their profiles to Windows 8.1, configure folder redirection, and configure profiles in this chapter from MCSA 70-687 Cert Guide: Configuring Microsoft Windows 8.1.
CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide: IP Forwarding (Routing)
By Narbik Kocharians, Peter Paluch
Sep 10, 2014
This chapter from CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide, Volume 1, 5th Edition covers Cisco Express Forwarding concepts, routing protocol migration, and policy-based routing.
Init to Winit: Building Success with Swift Class Initializers
By Erica Sadun
Sep 9, 2014
Work carefully with Swift class initializers. If Objective-C is a big, warm, fuzzy teddy bear when it comes to initializers, Swift is a bespectacled, whip-carrying, leather-clad librarian with an attitude. Learn how to use convenience methods from subclasses without enraging the Swift tiger.
Learn Ruby the Hard Way: Comments and Pound Characters
By Zed A. Shaw
Sep 8, 2014
Comments are very important in your programs. They are used to tell you what something does in English, and they are used to disable parts of your program if you need to remove them temporarily. Zed Shaw shows you how to use them in Ruby, in this excerpt from Learn Ruby the Hard Way: A Simple and Idiomatic Introduction To The Imaginative World Of Computational Thinking With Code, 3rd Edition.
Making the Samsung Galaxy S5 Phone Your Own
By Steve Schwartz
Sep 5, 2014
In this chapter from My Samsung Galaxy S5, you find out how to customize your phone by populating the Home screen with widgets, shortcuts, and folders; change the default wallpaper; organize your Apps pages and create folders; set default and contact-specific ringtones; and configure and enable special system settings, such as Blocking mode and One-Handed Operation.
Selecting a Routing Protocol: CCNP Routing and Switching ROUTE 300-101
By Kevin Wallace
Sep 4, 2014
This lesson, excerpted from CCNP Routing and Switching ROUTE 300-101 Complete Video Course, identifies a variety of characteristics to consider when selecting a routing protocol. Also, common routing protocols (specifically, RIP, OSPF, EIGRP, and BGP) are categorized as a distance-vector, link-state, or path-vector routing protocol.

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