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Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) Foundation Learning Guide: Fundamentals Review
By Richard Froom, Erum Frahim
May 27, 2015
This chapter from Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) Foundation Learning Guide: (CCNP SWITCH 300-115) covers the following basic switching topics as a review to CCNA: hubs and switches, bridges and switches, switches of today, broadcast domains, MAC addresses, the basic Ethernet frame format, basic switching function, VLANs, the Spanning Tree Protocol, trunking, port channels, and multilayer switching (MLS).
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.
Simple Tips for Better Android Development
By Ian G. Clifton
May 26, 2015
Ian G. Clifton, author of Essentials of Android Application Development LiveLessons, discusses some simple ways to improve the quality of your Android code immediately.
Video: Agile Project Management with Kanban
By Eric Brechner
May 25, 2015
There's a way to organize your work, stay focused, avoid mistakes, and be hyper-productive that you can learn in five minutes using sticky notes and markers. It’s called Kanban, and Eric Brechner, an Xbox development manager and author of Agile Project Management with Kanban, has been using it with multiple teams for the past four years. In this video, Eric talks about his book, how he introduced Kanban to Microsoft, and walks you through a Kanban exercise.
Video: Learn More Python the Hard Way: Second Test Implementation
By Zed A. Shaw
May 21, 2015
In this excerpt from Learn More Python the Hard Way LiveLessons (Workshop), Zed A. Shaw presents Lesson 3.3: Second Test Implementation.
Effective Python: 4 Best Practices for Function Arguments
By Brett Slatkin
May 20, 2015
Functions in Python have a variety of extra features that make the programmer’s life easier. Some are similar to capabilities in other programming languages, but many are unique to Python. These extras can make a function’s purpose more obvious. They can eliminate noise and clarify the intention of callers. They can significantly reduce subtle bugs that are difficult to find. In this excerpt from Effective Python: 59 Specific Ways to Write Better Python, Brett Slatkin shows you 4 best practices for function arguments in Python.
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.
Browser BASIC (BBASIC): Adding an Easy-to-Use and Portable Language to a Web Page
By Jeff Friesen
May 18, 2015
With Browser BASIC (BBASIC), a JavaScript application that embeds a BASIC language interpreter in a web page, you can create and use programs written in a variation of BASIC. Jeff Friesen introduces BBASIC with a tutorial and tour of the BBASIC architecture.
Structural Patterns for the Common Information Model
By Mandy Chessell, Ray Harishankar, Kerard Hogg, Gandhi Sivakumar, Dan Wolfson
May 18, 2015
This chapter from Common Information Models for an Open, Analytical, and Agile World covers five software design patterns that illustrate different approaches to structuring your common information model.
OS X for iOS Developers: Why You Should Be Building Desktop Applications
By Erica Sadun
May 14, 2015
iOS app developers draw on the same tools and languages used for OS X development. Erica Sadun, bestselling author of The Gourmet iOS Developer's Cookbook: Even More Recipes for Better iOS App Development, explores why iOS devs might want to consider building desktop applications.
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.
Shooting High-Resolution Photos with Your GoPro Hero
By Jason R. Rich
May 13, 2015
In this chapter from My GoPro Hero Camera, Jason R. Rich shows you the features and functions built into the GoPro Hero4 camera (as well as some other GoPro camera models).
Basic Data Transmission in Networks: MAC Tables and ARP Tables
By Sean Wilkins
May 12, 2015
Bombarded with jargon, no wonder networking beginners get lost. Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, explains some crucial terminology for anyone who needs to understand complex networking.
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.
Migrating C/C++ from 32-Bit to 64-Bit
By Stephen B. Morris
May 11, 2015
A major driver of modern C/C++ development is the need for producing native 64-bit code. In most cases, servers and desktop systems are now almost exclusively 64-bit machines. Given this fact, isn't the move to 64-bit C/C++ code just a matter of changing a few build settings? Stephen B. Morris explains why it's not so simple.
Is Swift Development Right for You?
By Erica Sadun
May 7, 2015
Are you on target for Swift? Is Swift development right for you? Erica Sadun, bestselling author of dozens of books on programming, explores how to plan for Swift.
CCNP Security SISAS 300-208 Official Cert Guide: Authentication Policies
By Aaron Woland, Kevin Redmon
May 6, 2015
In this chapter from CCNP Security SISAS 300-208 Official Cert Guide, the authors discuss network authentication policies.
Video: Dean Leffingwell on the Value of Using the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
By Dean Leffingwell
May 6, 2015
Dean Leffingwell, founder and CEO of Scaled Agile, Inc., discusses his new video, "Leading Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) LiveLessons," results that enterprises who adopt SAFe are seeing, the must-have SAFe practices, and the keys to successful enterprise adoption of SAFe.
Collision Domains and Broadcast Domains = Apples and Oranges
By Sean Wilkins
May 5, 2015
Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, doesn't approve of blurring collision domains and broadcast domains. Though these models are often taught together, modern technology has outpaced some of the ideas, and networking specialists who are new to the field need to distinguish between current terminology and outdated concepts.
The Big Nerd Ranch Guide to Structures and Classes in Swift
By Aaron Hillegass, Nate Chandler, Adam Preble
May 4, 2015
In this chapter from Cocoa Programming for OS X: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, 5th Edition, you will build a simple 2D physics simulation. You will create your own structure and a few classes, and you will learn about the differences between them.

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