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Getting in Sync with OS X
By Marcus Zarra
Sep 1, 2006
Marcus Zarra drills down into an example of how to utilize the new Sync Services offered in OS X 10.4: "Tiger" and synchronize an application's data with the data stored in one of Apple's applications.
Understanding and Backing Up NetInfo: Ensuring the Recovery of Local Mac OS X User and Machine Data
By Ryan Faas
Aug 18, 2006
NetInfo, Apple's legacy directory service, might not be used for storing network user accounts and other resources these days, but it's alive and well as the database that each Mac OS X computer uses to store all the information for local user accounts and system information. Ryan Faas gives you all the details of the way Mac OS X uses these databases and how important it is to manage their backups.
Imaging for Intel Macs Part 2: How to Efficiently Deploy Windows with Mac OS X on Intel Macs
By Ryan Faas
Aug 4, 2006
Apple's Boot Camp and Parallels Desktop for Mac enable you to run Windows on Intel Macs, which is great for home, business, and education use. But how do you automate and manage mass deployments of Windows on Macs? In part 2 of his series on using disk image deployment techniques for Intel Macs, Ryan Faas shows how to efficiently deploy Windows with Mac OS X.
Imaging for Intel Macs Part 1: Why Intel Macs Increase an Administrator's Workload and How Best to Manage Their Deployment
By Ryan Faas
Jul 28, 2006
Deploying Intel Macs can add extra work for administrators because they require completely different Mac OS X releases and system images than Power PC Macs. Although it is possible to cobble a universal Mac OS X image together, is doing so really the best choice? In this first article in a two-part series, Ryan Faas looks at some of the specific challenges that relate to developing deployment strategies for Intel Macs and some of the ongoing issues if you opt to deploy a dual-platform environment using Mac workstations.
Backup Basics Part 3: General Tips for a Backup Strategy
By Ryan Faas
Jul 14, 2006
Knowing how to configure backup applications and select backup media is half the battle of designing a successful backup strategy. The other half is choosing how and when to back up the specific pieces of data that are stored on your servers, share points, and workstations. In this final article of his series on backup basics for new technicians and administrators, Ryan Faas offers some suggestions to help you make these important decisions.
Backup Basics Part 2: Demystifying Backup Media
By Ryan Faas
Jun 30, 2006
In part two of a three-part series on backup basics, Ryan Faas continues to demystify backup options for new technicians and server/systems administrators. This time, the topic is choosing the media in which to store your backups. Find out the pros and cons of tape, hard drives, and RAID arrays; using network storage; and archiving using CDs or DVDs.
Backup Basics Part 1: Demystifying Server and Workstation Backup Methods
By Ryan Faas
Jun 16, 2006
Understanding the options for backing up servers and workstations is important for any technician or system/server administrator. But for new IT staff, all the details about how backups work and how to configure them can be confusing. In this first article in a three-part series, Ryan Faas demystifies the various types of backups that can be performed on servers and workstations using most backup applications.
A Cocoa Application: Views
By Fritz Anderson
Apr 14, 2006
This chapter introduces Interface Builder, a tool no less important to Cocoa development than Xcode itself. IB is used as a straightforward tool for laying out windows and views. You'll see how to set the many options for automatic sizing of embedded views and how to use Interface Builder's own simulation mode to verify that your layout and sizing choices work.
Document Level Parameters Using Core Data: A Guide for Cocoa Developers
By Marcus Zarra
Apr 7, 2006
Core Data is one of Apple's latest technologies that allows the developer to effortlessly develop applications with a very complex data store. By utilizing Core Data your Cocoa application can instantly have access to a full database for storing the applications data. All without a single line of code. But what if you want or need to store parameters that may be file specific but not application specific? In this article we will walk through one solution that allows for elegant access to document specific parameters in a Core Data application.
The Bourne Again Shell
By Mark G. Sobell, Peter Seebach
Feb 17, 2006
The Bourne Again Shell and TC Shell are command interpreters and high-level programming languages. As command interpreters, they process commands you enter on the command line in response to a prompt. This chapter focuses primarily on the Bourne Again Shell, while noting where it differs from the TC Shell.
Ten Things I Hate About Entourage
By Owen Linzmayer
Dec 30, 2005
Owen Linzmayer is not exactly a big fan of Entourage, the personal information manager component of Microsoft Office 2004. Read his top 10 list of "features" that are turning him into a disgruntled user.
Java Perspective: Advanced Core Data
By Marcus Zarra
Dec 16, 2005
Although it is possible to use Core Data with little or no coding on your part, what if you want or need more fine-grained control over the persistence layer in your application? In this third article in his Core Data series from a Java perspective, Marcus Zarra walks you through some of the more advanced features of Core Data. Specifically, you'll learn how to retrieve data from a Core Data repository without having to write full SQL queries and how to access the data in Core Data entities.
Controlling an iPod or iPod mini
By Brad Miser
Dec 9, 2005
In this chapter, you'll learn the specific controls on the current generation of iPods (current to when I was writing this book, that is) that you use to perform various functions.
PSP vs. iPod: Looking Beyond What's Trendy
By Seth Fogie
Dec 9, 2005
Sure, the iPod is a cute and trendy gadget, but why settle? Seth Fogie wants it all: games, music, videos, e-books, and web access. Will the iPod do all this? Nope. But the PSP will! Read on to see how these two devices compare.
How the iPod Will Change the Face of Computer Security
By Bruce Potter
Dec 1, 2005
Apple probably didn't intend it, but the iPod will likely prove to be an important stepping stone into solving a problem that has faced computer scientists for more than 30 years. Bruce Potter explains.
Java Perspective: Cocoa-Java Bridge
By Marcus Zarra
Dec 1, 2005
What if you could combine Cocoa (that easy-to-use extension to C that is the primary language used for development on the OS X platform) and Java (one of the most widely used languages on the Internet) to create an OS X native application that utilizes the power of Java's libraries? Marcus Zarra does just that in this latest article in his series on Cocoa from the Java developer's perspective.
Java Perspective: Core Data and the Mac OS X Developer
By Marcus Zarra
Nov 23, 2005
In this new article from a Java perspective, Marcus Zarra discusses Core Data, which is a new framework that was introduced by Apple with the release of OS X 10.4 Tiger. Core Data replaces the need for building data objects and helps manage storing data in a flat file, XML file or SQLite database. Marcus walks you through some of the basic usages of Core Data and tells you why it is so useful.
Java Perspective: Key-Value Protocols, Behind the Magic of Mac OS X Development
By Marcus Zarra
Nov 11, 2005
KVO? KVC? Say what? Key-Value Observing and Key-Value Coding, that's what. As an introduction to Apple's new Cocoa/Objective-C API called Core Data, Marcus Zarra shows you why KVO/KVC is an incredibly useful feature in its own right and deserves the attention of any developer new to the Cocoa/Objective-C arena.
Applications and the Dock in Mac OS X Tiger
By Todd Stauffer, Leo Laporte
Nov 4, 2005
In this chapter we'll take a look at how you get started with applications, some of the basic commands that you’ll find in nearly any Macintosh application, and one of the methods you’ll use for managing those applications—the Dock.
Java Perspective: Cocoa Subclasses and Delegates
By Marcus Zarra
Nov 4, 2005
Coming from his background in Java development, the concept of using delegates and categories, as opposed to subclassing, was a bit foreign to Marcus Zarra. In Java subclassing, nearly everything was quite common. So common in fact, that Sun provided generic subclasses in quite a few cases. Objective-C and Cocoa, however, have a different approach. Marcus walks you through the different approaches used in Objective-C programming.

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