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Data expert Phyllis Helton talks to Bert Scalzo and Dan Hotka, co-authors of Toad for Oracle Unleashed, about some of their favorite features in Toad, their thoughts on GUI tools, and advice for people new to developing using Oracle and Toad.

Sean Wilkins

Every network engineer must have a good understanding of how trunks work in an Ethernet switching environment. Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, shows how trunks carry traffic from multiple VLANs across switches to their configured switchports, and discusses the Cisco modes and commands that configure trunking ports.

Stephen B. Morris

You're sure that your C/C++ memory-allocation code is bulletproof, but will the code work when the host platform is under stress? Consider using bit flags for applications that require low-level data access. Modern programming also routinely requires the use of complex language features such as callbacks and function pointers. As Stephen B. Morris explains, the use cases for these features are both simple and powerful.

This chapter from OpenGL Superbible: Comprehensive Tutorial and Reference, 7th Edition, provides an overview of the OpenGL pipeline from start to finish, providing insight into each of the stages, which include fixed-function blocks and programmable shader blocks.

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John  Traenkenschuh

I have several types of mobile devices, both low-cost Android tablets and iPads and smartphones of all types and vendors. Maybe you've discovered problems similar to these I list?

John  Traenkenschuh

Smartphones on sale! Heavily discounted! Get a smartphone free with your dataplan two-year contract! And an order of fries!!

John  Traenkenschuh

The Cloud is mighty!  All Hail the Cloud, The Slayer of PCs!

John  Traenkenschuh

Windows 8 was envisioned as a desktop OS capable of fighting the consumers' fling with Tablets. Now that the war is against Tablets AND PC's, can Windows 10 draw consumers to it?

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