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The Advanced Strategy Guide to Minecraft: Mob Farms, Traps, and Defense
Take control of the mayhem with a mob farm in Minecraft: the equivalent of a factory for zombies, spiders, creepers, and skeletons. Youโ€™ll quickly amass a fortune in useful resources, from gunpowder to string, arrows, and more, and also gather weapons, armor, iron, and even the occasional edible. Once you know how, itโ€™s really quite easy, and putting together a mob farm, especially when playing on Survival, is incredibly satisfying. Stephen O'Brien shows you how in this chapter from The Advanced Strategy Guide to Minecraft.
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By Stephen O'BrienAug 26, 2014
12 More Essential Skills for Software Architects: Technology Innovation
This chapter from 12 More Essential Skills for Software Architects unveils one of the essential skills needed by a software architect: the ability to identify, assess, and infuse new and potentially disruptive technologies in a business-centric fashion.
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By Dave HendricksenAug 25, 2014
Timothy L. WarnerBuilding a Game from Scratch, Part 1: Setting the Foundation
This article is the first in a multi-part series from the author of Sams Teach Yourself Scratch 2.0 in 24 Hours in which we create an online game by using the Scratch 2.0 educational programming language.
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By Timothy L. WarnerAug 25, 2014
Matt WeisfeldThe Rise and Fall of Pointer Arithmetic in the Evolution of Memory Management
Matt Weisfeld, author of The Object-Oriented Thought Process, Fourth Edition, discusses the advantages and hazards of using pointers to access and manipulate memory addresses directly. The risks are significant enough that some languages allow this feature, while others expressly prohibit it. What's so dangerous - and tantalizingly powerful - about pointer arithmetic?
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By Matt WeisfeldAug 25, 2014

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Brad YaleInformIT Labor Day Programming Event

Welcome to the InformIT Labor Day Event.

From August 28th - September 3rd,  the following deals apply to all ebooks, books, video learning lessons, interactive learning lessons, software and practice tests:

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By Brad YaleCommentsAugust 28, 2014
Topics: Home & Office Computing,Information Technology,Software Development & Management,Programming,Open Source,Web Services,Graphics & Web Design,Networking,Engineering,Web Development,Certification,Data,Mobile Application Development & Programming,Security,Hardware,Operating Systems, Server,Business & Management
Brad YaleHow the Internet Works: The Layers of the Cloud

Too often the vast majority of online articles and blogs concerning the Cloud talk about the technology through the guise of generalization as if saying "the Cloud" multiple times succinctly and clearly explained everything about "the Cloud"

Well, as a believer in the more knowledge you have the better, below is a quick starter course in Cloud education aimed at peeling back the layers of "Cloud Computing" to introduce you to SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. In this entry of "How the Internet Works", the Cloud is broken down into its core elements.

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By Brad YaleCommentsAugust 26, 2014
Topics: Web Services,WebSphere,Cloud Computing
Brad YaleFull Programming Life Cycle Learning with Pearson Learning Labs

Here's the thing: I work for Pearson Education and InformIT. As such, I already know anything I say, do or mention that promotes Pearson Education and InformIT products will be looked at as a nod to staying employed. I get that. I do.

But in all honesty, what I am about to endorse is not a product of wanting to stay employed or a product of a forced corporate hand. No. What I am about to endorse is a product which I have used, compared to similar services and have come away impressed.

Code Academy is one avenue. The Flat Iron School is another. All in though, Pearson Education Learning Labs trumps them both in terms of overall programming learning lessons.

Here's why.

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By Brad YaleCommentsAugust 25, 2014
Topics: Ruby,Information Technology,Programming,Web Development,HTML5/CSS/Blend,JavaScript
Brad YaleHow the Internet Works: TCP/IP, Trace Routes and Hops

In an attempt to educate you about how the Internet works, this blog post will serve as the first in a long line of posts to come titled "How the Internet Works". My aim is simple: educate readers how various aspects of the Internet work, why they are important and how you can utilize them for personal means. This week in "How the Internet Works" TCP/IP, Trace Routes and Hops.

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By Brad YaleCommentsAugust 14, 2014
Topics: Information Technology,Web Services,Networking,Hardware

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