- 3D Palace – Advanced – Car Modelling – The Lotus Elise
- 3D Palace – Advanced – Car Modelling – The Concept Car
- 3DS MAX Foundations: Lighting and Materials
- VOA Special English 2001 to 2007
- Refactoring: Ruby Edition
- Next-Generation Business Intelligence Software with Silverlight 3
- Tree-Structure based Hybrid Computational Intelligence: Theoretical Foundations and Applications
- MacBook Air Portable Genius
- Handbook of Research on Socio-Technical Design and Social Networking Systems
- Oracle E-Business Suite Development & Extensibility Handbook
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 04:56 PM PST
Learn how to create a high polygon, high detail Lotus Elise model.
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 04:38 PM PST
Create a complex concept car in this expert level video tutorial
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 04:23 PM PST
The topics covered range from Scanline rendering to Final Gathering and Global Illumination using Mental Ray. Various examples explore serveral surfacing techniques to generate intricate material networks, ranging from Procedural mapping to masked Photoshop texturing.
This kit is comprised of 41 videos and runs for more than 5 hours! If you already bought ArchiCD and enjoyed it, then this is the natural evolution to refine your lighting and surfacing skills.
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 04:05 PM PST
The Roots of Special English
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 03:21 PM PST
The Definitive Refactoring Guide, Fully Revamped for Ruby
With refactoring, programmers can transform even the most chaotic software into well-designed systems that are far easier to evolve and maintain. What's more, they can do it one step at a time, through a series of simple, proven steps. Now, there's an authoritative and extensively updated version of Martin Fowler's classic refactoring book that utilizes Ruby examples and idioms throughout–not code adapted from Java or any other environment.
The authors introduce a detailed catalog of more than 70 proven Ruby refactorings, with specific guidance on when to apply each of them, step-by-step instructions for using them, and example code illustrating how they work. Many of the authors' refactorings use powerful Ruby-specific features, and all code samples are available for download.
Leveraging Fowler's original concepts, the authors show how to perform refactoring in a controlled, efficient, incremental manner, so you methodically improve your code's structure without introducing new bugs. Whatever your role in writing or maintaining Ruby code, this book will be an indispensable resource.
This book will help you
• Understand the core principles of refactoring and the reasons for doing it
• Recognize "bad smells" in your Ruby code
• Rework bad designs into well-designed code, one step at a time
• Build tests to make sure your refactorings work properly
• Understand the challenges of refactoring and how they can be overcome
• Compose methods to package code properly
• Move features between objects to place responsibilities where they fit best
• Organize data to make it easier to work with
• Simplify conditional expressions and make more effective use of polymorphism
• Create interfaces that are easier to understand and use
• Generalize more effectively
• Perform larger refactorings that transform entire software systems and may take months or years
• Successfully refactor Ruby on Rails code
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 03:15 PM PST
Business Intelligence (BI) software aims to bring together different pieces of a business into views that can make comprehending mountains of data easier. BI is everywhere. Applications that include reports, analytics, statistics, and historical and predictive modeling are all examples of BI applications. Currently, we are in the second generation of BI software, called BI 2.0. This generation is focused on writing BI software that is predictive, adaptive, simple, and interactive.
As computers and software have evolved, more data can be presented to end users with increasingly visually rich techniques. Rich Internet Application (RIA) technologies such as Microsoft Silverlight can be used to transform traditional UIs filled with boring data into fully interactive analytical applications to deliver insight from large data sets quickly. Furthermore, RIA applications include 3D spatial design capabilities that allow for interesting layouts of aggregated data beyond a simple list or grid. BI 2.0 implemented via an RIA technology can truly bring out the power of BI and deliver it to an average user via the Web.
Next-Generation Business Intelligence Software with Rich Internet Applications provides developers, designers, and architects a solid foundation of BI design and architecture concepts with Microsoft Silverlight. This book covers key BI design concepts and how they can be applied without requiring an existing BI infrastructure. The author, Bart Czernicki, will show you how to build small BI applications by example that are interactive, highly visual, statistical, predictive, and most importantly, intuitive to the user.
BI isn’t just for the executive branch of a Fortune 500 company; it is for the masses. Let Next-Generation Business Intelligence Software with Rich Internet Applications show you how to unlock the rich intelligence you already have.
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 03:14 PM PST
Research in computational intelligence is directed toward building thinking machines and improving our understanding of intelligence. As evident, the ultimate achievement in this field would be to mimic or exceed human cognitive capabilities including reasoning, recognition, creativity, emotions, understanding, learning and so on. In this book, the authors illustrate an hybrid computational intelligence framework and it applications for various problem solving tasks. Based on tree-structure based encoding and the specific function operators, the models can be flexibly constructed and evolved by using simple computational intelligence techniques. The main idea behind this model is the flexible neural tree, which is very adaptive, accurate and efficient. Based on the pre-defined instruction/operator sets, a flexible neural tree model can be created and evolved.
This volume comprises of 6 chapters including an introductory chapter giving the fundamental definitions and the last Chapter provides some important research challenges. Academics, scientists as well as engineers engaged in research, development and application of computational intelligence techniques and data mining will find the comprehensive coverage of this book invaluable.
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 03:11 PM PST
You don’t have to be a genius to use a MacBook Air. But if you want to get the very most out of yours, put this savvy Portable Genius guide to work and start ramping up the pace. Want to connect your MacBook Air to a television or network printer? Remotely view your Webcam via the Internet? Improve your e-mail life with a smart mailbox? Synch with MobileMe or your cell? You’ll find cool and useful Genius tips, full-color screenshots, and pages of easy-to-access shortcuts and tools that will save you loads of time.
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 03:10 PM PST
The focus of this book is not how to make technology more efficient, nor even how technology harms or helps society, but rather how to successfully combine society and technology into socio-technical performance.
The Handbook of Research on Socio-Technical Design and Social Networking Systems (2-Volumes) provides a state-of-the-art summary of knowledge in this evolving, multi-disciplinary field distinctive in its variety of international authors’ perspectives, depth and breadth of scholarship, and combination of practical and theoretical views. This noteworthy Handbook of Research extends a useful collection for anyone interested in modern socio-technical systems where knowledge of social principles can mean the difference between success and failure. This title offers: 53 authoritative contributions by over 100 of the world’s leading experts on socio-technical design and social networking systems from 16 countries; comprehensive coverage of each specific topic, highlighting recent trends and describing the latest advances in the field; more than 1,900 references to existing literature and research on socio-technical design and social networking systems; a compendium of over 350 key terms with detailed definitions. This title is organized by topic and indexed, making it a convenient method of reference for all IT/IS scholars and professionals. It features cross-referencing of key terms, figures, and information pertinent to socio-technical design and social networking systems and free institution-wide access to the online version with the purchase of the print publication.
Posted: 09 Dec 2009 03:09 PM PST
Extend and Customize Oracle E-Business Suite
Transform your Oracle E-Business Suite infrastructure to suit enterprise requirements using the comprehensive development methods in this Oracle Press guide. Oracle E-Business Suite Development & Extensibility Handbook lays out each tool alongside reusable code and step-by-step examples. Learn how to create multiorg objects, integrate Java and PL/SQL, design custom user interfaces, and use Oracle Application Framework and Oracle Workflow. This detailed volume also explains how to work with Oracle XML Gateway, publish dynamic business intelligence reports, and tune your configuration.
About the Author
Anil Passi is an Oracle ACE with more than 10 years of technical consulting experience. He is a speaker on Oracle Applications, and an Oracle University trainer.
Vladimir Ajvaz heads the future technologies development team at the Imperial College in London.
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