- Motor Age – February 2010
- Russian-English Visual Dictionary by Ripol Klassik
- The Engineering of Mixed Reality Systems
- Microsoft XNA Unleashed: Graphics and Game Programming for Xbox 360 and Windows
- Grid Computing: International Symposium on Grid Computing
- Software Engineering 3: Domains, Requirements, and Software Design
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Unleashed
- Mathematical Logic: Foundations for Information Science
- CBT Nuggets Automating Server 2008 Administration On the Job Training
- RESTful PHP Web Services
Posted: 02 Mar 2010 04:59 PM PST
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Motor Age is a monthly trade journal supporting independent automotive service providers by providing professional information to ensure a reasonable profit.
Posted: 02 Mar 2010 04:13 PM PST
Russian-English Visual Dictionary is an abbreviated version of his “big brother” “visual encyclopaedia”, had won world fame and became a truly international handbook. Translated into 25 languages, distributed in more than 100 countries with a total circulation of more than 7 million copies, this dictionary in our time is the inexhaustible source of information.
Posted: 02 Mar 2010 03:47 PM PST
An increasing number of systems are exploiting mixed reality but to date there are no systematic methods, techniques or guidelines for the development of such systems. In bringing together contributions on a broad range of mixed reality development issues this book provides a sound theoretical foundation for a disciplined approach to mixed reality engineering.
Divided into three parts: interaction design, software design and implementation, the first section covers generic and specific mixed reality design elements and provides an overview of the design method; Part 2 addresses technical solutions for interaction techniques, development tools and a global view of the mixed reality software development process. The final section contains detailed case studies to highlight the application of mixed reality in a variety of fields including aviation, architecture, emergency management, games, and healthcare.
Posted: 02 Mar 2010 03:46 PM PST
Microsoft XNA Unleashed provides comprehensive coverage and solid instruction on how to leverage the XNA Framework to create high quality games for Windows and the Xbox 360. The author shows you how to take full advantage of the many features the XNA Framework provides; you will learn the intricacies of important tasks such as adding sound and music to games, as well as creating, loading, and texturing 3D objects. In addition to providing coverage of 2D programming, the author shows you how to create sophisticated 3D games. All the important topics such as physics, artificial intelligence, and special effects are covered in detail. Chad Carter is the CTO at Robertson Marketing Group. Many Fortune 500 companies use the ecommerce system he architected and developed from the ground up for the promotional business sector. He has been creating DirectX applications since 1996 and has developed games using Managed DirectX. Chad created a 3D locomotive simulator for Norfolk Southern that is used to teach children to obey railroad crossings signals. Chad's website devoted to the XNA Framework can be found at www.xnaessentials.com.
Learn how to install and use XNA Game Studio Express
Discover how to build, deploy, and debug games for the Xbox 360 and Windows
Examine the XNA Framework in depth: 2D, 3D, sound, input, and HLSL
Learn how to create game components and game services
Delve into performance tuning techniques
Discover how to extend the Content Pipeline
Learn how to use the Microsoft Cross-Platform Audio Creation Tool (XACT) to add sound and music to games
Create a full 2D parallax side-scroller game
Discover how to use sprite batches
Learn to make the most of sprite fonts
Create 2D components such as splash screens and progress bars
Examine the different sprite batch blending modes
Discover 2D cel animation
Examine the High Level Shader Language (HLSL) in detail covering basic HLSL as well as vertex deformations and post-processing effects
Create a full 3D game that includes a 2D radar in the Heads Up Display (HUD), and much, much more
• All C# examples and source code presented in this book.
• Explosion Generator tool for generating explosion animations.
Part I Get Up and Running with XNA on Your PC and Xbox 360
1 Introducing XNA and XNA Game Studio Express
2 XNA and the Xbox 360
3 Performance Considerations
Part II Understanding XNA Basics
4 Creating 3D Objects
5 Input Devices and Cameras
Part III Content Pipeline
6 Loading and Texturing 3D Objects
7 Sound and Music
8 Extending the Content Pipeline
Part IV 2D in XNA
9 2D Basics
10 2D Effects
11 Creating a 2D Game
Part V High Level Shader Language
12 HLSL Basics
13 Advanced HLSL
Part VI Physics and Artificial Intelligence
14 Physics Basics
15 Finite State Machines and Game State Management
16 AI Algorithms
Part VII 3D Effects
17 Advanced Texturing Techniques
18 Special Effects
19 Particle System
Part VIII Putting It Into Practice
20 Creating a 3D Game
21 Improving the Game
22 Finishing Touches
About the Author
Chad Carter is the CTO at Robertson Marketing Group (RMG). RMG services many Fortune 500 companies that utilize the e-commerce system he architected and developed from the ground up for the promotional business sector. He has been creating DirectX applications since 1996 and has developed games using Managed DirectX. Chad created a 3D locomotive simulator for Norfolk Southern that is used to teach children to obey railroad crossing signals. Chad's Web site devoted to the XNA Framework can be found online at www.xnaessentials.com.
Posted: 02 Mar 2010 03:44 PM PST
Grid Computing: International Symposium on Grid Computing (ISGC) 2007 is one of the most important annual events in Asia that brings together scientific contributions by world class researchers and scientists working in the Grid Computing field to exchange ideas, to present challenges, solutions and future development. The objective of this Symposium is to facilitate the information exchange as well as to explore the global collaboration and interoperation among various Grid projects. Based on the ISGC 2007, held in Taipei, Taiwan in March of 2007, this edited volume presents the latest grid solutions and research results in grid operations, grid middleware, biomedical operations, e-science applications and more.
Grid Computing: International Symposium on Grid Computing (ISGC) 2007 is designed for a professional audience, composed of researchers and practitioners in academia and industry. This book is also suitable for graduate-level students in computer science. It is also one of the most important sources of Grid Computing and e-Science development in the Asia Pacific region.
Posted: 02 Mar 2010 03:42 PM PST
The art, craft, discipline, logic, practice and science of developing large scale software products is in increasing need of a trustworthy, believable and professional base. This book is one of a series of three volumes, devoted to fill this need. This series of strongly related text books combine informal, engineeringly sound approaches with the rigour of formal, mathematics based approaches.
The present volume covers the basic principles and techniques of overall software development: From domains via requirements to software designs. Thus the book advocates a novel approach to software engineering based on the adage: Before requirements can be formulated one must understand the application domain. The book is therefore structured this way: From (i) the principles and techniques for the development of domain descriptions, via (ii) principles and techniques for the derivation of requirements prescriptions from domain models, to (iii) principles and techniques for the refinement of requirements into software designs: Architectures and component design.
Emphasis in the coverage of domain and requirements engineering is on
Posted: 02 Mar 2010 03:41 PM PST
With Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services you can quickly deliver relevant business intelligence data wherever it's needed–across the entire enterprise, and through the entire reporting lifecycle. SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Unleashed gives you all the authoritative information you'll need to make the most of Microsoft's most powerful reporting platform as a database professional, manager, or user. In-depth coverage makes this book an ideal reference, and its extensive set of practical examples help you address virtually any challenge in deployment, configuration, administration, or report building.
The authors have extensively expanded this edition with deeper reference information, many more practical examples, and insider perspective into Reporting Services 2008's powerful new enhancements. You'll discover how to take full advantage of Reporting Services' significant architectural changes, its flexible new Tablix control, improved visualization through charts and gauges, deep SharePoint integration through SharePoint Integrated Mode, new output presentation formats, and much more.
Understand how to
Michael Lisin, lead author of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services, has years of field experience working with SQL Server Reporting Services at Microsoft and delivering solutions for Microsoft's enterprise customers.
Jim Joseph, co-author of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Unleashed, is an independent contractor with 10 years experience developing custom software solutions in a variety of industries. He has worked with SQL Server Reporting Services since the first beta release.
Amit Goyal, lead program manager for Microsoft's Reporting Services team, has extensive insider's knowledge of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services.
About the Author
Michael Lisin has been in the software industry for more than 17 years, with 10 of those years working with Microsoft. Most of his career, Michael has been consulting on SQL Server and business intelligence solutions for Microsoft's enterprise customers. He has worked with SQL Server Reporting Services since the product's first pre-beta version in 2002 and has taught Reporting Services classes and presented topics related to SQL Server at various events. Michael earned his MBA at Texas A&M University in 2006 and continues to be a dedicated scholar of Reporting Services. He is now working with business development for Microsoft.
Jim Joseph is an independent contractor with 10 years of experience developing custom software solutions in a variety of industries. He has worked with SQL Server Reporting Services since the first beta release in 2000. He earned his MBA from the University of St. Thomas in 2002. He has worked in a number of roles from developer to database administrator.
Amit Goyal is a senior lead manager for the SQL Server Reporting Services team at Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, Amit was a director at Yahoo! and worked on development of the Panama search monetization platform. He has 14 years of industry experience at high-tech companies such as Microsoft, Yahoo!, Oracle, and Broadbase Software.He earned his bachelor of science degree from UIUC (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) and master's degree from Stanford University.
Posted: 02 Mar 2010 03:39 PM PST
Mathematical logic is a branch of mathematics that takes axiom systems and mathematical proofs as its objects of study. This book shows how it can also provide a foundation for the development of information science and technology. The first five chapters systematically present the core topics of classical mathematical logic, including the syntax and models of first-order languages, formal inference systems, computability and representability, and Gödel's theorems. The last five chapters present extensions and developments of classical mathematical logic, particularly the concepts of version sequences of formal theories and their limits, the system of revision calculus, proschemes (formal descriptions of proof methods and strategies) and their properties, and the theory of inductive inference. All of these themes contribute to a formal theory of axiomatization and its application to the process of developing information technology and scientific theories. The book also describes the paradigm of three kinds of language environments for theories and it presents the basic properties required of a meta-language environment. Finally, the book brings these themes together by describing a workflow for scientific research in the information era in which formal methods, interactive software and human invention are all used to their advantage.
This book represents a valuable reference for graduate and undergraduate students and researchers in mathematics, information science and technology, and other relevant areas of natural sciences. Its first five chapters serve as an undergraduate text in mathematical logic and the last five chapters are addressed to graduate students in relevant disciplines.
Posted: 02 Mar 2010 03:38 PM PST
Wouldn’t you love to automate tasks like configuring, configuration inventorying, provisioning and deprovisioning? After watching this Don Jones training you’ll be automating lots of real-world tasks with Windows PowerShell commands.
On-the-Job Training for Automating Server 2008 Administration Contents:
* Server Manager Automation
Here’s what you’ll learn in each video of On-the-Job Training for Automating Server 2008 Administration:
Video 1 – “Introduction” – Course overview
Video 2 – “Windows PowerShell v2 Crash Course” – A quick reminder of how to use Windows PowerShell, including the pipeline, cmdlets, and help. This is just a refresher; view CBT Nuggets: On The Job Training Series: Windows PowerShell if you’d like a full course on PowerShell fundamentals.
Video 3 – “Active Directory Automation, Part 1″
Video 4 – “Active Directory Automation, Part 2″ – Learn to automate key tasks in AD, including bulk user creation, user updating, group membership, and more. You’ll also learn about the AD security model within PowerShell, and how to use pipeline parameter binding to make bulk operations as simple as connecting two commands.
Video 5 – “AppLocker Automation” – Learn to profile, use, and configure the new AppLocker feature from within the shell.
Video 6 – “BITS FIle Transfer Automation” – Automate background uploads and downloads, and manage active downloads.
Video 7 – “Group Policy Automation” – Link GPOs, create new GPOs, and even modify individual settings within a GPO. You’ll also learn to report on GPO contents, compare GPOs, backup and restore GPOs, and more.
Video 8 – “Server Manager Automation” – Use the shell to add and remove roles, create feature baseline reports, and compare features/roles to a previously-created baseline for configuration management
Video 9 – “Working with the Best Practices Module” – Learn to run and view Best Practices Analyzer reports from the command-line – including how to automate BPA batch reporting
Video 10 – “Working with the PSDiagnostics and Troubleshooting Modules” – Use PowerShell to troubleshoot and solve common tasks – you’ll even see how to use PowerShell remoting to solve tasks on remote client computers
Video 11 – “IIS Automation” – Learn to use IIS cmdlets and the IIS: drive to automate key IIS tasks, such as creating new Web sites, changing site settings, and more.
Video 12 – “Hyper-V Automation” – Learn to use freely-available Hyper-V cmdlets to automate key virtualization tasks, such as provisioning new virtual machines
Video 13 – “Remote Desktop Services Automation” – See how to use the shell to automate important RDS/Terminal Services tasks, such as listener provisioning and configuration
Video 14 – “Failover Cluster Administration” – Learn to use PowerShell cmdlets to manage, provision, and configure Cluster Service resources and resource groups.
Video 15 – “Automating Server Backup, AD Rights Management Services, Web Services for Management, and Network Load Balancing” – The “Everything Else” nugget – learn to use Windows Server Backup, configure AD RMS, configure WS-MAN/WinRM, and even configure NLB – all from within the shell console.
Posted: 02 Mar 2010 03:37 PM PST
In DetailRepresentational State Transfer (REST) is a form of software architecture; systems that follow it are often called RESTful. It is the architectural style that drives the World Wide Web (the motivation for REST was to capture elements that made the Web successful), and RESTful web services use simple protocols already familiar to web developers. RESTful web services are found in lots of places with big name Web APIs such as Flickr, and Yahoo search following a REST-based approach.
With any architectural style or approach, struggling with its basic concepts is just one problem – implementation in your favorite language is another, and that’s where this book comes in. If you’re a PHP developer, this book will show you how to create and consume RESTful web services in PHP, and make your services work well in the context of the Web.
You will learn about the basic concepts of REST, and then look at PHP tools, libraries and techniques for working with RESTful web services. You will see how to use other RESTful services from your PHP applications, and also how to engineer your PHP applications to make them RESTful.
This book is about implementing RESTful web services in PHP, and so the book is packed with example code and careful explanations.
What you will learn from this book?
The book explains the basic concepts associated with the REST architectural style, but the emphasis is on creating PHP code for consuming and creating RESTful services in PHP. There is plenty of example PHP code to illustrate the concepts, with careful explanations of how the code works.
Who this book is written for?
This book targets PHP developers who want to build or make use of RESTful web services, or explore the options available to them in PHP. You will need to know the basics of PHP development, but no knowledge of REST is assumed, nor any knowledge of creating web services generally.
About the Author
Samisa Abeysinghe is Director, Engineering at WSO2. Samisa pioneered the Apache Axis2/C effort and architected the core of the Apache Axis2/C Web services engine. He continues to be an active contributor in the Apache Axis2/C project. His involvement in open-source projects began in 2004 when he started working with the Apache Axis C/C++ project.
Prior to his current role, Samisa played the project lead role for the WSO2 Web services Framework for PHP project, which provides comprehensive support for building both SOAP and REST services and clients.
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