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CodeIgniter 1.7 Professional DevelopmentCodeIgniter 1.7
CodeIgniter is an open source PHP framework with a small footprint and exceptional performance. It gives you a rich set of libraries for common tasks, with a simple interface to access them. There are several unexplored aspects of CodeIgniter that can help developers build applications more easily and quickly. In this book, you will learn the intricacies of the framework and explore some of its hidden gems.If you want to get the most out of CodeIgniter, this book is for you. It teaches you what you need to know to use CodeIgniter on a daily basis. You will create mini-applications that teach a specific technique and let you build on top of the base.

This book will take you through developing applications with CodeIgniter. You will learn how to make your CodeIgniter application more secure than a default installation, how to build large-scale applications and web services, how to release code to the community, and much more. You will be able to authenticate users, validate forms, and also build libraries to complete different tasks and functions.

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Beginning JavaScript and CSS Development with jQueryJavascript and CSS Development jQuery
jQuery allows you to do more in the world of dynamic web applications, with less code and fewer errors. It reduces the amount of JavaScript programming to only a few lines of code while making your JavaScript more intuitive and attractive to work with. At the same time, jQuery makes it easier to manipulate CSS from JavaScript by allowing you to set style for one or many elements at once.

With this unique, project-oriented book, author Richard York teaches even the most novice of JavaScript users how to quickly get started utilizing the JavaScript jQuery Library to decrease the amount of code that needs to be written and tested. A four-color code syntax highlighting system provides a visual reinforcement and allows you to see the nuts and bolts that comprise each line and section of code. With this helpful guide and hands-on exercises, you’ll be able to put jQuery to work for you and avoid having to write code from scratch.

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Windows Mobile Game DevelopmentWindows Mobile Game Development
This book will provide you with a comprehensive guide to developing games for both the Windows Mobile platform and the Windows Phone using the industry standard programming languages C# and VB.NET.

You will be walked through every aspect of developing for the Windows Mobile platform—from setting up your development environment for the first time to creating advanced 3D graphics. Finally, you’ll learn how you can make your applications available to others, whether distributing for free or selling online.

Using extensive code samples throughout, you’ll gather all the information needed to create your own games and distribute them successfully for others to enjoy.

Aimed primarily at C# developers, almost everything in the book can be used in VB.NET too. For those areas where this is not the case, workarounds are suggested so that VB.NET developers are still able to use the techniques described.

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Blender 2.49 ScriptingBlender 2.49
Blender 3D is a popular, open source modeling package that can produce photo-realistic 3D images and animations. Automating tasks and extending the functionality of an extensive application like Blender will streamline your workflow and make the impossible possible. However, implementing scripts may be daunting.

This book takes a practical step-by-step approach to implementing Python scripts that cover almost all areas of Blender. It clearly outlines each problem and focuses on straightforward, easy-to-understand code, highlighting the common pitfalls and Blender idiosyncrasies. It guides you from the installation process and the creation of a simple object to elaborate, fully rigged models with vertex groups and materials all the way to extending Blender’s built-in editor. It also teaches how to implement a simple web server inside Blender to serve rendered images. This book will take you from a clear problem description to a fully functional program. The focus is on finding your way in Blender’s vast array of possibilities and getting things done without losing too much time on programming details. Each script is carefully explained to provide insight that can be reused in other projects.

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Firebug 1.5: Editing, Debugging, and Monitoring Web PagesFirebug 1.5
With the advent of RIA (Rich Internet Applications), most web pages are driven by a combination of JavaScript, AJAX, CSS, and so on. Web developers and designers find it hard to debug and fix the issues that crop up on the client side. Firebug is a wonderful toolkit to have in your arsenal for handling all such issues. This book covers all of Firebug’s features and will help you utilize its capabilities with maximum efficiency. AJAX development and debugging is not one of the easiest tasks; this book explains step-by-step, how to develop and debug AJAX components in your web page in a very easy way, thereby increasing your productivity. Topics like performance tuning of the web page are covered in detail.

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Moodle 1.9 Extension DevelopmentMoodle 1.9
Moodle gives you the power to create and customize feature-rich plug-ins. If you can write Moodle plug-ins, you can make it do just about anything. From making the site easier to administer, to new features, to completely changing the way it looks; plug-ins are the method Moodle offers to customize and extend its functionality.

This book will show you how to build all sorts of Moodle plug-ins: admin plug-ins, Blocks, Activities, Grading components, Reports, Fliters that change the way your site works and looks. You will develop standard Moodle plug-ins such as Activities, Filters, and Blocks by creating functioning code that you can execute in your own Moodle installation. Writing modular plug-ins for Moodle will be a large focus of this book. This book will take you inside Moodle and provide you with the ability to develop code the “Moodle way”.

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Beginning HTML, XHTML, CSS, and JavaScriptHTML, XHTML, CSS and Javascript
An essential update to the key web authoring standards of HTML, XHTML, and CSS. The existence of Web pages depends on three vital technologies: HTML (base language that Web pages are written in), XHTML (standards that define how to write HTML pages), and CSS (standard that applies formatting styles to Web pages). This new edition provides you with critical coverage of these three Web authoring standards, and places special focus on the upcoming releases of HTML 5 and CSS 3.

Serving as a tutorial and reference, this comprehensive resource explains the basic structure and necessary formatting to create a static (non-changing) and dynamic (changing) page on the Internet.

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High Availability MySQL CookbookHigh Availability MySql Cookbook
High Availability is something that all web sites hope to achieve, especially those that are linked to big companies.

MySQL, an open source relational database management system (RDBMS), can be made highly available to protect from corruption, hardware failure, software crashes, and user error. Running a MySQL setup is quite simple. Things start getting complex when you start thinking about the best way to provide redundancy. There are a large number of techniques available to add ‘redundancy’ and ‘high availability’ to MySQL, but most are both poorly understood and documented.

This book will provide you with recipes showing how to design, implement, and manage a MySQL Cluster and achieve high availability using MySQL replication, block level replication, shared storage, and the open source Global File System (GFS).

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Pro C# 2010 and the .NET 4 Platform, 5th EditionC# 2010
The first edition of this book was released at the 2001 Tech-Ed conference in Atlanta, Georgia. At that time, the .NET platform was still a beta product, and in many ways, so was this book. This is not to say that the early editions of this text did not have merit—after all, the book was a 2002 Jolt Award finalist and it won the 2003 Referenceware Excellence Award. However, over the years that author Andrew Troelsen spent working with the common language runtime (CLR), he gained a much deeper understanding of the .NET platform and the subtleties of the C# programming language, and he feels that this fifth edition of the book is as close to a “final release” as he’s come yet.

This new edition has been comprehensively revised and rewritten to make it accurately reflect the C# 4 language specification for the .NET 4 platform. You’ll find new chapters covering the important concepts of dynamic lookups, named and optional arguments, Parallel LINQ (PLINQ), improved COM interop, and variance for generics.

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iPhone App Development: The Missing ManualIphone App Development
Anyone with programming experience can learn how to write an iPhone app. But if you want to build a great app, there’s a lot more to it than simple coding: you also need to know how design and market your creation. This easy-to-follow guide walks you through the entire process, from sketching out your idea to promoting the finished product.

  • Get to know the tools for developing your iPhone app
  • Design a great app before you start coding
  • Build a complex app with Xcode and Interface Builder
  • Decide how to brand your app-then beta-test that brand in the real world

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iPhone 3D ProgrammingiPhone 3D
What does it take to build an iPhone app with stunning 3D graphics? This book will show you how to apply OpenGL graphics programming techniques to any device running the iPhone OS — including the iPad and iPod Touch — with no iPhone development or 3D graphics experience required. iPhone 3D Programming provides clear step-by-step instructions, as well as lots of practical advice, for using the iPhone SDK and OpenGL.

You’ll build several graphics programs — progressing from simple to more complex examples — that focus on lighting, textures, blending, augmented reality, optimization for performance and speed, and much more. All you need to get started is a solid understanding of C++ and a great idea for an app.

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Ivor Hortons Beginning Visual C++ 2010Visual C++
The leading author of programming tutorials for beginners introduces you to Visual C++ 2010Ivor Horton is the preeminent author of introductory programming language tutorials; previous editions of his Beginning Visual C++ have sold nearly 100,000 copies. This book is a comprehensive introduction to both the Standard C++ language and to Visual C++ 2010; no previous programming experience is required.

All aspects of the 2010 release are covered, including changes to the language and the C++ standard..

  • Microsoft Visual C++ is one of the most popular C++ development environments and compilers, used by hundreds of thousands of developers
  • Ivor Horton’s approach to programming tutorials has achieved a huge following; this book gives beginning programmers a comprehensive introduction to both Standard C++ and Visual C++ 2010
  • Covers all the language changes in Visual C++ 2010, library additions, new MFC features, changes in the Visual Studio development environment, and more
  • Also includes a brief introduction to programming for multicore processors in native C++ and C++/CLR processors
  • Nearly 100,000 copies of this book have been sold in previous editions

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Professional ASP.NET 4 in C# and VBASP.NET in C# and VB
This book was written to introduce you to the features and capabilities that ASP.NET 4 offers, as well as to give you an explanation of the foundation that ASP.NET provides. We assume you have a general understanding of Web technologies, such as previous versions of ASP.NET, Active Server Pages 2.0/3.0, or JavaServer Pages. If you understand the basics of Web programming, you should not have much trouble following along with this book’s content.If you are brand new to ASP.NET, be sure to check out Beginning ASP.NET 4: In C# and VB by Imar Spaanjaars (Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2010) to help you understand the basics.

In addition to working with Web technologies, we also assume that you understand basic programming constructs, such as variables, For Each loops, and object-oriented programming.

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Programming Microsoft ASP.NET MVCASP.NET MVC
Delve into the features, principles, and pillars of the ASP.NET MVC framework-deftly guided by Web development luminary Dino Esposito. ASP.NET MVC forces developers to think in terms of distinct components-model, view, controller-that make it easier to manage application complexity. Plunge into the framework’s internal mechanics and gain a practical, what-why-how perspective behind each ASP.NET MVC building block. You’ll understand how and when to use this programming model as an alternative to Web Forms-to gain full control of HTML, simplify testing and extensibility, and design better Web sites and experiences. As always, Esposito provides the detailed, insightful guidance and illustrative code samples you need to get productive quickly.

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Microsoft Visual Basic 2010 Step by StepVisual Basic 2010
Your hands-on, step-by-step guide to learning Visual Basic® 2010.

Teach yourself the essential tools and techniques for Visual Basic® 2010-one step at a time. No matter what your skill level, you’ll find the practical guidance and examples you need to start building professional applications for Windows® and the Web.

Discover how to:

  • Work in the Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010 Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
  • Master essential techniques-from managing data and variables to using inheritance and dialog boxes
  • Create professional-looking UIs; add visual effects and print support
  • Build compelling Web features with the Visual Web Developer tool
  • Use Microsoft® ADO.NET and advanced data presentation controls
  • Debug your programs and handle run-time errors
  • Use new features, such as Query Builder, and Microsoft® .NET Framework

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Wordpress and Flash 10x CookbookWordPress and Flash 10x Cookbook
WordPress is much more than just a blogging platform now. This flexible CMS is the power behind millions of URLs, including blue-chip companies, small business, and personal websites. Flash is a world-famous multimedia platform. This book will show you the best of the proven and popular strategies and techniques to deliver rich multimedia content, which will let you sail through the world of Flashy WordPress with ease.

This book will take you through clear well-formed and comprehensive recipes, through the most essential and useful Flash multimedia tools for WordPress available today including plugins for images, audio and video, as well as projects you can do yourself in Flash. It helps you to create a WordPress website full of Flash content. We show the big picture by providing context, best practices and strategies. Detailed instructions are provided for each section.

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Beginning DrupalDrupal
A thorough introduction that lessens the learning curve to building sites with Drupal 7Drupal 7 is the latest version of the free, open source content management system Drupal. A powerful content management system and framework Drupal has an unfortunate reputation of having a steep learning curve. This guide to Drupal 7 methodically demystifies Drupal and shortening the learning curve.

Author Jacob Redding is deeply embedded in the Drupal community, and walks first-time Drupal developers through the installation and configuration of a Drupal system. In-depth information on key areas of Drupal explore the Drupal hook system, Drupal’s theming layer, and Drupal’s API. You’ll also get sample code, and lessons that guide you through various aspects of Drupal.

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Professional VB 2005VB 2005
Professional VB 2005
As Microsoft’s most popular programming language in the world, Visual Basic allows applications to be written with dramatically less code. Programmers can simply drag and drop controls, such as buttons and dialog boxes, and then define their appearance and behavior. With VB 2005, this language has finally made the leap to becoming a true object-oriented language, and is now able to take advantage of everything the .NET Framework has to offer. This unparalleled author team combines their years of expert-level experience to provide you with the complete VB.NET developer resource. You’ll be equipped with everything you need to know to take your abilities to the next level when writing robust, useful applications.

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CMS Made Simple 1.6: Beginners GuideCMS Mad Simple 1.6
CMS Made Simple is a an open source content management system that allows rapid website development in a fraction of the normal time, avoiding hours of coding by providing modules and 3rd Party add-ons. With this book in hand you will be able to harness the power of this modular and extendable content management system at your fingertips.

This guide for CMS Made Simple is based on practical and working solutions allowing you to understand how this powerful and simple application can support you in your daily work. The workshop helps you create engaging, effective, and easy-to-use CMS websites for businesses, clubs, or organizations.

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Expert PHP 5 ToolsExpert PHP 5 Tools
Even if you find writing PHP code easy, writing code that is efficient and easy to maintain and reuse is not so straightforward. Self-taught PHP developers and programmers transitioning from other languages often lack the knowledge to work with PHP on an enterprise level. They need to take their PHP development skills to that level by learning the skills and tools necessary to write maintainable and efficient code.

This book will enable you to take your PHP development skills to an enterprise level by teaching you the skills and tools necessary to write maintainable and efficient code. You will learn how to perform activities such as unit testing, enforcing coding standards, automating deployment, and interactive debugging using tools created for PHP developers – all the information in one place. Your code will be more maintainable, efficient, and self-documented.
From the design phase to actually deploying the application, you will learn concepts and apply them using the best-of-breed tools available in PHP.

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Administrators Pocket Consultant, 2nd EditionSQL Server 2008
From the author and series editor of the immensely popular ADMINISTRATOR’S POCKET CONSULTANT series from Microsoft Press®-this pocket-size guide delivers fast, accurate answers on the spot for IT professionals.

Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant, 2nd Edition is the ideal concise, immediate reference you’ll want with you at all times as you deal with Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 and SQL Server® 2008 R2 administration. Whether you handle administration for 50 users or 5000, this hands-on, fast answers guide focuses on what you need to do to get the job done quickly. With extensive easy-to-read tables, lists, and step-by-step instructions, it’s the portable, readable guide that you consistently save you time and minimize system downtime by giving you the right information right now.

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Enterprise Development with FlexEnterprise Development with Flex
If you want to use Adobe Flex to build production-quality Rich Internet Applications for the enterprise, this groundbreaking book shows you exactly what’s required. You’ll learn efficient techniques and best practices, and compare several frameworks and tools available for RIA development — well beyond anything you’ll find in Flex tutorials and product documentation. Through many practical examples, the authors impart their considerable experience to help you overcome challenges during your project’s life cycle.

Enterprise Development with Flex also suggests proper tools and methodologies, guidelines for determining the skill sets required for the project, and much more.

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WordPress 2.9 E CommerceWordPress 2.9 e-Commerce
WordPress is easily one of the hottest platforms for building blogs and general web sites. With the addition of the WP e-Commerce plug-in, it’s also a competent platform for easily creating and running an online store, capable of selling physical items as well as services and digital downloads. WordPress with e-Commerce offers every feature that a seller and a customer may need. You can build an online store that makes it easier for the customers to find and buy products.

WordPress 2.9 e-Commerce focuses on the integration of WordPress with the WordPress e-Commerce plug-in, covering all aspects of building and developing an online store from scratch.

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