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XNA 3D Primer (0470596937) cover image
by Michael C. Neel
January 2010, Wrox Blox PDF
This Wrox Blox will guide you through the world of 3D programming and give you solid knowledge and a foundation in game programming using Microsoft's XNA Framework. You will learn the fundamentals from 3D mathematics to model animation, including all the subjects needed to start developing 3D games, such as how to position objects in 3D space, handle collision detection, control the game camera, and understand the basics of shaders — special programs ... Read More
Dashboard Widgets for iPhone (0470443499) cover image
by Thomas Myer
October 2008, Wrox Blox PDF
This Wrox Blox will help you create a simple RSS feed widget to run on your iPhone (or iPod Touch) using Dashcode. After a brief tour of Dashcode’s capabilities, you’ll get right to the task of creating the widget. You will choose a template, provide an RSS feed URL, set customizable attributes, change the UI of your widget, design a homescreen icon for your widget, test your widget and upload your code to a server. In just about an hour’s worth of ... Read More
Creating a QuickStart Blog with CodeIgniter (0470413387) cover image
by Thomas Myer
September 2008, Wrox Blox PDF
In this Wrox Blox, you will learn how to build a QuickStart blogging tool with CodeIgniter. The blogging tool will include an administrative dashboard that will allow users to create and manage posts and categories. If you’re a PHP developer, CodeIgniter will help you build Rails-like applications without learning a new language. Use MVC and agile technologies, model and schema for products, helpers and libraries, Ajax and Scriptaculous, to create ... Read More
Creating a Microsite Manager with CodeIgniter (0470413379) cover image
by Thomas Myer
August 2008, Wrox Blox PDF
In this Wrox Blox, you’ll learn how to build a microsite manager with CodeIgniter. The microsite manager will include an administrative dashboard that will allow users to create folders and pages and manage media files. It also discusses recreating the microsite at any point with a variety of site publishing tools. CodeIgniter offers a viable PHP solution to MVC development and is becoming popular among PHP developers. ... Read More
SOA and ESB Architecture with BizTalk (047027011X) cover image
by Robert V. Hogg
March 2008, Wrox Blox PDF
This Wrox Blox explores Service Orientated Architecture and the Enterprise Service Bus, focusing on how it can be implemented using Microsoft BizTalk Server. It explains the need for SOA Architecture in an enterprise business and looks at the key Business and IT Drivers in business, how they can interact, and where there are conflicts that SOA can help resolve.  Specifically, the author discusses Microsoft ESB Guidance and how, by using BizTalk 2006 ... Read More
Introduction to Google Gears: Creating Off-Line Applications with Pre-built Components (047025873X) cover image
by Todd Meister
October 2007, Wrox Blox PDF
This Wrox Blox provides you the information you need to use the classes provided from Google. The core classes within Google Gears include Factory, Database, HttpRequest, LocalServer, Timer, and WorkerPool. This Wrox Blox shows how to determine when to use the different classes provided by Google Gears. The Factory allows you to instantiate instances of all of the other classes. The Database allows you to store browser based data on the client computer ... Read More
iPhone and iPod Touch Programming: Handling Touch Interactions and Events for Mobile Safari (047026022X) cover image
by Richard Wagner
October 2007, Wrox Blox PDF
This Wrox Blox explains touch input events and illustrates how to detect an orientation change, capture two-finger scrolling inputs, and simulate a drag-and-drop action when designing applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Web developers designing applications for Mobile Safari, the browser on iPhone and iPod Touch, are able to easily incorporate touch input event handling without writing any code at all. However, while page flicking and scrolling ... Read More
Building a Photo Gallery with Adobe AIR (0470260238) cover image
by Todd Anderson
October 2007, Wrox Blox PDF
This Wrox Blox walks you through building a desktop application using your favorite text editor and the Flex 3 command-line tools, leveraging the Flex Framework to browse and manipulate images found on your local system using the Adobe AIR API included in the Flex 3 SDK. Adobe AIR is a cross-platform runtime that gives you the ability to bring the rich Internet application experience to the desktop. Building a photo gallery is an excellent place to ... Read More
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