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Is Your Genius At Work?: 4 Key Questions to Ask Before Your Next Career Move

by Dick Richards

Advice abounds on how to dress for success, write a killer resume and land the next monster job. Now, in Is Your Genius at Work?<P><P> Dick Richards takes career planning to a new frontier as he brings the "technology of the spirit" to the workplace, showing how ordinary people can make profound life changes and achieve extraordinary personal and career fulfillment. Drawing on the wisdom of modern sages, ancient philosophies, spiritual traditions, and 20 years of research and study, Richards has crafted a journey of self-discovery to help readers find the one core quality that fuels their soul and drives their success: their true genius. As ancient as Greece, as trendy as New Age, the concept of genius is fully grounded in contemporary life through dozens of inspiring stories of people who have realized the transformative power of this simple yet life-changing process. Filled with practical strategies and hands-on exercises, Is Your Genius at Work? explores four important questions to help careerseekers define and give name to their genius, uncover the secrets to their life's purpose and chart a career path to bring their genius to life: What is your genius? Is your genius at work? What is your purpose? Is your genius on purpose?

Is That a Picasso on Your Fridge?: Kids' "Masterpieces" Critiqued by an "Art Expert"

by Dan Consiglio

Kids create them. Parents submit them. An art critic reviews them. And don't think for one second he doesn't know exactly what he's talking about! <P><P>With characteristically overblown, egotistical, WTF critiques, this book hilariously deconstructs works of children's art as if they were the newest installations at a modern art museum.Age can't constrain greatness. Mozart composed at five. Picasso was painting at seven. If one doubts that young children reveal signs of genius every time they touch crayon to paper, just ask any parent about the artwork on their refrigerator door. But regular people don't understand "art," so it is impossible for them to see the difference between the work of an idiot savant and a kid who's just an idiot. In this book with its 60 color images of real kids' artwork, New York art critic Dan Consiglio separates the wheat from the chaff in the field of children's art.

Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten?: A Toolkit for Preparing Children and Familie

by Angèle Sancho Passe

Making the transition into kindergarten is a significant and exciting milestone in young children's lives. With proper coordination and planning, it can be a smooth process, benefiting children, families, and schools.<P><P> Is Everybody Ready for Kindergarten? provides early childhood professionals with information and practical advice to help children and their families prepare for the transition and then successfully begin kindergarten. Helpful activities and reproducible checklists and handouts are included.

An Introduction to Netsuke

by Raymond Bushell

With dozens of photos and illustrations, A Introduction to Netsuke is a readable and thorough guide to Japanese miniature art.Among the many Japanese fine arts, few have aroused greater admiration than the netsuke. This miniature piece of Japanese sculpture, approximately 1 1/2 inches in size, was designed (in the absence of pockets on kimonos) as an aid in suspending articles such as tobacco pouches from the sash of a kimono. It developed in ancient times as a utilitarian object, but became in the 16th century an artistic one as well, and flourished as such until 1926. No longer commonly worn, the netsuke is now a collectors' item, avidly sought throughout the world by those sensitive to its fine qualities.This book opens the miniature world of netsuke to those who have hitherto been unaware of its existence. In a delightfully lucid manner, the basics of the netsuke are presented-definition, origin, development, materials, statistics, and photographs. This book admirably fulfills its task of introducing the netsuke to the layman, irresistibly drawing him to new pleasures in aestheticism and culture.

InExActArt - The Autopoietic Theatre of Augusto Boal

by Birgit Fritz

This handbook not only provides a very wide-ranging introduction and orientation to the world of the Theatre of the Oppressed, but Birgit Fritz also presents concrete and practical assistance for structuring basic workshops in process-oriented theatre work and in developing Forum Theatre plays.Birgit Fritz explores the working principles of emancipatory theatre work and somatic learning in depth. She gives numerous examples of the work and life of theatre groups and reveals fascinating possibilities of how theatre for social change can be successfully linked with social and political commitment, so that artistic process can bring about cross-generational collaboration, develop social democracy, and operate as an active force for peace.

Instant Chinese: How to Express Over 1,000 Different Ideas with Just 100 Key Words and Phrases! (A Mandarin Chinese Language Phrasebook

by Boye Lafayette De Mente Jiageng Fan

It's amazing how 100 key words and phrases provide instant communication!Do you want to speak simple Mandarin Chinese but are too busy to study it? Are you visiting China for a short time and want a Mandarin phrase book to help you communicate in the Chinese language? If so, this Mandarin phrasebook is for you. It's tiny 0.4 x 4.1 x 5.9 inches size makes it incredibly convenient to travel with but without losing the most essential content for communication. This new, expanded edition contains 15% more content, fun manga-style illustrations, and additional information on which destinations, personalities and trends are hot in China right now!The idea of Instant Chinese is simple--learn 100 words and phrases and say 1,000 things. The trick is knowing which 100 words to learn, but the author Boye Lafayette De Mente has solved the problem, choosing only those words you'll hear again and again. Even with a vocabulary this small, you'll be surprised how quickly and fluently you too can communicate in Mandarin Chinese. Words are repeated in different combinations, building familiarity without effort. All phrases are given in both simplified Chinese characters and standard Hanoi Pinyin romanization. A brief guide to pronunciation allows the user to say the phrases correctly. An English-Chinese glossary makes looking up a word or phrase simple and quick. Here's a sample of what you'll be able to do with this chinese phasebook: Meet people. Go shopping. Ask directions. Ride the subway. Order food and drinks. And much more.

Irish Setter (Comprehensive Owner's Guide)

by Margaret Williams

With his regal carriage and his hallmark chestnut red color, the Irish Setter is built like an elegant thoroughbred horse.<P><P> A longtime favorite of pet owners, field enthusiasts, and dog-show aficionados, the Irish Setter is as talented as he is devoted. He owes his reputation as a winning show dog to his natural elegance and beauty, just as his prowess in the field position him as a top contender at hunting events. As a companion dog, the Irish Setter is bursting with Irish charm, possessing a jovial, friendly nature that owners find irresistible. This Comprehensive Owner's Guide begins with a concise history of the breed's development in Ireland, England, and the United States, followed by a chapter on the breed's characteristics. The author, Margaret Williams, extols the breed's attributes as an appealing family companion and recommends that owners undertake the training of the young puppy with great care, given the breed's high-energy approach to life.New owners will welcome the well-prepared chapter on finding a reputable breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy. Chapters on puppy-proofing the home and yard, purchasing the right supplies for the puppy as well as house-training, feeding, and grooming are illustrated with photographs of handsome adults and puppies. In all, there are over 135 full-color photographs in this useful and reliable volume. The author's advice on obedience training will help the reader better mold and train into the most well-mannered dog in the neighborhood. The extensive and lavishly illustrated chapter on healthcare provides up-to-date detailed information on selecting a qualified veterinarian, vaccinations, preventing and dealing with parasites, infectious diseases, and more. Sidebars throughout the text offer helpful hints, covering topics as diverse as historical dogs, breeders, or kennels, toxic plants, first aid, crate training, carsickness, fussy eaters, and parasite control. Fully indexed.

Indestructible

by Cristy Road

The follow up to Green Zine #14; Cristy Road now offers up a novel about her years in grade school and high school in Miami - valiantly trying to figure out and defend her gender identity, cultural roots, punk rock nature, and mortality. You know that the artwork alone in here makes this a page turner and the whole package more exciting. Cristy has always existed to remind us of the strength and ability of punk youth - for addressing things like rape, homophobia, and misogyny. This is no exception; giving voice to every frustrated 15 year old girl under fire from her peers for being queer or butch or punk.

Incredible Japan

by Masakazu Kuwata Charles E. Tuttle

Incredible Japan is a crash course in Japanese cultureIt is an introduction to those inimitable aspects of Japan which are necessarily alien to the foreign observer. With delightful cartoons by the Japanese artistt--illustrator, Masakazu Kuwata.<P><P>The book proves that what is incredible about Japan is not inexplicable, and provides enlightenment on such potentially incomprehensible paradoxes as:Highly-skilled young men who hold degrees in judo --and flower arrangement.The "man in the moon"--who isn't a man at all, but a rabbit.Charming hotels with no public dining rooms and no private baths.Attractive gift packages so meticulously wrapped in paper proclaiming the poor quality of the contentsAfter chuckling through this book, the reader will find he has become effortlessly informed on the history, houses, food, clothing, customs, language, and amusements of Incredible Japan.

Inception: The Shooting Script

by Christopher Nolan Jonah Nolan

Inception, writer-director Christopher Nolan's seventh feature film, joins the epic scope of The Dark Knight with the narrative sophistication of Memento. The story of a group of thieves who specialize in invading the mind through one's dreams, Inception explores the writer-director's signature psychological themes of memory, paranoia, and self-doubt as his protagonist, Dom Cobb, is pitted against a hostile subconscious spurred on by personal demons and regrets from the past.In a conversational preface, Nolan discusses with brother and frequent collaborator, Jonathan, the genesis of the idea for the film and the decade-long process it took to write it. Detailing the results of Nolan's efforts, Inception: The Shooting Script includes key storyboard sequences, full-color concept art, and an appendix on the workings of the mysterious Pasiv Device that Cobb and his fellow extractors use to initiate the dream-share. An exclusive exploration of a highly original concept, Inception: The Shooting Script is the record of a writer-director at the height of his craft.Includes: Writer-director Christopher Nolan's initial handwritten outline of the Inception plot A preface by brothers and collaborators Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, in which they delve into the 10-year development process behind Inception An 8-page color insert featuring Inception concept artAn in-world appendix with instructions for operating the mysterious Pasiv Device mechanism

Cat Suit

by Steve Lafler

What kind of whack job would put on a mask and skin-tight suit and heads into the city after midnight? I mean, what is this guy really up to? Is he fighting crime? <P><P>Of course not, he's just going clubbing-and he's frankly perplexed when the aggressive bar flies single him out. The guy in question is Manx, costumed cat man.

Clover Honey

by Rich Tommaso

Abigail is an aspiring hitwoman out to prove her value to the family. She braves the wilds of Newark, overpriced parking, traffic jams, and bad hair days to track down Trevor, her former mentor, who is on the lam with a big briefcase of mob dough.<P><P> A heavily revised, redrawn, and expanded twentieth anniversary edition of Rich Tommaso's debut graphic novel.Rich Tommaso has been writing and illustrating original comics and graphic novels since 1994. His graphic novel with writer James Sturm, Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, won an Eisner award for Best Reality-Based Work in 2008.

Backwards Folding Mirror #1

by Jesse Moynihan

A surreal series of vignettes, revolving around a cone-hatted no-one, and his experiences with the forces of nature, and the nature of the displaced from Adventure Time and Forming artist Jesse Moynihan. The Backwards Folding Mirror is a personal and layered exploration of the illogical and the fantastic, swirling through the context of life in its lowest and highest moments.

Blood on the Water

by Anne Perry

As her New York Times bestselling novels always remind us, Anne Perry is a matchless guide to both the splendor and the shame of the British Empire at the height of its influence. In her twentieth William Monk mystery, she brings us to London's grand Mayfair mansions, where the arrogant masters of the Western world hold sway--and to the teeming Thames waterfront, where one summer afternoon, Monk witnesses the horrifying explosion of the pleasure boat Princess Mary, which sends to their deaths nearly two hundred merrymakers. The tragedy is no accident. As commander of the River Police, Monk should handle the case, but the investigation is turned over to the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. An Egyptian man is swiftly caught, tried, and sentenced to die. But almost as quickly, Monk presents evidence that Habib Beshara, though a nasty piece of work, was elsewhere at the time of the blast. The investigation, now in complete disarray, is hastily turned over to Monk. Is the crime connected with the soon-to-be-opened Suez Canal, which will enormously benefit wealthy British shipping companies? Or did all of those innocent people drown to ensure the death of just one? How did the bomber board the ship, and how did he manage to escape? Is he an anarchist or a madman? Backed up by his astute wife, Hester, and his old reliable friend Oliver Rathbone, Monk vows to find answers--but instead finds himself treading the dangerous waters of international intrigue, his questions politely turned aside by a formidable array of the powerful and privileged. Events twist and turn like the Thames itself, leading to the shattering moment when Monk realizes, perhaps too late, that he is the next target. Praise for Anne Perry and her William Monk novels Blind Justice "Ranks among the best . . . Perry has written. Her courtroom scenes have the realism of Scott Turow."--Huntington News A Sunless Sea "Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries are marvels."--The New York Times Book Review Acceptable Loss "Masterful storytelling and moving dialogue."--The Star-Ledger Execution Dock "[An] engrossing page-turner . . . There's no one better at using words to paint a scene and then fill it with sounds and smells than Anne Perry."--The Boston Globe Dark Assassin "Brilliant . . . a page-turning thriller . . . blending compelling plotting with superbly realized human emotion and exquisite period detail."--Jeffery Deaver, author of Edge The Shifting Tide "The mysterious and dangerous waterfront world of London's 'longest street,' the Thames, comes to life."--South Florida Sun-SentinelFrom the Hardcover edition.

Learning zANTI2 for Android Pentesting

by Miroslav Vitula

Dive into the world of advanced network penetration tests to survey and attack wireless networks using your Android device and zANTI2 About This Book * Understand the basics of wireless penetration testing and its importance * Learn the techniques to perform penetration testing on your wireless networks, such as scanning, detecting vulnerabilities in your victim, and then attacking * This simple and intriguing guide takes a step-by-step approach that will help you get to grips with network pentesting using just your Android device and zANTI2 Who This Book Is For The book is intended for those who want to know more about network penetration tests and have no prior experience, as well as for those who are experienced in network systems and are curious to discover more about this topic. Since zANTI2 features an extremely intuitive and easy to control interface, it doesn't require any special skills. What You Will Learn * Understand the importance of penetration testing throughout systems * Take a run through zANTI2's interface and understand the requirements to the app * Perform advanced scanning/network mapping and discover the various types of scans used on a target * Discover and remotely connect to open ports on a target, thereby accessing a target's files and folders remotely * Detect vulnerabilities on a target, learn how to remotely exploit them, and discover ways to protect your self from these exploits * Understand what an MITM attack is and how it works, and apply this knowledge to perform attacks on network targets * Learn to hijack sessions, identify victim's passwords, replace images on websites, inject scripts, and more * Use this knowledge to protect yourself from all of the attacks you will study In Detail A penetration test is one of the most important methods to secure a network or any individual machine. Having knowledge of these methods can enable a user to protect himself/herself from any kinds of attacks. Penetration tests can also be used to discover flaws or loop holes in one's security system, which if not fixed, can be exploited by an unwanted entity. This book starts off with an introduction to what penetration testing is, and how it can be performed on Android using zANTI2. Once you are aware of the basics, we move on to teach you the different types of scans that can be performed to search for targets. You will then learn how to connect to open ports and intrude into an unsecured computer. From here you will explore vulnerabilities and their usage, including ShellShock and SSL Poodle vulnerability. When connected to an open network, a user is susceptible to password and session hijacking, and a number of other cyber attacks. The book therefore ends with one of the main aspects of cyber security: the Man in the Middle attack. You will get to know everything about the MITM attack, how it works, and how one can be protected against it. Style and approach The book follows a step-by-step approach with each of the parts explained in an easy-to-follow style. Most of the methods showcased can be tried out immediately on almost any network.

Troubleshooting Puppet

by Thomas Uphill

Troubleshoot your Puppet infrastructure to leverage your system's performance effectively About This Book * Covers major tools in Puppet deployment * Fix catalog compilation problems and deal with issues found in larger deployments, such as scaling and improving performance. * A fast-paced guide with real-world examples Who This Book Is For If you are a beginner to intermediate Puppet Engineer looking for guidance to help fix problems with your Puppet deployments, this book is for you. What You Will Learn * Debug your Puppet infrastructure * Use APIs to ensure services are working properly * Fix catalog compilation issues * Solve problems using Hiera tool * Detect problems in your environment using PuppetDB tool * Learn ways to format code to aid in identifying errors * Troubleshoot errors in modules and templates In Detail Puppet is a configuration management system written for system administrators to manage a large number of systems efficiently and help maintain order. Deploying Puppet becomes more complex as you increase the number of nodes in your environment. The Puppet tool is an intelligent solution that increases the automation footprint for the proactive management of server infrastructures. Puppet's simple programming language is usable on most operating systems and is portable on different deployment environments. We begin by looking at the puppet.conf server configuration file, and talk about possible problems that can occur. What does puppet really do in the background and what options does it provide for troubleshooting? This is what we will explore. Moving on, we will be troubleshooting errors made in modules and templates, finding the best solutions. We will be writing code that will helping us in identify errors. Then we will explain how several ENCs do their job and how puppet communicates with them. We will learn how PuppetDB collects data generated by Puppet. It also enables advanced Puppet features like exported resources, and can be the foundation for other applications that use Puppet's data. By the end of the book we will have learned the best debugging tips for Puppet and PuppetServer. Style and approach This is a quick-paced guide packed with real-world examples and solutions to obstacles in your Puppet infrastructure.

Mastering Python for Data Science

by Samir Madhavan

Explore the world of data science through Python and learn how to make sense of data About This Book * Master data science methods using Python and its libraries * Create data visualizations and mine for patterns * Advanced techniques for the four fundamentals of Data Science with Python - data mining, data analysis, data visualization, and machine learning Who This Book Is For If you are a Python developer who wants to master the world of data science then this book is for you. Some knowledge of data science is assumed. What You Will Learn * Manage data and perform linear algebra in Python * Derive inferences from the analysis by performing inferential statistics * Solve data science problems in Python * Create high-end visualizations using Python * Evaluate and apply the linear regression technique to estimate the relationships among variables. * Build recommendation engines with the various collaborative filtering algorithms * Apply the ensemble methods to improve your predictions * Work with big data technologies to handle data at scale In Detail Data science is a relatively new knowledge domain which is used by various organizations to make data driven decisions. Data scientists have to wear various hats to work with data and to derive value from it. The Python programming language, beyond having conquered the scientific community in the last decade, is now an indispensable tool for the data science practitioner and a must-know tool for every aspiring data scientist. Using Python will offer you a fast, reliable, cross-platform, and mature environment for data analysis, machine learning, and algorithmic problem solving. This comprehensive guide helps you move beyond the hype and transcend the theory by providing you with a hands-on, advanced study of data science. Beginning with the essentials of Python in data science, you will learn to manage data and perform linear algebra in Python. You will move on to deriving inferences from the analysis by performing inferential statistics, and mining data to reveal hidden patterns and trends. You will use the matplot library to create high-end visualizations in Python and uncover the fundamentals of machine learning. Next, you will apply the linear regression technique and also learn to apply the logistic regression technique to your applications, before creating recommendation engines with various collaborative filtering algorithms and improving your predictions by applying the ensemble methods. Finally, you will perform K-means clustering, along with an analysis of unstructured data with different text mining techniques and leveraging the power of Python in big data analytics. Style and approach This book is an easy-to-follow, comprehensive guide on data science using Python. The topics covered in the book can all be used in real world scenarios.

Learning Puppet

by Jussi Heinonen

Build intelligent software stacks with the Puppet configuration management suite About This Book * Develop high-quality Puppet modules in an isolated development environment * Manage complex development environments with industry-leading configuration management tool * A comprehensive guide to get you started with Puppet development and deployment in virtual environments Who This Book Is For If you are new to configuration management and IT automation processes and are looking for better ways to manage system configuration changes at scale, this book is for you. Basic knowledge of Linux System Administration is a prerequisite. What You Will Learn * Manage your system with Puppet instantly * Develop Puppet in an isolated development environment * Make your manifests reusable to avoid re-inventing the wheel * Automate monitoring to improve the user experience through increased uptime * Enable nodes to communicate with each other via Puppet Master * Make environment configuration dynamic using stored configurations and PuppetDB * Extend Puppet beyond the built-in functionalities * Manage your environment through the Puppet Enterprise console In Detail Puppet is a cross-platform, open source configuration management utility, which runs on various Unix, Linux, and Windows Microsoft platforms. It allows you to automate all your IT configurations, giving you control of what you do to each node, and also when and how you do it. You'll be able to build and manage development, test, and production environments independently without requiring previous system administration experience. Learning Puppet is a step-by-step guide on how to get started with Puppet development and use Puppet modules as the building blocks to deploy production-ready application cluster in virtual environment. You will begin with the installation of development environment on the VirtualBox hypervisor and Puppet Learning VM that will be used as the platform for testing and development of Puppet modules. Next, you will learn how to manage virtual machines and snapshots effectively and enhance the development experience with advanced VirtualBox features. Later the book will focus on Puppet module development in detail. You will be guided through the process of utilizing existing modules that are available in the public module repository, write your own modules and use them to deploy a real-world web application that includes features such as monitoring and load balancing. You will then learn to scale your environment and turn your static configuration into a dynamic one through stored configurations and PuppetDB. Finally, the book will provide you with practical advice on Puppet troubleshooting and managing your environment with the wealth of features provided by the Puppet Enterprise console. Style and approach A comprehensive introductory guide to help you manage your infrastructure with Puppet. All instructions and explanations are supported with screenshots and code examples to ensure you get an easy start with Puppet.

Learning RSLogix 5000 Programming

by Austin Scott

Become proficient in building PLC solutions in Integrated Architecture from the ground up using RSLogix 5000 About This Book * Introduction to the Logix platform and Rockwell Automation terminology, with resources available online in the literature library * Build real-world Rockwell Automation solutions using ControlLogix, CompactLogix, SoftLogix, RSLogix 5000, and Studio 5000 * Understand the various controllers and form factors available in the ControlLogix and CompactLogix platforms, and the recent changes under the new Studio 5000 Automation Engineering and Design software suite Who This Book Is For This book is for PLC programmers, electricians, instrumentation techs, automation professionals with basic PLC programming knowledge, but no knowledge of RSLogix 5000. If you are a student who is familiar with automation and would like to learn about RSLogix 5000 with minimal investment of time, this is the book for you. What You Will Learn * Briefly explore the history of Rockwell Automation and the evolution of the Logix platform * Discover the complete range of ControlLogix and ComplactLogix controllers and form factors available today, and the key things you should consider when you are engineering a Rockwell Automation solution * Explore the key platform changes introduced with Studio 5000 and Logix Designer version 24 and the latest firmware versions * Get to grips with the modules available in the ControLogix, SoftLogix, and CompactLogix platforms * Understand writing Ladder Logic (LL) routines, Sequential Function Chart (SFC) routines, and Structured Text routines (ST) * Design Function Block Diagrams (FBD) and their easy integration with HMIs In Detail RSLogix 5000 and Studio 5000's Logix Designer are user-friendly interfaces used for programming the current generation of Rockwell Automation Controllers including ControlLogix, CompactLogix, and SoftLogix. When engineering automation solutions using Logix, it is important to study the changes to the platform introduced with Studio 5000 and the various controllers, modules, and form factors available today. RSLogix 5000 programming packages help you maximize performance, save project development time, and improve productivity. This book provides a detailed overview of the Logix platform including ControlLogix, CompactLogix, and SoftLogix and explains the significant changes introduced in Studio 5000. A clear understanding of the recent Logix platform changes is critical for anyone developing a Rockwell Automation solution. It provides an easy-to-follow, step-by-step approach to learning the essential Logix hardware and software components and provides beginners with a solid foundation in the Logix platform features and terminology. By the end of this book, you will have a clear understanding of the capabilities of the Logix platform and the ability to navigate the Rockwell Automation Literature Library Resources. Style and approach A step-by-step approach to RSLogix 5000, which is explained in an easy-to-follow style. Each topic is explained sequentially with detailed explanations of the basic and advanced features of Rockwell Automation that appeal to the needs of readers with a wide range of experience.

Microsoft Azure Storage Essentials

by Chukri Soueidi

Harness the power of Microsoft Azure services to build efficient cloud solutions About This Book * Get to grips with the features of Microsoft Azure in terms of Blob, Table, Queue, and File storage * Learn the how and when of using the right storage service for different business use cases * Make use of Azure storage services in various languages with this fast-paced and easy-to-follow guide Who This Book Is For If you are an IT professional with basic knowledge of Microsoft Azure and want to learn Azure storage services, then this book is for you. Some familiarity with C# and Visual Studio is needed in order to utilize the examples present in the book. What You Will Learn * Get familiar with Windows Azure Storage Service in terms of architecture and working * Recognize the libraries and tools offered by Azure storage, supporting several popular programming languages * Know how the storage services expose their resources as REST APIs and what client libraries exists to develop against the storage * Gain the understanding of types of Blobs and best ways to upload and retrieve them * Learn how to make use of Tables as a NoSQL data store and how to retrieve, insert, update and delete entities in terms of design patterns * Use Queue storage as a messaging solution for communications between different apps * Create mounted shares and allow legacy systems to access data using the SMB protocol * Get accustomed to deal with faults, monitor storage metrics and logs In Detail With the many advantages of using cloud computing, Azure Storage is a robust platform that helps you shift faster to the cloud by providing scalable, durable and highly available data storage options. For developers, it provides a rapid development environment that supports building large-scale applications to support new scenarios on the cloud, server, mobile and web. For IT professionals, it reduces complexity of managing, protecting and replicating data. This book will make you familiar with the Azure storage in terms of architecture and components. It starts with the basics of storage accounts, which give access to the four basic services the Blob, Table, Queue, and File storage services. These services are exposed through a REST API that makes it possible for client libraries to implement most of their functionality in a wide range of popular programming languages. Emphasizing the Windows Azure Client Library for .NET, we will deal with storing and retrieving unstructured data with Blobs, then will move to Tables to insert and update entities in a structured NoSQL fashion. Then we will discover Queues as a reliable messaging service, and after that we will show File storage that allows you to migrate legacy applications data to the cloud to end with transient fault handling and service monitoring. Style and approach This book is a concise and fast-paced guide to learn about development for storage services. Each topic is elaborated sequentially, in order to create basic knowledge for using it in the right place and the correct way.

CRYENGINE Game Development Blueprints

by Richard Gerard Marcoux III Chris Goodswen

Perfect the art of creating CRYENGINE games through exciting, hands-on game development projects About This Book * Create CRYENGINE games from scratch with CRYENGINE Blank Game Starter-kit * Discover good working practices and tips to quickly jump into making a new level in the game * Build practical game projects and discover advanced concepts of CRYENGINE game development using the examples in the book Who This Book Is For This book is intended for CRYENGINE game developers, wanting to develop their skills with the help of industry experts. A good knowledge level and understanding of CRYENGINE is assumed, to allow efficient programming of core elements and applications. What You Will Learn * Create a CRYENGINE game from scratch with the Game Starter-kit * Add custom methods to allow the player/AI to use a weapon * Create complete "start" and "end" game menus using Scaleform and C++ * Discover how to use highpoly modeling workflow and techniques within the pipeline for the SDK to use * Use the Crytiff exporter from Photoshop * Export the CHR--the format the engine needs to read the skeleton * Integrate the character in the engine using the character tool * Better understand the rules to create and author skeletons to rig characters designed for CRYENGINE * Debug common setup issues that might appear during production with useful tools In Detail CRYENGINE is a game engine developed by Crytek for PC, Playstation, Xbox, Android, and iOS. It can be used to create AAA games, movies, high-quality simulations, and interactive applications. It is most popularly used for game development. In this book, you will start off by exploring the CRYENGINE "Blank" Game Starter-kit, creating a completely playable character from scratch and controlling its movement. You will learn how to implement a weapon and ammo class, and will create complete "start" and "end" game menus using Scaleform and C++. Additionally, you will learn some key texturing techniques for PBR and how to create and bake maps to the lowpoly model. You will also explore how to get a static model from Maya and shaders setbup in the SDK to check the textures during creation, and create all the necessary engine files to export and see the game character's animations in your engine. In the final third of the book, you will learn how to create objectives, set up saved games, layer on audio polish to help immerse the player in the experience, and debug game issues. Style and approach An easy-to-follow, practical guide covering three exciting projects. As you work through each project you will explore new topics including complex animation, advanced scripting, and complex character motion. All the code used in each project is explained in detail.

Incubus

by Ann Arensberg

In the small town of Dry Falls, rector Henry Lieber is beginning to lose his faith as it becomes evident that all the women living there are being possessed by evil spirits and that rooting them out will only invite another, greater danger.

Proxmox Cookbook

by Wasim Ahmed

Over 60 hands-on recipes to perform server virtualization and manage virtualized server solutions with Proxmox About This Book * Learn the process of installing, configuring, and managing Proxmox clusters * Explore ways of integrating various storage systems with Proxmox * Step-by-step and easy-to-learn instructions to build virtual environments of any size using Proxmox Who This Book Is For This book is perfect for system administrators who want to learn to implement and administer Proxmox VE environments. Since this book will not cover the basics of Proxmox, a basic understanding of virtualization and networking with Proxmox VE is required. What You Will Learn * Install and configure an enterprise grade, cluster-based virtual environment using Proxmox * Manage a cluster with Graphical User Interface using datacenter, node, KVM, and OpenVZ menus among others * Learn different ways of configuring your network and clusters to create complex cloud services * Configure and manage the built-in Proxmox firewall to protect your virtual environment * Integrate storage systems such as Ceph, Sheepdog, and ZFS for virtual machine management to suit your business needs * Backup and restore your data via stop suspend, and snapshot modes * Upgrade a Proxmox node with new releases and apply update patches through GUI or CLI * Monitor the resources and virtual machines to maintain performance and uptime * Explore commands used for Proxmox and Ceph cluster through CLI In Detail Proxmox VE goes head to head with big virtualization platforms without bearing the overheads of high costs and vendor lock-ins. Rock solid stability and extremely easy manageability gives Proxmox VE an edge in the world of virtualization. The Proxmox cluster file system (pmxcfs) is designed uniquely for storage of configuration files with high security and reliability. Its simplicity and robustness make it easy for system administrators to manage their systems efficiently. Proxmox VE's intuitive interface, high availability, and unique central management system puts it on par with the world's best virtualization platforms. Its simplicity and high quality of service is what makes it the foremost choice for most system administrators. Starting with a step-by-step installation of Proxmox nodes along with an illustrated tour of Proxmox graphical user interface where you will spend most of your time managing a cluster, this book will get you up and running with the mechanisms of Proxmox VE. Various entities such as Cluster, Storage, and Firewall are also covered in an easy to understand format. You will then explore various backup solutions and restore mechanisms, thus learning to keep your applications and servers safe. Next, you will see how to upgrade a Proxmox node with a new release and apply update patches through GUI or CLI. Monitoring resources and virtual machines is required on an enterprise level, to maintain performance and uptime; to achieve this, we learn how to monitor host machine resources and troubleshoot common issues in the setup. Finally, we will walk through some advanced configurations for VM followed by a list of commands used for Proxmox and Ceph cluster through CLI. With this focused and detailed guide you will learn to work your way around with Proxmox VE quickly and add to your skillset. Style and approach This book is an inclusive and extensive handbook. It takes a pragmatic approach to complement your system admin skills and accomplish tasks within the Proxmox environment. It consists of illustrations and code-files to help you work with the data as you go from one recipe to the other.

Mastering OpenVPN

by Jan Just Keijser Eric F Crist

Master building and integrating secure private networks using OpenVPN About This Book * Discover how to configure and set up a secure OpenVPN * Enhance user experience by using multiple authentication methods * Delve into better reporting, monitoring, logging, and control with OpenVPN Who This Book Is For If you are familiar with TCP/IP networking and general system administration, then this book is ideal for you. Some knowledge and understanding of core elements and applications related to Virtual Private Networking is assumed. What You Will Learn * Identify different VPN protocols (IPSec, PPTP, OpenVPN) * Build your own PKI and manage certificates * Deploy your VPN on various devices like PCs, mobile phones, tablets, and more * Differentiate between the routed and bridged network * Enhance your VPN with monitoring and logging * Authenticate against third-party databases like LDAP or the Unix password file * Troubleshoot an OpenVPN setup that is not performing correctly In Detail Security on the internet is increasingly vital to both businesses and individuals. Encrypting network traffic using Virtual Private Networks is one method to enhance security. The internet, corporate, and "free internet" networks grow more hostile every day. OpenVPN, the most widely used open source VPN package, allows you to create a secure network across these systems, keeping your private data secure. The main advantage of using OpenVPN is its portability, which allows it to be embedded into several systems. This book is an advanced guide that will help you build secure Virtual Private Networks using OpenVPN. You will begin your journey with an exploration of OpenVPN, while discussing its modes of operation, its clients, its secret keys, and their format types. You will explore PKI: its setting up and working, PAM authentication, and MTU troubleshooting. Next, client-server mode is discussed, the most commonly used deployment model, and you will learn about the two modes of operation using "tun" and "tap" devices. The book then progresses to more advanced concepts, such as deployment scenarios in tun devices which will include integration with back-end authentication, and securing your OpenVPN server using iptables, scripting, plugins, and using OpenVPN on mobile devices and networks. Finally, you will discover the strengths and weaknesses of the current OpenVPN implementation, understand the future directions of OpenVPN, and delve into the troubleshooting techniques for OpenVPN. By the end of the book, you will be able to build secure private networks across the internet and hostile networks with confidence. Style and approach An easy-to-follow yet comprehensive guide to building secure Virtual Private Networks using OpenVPN. A progressively complex VPN design is developed with the help of examples. More advanced topics are covered in each chapter, with subjects grouped according to their complexity, as well as their utility.

Ext JS 6 By Example

by Anand Dayalan

Create powerful, real-world web applications with Ext JS 6 using sample projects About This Book * Explore, debug, and get practical by extending the sample projects, including a sample RESTful API project in Ext JS 6 * Gain a quick and easy understanding through working source code and get an explanation of multiple cool sample projects * A project-based guide to help you get your hands on real-world applications Who This Book Is For If you're a front web developer who is looking to learn a new JavaScript framework, or if you already know about Ext JS and are looking for a practical resource with multiple example projects to get expert-level knowledge in Ext JS, then this guide will be a great resource for you. A basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is expected. What You Will Learn * Install Ext JS Sencha Cmd 6 and debugging tools such as Illumination, App Inspector, and Sencha Fiddle * Understand and apply the core concepts and querying capabilities of Ext JS 6 * Dive deep into powerful components such as Grid, Data View, Trees, and different kinds of charts including 3D charts as well as Bar, Area, Pie, Line charts * Discover how an Ext JS 6 application communicates with the server side through Data Packages such as Stores and Proxies * Discover how to create responsive web applications and client-side routing * Acquire and implement knowledge on accessibility, localization, and the drag-and-drop and theming capabilities of Ext JS 6 In Detail Ext JS is one of the most famous JavaScript frameworks used to create rich interactive web applications using techniques such as Ajax, DHTML, JSON, and DOM scripting. It provides a complete rich set of GUI controls, has an excellent API for AJAX and REST, and helps users to organize their code with Model View ViewModel (MVVM) or the MVC architecture, and supports two-way data binding, responsive layouts, responsive design, and more. It is an extensive, one-stop-shop to build an JavaScript RIA application. This book starts with a clear step-by-step installation guide for Ext JS 6 and the additional tools required for development on both Mac and Windows operating systems. It then covers the core concepts and fundamentals of Ext JS 6. We move on to focus on multiple basic GUI controls such as buttons, message boxes, and menus, and a sample project that covers the fundamental and basic GUI controls. You'll also learn how to design a form with form fields such as a text field, number field, date picker, label, and radio button, and learn about form validation. We proceed to show you how to organize your code using the MVVM application architecture, and you'll then jump into advanced controls such as Grids, Trees, Data Views, and Charts. You'll also learn about the API required for AJAX and REST communication, and learn all need to know about Ext JS Data Packages. A working RESTful API sample project is included to help you explore the Data Packages. Finally, we end with a discussion on responsive design, theming your application, and the available plugins. Style and approach This is an example-based guide to help you develop rich Internet applications using Ext JS 6. Most of the chapters start with a particular concept and code example, and end with a cool sample project that uses the concepts learned in the chapter.

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