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  • What’s new with Google Fit: Distance, Calories, Meal data, and new apps and wearables

    Google Developers Blog
    Gary Lewis
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:52 am
    Posted by Angana Ghosh, Lead Product Manager, Google Fit To help users keep track of their physical activity, we recently updated the Google Fit app with some new features, including an Android Wear watch face that helps users track their progress throughout the day. We also added data types to the Google Fit SDK and have new partners tracking data (e.g. nutrition, sleep, etc.) that developers can now use in their own apps. Find out how to integrate Google Fit into your app and read on to check out some of the cool new stuff you can do. Distance traveled per day The Google Fit app now…
  • Xcode 7 beta 2 Now Available

    News and Updates - Apple Developer
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Xcode 7 beta 2 Now Available
  • 9 Best CSS Framework For Web designers & Developers latest front page
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Framework is a type of outline which is like a solid foundation for your project. CSS framework is thus the starting point for any website development work. The approach towards these pre-prepared libraries by the web designers increases as they can speed up your development process to manifold.
  • PHP 5.6.10 released! releases
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    There is a new PHP release in town!
  • php[world] 2015 Schedule Announced news & announcements
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    The team at php[architect] is excited to announce the schedule for php[world] 2015! As always our conference is designed to bring all the various PHP communities together in one place to learn from each other. We will have separate tracks for PHP, Drupal, WordPress, Magento, Joomla!, Zend Framework, Symfony, Laravel, and CakePHP. This year we are expanding the conference to 6 concurrent sessions so that we can cover even more material. Join us for this very unique event from November 16th through November 20th. 5 day-long training sessions 12 separate tutorials 5 keynotes 60 conference…
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    Google Developers Blog

  • What’s new with Google Fit: Distance, Calories, Meal data, and new apps and wearables

    Gary Lewis
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:52 am
    Posted by Angana Ghosh, Lead Product Manager, Google Fit To help users keep track of their physical activity, we recently updated the Google Fit app with some new features, including an Android Wear watch face that helps users track their progress throughout the day. We also added data types to the Google Fit SDK and have new partners tracking data (e.g. nutrition, sleep, etc.) that developers can now use in their own apps. Find out how to integrate Google Fit into your app and read on to check out some of the cool new stuff you can do. Distance traveled per day The Google Fit app now…
  • Quake® III on your TV with Cast Remote Display API

    Gary Lewis
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    Posted by Leon Nicholls, Developer Programs Engineer and Antonio Fontan, Software Engineer At Google I/O 2015 we announced the new Google Cast Remote Display APIs for Android and iOS that make it easy for mobile developers to bring graphically intensive apps or games to Google Cast receivers. Now you can use the powerful GPUs, CPUs and sensors of the mobile device in your pocket to render both a local display and a virtual one to the TV. This dual display model also allows you to design new game experiences for the display on the mobile device to show maps, game pieces and private game…
  • Attach Google Drive files to Calendar events with the Calendar API

    Gary Lewis
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Posted by Iskander Akishev, Software Engineer, Google Calendar Originally posted to the Google Apps Developer blog The Google Calendar API allows you to create and modify events on Google Calendar. Starting today, you can use the API to also attach Google Drive files to Calendar events to make them—and your app—even more useful and integrated. With the API, you can easily attach meeting notes or add PDFs of booking confirmations to events. Here's how you set it up: 1) Get the file information from Google Drive (e.g. via the Google Drive API): GET{…
  • Grow your app installs with App Invites from Google

    Gary Lewis
    29 May 2015 | 7:11 am
    Posted by Ranjith Jayaram, Product Manager If you’re looking to drive usage and grow a mobile app, you’re probably testing out referrals, recommendations, and the user onboarding experience. These product flows are resource-intensive to design, build, and optimize. What if you could use a set of tools that help your users share your app, and get more of the right people to download and use your app? What if you could craft a more personalized onboarding experience in your new user’s journey? Now in beta, App Invites let mobile app developers increase their reach, deep link new users to…
  • Polymer 1.0 Released!

    Gary Lewis
    28 May 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Posted by Taylor Savage, Product Manager, Polymer Today we released the 1.0 version of the Polymer library. Polymer is a new way of thinking about building web applications - a sugaring layer on top of Web Components, making it easy for you to create interoperable custom elements. These elements can then be put together to create app-like immersive experiences on the web. Since the “Developer Preview” release, we’ve re-written the library from the ground up, focusing on cross-browser performance while keeping the developer-friendly ergonomics. The new library is about 3x faster on…
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    News and Updates - Apple Developer

  • Xcode 7 beta 2 Now Available

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Xcode 7 beta 2 Now Available
  • iOS 9 beta 2 Now Available

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    iOS 9 beta 2 Now Available
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 2 Now Available

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 2 Now Available
  • iOS 9 Now Available

    8 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    iOS 9 SDK includes new APIs and services that are enabling new categories of apps and features. Multitasking and gaming APIs help enhance app functionality and create immersive games. Expanded search capabilities, and new support for CloudKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, and MapKit extend iOS to more places than ever before. See what’s new in iOS.
  • OS X El Capitan Now Available

    8 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    OS X El Capitan brings Metal to Mac, giving your apps unprecedented graphics and computing power. New extensibility APIs let your Mac apps work seamlessly with Photos and Safari. See what’s new in OS X.
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  • php[world] 2015 Schedule Announced

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    The team at php[architect] is excited to announce the schedule for php[world] 2015! As always our conference is designed to bring all the various PHP communities together in one place to learn from each other. We will have separate tracks for PHP, Drupal, WordPress, Magento, Joomla!, Zend Framework, Symfony, Laravel, and CakePHP. This year we are expanding the conference to 6 concurrent sessions so that we can cover even more material. Join us for this very unique event from November 16th through November 20th. 5 day-long training sessions 12 separate tutorials 5 keynotes 60 conference…
  • AFUP ForumPHP 2015

    27 Jun 2015 | 2:03 am
    Come and join us at Forum PHP 2015, our annual conference gathering all PHP and Open Source communities, pros and PHP lovers. This year, the event will be held at Beffroi de Montrouge, on November, 23rd and 24th. “PHP’s 20th anniversary : 20 years of web, 20 years of global success, 20 years of innovation” In 1995, Rasmus Lerdorf started creating PHP. 20 years later, 80% of websites in the world use the language. Celebrate with us this worldwide success, during 2 days, 3 tracks, and all the best developers involved in PHP7 ! The call for papers is open until August, 15th:…
  • PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 2 Released

    25 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    The PHP development team announces the immediate availability of PHP 7.0.0 Alpha 2. This is the second pre-release of the new PHP 7 major series. All users of PHP are encouraged to test this version carefully, and report any bugs and incompatibilities in the bug tracking system. THIS IS A DEVELOPMENT PREVIEW - DO NOT USE IT IN PRODUCTION! Alpha 2 introduces the new Throwable interface and changes to the Exception hierarchy and about 25 bug fixes reported since the first alpha. PHP 7.0.0 comes with new version of the Zend Engine with features such as (incomplete list): Improved performance:…
  • Madison PHP Conference 2015

    23 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Join us on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 for a one day, three track conference in Madison, Wisconsin, USA that focuses on PHP and related web technologies. This event is organized by Madison PHP and is designed to offer something to attendees at all skill levels. It will be a day of networking, learning, sharing, and great fun! Our Call for Papers is open until August 4th, 2015:
  • ZendCon 2015

    19 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Announcing ZendCon 2015, the global PHP conference, happening at the exciting Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will start with a full day of tutorials on October 19th and then continue with inspirational keynotes and breakout sessions through the 22nd. The conference will feature many of the top developers and speakers in the PHP space to deliver dedicated tracks centered around Zend Framework, Symfony, Laravel, WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, and Magento. We will also host additional tracks for PHP best practices, PHP architecture, IBM i, and PHP 7. We look forward to seeing…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Empty stomach, poor decisions

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    Entrepreneurial lore is rife with odes to hunger as a foundational necessity of success. Hungry founders are commended as the ones desperate enough to do whatever it takes. Hustle the gullible, bend the law, persevere through endless death marches. Whatever it takes. But is desperation really the best foundation to build the kind of sustainable and long-term businesses the world benefits from the most? Or, is it rather a cheap trick to juice the odds of a short-term pop to the primary benefit of those who are only ever along for a quick ride? I believe the latter. That it’s key to a…
  • Finding the voice of The Distance

    Wailin Wong
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    We introduced The Distance podcast in February as a companion to our longform written stories about businesses that have stood the test of time. In just a few months, we’ve learned an incredible amount about creating audio narratives and had a great time doing it—so much so, in fact, that we’ve decided to make the podcast the sole format for The Distance. By focusing on just one medium, we’ll be able to bring you new stories every other week. Our last written story will run in early July. In the meantime, check out our bonus episode featuring Jason Fried talking to Shaun…
  • Hitting our stride with Android

    Dan Kim
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    Over the past few months, our newly minted Android team (Jamie, Jay, and myself) has been hard at work on some shiny new Android stuff. And while we can’t share it yet (soon, I promise!), we’ve learned a lot about how to rapidly prototype, explore, and most importantly ship these new ideas within Basecamp. Like any new team, it took us a bit to find our groove. But in the past eight weeks, we’ve really hit our stride. Now we’re moving quickly and making great progress, without causing ourselves a lot of anxiety or creating undue risk. So I wanted to share a bit about…
  • The special recipe for DELIGHT

    Jonas Downey
    3 Jun 2015 | 5:43 am
    Delight is a word interaction designers have been throwing around for the past couple of years. Some people think it’s an overblown buzzword, while others believe it’s a subject worthy of an entire conference. One part of “designing delight” is about turning otherwise mundane tasks into funny or interesting moments. On the UI side, this might include adding thoughtful animations, cutesy or clever copywriting, and perhaps tossing in a few surprises on top. These surface-level treatments help make a product seem more human and less computery, which is surely a good thing to do whether…
  • Please allow me to re-introduce myself

    Nathan Kontny
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    On March 20, 2007, Highrise, Basecamp's simple CRM tool, was launched to the public. Three years later, Highrise for the iPhone was released. Over the years, Highrise has received upgrades and improvements, but it needed a new home and dedicated team to give it the attention it deserved. So, on August 14, 2014, Highrise HQ LLC began – a new company dedicated to Highrise. At the top of the list of things we wanted to update was the iPhone app. It had been over 4 years since it was released, and it hadn't kept up with changes to iOS. Bugs crept in. Some subtle; some significant.
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    A List Apart: The Full Feed

  • Container Queries: Once More Unto the Breach

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’re a perseverant crew, the RICG. Responsive images were dead and buried forever in particularly dramatic fashion—what—two, three times there? “Dead and buried forever” refused to stick, though, thanks to all of you. Every time responsive images were knocked down, they got up a little stronger than before. It isn’t hard to see why the going was so tough. Changing up a feature as old—and in software terms, as stable—as the img element was no small request. But designers and developers had spoken: we wanted a feature that stood to save our users a tremendous amount of…
  • Create a Content Compass

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Project types Chapter 2 mentioned that breaking off a small project might make sense, rather than tackling all the content across your organization at once. Make sure you remember where your project falls in your organization or client’s entire content universe. Your project’s place in the organization’s content universe affects what you’re able to control or influence. It also is affected by the formal and informal strategies guiding content efforts throughout the organization. Content strategy for an entire organization and across all channels is super complex and very steeped in…
  • On Our Radar: Precious Humans

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:10 am
    Molly Holzschlag is a great educator, tough fighter, and vital friend of what folks are now calling “the open web,” and she needs our help. Molly Holzchlag and Jeffrey Zeldman. She took over as project leader when I left The Web Standards Project in 2002. In that role, Molly did hugely important (and often thanklessly unheralded) work bringing improved compliance, plus a renewed respect for web standards, to some famously intractable browser companies. She also directed The Web Standards Project’s important and multi-dimensional educational outreach effort. Between those…
  • Rian van der Merwe on A View from a Different Valley: Unsuck the Enterprise

    25 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    There’s something strangely appealing about trying to make enterprise software not universally despised. I guess I believe in a utopian vision where enterprise software is useful, usable, and (gasp!) enjoyable. But until we get there, I think we can all agree that enterprise software mostly still sucks. And I think it sucks mainly for two reasons: A lack of empathy for end users. Too much legacy. The lack of empathy issue is an understandable outcome of the process. See, we have this piece of software that we sell to company leaders, who care about things like control, configurability,…
  • This week's sponsor: Squarespace

    The fine folks at A List Apart
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Websites for designers, by designers. Our sponsor Squarespace is offering readers 10% off with code ALISTAPART.
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    Google Testing Blog

  • GTAC 2015: Call for Proposals & Attendance

    Google Testing Bloggers
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Posted by Anthony Vallone on behalf of the GTAC Committee The GTAC (Google Test Automation Conference) 2015 application process is now open for presentation proposals and attendance. GTAC will be held at the Google Cambridge office (near Boston, Massachusetts, USA) on November 10th - 11th, 2015. GTAC will be streamed live on YouTube again this year, so even if you can’t attend in person, you’ll be able to watch the conference remotely. We will post the live stream information as we get closer to the event, and recordings will be posted afterward. SpeakersPresentations are targeted at…
  • GTAC 2015 Coming to Cambridge (Greater Boston) in November

    Google Testing Bloggers
    28 May 2015 | 9:56 am
    Posted by Anthony Vallone on behalf of the GTAC Committee We are pleased to announce that the ninth GTAC (Google Test Automation Conference) will be held in Cambridge (Greatah Boston, USA) on November 10th and 11th (Toozdee and Wenzdee), 2015. So, tell everyone to save the date for this wicked good event. GTAC is an annual conference hosted by Google, bringing together engineers from industry and academia to discuss advances in test automation and the test engineering computer science field. It’s a great opportunity to present, learn, and challenge modern testing technologies and…
  • Multi-Repository Development

    Google Testing Bloggers
    15 May 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Author: Patrik Höglund As we all know, software development is a complicated activity where we develop features and applications to provide value to our users. Furthermore, any nontrivial modern software is composed out of other software. For instance, the Chrome web browser pulls roughly a hundred libraries into its third_party folder when you build the browser. The most significant of these libraries is Blink, the rendering engine, but there’s also ffmpeg for image processing, skia for low-level 2D graphics, and WebRTC for real-time communication (to name a few). Figure 1. Holy…
  • Just Say No to More End-to-End Tests

    Google Testing Bloggers
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:49 pm
    by Mike Wacker At some point in your life, you can probably recall a movie that you and your friends all wanted to see, and that you and your friends all regretted watching afterwards. Or maybe you remember that time your team thought they’d found the next "killer feature" for their product, only to see that feature bomb after it was released. Good ideas often fail in practice, and in the world of testing, one pervasive good idea that often fails in practice is a testing strategy built around end-to-end tests. Testers can invest their time in writing many types of automated tests, including…
  • Quantum Quality

    Google Testing Bloggers
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    UPDATE: Hey, this was an April fool's joke but in fact we wished we couldhave realized this idea and we are looking forward to the day this hasbeen worked out and becomes a Kevin Graney Here at Google we have a long history of capitalizing on the latest research and technology to improve the quality of our software. Over our past 16+ years as a company, what started with some humble unit tests has grown into a massive operation. As our software complexity increased, ever larger and more complex tests were dreamed up by our Software Engineers in Test (SETs). What we have come…
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    Scott Hanselman's Blog

  • Windows 10 is's what to tell non-technical parent

    Scott Hanselman
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:53 am
    Windows 10 is coming on July 29th! I've been doing Build to Build videos on my YouTube showing what's changing and how it will affect you. I got a request to do a video showing Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 and how to reserve your upgrade, as well as a little demo of the Start Screen. Here's that video! NOTE: I apologize for the mediocre audio. I had a microphone failure and ended up using the laptop microphone for the last part because I was excited to get the video out. It's not representative of the quality I'm known for, and it won't happen again. Are you the IT manager for your…
  • Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Micro-HDMI not working? Easy fix.

    Scott Hanselman
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:29 pm
    This blog post is likely not for you, unless it totally is. Which is why I'm posting it. My Dad's Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro was driving him batty for months. It was bugging me even more, as I am the assigned IT manager for my family. I'm sure you are also, as you're reading this blog, right? Anyway, I talk this computer up for months, he gets the computer, and it has this tiny Micro-HDMI connector. Let me just say that Micro-HDMI is the most evil of all display connectors. I mean, it literally does everything wrong. Micro-HDMI sucks because: Micro-HDMI looks like Micro USB and I can't explain to my…
  • How to use Process Monitor and Process Explorer

    Scott Hanselman
    20 Jun 2015 | 12:29 am
    I was chatting with Phil Haack today about a weird little bug/feature we were seeing in GitHub for Windows. I don't have the source code for the application, but I wanted to explore what was going on and get some insight so I could give Phil a decent bug report. He and I spent some time on Skype sharing screens today and he commented "we should be recording this." So I went back and did just that. Please take a moment and Subscribe to my YouTube Channel here: In this short video I remind folks how Procmon and ProcExp work, how powerful they are and I…
  • Historical Debugging, Profiling, New Diagnostic Tools in Visual Studio 2015

    Scott Hanselman
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:58 am
    I've been working with Visual Studio 2015 lately, even for older projects. You can create and edit all kids of .NET app from .NET 2.0 all the way up through .NET 4.6, as well as ASP.NET 5 apps on the Core CLR. In my case I've been doing some pair programming with Mark Downie on DasBlog, the blog system that runs this blog right here. DasBlog is very old, and used to be very actively developed. The question "is DasBlog dead" is asked a lot, but the answer is really "DasBlog is done." For years it has been very feature-full and feature-complete. However, this blog has been running on .NET 2.0…
  • Visual Studio Web Development Tip - Add Chrome Incognito Mode as a Browser

    Scott Hanselman
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:21 am
    Here's a little Visual Studio web development tip that I've been using lately. You know how Visual Studio picks up your installed browsers and has them available as a dropdown list? I found it very useful when debugging to add Google Chrome's Incognito Mode as a browser of its own. Pull down the chevron and click Browse With... Add Chrome from either it's standard or user location: System: C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\ User: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application Then add --incognito as command line switch and name the browser something like "Google…
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    The Register

  • Samsung/Cheil merger goes on: Soz Elliot, not this time, says court

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:35 am
    Court cock blocks corporate cock blocking attempt A court in South Korea has rejected an attempt by US activist fund Elliott Associates to overturn a merger between Samsung and Cheil Industries.…
  • Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:03 am
    Grand old warhorse finally out to grass – last chance to see Visit a British air show before September and it's possible you’ll get the opportunity to witness the last Vulcan bomber in flight - and this is definitely the last year you'll get the chance, this time.…
  • Want to spoil your favourite storage vendor's day? Buy cloud

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:26 am
    Leaving the premises might just work Organisations continue to buy storage. In fact, I was talking to a storage salesman not so long ago who was telling me that one of his customers regularly calls asking for a quote for “a couple more petabytes."…
  • Teaching people to speak English? You just need Chatroulette without the dick pics

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Fine, you think up a better idea Worstall on Wednesday The latest of the X-Prizes is an attempt to increase adult literacy through the power of the mobile phone. Given that our own Prime Minister has been known to think that LOL means “lots of love”, it might not be a bad idea to update digital literacy.…
  • 'Watered down' net neutrality rules could mean 'almost anything'

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:32 am
    Lobbyists wail and gnash teeth over deal born of darkness The EU negotiators' proposed new rules on net neutrality – reached in the early hours of this morning – have caused serious concerns among digital rights activists, who cite loopholes and vagueness.…
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    Rands in Repose

  • Productive People Fight the ‘Tyranny of the Urgent’

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    From Quartz: The tyranny of the urgent refers to the tendency of little things that have to be done right now to get in the way of what really matters. This creates a huge problem as urgent actions often have little impact.
  • Mean Bosses Are Killing You

    21 Jun 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Via Christine Porath in the New York Times: Bosses produce demoralized employees through a string of actions: walking away from a conversation because they lose interest; answering calls in the middle of meetings without leaving the room; openly mocking people by pointing out their flaws or personality quirks in front of others; reminding their subordinates of their “role” in the organization and “title”; taking credit for wins, but pointing the finger at others when problems arise. Employees who are harmed by this behavior, instead of sharing ideas or asking for help, hold back.
  • A Quiet Revolution

    4 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    Susan Cain who wrote the amazing Quiet has launched an online resource for introverts. Take the test to understand your introversion: Given the choice, you’ll devote your social energy to a small group of people you care about most, preferring a glass of wine with a close friend to a party full of strangers. You think before you speak, have a more deliberate approach to risk, and enjoy solitude. You feel energized when focusing deeply on a subject or activity that really interests you. When you’re in overly stimulating environments (too loud, too crowded, etc.) you tend to feel…
  • Shia LaBeouf’s TED Talk

    30 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
  • Semi-informal Serendipitous Bitching

    17 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The final count of respondents to the Rands Leadership Survey was 1274. Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the survey. I’ve called in volunteers to help scrub and normalize the survey data and will have a detailed report published here. It will also be sent to the inboxes of those who requested a copy. Here’s the breakdown of answers to the question: “Where would you be willing to invest your time?” Four of the top five answers involve us getting together in some fashion and discussing the craft and/or bitching. This resonates, so in what might be a horrible mistake,…
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    Treehouse Blog

  • The Treehouse Show | Episode 147: Web Features, Form Design, Color Pickers

    Mary McPherson
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    It’s Tuesday which means that the Treehouse Show is back! In episode 147 of The Treehouse Show, Nick (@nickrp) and Jason (@jseifer) talk about web features, form design and color pickers. For a free month’s trial, Join Jason and Nick at This Week’s Links sgentle/caniuse-cmd · GitHub The 10 Commandments of Good Form Design on the Web – Mono Tiny Colorpicker: A lightweight cross browser color picker. Mobile-Friendly Test lukehoban/es6features The post The Treehouse Show | Episode 147: Web Features, Form Design, Color Pickers appeared first on…
  • Use jQuery to Asynchronously Load an Image

    Andrew Chalkley
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    Back in May I shared how to load images asynchronously with JavaScript. I had a lot of requests from people on how to do it in jQuery. So here we go! Asynchronous Image Loading Instead of having images load like this: We want them to appear when it’s ready, like this: Overview Whether you’re loading a high-resolution image in an image gallery or you have a game with lots of image assets and sprites, the code will do something like this. Create an <img> tag programmatically with jQuery. Assign an on load event handler so when the large image loads it assigns he new image url…
  • New Course Roundup

    Mary McPherson
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    Every week, new content is published to the growing Treehouse Library! Here is a short list of what was added the week of June 22, 2015. COURSE Scrum Basics – Matt Anthes-Washburn These days, just about every software team says they are “Agile.” You will even find many job openings declare familiarity with Agile software development as a prerequisite. What can you do to become familiar with, and knowledgeable in Agile practices so you can hit the ground running with your next team? In this course, we will cover the Scrum model, a commonly-used flavor of Agile which is well known for…
  • 3 Unexpected Things I Learned as a Treehouse Student

    Jim Withington
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    I started as a student at Treehouse out of necessity. I’d lost my job in support at a SaaS company and I knew a couple of things: Smart developers seem to make a great living doing work that they enjoy I wanted to learn something that I could lean on as a primary income as well as a side income, just to add some financial security to my life. Since I live in Oregon, I signed up for Treehouse through Code Oregon. I picked the Rails track because it seemed like a good skill for a Portlander to learn and dove in. Eventually, I met some folks at Treehouse through some serendipity, and now I…
  • Want to Teach for Treehouse?

    Mary McPherson
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Our teachers are amazing. They write their own course content and code challenges. They deliver their lessons on camera with personality. It’s not the easiest job to be found in tech. It requires someone who thrives in an environment of both collaboration and independence. A passion for teaching is an absolute must! Organizational skills must be matched by strong presentation skills. Naturally, our teachers need to be an expert in their field. Intrigued? The hard work brings great rewards. In addition to the great benefits Treehouse offers (4-day work week, full medical, 18 days PTO),…
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    ScottGu's Blog

  • New Azure Billing APIs Available

    24 Jun 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Organizations moving to the cloud can achieve significant cost savings.  But to achieve the maximum benefit you need to be able to accurately track your cloud spend in order to monitor and predict your costs. Enterprises need to be able to get detailed, granular consumption data and derive insights to effectively manage their cloud consumption. I’m excited to announce the public preview release of two new Azure Billing APIs today: the Azure Usage API and Azure RateCard APIwhich provide customers and partners programmatic access to their Azure consumption and pricing details: Azure…
  • Announcing General Availability of Azure Premium Storage

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    I’m very excited to announce the general availability release of Azure Premium Storage. It is now available with an enterprise grade SLA and is available for everyone to use. Microsoft Azure now offers two types of storage: Premium Storage and Standard Storage. Premium Storage stores data durably on Solid State Drives (SSDs) and provides high performance, low latency, disk storage with consistent performance delivery guarantees. Premium Storage is ideal for I/O-sensitive workloads - and is especially great for database workloads hosted within Virtual Machines.  You can optionally…
  • Announcing the new Azure App Service

    24 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    In a mobile first, cloud first world, every business needs to deliver great mobile and web experiences that engage and connect with their customers, and which enable their employees to be even more productive.  These apps need to work with any device, and to be able to consume and integrate with data anywhere. I'm excited to announce the release of our new Azure App Service today - which provides a powerful new offering to deliver these solutions.  Azure App Service is an integrated service that enables you to create web and mobile apps for any platform or device, easily integrate…
  • Introducing ASP.NET 5

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The first preview release of ASP.NET 1.0 came out almost 15 years ago.  Since then millions of developers have used it to build and run great web applications, and over the years we have added and evolved many, many capabilities to it.  I'm excited today to post about a new release of ASP.NET that we are working on that we are calling ASP.NET 5.  This new release is one of the most significant architectural updates we've done to ASP.NET.  As part of this release we are making ASP.NET leaner, more modular, cross-platform, and cloud optimized.  The ASP.NET 5 preview is…
  • Azure: Machine Learning Service, Hadoop Storm, Cluster Scaling, Linux Support, Site Recovery and More

    18 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    Today we released a number of great enhancements to Microsoft Azure. These include: Machine Learning: General Availability of the Azure Machine Learning Service Hadoop: General Availability of Apache Storm Support, Hadoop 2.6 support, Cluster Scaling, Node Size Selection and preview of next Linux OS support Site Recovery: General Availability of DR capabilities with SAN arrays I've also included details in this blog post of other great Azure features that went live earlier this month: SQL Database: General Availability of SQL Database (V12) Web Sites: Support for Slot Settings API Management:…
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    Knowing .NET

  • Why You Should Watch WWDC Session Streams

    13 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    From an editorial perspective, one thing that is clear about WWDC is that the main audience for the sessions is not the developers in attendance, but the much more diverse, more diffuse, and more transient on-line audience that will view the videos over the next months and even years. WWDC Session Videos are great as overviews, poor as references What I’ve come to realize is that WWDC sessions are great as overviews, but poor for depth. They are very much worth watching when you’re new to a framework, they’re somewhat worth watching if you haven’t programmed in the framework lately…
  • How to: Handoff to a Xamarin iPhone app from Apple Watch

    7 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    # How to: Handoff to a Xamarin iPhone app from Apple Watch There are two ways to activate the parent (aka container) app from an Apple Watch app. You can either directly activate the container app using WKInterfaceController.OpenParentApplication or you can use Handoff. Using Handoff is a little more complex, so I thought I’d write a quick little how-to. There are a few different Handoff scenarios, but perhaps the most common for the  Watch is: “On my watch I want to begin a task that I complete later on my iPhone.” So, for instance, some task that requires either more data-entry…
  • Programming WatchKit with F#

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Disclaimer: This is just a hack. I’m not in any position to make announcements about stuff, but Xamarin loves F# and I’m sure that better solutions than this are forthcoming. But this was fun to get running, so… Xamarin just released it’s Preview of Watch Kit support and naturally, I had to see if it was possible to use F# to program the forthcoming Apple Watch. Yes, it is. As always with Watch Kit Apps, the Xamarin solution consists of three projects: A Parent app that is a normal iOS app; An Extension that runs on a connected iPhone and executes the program logic; and A Watch App…
  • Experiment in Auto-Generated UML as a Documentation Tool

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:46 am
    I wrote a program to automatically generate class diagrams, filtered by coupling. Here is the result for CoreBluetooth in iOS:     You can see there are clusters around CBPeer, CBPeripheral, and CBCentral and that CBCharacteristic is another class with lots of references. Obviously, huge class diagrams are more noise than signal, but if I further filtered this down to specific topics…? I dunno’.   P.S. Yeah, yeah, they should be open diamonds, not filled diamonds.  
  • Good Bye, Dr. Dobb’s

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Today comes the shitty news that Dr. Dobb’s (…Journal of Computer Calisthenics and Orthodontia) is shutting down. I would not have had the career I have had without DDJ: first as an inspiration, then as a competitor, and then as the last torch of technically rigorous, personally-voiced but professionally edited high-quality programming articles. DDJ was the last of the great programming magazines and was, probably, the greatest. Only Byte could, perhaps, have an equal claim to the crown. All the rest of ours, an entire industry, envied their columnists, technical editors, and…
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    Channel 9

  • GoingNative 39: await/coroutines | C9::GoingNative

    Gabriel Ha
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:52 pm
    In today's long-awaited episode (bahaha), returning GoingNative guest Gor Nishanov talks about how you can take advantage of await/co-routines to do your own asynchronous programming (and more!) with speed and ease!Video Timeline:[00:50] - Meet Gor (again =P)[01:39] - What's the dealio with this coroutine/await business?[02:15] - Transforming code to asynchronous code - lightweight and easy    [03:44] - The same asynchronous code written with futures (yuck)[04:39] - What kind of code is await replacing?[05:19] - What makes…
  • Tuesdays with Corey: Nano Coolness with Jeffrey Snover | Tuesdays With Corey

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:25 am
    Corey Sanders, Director of Program Management on the Windows Azure IaaS team meets up with the man, the myth, the legend - Jeffrey Snover and talks about Nano Server.Don't forget - we're always looking for Suggestions and Questions here in the comments section OR via twitter #AzureTwC. You never know - you might make it to an upcoming episode and be a virtual star of the show - like THIS one!Post any questions, topic ideas or general conversation here in the comments OR online on via Twitter.Follow @CoreySandersWAFollow @RicksterCDN 
  • Unity Asset - Kinect v2 with MS-SDK Tips, Tricks and Examples

    Greg Duncan
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    For the last couple weeks I've been highlighted the Kinect Unity Assets of Rumen Filkov (aka RF Solutions), Unity Asset - Kinect [v1] with MS-SDK and Unity Asset - Kinect v2 with MS-SDK.Today I'm wrapping up the series by sharing a great blog post from Rumen on using his “Kinect v2 with MS-SDK” asset...Kinect v2 Tips, Tricks and ExamplesAfter answering so many different questions about how to use various parts and components of the “Kinect v2 with MS-SDK”-package, I think it would be easier, if I share some general tips, tricks and examples. I;m going to expand this article in time…
  • Introduction to PowerShell Desired State Configuration | PowerShell

    Trevor Sullivan, mcampbel
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:45 pm
    During this video, we will introduce the PowerShell "configuration" keyword, which enables us to build declarative configuration documents that will help us to declare our "infrastructure as code." Once we build a basic DSC configuration document, we will invoke it to generate the MOF files, and then deploy the DSC MOF files to the local system.Find out more about Trevor Sullivan on Twitter (@pcgeek86) or on his website!
  • Ping 246: Hoverboards, Xbox Gold, HoloLens in space | Ping!

    Greg Duncan, Mark DeFalco, RicksterCDN
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Welcome back to Ping! We talk about the return of robot combat return to television, we chat about a one-way ticket to Mars on the space desk, and more stories that 'softies are pinging each other about...[00:39] Last Show (Robot DARPA Challenge)[02:02] Lexus says it's made a hoverboard [04:07] Xbox Live Games with Gold for July 2015 [06:31] Windows 10 Hero Desktop Image | Behind the Scenes [08:04] Microsoft HoloLens is headed to the International Space Station to help astronauts, NASA, Microsoft Collaborate to Bring Science Fiction to Science Fact [11:12] ThinkPad Time Machine?Question of…
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    The Daily WTF

  • CodeSOD: Mistakes Were Made

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    As a general rule, “dead code” should never be commented out, but instead, should be replaced. If you ever need to review the history, source control contains that information. But sometimes, the “I’ll just comment it out” lets us see the moment of realization, when a developer discovers that they’ve done the absolute wrong thing. Clara sends us this: //HttpPostedFile file = Page.Request.Files["ctl00$phMainContent$fulProfileImage"]; //if (file != null && file.ContentLength > 0) //{ // try // { // string[] filenameparts =…
  • Uncommon Respect

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    Coyne viewed the coming work week with dread. His employer spent roughly the sum of all the employee’ 401k holdings on a weeklong mandatory communications training course. The problem of no work getting done during training was solved by having mandatory after-hours work to make up for it. The training program centered around three simple tenets to holding effective meetings: Common Respect, Common Purpose, and Common Goals. Before the training started, Coyne’s manager, Stefen, made an announcement. “After completion of this course,” he said, “there will be no…
  • CodeSOD: We All Float Down Here…

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    When Maarten first saw the utility function below, he couldn’t imagine why converting a number from float to double required a string intermediate. Fortunately, whoever wrote this code followed best practices: their comment not only explained what the code is doing, it also explained why. /** * This method converts a float to a double. * Because the model uses doubles in calculations while the matrices holds floats. * @param number * The float value to convert to a double * @param accurate * Flag to specify whether to use an accurate conversion from float to double * or to use a less…
  • Error'd: What, What?

    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    " looks like someone is testing in Production as every link on starts with this helpful alert," James writes.   "At just over 2400 light years away, our Sun must be intrinsically brighter than the rest of the galaxy combined," writes Wong   "You'd think that Google would rather have Chrome extensions added, but who am I to judge?," wrote Erwan.   Jeff R. wrote, "I'm not sure that I'll have time to catch up on this series after all."   "I didn't think that it was a big deal that I didn't enter a title," writes Jim B., "Whatever code generates the…
  • CodeSOD: Practical ValiDATEion

    25 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Handling dates is difficult. On paper, it doesn't seem to be a complicated task. After all, computers are good with numbers, and what are days, months and years if not small, supposedly easy-to-deal-with numbers? But behind this deceptively simple façade lie all sorts of nasty traps. The historical baggage of our civilization means that a good programmer needs to deal with tens of different date formats, multiple calendars, leap years, leap seconds, and some dates simply going missing. One might argue that humanity should've hammered out a more unified, common system long ago — but…
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    The Old New Thing

  • 2015 mid-year link clearance

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    The semi-annual link clearance is here! Windows 8 comes with a data compression API. I was going to write a Little Program to demonstrate it, but it turns out the MSDN sample pretty much covers it, so I'll just incorporate it by reference. James Mickens says, "Life is terrible: Let's talk about the Web". (Mickens appears to be making fun of Sweden in this talk. The candles on the head are a tradition from St. Lucy's Day.) Tony Zhou explains why Jackie Chan is the master of action comedy. The formula for an episode of Murder: She Wrote I'm Not Russell Wilson, But I Play Him on TV: The story of…
  • Microspeak: Stretch goal

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Recall that Microspeak is not merely for jargon exclusive to Microsoft, but also for jargon that you need to know. A project will set some goals, which are things it intends to accomplish. It may also set stretch goals, which are things it hopes to acomplish. If you fail to achieve a stretch goal, your project is still a success, but if you make it, your project is even more awesome. A stretch goal could be unrelated to an existing goal. Goals for this release Support dynamic widget recolorization. Stretch goals for this release Improve throughput by 10% compared to previous version.
  • Parsing a string as a 64-bit integer, somehow

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today's Little Program takes a string and tries to parse it as a 64-bit integer in formats that a programmer would likely encounter. Here's a first stab: using System; using System.Globalization; class Program { static long ParseLongSomehow(string s) { if (s.StartsWith("0x", StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase)) { return long.Parse(s.Substring(2), NumberStyles.HexNumber); } else { return long.Parse(s); } } public static void Main(string[] args) { long value = ParseLongSomehow(args[0]); Console.WriteLine(value); Console.WriteLine("0x{0:X}", value); } } If the string begins with 0x, then we…
  • Windows 95 and Windows NT manage the TEB on x86 differently

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today, a historical note of no consequence. Just a story. The Win32 x86 ABI specifies that the FS register holds a selector which is based at the current thread's TEB. In other words, fs:[n] is the nth byte of the TEB. It so happens that the two operating systems chose to manage the FS register differently. Windows 95 gave each TEB in the system its own selector. Windows NT allocated a single selector to represent the TEB, and each time the processor changed threads, the selector base was updated to match the TEB for the new thread. With this model, every thread has the same value for FS, but…
  • Where is the full version of the music that plays when you start Windows 98 for the first time?

    Raymond Chen - MSFT
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    A customer was presumably exercising the unlimited support part of their support contract when they asked, "Where is the full song for the music that plays when you start Windows 98 for the first time? The Welcome application plays only the first 30 seconds. Can you send us the rest of the song?" I guess the IT department really likes that music and wants the extended dance remix for their late-night raves. (If you stick it out, there's a special appearance in the linked video of the screen I wrote.) The music was commissioned to be 30 seconds long. There is no extended version of the song,…
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    Lambda the Ultimate - Programming Languages Weblog

  • Self-Representation in Girard’s System U

    11 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    Self-Representation in Girard’s System U, by Matt Brown and Jens Palsberg: In 1991, Pfenning and Lee studied whether System F could support a typed self-interpreter. They concluded that typed self-representation for System F “seems to be impossible”, but were able to represent System F in Fω. Further, they found that the representation of Fω requires kind polymorphism, which is outside Fω. In 2009, Rendel, Ostermann and Hofer conjectured that the representation of kind-polymorphic terms would require another, higher form of polymorphism. Is this a case of infinite regress? We show…
  • Facebook open sources "Infer", static program analysis tool

    11 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    Linky to Facebook blog: Open-sourcing Facebook Infer: Identify bugs before you ship Discuss!
  • Second-order logic explained in plain English

    28 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    John Corcoran, Second-order logic explained in plain English, in Logic, Meaning and Computation: Essays in Memory of Alonzo Church, ed. Anderson and Zelëny. There is something a little bit Guy Steele-ish about trying to explain the fundamentals of second-order logic (SOL, the logic that Quine branded as set theory in sheep's clothing) and its model theory while avoiding any formalisation. This paper introduces the ideas of SOL via looking at logics with finite, countable and uncountable models, and then talks about FOL and SOL as being complementary approaches to axiomatisation that are each…
  • The evolution of Rust

    28 May 2015 | 2:12 am
    Graydon Hoare is the original developer of Rust even before Mozilla adopted it. For the 1.0 release he prepared a lightning talk on how the language changed over 10 years. He only published some bullet points, but the topic list is interesting as well. Six ways Rust is fundamentally different from how it started Six ways Rust is fundamentally the same as how it started Six things we lost along the way Six things we gained along the way Six things I'm irrationally, disproportionately pleased by Read the full blog post for the content of the five lists.
  • Composite Replicated Data Types: eventually consistent libraries as non-leaky abstractions

    21 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    Composite Replicated Data Types Alexey Gotsman and Hongseok Yang 2015 Modern large-scale distributed systems often rely on eventually consistent replicated stores, which achieve scalability in exchange for providing weak semantic guarantees. To compensate for this weakness, researchers have proposed various abstractions for programming on eventual consistency, such as replicated data types for resolving conflicting updates at different replicas and weak forms of transactions for maintaining relationships among objects. However, the subtle semantics of these abstractions makes using them…
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    Martin Fowler

  • Third installment of Refactoring Loops to Collection Pipelines

    Martin Fowler
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:50 am
    In this third installment, I show an example of making sense of a loop that marks preferred offerings from a list.
  • Second installment of Refactoring Loops to Collection Pipelines

    Martin Fowler
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    In this second installment, I show an example of refactoring a simple nested loop.
  • Refactoring Loops to Collection Pipelines

    Martin Fowler
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:31 am
    I've long been a fan of the programming pattern that I call the collection pipeline. This allows me to write computation on collections in the form of a pipeline of familiar operations (eg filter, map, reduce). More and more language environments now have the language features and collection APIs to support pipelines, but since they have been limited in use for so long, more people are familiar with loops. In this article (which I'm releasing in installments) I'll take some loops and show how I'd refactor them into collection pipelines.
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    Martin Fowler
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:05 am
    Le Puch, Languedoc, France
  • A Cherry Picker's Guide to Doctor Who

    Martin Fowler
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:17 am
    Recently I got chatting with a friend who was toying with trying out the TV series "Doctor Who", but was put off by its long history and sheer amount of episodes. So I decided to make another pass at article that helps people cherry pick some of the best episodes. With this you can enjoy many of the best bits of Doctor Who without feeling you need to see every episode.
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    Channel 9

  • GoingNative 39: await/coroutines | C9::GoingNative

    Gabriel Ha
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:52 pm
    In today's long-awaited episode (bahaha), returning GoingNative guest Gor Nishanov talks about how you can take advantage of await/co-routines to do your own asynchronous programming (and more!) with speed and ease!Video Timeline:[00:50] - Meet Gor (again =P)[01:39] - What's the dealio with this coroutine/await business?[02:15] - Transforming code to asynchronous code - lightweight and easy    [03:44] - The same asynchronous code written with futures (yuck)[04:39] - What kind of code is await replacing?[05:19] - What makes…
  • Tuesdays with Corey: Nano Coolness with Jeffrey Snover | Tuesdays With Corey

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:25 am
    Corey Sanders, Director of Program Management on the Windows Azure IaaS team meets up with the man, the myth, the legend - Jeffrey Snover and talks about Nano Server.Don't forget - we're always looking for Suggestions and Questions here in the comments section OR via twitter #AzureTwC. You never know - you might make it to an upcoming episode and be a virtual star of the show - like THIS one!Post any questions, topic ideas or general conversation here in the comments OR online on via Twitter.Follow @CoreySandersWAFollow @RicksterCDN 
  • Unity Asset - Kinect v2 with MS-SDK Tips, Tricks and Examples

    Greg Duncan
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    For the last couple weeks I've been highlighted the Kinect Unity Assets of Rumen Filkov (aka RF Solutions), Unity Asset - Kinect [v1] with MS-SDK and Unity Asset - Kinect v2 with MS-SDK.Today I'm wrapping up the series by sharing a great blog post from Rumen on using his “Kinect v2 with MS-SDK” asset...Kinect v2 Tips, Tricks and ExamplesAfter answering so many different questions about how to use various parts and components of the “Kinect v2 with MS-SDK”-package, I think it would be easier, if I share some general tips, tricks and examples. I;m going to expand this article in time…
  • Introduction to PowerShell Desired State Configuration | PowerShell

    Trevor Sullivan, mcampbel
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:45 pm
    During this video, we will introduce the PowerShell "configuration" keyword, which enables us to build declarative configuration documents that will help us to declare our "infrastructure as code." Once we build a basic DSC configuration document, we will invoke it to generate the MOF files, and then deploy the DSC MOF files to the local system.Find out more about Trevor Sullivan on Twitter (@pcgeek86) or on his website!
  • Ping 246: Hoverboards, Xbox Gold, HoloLens in space | Ping!

    Greg Duncan, Mark DeFalco, RicksterCDN
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Welcome back to Ping! We talk about the return of robot combat return to television, we chat about a one-way ticket to Mars on the space desk, and more stories that 'softies are pinging each other about...[00:39] Last Show (Robot DARPA Challenge)[02:02] Lexus says it's made a hoverboard [04:07] Xbox Live Games with Gold for July 2015 [06:31] Windows 10 Hero Desktop Image | Behind the Scenes [08:04] Microsoft HoloLens is headed to the International Space Station to help astronauts, NASA, Microsoft Collaborate to Bring Science Fiction to Science Fact [11:12] ThinkPad Time Machine?Question of…
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  • CodePlex Daily Summary for Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:42 pm
    CodePlex Daily Summary for Tuesday, June 30, 2015Popular ReleasesAspose for OpenXML: Aspose.Slides Vs OpenXML Slides v 1.1: Aspose.Slides for .NET is a .NET API to work with Microsoft PowerPoint and OpenOffice presentations, while OpenXML SDK is a .NET SDK from Microsoft to work with OpenXML presentations (MS PowerPoint 2007 and above). In order to use these source code examples, you will need to reference Aspose.Slides for .NET in your project. You can download Aspose.Slides for .NET from here What's New Apply a theme to a presentation Change the fill color of a shape in a…
  • CodePlex Daily Summary for Sunday, June 28, 2015

    28 Jun 2015 | 4:59 am
    CodePlex Daily Summary for Sunday, June 28, 2015Popular ReleasesLogicCircuit: LogicCircuit Logic Circuit - is educational software for designing and simulating logic circuits. Intuitive graphical user interface, allows you to create unrestricted circuit hierarchy with multi bit buses, debug circuits behavior with oscilloscope, and navigate running circuits hierarchy. Changes of this releaseFixing performance degradation on RAM, ROM, and run time memory dialogs. Updating required version of Microsoft .NETDAX Studio: DAX Studio 2.2.2: making hierarchies display in Excel…
  • CodePlex Daily Summary for Friday, June 26, 2015

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:03 am
    CodePlex Daily Summary for Friday, June 26, 2015Popular ReleasesParserIO: ParserIO v1.0.0.5: Fixed some bug about GS1-128 structure Add a new method to improve NaS featuresOrigin Han Sans UI: Update Wave 11 - Aiza Nagi: 2015JUN24(GMT+8) Wave 11, Codename "Aiza Nagi" (相座凪) This Update is unable to commit to GitHub due to network problem, we will try after August 20th but it may fails again. Please send any bug to the following site unless you don't have access to it:…
  • CodePlex Daily Summary for Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:27 pm
    CodePlex Daily Summary for Tuesday, June 23, 2015Popular ReleasesCalendar Sync + (Sync Google Calendar with Outlook 2013, 2010, 2007): Calendar Sync + 1.4.0: Release Enhancement Log viewer Log format changed Update with existing entries by default - No UI Option Bug Fixes Check for updates fix for alpha releases Do not updating original entries for child key for one way Update not working in one directional Delete outlook for recurring event instances Bidirectional causes duplicates when location is changed Keep last modified allows to delete original if copy is…
  • CodePlex Daily Summary for Thursday, June 18, 2015

    18 Jun 2015 | 1:09 pm
    CodePlex Daily Summary for Thursday, June 18, 2015Popular ReleasesAD4 Application Designer for flow based .NET applications: AD4.AppDesigner.38.01: AD4.AppDesigner.38.01(Advanced ThreadAsynchronizer)Add CancelPreviousThread handling to AD4.AppBuilder.Generator & AD4.AppDesigner.WPF The AD4.AppBuilder.Generator is able to use the CancelPreviousThread option without any changes EditStepWindow extended by option EditMapItemBase extended to handle option Offline documentation in English and German: Section 'Naming' of chapter 'General Solution Recommendations'…
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    Planet MySQL

  • Monitoring MySQL Database Backups

    Kedar Vaijanapurkar
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    It’s important to monitor the (database) backups after you set-it-up. In this post we will answer a few how to monitor MySQL Database backups solutions – monitoring methods. We should see suggestions for: Monitoring Holland MySQL Backup Monitoring mysqldump backups Monitoring Xtrabackup using log Monitoring Backups using Nagios Usually we can have our backup script […]PlanetMySQL Voting: Vote UP / Vote DOWN
  • Authentication with Middleware using Siesta

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    We recently added a token-based authentication example to the Siesta repository that provides an excellent starting point for building authenticated APIs using our lightweight HTTP handler library for Go. This example, modeled after our own internal API services, demonstrates features and practices that we’ve developed and found useful after using Siesta in production for many months. Here’s what you’ll see in this “meaty” example: Request identification and logging Token-based authentication Use of typed URL parameters Usage of a handler for some state, such as…
  • Install Percona Monitoring Tools for Nagios – MySQL Plugins

    Kedar Vaijanapurkar
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:47 am
    Recently a friend asked about Installing Percona Monitoring Tools for Nagios as he was facing a few issues. I managed to set-it-up on my ubuntu VM. Sharing the the work-log of Nagios and Percona Monitoring Plugins setup steps here for some-one who’s looking for the same! Install Nagios on Ubuntu – steps: (skip to Percona […]PlanetMySQL Voting: Vote UP / Vote DOWN
  • Playing with Percona XtraDB Cluster in Docker

    Sveta Smirnova
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Like any good, thus lazy, engineer I don’t like to start things manually. Creating directories, configuration files, specify paths, ports via command line is too boring. I wrote already how I survive in case when I need to start MySQL server (here). There is also the MySQL Sandbox which can be used for the same purpose.But what to do if you want to start Percona XtraDB Cluster this way? Fortunately we, at Percona, have engineers who created automation solution for starting PXC. This solution uses Docker. To explore it you need:Clone the pxc-docker repository: git clone…
  • MariaDB 5.5.44 Overview and Highlights

    Chris Calender
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    MariaDB 5.5.44 was recently released (it is the latest MariaDB 5.5), and is available for download here: This is a maintenance release, and no major changes, so there are only several noteworthy items (but one of those being a security fix and five potential crashing bug): Security Fix: Client command line option –ssl-verify-server-cert (and MYSQL_OPT_SSL_VERIFY_SERVER_CERT option of the client API) when used together with –ssl will ensure that the established connection is SSL-encrypted and the MariaDB server has a valid certificate.
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    MySQL Performance Blog

  • Playing with Percona XtraDB Cluster in Docker

    Sveta Smirnova
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Like any good, thus lazy, engineer I don’t like to start things manually. Creating directories, configuration files, specify paths, ports via command line is too boring. I wrote already how I survive in case when I need to start MySQL server (here). There is also the MySQL Sandbox which can be used for the same purpose.But what to do if you want to start Percona XtraDB Cluster this way? Fortunately we, at Percona, have engineers who created automation solution for starting PXC. This solution uses Docker. To explore it you need:Clone the pxc-docker repository: git clone…
  • Practical MySQL Performance Optimization (July 2 webinar)

    Peter Zaitsev
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:24 am
    Applications often become impacted by MySQL performance. Optimization is the obvious solution but where to start? Join me on July 2 at 11 a.m. Pacific and I’ll show you how to optimize MySQL in a practical way – spending time on what gives you the best return. Many of you have heard me talk on this topic before and this updated presentation will get you up to speed on the latest areas to consider when improving MySQL performance.I’ll be pointing out the most important things you need to get right for each of the following:HardwareMySQL ConfigurationSchema and…
  • Tips for avoiding malware from a lesson learned

    Roel Van de Paar
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    In a recent article on the Percona blog, I recommended readers to a tool called CamStudio for making technical screen recordings. The blog post was very popular and got 300+ Facebook likes in a short time. Providentially though, a reader commented that the installer (as downloaded from the project website) installed “pretty annoying adware on [his] PC.”As I had been using a slightly dated installer, which did not show this issue, I started looking into the reader’s claims. Besides finding that the reader was correct in his claims about the project website’s installer, I found…
  • Oracle license revenue and the MySQL ecosystem

    Jim Doherty
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Oracle was in the news recently with the story of its license revenue declining as much as 17% in the recent quarter. This is blamed on transitioning to the cloud in some publications, but others, such as Bloomberg and TechRepublic, look deeper, seeing open source software responsible for the bulk of it.Things are especially interesting in the MySQL ecosystem, as Oracle both owns its traditional “Enterprise” Oracle database and MySQL – a more modern open source database.At Percona we see the same story repeating among many of our enterprise customers:MySQL proves itself. This…
  • Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC): How many nodes do you need?

    Stephane Combaudon
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    A question I often hear when customers want to set up a production PXC cluster is: “How many nodes should we use?”Three nodes is the most common deployment, but when are more nodes needed? They also ask: “Do we always need to use an even number of nodes?”This is what we’ll clarify in this post.This is all about quorumI explained in a previous post that a quorum vote is held each time one node becomes unreachable. With this vote, the remaining nodes will estimate whether it is safe to keep on serving queries. If quorum is not reached, all remaining nodes will set…
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    Pushing Pixels

  • Table stakes

    Kirill Grouchnikov
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    A long long time ago I wrote about companies being in control of their own long-term destiny. HP? Seriously? Silly me. And where’s Amazon? Anyways… Not so long ago it used to be that a platform provider would give you a nice set of core widgets, along with access to the network stack, the local file system and a few lower-level graphics APIs. Good old times of shrink-wrapped software and platform updates that happened once every five years. In a good decade, that is. Then the Internet happened, and after the dark old times of IE 6 a couple of big companies realized that not only…
  • Code spiral

    Kirill Grouchnikov
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:16 am
    Code reviews are good. You should do them. In this post I’d like to expand on one paragraph from that post: Don’t do gigantic code drops. If it’s a big feature, map out smaller steps towards the final goal. Mark unfinished places with TODOs so that the reviewer knows this is not the final thing. Build trust in each other to understand that sometimes the road to the final feature takes multiple steps. But always keep an eye on those first couple of steps to make sure that the road is taking the right overall direction. Gigantic code drops happen every once in a while, especially with…
  • Three months

    Kirill Grouchnikov
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:28 am
    Sometimes it feels that you simply can’t win. No matter how many bugs you slay, no matter how fast you crank out those features, your incoming queue never quite dries up. It’s easy to get lost, and it’s hard to see that you’re making a dent. I’ve been thinking recently that I can easily take three months off, forget that incoming queue and just work on stuff that I’ve been neglecting. Things that can been languishing in the queue, not quite ready to fall off the cliff, but not quite important enough to elbow their way to the top. Things that once were…
  • Candor and fairness

    Kirill Grouchnikov
    27 May 2015 | 11:24 am
    In the interview I recently published on this site, production designer John Lavin talked about separating yourself as a person from things that you work on: I used to teach drawing, and just the exercise of taking somebody who is not really used to that and saying “Here’s the drawing you made, go hang it on the wall and we’ll discuss it”, putting things up for criticism is something that I got pretty used to. And even though I’m sensitive to the criticism as a person, I’ve got a lot of practice with the idea that this painting, or movie, or thing that I…
  • Code reviews

    Kirill Grouchnikov
    21 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    One of the most enjoyable, and at times scary, things about working on my team is doing code reviews. They are mandatory no matter how “senior” you think you are or how long you’ve been on the team. I sometimes catch myself thinking “better not add Mr. SoAndSo because he’s going to point out all the ugly things in this pile of hacks I’ve been constructing here”. It’s those times where I just go back and try to make things less hacky And then add that guy who would have the most objectively critical eye to look at the code change. Do code…
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    No Fluff Just Stuff

  • Get Your Mobile Development Questions Answered – Office Hours

    Max Katz
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    View this recording to get your mobile development questions answered. We held our first Office Hours session where developers asked questions and we answered them in real time. Want to learn more? Check out our YouTube channel for many more videos on mobile development.
  • What Creates Trust in Your Organization?

    Johanna Rothman
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    I published my most recent newsletter, Creating Trustworthy Estimates, this past week. I also noted on Twitter that one person said his estimates created trust in his organization. (He was responding to a #noestimate post that I had retweeted.) Sometimes, estimates do create trust. They provide a comfortable feeling to many people that you have an idea of what size this beast is. That’s why I offer solutions for a gross estimate in Predicting the Unpredictable. I have nothing against gross estimates. I don’t like gross estimates (or even detailed estimates) as a way to evaluate…
  • Minecon 2015 – Minecraft Modding Workshop and Education Panel

    Arun Gupta
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    Devoxx4Kids Minecraft Modding workshop has been used all around the world by kids as their first introduction to Java programming, even programming in several cases. This workshop has been delivered at our meetups, corporate events such as OSCON, Silicon Valley Code Camp, JavaOne and Red Hat Summit, schools, libraries, workplaces, homes, and many other venues. And now its going to the most coveted and sought after place for all minecrafters around the world – Minecon 2015! Many thanks to Microsoft (now the parent company of Mojang) for extending the invitation! Minecon is the biggest…
  • Cascading 3.0 Maintenance Release

    Paco Nathan
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    We have just published a new maintenance release 3.0.1 of Cascading. This release resolves the following issue: – Fixed issue in c.f.t.p.Hadoop2TezFlowStepJob where the LocalResources were not passed to the AppMaster correctly causing ClassNotFoundException during split calculation for custom InputFormats. It can be downloaded from… Continue reading →
  • Research Triangle Software Symposium - Aug 21 - 22, 2015

    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    No Fluff Just Stuff is pleased to announce the Research Triangle Software Symposium, Aug 21 - 22, 2015. Catch these Featured Sessions
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    Eric Sink

  • My initial experience with Rust

    8 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    First, a digression about superhero movies I am apparently incapable of hating any movie about a comic book superhero. I can usually distinguish the extremes. Yes, I can tell that "The Dark Knight" was much better than "Elektra". My problem is that I tend to think that the worst movies in this genre are still pretty good. And I have the same sort of unreasonable affection toward programming languages. I have always been fascinated by languages, compilers, and interpreters. My opinions about such things skew toward the positive simply because I find them so interesting. I do still have…
  • Announcing Zumero for SQL Server, Release 2.0

    8 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Zumero for SQL Server (ZSS) is a solution for replication and sync between SQL Server and mobile devices. ZSS can be used to create offline-friendly mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, PhoneGap, and Xamarin. Our 2.0 release is a major step forward in the maturity of the product. Highlights: Compatibility with Azure SQL -- This release offers improved compatibility with Microsoft Azure SQL Database. Whether you prefer cloud or on-prem, ZSS 2.0 is a robust sync solution. Improved filtering -- In the 2.0 release, filters have become more powerful and easier to use. Arcane limitations of…
  • Microsoft is becoming cool again

    30 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Isn't "New Microsoft" awesome? .NET is going open source? And cross-platform? On Github?!? The news out of Redmond often seems like a mis-timed April fools joke. But it's real. This is happening. Microsoft is apparently willing to do "whatever it takes" to get developers to love them again. How did this company change so much, so quickly? A lot of folks are giving credit to CEO Satya Nadella. And there could be some truth to that. Maaaaaaybe. Another popular view: Two of the most visible people in this story are: Scott Hanselman (whose last name I cannot type without double-checking the…
  • What Mongo-ish API would mobile developers want?

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    A couple weeks ago I blogged about mobile sync for MongoDB. Updated Status of Elmo Embeddable Lite Mongo continues to move forward nicely: Progress on indexes: Compound and multikey indexes are supported. Sparse indexes are not done yet. Index key encoding is different from the KeyString stuff that Mongo itself does. For encoding numerics, I did an ugly-but-workable F# port of the encoding used by SQLite4. Hint is supported, but is poorly tested so far. Explain is supported, partially, and only for version 3 of the wire protocol. More work to do there. The query planner (which has delusions…
  • Mobile Sync for Mongo

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    We here at Zumero have been exploring the possibility of a mobile sync solution for MongoDB. We first released our Zumero for SQL Server product almost 18 months ago, and today there are bunches of people using mobile apps which sync using our solution. But not everyone uses SQL Server, so we often wonder what other database backends we should consider supporting. In this blog entry, I want to talk about some progress we've made toward a "Zumero for Mongo" solution and "think out loud" about the possibilities. Background: Mobile Sync The basic idea of mobile sync is to keep a partial copy of…
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    Android Developers Blog

  • An update on Eclipse Android Developer Tools

    Reto Meier
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:03 am
    Posted by Jamal Eason, Product Manager, Android Over the past few years, our team has focused on improving the development experience for building Android apps with Android Studio. Since the launch of Android Studio, we have been impressed with the excitement and positive feedback. As the official Android IDE, Android Studio gives you access to a powerful and comprehensive suite of tools to evolve your app across Android platforms, whether it's on the phone, wrist, car or TV. To that end and to focus all of our efforts on making Android Studio better and faster, we are ending development and…
  • Android Developer Story: Shifty Jelly drives double-digit growth with material design and expansion to the car and wearables

    Reto Meier
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:33 am
    Posted by Lily Sheringham, Google Play team Pocket Casts is a leading podcasting app on Google Play built by Australian-based mobile development company Shifty Jelly. The company recently achieved $1 million in sales for the first time, reaching more than 500K users. According to the co-founder Russell Ivanovic, the adoption of material design played a significant role in driving user engagement for Pocket Casts by streamlining the user experience. Moreover, users are now able to access the app beyond the smartphone -- in the car with Android Auto, on a watch with Android Wear or on the TV…
  • Fitness Apps on Android Wear

    Reto Meier
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Posted by Joshua Gordon, Developer Advocate Go for a run, improve your game, and explore the great outdoors with Android Wear! Developers are creating a diverse array of fitness apps that provide everything from pace and heart rate while running, to golf tips on your favorite course, to trail maps for hiking. Let’s take a look features of the open and flexible Wear platform they use to create great user experiences. Always-on stats If your app supports always-on, you’ll never have to touch or twist your watch to activate the display. Running and want to see your pace? Glance at your wrist…
  • Growing Android TV engagement with search and recommendations

    Reto Meier
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    Posted by Maru Ahues, Media Developer Advocate When it comes to TV, content is king. But to enjoy great content, you first need to find it. We created Android TV with that in mind: a truly smart TV should deliver interesting content to users. Today, EPIX® joins a growing list of apps that use the Android TV platform to make it easy to enjoy movies, TV shows, sports highlights, music videos and more. Making TV Apps Searchable Think of your favorite movie. Now try to locate it in one of your streaming apps. If you have a few apps to choose from, it might take some hunting before you can watch…
  • More Material Design with Topeka for Android

    Reto Meier
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    Posted by Ben Weiss, Developer Programs Engineer Material design is a new system for visual, interaction and motion design. We originally launched the Topeka web app as an Open Source example of material design on the web. Today, we’re publishing a new material design example: The Android version of Topeka. It demonstrates that the same branding and material design principles can be used to create a consistent experience across platforms. Grab the code today on GitHub. The juicy bits While the project demonstrates a lot of different aspects of material design, let’s take a quick look at…
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    AWS Official Blog

  • In the Works – AWS Region in India

    Jeff Barr
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    We seem to have AWS customers in just about every corner of the world (190 countries at last count). We have offices in many countries, localized content on the AWS web site, and a broad array of certifications and accreditations to give those customers the assurances that they can run many different types of workloads on the AWS Cloud. Coming to India As part of our AWS Enterprise Summits in India, we have announced our intent to open an AWS Infrastructure Region there in 2016. With tens of thousands of customers in India already making great use of AWS to drive cost savings, accelerate…
  • New – AWS Budgets and Forecasts

    Jeff Barr
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    The dynamic, pay-as-you-go nature of the AWS Cloud gives you the opportunity to build systems that respond gracefully to changes in load while paying only for the compute, storage, network, database, and other resources that you actually consume. Over the last couple of years, as our customer base has become increasingly sophisticated and cloud-aware, we have been working to provide equally sophisticated tools for viewing and managing costs. Many enterprises use AWS for multiple projects, often spread across multiple departments and billed directly or through linked accounts. In the usual…
  • AWS Week in Review – June 22, 2015

    Jeff Barr
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    Let’s take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, June 22 We announced Tagging for Amazon Glacier Vaults. We announced a New Version of the AWS SDK for Python (Boto3). We announced that the AWS Storage Gateway Now Supports Dell NetVault Backup 10.0 with Gateway-VTL. The AWS Windows and .NET Developer Blog talked about the SDK’s RegisterProfile method. The Cloud Academy Blog announced a New Cloud Academy Course: Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud. We added Cloudcyr Data Server, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM with SQL 2014 SP2 Enterprise, Microsoft Windows Server…
  • EC2’s R3 Instances Now Available in Brazil

    Jeff Barr
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:48 pm
    EC2’s R3 instances are designed to provide you with the best price per GiB of RAM, along with high memory performance. I am happy to be able to announce that they are now available in the South America (Brazil) region, in two sizes. Here are the specs: Instance Name vCPU Count RAM SSD Storage Hourly On-Demand (Linux) RI UpFront (Linux, 3 Year) RI Price / Hour (Linux, 3 Year) r3.4xlarge 16 122 GiB 1 x 320 $2.946 $17,345 $0.660 r3.8xlarge 32 244 GiB 2 x 320 $5.892 $34,690 $1.320 Here are some of the other notable features and characteristics of these instances: Intel Xeon (Ivy Bridge)…
  • AWS Public Sector Update – City on a Cloud and More

    Jeff Barr
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Earlier today we opened the 6th annual AWS Government, Education, and Nonprofits Symposium in Washington, DC. As part of the event we announced another City on a Cloud Challenge, an upcoming AWS Public Data Set, and some information about the overall usage and growth of AWS in this space. City on a Cloud Challenge We are now looking for entries for the second City on a Cloud Challenge! With awards totaling $250,000 in AWS credits, this program is designed to recognize local and regional governments (along with developers) that are pushing forward with the cloud in innovative ways. Entries…
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    All About Agile | Agile Development Made Easy!

  • ‘Agile Executive’ – 1 day workshop with Kelly Waters

    Kelly Waters
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    Hi everyone, Until now, I have only offered training & workshops as part of my consulting service to clients.  Now, for the first time, I am offering an open workshop for managers and executives that are embarking on or part of an agile transformation.  Details below… ‘Agile Executive’ Creating an organisation that is fast moving, […]
  • Fear is Waterfall

    Kelly Waters
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:05 am
    This article was written by Haran Rasalingam and was first published on thetrainline engineering blog The big selling point of Agile is the fast return on investment it promises. But what excites me most about Agile is its emphasis on people – agility done well injects humanity back into activities which Waterfall has made bureaucratic and devoid of […]
  • Agile Transformation … Learning What Doesn’t Work Is The Key To Success

    Dave Prior
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:55 am
    I was teaching a private class a few weeks ago and a student in the class mentioned that his company had “already failed at Agile three different times.” The way the statement was phrased really struck me. It made me very aware of my own opinions about Agile adoption and taught me a little about how […] The post Agile Transformation … Learning What Doesn’t Work Is The Key To Success appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • An Introduction to Cost of Delay

    Derek Huether
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:20 pm
    I was recently watching an episode of Shark Tank. I loved the unfiltered statement from Kevin O’Leary (Mr. Wonderful) toward an entrepreneur seeking an investor in his company. I’m here to make money! If you’re a fan of Shark Tank, you’ll notice something about Mr. Wonderful.  He keeps the conversation focused on the money.  When will he […] The post An Introduction to Cost of Delay appeared first on LeadingAgile.
  • Is Predictability Really What We Want?

    Dave Rooney
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Predictability in software system delivery is as close to a Holy Grail as it comes in the IT industry. I’ve heard many people stress being able to have a predictable delivery cadence as something valuable to them. As recently as today I saw a reference to “predictability over commitment” on Twitter! But why is predictability so important to so many people? The people who pay for the
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    Agile Development Blog: Scaling Software Agility

  • Deliver Your Releases Predictably — As Planned and on Time

    Steve Wolfe
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Agile at scale essentially boils down to this: Agile teams working with the business to deliver value to market fast and predictably. Though the principles of Agile development — cadence, collaboration, synchronization, etc. — remain the same, planning and delivery are different at scale. Coordinating complex development across teams requires a different approach. It means putting business value first and coordinating that work across multiple teams. Rather than try to dissect the work in process team by team, delivery leaders need an at-a-glance view of the overall progress of the…
  • Escape Excel Hell With Rally’s Capacity Scenario Planning Capability

    Catherine Connor
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    We are thrilled to announce the availability of Rally’s capacity planning capability — built for the program and portfolio level of enterprise scale Agile. With the new Capacity Planning page in the Rally platform, strategic planners can rapidly translate their business initiatives into realistic and adaptable action plans, without relying on disconnected, manually updated spreadsheets. The new Portfolio > Capacity Planning page provides a staging environment for portfolio, product, and engineering leaders to collaborate ahead of release planning — without impacting the productivity…
  • Customer Spotlight: Physicians Mutual

    Jen Page
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    There are plenty of people who would tell you that an Agile transformation should be conducted slowly and gradually. Not Physicians Mutual. Taking Center Stage at RallyON This week at RallyON!™ 2015, our friends at Physicians Mutual will be up on the main stage, talking about their unique and successful approach to an Agile transformation. We’ll share that video later so you can watch for yourself! Meanwhile, here’s a sneak peek into the story. The Big Bang Approach In just few months, Physicians Mutual’s Enterprise Technology Group (ETG) launched 14 teams simultaneously and started…
  • Meet Our Sponsors at RallyON 2015

    Morgan Campbell
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    You’ve heard the saying, “It takes a village.” At Rally, we believe it takes an integrated network of technology and services partners to make the most of your Agile transformation. That’s why the Expo floor at this year's RallyON!™ Agile conference pulls together top organizations such as CA Technologies, QA Symphony, and Scaled Agile, Inc. — all industry-leading Rally partners that can help you deliver at the new pace of change. Whether you’re just starting with Agile or you’re ready to launch release trains across your enterprise, the RallyON 2015 sponsors will be…
  • Women in Agile Roundtable at RallyON

    Angela Tucci
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    Being a woman in Agile — not to mention a woman in tech — can be a lonely experience. Women hold fewer than 25% of leadership roles at top tech companies, comprise less than 20% of all software developers, and represent just 6% of all CIOs. Ironically, Agile’s fundamental principles of collaboration, adaptability to change, servant leadership, empathy, and attention to quality are areas where women excel. Research tells us that diverse teams perform better, and that companies with women in leadership roles have better business results. How can we better create better Agile workplaces…
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    Successful Software

  • Business of Software UK 2015

    Andy Brice
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
    I went to the UK Business of Software conference in Cambridge (England) last week. I hadn’t been previously because I associated it more with VC backed companies that wanted to grow fast, rather than lifestyle software businesses such as mine. But I decided to give it a try this year. I really enjoyed it. The organization was good, the attendees were an interesting, diverse and friendly group, the talks were engaging and varied and it was a great atmosphere. There were people from IBM and Microsoft, right down to other 1 person companies. I made some new contacts and caught up with some…
  • 7 Reasons Software Developers Should Learn Marketing

    Andy Brice
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:13 am
    1. Improved career prospects The intersection of people with development skills and marketing skills is pretty small. Being in this intersection can only help your career prospects. Also an in-depth understanding of software is very helpful when you are marketing software, compared to a marketer who doesn’t really understand software. 2. It’s not rocket science The basics of marketing boil down to: Find out what people want/need/will pay for. Get people’s attention cost effectively. Communicate what your product does. Choose the right price. None of these things are as simple as…
  • South West Bootstrappers meetup

    Andy Brice
    27 May 2015 | 11:50 am
    I am organizing a regular meetup in Swindon (UK) for people who are running (or are interested in running) their own bootstrapped (i.e. not VC funded) software product business. Come along and talk shop with other aspiring and experienced bootstrappers. It doesn’t matter if you are developing for web, Windows, Mac or mobile. The first meetup is on the evening of Tuesday 16th June 2015. You can find out more and RSVP at Filed under: microISV, news, software Tagged: bootstrapper, mac, meeting, meetup, microISV, micropreneur, mobile, saas, south west,…
  • ‘Start your own software business’ training course 2015

    Andy Brice
    21 May 2015 | 2:22 pm
    I am planning to run my ‘Start your own software business’ training course again this year, probably in September. It is an intensive weekend course, at a hotel in my home town of Swindon (in the UK). It is aimed at people who want to start (or at an early stage of starting) a software company selling desktop or web software. It builds on my 10 years of experience running my own software company and consulting to other software companies. It’s the course I wish I had attended when I started my business. I know a lot of courses are online now. But I think you get more from…
  • The mystery of the Chinese downloads

    Andy Brice
    14 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    It’s a good to idea to regularly look through the logs of your website. You’ll often find something interesting. In March 2013 I was looking through the web logs for my seating planner software and I noticed the number of downloads of the Windows version of my software had gone up by a factor of 5, compared to the previous month. Everything else stayed pretty much the same: The number of visits to the download page hardly changed. The number of completed Windows installs hardly changed. The number of downloads of my Mac installer hardly changed. Odd. On further investigation it…
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    John D. Cook

  • The name we give to bright ideas

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:28 am
    From The Book of Strange New Things: … I said that if science could come up with something like the Jump it could surely solve a problem like that. Severin seized hold of that word, “science.” Science, he said, is not some mysterious larger-than-life force, it’s just the name we give to bright ideas that individual guys have when they’re lying in bed at night, and that if the fuel thing bothered me so much, there was nothing stopping me from having a bright idea to solve it …
  • Algorithmic wizardry

    24 Jun 2015 | 4:31 am
    Last week I wrote a short commentary on James Hague’s blog post Organization skills beat algorithmic wizardry. This week that post got more traffic than my server could handle. I believe it struck a chord with experienced software developers who know that the challenges they face now are not like the challenges they prepared for in school. Although I completely agree that “algorithmic wizardry” is over-rated in general, my personal experience has been a little different. My role on projects has frequently been to supply a little bit of algorithmic wizardry. I’ve often…
  • The Nickel Tour

    23 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    If you’re new to this blog, welcome! Let me show you around. Here are some of the most popular posts on this site and some other things I’ve written. If you’d like to subscribe to this site you can do so by RSS or email. I also have a monthly newsletter. You can find out more about me and my background here. You can also find me on Twitter and Google+. If you have any questions or comments, here’s my contact info.
  • The most important skill in software development

    18 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    Here’s an insightful paragraph from James Hague’s blog post Organization skills beat algorithmic wizardry: When it comes to writing code, the number one most important skill is how to keep a tangle of features from collapsing under the weight of its own complexity. I’ve worked on large telecommunications systems, console games, blogging software, a bunch of personal tools, and very rarely is there some tricky data structure or algorithm that casts a looming shadow over everything else. But there’s always lots of state to keep track of, rearranging of values, handling…
  • AI Spring

    11 Jun 2015 | 5:45 am
    Artificial intelligence, or at least the perception of artificial intelligence, has gone from disappointing to frightening in the blink of an eye. As Marc Andreessen said on Twitter this morning: AI: From “It’s so horrible how little progress has been made” to “It’s so horrible how much progress has been made” in one step. When I read this I thought of Pandora (the mythical figure, not the music service). “Are you still working on opening that box? Any progress?” “No, the lid just … won’t … budge … Oh wait, I think I got…
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  • SpeechTrans API Provides Instant Translation Functionality

    <a href="">cmcmillan1</a>
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:17 pm
    SpeechTrans is a universal translator service that allows for instant communication in more than 44 languages. With no need for an interpreter, cross-language conversations can become a part of everyday life. The SpeechTrans API lets developers and companies access this functionality and customize it to suit their needs.
  • Daily API RoundUp: Tableau, Sense360, and PromisePay

    <a href="">joyc</a>
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.
  • Integration Improves Performance for Campaign Monitor Customers

    <a href="">ProgrammableWeb PR</a>
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:39 pm
    This article is a company-provided press release and ProgrammableWeb cannot vouch for the accuracy of the statements within. If you have questions regarding the information below, please contact the company that issued the press release.
  • Why It’s OK To Design Imperfect APIs

    <a href="">bkrausz</a>
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:48 pm
    This article was prepared by a guest contributor to ProgrammableWeb. The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the view of ProgrammableWeb or its editorial staff. Perfectionism will only get you so far, especially when it comes to API design.
  • PromisePay API Provides Digital Payment Functionality

    <a href="">cmcmillan1</a>
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Powerful payment engines that offer security and an easy and efficient way to pay and get paid are what enables the online marketplace to thrive. It’s what enables businesses to exceed their growth expectations and consumers to get the choice and convenience they desire. With this in mind, PromisePay has set out to create a powerful payment engine that it believes will greatly enhance e-commerce in general.
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    The Programmer's Paradox

  • Encapsulation

    Paul W. Homer
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    One of the strongest, but possibly least understood principles of object-oriented (OO) programming is 'encapsulation'. The OO paradigm explicitly injects structure on top of code which allows programmers to build and maintain considerably larger programs than in the distant past. This extra level of organization is the key to managing complexity. But while this amplifies our abilities to build big programs, there is still a 'threshold of complexity' that once crossed will quickly start to degrade the overall stability of the development project, and eventually the software itself. An…
  • Get Serious

    Paul W. Homer
    31 May 2015 | 8:08 am
    It is time we get serious about building software systems. Small programs used for entertainment can be hastily written, but they do not scale up for industrial usage. Large organizations need massive amounts of computation that they can rely upon, both to keep up with the ever-changing times but also to master the dragons of complexity that we have unleashed.So far, in software development, all we've been doing is idly tossing code at a sea of independent silos, while the more questionable people in our industry keep making fabulous claims about how their stuff, this time, will really fix…
  • Flashlights

    Paul W. Homer
    10 May 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Imagine being lost in a wilderness of perpetual darkness. All you have is a small flashlight. The bumpy landscape is covered with all sorts of interesting, yet complex structures; some large, some tiny, some benign, some extraordinarily dangerous. As you thread your way around these obstacles, you can only see a temporary two dimensional projection of the structures as illuminated by your flashlight's beam. You do your best to remember what you can about the landscape, but it's the limits of your own memory that throttle your ability to move about. If you try to move too fast, but your memory…
  • Special Case Considered Harmful

    Paul W. Homer
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Without a doubt, the all-time quickest way to implement any new variability in an existing code base is to create a new branch with if/else statements, copy & paste the original code into its new block, and then modify the copy. You don't have to spend any time thinking. It's quick. It's initially painless. And it is one of the most popular ways to create code. As a result of this, we often see programs that consist of layer upon layer of nested branches; sometimes four levels deep, sometimes worse. Advanced programmers avoid this by hiding these special cases in a mass of methods or…
  • Shades of Grey

    Paul W. Homer
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Every profession changes its practitioners. How could it not? They'll spend a big part of their life approaching problems from a given angle, applying knowledge built up by others with that same perspective. Prolonged immersion in such an environment gradually colours their views of the world. Programmers encounter this frequently. Coding is all about engaging in a dialogue with a rigid machines that don't tolerate ambiguity or understand intentions. They do exactly, and precisely, what we tell them to do. There is no greyness, no magic; the machines only follow their instructions as given…
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    Embedded Computing Design

  • Why use high-temperature-rated M.2 SATA SSDs in datacenters

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Temperatures inside datacenters are on the rise in an effort to save money. Most datacenters operate between 68 ºF and 72 ºF, but raising the temperature can save hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs. How high should you set the temperature in your datacenter? The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommends an inlet temperature [...]
  • A survey of open networking standards, part 3: OpenStack

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:05 pm
    We’ve already covered OpenDaylight and Open vSwitch in our series on open-source standards for networking, so next we’ll move on to a project that is larger in scope than either one of them – OpenStack. Originally conceived by NASA and RackSpace, OpenStack is cloud computing software that uses logical abstractions so that users can get [...]
  • E-cast: Addressing Hardware Obsolescence for VxWorks(tm) 5.x Based Systems

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Hardware components are no longer available for many legacy systems running VxWorks 5.x. A schedule- and cost-friendly solution is needed that allows current systems to be updated and fielded without requiring a full development and internal certifica...
  • Have you implemented a process to ensure security?

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last time, we chatted about the #1 problem for security in the embedded world – there simply isn’t one overarching governing body that oversees security. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, this factor is going to pose more and more problems down the road. However, there’s good news: processes are already in place that have [...]
  • E-cast: Navigating agile automotive software development

    24 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    With many automotive organizations transforming development efforts towards agile methodologies, the need to redefine and establish security, safety, and quality standards and testing methods is more important than ever. How do we fit safety and secur...
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    Ruminations of a Programmer

  • Baking a π can teach you a bit of Parametricity

    13 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    Even though I got my copy of Prof. Eugenia Cheng's awesome How to Bake π a couple of weeks back, I started reading it only over this weekend. I am only on page 19 enjoying all the stuff regarding cookies that Prof. Cheng is using to explain abstraction. This is a beautiful piece of explanation and if you are a programmer you may get an extra mile out of the concepts that she explains here. Let's see if we can unravel a few of them ..She starts with a real life situation such as:If Grandma gives you five cookies and Grandpa gives you five cookies, how many cookies will you have ?Let's model…
  • Randomization and Probabilistic Techniques to scale up Machine Learning

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Some time back I blogged about the possibilities that probabilistic techniques and randomization bring on to the paradigm of stream computing. Architectures based on big data not only relate to high volume storage, but also on low latency velocities, and this is exactly where stream computing has a role to play. I discussed a few data structures like bloom filters, count min sketch and hyperloglog and algorithms like Locality Sensitive Hashing that use probabilistic techniques to reduce the search and storage space while processing huge volumes of data.Of late, I have been studying some of…
  • Functional Patterns in Domain Modeling - Composing a domain workflow with statically checked invariants

    10 Feb 2015 | 11:45 am
    I have been doing quite a bit of domain modeling using functional programming mostly in Scala. And as it happens when you work on something for a long period of time you tend to identify more and more patterns that come up repeatedly within your implementations. You may ignore these as patterns the first time, get a feeling of mere coincidence the next time, but third time really gives you that aha! moment and you feel like documenting it as a design pattern. In course of my learnings I have started blogging on some of these patterns - you can find the earlier ones in the series in:Functional…
  • Probabilistic techniques, data streams and online learning - Looking forward to a bigger 2015

    31 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    I look forward to 2015 as the year when randomized algorithms, probabilistic techniques and data structures become more pervasive and mainstream. The primary driving factors for this will be more and more prevalence of big data and the necessity to process them in near real time using minimal (or constant) memory bandwidth. You are given data streams where possibly you will see every data only once in your lifetime and you need to churn out analytics from them in real time. You cannot afford to store all of them in a database on disk since it will incur an unrealistic performance penalty to…
  • Functional and Reactive Domain Modeling

    2 Nov 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Manning has launched the MEAP of my upcoming book on Domain Modeling.The first time I was formally introduced to the topic was way back when I played around with Erik Evans' awesome text on the subject of Domain Driven Design. In the book he discusses various object lifecycle patterns like the Factory, Aggregate or Repository that help separation of concerns when you are implementing the various interactions between the elements of the domain model. Entities are artifacts with identities, value objects are pure values while services model the coarse level use cases of the model…
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  • 6 Tools to Make Your Design Business More Efficient

    18 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
    Whether you run a design agency or operate as a freelancer, you quickly learn the value of efficiency. The slower you and your team members are, the more time wasted on badly-designed processes, the less work you get done - and the less money you make. You want to make sure your dirty work is quick and easy, in order to clear more time for what actually matters. The good news are that you’ve got plenty of tools to help you do that. Here are six you’ll surely find useful.Read more »
  • Custom Audio Player with Jquery Audio Controls Plugin

    20 May 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Introducing the new jquery AudioControls plugin for custom web HTML5 audio players, this helps you to make fastest audio player system for your web projects. This plugin actually works with HTML5 <audio> tag, create your own player design and just apply plugin data attributes to the HTML elements. First version supports basic audio controls, we are going to improve this in future Thanks! Read more »
  • 7 Examples of Great Minimal Design with Webydo

    29 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    As the young web took off so many years ago, the rush to fill digital pages with all manner of cool widgets and effects proved too tempting. We wound up with a busy, cluttered internet full of superfluous content. Remember those days? Fortunately, modern trends in web design have gone down a much more utilitarian path while still promoting compelling design.Read more »
  • Google Charts with Jquery Ajax

    27 Apr 2015 | 11:58 am
    If you are working for analytics project, you need a rich chart system to display big data results. Google is providing us a powerful chart tools that you can implement charts very simple, this tutorial will explain you how to implement Google charts with Jquery ajax JSON data. Try out there are many free interactive charts and data tools, take a quick look at this live demo. Read more »
  • Audio Recording with Custom Audio Player using Jquery and HTML5

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Few days back one of my friend sent me an audio message in Facebook messenger, the moment I was realized that I haven’t covered this audio recording system on Today I want to discuss how to publish a voice recording messages on newsfeed using Jquery and HTML5 with custom HTML5 audio player. Take a quick look at the live demo, make sure use the microphone for better result. Read more »
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  • Angular 2 Demystified

    23 Jun 2015 | 4:42 am
    As I mentioned in my recent blog post Angular 2 is a complete rewrite. Many concepts that are known from Angular 1.x are gone or changed dramatically. Angular 2 looks like a completely different framework: no controllers*, no DDO, no $scope, no angular.module and completely rewritten binding and change detection (no ng-model).Although Angular 2 is still work in progress many new features have already been revealed. In this blog post I will share some basic concepts of the framework via code samples that I presented during my lecture at InfoShare 2015.Please note the code is created with the…
  • I was thrown in at the deep end − interview with Maciek Czucha

    16 Jun 2015 | 2:54 am
    Can you return to a company once you decided to quit? What is it like when your passion suddenly becomes an inspiration for some changes in your professional life? And where in the world can you expect the best wind? You will find answers to these questions in an interview with Maciek Czucha, Product Owner at Goyello, responsible for Webmerce, a platform for running online shops.Maciek, how did it happen that you started working at Goyello?With Peter Horsten, the founder of Goyello, we met through personal contacts. It was in 2007. Peter and his wife Kasia moved to Poland from the…
  • Check what 5 features you need to excel at teamwork

    9 Jun 2015 | 2:22 am
    Almost every job advertisement has “teamwork” in the list of requirements. In almost every CV you can spot “teamwork” as one of its owner’s key skills. Is teamwork becoming new literacy? I guess so. But what actually makes you a good team player? I have many years of experience working as a member of Agile teams. I have learnt a lot about what being a team player actually means.  In this post I have listed the features that I think are essential if you want not only to claim you are a team player, but more importantly, become a successful member of a team.  What is…
  • Get ready − AngularJS 2 is coming!

    8 Jun 2015 | 8:10 am
    InfoShare is one of the biggest and the most attended Tech and New Media events in Poland. This year for the second time I have the pleasure to attend the conference as a speaker. I will be presenting at Tech Stage about AngularJS 2, the successor of AngularJS 1.x.Angular 1.xAngular 1.x is the most popular Front-end framework these days. Last year we decided to adopt it in some of Goyello new projects. Today we have some experience to share. At the same time we are closely looking at the next generation of the framework.Game changerIt is extremely easy to get started with Angular 1.x. It…
  • How we migrated a pro cycling web app and supported future demands

    15 May 2015 | 4:59 am
    How we migrated a pro cycling management system and supported future demands With this year’s cycling season being open I thought it would be a good idea to share with you a story of a solution Goyello developed for Cycling Service. The experienced international organisation, mediating and operating between professional cyclists, teams and race organisers approached us with a challenging task. They needed to have their old HTML 4 web app revamped to make it compliant with modern standards and mobile devices. The result of the cooperation is Cyclotivity – a web application used by…
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  • Compatible .ruby-version with Rbenv Aliases

    Eric Himmelreich
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:11 pm
    In the past I've worked on projects where the .ruby-version checked into git specifies a ruby version not recognized by rbenv. Typically this can happen when the ruby version is specified with patch version while rbenv omits it. Consider a .ruby-version file containing 2.1.3p242. This version is listed as 2.1.3 by rbenv (while RVM and others may list it differently), and it isn't recognized due to the patch version (though the version in rbenv is actually 2.1.3p242). There's a plugin called rbenv-aliases that addresses this problem. You can install the plugin with the following commands:…
  • Comparing plist files on OSX

    Eric Himmelreich
    10 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    I recently had a problem with some of my keyboard shortcuts not working on OS X. I ended up moving the original plist (Property List) file, rebooting, and configuring the settings manually. This fixed the problem but left me wondering why the keyboard shortcut broke in the first place. Computers don't just break. There has to be a reason. I tried to diff the two plist files and I got an unhelpful message similar to binary files differ. Having been on OS X a while, I know that plists can be saved as text or binary. In this case I simply used the open command to load the files into XCode,…
  • RSpec Suite Runs Twice?

    Eric Himmelreich
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    I worked on a rails project recently that had a peculiar problem. When running the specs via rake spec or rspec the whole suite would appear to run twice. I began digging around in spec/spec_helper.rb to try to figure out how RSpec could be configured to run twice instead of once. I also went to google and stack overflow and didn't find much. Eventually I saw that there was both a .rspec file with configuration options and a few of the same configuration options repeated in the spec_helper. Once I removed the duplication (in particular the format documentation option was specified in both…
  • On API Security

    Eric Himmelreich
    11 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    I was asked recently about designing a secure API. There are 2 basic steps: Encrypt the connection (HTTPS) Encrypt the paylod (HMAC-SHA1 for example) You could think up ways to go further but these are the basics that need to be covered. Pitfalls to avoid While the above two steps are pretty straight forward and easy to read about and learn, there is one problem to watch out for. When an app developer starts learning about how to secure an API or a website, there is a possibility that that developer will start to consider him or herself an expert in security. This can lead to developing your…
  • How to Set Up Angular with Rails Part 3

    Eric Himmelreich
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    originally posted on the Intridea blog here: In Part 2 of Angular with Rails series, we covered creating a Rails API with tests in RSpec and setting up an AngularJS app that reads from the API. In Part 3 we will cover: Adding CSS Adding editing functionality Creating a custom filter Setting up JavaScript tests Setup Bootstrap Sass In order to support editing functionality we'll add some CSS to the UI. Following the README at bootstrap-sass, we'll add to our Gemfile: gem 'bootstrap-sass' '~> 3.3.0' Add to…
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  • Speedrunning Culture: The Future of Single-Player Gaming

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    The beauty of video games is that they’re interactive, meaning you can play them however you wish.This may not be as true in an online multiplayer setting, but is certainly true for singleplayer games.The culture of speedrunning is a perfect example. Download this free guide to learn about the speedrunning culture and where it’s headed.Table of Contents:Speedrunning: A Humble StartThe Drive of a SpeedrunnerWhat Makes a Good Speedrunning Game?The Boom in Speedrunning CultureSpeedrunners on Twitch to FollowWhat’s In Store for Speedrunners?Request Free!
  • Geek Guide: Apache Web Servers and SSL Authentication

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    The bottom line is that whether you want or need to do so, adding HTTPS to a site you're running isn't very hard to do. In this Geek Guide, I walk through what SSL/TLS is (and isn't), how you can create or buy a certificate, how to install that certificate into an Apache server and then how to configure Apache such that a subset of URLs on your system are covered by SSL.Request Free!
  • How IT and HR Departments From Facebook Use Custom Apps

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    Hear how Facebook uses the Salesforce1 Platform to build critical HR apps for their employees. You'll also get the inside track from our own Salesforce HR team as they share how IT has helped them grow and support our talent pool with mobile apps built on the Salesforce1 Platform.Request Free!
  • Salesforce1 Lightning App Builder Demo

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    Now, anyone can quickly and easily build apps that run on any device, all without writing a single line of code. Watch the video to see how.Request Free!
  • Automate Business Processes with Salesforce1 Platform

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    The Salesforce1 Platform comes with clicks or code application development, reporting, easy-to-use dashboards right out of the box. Watch this video now.Request Free!
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    Mobile App Development Blog, Website Design Blog, App Developers

  • Simple Tips: Facts That You Did Not Know About App Development

    29 Jun 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Simple Tips: Facts That You Did Not Know About App Development  App Development is the latest buzzword among startups, entrepreneurs, SMB’s and enterprise in 2015. Are you looking to jump into the app entrepreneurial world? Are you curious about what goes into the making of an app and how to make the right financial decisions when picking an app development partner?   At SDI, we have been answering these questions for over a decade and a half. We have perfected the process of high quality apps at a low price. We went ahead and compiled a few of the most common questions asked what…
  • Empower Your Business with Adaptive Web Design

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Empower Your Business with Adaptive Web Design Have you noticed a drop in your internet traffic and in internet-driven leads in the last few years? That’s probably because Google and Bing (as well as other search engines) have moved more and more towards favoring mobile-friendly sites. With the mobile internet traffic expected to surpass desktop within a few years, it is important for SMB owners and entrepreneurs to have a website that is mobile-friendly. One way to get your website ready to seamlessly handle mobile traffic is through a web architecture known as Adaptive Web Design, or AWD.
  • Most Common App Development Mistakes to Avoid

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:52 pm
    Most Common App Development Mistakes to Avoid  In the 15+ years that SDI has been in business, we have seen what works and what falls flat on its face. It turns out that there are some relatively common pitfalls that lead to an unsuccessful mobile app. As top Silicon Valley App Makers, the experts at SDI have heard every idea mobile app idea out there.   Whether you are a serial app entrepreneur or the owner of a SMB looking to increase your customer base with an Android or iOS app, it helps to be aware of common app development roadblocks. At SDI, our marketing and development…
  • Fuel your Business: Tips from 6 Top Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Fuel your Business: Tips from 6 Top Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley   Running your own startup is a challenging process, as any entrepreneur will tell you. There are ups and downs, hiccups and hesitations – and that’s even before you’ve officially opened your doors!   For today’s SMB owner, the entrepreneurial world is a varied landscape of twists and turns. But, for those who succeed, the rewards are immensely gratifying and can change your life. With all the challenges an entrepreneur faces today, a little bit of advice from those who have been there before is always…
  • How to Turn Your Idea into a Winning App Business

    22 Jun 2015 | 9:24 pm
    How to Turn Your Idea into a Winning App Business  There is no shortage of clever people with clever ideas. An idea is the kernel of every business out there, no matter what they do. The problem is turning your idea into a winning app business. As Steve Jobs stated as far back as 1995, most people think that coming up with a “great idea is 90% of the work.” In reality, thinking of the idea is possibly the least amount of work you will have to do in order to succeed.   The biggest factor in creating a winning app business is commitment. To succeed, you have to be ready to work…
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  • Compatible .ruby-version with Rbenv Aliases

    Eric Himmelreich
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:11 pm
    In the past I've worked on projects where the .ruby-version checked into git specifies a ruby version not recognized by rbenv. Typically this can happen when the ruby version is specified with patch version while rbenv omits it. Consider a .ruby-version file containing 2.1.3p242. This version is listed as 2.1.3 by rbenv (while RVM and others may list it differently), and it isn't recognized due to the patch version (though the version in rbenv is actually 2.1.3p242). There's a plugin called rbenv-aliases that addresses this problem. You can install the plugin with the following commands:…
  • Comparing plist files on OSX

    Eric Himmelreich
    10 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    I recently had a problem with some of my keyboard shortcuts not working on OS X. I ended up moving the original plist (Property List) file, rebooting, and configuring the settings manually. This fixed the problem but left me wondering why the keyboard shortcut broke in the first place. Computers don't just break. There has to be a reason. I tried to diff the two plist files and I got an unhelpful message similar to binary files differ. Having been on OS X a while, I know that plists can be saved as text or binary. In this case I simply used the open command to load the files into XCode,…
  • RSpec Suite Runs Twice?

    Eric Himmelreich
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    I worked on a rails project recently that had a peculiar problem. When running the specs via rake spec or rspec the whole suite would appear to run twice. I began digging around in spec/spec_helper.rb to try to figure out how RSpec could be configured to run twice instead of once. I also went to google and stack overflow and didn't find much. Eventually I saw that there was both a .rspec file with configuration options and a few of the same configuration options repeated in the spec_helper. Once I removed the duplication (in particular the format documentation option was specified in both…
  • On API Security

    Eric Himmelreich
    11 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    I was asked recently about designing a secure API. There are 2 basic steps: Encrypt the connection (HTTPS) Encrypt the paylod (HMAC-SHA1 for example) You could think up ways to go further but these are the basics that need to be covered. Pitfalls to avoid While the above two steps are pretty straight forward and easy to read about and learn, there is one problem to watch out for. When an app developer starts learning about how to secure an API or a website, there is a possibility that that developer will start to consider him or herself an expert in security. This can lead to developing your…
  • How to Set Up Angular with Rails Part 3

    Eric Himmelreich
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    originally posted on the Intridea blog here: In Part 2 of Angular with Rails series, we covered creating a Rails API with tests in RSpec and setting up an AngularJS app that reads from the API. In Part 3 we will cover: Adding CSS Adding editing functionality Creating a custom filter Setting up JavaScript tests Setup Bootstrap Sass In order to support editing functionality we'll add some CSS to the UI. Following the README at bootstrap-sass, we'll add to our Gemfile: gem 'bootstrap-sass' '~> 3.3.0' Add to…
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  • Getting a software team to figure out their own problems - Part 2

    Ashish Agarwal
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:59 am
    In the previous post in this series (Working with a software team to improve their processes - Part 1), I described a situation where a software team was working in a state of somewhat poor processes; where they had a lot of work and hence were working flat out. As a result, they believed that they were doing great work and were productive (or rather, some of them were worried about whether they
  • Getting a software team to figure out their own problems - Part 1

    Ashish Agarwal
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:49 pm
    This is  my experience from a few months back. I was called to help a team that was handling a rough situation. They were part of a growing organization, and the amount of pressure on them was very high. The development team, the project manager and their product manager would get requests on an urgent basis, and their entire job over the next few days was about how to handle the project within
  • External components: Sending one's own proposed schedule

    Ashish Agarwal
    13 Jun 2015 | 12:10 pm
    This is something that happens in larger software development organizations. Typically, there would be multiple teams within the organization, responsible for specialized stuff. For example, a number of organizations have separate teams installer and build process since that is a function reasonable similar across multiple teams / software applications; there are many common components dealing
  • Using the latest version of external components - Needs attention

    Ashish Agarwal
    29 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Most software applications do use components that are not created by the software team; these could be components created by other teams within the organization, or by using components created by other organizations. For so many different functions, it is not required that the team try to do everything on their own; for example, you could consider many different types of parsers, or system
  • Hallway discussions - need to be encouraged

    Ashish Agarwal
    28 May 2015 | 10:49 am
    Is this really a post worth writing about ? Talking about hallway discussions ? I believe so. Sometimes one should write about obvious items, but which do not happen - either do not happen at all, or happen in such low frequency that they need to be improved. First of all, what are hallway discussions ? It can be a pretty broad term that can be tentatively be used to describe those conversations
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  • How to secure WordPress Admin with HTTPS – Self-signed certificate

    Viral Patel
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:28 am
    A little security is better than no security :D If you are self hosting a blog on some shared server or VPS it is good idea to secure the Admin panel using HTTPS. I have recently enabled this security on this blog by using self signed certificate. Before we dig into details lets check some basics of SSL or HTTPS. What is SSL? SSL is the standard for exchanging information securely–via cryptographic encryption–between a website and the browser. SSL is a way to establish a trusted connection between the server and a web browser. Once that relationship is in place the server…
  • WordPress – Allow Contributors to Add / Upload Media

    Viral Patel
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:40 am
    In WordPress by default the Add Media functionality (called Capability in wordpress terms) is disabled for users with Contributor role. If you are hosting multiuser wordpress site where users with contributor roles logs in and update their post, they would not be able to add images / medias. That’s quite annoying. The user who is editing a post must be able to add supported media for their post. Check below screenshot. The current user has “Contributor” role. Hence she is not able to view Add media button. Now to overcome this there is a simple trick. By using…
  • Excel Macro: Evaluating Formulas Dynamically

    Anuj Parashar
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    In this post, we will see how excel formulas can be picked-up dynamically in excel macros. This tutorial also covers applying cell formats dynamically. Lets consider the following example. For data setup, we open a new excel file and create a worksheet named “Data” in it. We set up the following sample data set in this sheet. The requirement is to write a macro which will populate additional columns based on some calculations (apply formulas on the existing data cells) for all the rows present. So, the result would look something like: The following processing has been done: ' Two new…
  • Getting Started With Yeoman (Introduction to Yeoman)

    Aditya Jain
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:50 am
    Yeoman is a Node module to automate your front-end project build process, so that all we as a developer only need to worry about is to code and test. Think of it as a Maven for your next JS based project. It does scaffolding of your project, manage your dependencies and then does the building. To perform these tasks, Yeoman is made up of three tools: yo: For scaffolding the application. That means you don’t worry about creating all those directory structures, writing basic JS file to get a project up and running. It magically creates all directory as per industry best practice, along…
  • Navigating Spring Security from thick Client to REST Webservice

    Vinay Tawney
    25 Apr 2014 | 12:52 am
    When a Web Service is protected by Spring security, and we try to access that Web Service, we are presented with a login page to enter our credentials. After we provide our credentials, this information is stored as part of the session and sent back and forth between the browser and the server in a cookie. However this is not the way it works with a non-browser, standalone client (like a mobile app) – for obvious reasons. This note describes a thick client. User requires to login into the thick client. On successful authentication the user’s credentials are stored with the client. When…
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  • Difference between Dependency Injection and Factory Pattern in Java

    Javin Paul
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:14 am
    TL;DR Main difference between dependency injection and factory pattern is that in case of former dependency is provided by third party (framework or container) while in case of later dependency is acquired by client class itself. Another key difference between them is that use of dependency injection result in loosely coupled design but use of factory pattern create tight coupling between factory and classes which are dependent on product created by factory. Though both Dependency Injection and Factory pattern looks similar in a sense that both creates instance of a class, and also promotes…
  • 2 Ways to check If String is Palindrome in Java? Recursion and Loop

    Javin Paul
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:53 pm
    A String is said to be Palindrome if it is equal to itself in reverse order. You can use this logic to check if String is Palindrome or not. There are two common ways to find if a given String is Palindrome or not in Java, first by using for loop, also known as iterative algorithm and second by using recursion, also known as recursive algorithm. The crux of this problem lies in how do you reverse String in Java? because once you have the String in reverse order, problem reduced to just comparing itself with the reversed String. If both are equal then given String is Palindrome otherwise…
  • java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.postgresql.Driver - Cause and Solution

    Javin Paul
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: org.postgresql.Driver error comes when you are trying to connect to a PostgreSQL database from Java program but Java ClassLoader is not able to find the Driver class "org.postgresql.Driver" required to make the connection. Usually this class is find in PostgreSQL JDBC driver JAR e.g. postgresql-9.4-1201.jdbc41.jar, which is required to connect PostgreSQL server version greater than 9.3 from JDK 1.7 or JDK 1.8, the exact JAR depends upon your PostgreSQL server version, the Java version you are running and JDBC version your are using. Now your problem…
  • 5 Websites to Learn SQL Online for FREE

    Javin Paul
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:26 am
    SQL is one of the most important skill for any programmer be it a Java, C++, PHP or Ruby developer. Almost 95% of the Java applications uses relational database in their back-end and almost all web applications uses database. In recent years, one of the most common way to learn any programming skill is online, at your comfort of office or home and SQL is no different. Learning SQL online has another advantage of quick head start because you don't need to install database and create tables to write some SELECT queries. Once you start writing queries and seeing result, you feel that…
  • How to create HTTP Server in Java - ServerSocket Example

    Javin Paul
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    Java has a very good networking support, allows you to write client server application by using TCP Sockets. In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a simple HTTP Server in Java, which can listen HTTP request on a port let's say 80 and can send response to client. Being an HTTP Server, you can connect to it using your browser e.g. Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer. Though HTTP is ubiquitous and present everywhere, Java doesn't have a dedicated API to create and parse HTTP request, there is no in built HTTP client library in JDK. Though there is no short of good open source…
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    C & C++ Programming Blog | Faye Williams | Hampshire UK

  • A Challenge

    Faye Williams
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:55 am
    I have a challenge for you. Is there a problem with this code? It compiles without warnings, and runs as expected. I’ll reveal all next week. Have fun! g++ -g -Wall palindrome_problem.cpp #include <iostream> #include <string.h> using namespace std; char* isPalindrome(char* word) { char* ret = 0; ret = (char*)"Yes! This is a palindrome."; char *p = word; int len = strlen(word); char *q = &word[len-1]; for (int i = 0 ; i < len ; ++i, ++p, --q) { if (*p != *q) { ret = (char*)"This is not a palindrome."; } } return ret; } int main() { while (1) { char buffer[16] = {0};…
  • Virtual Destructors

    Faye Williams
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:55 am
    Interview questions often ask about virtual destructors and why they are needed. It’s one of those funny things about C++ that unless you have specifically been shown, you just might not realise you need to know. So why do you need a virtual destructor? Essentially, you need a virtual destructor to make sure that ALL the relevant destructors are called when you delete an object via a base class pointer. Huh? Well, that actually sounds far more complicated than it is. Let’s use an example to make it easier. Imagine you have a base class called Container and a sub class called…
  • Linux Commands: nl

    Faye Williams
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:55 am
    There is an incredible selection of little Linux commands that will do all sorts of things to your files, standard output and programs. Now and again I’m going to pick one out and have a play because you just never know when a little tool already exists that will do exactly what you need. Today I’m going to look at nl, which prepends line numbers to any file that you pass it to. Remember this one as “number lines” (think Numberwang on Peep Show). Don’t get confused and use ln, because that is for linking files Okay, so I’ve got a little C program, and you…
  • Turn On Line Numbers in Eclipse [Luna]

    Faye Williams
    2 Jun 2015 | 12:55 am
    Personally, I’m not sure what any code editor thinks it is doing by not having line numbers switched on by default. But, each to their own, so if you want to see your line numbers in Eclipse and you just can’t find out where on earth to turn them on, aaargh! Don’t panic. Just go to: Window -> Preferences -> General -> Editors -> Text Editors And check the handy “Show line numbers” box: Then, take a deep breath, and feel much better than you can now see which line of code you are editing at any given time.
  • Save GDB Breakpoints

    Faye Williams
    26 May 2015 | 12:55 am
    It wasn’t that long ago (well, okay, it was back in 2010, but anyway), that using the GDB debugger left you with the issue of how to maintain your breakpoints from one debug session to the next. After carefully adding breakpoints, and spending time getting them in just the right place, it was a real headache to have to repeat that exercise the next time you ran a debug session – especially when you were dealing with one of those nefarious bugs that can take days to track down. I used to list my breakpoints, copy and paste them to a file, then add them to the .gdbinit file for the…
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    Svitla Systems Inc.

  • Svitla Ruby Conference-2015 presents full video and photo report!

    15 Jun 2015 | 2:50 am
    Organizer, Svitla Systems Inc. expresses gratitude to all Participants, Speakers, Sponsors and Partners, who helped to organize and manage these two amazing Ruby-days! The third RubyC has traditionally gathered a wonderful variety of Ruby-people in Kiev (30-31 May, 2015). This year we could boast with an equal number of speakers from abroad (USA, UK, Germany, Slovenia, Bulgaria) and Ukraine. We were also lucky to have two Ruby-hero winners of 2014. Not to mention 260 visitors from Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and even Azerbaijan! RubyC-2015 was also blessed with Sponsors support from Soft Serve…
  • Interview for RubyC-2015 with Erik Michaels-Ober

    11 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    As the third Kiev Ruby-conference RubyC-2015 approaches (30-31 May 2015), organizers present an interview with Erik Michaels-Ober, Rubyist from Germany, who became a RubyHero in 2014. Erik is a popular mentor among different Ruby-communities: Ruby Summer of Code, Google Summer of Code and Rails Girls Summer of Code. At the RubyC-2015 he will present a topic “Crystal programming language”, details can be found on Learn more about Erik from his answers below. I started working on Ruby full-time in 2006, when my team decided to port our web application from PHP to…
  • RubyC 2015 reassembles Rubyists in Kiev

    17 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    On 30-31 May 2015 Svitla Systems organizes the third conference on Ruby and Ruby on Rails. Svitla invites developers of all levels to one of the brightest Kiev Ruby conferences –
  • IBoughtIt – effective Magento plugin for affiliate marketing

    11 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    The Wikipedia defines affiliate marketing as “a type of performance-based marketing in which business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts”. Nowadays affiliate marketing has become very popular within bloggers. It gives them an easy way to monetize traffic from their blogs to web-shops. There are many affiliate programs that help to organize this activity, such as Google Affiliate Network, Amazon Associates, LinkShare etc. One of the most important challenges in organizing your own affiliate network is choosing…
  • 5 rules for building successful MVP strategy

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    Maybe, the best example, which explains the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) strategy, is “….Got Talent” shows. Think about it. At the first performance the participants have basically nothing but their talent and their home-made performance to say “Hello, World”. They have about one minute to reach WOW effect and find out whether or not their idea has desirable impact on the audience. And if they manage to surprise like Susan Boyle, they begin develop and grow to become well-known stars. Minimum viable product often misguides those, who are willing to use this strategy to start a new…
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    Code Corner

  • Pebble NYC Meetup

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:08 am
    Pebble had a first NYC developer meetup on June 24th 2015 and yours truly made a presentation about EffectLayer library there. Enjoy! Related Posts:InverterLayer (and other effects) for Pebble TimeThe many faces of PebbleSimplify access to Framebuffer on Pebble TimeUniversal access to Pebble framebuffer on Basalt and Aplite…SliderLayer for Pebble
  • “Background” vibes on Pebble smartwatch

    21 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Matt Thompson from Pebble G+ community asked a question that got me curious: Is there a way to buzz Pebble vibe at regular intervals in the background, while a regular watchface is displayed in foreground? Besides running a normal app, Pebble has 2 ways to run code in the background: background worker and Wakeup API. Background worker can truly run in the background, but has no access to UI (and vibes are considered UI) as well as other limitations. Besides you can have only one background worker, so for example if you’re running MisFit app and want to run another background app –…
  • Colorful watchfaces for Pebble Time

    13 May 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Pebble Time is latest and greatest smartwatch from Pebble corp. And one of the advantages it has over classic model is new epaper screen capable of supporting 64 colors. To test its capabilities I developed several color watchfaces. Some of them are the converted ones that originally were made for classic Pebble, some of them new. Click on the image to get redirected to Pebble appstore. “Long Shadow” – inspired by stock LG G watchface, features large time and long colorful shadows. Config page allows customization of every color as well as shadow direction “TV…
  • Pushing pins to Pebble Time timeline from .NET code

    12 May 2015 | 11:27 am
    Pebble Time timeline is a very cool user interface allowing you to see future and past events and act upon them right on your watch. Right out of the box Pebble Time supports calendar pins that shows your future and past appointments in the timeline as well as weather alerts. But the real power comes from 3rd party apps using timeline – they can add anything from sports scores to latest news to TV showtimes – limit is just your imagination. Pebble has always had open SDK – this is one of its major strengths, and Timeline is not an exception. Timeline API is a very…
  • Mask Effect for EffectLayer for Pebble

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:42 am
    I’ve written before about EffectLayer library for Pebble smartwatch I’ve been working on. The idea is – user places the layer over screen and that layer applies an effect to screen content. I’ve started with a few basic effects (invert, mirror) but since then several more developers joined the project adding more cool features. Ron added 90° rotation, zoom and lens effect. Gregoire Sage added cool blur effect. LeFauve not only added FPS effect, but also optimized the library to run the effects in a very efficient way: now effect can be defined as a function (even user…
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    DHTMLX Scheduler .NET

  • Scheduler .NET Tips: How to Attach Multiple Files to Calendar Event

    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    We have previously updated Scheduler .NET documentation with the new article telling how to implement custom editors (controls) for the lightbox editing form. This time we show you how to implement this functionality for a particular use case. Let's say we need an ability to attach one or multiple files to scheduler appointment - it may be documents, spreadsheets, images, etc. In order to do this we'll need to implement a control that will allow uploading, downloading and opening files related to the appointment. Get a ready to download sample with file uploader now:   We won't…
  • Scheduler .NET Tips: How to Create Custom Lightbox Editors and Custom Views

    18 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    We’d like to share a new documentation update with you. It covers the following issues: how to implement custom editors (controls) for lightbox editing form how to create a custom view in your .NET calendar   How to Create Custom Editors for Lightbox DHTMLX Scheduler .NET for ASP.NET supports various types of inputs which provide enough flexibility for most tasks. List of predefined controls can be found here.In case you need an input that is not listed there, you can implement it manually. For example, add a colorpicker, counter input or even a file uploader. To implement this,…
  • The Easiest Way To Bind VB.NET Calendar with DataBase (Web Forms)

    4 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    In this article we will show you the easiest way to bind DHTMLX Scheduler with the Database in an application created in VB.NET using Web Forms. We'll also show how the options for the Resource View and the details form Select can be loaded from the server. The component page can be found here.  The demo will use a free and open source dhtmlxConnector library that takes on CRUD operations without a need to write CRUD methods manually.   You can download a ready sample with dhtmlxConnector right now or proceed with the tutorial:   Prerequisites   1. Create a project At…
  • How to Use ASP.NET Web Form Instead of Scheduler .NET Lightbox

    29 Apr 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Here is a small documentation update. We've added instructions on how to use a Web Form instead of a default editing popup (lightbox) using ASP.NET WebForms. In terms of scheduling, lightbox is a calendar details and editing form. A default lightbox created with DHTMLX Scheduler .NET contains a configurable JavaScript controls for displaying and modifying properties of events.  The predefined set of inputs includes text editors, dropdown selectors, datepickers, radiobuttons, etc. The alternate approach is to use a native ASP.NET Web Form instead. It will allow you a full range of…
  • Make Your .NET Calendar Responsive For Mobile and Tablets

    14 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    As you probably noticed, we've updated our website to use adaptive design and, hopefully, you already enjoy using it on mobile and tablet devices. We also adapted the live demos in the attempt to make them more user-friendly and touch-responsive. Here is an example of adaptive scheduler implemented in flat skin:    Due to the multiple requests made regarding Scheduler .NET responsiveness, we decided to share with you some code patterns to help you adapt your calendars to be used on touch devices.  Note: These are not the part of the…
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    Justin Cooney

  • Catch the HTML for an ASP.NET Web Page

    Justin Cooney
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    Sometimes when you are working with ASP.NET, you’ll want to be able to programmatically capture the HTML that gets output by your .NET code. Here are sample snippets in VB.NET and C# that should give an idea of how this is done. In an earlier article I covered this same topic, but it is an…
  • Classic ASP on IIS 8.5: Setting the Configuration to See ASP Error Messages

    Justin Cooney
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Classic ASP is still a very good option to develop or prototype simple Web applications with. Sometimes you’ll need to transition a classic ASP application from an older Web server to a more modern one. Basically, the ASP is still good, but the server is out of date and needs to be replaced. When you…
  • Show or Hide a Reload Icon to Load an iFrame in jQuery Tabs

    Justin Cooney
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:36 pm
    jQuery tabs are pretty great, and you can get some cool functionality if you mix tabbing with nested content in an iFrame. Once you put the pieces together, you can see how your Web page might appear in the example image included with this post. The iFrame and jQuery tabs that form the example page work well…
  • Simple how-to: Deleting a SharePoint 2013 Web Site Page

    Justin Cooney
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:22 pm
    This post is written with the specific example in mind of deleting a page from a SharePoint Enterprise Wiki setup. However, the steps also apply to any other Sharepoint instance where you would want to delete a page.  In a SharePoint 2013 Enterprise wiki you can easily add and edit wiki pages that appear on…
  • SSRS: Adding a Single Selection Parameter List

    Justin Cooney
    5 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    In SSRS you can easily present users with database-driven single selection drop-down lists as parameters to pass to the stored procedure running your report. In the following steps I’ll go through the process of adding a single selection drop-down list to your report. First you need to add a new DataSet to your report. You…
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  • Prioritize and Optimize Over a Slightly Longer Horizon

    Mike Cohn
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    A lot of agile literature stresses that product owners must prioritize the delivery of value. I’m not going to argue with that. But I am going to argue that product owners need to optimize over a slightly longer horizon than a single sprint. A product owner’s goal is to maximize the amount of value delivered over the life a product. If the product owner shows up at each sprint planning meeting focused on maximizing the value delivered in only that one sprint, the product owner will never choose to invest in the system’s future. The product owner will instead always choose to…
  • Geek Reading June 30, 2015

    Rob Diana
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    One of my favorite topics is company culture and how it can save or kill a company. On AVC, Fred Wilson talks about the potential of relocating your company and the possible change of employee mindset from loyalists to mercenaries. In the world of data, we have two very good posts. On KDnuggets, we have a post about the 9 laws of data mining. It is a solid introduction to things you really need to consider. At Predictive Pop, they have a great visualization for 25 years of music history. If you like Pandora, then the visualization will help you appreciate the relationships between songs a…
  • Grain Media 8136S / 8138S are Low Cost HD IP Camera SoCs

    Jean-Luc Aufranc
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:54 am
    Home > Hardware, Linux, Processors > Grain Media 8136S / 8138S are Low Cost HD IP Camera SoCs Grain Media 8136S / 8138S are Low Cost HD IP Camera SoCs June 30th, 2015 cnxsoft Leave a comment Go to comments Tweet A few times, my readers told me they really like comments on this blog, and they liked to check recent comments on the left sidebar, and some even subscribed to the Comments RSS Feed, although it might quite busy at times, especially during giveaways. Recently, an interesting conversation started in the comments section about low cost IP camera chips by Grain Media 8136S and…
  • Geek Reading June 29, 2015

    Rob Diana
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    The big news of the day is not tech related, but on Friday the Supreme Court ruled that gay couples have a right to marry. WordPress celebrates its 10th year of service. Obviously, this is important because it powers so many websites and blogs. As always, enjoy today’s items, and please participate in the discussions on these sites. Top Stories Supreme Court rules gay couples nationwide have a right to marry | Washington Post Startups, Career and Process On Red | Developsense Blog Programmer Productivity Starts With Requirements, Not Tools! | Javalobby Power Laws in Venture | Reaction…
  • Android 5.1 SDK Release for Rockchip RK3128 Based FirePrime Board

    Jean-Luc Aufranc
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:28 am
    Home > Android, Hardware, Linux, Rockchip RK31xx, Ubuntu > Android 5.1 SDK Release for Rockchip RK3128 Based FirePrime Board Android 5.1 SDK Release for Rockchip RK3128 Based FirePrime Board June 29th, 2015 cnxsoft Leave a comment Go to comments Tweet T-Firefly has just announced the release of Android 5.1 SDK for their newly announced Fireprime development board powered by Rockchip RK3128 quad core Cortex A7 processor. You can get the SDK (fireprime_android5.1_git_20150612.tar), a 6.1GB download with full source code for the board via Baidu or Google Drive, and then upgrade it to the…
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    Hashrocket Articles

  • Introducing Today I Learned

    Jake Worth
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    I'm proud to introduce Today I Learned, a concise mini-blog run by all of us here at Hashrocket. Software is an ever-changing field, and relevancy demands constant learning. We all learn every day, and Today I Learned allows us to continuously document and reflect on that journey as it happens. We use the Hashrocket Blog to share announcements, new products, and software development techniques, but Today I Learned fills a gap for us: many Hashrocket Blog posts are lengthy, deliberate explorations of our field, but sometimes it's best to just post what you've learned the moment it…
  • Boot + Middleman: The ClojureScript development environment of my dreams

    Joshua Davey
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    I'm getting closer to the frontend development environment of my dreams. The combination of editor integration, live browser reload, and not having to manually run commands over and over is time-saving and a pleasure to work with. At Hashrocket, designers and developers work very closely together. Visual design and markup is handled by our designers, who create "stubbed out" templates in the UI directory. It's a process that works very well for us, and allows us to iteratively add features to an application. This process has served us very well in Rails using a UI…
  • Rails Quick Tips: Easy ActiveRecord Optimizations

    Micah Woods
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Recently, we had the opportunity to write an API endpoint that would "bulk" create thousands of users. The API needed to quickly return errors if any existed, so a background job wouldn't work in this case. Bulk insert was easy thanks to the activerecord-import gem. However, validation had to be done before bulk inserting users into the database. We had to ensure that the screen_names were unique (amongst other things). The code we produced was a bit more involved, but here is a minimal version of what an screen_name validation might look like. class BulkUserScreenNameValidator…
  • Ember Weekend Recap: Episode 3 & 4

    Thais Camilo
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    We are back with a new Ember Weekend Recap. This week we cover episodes 3 & 4. I hope you enjoy it. Episode 3 - Broccoli, but not the vegetable Ember Turbolinks Ember Turbolinks by Erik Bryn helps you to migrate a server-side app to Ember.js. Broccoli Broccoli is a backend agnostic asset pipeline. A great place to learn more about the architecture and background is at the blog post - Broccoli: First Beta Release by Jo Liss. Ember Watson Ember Watson is a library by…
  • Design That's Not a Pain in the Neck

    Mike Fretto
    14 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Everyone has worn them—and let’s be honest, aren’t they embarrassing? They are clunky, they are dorky and they are poorly made, are they not? Conference lanyards have always bothered me, which is what set me on the path to design a better one. When I was tasked with designing them for Ancient City Ruby, an annual conference that Hashrocket hosts, I saw it as an opportunity to find more use for the lanyard. We designers at Hashrocket are in the business of creating useful and enjoyable experiences for people. The following is a glimpse into how I applied that approach to designing our…
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  • Building a Video Search App with YouTube API

    Gabriel Theodoropoulos
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:55 pm
    It’s a well-known fact that Google provides a big number of electronic products and services that can be used from the simplest end-user, to the most sophisticated one. But further than those who just use the Google services as they’re provided, there are people who need to have a different kind of access to them; […] This article, Building a Video Search App with YouTube API, was originally published at AppCoda. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Use iOS Charts API to Create Beautiful Charts in Swift

    Joyce Echessa
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:07 am
    Using charts to display data can help users understand the information more easily than they would if it were presented in a table, especially when dealing with a lot of data. With charts, you can easily see patterns in the data at a glance as opposed to reading through a whole table (or several tables) […] This article, How to Use iOS Charts API to Create Beautiful Charts in Swift, was originally published at AppCoda. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • My WWDC Experience and How I Got the WWDC Scholarship

    Stasy Meclazcke
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Stasy Meclazcke. Stasy is a 17 year old iOS app developer and designer. He started programming when was 12 years old. When he was 16, he started to learn iOS programming and build iOS apps. Since then he has published more than five apps on the App […] This article, My WWDC Experience and How I Got the WWDC Scholarship, was originally published at AppCoda. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Beginner’s Guide to UIScrollView

    Joyce Echessa
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:29 am
    In iOS, scroll views are used to view content that won’t fit entirely on the screen. Scroll views have two main purposes: To let users drag the area of the content they want to display To let users zoom in to or out of the displayed content using the pinch gestures A common control used […] This article, A Beginner’s Guide to UIScrollView, was originally published at AppCoda. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What’s New in Swift 2.0: A Brief Introduction

    Maxime Defauw
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    Editor’s note: This post is contributed by Maxime. He was recently awarded the WWDC scholarship to attend this year’s conference. We’re so happy to have him to share with us about the new features of Swift 2. One year ago, Apple brought us Swift, a brand new programming language for both iOS and OS X. […] This article, What’s New in Swift 2.0: A Brief Introduction, was originally published at AppCoda. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • How To Set Up Linux Serial Console

    6 Jun 2015 | 2:49 am
    In this article I’m showing you “How To Set Up Linux Serial Console”. You have to follow step by steps detail information. Also I have added images for serial console for DB9,RJ45 connectors. Create a null-modem cable. Get a DB9 to RJ45 connector (female kind) and wire it as following: Note: “black” colored wire remains unused. […] The post How To Set Up Linux Serial Console appeared first on TechnoTrice.
  • What Is Data Mining : Definition & Introduction

    Rahul Tilloo
    4 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    Data Mining Definition : Data Mining with Neural Networks is the efficient discovery of valuable, non-obvious information from a large collection of data. What is Data Mining ? It is knowledge discovery process. Data mining helps you understand the substance of the data in a special unsuspecting way. It unearths patterns and trends in the […] The post What Is Data Mining : Definition & Introduction appeared first on TechnoTrice.
  • How to do Live Migration of Virtual Machines – Linux, Windows,Ubuntu

    22 Feb 2015 | 2:20 am
    This guide shows you how to migrate Virtual Machine existing ESXi server to another Esxi server. Migrating a virtual machine is an easy task. To make it even easier I have screen shots of all the process we would be performing the live migration of virtual machines.  You would be learning the steps to migrate Linux […] The post How to do Live Migration of Virtual Machines – Linux, Windows,Ubuntu appeared first on TechnoTrice.
  • How to Install Oracle VM VirtualBox On Windows 8,7

    7 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    In this article I’m showing you how to install Oracle VM VirtualBox on Windows. This is a freeware tool for virtualization. You can easily download and install this tool from  VirtualBox official web site. I have mentioned all the steps to install virtualbox on windows and its configuration . Check out the screenshots and follow […] The post How to Install Oracle VM VirtualBox On Windows 8,7 appeared first on TechnoTrice.
  • Best C and C++ IDE with Compilers – Windows 7, 8/ MAC/ Linux

    Rahul Tilloo
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    Hello everyone,In this post I have enlisted the best C/C++ IDE with Compilers which I have used and found helpful to learn c programming the right way. Also with this post we are starting our new series on C and C Plus Plus Programming and soon we will also launch a Java and PL/SQL programming […] The post Best C and C++ IDE with Compilers – Windows 7, 8/ MAC/ Linux appeared first on TechnoTrice.
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  • Perk Up Your Business with Best Web Application Development Company In India
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    In this article you will learn about the selecting procedure of a Web Apps Development Company India if and when you need their help in creating apps for mobile devices. These web developing firms churn out some of the The post Perk Up Your Business with Best Web Application Development Company In India appeared first on .
  • Why eCommerce Application Development is Vital to Consumer Goods Business?
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:44 am
    e-Commerce application development is taking the world by a storm. Over the last three years India has seen an unprecedented boom in eCommerce. With many retail companies joining the rat race for presence on the web and smart phone platforms, The post Why eCommerce Application Development is Vital to Consumer Goods Business? appeared first on .
  • Software Application Development Services India Needs For Rural Development
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:34 am
    Software application development services India needs for a better tomorrow in the rural areas are essentially instruments that will empower people in these regions. While software vendors have been offering custom software development service to corporate enterprises thereby enabling The post Software Application Development Services India Needs For Rural Development appeared first on .
  • Mistakes to Guard Against In Application Development Services
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:02 am
    Application development services require a combination of many factors to work well for business and produce the desired results. With software app development services in vogue and the rising importance of the digital economy more and more enterprises are The post Mistakes to Guard Against In Application Development Services appeared first on .
  • Payment Gateway Integration on eCommerce Website for Customer’s Ease
    13 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    Online shopping is the trend of today, e-commerce website has made this possible. Businesses prefer to make the online presence and sell their products and services electronically. This new trend of shopping allowed users to finding their favorite products The post Payment Gateway Integration on eCommerce Website for Customer’s Ease appeared first on .
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    Intertech Blog

  • Dev Digest – Week of June 22nd

    Alec Lubovich
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    All of us at Intertech had a great time this week at our Summer Company Picnic! It was a beautiful day that took our minds off work. We all enjoyed some yard games and good food. This week content roundup contains information on the new Node Foundation and a video that shows what Google’s Project... Read More
  • Targeting Windows Phone with Cordova & Ionic: Select Element Double Open Issue

    Tom Faltesek
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    In my last post I went over a common solution to fixing the viewport on the Windows Phone so that fixed headers and footers aren’t cut off. This post is going to address a problem you’ll likely come across if you use the <select> element in your Cordova/Iconic project. The... Read More
  • Intertech Awards STEM Scholarship to Stanford Student

    Tom Salonek
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you’ve been following my latest blog series on Corporate Social Responsibility, you know that Intertech believes in the importance of giving back and, increasingly, “paying it forward!” That’s how I think about the new Intertech Foundation STEM scholarship. The scholarship is $2,500 and we... Read More
  • New Employee Introduction – Phil D.

    Alec Lubovich
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    As Intertech continues to grow and hire talented new employees, we’ve started this new series that introduces our newest members to our customers, readers, friends, and partners. Why keep all this to ourselves when Phil could soon be working with you! INTRODUCING PHIL D. WITH 5 “GET TO... Read More
  • Dev Digest – Week of June 15th

    Alec Lubovich
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    The first official day of summer starts this weekend and we plan on making the most of it. Even if we’re doing a little weekend programming, we’ll be doing it outside. Our collection of content this week consists of an Android Developer Story that involves the creation of the top podcast app on the... Read More
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    Web Development Tutorial

  • Top New Features of C# 6.0

    Imran Abdul Ghani
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:46 am
    In previous post, we discussed and learnt about New Features of ASP.NET vNEXT. Here in this post, we will discuss the top new features and enhancements introduced in Microsoft C# 6.0. But before we dive deeper to discuss features of latest version of C#, let’s analyze how C# evolves and what key features introduced in all previous versions. New Features in C# 6.0 Auto Property Initializer This feature enables us to set the values of properties right at the place where they are declared. Previously, we use constructor to initialize the auto properties to non-default value but with…
  • Top New Features of ASP.NET vNext

    Imran Abdul Ghani
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:37 am
    Sinсе thе creation of.NET stage about 15 уеаrѕ аgо, in rеgаrdѕ tо hоw wе manufacture Wеb applications? ASP.NET vNеxt rесоnѕidеrѕ thе сеntеr system from thе bеginning with a more рrеѕеnt dау fеаturеѕ that givеѕ bеttеr execution, lоwеr аѕѕеt utilizаtiоn, аnd аn аѕуnс mоdеl for еnhаnсеd еxесutiоn, adaptability, аnd есоnоmу in cloud-based fасilitаting ѕituаtiоnѕ. ASP.NET vNеxt gives a mоrе secluded, extensible, and inсlinе ѕtruсturе for building Web applications: The ѕоrtѕ оf applications wе construct…
  • Interview with Rahul Sahay – “ASP.NET MVC Code First”

    Imran Abdul Ghani
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:44 am
    I am excited to introduce my guest today, Rahul Sahay, Owner of a very active Technological Facebook group “ASP.NET MVC Code First“, a decent blog and Author of following books: Hands-On with ASP.NET MVC Covering MVC6 Building Single Page App with ASP.NET MVC5 and AngularJS Blog My View ( which is nearing 1.5 Lac visits. 70K visitors visit site on regular basis. Facebook group members count reaching 13,000. Congratulations on that Rahul Imran: Rahul, I have given a short introduction about you, your blog and books. Please tell us more about you and…
  • Custom Authentication and Authorization in ASP.NET MVC

    Imran Abdul Ghani
    25 May 2015 | 10:55 pm
    ASP.NET MVC provides us the basic Authorization and Authentication functionalities when we use the Project template as Internet. It does all the major functionalities such as Role membership management, Login credential validation handling etc. For more information about basic authorization in MVC application check out our article “Insight of ASP.NET MVC’s Authorize Attribute”. In brief we can just restrict the anonymous users by decorating our Controllers and Action Methods using the Attribute called Authorize. This will redirects the Anonymous users to the login page and with some…
  • Hybrid Mobile App with PhoneGap, AngularJS and Bootstrap

    Victoria Brinsley
    8 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Thanks to the easy availability of brilliant frameworks, it has become quite comfortable to come up with remarkable hybrid mobile apps that look great and function in the desired manner. Nowadays, web developers are trying their hands on combining multiple frameworks in order to arrive at an architecture that can serve as the ground base for development of fantastic mobile apps. One such combination that has been embraced by several web developers is that of PhoneGap, AngularJS and Bootstrap. Today, through this post, I’ll be offering you a step wise guideline on using this perfect…
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  • How To NOT Annoy Users With Mobile App Advertising

    Logan Merrick
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:56 pm
    As far as monetisation methods for apps go, mobile app advertising isn’t the most glamorous. Mobile ads have a reputation for being annoying and potentially harmful to the user experience. But this is an unfair assumption, spawned from lazy marketers who want to make a quick buck. In-app advertising is actually the fastest growing sector of […] The post How To NOT Annoy Users With Mobile App Advertising appeared first on Buzinga.
  • Why Your App Should Be Developed By Professionals

    Daniel Sarath
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Guest Post: Daniel Sarath is an avid tech/mobile enthusiast and Content Writer for Number Direct.    There can be no half measures when it comes to building an app for your company. Whatever your goals might be for your app – drive people to your brand, encourage sales, generate income or seek to entice advertisers – […] The post Why Your App Should Be Developed By Professionals appeared first on Buzinga.
  • 5 Exciting Predictions For The Future Of Collaborative Consumption

    Logan Merrick
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:33 pm
    “The way we think about supply and demand will change; the relationship between buyers and sellers will be disrupted; and the person formerly known as the “consumer” will now get what they need from each other.”– Rachael Botsman, Pioneer of collaborative consumption. Over the past 5 years the collaborative consumption movement has gained an incredible […] The post 5 Exciting Predictions For The Future Of Collaborative Consumption appeared first on Buzinga.
  • Infographic: How To Raise Funds For Your Startup

    Logan Merrick
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:28 pm
    One of the biggest obstacles startups face is a lack of cash. It doesn’t matter whether you have the greatest idea in the world, it won’t go far without the funds to test, develop and launch it. Here are 11 steps for how to raise funds for your startup business:  From getting noticed by potential investors, to generating buzz […] The post Infographic: How To Raise Funds For Your Startup appeared first on Buzinga.
  • 10 Steps To Branding Your App

    Pete Flannery
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:19 pm
    If you haven’t met Pete before, he’s our branding guru at Buzinga!  You’ve come up with a great idea, and it’s now being developed into an app. Awesome! The way I see it, this is the beginning of your new brand. When designing your app, you should always keep in mind the message you want to send […] The post 10 Steps To Branding Your App appeared first on Buzinga.
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    eLuminous Technologies

  • 10 Signs You Should Invest In Mobile App Development.

    Shweta Joshi
    4 Jun 2015 | 3:25 am
    We all have seen how some things become revolutionary. An ideal example of this would be the time when Smartphones were launched and Mobile App Development Services started getting popularity. We call it revolutionary because it has changed the various aspect of life for an individual as well as the business organizations. An individual spends around 21% of the total time on his Smartphone, and if we talk about business, the mobile apps are changing the face of every business. Companies with Mobile apps gets more prospects, conversions, and satisfied clients as compared to others. We all have…
  • The Unconventional Guide to Hire PHP Programmers.

    Shweta Joshi
    28 May 2015 | 2:54 am
    Are you curious about starting your new open source project? There is so much of work to do; decide on the framework, fix your budget, hire PHP programmers, and most essentially, get started. I am sure, like millions of people, you might not be able to conquer the third step and find a programmer who can perfectly match your evaluation category. Normally, people ask those stereotypical questions about technology, coding, experience and blah-blah, which isn’t wrong. But you don’t understand the person’s thought process based on these questions. So if you are thinking to hire PHP…
  • Myth: Outsourcing development projects to PHP Development Company means lesser ROI.

    Shweta Joshi
    11 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    There’s this stereotypical assumption among the people in American and European countries nowadays, that if you outsource any typical development task to a PHP development company, you probably are missing out a better return on your investments. Can’t deny the fact that there are some outsourcing companies who are proving this right, but there are number of companies who only work with an intention to deliver a better ROI (return on investment) to their overseas clients and partners. There are so many people around the world who are in a completely different line of business, but they…
  • Magento Web Development: An asset to the eCommerce industry.

    Shweta Joshi
    6 May 2015 | 5:38 am
    You all know how the e-commerce industry is taking a great hike nowadays. But I am sure you are not aware of the contribution that Magento Web Development have made to this growing industry. It’s like when you talk about e-commerce, you will be recommended to go with Magento. Magento makes it easier for individuals and developers to configure an e-commerce website and customize it as per the choice. You can add as many products, remove them as per the stock situations without getting a downtime for the website. This is the real beauty of Magento e-commerce, it scales up and down as per your…
  • Alert! Delays in developing your mobile responsive website can kill your online business soon.

    Shweta Joshi
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:57 am
    You all know how mobile devices are replacing the desktops & laptops nowadays. A survey says that almost 73% of people prefer to use mobile devices to check websites and related information rather than browsing it on laptops and desktops. So what if your site isn’t updated to a Responsive web design? There are fair chances that a) your customers will end up having troubles to read and understand the content or the services b) They will switch to your competitors website who has a Mobile responsive websites and c) They will save your website URL to a reminder box which may get…
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    QA Intelligence

  • Decision Driven Test Management – 6 tips to improve the value of your testing

    Joel Montvelisky
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:07 am
    You were not hired to find bugs! I have said this a number of times in the past, if your management thinks that your job is to find all the bugs in the product and deliver a defect-free release at the end of the process, I strongly recommend you find another management… If you are lucky and work on a smart company, then the main objective of your work as a tester and specially as a test manager will be better described as follows: To provide stakeholders with visibility into the status of the product and process, so they can make the correct decisions. Don’t get me wrong, we…
  • 5 tips to help you land your first job as a QA tester

    11 May 2015 | 12:52 am
    This Blog post is shared via our colleagues in Test Talk Blog. Feel free to visit and share your comments.
  • 4 Reasons Bugs Are Missed

    29 Apr 2015 | 1:09 am
    The following is a Guest Blog Post by Cullyn Thomson from Tellurium.  You can follow Cullyn on Twitter at @CullynT and Tellurium at @te52app, and we also suggest you visit the Test Talk blog. You can also read more about Tellurium – “Plain English” automated testing tool – from their site   You’re a discerning, thorough, and creative software tester, right? You bet! So how is it that bugs still manage to make it to production?Here are 4 reasons why a bug may be missed – and what you can do about it:   1. Testing didn’t hit the…
  • Peripheral vision and peripheral testing

    Joel Montvelisky
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:10 am
    Back in high-school I was part of my school’s basketball team, and I remember that one of the first lessons I got from my coach was about the advantages of peripheral vision. He explained to me that peripheral vision in the game was incredibly helpful as it allowed you to: 1. Look at one member of your team and pass the ball to another member, and so confuse the guys from other team while in defense. 2. It helped you to find the “open” guy in the team and pass him the ball at the right time (hopefully when he was alone under the rim). 3. And it also helped you to see if…
  • When testing is not only your day job

    1 Apr 2015 | 12:24 am
    So often we are defined by our jobs, what we “do” becomes who we “are”. In the best case scenario we enjoy what we do, it suits our capabilities and fulfills our life style demands. As mentioned previously in this blog,  testing as not only a job, but also a field of work that attracts and/ or is suited for certain personalities. See: What makes a good tester This means that the many testers, most likely,  have a natural inclination to apply their observation skills beyond their “nine to five” work hours. What happens for instance if you were to apply…
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    naked ALM - Experts in ALM, TFS & lean-agile with Scrum

  • Big Scrum: Are you doing mechanical Scrum

    Martin Hinshelwood
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:43 am
    Last month I created an article for NDC Magazine on Scaling Scrum. The guys at NDC must have liked it as they decided to put it on the cover. This article is a discussion and investigation into what it means to be a Professional Scrum Team, why we need it, and how we can scale it. [Download NDC Magazine 2015.1 as a PDF] Excerpt from the article Many organisations move towards Scrum and Agile for the allure of hyper-productivity. This is the promise that led them to Scrum in the first place and they are, more often than not, sorely disappointed when they don’t achieve it. The easiest way to…
  • How to rename a Team Project in TFS 2015

    Martin Hinshelwood
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:39 am
    By the launch of TFS 2010 we had given up on getting rename in TFS. 5 years of no rename had taken its toll. Now, as a surprise present with TFS 2015 (and on VSO) and I have a bunch of projects to “zz”. Did you know that you should always “zz” something before you delete it. If you delete something then its gone. If you prefix it with “zz” then it falls to the bottom of any list and you can ignore it until later… but if someone complains… you can easily recover it. Download 2015 today Renaming your Team Project is easy. You will need to be a Team…
  • Install TFS 2015 today

    Martin Hinshelwood
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:50 pm
    It has been a while since I had to install, configure, or upgrade TFS. Most of my customers have been moving to Visual Studio Online (VSO) which is effectively TFS in the cloud, and that requires “migration” of data rather than “upgrade”. Although there are great reasons to pick VSO over TFS, even for enterprise, many companies have a cultural issue with the cloud and are not ready to go there yet. For this we still have TFS and all of its fantastic features are updated and improved for 2015. If you are on TFS 2010 (or any prior version) then remember that support ends…
  • Upgrading to TFS 2015 in production – DONE

    Martin Hinshelwood
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    I am onsite today with a customer in London to do an upgrade of their production system to TFS 2015. We have a backup of the databases and a snapshot of the VM and are good to go. It looks like this may have been the first upgrade to TFS 2015 in production, at least beyond internal consulting company’s. Download 2015 today With the availability of a fully supported version of TFS 2015 I will be upgrading my customers production TFS server to TFS 2015 so that they can get all of the goodies. This customer does not have huge TFS databases with only circa 9GB of data in their only…
  • Unable to load task handler PowerShell for task VSBuild

    Martin Hinshelwood
    18 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    If you are setting up to run Team Foundation Server’s vNext build system that Microsoft is previewing on VSO you may hit a “Unable to load task handler PowerShell for task VSBuild with version 1.0.1″ error when you try to build on Windows Server Technical Preview. Download Team Foundation Server 2015 today Microsoft has released a CTP of TFS 2015 that includes the vNext build system. You can download TFS 2015 and try it out today. Remember that this is not a go-live version and you should not install it in production. After you have configured a vNext build agent you may get…
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  • Hajautetut tiimit ketterässä ohjelmistokehityksessä

    14 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    image: CC BY 2.0 Eric Fisher Kuuntele myös: Keinoja kääntää konfliktit yhteisymmärrykseksi Clojure kilpailuetuna ja muita syitä käyttää Clojurea Ari Pekka Lapin henkilöhaastattelu 4 näkökulmaa tuotekehityksen mittaamiseen digibisneksessä Ketterässä sovelluskehityksessä on tyypillisesti korostettu, että tiimin olisi syytä toimia samassa tilassa. Aina tämä ei kuitenkaan ole mahdollista. Flowa Podcastin tämänkertaisessa episodissa vieraana on Deveon toimitusjohtaja Ilmari Kontulainen. Deveo on lähdekoodinhallinta- ja yhteistyöalusta, joka tukee Git-, Subversion- ja…
  • Wilcard 2015 and NoEmployees

    14 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    There’s an awesome unconference coming up at Riga, Latvia called Wildcard and I’m so excited! The reason being yours truly and fellow Antti will be there and we also have slots for two talks. I’m really happy that we got accepted and have the chance to meet awesome people and maybe spark a little something something to people. You never know, since well… This week I got asked that how come I’ve taken into giving talks in conferences. And the answer is: I haven’t. On the contrary to Antti, who’s solid, professional and insightful in so many things, I rarely have things that I…
  • Pushing a commit, eh?

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Distributed source code management has given many beautiful possibilities to orchestrate how we work. It has expanded our toolset with easy to use pull requests and generally, in my opinion, has eased up the way we can inspect the code changes. Yet, we still battle with one thing: aesthetics. I have to confess: From the distributed league of tools, I’m only familiar with Git. I know some of Mercurial and few others. but I’ve mostly worked with Git. Like the majority of the people I know. So the things I’m going to state, reflect the experiences I have with it. History The absolutely…
  • NVC Speed-dating Kata

    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A week ago I attended one of the best Agile conferences I know, Play4Agile If it does not fit to your mouth. It’s a great conference in many ways, and especially because people there are open for experimentation. So, I experimented there with my idea of practicing NVC by using kata format from martial arts (if you are not familiar with the concept of kata, check this article from wikipedia). I have actually created a kata, but it was intended to be used alone and not in groups. My first two attempts did not work as well as I would have liked them to. Luckily they inspired David Schmithüsen…
  • Kuinka vältät ohjelmistojen hankinnan sudenkuopat

    7 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Ohjelmistokehityksen hankkiminen palveluna on kriisissä. Se on ollut kriisissä jo vuosia. Luemme säännöllisesti uutisia isoista projekteista, jotka epäonnistuvat. Jos hankittu ohjelmisto ei vastaa tarpeita, koko investointi menee hukkaan. Mikä ohjelmistokehityksen hankinnassa sitten menee pieleen? 1. Ei saada sitä mitä tarvittiin Isoin epäonnistuminen on se, ettei saada sellaista ohjelmistoa, joka olisi tarvittu. Silloin koko investointi menee hukkaan. 2. Myöhästytään markkinoilta Melkein yhtä suuri synti on se, että hankinnan tekeminen vie liikaa aikaa. Hankinnan harkinnasta…
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    Dynamic Leap

  • Six Apps to Help You Discover New Artists and Music

    Dynamic Leap
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:42 am
    If you’re someone who loves finding great new music to enjoy, you’re probably tired of thumbing through the virtual smorgasbord of music that is the iTunes Store. When you can find absolutely anything and everything in just a few taps, it’s hard to know what you’re looking for. Even worse, standard music store recommendation features […]The post Six Apps to Help You Discover New Artists and Music appeared first on Dynamic Leap.
  • Upgrade Your Gray Matter with These Four Brain Training Apps

    Dynamic Leap
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:29 pm
    It may seem like smartphone apps are just the newest way to kill your brain cells (which has also been said of video games, the television, the radio, and probably at some point the phonograph). But with so many brain-building apps on the market, parents will have a hard time saying that smartphones are the […]The post Upgrade Your Gray Matter with These Four Brain Training Apps appeared first on Dynamic Leap.
  • How Can Mobile Apps Help Build Awareness of My Brand?

    Dynamic Leap
    5 Jun 2015 | 6:03 pm
    For most business owners, mobile apps are an irrelevant medium or even a distraction. But today, smart brands all around the world are realizing the true value of the app and creating high-quality app experiences that users love. And the studies show that this strategy – brand building through app development – is paying off. […]The post How Can Mobile Apps Help Build Awareness of My Brand? appeared first on Dynamic Leap.
  • Trending Up: Five Strategies to increase Mobile App Revenue

    Dynamic Leap
    29 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    Having an app is great, but if you can’t turn a profit, you’re dead in the water. The revenue that your app generates is what will allow you to not only pay yourself and your team for all of your hard work, but also invest in the app and make future improvements. And of course, […]The post Trending Up: Five Strategies to increase Mobile App Revenue appeared first on Dynamic Leap.
  • Five Great Apps that will Help you Crowdsource your Life

    Dynamic Leap
    22 May 2015 | 6:34 pm
    When it comes to finding a local room rental, service professional, or transit update, it’s not always easy to get the information you need. Providers aren’t always honest, and some information simply isn’t readily available. That’s why crowdsourcing is quickly becoming a popular solution for finding accommodations, dog walkers, car rentals and more. With crowdsourcing, […]The post Five Great Apps that will Help you Crowdsource your Life appeared first on Dynamic Leap.
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  • Login with Twitter using PHP

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Hi Guys, we have already shared scripts on Login with Google Plus in your website using PHP. Many users requested to write similar example for twitter, so here is working script for login with Twitter using PHP. Its really useful when you want to avoid long signup forms for your users and let them login […]The post Login with Twitter using PHP appeared first on InfoTuts.
  • Password Protect Website Directory Using .htaccess File

    5 Jun 2015 | 1:39 am
    In this post we will learn how to easily secure your site’s directory using .htaccess file. Only users with valid credentials can access that directory/site. It’s the quickest and easiest way to protect directories/files in your site with password. It can also be used as a quick way to hide your site when its in […]The post Password Protect Website Directory Using .htaccess File appeared first on InfoTuts.
  • PayPal Recurring Payment IPN in PHP

    16 Apr 2015 | 12:17 am
    We have already published a post on integrating PayPal Payment Gateway in PHP and how to integrate PayPal IPN in PHP. In this post we will see how to use PayPal IPN in PHP to setup recurring payments. Consider a case where you offer service on a subscription basis. An example would be, user pays you every […]The post PayPal Recurring Payment IPN in PHP appeared first on InfoTuts.
  • Simple Website Preloader with jQuery

    8 Apr 2015 | 1:19 am
    Hi guys, we have already published a good tutorial on Preloader With Progress Bar Using Jquery. Today we will see easiest way of doing this with two lines of jQuery. Yeah just two lines it’s the quick way of displaying page once all the elements on the page have been loaded completely. Also we will […]The post Simple Website Preloader with jQuery appeared first on InfoTuts.
  • Easily Integrate Paypal IPN in PHP

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:28 pm
    We have already published a post on integrating PayPal with PHP. In this post we will see how to use PayPal IPN in PHP. PayPal IPN (instant payment notification) allows you to integrate PayPal payments with web application backend. As the name suggests it sends instant notification of the payment processed so that you can […]The post Easily Integrate Paypal IPN in PHP appeared first on InfoTuts.
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  • Top 10 Responsive HTML5 Frameworks in 2015

    Victoria Brinsley
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:33 am
    HTML5 has indeed become one of the most popular technologies used for building responsive websites quickly. Plus, we have a wide range of HTML5 frameworks which come equipped with stunning features that can impressively reduce the need for writing lengthy and repetitive code. The best part of these HTML5 frameworks is that they support responsive web design. That means, you’ll be able to use them for creating apps and websites that would work perfectly across multiple browsers and devices. So, if you too are going to delve into the world of HTML5 development and are confused about the…
  • Top 10 WordPress Plugins for Mobile Users

    Addison Cohen
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:01 pm
    When it comes to quick and easy website development, WordPress has emerged as a winner. As a webmaster, you can go ahead with design and development of an outstanding website that has the caliber of reaching out to a gigantic audience base. But, creating a WordPress website isn’t enough. Paying due heed to the global outburst of smartphones, it has become imperative to have a mobile presence for your WordPress website. Even Google-the major search engine gaint, recently announced that it would penalize the websites which haven’t been optimized for the mobile devices. Therefore,…
  • How to use Meta Tags in SEO? – Tutorial and Tips

    Karthikeyan K
    14 Jun 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Everyone wanted their websites to be listed in the top 10 results in the google search. We know that its not an easy job and it will not come overnight. We should optimize our page META Tags to get Google to rank and index our pages faster. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) plays a major role in the internet industry. The content of the META tags provides the short information about the HTML page rendered in the browser. No other html tags can able to explain the metadata. Why META Tags are very important in SEO? Meta Tags were taken by search engines to index our web pages based on the…
  • Facebook Url Expander with jQuery Ajax and PHP

    Karthikeyan K
    31 May 2015 | 8:14 pm
    I hope everyone noted this feature in Facebook. If you copy and paste any facebook url in your status, facebook will display the exact data from the url you have shared. I have used facebook social embed plugin to achieve what we need in this tutorial Previously I had published how to embed videos and images from Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, Dailymotion, Flickr, Instagram etc using an URL Facebook Url Expander using jQuery and PHP   In this tutorial, I’m going to explain you how to fetch all those datas via facebook url using jQuery and PHP You can able to embed facebook videos,…
  • Top 10 Image Optimization Plugins to Boost Your WordPress Site

    20 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    Images play a huge part in your website as they help your web pages to look attractive in the eyes of your readers that also drive more traffic towards your site. Many of the WordPress blogs across the web use a wonderful technique named image optimization. It can help your site load timing shorter and also assist in improving your Search Engine Optimization. These can be executed by lessening the image resolution, by reducing the image size files, and by removing the metadata. Best WordPress image optimization plugins to boost your Website 1. PB Responsive Images This plugin acquires the…
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  • 3 Signs Your Web Design Will Fail

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    Design is not colors and patterns. Or creativity. Yes, all of these elements do play a big role in any design. Instead, design is more about concepts and their execution than the frills that make it look pretty. Product design helps users solve a very specific problem in as simple a way as possible.Once the preserve of highly trained design professionals, the internet has contributed its bit by democratizing design in a huge way. While free DIY website design tools like IM Creator let the average Joe on the street build beautiful responsive websites, A/B testing tools like Unbounce help make…
  • 15 Useful Google Spreadsheet Formulas and Functions You Must Know

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:42 am
    Google spreadsheets are popular online tool for anyone who wants the power of excel on web. Google doc spreadsheet functions and formulas are not known to many people. We have a google spreadsheet function list that will help you get quick start on using google docs with spreadsheets.We live in the century of information: we receive it, share it, we breathe it. In such conditions there is a strong need to store and transform this information. You can use your notebook to write down important things or your computer to store the information here but in any scenario you’ll need something fast…
  • Building Single Page Applications (SPA) with Om & React

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    React is a JavaScript library similar to AngularJS, Ember.js, and many others. Initially developed by Facebook in 2013, React is now an open source project. What sets React apart from other frameworks is that it focuses simply on rendering in the most performant way possible. React's performance has been written about in many blog articles and is considered a top performer for rendering large and complicated views.React's performance comes from its "virtual DOM" approach to rendering. Any framework can provide acceptable performance with small data sets, but as the amount of…
  • How to Recover Data from Formatted Hard Drive on Mac

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    Losing important data is a catastrophe for any individual or business and there are a million ways for it to happen. Accidental deletion, virus attacks, OS crash or partition format. You might not even know when these hit you until you come face to face with inaccessibility of your precious data. That’s the reason the practice of taking backups is emphasized time and again. However, the best of us fall prey to the vicious ways of data loss and have to resort to Mac partition recovery software to regain our data.If you switch on your Mac to find that your familiar disk cannot be search by…
  • 14 Best Magento Security Extentions

    24 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    Worried about Magento security for your ecommerce website? Magento security extensions can help you to host a secure ecommerce server easily. Extensions can conveniently enhance magento security features.It is important to have Magento security extension for your computer since it is an IP security that restricts the access to certain websites by IP masks or address. Once the restriction is triggered the viewer of the page gets redirected to the CMS page that is specified in the settings or a blank page. We dozens of hacking software on internet any website is not secure. Making sure a…
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    iOS Development Blog - Blue Whale iOS Developers Blog

  • Apple Music Preview: Here’s What You Can Expect from the New App Upgrade

    Gregg Weiss
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Lots of people were scratching their heads after the WWDC developers’ conference after Apple previewed its new music subscription and radio service, set to debut on June 30.  Unfortunately, the reviews were not kind.
  • Apple’s iOS 9 Previewed Earlier This Week at WWDC

    Gregg Weiss
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:20 am
    Big news broke in the app development world this week at WWDC as Apple’s Craig Federighi previewed iOS 9 on the keynote stage, revealing much about this new update. Here are some of the new and exciting features you can expect, broken down by four categories: Built-In Apps, iPad Experience, Intelligence, and Foundation. For additional information, check out the Apple iOS 9 Preview page on Apple’s website.
  • Top-Rated Travel Apps

    Gregg Weiss
    10 Jun 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Summer is finally here and for many of you, it means it’s time for VACATION!  No matter where you are going, these IOS or Android apps can get you there and help you find things to do once you arrive.  Research and Reservations: Best apps for booking travel arrangements including flights, hotels, and car rentals. Hipmunk – IOS and Android, Free
  • Tips for Creating Brand Loyalty with Corporate-Branded Apps

    Gregg Weiss
    20 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    Consumer loyalty is a hot commodity these days with competition lurking in every corner. And where corporate brands once turned to mobile ads, SMS campaigns, check-in rewards, and other mobile initiatives to promote customer advocacy, many brands are turning to mobile app development to create loyalty amongst a new generation of consumers.
  • Tips to Determine if an Educational App is Actually Educational and Not Just Fun

    Gregg Weiss
    7 May 2015 | 3:05 pm
    It’s easy and so very tempting to hand kids an iPad as an educational tool (giving you a much needed break or an opportunity to get something done!), but with over 80,000 “educational” apps out there, it’s hard to determine where the fun ends and learning begins. The four tips below will give parents and teachers some direction on how to choose the best educational apps for little learners. 
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    Gooroo Gooroo Think

  • Where are all the tech jobs in the USA?

    21 Jun 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Last month we looked at [tech salaries vs the cost of living]( across the USA. This month, we want to explore the demand side of this issue. It's one thing to be paid great money doing a job, but if th...
  • Why choosing PHP development can boost your business growth?

    18 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    ![Image alternative text]( Having attained the reputation of being a leading web development language, PHP has become the number one choice of web developers residing in different parts of the world. Whether you...
  • Compelling Reasons Why You Need a Website for Your Business

    18 Jun 2015 | 4:38 am
    You just can't overstate the fact that we are living in a web age. Today, it's almost impossible not to find anything on the Internet. No matter where you are, you can find so many people around you glued to their mobile devices and browsing the information they like. The Internet has exploded into ...
  • Programming languages - salaries and demand (May 2015)

    8 Jun 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Here is what happened to the software development market in May 2015. For previous months, take a look at the [Gooroo Insights]( series. We are currently analysing ~500,000 tech jobs every single month, half of which are in the software ...
  • May 2015 saw the first fall of the year in advertised tech jobs, according to latest Gooroo stats.

    3 Jun 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Melbourne (Australia) 4 June, 2015 – Tech career marketplace, Gooroo, has released it's May tech career & salary trend data. The number of Australian tech jobs advertised dropped from a 37,566 high in April, to 31,497 in May - the first fall of 2015. This fall follows the trend in decreasing salari...
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    The Potknox Blog

  • How to Fix a Toxic Organizational Culture

    Shrutika Nagpal
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Written by David Nui, Founder and CEO of Tiny Pulse. Culture is the heart of any organization. Values are the beats that everyone needs to live by, and engagement is the blood that keeps the organization running at maximum productivity. However, like a bad virus, a toxic organizational culture can be detrimental to your workforce. Productivity, camaraderie, and retention suffers a hard blow when your employees are disengaged. And unfortunately, TINYpulse’s 2014 Employee Engagement and Organizational Culture Report unveiled a sobering fact: A whooping 64% of employees don’t feel like they…
  • HR Trends 2015: What do the experts predict? (5)

    Shrutika Nagpal
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:45 am
    The fifth interview in our  HR Trends Series was with Mrinal Krant, Practice Partner at HireAtEaseConsulting India Pvt.Ltd,  a leading provider of Human Resources Consulting, Leadership Hiring, Recruitment Consulting & Talent Advisory solutions to emerging sectors in India. With close to 12 years of experience, Mrinal had a number of very helpful and realistic insights, and a tonne of wisdom to share. He tells us the changes and patterns he’s observed over the  years and what he expects will happen in the future. How long have you been working in the field of HR? Close to 12…
  • HR Trends 2015: What do the experts predict? (4)

    Shrutika Nagpal
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:47 am
    If you’re a recruiter and you aren’t an ardent follower of The Savage Truth, you’re not a very good one. Jokes aside though (we’re serious), Greg Savage, Recruitment advisor, coach, speaker and investor gave us a few pearls of wisdom- on a flight to New Zealand, no less, about what he expects from the world of HR and his opinions on various facets of it and we promise you, it’s just as good as anything else he comes up with. Now, for anybody who follows his him on Twitter knows he has brilliant insights, ground breaking epiphanies and a lot of knowledge to…
  • How do Candidates feel about Video Interviewing?

    Shrutika Nagpal
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    According to a report released by Office Team, more than six in 10 (63 percent) of HR managers interviewed said their company often conducts employment interviews via video. This is up from just 14 percent one year ago. Unfortunately, very much like Recruiter Texting, this is a trend that has picked up so much pace so fast, that many applicants haven’t had a chance to warm up to it. For hiring managers and recruiters, however, video interviewing is an absolute blessing. Given advancements in technology, they can now view applicants’ appearance and body language, record interviews and…
  • HR Trends 2015: What do the experts predict? (3)

    Shrutika Nagpal
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:46 am
    The third interview in our HR Trends Series was with Rishu Raheja, Deputy Manager (Talent Acquisition) at Bennett Coleman &  Co. Ltd. (Times Group). Having worked in large organisation like Godrej and now the Times Group, Rishu knows the responsibility a job in HR entails. You are, after all, dealing with the single most important resource of them all- people. In her short and crisp interview with us, she talks about the kinds of technologies that have already penetrated the HR sphere, the changes she wishes to see hereon in, and also gives job seekers and employers a bit of advice…
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  • InAppBrowser in MAF using Cordova plug-in

    Anand Eswararao Yerrapati
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:53 am
    This post is to show how to implement In-app browser in MAF using Cordova plugin.If you have a url in the app, on click of the url, the URL will be open in a browser but if you want to come back to the app, you have to open your app tray and select the app. If you implement in-app browser, the url will be opened in a custom browser in the app itself, and you can see a button like "Done" on the browser. On click of that, you can return to the app.Below is the procedure to develop the in-app browser using Cordova plugin.Download the zip file of the project from Github and unzip itCreate a…
  • Word Type Count

    Anand Eswararao Yerrapati
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
    "Word Type Count" is a tool developed in Java, useful to count number of occurrences of each word in the given String. It also counts the total number of words in the given string. The tool would look like as below. Download the java program from here.For example, in the above screen, we could see the input string "This is to count number of occurrences of each word in a given String". When the button "Count Words" is pressed, it will display the result in the output text box as shown in the screen in which we could see each word of the given input string and count of their occurrences.
  • Java program to create Zip files

    Anand Eswararao Yerrapati
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:42 am
    In this post, I wanted to show how to create a zip file using a java program.In this example, input to the program is test.html and out put would be which contains the given test.html.The same program can be downloaded from here./*Program to create .zip files * Author: Anand Y */ import*; import*; public class ZipFileExample { public static void main(String a[]) { try { //Input file whose content will be zipped String inputFile="test.html"; //Target zip file name String zipFile=""; //Create object to the target zip file ZipOutputStream out = new…
  • FAQ Creator

    Anand Eswararao Yerrapati
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:13 am
    "FAQ Creator" is a tool developed in java helps to create FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) html files. This tool provides an user interface as below  and the procedure to add this tool is:Provide a file name including path to which the content will be written.Enter a question and its answer in the corresponding text fields.Click on "Save&Next" to save the question and answer to the buffer. And the same will be added to the list box in the left side of the GUI. If you want to edit the question or answer, select the question from the list box. The question and the answer will be…
  • Tool to import data from Excel To Database

    Anand Eswararao Yerrapati
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    Description:                 ExcelToDB is a tool developed in java to import data from MS-Excel to different data bases like MS-Access or Oracle. Currently this tool supports only these two database, but you can extend it to other databases if you required.Click here to download the tool. You can also get the source code of this tool here and you are free to edit the code as per your need.Procedure:Double click on the executable jar file ExcelToDB.jar or run the java command “jar –d ExcelToDB.jar” to open the toolChoose the source excel file…
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  • How to Integrate Existing SSO Authentication Module to Bonita BPM

    Hari Prasad Alla
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Generally speaking, enterprise applications encompass multiple line-of-business (LOB) applications. These LOB applications are primarily accessed via a common authentication gateway module i.e. by implementing or making use of a single sign-on authentication. Is it similar in Bonita BPM application too? Let’s find out, along with this, we will also figure out the process of integrating an existing […] The post How to Integrate Existing SSO Authentication Module to Bonita BPM appeared first on Evoke Technologies Blog.
  • Fluent Automation Testing Framework for Web Applications

    Krishna Sakinala
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:12 am
    It is important for organizations to clearly identify the merits and demerits of a test automation framework before choosing a framework. When organizations decide to automate web application testing, they prefer a simple but a powerful testing framework. Although, there are a lot of automation testing frameworks available in the market, Fluent Automation Framework categorically stands out. Fluent Automation is clearly becoming […] The post Fluent Automation Testing Framework for Web Applications appeared first on Evoke Technologies Blog.
  • How to Setup Grails Framework in Windows Environment

    Anju Kasa
    27 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    In my previous post ‘10 Reasons Why Grails Web Application Framework Rocks’, we figured out specific reasons that helped Grails framework gain wide acceptance among the software developer communities. Taking this topic to the next level, we will figure out the process of setting up a Grails framework in the Windows environment. I have segregated the blog […] The post How to Setup Grails Framework in Windows Environment appeared first on Evoke Technologies Blog.
  • 6 Popular Test Automation Frameworks for UFT (QTP)

    Naveen Varadaraju
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    In the software testing domain, automation frameworks are considered to be of critical importance, especially when you are involved in automation testing. In this blog, we would be exploring the different types of automation frameworks. So, what exactly is an automation framework. In technical terms, an automation framework is a set of guidelines, which comprises of coding standards, structure of […] The post 6 Popular Test Automation Frameworks for UFT (QTP) appeared first on Evoke Technologies Blog.
  • Role of Hadoop Combiner in MapReduce API

    Tej Jawahar Kummari
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:36 am
    In my previous blog, I discussed about Hadoop Counter. In this post, I would like to focus on Hadoop Combiner, a highly useful function offered by Hadoop. Similar to my previous post, I would be demonstrating the functionality of Hadoop Combiner using an example and would be utilizing the same dataset (Customer Complaints), which was used […] The post Role of Hadoop Combiner in MapReduce API appeared first on Evoke Technologies Blog.
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  • FLUFF - Forwarding Links Using Factual Facades

    6 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
    Nothing but fluff FLUFF is often described as something with little substance or importance. In the World of search engines, it can mean a page returned in a search that has little to do with the intended search word or phrase. These are the links that you click on after a search that go to a page that looks like a match but, upon closer scrutiny, you realize it’s just a click farm. The page's design partially describes your search term or even presents what seems a good source of information and as you begin to read and click into the information all you discover is a bunch of FLUFF. You…
  • A Look Into The Not Too Distant Future

    10 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    What is this strange device? Within the next few years, we will see an exponential growth in micro touch screen devices that can be unfolded from 3x6 to 12x6 (and other sizes) to form a touch screen. These  devices will have no hard drive, no CD/DVD, no memory other than an ultra-thin EPROM, and no external ports. The EPROM will have a Linux flavor distribution on it that will get  you connected to your cloud space automatically. The keyboard, initially, will be a virtual keyboard much like that on a smart cell phone. The power supply will be a thin organic battery with a 3 hours use and 9…
  • SpongeBob and the Semantic Web

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Concept mapping When talking about the Semantic Web there are a few premises one must acknowledge. One premise is that any data exchange on the internet is originally initiated by a human. There is no information retrieval without a request for that information and that request can be directly tied to a human request for the information. This is true with  bots, data harvesting, and any other mechanism or format used to gather and store information. This means the initial request format is a human concept. Either a programmer coded the  request using a coding format or a us      Concept…
  • National Registry Of WI-FI Connections

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    There are many cyber threats that we face in today's ever evolving internet. One of those threats, that has not received a lot of attention, is the growing number of Wi-Fi hotspots that millions of cell phones connect to daily.  Along with the obvious threat of compromising private data and passwords, there are other security threats which can be easily imagined with smartphones connecting to unsecured hotspots. Some of the known attacks and methods used by hackers are phishing, man-in-the-middle, Trojans, worms, and unpatched software, to name a few. This doesn't account for other…
  • Twitter is fighting back

    4 Mar 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Twitter seems to have taken on a more responsive role in its recent actions by implementing a verification step for Tor users (Tor allows its users to anonymously communicate over the internet) in order to cut down on trolling in its messaging system. By requiring Tor users to enter a verifiable phone number, twitter is making more of a statement then enacting an actual measurable engagement against such activity. While this requirement will have little impact it is a giant step forward in taking a stand of opposition in regards to trolling. Not long ago twitter also decided to cut the…
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  • Haiku monthly activity report - 06/2015

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Hi there, it's time for the monthly report! Statistics Commit range scanned this month: hrev49209-hrev49344. There are currently 38 tickets open in the beta 1 release. For the first time, we are below 40. read more
  • 'Packaging Infrastructure' Contract Weekly Report #3

    19 Jun 2015 | 11:48 am
    Hello again! As mentioned in last week's report, I planned to work on integration with IRC to allow the developers to get real-time updates on what the builder was doing, finishing the documentation, and then working on the logic that actually builds packages. The first two of the three are pretty much done, and the last one I did get started on. So this week went pretty well. read more
  • 'Packaging Infrastructure' Contract Weekly Report #2

    12 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    Hello, Haikuvians! This week was just as productive as last week. I did start on the builds logic, which now can run "builds" (lists of commands) in sequential order. I also improved the builder management system, and created documentation for pretty much everything. read more
  • GCI 2014 winners trip report (mentor side)

    10 Jun 2015 | 5:32 pm
    GCI winners trip 2014 report Hi there! I'm reporting from San Francisco today. This week I was visiting Google, meeting with the two winner students from Google Code-In as well as the students and mentors from the 11 other organizations participating in GCI. In case you missed it: GCI is a program run by Google for 13-17 year old children. The goal of the program is to introduce them to open source software and get them contributing there, and to get them interested in computer science in general. The students have to pick one of the 12 participating open source projects and complete tasks…
  • TeX Live and LyX; Changes to the boot code

    5 Jun 2015 | 11:15 pm
    As of hrev49248, TeX Live 2014 and LyX 2.1.3 have been added to the Haiku Ports repository! A word of warning: TeX Live is a mammoth 823MB package, and LyX, whilst not massive, is another 20MB or so. These will undoubtedly take some time to download for installation. Also, upon first launch of LyX, it will appear to not open any windows. This is normal, as LyX is generating a whole bunch of data it needs, which will be stored at ~/config/settings/lyx. Subsequent launches of LyX should be fairly quick. read more
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  • Recent course source code changes for WebDriver 2.46.0

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:39 am
    I just finished updating my course source code for WebDriver 2.46.0 I removed some of the code to github: webdriverbackedselenium-example-on-github-now operadriver-is-now-officially-deprecated-in-my-code I had to make a few other minor changes which I summarise below. Chrome and Firefox Chrome and ChromeDriver 2.16 now seem to work as well as the Firefox driver. I used to have some issues with Frames and Window management but that has all gone away. Now I have a single set of tests for Chrome and Firefox with no ‘fails on Chrome’ and ‘fails on Firefox’ suites. I did…
  • OperaDriver is now officially deprecated in my code

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    Anyone remember Opera? For a while it had the best developer tools and the best JavaScript debugger. It also had ‘good, not great’ WebDriver support, but an easy to add driver via maven. That stopped when Opera went from version 12.17 and the Opera Driver didn’t work on most recent versions of Opera when they moved to webkit and then blink. But if you still wanted to, you could still use the driver and run tests with the older version of Opera. But no longer. The OperaDriver hasn’t been updated so it now compile clashes with Selenium WebDriver 2.46.0 You can exclude…
  • WebDriverBackedSelenium example on github now

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:26 am
    I had a small WebDriverBackedSelenium example in my Selenium 2 WebDriver API Course codebase. Since the Selenium API has been deprecated by the main WebDriver project, although it can still be found in the current versions of Selenium WebDriver, I have moved the example to a separate github project. It isn’t much. It just shows how to get started with the API. But I’m making the split now, so that: students no longer see the deprecation messages when the compile the code source and think they have a problem my main code…
  • Successful Test Automation for Managers

    5 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    Illustration by Herb Lebowitz from the cover of “Automation” by Carl Dreher What questions do Test Managers have regarding automation? What concerns and issues do non-technical managers face with test automation? I presented at the Test Management Summit on the 29th April 2015 to try and find out. I’ve been an automator and a test manager so I’ve experienced both sides of the coin, but I’ve always had the benefit of technical and programming knowledge and experience. So while I had an initial list of areas that I thought current managers working, or about to…
  • Automation Abstractions: Page Objects and Beyond – Conference Talk

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    I presented “Automation Abstractions: Page Objects and Beyond” as a conference talk at Star West 2014 and Oredev 2014 Essentially the same talk, but Oredev had a slightly smaller timeslot for the talk, so I summarised the verbage a little. I have uploaded the slides to slideshare And the source code is in my svn repo. The talk was filmed and recorded by Oredev, unfortunately the audio doesn’t appear to have recorded properly and is very quiet in their released vimeo video.. However, I have subsequently amended their video and re-processed the audio so you can hear it, and…
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  • Technology Heterogeneity and Microservices

    Jinesh Parekh
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:56 am
    Developers are always akin to learning new technologies and are on a look out to employ cutting edge technologies on projects that they are working on. The chief technologist would often guard against this to ensure that abrupt technology choices are not made merely to satiate the developers geeky hunger. In the monolith world, the job of guarding is easier because the technology stack itself will throw in the limitations and make it hard for the developers to plug in other languages. Microservices makes it very easy for developers to use different technologies for various services they are…
  • Modularize your JavaScript with Browserify

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    22 Apr 2015 | 12:32 am
    What is browserify? If you have ever written any custom Node.js modules, getting started with Browserify will be a walk in the park. Browserify enables us to write Node.js style modular code and declaring dependencies is even simpler than you think, if you have used require.js in the past. Configuring require.js is a world of hell and their documentation doesn’t help in any way. This is when browserify turns out to be such a relief. Take a look at the following code. module-alerter.js: module.exports = function alerter(message) { window.message(message); } Now, if we were to import this in…
  • Using HTTPProxy in Net/HTTP globally.

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    There comes a time when you want to Proxy your Net/HTTP request/response in Ruby.One of the easy ways to do this in NET/HTTP is by passing proxy parameters in ‘new‘  method (during initialization) proxy_addr proxy_port 8080, nil, proxy_addr, proxy_port).start { |http| # always proxy via your.proxy.addr:8080 } Obviously, this works but then querying the website using GET or GET BY URI method there is no provision to pass any proxy parameters altogether(at least that’s what I found out.) Thankfully Ruby-2.0+ (not available in…
  • Dynamic handling of strings/text for Mobile apps – Part 2

    Javal Nanda
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:20 pm
    In my previous post (Dynamic handling of strings/text for Mobile apps – Part 1), I discussed some issues with hard coding labels and text. This post deals with solutions to those problems and involves a method that provides more flexibility by updating text dynamically. Please note: This is not to be confused with the localization of the app. But, this approach can be used for the localization purpose also. This approach involves maintaining a strings file on the server instead of hardcoding it in the app. Following are the steps to follow for the implementation of this approach: On…
  • Dynamic handling of strings/text for Mobile apps – Part 1

    Javal Nanda
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:41 am
    It is a pretty common habit of developers to hard code labels and text directly into xib files or if they plan to localize, it is specified in localizable.strings files for iOS. For android, same goes into strings xml or some even hardcode into layout xml by ignoring warnings. In most scenarios, the above approach is adapted for speedy development and with a misconception that there will be hardly any change for labels and headers or in case of any change, it would be a minor one that can be easily fixed. But in adapting this, developers usually don’t consider the following things: 1)…
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  • AtlasCamp 2015: Rozdoum’s personal experience.

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:43 am
    This summer, few weeks ago in Prague, the premier developer conference was held - AtlasCamp 2015. Since Rozdoum company is the Atlassian expert for years, our team members take part in this annual international event.
  • Active committers: Value of Open Source Software

    4 Jun 2015 | 2:48 am
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    29 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    1st June - International Children's Day. This is an event celebrated on various days in many places around the world. Rozdoum team as a part of the technology world suggests an article about a strong connection between children and modern tech devices in educational space.
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    21 May 2015 | 7:52 am
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    7 May 2015 | 8:44 am
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