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5 challenges your IT team needs to prepare for right now

By Don Jones on August 29, 2014

We all know how quickly things change in the IT world, but does your team have what it takes to keep up? Here are five challenges you can’t afford to overlook.


This is why you need to use IDisposable in .NET

By Elton Stoneman on August 26, 2014

Using IDisposable in .NET will help you write the most efficient, effective code. Here are a few simple steps to help you get a handle on it.


Go ahead, unplug: 5 amazing tech-free destinations

By Stacy Warden on August 20, 2014

Here are five amazing places that will help you remember what life was like before technology took over.


Are your users your biggest security problem?

By Mary Branscombe on August 14, 2014

Think controlling user access is a cinch? Think again. Turns out too many IT admins are overconfident about handling data breaches. Here’s how educating your users can help protect your company against attacks.


This is why you should learn Scala

By Justin Pihony on August 5, 2014

Whether you’re tired of writing boilerplate code, struggling to maintain your code or just eager to try something new, you should learn Scala, an open-source, multi-paradigm language. Here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know right now.


Show your JavaScript: tools for online demos

By Pam Selle on July 30, 2014

There are many online tools that you can use to show off your JavaScript code, and you don’t have to get hung up on just one. While many of these tools share similar features, it’s their differences that can help determine when they’ll be the most useful. Let’s take a look at the three most common online demo tools to get a better idea of which one will work best for you.


Top tools for unit testing in JavaScript

By Pam Selle on July 15, 2014

Like many things in the world of JavaScript, there are plenty of choices for how to unit test your code. Here are some favorites that can help you save time when setting up a project.


Future of Microsoft configuration management: DSC

By Marco Shaw on June 18, 2014

Learn about one of Microsoft’s latest features, known as Desired State Configuration (DSC). Here’s a quick overview of what it is, how it works, and what the future holds.


4 steps to managing technology overload

By Ron Schindler on June 6, 2014

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by too much technology, you’re not alone. Here are four tried and true tips to help keep you on track.


8 problems of successful software projects

By Mark Heath on May 16, 2014

Working on a successful software project is exciting and rewarding, but it isn’t without its problems. Let’s take a look at eight of the most common issues to watch out for.


Dig in your heels or cover your back: How to handle problem projects

By Mary Branscombe on May 7, 2014

Check out these expert tips for handling your boss and covering your back when your project isn’t ready to ship in time.


Here’s why you should get to know D

By Dmitri Nesteruk on May 1, 2014

There are plenty of reasons you should get to know the D programming language. Here are a few to get you started right now.


Heartbleed bug: What you need to know

By Troy Hunt on April 10, 2014

Massive. Huge. Catastrophic. These are the words being used in headlines to describe the Heartbleed bug, and the articles they lead are basically declaring that internet security as we know it is dead. What is the Heartbleed bug and is it really that bad? Here’s everything that you need to know.


4 time management tips for remote workers

By Adam Bertram on April 7, 2014

So you’ve finally achieved the freedom that comes with working remotely. Congratulations! Whether the Man is letting out some slack on your leash and allowing you to work from home, or you’re out begging for contracts as an independent freelancer, working remotely has some unique challenges.


Best DIY electronics and programming kits for kids

By Pam Selle on April 3, 2014

If you’ve seen your kid take to your iPhone like a fish to water, maybe you’ve thought about how to get them interested in DIY, or introducing technology as something they can do not just something they use. Luckily, there are plenty of kits and tools out there making it a lot easier to get someone introduced to the wide world of electronics (or robotics, or gaming, or mobile development).


Are you ready for SQL Server 2014?

By Jeff James on March 27, 2014

Microsoft recently announced that SQL Server 2014 has been released to manufacturing, and that this latest upgrade to Microsoft’s popular relational database management system (RDBMS) will be widely available for download on April 1st, 2014. SQL Server 2014 has dozens of new features and improvements, but which are most noteworthy?


Is being busy the same as being productive?

By Craig Golightly on March 26, 2014

There are many ways to stay busy at work, but do they really add value? Does “busy” mean “important”? You can wear yourself thin with email, todo lists, organizing your desk, instant messages, phone calls, text messages and social media and still not really accomplish anything in a day. All of those things have their place but sometimes they are nothing more than productivity thieves.


How Office 365 can eliminate daily business frustrations

By Ron Schindler on March 21, 2014

In businesses small and large, there are areas of frustration that we find ways to ignore or patch but never actually get taken care of. Picking the right business partners, location or even employees will remain as challenging areas, but some of the others can be addressed through technology.


When support for XP ends, should you upgrade to Windows 7 or 8?

By Sean Wilkins on March 17, 2014

With support for Windows XP soon ending, those who have waited until now to upgrade (a whopping 30 percent of the market) will need to decide if they’ll risk running a potentially vulnerable operating system that no longer receives security updates, or if they’ll upgrade to one of the modern systems. But the question is which one? If you’re in this camp, should you be looking at the more current OS from Microsoft, Windows 8, or should you be thinking about a shorter jump from Windows XP and consider moving to Windows 7 instead?


5 reasons to use Xamarin for cross-platform development

By Jim Wilson on March 12, 2014

Xamarin is a product that brings .NET/C# to both Android and iOS. Xamarin is pretty amazing in that it’s fully .NET while being able to produce true Android and iOS apps at the same time, and apps that are compliant with the distribution requirements of both Google Play and the iOS App Store.