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Code comments: A quick guide on when (and when not) to use them

By Zoran Horvat on July 29, 2015

We shed a little light on the whole question of code comments, and how you can get better at deciding when to use them and when to avoid them altogether.

PowerShell: Tips for terminating code execution

By Adam Bertram on July 28, 2015

Sometimes a PowerShell script needs to stop execution, or terminate dead in it’s tracks. This post takes a look at few different ways to get the job done.

Hadoop: The ultimate list of frameworks

By Thomas Henson on July 21, 2015

Understanding the Hadoop ecosystem can make you very valuable. Here’s a quick list of frameworks to get you started.

Developers: This is why you need to ditch your morning checklist  

By Adam Bertram on July 16, 2015

Your morning checklist may seem helpful, but it’s not actually doing you any favors. We take a look at a better way to monitor your systems.

Team Foundation Server: Tips for the individual developer

By Michael Simmons on July 14, 2015

If you’re working as a one-man operation, here’s what you should know before diving into Team Server Foundation.

Documentation for developers: Why you need to do it

By Adam Bertram on June 10, 2015

All developers need useful documentation, but getting started can be a headache. Before diving in, heed this game-changing tip from the PowerShell Summit.

Fresh developer skills you probably aren’t learning, but should

By M. David Green on May 19, 2015

Developers can’t afford to take a break from learning new skills. Here are five to keep on your radar.

Top plugins to use with Visual Studio Community

By Mary Branscombe on May 14, 2015

Now that Visual Studio extensions work in the free Community edition, you can find tools and controls that will save you time. We take a look at some of the top plugins.

REST matters (and you need more of it)

By shawnwildermuth on April 16, 2015

We explain everything you need to know about REST, and how it can be incredibly useful for building large, scalable systems.

SharePoint Online: How to manage sharing with external users

By Mary Branscombe on April 14, 2015

Office 365 makes it a cinch to easily collaborate with customers, partners and colleagues in other businesses. Here’s a quick rundown on how you can share documents and other important information with external users.

4 tips to help programmers stay on track

By Adam Bertram on April 13, 2015

Before you get caught up in adding all the extras to your scripts and applications, we have four guidelines to help you stay focused on the important stuff.

Stop playing to win. Instead, do the opposite

By Craig Golightly on April 8, 2015

Find out the biggest pitfall of app developers and how you can easily overcome it.

Achieving PCI DSS compliance with Pluralsight is too convenient for excuses

By Troy Hunt on April 6, 2015

Training in Data Security Standards is vital for developers. Here’s a quick rundown on everything you need to know about meeting these requirements, and how Pluralsight can help.

Can your Hyper-V VMs get integration components from Windows Update?

By Mary Branscombe on April 2, 2015

In this post we explain how your Hyper-V VMs can get integration components from Windows Update (it’s easier than it sounds!).

Can you protect any file with Azure RMS?

By Mary Branscombe on March 25, 2015

You shouldn’t have to get hacked before you start thinking about the vulnerability of your confidential company documents. We take a look at how Azure Rights Management Service can help you keep you keep that important information in check.

What you need to know about foreach loops in PowerShell

By Adam Bertram on March 18, 2015

Deciding when to use the foreach statement in PowerShell can be tricky. We take a look at how you can quickly overcome this confusion.

Create WMI event subscriptions to monitor your folders

By Adam Bertram on March 6, 2015

Are you still setting up scheduled tasks to monitor your folders? Let’s take a look at a better, easier way to do this.

Get started with WebGL and three.js by using this helpful list

By Alex Mackey on March 5, 2015

Anxious to get started with WebGL and three.js, but have no clue where to begin? Relax, take a deep breath and let this list of resources guide you along the way.

Check out this alternative model for evaluating training

By Larry Israelite on February 26, 2015

Can a community-based evaluation model work for learning in just the same way that it works for other products and services? We take a look at the four key questions that most people consider when judging the overall quality of training.

Like vs. Match: Battle of the Powershell operators

By Adam Bertram on February 19, 2015

Powershell’s Like and Match operators may seem to have a lot in common but, under the hood, they’re quite different. In this post, we pit the two against each other to see which wins for speed and syntax ease.