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How to change code in Tableau Server data sources

By Mike Roberts on October 1, 2015

Today, the new Tableau Zen Masters were announced, and our very own Mike Roberts was added to this elite group of Tableau gurus. Mike is your go-to guy when it comes to keeping your Tableau Server running smoothly, so take a lesson from this Zen Master on how to change code in Tableau Server data sources.

PowerShell DSC: 4 tips to get started right now

By Adam Bertram on September 28, 2015

Ever wish you had it as easy as “Star Trek’s” Captain Picard? Turns out you can get things done just as quickly with PowerShell Desired State Configuration. Here are four tried-and-true tips to help you get started right this moment.

Hardware vs. tuning: Getting the most from SQL Server

By Kathi Kellenberger on September 17, 2015

Dealing with a server that seems drastically under-powered can cause frustration all around. Thankfully, tuning the indexes can result in fantastic gains in performance.

How Statistical PERT gives programmers confident estimates

By William Davis on September 9, 2015

Estimating how long it might take to code and test a new function for a Web application can quickly turn into a serious headache. Before you put your foot in your mouth, try this.

3 troubleshooting tips that can save you a world of time

By Adam Bertram on September 2, 2015

The only thing worse than fixing the same problem twice is fixing it manually each time. Heed these troubleshooting tips the first time around and you’ll be in good shape the next time an issue pops up.

R: Why it’s the next programming language you should learn

By Casimir Saternos on August 31, 2015

The R programming language has recently become an appealing skill to add to your resume. Here are just a few of the reasons you should consider learning it.

Password policies: A quick guide to getting started

By Dale Meredith on August 27, 2015

A poorly chosen password can cause a ton of problems. Here’s how you can keep your business secure.

SAP Mobile Projects: Problems and solutions

By Laszlo Meszaros on August 18, 2015

This post looks at some of the issues with real SAP Mobile Projects and how you can avoid them.

What to do when you hit a “code block”

By Callie Johnson on August 5, 2015

You’re plugging away at some new code and suddenly you’re stuck. Here are a few tips to get you through a dreaded code block.

Scrum or Kanban: Which form of Agile is best for you?

By Jeremy Jarrell on August 3, 2015

When it comes down to two of the most popular forms of Agile, deciding which to use can be a real head-scratcher. Our quick guide can help.

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.

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