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Featured Post Windows 10: Android vs. iOS

New friends: Windows, Android & iOS

By Lars Klint on November 16, 2015

When it comes to Windows 10, how does developing for Android and iOS differ? Take a look with Microsoft MVP and Pluralsight author, Lars Klint.

Visual Studio LightSwitch 2015: Read this before you write it off

By Yacine Khammal on November 3, 2015

If you’ve been tempted to write off LightSwitch as a mere gadget, a Silverlight-dependent casualty of browser evolution or just a thing of the past, think again.

10 ways to celebrate Cyber Security Awareness Month

By Dale Meredith on October 20, 2015

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and to celebrate we’ve got 10 ways you can join in. Security expert Dale Meredith offers his top security tips.

PowerShell: How to execute and manage external processes

By Adam Bertram on October 20, 2015

While the use of external utilities in PowerShell is typically discouraged, there are times when you have no other choice. Let’s explore a few options for making the most of those sticky situations.

Why search matters more than you think

By Xavier Morera on October 8, 2015

Search is one of the most misunderstood functionalities in IT. It’s commonly taken for granted, except when it’s missing or broken. Let’s take a look at why search is so vital and why you probably need more of it.

React, GraphQL and Relay: A brief introduction

By Samer Buna on October 7, 2015

Writing native applications is hard, React Native is uniquely positioned to change that for good. Here’s what you should know.

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.

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