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Lessons learned from Target’s data breach

By Lynn Greiner on February 24, 2014

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve heard about the Target data breach. But in case you missed it, over about three weeks, from Thanksgiving to mid-December last year, approximately 40 million credit and debit card accounts used in US Target stores were compromised.

What Microsoft’s change in leadership means for you

By Paul Ballard on February 21, 2014

The mantle of leadership within Microsoft that was created by founder Bill Gates has been passed on for only the second time in the company’s history. As with any significant organizational change, lots of questions have been raised, and industry insiders as well as financial analysts are all looking for clues to what this will mean for Microsoft in the long run.

How Microsoft is changing its developer relations

By Mary Branscombe on January 29, 2014

If you’re a .NET or Silverlight developer, you might have been feeling a little left out over the last couple of years as Microsoft introduced WinRT runtime, a developer program for Windows Phone, and announced that Unity would be available free to indie devs on Xbox One. You probably have been thinking, “But what about .NET?”

10 best TV shows to satisfy your inner geek

By Stacy Warden on October 14, 2013

What better way to unwind after a long workday than with a little geeky TV? Here are 10 of the best current shows that are sure to keep your inner nerd delighted. Big Bang Theory, CBS – Now in its seventh season this Geektastic sitcom follows the ups and downs of Leonard, Sheldon, Howard, Raj [...]

Coding among the top education trends this school year

By Manya Susoev on October 4, 2013

According to an article published on eSchool News, a technology news site aimed at educators, learn-to-code programs are among the top trends in education for the new school year. Developers are always in high demand, and schools that recognize this are starting to incorporate programming classes. Schools and instructors hope this will help prepare students [...]

Quick and easy ways to customize your cubicle

By Stacy Warden on October 2, 2013

The modern cubicle may have come a long way, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still the worst ever work environment (seriously, who actually finds inspiration while crammed inside of a box?). Thankfully, your prison cell cubicle doesn’t have to be the most mundane place on the planet. Instead of dreading the spot where you [...]

Your laptop bag is boring. Try one of these instead

By Stacy Warden on September 24, 2013

Smartphones and tablets may be wildly convenient, but let’s face it; when you need a real workhorse, laptops still dominate. Unfortunately, they’re big, boring and typically not much to look at (unless maybe you’re sporting the latest Mac Book Pro—and even then it’s still a gigantic slab at the surface). Seriously, how many times have [...]

iOS 7: 5 killer features to get excited about

By Jon Flanders on September 18, 2013

Can we stop talking about iOS 7′s new UI already? Apple released iOS 7 to the public today, and while there has been a lot of coverage on the new UI, that’s not all there is to get excited about. Yes, the UI is different. Yes, the colors are different. And yes, the style is [...]

VMware’s new VCA: fab or flop?

By Ashraf Al-Dabbas on September 11, 2013

VMware has finally broken down. It now offers an introductory certification that doesn’t cost you thousands of dollars. But is the new VMware Certified Associate (VCA) actually going to help your career, or is it just a fluff cert for sales people? The new certification track, announced at VMworld 2013, has no course requirement and [...]

The Power of Teaching Online

By Aaron Skonnard on July 11, 2013

When I first started teaching professional courses on software development, I quickly fell in love with the process. I really enjoyed the process of breaking down difficult technologies and creating educational stories that “clicked” for students. Watching students have their epiphany moments and seeing their confidence build was a huge reward. Addictive. After a while, [...]

Advice to College Graduates: Never Stop Learning

By Manya Susoev on June 11, 2013

Today’s new graduates are having a tough time finding employment directly out of college, especially for work in their chosen fields. In some areas, there simply aren’t enough jobs available for everyone entering the workforce. But in others, graduates might not have all of the skills a position requires. In certain industries like science and [...]

After Authoring 40 Courses for Pluralsight, This is What I Have Learned

By jsonmez on June 5, 2013

Wow. I can’t believe I have actually reached the milestone of authoring 40 courses for Pluralsight. My first Pluralsight course, Introduction to Android Development, was released just over two years ago on April 12th, 2011. My latest course, which makes number 40 (if you count my contribution to the Design Patterns course), is Using Glimpse With ASP.NET, [...]

Soon Electronics Won’t Need to be Turned Off at Takeoff

By krystyl on March 24, 2013

Sitting in a seat with barely enough leg room can get frustrating, especially when you hear over the loud-speaker “Please turn off your electronic devices while we prepare for takeoff.” As early as next year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may only require you to put your gadgets into “airplane mode” during takeoffs and landings. [...]

The Case of the Stressed-out Coder

By Dan Appleman on March 5, 2013

Some years ago I started writing occasionally in a genre that I call the “Soft-boiled detective techno-thriller parody”. It’s been a while since I’ve written one – I hope you enjoy it. The Southwest flight to Salt Lake City was turbulent, mostly due to the terrified shudders of the passengers with peanut allergies. I was [...]

Which Comes First – The Bad Reviews or the Developer Apathy?

By Paul Ballard on February 5, 2013

I’ve seen a lot of stories written by various media outlets that are quick to point out the failings of the Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 ecosystems. It used to be that the major cause of frustration was poor quality devices and manufacturer bloatware causing Microsoft’s best intentions to wither on the vine with [...]

VS11 Fakes Framework Considered Harmful

By Jim Cooper on April 23, 2012

It seems to me that Microsoft still doesn’t quite understand the serious TDD culture.  I recently saw an InfoQ article entitled VS11 Gets Better Unit Testing Tools, Fakes Framework.  My assumption is that the word “better” in that title applies only to the unit testing tools, not the fakes framework. Although, I like that Microsoft [...]