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Teaching the unknown with spikes

By Jeremy Jarrell on July 28, 2014

Here’s everything you need to know about spikes and how they can help your team tackle the unknown.

Why you need to use Bower

By Joe Eames on July 17, 2014

If you’re not already using Bower, it’s time to rethink your workflow. Here’s a quick overview of what it is, why you need it and how to get started.

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.

Top 5 hackathon survival tips

By Pam Selle on March 3, 2014

Hackathons are more popular than ever. Whether you’re thinking about going to your first hackathon, or you’re a veteran participant, here are a few important tips you can use to ensure you get the most out of your day or weekend.

Is Bing Code Search ready for everyday use?

By Paul Ballard on February 28, 2014

Microsoft recently released a new add-in for Visual Studio 2013 that allows you to run a Bing search that returns code snippets directly in the source code editor. The add-in claims to use contextual elements including the project type, semantic context via C# compiler services (Roslyn) and “a few other sprinkles of Microsoft Research magic” to search partner websites to return code snippets that are suitable for direct embedding into your code.

How Gherkin can help you build the right thing

By Jason Roberts on February 26, 2014

We’re using the best tools. We have great programmers. We’re doing test driven development. We have continuous integration servers. We have 100% code coverage. We’re doing pair programming. We are following the best software engineering practices. We are building our software correctly, it’s awesome. But… We’re building the wrong thing.

Not unit testing your databases? You should be

By Dave Green on February 18, 2014

Releasing a product without testing it is generally accepted as an unforgivable sin in the software development world. And frankly, there really isn’t an excuse not to test when we have whole suites of testing tools available to us – tools which allow us to examine our applications for speed and functionality, and perform unit tests.