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5 ways to get the most out of your year-end spending

By Lindsay Lauck on September 15, 2014

With the fiscal year coming to a close this month, managers are scrambling to find a way to make the most of their money. Before you go on a maniacal last-minute spending spree, here are some tips to help you decide how to allocate your government year-end spending.


Here’s how networking affects your users

By Alex Vollmer on September 11, 2014

Networking is deeply intertwined with the user’s experience and overall perception of your application, which is why it’s so important to understand how it all works. Here’s a quick rundown to make sure you’ve got everything running as smoothly as possible.


Here’s how to get notified when your Tableau Server extract has issues

By Mike Roberts on September 10, 2014

You’re so pleased with your latest Tableau workbook, you’re convinced you’ve done everything right and that it’s all running as smoothly as possible. But what happens when something goes wrong? Even worse, when someone else notices the issue before you catch it? Here’s how you can set up instant notifications to avoid that sticky situation.


This is why you need to use IDisposable in .NET

By Elton Stoneman on August 26, 2014

Using IDisposable in .NET will help you write the most efficient, effective code. Here are a few simple steps to help you get a handle on it.


Here’s how Exchange 2013 SP1 is shaking things up

By J. Peter Bruzzese on August 21, 2014

Here’s everything you need to know about the newest features in Exchange 2013 SP1.


How to store your Tableau Server workbooks on GitHub

By Mike Roberts on August 15, 2014

Here’s how you can ensure that your most valuable Tableau Server workbooks are always safe and secure.


Are your users your biggest security problem?

By Mary Branscombe on August 14, 2014

Think controlling user access is a cinch? Think again. Turns out too many IT admins are overconfident about handling data breaches. Here’s how educating your users can help protect your company against attacks.


Ask yourself these 8 questions before writing a proposal

By Alan Ackmann on August 12, 2014

Proposal writing can be daunting, but it’s a heck of a lot easier when you truly understand your audience. Here are eight questions that will help you get a handle on it.


This is why credit card theft is now inevitable

By Don Jones on August 11, 2014

Researchers have figured out how to reprogram the firmware of almost any commonly available USB flash drive, proving that your personal information isn’t really all that personal. Here’s what you need to know.


Here’s how you can use Office APIs and SharePoint to replace Access apps

By Mary Branscombe on August 8, 2014

Did you know that you don’t have to completely rewrite your Access apps in order to make them more accessible? Here’s how you can use Office 365 APIs, Access Services and SharePoint to turn them into apps that make everyone’s life a little easier.


This is why you should learn Scala

By Justin Pihony on August 5, 2014

Whether you’re tired of writing boilerplate code, struggling to maintain your code or just eager to try something new, you should learn Scala, an open-source, multi-paradigm language. Here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know right now.


Show your JavaScript: tools for online demos

By Pam Selle on July 30, 2014

There are many online tools that you can use to show off your JavaScript code, and you don’t have to get hung up on just one. While many of these tools share similar features, it’s their differences that can help determine when they’ll be the most useful. Let’s take a look at the three most common online demo tools to get a better idea of which one will work best for you.


Tackling the unknown with spikes

By Jeremy Jarrell on July 28, 2014

Here’s everything you need to know about spikes, a special type of user story, and how they can help your team tackle the unknown.


How to use the bash command line history

By Andrew Mallett on July 23, 2014

The bash history mechanism is persistent and remains with us even after reboots, so we want to ensure that it contains information that is relevant to our use of the command line. Here’s how it works and how you can manage its contents.


Understanding object-oriented programming in C#

By Deborah Kurata on July 21, 2014

Object-oriented programming (OOP) is much more than you think. The more you know about these concepts, the more you can leverage the features of OOP languages, such as C#, to build well-crafted and testable applications. Here are four key techniques for building great object-oriented software.


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.


How to create games with Digital-Tutors

By Grant Boudon on July 14, 2014

Here’s the full rundown on how you can use your Digital-Tutors access to start creating games right now.


How to set up and managing OneDrive for Business

By Mary Branscombe on July 9, 2014

Did you know that you don’t need Office 365 or SharePoint Online to get Microsoft’s business cloud storage service? There’s actually a standalone subscription that lets you buy cloud storage for your users and link it to your existing on-premise SharePoint 2013 setup. Here’s how it works.


Here’s the latest on OpenStack

By Marco Shaw on July 8, 2014

Over the last six months, we’ve seen Icehouse come out of the gates, along with a very successful summit in Atlanta. Here’s a quick recap to see where OpenStack stands now.


Everything you need to know about Xamarin

By Jim Wilson on July 1, 2014

Have a question about Xamarin? We round up everything you need to know in this Q&A.