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Intertech Guide to SQL Server Training

There are quite a few different pieces that make up SQL Server. It has continued to grow with more and more features with new releases – all while not increasing the price! We’re impressed how Microsoft continues to add business intelligence features, in-memory OLTP features, and much more while not requiring additional licenses. Because SQL Server does so many different things, it’s important to know what kind of SQL Server training options are available. Even Microsoft Learning has embraced all… Read More

Windows 10 Tips – Stop those Notifications!

Hey, welcome back to another Windows 10 tips blog post.  I hope you read my last post, Windows 10 Shots – Streaming and Cast to Device. I have mentioned in previous posts, with most shots, after about a handful, things will start to get a little hazy.  But, with Windows 10 Shots (this new series of posts), the hope would be that the opposite would happen.  That clarity and insight into the highly anticipated release would free your mind to great… Read More

A Mobile Dev Playbook, HTTPS Transitions, and Much More

Before you go out and enjoy the weekend, take a look at some of our favorite articles this week. Twitter has released their mobile developer playbook, go utilize their guide and improve your mobile dev skills! We also found an article on some popular misconceptions about the Agile methodology. Articles and Videos: Learn how to create the best mobile applications in Twitter’s mobile developer playbook. There are still a lot of misconceptions about Agile these days. Learn about 3 common misunderstandings and how… Read More

Tips for a Virtual Development Environment

How long does it take for a new developer in your organization to get their environment set up? I’ve seen it take anywhere from a couple days to a week depending on the environment. A few years ago, I joined a project that had an interesting requirement:  They would NOT be supplying development workstations for us to use… we must supply our own. This requirement caused us to go down the path of running our development environments in a virtual… Read More

Thoughts from The 100: Living your Best Life

“Thoughts from The 100” is a series of posts with thoughts, examples, and additional insights from my book The 100. Ever dreamed of quitting your job and “reinventing” yourself? If so, you’re not alone. According to an intriguing article in this month’s Atlantic Monthly, by former National Public Radio journalist Barbara Bradley Haggerty, only one-third of Baby Boomers and GenXers are engaged by their work. Haggerty quotes Jim Harter, a chief scientist for workplace management and well-being at the Gallup… Read More

Hilarious Video On .NET vs Java, Using React And Angular 2, And Much More

The week is coming to an end! Time to celebrate with our weekly content collection from our Devs. This week, we found a humorous video on using .NET vs. Java. Along with that, we have a story on how one man destroyed an entire company with only one line of code. Articles and Videos: Angular 2 and React – “A React Native application…in which an Angular 2 application runs in the JS thread…with a custom renderer that uses the JS… Read More

Watch Your SSIS Package Encryption Settings!

By default, when you create a new SSIS package in BIDS or SSDT, its sensitive data is encrypted using the Data Protection API (DPAPI). This utilizes a “guaranteed unique” key that was created when Windows was installed per user login. It is used to encrypt data on the machine by apps the use the DPAPI. Note that if you ever want the SSIS package to run on different machines (staging, production), you must change this security setting to one that… Read More

Android Wear Developer Tutorial (Part 5) – Tips and Tricks

This post in our Android Wear developer tutorial series is a collection of thoughts, tips, and experiences related to developing apps for Android Wear.  I collected these items here because previous posts in this series are already lengthy enough, but there were still some things that I thought might be useful. Android Data Layer – Things to Know About Data Items Using the Message Api, you can pass a message with an optional payload to a specific node (node simply… Read More

Slow Webpages Affect Revenue, How Netflix Builds Code, And Much More

Happy Friday! This week’s Dev Digest consists of some interesting articles including a piece on why you need to make sure your webpages are fast enough. We also have an article on why Microsoft has been releasing so many apps using neural networks to perform tricks. Articles and Videos: Having a slow webpage can damage a publisher’s revenue. Find out how. Learn how code is built at one of the most popular streaming services, Netflix. Here, you’ll find the build, integration,… Read More

JAXB Tutorial: Customized Namespace Prefixes Example using NamespacePrefixMapper

Do you need to specify what namespace prefixes are used in your JAXB marshaled XML? For example, do you want to see  in the generated XML instead of ? If so, this JAXB tutorial will walk you through those steps. If you are using the default JAXB implementation provided with Java 6 or later, you can configure the namespace prefixes by extending the  and setting a property to tell the marshaller to use your extension. For more details on marshalling JAXB objects to XML, review… Read More