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Friday’s Developer Picks – Week of December 15th

Hopefully, many of you are getting ready for some time away over the next few weeks to recharge and get ready for 2015. This will be our final installment of our Friday Developer Picks for 2014 but we’ll look forward to returning in the New Year. For now, enjoy this week’s selection: This was out a few weeks ago but the crew over at the Spring Blog had a post up announcing that the Spring Integration Java DSL 1.0 GA is now… Read More

Android (v5) Lollipop RecyclerView Tutorial

In case you are waking up from a Thanksgiving turkey hangover, Google heralded Android 5 – code named Lollipop – in mid-November. Along with the blog post I made this summer, you can take a look at the Android Developers Blog for a list of the big features in Android 5. This is a release that is worthy of the term “major release” and one I plan on reviewing with you over a series of blog posts in the coming… Read More

Intertech’s Jason Shapiro to Speak at the Twin Cities iPhone Developers Group

Jason Shapiro will be sharing his “Introduction to Swift for iOS 8″ presentation with the members of the Twin Cities iPhone Developers Group on January 15th, 2015.  In addition to being an author and senior instructor for Intertech’s iOS training, Jason has also participated as a co-organizer for TCIDEV since 2011. Registration for this presentation can be found at: http://www.meetup.com/Twin-Cities-iPhone-Developers/events/218859449/ Details Over the past few years, a significant segment of developers have voiced their frustration with Apple’s decision to use Objective-C for… Read More

The Ultimate Employee Gift: Employee Health (Post 3 of 3)

This is the last of my posts on creating a healthy workplace. The previous two posts shared information I learned from a Washington Post article called “Does your horrible boss make you sick?” (If you missed my previous two posts, here’s the short answer: Yes, horrible bosses make people horribly sick!). Now I’d like to shift to a more positive perspective and describe behaviors that good managers employ. Many of these management techniques are described in depth in my book,… Read More

Friday’s Developer Picks – Week of December 8th

Welcome to our new blog readers! We appreciate you joining the discussion. Every Friday our consultants and trainers offer up their favorite content of the week from the world of application software development. Here’s the selection for this Friday: In November The .Net Framework Blog released The Roadmap for WPF. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s worth checking out. Interestingly, they state that 10% of all newly created projects in Visual Studio 2013 over the past 60 days are WPF…. Read More

Throwback Tech Holiday Wish List

We’ve all experienced it. That moment when you’re clearing out the storage closet to make room and you uncover that lost piece of tech that once captivated your imagination. That one piece you promised never to throw away because you had to have it. That relic that makes you wonder how something like it could have been interesting or useful compared to the tech that surrounds us now. It happened to me recently when I unearthed my Commodore 64. Wow, what… Read More

The Ultimate Employee Gift: Health (Post 2 of 3)

A recent survey of 1,500 workers on workplace experience by the American Psychological Association found that nearly a third identified “problems with my supervisor” as a cause of work stress. E. Kevin Kelloway, Canada research chair in occupational health psychology at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is the lead author of a 2010 review of studies about the effects of leaders on the psychological and physical well-being of their subordinates. He says people who have bad bosses often… Read More

iOS Versus Android? Does it Matter?

I was teaching a great class of new Android developers last week. As is typical in this class, a number of my students were debating the merits and shortcomings of the Android and iOS platforms for smartphones and tablets. Which is easier to develop applications for? Which has better features? Which has better security and privacy controls? My students are not alone in this debate. Both Android and iOS have released new versions recently (version 5/Lollipop and iOS 8 respectively) and… Read More

Friday’s Developer Picks – Week of December 1st

After a week hiatus from our Friday selection of popular news and topics from our team at Intertech, we’re back. Based on some questions from readers we offered up a couple JavaScript Framework articles including one on the popular, AngularJS. And, ended with a little humor…. Read More

Xcode 6 Quick Tip: Fixing Code Completion

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in the latest version of Xcode 6 (6.1).  In general, things have been going very well, however I have run into a few situations where “code completion” stops displaying all of the expected methods and properties for an object reference.  Luckily, there is a fairly painless fix.  Here are the steps I’ve been taking to fix this issue: 1)  Try Control-Space to see if that wakes up the code completion feature. If that doesn’t solve… Read More