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15 Epic Tech Meltdowns You Won’t Believe

The tech world is a place where, for better or worse, anything can happen. And whether we’re having a controlled and intentional meltdown, or we’re a victim of the technology itself, it can lead to some pretty memorable results. We’ve scoured the web for examples, and managed to come up with these 15 Epic Tech Meltdowns You Won’t Believe. From famous directors to famously volatile CEOs, our list has a little something for everyone. 1. Michael Bay at CES One… Read More

Raising the Quality Bar with Visual Studio – Data Driving a Coded UI Test

In my last post we looked at using the “Params” and “ExpectedValues” objects to override our recorded values and assertions.  In this post we will look at driving those values with a data source. We can start with the test method we built in our last post: We want to modify line 7 and line 10 to use the values from a comma separated values (CSV) file. Lets start by adding a folder to our solution to store the csv… Read More

Spring Framework’s WebDataBinder

Last week, I was just outside our nation’s capital teaching Spring Web MVC Framework to a wonderful group of people working for the National Institute of Health (NIH).  They are getting ready to move a collection of Struts 1 projects to Spring Web MVC.  Some questions and discoveries around Spring Web MVC’s @InitBinder operations seemed a good fit for this week’s post. Spring Web MVC Command Beans Part of my Spring MVC class is dedicated to teaching students how to… Read More

Raising the Quality Bar with Visual Studio 2012 – Override Recorded Values in your Coded UI Test

  When using the coded UI test recorder, the strings you enter into text boxes or input fields are recorded.  Overriding those values is simple.  For this example we will perform a simple search on Intertech’s web site and validate the search result header.  We will use the coded UI test builder to do this. Create a new coded UI test using the builder.  Perform the following actions and generate code for each step Launch the browser Navigate to… Read More

Going from a good business to a great one

No single thing makes a business a great one. Greatness comes from the dedicated employees who put time and effort into their work every day. It comes from a loyal, steady customer base. It comes from management that communicates effectively, drives business progressively and cultivates a productive workplace dynamically. But, most importantly, it comes from all of us working and thinking like stakeholders, feeding off one another and encouraging a healthy business ecosystem. This is how a good company grows into a… Read More

Agile Adoption Training Video

Check out this great video on Agile adoption by Agile coach, consultant, and instructor Stevie Borne…. Read More

Remove the Register Directive for Custom Controls

As I have developed with Microsoft’s tools and frameworks on their operating systems over the years, I have always been perplexed when I was required to add some extra custom code or perform some extra step of work because I wrote the software. However, for Microsoft, they added some undocumented customization to the tool or framework so they didn’t have to! What?!? “I call shenanigans!” Whenever I see something like this, I dig in and try to figure out how… Read More

JavaScript’s Fine but TypeScript Rocks!

Face it, JavaScript is a functional language that can be difficult to learn and use, especially for those with experience in Java or C#. Its original purpose was to support Dynamic HTML (DHTML) for Netscape Navigator back in the late 90s. Technically, it was called JavaScript for branding purposes by Sun when they absorbed Netscape. However, as John Resig (the original creator of jQuery) put it, “JavaScript is to Java as a hamster is to ham.” Microsoft was told they were not legally allowed to include… Read More

History’s 15 Worst Named Tech Products

What’s in a name? If we’re talking about some of the products on the list you’re about to read: some really bad ideas. While not all of History’s 15 Worst Named Tech Products failed because of their christening, they certainly didn’t help themselves out by choosing the names they did. From bad hygiene admissions to inadvertent racism, we proudly give you the worst of the worst. 1. DigiScent iSmell The DigiScent iSmell has gone down as one of the 25… Read More

The enterprise app store of the future

  Today’s workforce is mobile. With employees across various industries not only having access to personal smartphones and tablets, but using them on the job, mobile devices have permeated the enterprise landscape. While some businesses inevitably resist this trend, those that readily embrace it and take steps to support mobile usage will ultimately come out on top. Efforts to bolster enterprise mobility begin at the software level. Staff are already downloading and leveraging third-party apps, but these programs are unlikely… Read More

13 Crazy Expensive Software Products

Many people mistakenly believe that computers are what make the world go ’round – that we can’t do anything without them, and if they went away tomorrow, the world would slip into a cultural black hole. In reality, computers don’t make the world go ’round. Software does. And sometimes that software gets quite expensive. As you’re about to see, programs can cost anywhere from thousands to hundreds of thousands depending on the scope and specificity of purpose. Whenever possible, we’ve… Read More

Prescription for a Healthy IT Project (Post 6 of 6)

As I note in my book, “Building a Winning Business,” good customer-vendor relationships require both parties to participate, communicate and share responsibility for a successful outcome. Are you a good customer? This might seem like an odd question. After all, isn’t it the vendor’s responsibility to make the relationship work? While a vendor must go the extra mile, the customer also has obligations in making vendor relationships effective. While it might sound trite, I honestly believe the same qualities apply… Read More