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JQuery Selectors vs. React Refs with Typescript

You have probably heard a lot of comments on React: “React is awesome”, “it’s an awful lot of code to write to achieve the same using jQuery”, etc. It is a lot of code – a lot of useful code, and still pretty fast! Even more useful: overcoming immutability and using the virtual DOM vs. the actual DOM of JQuery. Feel free to check it out here: It is this parallel representation of DOM that makes react applications render… Read More

Thoughts from The 100: Getting – and Staying – Engaged at Work

“Thoughts from The 100” is a series of posts with thoughts, examples, and additional insights from my book The 100. In my last two The 100–related posts I shared my thoughts around happiness and getting clear around goals (yes, they are connected!). For me, and for most everyone that works at Intertech, being engaged with what we do also is a huge part of what makes us and our clients happy. Engagement is made up of many factors.  It ranges… Read More

A Helpful GitHub Browser Extension, Coding Bootcamp Effectiveness, And Much More

This week is full of great content, so we chose what we thought were some of the best out there. We have a new extension to add to your browser that’ll make exploring project source much easier. Also included is an interview talking about what the future of C# will be like. Articles: The Google and Android operating systems are merging! In the summer, the new Chromebooks are now going to be able to run Android apps. Check out this cool… Read More

The Use and Abuse of the C# “var” Keyword

Do you like to use the “var” keyword when writing C#? How often do you use it? When do you use it? Have you ever been bitten by it? Do you consider it a time-saver? Has it made code maintenance easier or harder? These can be tough questions to answer. Your answers might be very specific in nature and different than other developers’ responses. This article contains my personal opinions about how the C# var keyword should and should not… Read More

Windows 10 Tips: Where are my files?

Hey, welcome back to another Windows 10 Tips blog post.  I hope you read my last post, Stop Those Notifications! 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 new features and power of Windows 10…. Read More

How To Use Your Dev Skills, Oracle Vs. Google, And Much More

It’s finally the weekend! That means we’ve gathered a great collection of articles for you to take a look at. This week, we have one developer’s take on the Rails framework along with a piece on how Oracle and Google’s trial can affect you as a developer. Articles: Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to do with your programming skills. What do I build? What should I work on? These questions are answered in this short article from Dev Dungeon…. Read More

SSRS Developer Tip: Which Report Control Has An Error?

As an SSRS developer, one of the more frustrating things you may encounter is an expression error that is not descriptive or helpful. One problem I have is when an erroring expression is based on a calculation between two or more controls. This is especially true if I forgot to give my controls (usually textboxes) meaningful names! Here’s an example where I was lazy naming my controls: Whoops! Which controls are these? What’s a quick way to find them on… Read More

Thoughts from The 100: Defining Personal Values, Setting Goals

“Thoughts from The 100” is a series of posts with thoughts, examples, and additional insights from my book The 100. Living one’s best life is not a casual activity. It takes thought, preparation, planning and commitment. I believe when we identify our deepest motivation—our values—and align our behaviors accordingly; we are more likely to achieve goals that lead to a full life, fully lived. To imagine my own deepest values, I imagined what people would say about me at my… Read More

Teaching Kids Coding With QBasic , Advanced Java Talks, And Much More

Happy Friday Devs! We’re all excited to enjoy some fantastic weather here in Minnesota this weekend. Before you go out and do the same, take a look at this week’s roundup of content our Devs found. Find out why QBasic is the best language to teach your kids about coding and also find a software engineering podcast that suits your needs. Articles and Videos: See why one developer says QBasic is still the top programming language for learning. It’s what he’s using to… Read More

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