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CSS Pro Tips, Microsoft Put The Cloud In Water, and Much More

Weekend here we come! It’s Friday and that means we have another collection of content for our dev community. If you’re a CSS user, check out these useful tips that’ll make you a pro. Also see how Microsoft built the machine that put the Cloud in our oceans. Articles and Videos: CSS users: Here are 14 great tips from Matt Smith to help take your CSS skills pro. Apparently, most developers have never seen a successful project. They have “built… Read More

Apple Watch Development Tutorial (Part 1): Countdown App

Part 1 – Building our Apple Watch app In this Apple Watch developer tutorial series we are building a watchOS 2 app with a companion iPhone app. Since Intertech’s 3-month paid sabbatical program is so popular with employees (and something they literally count down the days to until it arrives) I thought it would be fun to build everyone an Apple Watch countdown app that shows them how long they have until they can experience three months of being paid… Read More

The Three Types of SSIS Transformations

There are three (3) different types of SSIS transformations available in the SSIS Toolbox for the DataFlow of our SSIS packages. For highest performance, it’s recommended to use as few semi-blocking and fully blocking SSIS transformations as possible. These transformations require SSIS to cache some or all the results before they are passed on to the destination(s). As an SSIS developer, your job is to create packages using as few blocking or semi-blocking SSIS transformations as possible. This can be… Read More

Java Plugins Are Dying, You’ll Be Able To Walk On Mars, and Much More

Want to walk on Mars? Well this week’s Dev Digest includes a unique article that explains how you will be able to within the year. Plus, we have a piece that states Oracle is finally killing off Java plugins. Read more about it below…. Read More

Node.js Tutorial (Part 1) – Step by Step Testing Node Apps

Testability is a major concern in software development. A piece of code whose functionality cannot be properly verified is hardly worth it’s storage space. Therefore, no matter what technology you’re using you will sooner or later (ideally sooner) face the question “How do I test my stuff”? I started developing with NodeJs and Express a while ago. Sure enough, pretty soon I had to figure out how to address this question. In the following Node.js tutorial I will use a… Read More

Spring Security Active Directory LDAP Example

At a recent client, I was tasked with securing their web applications using Spring Security and their internal Active Directory (AD) LDAP server. I scoured the web and went through a lot of trial and error until I finally found the configuration that worked in their environment.  Based on some of the comments and questions I found on the web, the problems that I was facing seemed to be shared by others. Here’s a Spring Security Active Directory example to show how… Read More

Cutting Down on UX Design Failure, A Very Helpful Python Video, And Much More

Friday’s here… it’s about time! This week’s Dev Digest is full of useful content including tips on how to reduce UX design failure and also a helpful video on clean architecture in Python. Articles and Videos: Cut down on user errors and learn how to prevent UX Design failure in this article written by Marc Schenker. Make sure that you understand how promises work before you start using async and await. A video suggestion for Python developers about Clean Architecture… Read More

Compile Your ASP.NET MVC Views

While updating your website, you added a few new actions and views, unit tested it, and are now ready to check it in for the testers. All set, right? Wait – have you tried compiling the C#/VB code inside the views? What? That’s not happening automatically? Nope! Actually, in all versions of ASP.NET MVC with VS 2010 and newer, you must change a project property to have it compile the C# or VB code inside the views as well. Microsoft… Read More

Intertech Now Offering On-Demand Microsoft Courses

Ready to take an Intertech training anywhere, anytime? To offer our customers another training option from Intertech, we’re augmenting our instructor-led classroom and live online training with on-demand options. Our first offering will be a collection of popular Microsoft classes. Our Microsoft On-Demand offering combines high-quality video, reading, live hands-on labs and knowledge checks in a self-paced format to help you build skills on Microsoft technologies as your schedule allows—all at once or five minutes at a time. High-quality content: Our Microsoft On-Demand… Read More

Windows 10 Tips – Streaming and Cast to Device

Hey, welcome back to another Windows 10 Shots blog post.  I hope you read my last post, Windows 10 Shots – Game Bar Keyboard Shortcuts. 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