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Friday’s Developer Picks – Week of October 20th

I’m compiling our team’s Friday Picks from a coffee shop where next to me there is a team of three coders working through a development project. I asked them about one of our selections below and a half-hour debate ensued. You have to love the passion among this profession! Useful tools seem to be the trend this week. We have no affiliation with the tools – just like them and find them useful. Hope you do as well!… Read More

Balance is Bunk (Post 2 of 3)

Last time I shared highlights from a September Harvard Business Review article about integrating all the aspects of your life (work, home, community and self) by Wharton Management Professor Paul Friedman. The first principle in Friedman’s proposed Total Leadership process involved “being real.” The second principle is “being whole,” or acting with integrity. He defines this as “respecting the fact that all the roles you play make up one whole person and encouraging others to view you the same way.”… Read More

Heading to SQL Saturday in Minneapolis?

We know we have quite a few Minnesota readers who have been through our SQL Training classes and we’re hoping to see many of you at this Saturday’s SQL Saturday event in Minneapolis. We’re a sponsor for the event but also excited to be a part of a growing local SQL community. Please take a minute to stop by our booth and say hello. We’re giving away a training certificate worth $2,895 and 35% voucher for anyone that registers for the drawing. Great opportunity… Read More

Spring Integration Tutorial (Part 8) – Gateways

In this final post on my Spring Integration tutorial series (SI), we take a look at gateways.  Gateways are a means of loosely coupling other application components from the SI API or other messaging API.  The gateway serves as a façade to a SI system. Gateways are defined by an interface. The gateway can either by synchronous (causing the application to block and wait for the SI system to respond) or asynchronous (allowing the application to do other work while… Read More

Friday’s Developer Picks – Week of October 13th

We’re continually impressed with the quality of developer-focused content we find posted by bloggers, companies, publications, etc. from the around the web. We often find answers to questions or come up with new ideas that help impact our projects or classes. So many great resources! Here’s a sampling to start your Friday. Very well-written article by Cecily Carver called Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Learning How to Code. So many truths in here for new and experienced… Read More

The Future of iPhone & iPad Programming with Swift Oxygen Blast

Thank you to those that were able to attend our Oxygen Blast webinar on the Future of iPhone and iPad Programming with Swift. We had a great turnout and good discussion around this new programming language. Jason Shapiro, one of our Senior iOS Trainers, introduced… Read More

Complete Developer Guide to iOS Version History

On occasion, our consultants and trainers will come across some interesting iOS application development scenarios where support for legacy iPhones, iPads, or iPods is necessary. This often means doing some iOS version history research on which iOS and Xcode version is needed to meet the features of the legacy devices. Thus, we put together the Complete Developer Guide to iOS Version History to help us quickly determine which versions are supported. We thought you might get some use out of it… Read More

Raising the Quality Bar with Visual Studio – Multiple Windows Auth Creds in a Load Test

If you are load testing a web site that uses Windows Authentication you will likely want to simulate multiple different users accessing the site at the same time.  Visual Studio makes it simple to add a single credential to a Web Performance Test. Click on the Set Credentials button on the toolbar above a web test, type in a user name and password and we are set. If we want to associate a list of credentials to our test we… Read More

Friday’s Developer Picks – Week of October 6th

Happy Friday from the team here at Intertech! Below is our Friday round-up of interesting reading including a little humor given to us by a student in one of our classes this week. Enjoy the reading and feel free to discuss or carry on the discussion via the comments section below. A thought provoking piece on the origins of software development: The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech. Great, in-depth article by SmashingMagazine on how they improved the performance of their… Read More

Balance is Bunk (Post 1 of 3)

My curiosity was piqued when my September issue of Harvard Business Review arrived. The regular “Experience” section, which focuses on “Managing Your Professional Growth,” featured a clumsily titled article called “Work+Home+Community+Self” by Wharton Professor Stewart D. Friedman. While the title is unwieldy, the article’s concept is elegant in its simplicity. Friedman, author of the forthcoming book Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life, turns the old notion of “life balance” sideways. Rather than assuming we must… Read More