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by Eric Miles on Aug 13, 2014

Should you use Robolectric with Gradle for your Android builds, you may find your tests failing when the first test using the RobolectricTestRunner is attempted to be used if you sit behind a strict firewall or proxy.

My current client has these policies in addition to its own Nexus repository that proxies most other public repositories such as OSS and repo1.  We configured our Gradle scripts to leverage this repository:

by William Fehringer on Aug 06, 2014

"Poka-Yoke", a Japanese term that means "mistake-proofing," can be used to increase the quality of your software systems. Learn about different strengths of poka-yoke systems, and tips to be more effective in using poka-yoke systems in your code.

by Eric Stroh on Jul 20, 2014


You are looking to adopt Swift as your language for developing iOS but you already have a great project written in Objective-C that works great and has been thoroughly tested.  That is where interoperability comes in.  You can start adding Swift classes to your code now.  This tutorial will get you started in connecting your Swift and Objective-C code to each other. 

by Richard Rivera on Jul 18, 2014

An android programmer is an android programmer. The role is the skill set. But what skill sets are useful for a Data Scientist or a Data Analyst? Does this make staffing and executing projects in the analytics space more difficult? Is data analysis a science, or is the science in exploring data to prepare it for further analysis?

by Samantha Forbes on Jul 09, 2014

     Gemba is a Japanese word that means “actual place”. The Toyota executive Taiichi Ohno created the idea of the Gemba walk (Ohno, 1988) - a pilgrimage to the place where the work happens - to help his employees identify areas of improvement and eliminate wasteful activities in their workplaces. The concept was later popularized by the Lean community, and in today’s business setting, it has come to mean going to the place of value for customers.

by Sabrina Ussery on Jul 03, 2014


With summer on its way, thoughts of traveling and taking vacations are on the forefront of every American mind. As families enjoy their summers together either on the road or in the air, transportation vendors around the country can expect an influx of revenue. But how do the gas companies ensure customers purchase gas from them as they travel rather than from their competitors? It’s all in the price per gallon.

by Dee Gavlick on Jun 30, 2014

Moving Documents to a Restricted Subfolder with SharePoint Designer Workflow for Sharepoint 2010, 2013 and Office365

This post covers the steps to move files to a restricted folder in the same library based on a metadata value in the Status column.  To do this, we will use SharePoint Designer 2013, with a SharePoint 2010 Workflow. We need to use the 2010 workflow for the Impersonation Step. After creating and testing the workflow, republish workflow using System Admin account. This workflow works with SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013, and Office365.

by Bob Lambert on Jun 29, 2014

In spite of what some would believe, it is rare that an entirely new discipline enters the IT mainstream. That’s happened recently, with the sudden advent of the data scientist. Recently I sat down with one of our data scientists, Yan Li, to discuss how she got into the field and what it is like to be a data scientist. Hopefully Yan's insights will help those wishing to enter, or just better understand, this exciting new field.

by Carolyn Jonasson on Jun 19, 2014

Over the years, these quirks have caused me endless frustration and have aided in honing my search engine skills.  If you are trying to learn Informatica PowerCenter, and even if you already work with it, knowing about these quirks will make your development easier.

by Carolyn Jonasson on Jun 18, 2014

In the time that I have been working with Informatica PowerCenter, I have learned a lot about this sometimes unruly product.  PowerCenter seems to have a mind of its own when it performs unintended actions, or behaves in a way that we do not understand.  The code behind the code that makes it easier to develop in Informatica also makes it harder to understand how to fix code that is not performing as needed.

Here are the top seven unusual facts that I wish I knew when I started my Informatica development career. 


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