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by James Brocato on Oct 20, 2014

This post walks through a simple introduction to how to deploy a website to Amazon Web Services from Visual Studio that includes a simple database.

This is the second post in a series intended to give .NET developers a quick start for using AWS.  Part 1 of the series showed how to get a basic MVC website from Visual Studio into AWS.      In Part 2, we’ll add a database.   This post will also explain some of the database options available to you in AWS.

by Bill Lickert on Oct 17, 2014

In the early 2000s, I found myself with two things: a shiny new graduate degree and a lot more student loan debt that I bargained for. As a result, I picked up a part-time job at a small running specialty store called Fleet Feet Sports in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., where I was living at the time. But what started out as simply a way to earn some extra money, became much more than that.

by William Rattner on Oct 16, 2014

A concept known as digital transformation has begun to change business in a very real and tangible way.  As more and more organizations adapt and evolve into this realm (no less than twenty-six per cent), it is becoming extremely clear why so many are now beginning to embrace the benefits that can be offered.  Indeed, these digital leaders are now emerging across every industry and numerous studies have shown that the benefits which arise as a result are undeniable.  So, how can a robust digital transformation strategy enable any business to

by Bob Lambert on Oct 16, 2014

This is a digital customer experience story with a happy ending. It shows that great personal service with a new customer can overcome a truly snake-bit start.

by Clinton Teegarden on Oct 13, 2014

If you have ever built out any sort of form on Android you have probably hit the same road block that many Android developers do when they try to set a “hint” for a spinner.  That is because there isn’t one! A quick Google search will reveal countless threads and posts revealing many different solutions.  Each solution of which has their own positives and negatives, but none ever seemed to fully suit my needs. 

by Bob Lambert on Oct 13, 2014

Logical data modeling is one of my tools of choice in business analysis and requirements definition. That’s not particularly unusual – the BABOK (Business Analysis Body of Knowledge) recognizes the Entity-Relationship Diagram (ERD) as a business analysis tool, and for many organizations it’s a non-optional part of requirements document templates.

In practice, however, data models in requirements packages often include many-to-many relationships. I’ve heard experienced data modelers advocate this practice, and it unfortunately seems consistent with the “just enough, just in time” approach associated with agile culture.

In my experience unresolved M:M relationships indicateequally unresolved business questions. The result: schedule delays and budget overruns as missed requirements are built back in to the design, or the familiar “that’s not what we wanted” reaction during User Acceptance Testing (UAT).

by Casey Silver on Oct 13, 2014

I recently moved to Richmond and found myself in need of a new, larger TV. The 13 feet between my couch and 26” TV was too small for my already poor vision so I decided to do go online and find an appropriately sized TV for my living space. I’m a big fan of Vizio TVs having already owned one so after some research I came to conclusion that a 65” Vizio would work well in my apartment. I searched through various retailers and found that Wal-Mart had a 65” Vizio that was about $100 cheaper than the typical model that was in my price point.

by Adam Haverson on Oct 09, 2014

The Advanced Analytics solution space is complex and enterprise software vendors have been aggressively building and acquiring capabilities. This rapid change has resulted in the following situations:  a) confusion surrounding vendor and product names, b) difficulty accessing documentation and software and c) a widespread lack of understanding of vendor-specific credential and certification programs. The objective of this article is to shed light on these three topics.

by William Rattner on Oct 06, 2014

Digital strategy is a phrase that has been on the tip of every tongue of business owners in recent years.  While the term alone is easy enough to observe, finding the right strategy to suit the right business plan can be challenging and confusing.  This requires us to think outside of the proverbial box.  Still, can executives change their viewpoints and approaches to accommodate this?  The notion of digital business operations can help executives move forward in today's world.

Changing Landscapes

by Jack Cox on Sep 30, 2014

With the release of Xcode 6 Apple has greatly expanded the power of Interface Builder and the NIB loading runtime. Some of the changes include the support for design time previewing of custom components via an IBDesignable annotation, changing custom properties of views via IBInspectable annotations, and universal XIBs and storyboards. This article is the first in a series that details these changes and describes how you can use them in your apps.

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