Category Archives: Fun

Coming Soon: #TechCamp2016

Source Allies is proud to be involved in many charitable endeavors such as dsmHack, Hyperstream and Tech Journey. Tech Journey is a 501c(3) non-profit founded in 2013 by my friend Tony Kioko and my teammate David Kessler. Tech Journey was created to inspire youth with limited resources in Des Moines to increase their knowledge and interest in technology by providing engaging learning opportunities led by technology professionals.

Cecil Williams
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SAU ARRIVES!!!

Carter Winton
Carter Winton

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Source Allies is a technical consultancy proudly working with clients in Des Moines. We focus on application development, and trend towards newer technologies. Our strength lies in our people: talented, intelligent, and able to handle challenges in a professional manner. Our hope has always been to have a positive impact on our local community, and this blog will focus on our plan to do just that!

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Automated Plant Watering System

Taking care of indoor plants can be work, especially if you have many of them.  As you know water plays a major role in the health of plants, so lets automate it!  Automation of watering plants can be cheap, fun and rewarding. 

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A Basic Canvas

Over the weekend I decided to play around with the new html5 element canvas.  The canvas allows you to paint images in the browser that previously was done with flash.  Canvas is fairly straight forward and only requires a basic knowledge of html and javascript.

I decided a good start would be to try and make a thunderstorm in order to show the animation bit of canvas.  In this article I will describe what I did and the issues that I had along the way.  Finally at the end I will provide a working example with all of the code.
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Injecting Spring Beans into Java Servlets

If you are working in a Java Web Application and you are using Spring IoC Container in your application, there is a chance that you might have to inject Spring Beans into a Java Servlet.

Since there is not a direct way to inject Spring Beans into a Java Servlet, you might try to lookup the Spring Beans from the Spring Context within your servlet and assign the dependencies which means that part of injection would no more be IoC and you would be looking for some concise way of doing this.
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The Easiest Way to Organize Zimbra Email

If you’re like me, receiving 30-40 emails is par for the day. Because Source Allies provides consulting services for companies wishing to implement or better take advantage of Zimbra, it is also the mail server we use at our company. Zimbra has incredible search capabilities, but my OCD tendencies still require that my email is nicely filed away in it’s designated folder. However, if statisticians say we spend an average of 3 years of our lives waiting at red stop lights, I certainly don’t want to spent that much time or more, dragging emails from my inbox into my IMAP folders.

This blog post lets you manage all of your email in OCD detail, with just (2) keyboard shortcuts: u and s. Continue reading