Simple SVG Graphing

January 1st, 2015 by Stephen Dunn No comments »

Graphing is a great way to visualize a bunch of data. In this article we will talk about a simple way to make graphs for modern web browsers. We will be using dimple.js that is powered by D3. Here I will explain everything that you need to know in order to get a jump start in making SVG charts.

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How we improved our productivity 500% for $800

December 15th, 2014 by Cecil Williams No comments »

I convinced a client to upgrade the computers we were using for software development. Maybe this article will help you convince your manager to do the same!

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Unlearning jQuery

December 1st, 2014 by Stephen Dunn No comments »


Now that you have already learned jQuery, let’s unlearn it and get back to the basics. In this article, we will quickly go over the most common things that jQuery is currently used for and convert them to pure javascript.

jQuery is a great tool and contains polyfills that are beneficial. However, more often than not, I see it being abused and used for everything just for the sake of code simplicity. For example a webpage that is only using some basic javascript might not need jQuery at all, but a better understanding of javascript. Let’s take some of the basic things I have seen and convert them directly to javascript, in order to unlearn jQuery.

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7 Languages in 7 Days: Intro

November 14th, 2014 by Cory Gideon 1 comment »

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Why should any developer learn more than one programming language?

This is an interesting question. Let’s think of it this way: Does a carpenter only use one type of saw? Does a mechanic only have one type of wrench? No. In short the answer is, as craftsmen of code, we are only as good as the tools that we know how to use; and programming languages are those tools. When it comes down to deciding on what language it is that you want to learn, the question you need to ask yourself is this. What type of developer do I want to be?

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The Danger of Carrier Objects

October 28th, 2014 by Arlan Whatling No comments »

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In the everyday world, it’s usually a good thing to have what you need ahead of time, even if there’s a possibility of never using it: I’m going to school, better pack my books; I’m taking a flight this afternoon, better bring some earplugs; I’m going to a meeting, better bring a notebook, and coffee… and my phone.  If I don’t end up using these things for the task at hand, no problem.
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Dry up your CSS

October 15th, 2014 by Stephen Dunn No comments »

As we start to build websites with mobile first in mind, our stylesheets can get messy really quick. In this article, we’ll talk about making your stylesheets more functional and easier to read at the same time. We will take a quick peek into SASS, and the benefits that it will have over your stylesheets. The focus will be about a common problem that I typically see regarding media queries. At the end of this article I hope that you have a better understanding about making your stylesheets easier to read using SASS. 

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ActiveMQ Memory Tuning

October 2nd, 2014 by Cecil Williams 1 comment »

ActiveMQ is a great messaging broker.  However, using the default configuration is not recommended. This article will explain how I determined the appropriate ActiveMQ memory settings for one of our clients.

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Put the grunt work behind you

September 18th, 2014 by Stephen Dunn No comments »

Gulp is quickly becoming the the leading task runner over grunt. If you are currently using Grunt or even worse, an ant task, then I highly recommend this topic for you. In this write up, we will quickly discuss Grunt, Gulp, and Gulp syntax. 

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Test Driven Groovy: StubFor

July 23rd, 2014 by Akrem Saed No comments »

After years of being immersed in Java development, I must admit that I got spoiled by its strong and mature ecosystem. Hence, whenever I want to pick up a new technology or programming language the following must be there:

  • Support by my favorite IDE (Eclipse or IntelliJ IDEA)
  • Mature building framework. It does not have to be Maven or Gradle but it needs to be at least better than Ant.
  • Easy TDD. This could be the trickiest one to achieve because not only do I need a testing framework, but it must also be supported by my IDE and build tool. Moreover, it must have an adequate mocking framework.

Groovy easily satisfies those criteria right out of the box. It has awesome support by IntelliJ IDEA, Gradle is written in Groovy and you can write JUnit 3-style unit tests.  

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Automated Plant Watering System

June 24th, 2014 by Stephen Dunn No comments »

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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