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  1. New Technology - Should You Learn It?

    It is one of those questions you constantly struggle with throughout any technical career: Should I learn this latest and greatest technology that is out? Do I need to learn it, do I want to learn it, do I get left behind if I don't? The truth is that you can't learn everything so how do you know what to focus on?The sections below are not mutually exclusive, nor do you have to fulfill all of them. If you can say "yes" to one of them, then you are probably okay to invest time in the technology in...
  2. The state of gender diversity in the tech industry: Gooroo facts and data

    The discussion on gender diversity in tech recently heats up with the viral memo on gender issues (titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber") by ex-Googler James Damore. Since then it has attracted several follow ups, including prominent ones by the New York Times or by The Washington Post. At Gooroo, it is pretty relevant to us as the tech industry is our main focus. We are specifically interested in knowing the facts behind the state of gender balance/diversity in tech companies...
  3. Getting Started with Windows Template Studio

    Developers are always looking for shortcuts to make their programming more efficient and let them focus on the fun bits. Deep down inside developers are lazy people that don't want to do boring work. Repetitive work. About a year ago I finished a Pluralsight course on building your first Universal Windows App, which aimed to give developers a great shortcut for building apps for Windows 10. It took me three goes to finish the course (Microsoft kept moving the goal posts), but I was happy with the...
  4. Introduction to Progressive Web Apps

    As some people know, I have been very passionate about Windows Phone since the early days of the platform. I am still using a Windows 10 Mobile device, and I still love the operating system and the Windows 10 platform. However, I am not living in a cave, and I do realise that the future potential of the Windows mobile platform is limited. I still don't think it is "dead", but it is certainly limited. I started learning Xamarin a couple of years ago, to use my C# knowledge and skills for building...
  5. Contributing to .NET for Dummies

    Over the past few months in the little spare time that I have, I’ve managed to submit a handful of pull requests to various .NET-related repositories (e.g. coreclr, corefx, docs, etc.) and incredibly, they were accepted.Now, for some, this may not seem like a big deal. But it felt like a pretty big one to me so I thought I would take some time to elaborate on the process itself, share my experience, and hopefully dispel a few myths or misconceptions that you might have that may be holding you back...
  6. Spring Cloud and Netflix Ribbon: Client-side Load Balancing

    Eventually you'll reach a point where you need to run multiple instances of an application or a service for high availability or to manage increased load. That's what load balancers are for. There's generally two different types:What many people would call a "load balancer" is actually a server-side load balancer. It can be implemented in hardware or software. The traffic is sent to a dedicated service that decides where to send the traffic, using an algorithm like round-robin, to one of the...
  7. Continuous Deployment from GitHub to Azure

    Continuous Deployment from GitHub, the web based Git source repository service to Azure, the cloud offering from Microsoft, resolves many bottlenecks related to manual application deployment. Most of the open source developers use GitHub as a public or private repository to track code changes and as a collaboration tool. Integrating or deploying applications directly from GitHub to Azure reduce the time taken for manual deployment of applications. Let us quickly see how we can deploy a small...
  8. Portfolio Resource Utilization in Project Online using Power BI custom Reports

    With the growing number of projects across multiple LOBs, the PMO needs an easy and intuitive way to gain a quick insight into the resource capacity across the entire project portfolio. Traditionally, resource capacity planning is a challenging task due to the lack of enterprise-wide resource pools and/or lack of planning, in general. One of the most crucial responsibilities of a project/resource managers is the planning & monitoring of resource workloads. In most organizations today, resources...
  9. An Introduction to R for Java Developers

    As a Software Engineer I'm always keeping up to date with technology and one of the things that helps me do that is book reviews. Right now, I'm reviewing The Book of R: A First Course in Programming and Statistics by Tilman M. Davies. R is a programming language used in statistical computing and has gained in popularity in the recent years due to the explosion of data and its applications like Machine Learning.
  10. Must-Have PowerPoint App for Developers

    If you present to or collaborate with other developers, then there is one PowerPoint App that you must install ASAP: Code Presenter Pro.Developed by iGeek Studio for the Imagine Cup 2014 (the app won first place, by the way), this app turns PowerPoint, both the Presentation View and the standard Normal working view into an awesome code editor that supports customizable syntax highlighting for C#, Java, JavaScript, Python, PHP, ASP, JSP, Visual Basic, ASM, and C/C++. But the features do not end there....
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