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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. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Scheduled SharePoint workflows

    I have created a custom list called Reclamations with a few new columns:The purpose is to send an email to the responsible people 2 days before the expiration date. There are quite a few solutions to accomplish this task. Some of them involve another list with calculated column, custom timer job, SQL Server Agent, Windows Task Scheduler, PowerShell script …But I am a fan of simple solutions. All you need is one-step declarative workflow (created with SharePoint Designer) and a workflow scheduler....
  5. Develop application on SharePoint Online Using CSOM

    Steps:1- Install Visual Studio 20152- Download and install NuGet client and integrate it with Visual Studiohttps://dist.nuget.org/index.html3- Go to Visual Studio Create New project (console, windows application, web forms,… whatever you are comfortable in using) for sake of demo I will use Windows Forms Application.
  6. 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.
  7. Retrieve list items from a SharePoint list

    Returning items from a SharePoint list is very simple task so this article is going to be one of the shortest I have written. You can use GetItemById() method to return a single list item or GetItems(CamlQuery) to return multiple items. CAML or Collaborative Application Markup Language is an XML-based language that is used to define the fields and views that are used in sites and lists. Passing an undefined CamQuery object to the GetItems method will return all of the items in the list.The next code...
  8. Creating custom entry forms for task list

    This is the first post from a series of posts related to lists in SharePoint and what we can do with them. I will start with creating a simple task list, edit and add columns, create custom view and create custom entry forms for the list.My task list named Maintenance should have the following columns:Open the site where you want to have your task list and from Settings select Add an app.Figure 1. Add an appFrom the gallery of available apps select Tasks, enter the name of the task list (in my case...
  9. Creating a Timer Job in SharePoint, complete guide

    Timer jobs are tasks that run at a scheduled time. Just like MSSQL Server Agent jobs, which executes different database task, SharePoint uses timer jobs to maintain or monitor the server farm. If you have the curiosity bug and want to see the timer jobs that are on your server then go to SharePoint Central Administration, select Monitoring from the menu and in the Timer Jobs section click on Review job definitions. Depending on your SharePoint edition and your web applications you can have quite...
  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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