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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. How Cloud Computing and Virtualization can improve your costs and make a better use of your computing power and resources.

    This post was published when I was working on a Cloud Computing provider in 2011, but most of it is still very up-to-date. I hope you enjoy it as my first post!How Cloud Computing and Virtualization can improve your costs and make a better use of your computing power and resources.Cloud Computing is the new fancy term in the IT world. But how, specifically, can an efficient Cloud Computing Infrastructure be obtained?First, the definition of Cloud Computing is generally accepted as a model where the...
  5. 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.
  6. 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....
  7. Initiating the Git

    How to initiate git through sshlogin using shh~~~git $ ssh [email protected] ~~~creating a folder ~~~git $ mkdir folder_name ~~~changing to that newly created folder~~~git $ cd folder_name ~~~initiating as a master branch~~~git $ git init --bare ~~~changing the windows pack~~~git $ git config pack.window 0 ~~~##step 5 : clone to local machine usingcloning the newly created folder to local~~~git $ git clone [email protected]:/home/folder_name ~~~adding the all files which are created
  8. Why starting as a freelance software dev isn't always a good idea? Or is it?

    So you are young and energetic wannabe developer. Your head is full of ideas, stackoverflow is your bible and you are ready to face the struggles of software developement for money. Cool! Let me tell you something.You learn at the university or other school, you feel better in coding every month and the truth is you'd like to start with your career as soon as possible, but going to work everyday doesn't feel tempting for now, despite your lack of experience. But hey! You got some friends and friends...
  9. Get to know your tools

    Tools give you power, but power needs to be used wisely. And by wisely I mean understanding the power you have in your hands. You can use a hammer both with screws and nails, but it is better for the later than for the former.Now, talking about programmers, this is quite more important. I’m not suggesting that you need to memorize all the options and shortcuts that your development environment has, but I’ve seen many cases when people start using an IDE, a framework or even a language based just...
  10. Essentials for software developers or any computer job

    I have been talking about the following on many occasions during the last years already. Actually, it is always part of my consulting services when companies ask for advice on what they should do to improve the overall satisfaction of their software developers. But in general, it's pretty simple: The following are my essentials for any software developer or craftsman that is taking her or his profession seriously. Originally, I started my list with the first four topics only but experience taught...
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