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The modern world runs on code. From the embedded controllers in our appliances to the servers that run the Internet, code is integrated into virtually every area of life. However, programming great software is difficult, time-consuming and expensive. Offshoring your software development because labor is less expensive seems like an easy solution to manage costs, however, the hidden costs make the decision a bad one. Here are some terrible reasons to offshore that are still discussed in boardrooms today: The hourly rate is a fraction of US-based employees This argument comes up first when you are being sold on an…

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I was helping my friend Clint Patterson deploy a new DNN website and recommended that we enforce HTTPS even though for the small website he really didn’t need it. With the ease of tools such as CloudFlare it is really easy to set up and enforce https which not only makes your site secure but makes your users feel comfortable with the lock icon displaying in the browser. Why CloudFlare? Pros Cons Free SSL Certificate You need to use CloudFlare as your nameserver Free CDN just by signing up You have to use CloudFlare to configure your DNS Records Free…

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Agility in an individual represents strength, speed, and flexibility. Whether you’re thinking of software development, product research, or project management, these attributes are crucial for teams that want to create the highest-quality output possible with limited available resources in short time frames. As you know, the philosophy of Agile Development is to produce working software as quickly as possible. Agile begins to fall apart as an individual developer or team starts to redefine and cheapen the definition of “working software.” You can always ask the question “does this software make any part of our business work more efficiently and effectively…

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Programming languages come and go over time, and it always seems there is some new, "hot" language that is all the rage. With things changing all of the time, if you were to start a new project, how would you decide what language your software should be written in? What's Popular First, how do we even know what is popular at the moment? There are a few different methods one can use to determine what is being used in the real world; you can search job boards and see what companies are hiring for; you can follow news sources and get…

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This post assumes familiarity with both the Facebook’s React and Redux. Web applications often have forms, and users have come to expect an increasingly rich feature set to improve their user experience. Implementing a particular feature or set of features for a simple or moderate size form isn’t necessarily time intensive; however, some projects have large, complex forms that can span several to many pages with dynamic user flows. Forms have a lot of state which may be relevant at a given moment: Has the user accessed any or all of the form? What are the values of the fields?…

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Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP) is a tool that has been used to enable many distributed, loosely-connected applications. Like any tool, effective use of Messaging platforms depends on how they are used. Are there problems that naturally lend themselves to a Messaging architecture? Perhaps more importantly, are there problems that discourage Messaging? First, however: why is Messaging a valuable pattern for any software system? A good analogy to make to a Messaging platform is a piece of audio equipment called a patch bay. By itself, a patch bay is not useful. Its utility lies in connecting other pieces of audio equipment…

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