Performance Test Automation for GWT and SmartGWT

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This blog is based on the experience of Jan Swaelens, Software Architect at Sofico. He is responsible for automatic performance testing of the company’s new web platform based on GWT and SmartGWT. Sofico is specialized in software solutions for automotive finance, leasing, fleet and mobility management companies. Choosing GWT and SmartGWT over other technologies About 2 years ago Sofico started a project to replace its rich desktop application … [Read more...]

Getting inside the performance engineering mindset

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In the late 20th century, a “quality revolution” remade manufacturing, particularly in the US. Led by Japanese companies such as Toyota, organizations discovered that it was possible to build in quality, cost-effectively; proactively reducing or eliminating problems down the road while also enhancing manufacturability. By studying failure and determining the root cause, they could follow the problem back to its source, including design issues, … [Read more...]

Which New Technologies Should I Learn?

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Looking out at the technological landscape these days can be daunting. Going through industry publications, it seems like on every page there is a new framework, API or library discussed. Just the other day in the locker room a couple of guys were talking about the applicability of C# vs. F#(I am not making this up  - what the F#@$!?). The good news is you get to learn something and try new ideas every day! Since moving from developing … [Read more...]

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Coding – Are these the Fundamentals of the Future?

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Back in early December, President Barack Obama spoke during Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) to highlight the ongoing available opportunities and demand for current and future programmers: "Don't just buy a new video game, make one!" he said. "Don't just download the latest app, help design it! Don't just play on your phone. Program it." This most recent CSEdWeek, December 9-15, 2013, featured an “Hour of Code” campaign; an … [Read more...]

Y2K Pizza Party – Uncovering the Y2K Problem and Prepping the Industry 14 Years Ago

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Well, another holiday season is over and as I recover I tried to remember my most memorable New Year’s Eve celebrations. Most I can’t remember. Maybe it’s old age kicking in, maybe it’s for a lack of doing anything exciting, or maybe it’s the alcohol effects. One very distinct memory is that of the year 1999 bringing in 2000. Besides the arrival of a new century, there were many predictions of doom and gloom. The most feared was the impact of … [Read more...]

Simple Tech that Went Crazy – Magnetic Compass

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In a time and place when innovation is an expectation and true discovery an almost daily occurrence, it is easy to lose track of the tech that is so simple and elegant it may not have fundamentally changed in a thousand years. Tech now so common place that its absence would prove to be a seemingly impassable obstacle to overcome. And what more important than the device that spawned an era of human exploration, setting into a motion an evolution … [Read more...]

Dart – Google’s Next Bullseye

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Just a few days ago, Google approved the release of Dart 1.1. With the stable release of this C-type object-oriented language, they are hoping to better compete with JavaScript, and hit a bullseye as the open web platform of choice for HTML/web developers. Google engineers working on Dart 1.1 are trying to create a more feature-rich and evolved language on which to build more multifaceted client-side web applications. So what advantages is … [Read more...]

Will IT and the Business ever get along?

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Ever hear this before? Marketing: “Keep IT out of this.  If they get involved they are going to slow the project down with too many internal processes and we’ll never get the app we need, when we need it.  Let’s get some agency quotes and go from there.” Or this? IT: “Yeah, we’ve got incredible data that marketing and product management would salivate over, but we’ve learned our lesson in the past. If we go to them with an idea, it gets shot … [Read more...]

The Yin-Yang CIO

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In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus was the god of beginnings and transitions, usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. The Romans named the month of January in his honor. Is it possible for the CIO to have two faces, one as a business innovator, the other as the manager in charge of “keeping the trains running on time"? Is this the right question to ask about the role of the CIO in … [Read more...]

Top Tales from Tech Support

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The head-banging, mind-numbing, keyboard destroying #techfail's of the technically deficient user are what unfortunately both fuel and extinguish our spirits in the IT world. I love people, but stupid is as stupid does and no matter how hard we try, its impossible to “Gump-it-down” for some morons to find a way to get through their day without terrorizing ours. So with that in mind we bring you the best from our favorite subreddit, Tales From … [Read more...]