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Successful Technical Presentations – It’s All About Setting Expectations!

Posted by D'Arcy Lussier on Jun 11, 2013 9:42:32 AM

I had a discussion with some friends about people’s views on doing live coding within a presentation – for or against.

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Topics: Professional Effectiveness

HTML5 – The Future is in Your Browser

Posted by D'Arcy Lussier on Apr 29, 2013 9:17:50 AM

HTML5 is a hot buzzword right now. Everybody is talking about this new evolution of the web as we know it, but many discussions are at an abstract level. What is HTML5 anyway? Who’s developing HTML5? What makes it so much different from HTML in the past? Why are browsers only partially HTML5 compatible? Let’s try to answer some of these.

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Topics: Languages

New Features in VS.NET 11 and .NET 4.5

Posted by D'Arcy Lussier on Apr 16, 2012 12:10:05 PM

2012 is a big year for Microsoft, with a number of big product launches happening. SQL Server 2012 is out, there’s this little thing called Windows 8, and not to leave the developers out of the fun, we have Visual Studio 11 and .NET 4.5 being released as well! They are currently out in Beta, and there are a lot of great new features that are being bundled with these releases. I wanted to highlight a few of them that you should definitely check out.

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Topics: Microsoft

What You Need to Know About Windows 8

Posted by D'Arcy Lussier on Nov 28, 2011 9:34:50 AM

At the Build conference this past September, Microsoft revealed its upcoming operating system release: Windows 8. There’s lots of buzz around it, but here are some highlights of what you need to know about Windows 8 today.

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Topics: Microsoft

Rethinking Requirements – Gathering Information in an Agile World

Posted by D'Arcy Lussier on Oct 31, 2011 3:00:24 AM

It’s easy on a technical project to get caught up in the specific technology being implemented – the cool user interface, the underlying architecture, the components that ensure good things like scalability, performance, and productivity. But all of those rely on being fed quality requirements to meet a client’s needs. The role of the analysts on a project – those who are capturing the business processes, the desired system functionality to map to those processes, and the priority/severity of needs – is a crucial one.

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Topics: Methodologies

Agile - The Monster in the Closet

Posted by D'Arcy Lussier on Sep 26, 2011 4:00:51 AM

Agile methodologies have seen increasing adoption, and yet many organizations still fear it. Many of these fears are unfounded, based on misinformation and assumptions. At the same time, Agile is a shift away from the traditional command-and-control model that has been accepted as a “best practice” in project management. So let’s take a look at Agile, its core tenets, and how it challenges established practices. Then you can decide if it’s something to be feared or embraced.

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Topics: Languages

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