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The sdg Blog is designed to show you who we are and what we're all about. Whether you're looking to read up on the latest technologies, trying to improve your soft skills, or wondering what we've been up to, our blog offers something for everybody.

Discovering Relevance

Six months after LINQ to SQL was released, I had the chance to use it in a project. I was pretty excited. I was skeptical, too, but mostly excited. I figured I was dipping my toes into the future. From that day forward, there would be no need to write SQL (a fact that actually made me sad since I quite like writing SQL). Nope. From then on, I would write my database queries in C# like God...
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Outside of the Box

Have you ever considered technology as a viable career or hobby, but think that you are not necessarily cut out of that cloth? I never thought of myself as someone who would EVER want to work in Technology, but here I am. Things change, people change. Careers twist and turn. Life happens. I don’t fit “in the box”. I don’t think anyone should have to fit into a box. I’m a mid-life, female,...
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sdg Cooks for Kids at the Ronald McDonald House

After a very rewarding experience last year, sdg volunteers and their families returned to the Cooks for Kids program at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. The RMH provides a home-away-from-home to families with children being treated for life-threatening conditions.  In addition to lodging, the RMH provides a Cooks for Kids program that...
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Sudo and Sudon’t: Why, When and How to Sudo on a Linux System

If you’ve ever used a modern Linux distribution you’ve probably used sudo. But if you haven’t, check out this article and come back. I’ll wait right here. References to sudo in forum discussions are countless. It’s a powerful command, but there’s some magic behind it so I feel it deserves a little more attention. Some questions naturally come up: why do we need sudo? When should it be...
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sdg Hosts Second BIG Event

sdg hosted our second CoP Big Event earlier this week and had over 80 employees in attendance. CoP’s – or Communities of Practice – are sdg’s version of brown bag presentations where employees share their knowledge on various topics. During the Big Event, we had three separate tracks with 24 different topics for employees to choose from – in other words, we held our own mini conference...
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