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Recognition: Why is it so hard?!

We start with our children. We want to encourage them to act and/or behave in a manner that we feel is appropriate. “If you are good in the store you can pick a toy.” “If you don’t cry at the doctor you will get a stick of gum.” When my daughter was little she was a bit of a handful, so I used this technique with her and it worked well... Until one day my mother explained to me that “bribing”...
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sdg Joins the Fight Against Bullying

Did you know that over 160,000 kids stay home from school every day to avoid being bullied? PACER , a national organization based in Bloomington, works year-round to provide support to kids of all ages dealing with bullies. On Saturday, PACER hosted a Run/Walk/Roll against bullying to raise awareness and funds to support the cause. In an effort to help take action in our community, a...
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Protecting Your Hibernate IDs

When implementing an ORM solution using the Java Persistence API (JPA), it is common to have a Java superclass that contains properties that are present in all persistent objects. Typically this includes an id property that maps to the primary key of the associated database table. A BaseEntity class that can be subclassed by each entity object might look as follows: @MappedSuperclass...
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5 Lessons Learned from Gratitude

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” —Abraham Lincoln This summer, the sdg book club discussed The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor . According to the book, if you commit 21 days to a specific positive habit, it can actually rewire your brain for greater levels of happiness. Feeling inspired, a group of sdg employees decided to take on the challenge. We...
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Enterprise Responsive Design: Transition Checklist

In an age where smart phones and tablets are ubiquitous, a question we are hearing more and more often is, “How do we make the move to responsive web design?” You see, it turns out that all of those fixed width web page layouts we’ve created don’t look awesome on a phone. Neither do their stretchy, percentage based predecessors. This creates quite a conundrum considering many users access the...
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