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New Job Checklist: How to Start a Gig

One nice aspect of consulting is we get a lot of practice starting new jobs. Through personal experience and mentors, I’ve formed a personal list of things I try to do when beginning a new engagement with clients. This advice is geared toward consultants who work on short to medium termed contracts, but it is appropriate to anyone starting a new job. I consider the initial stage of an...
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Code Contracts: Beyond Pre-Conditions

I’ll be honest: I wanted to write a technical article about how to use Code Contracts more effectively. The whole idea of Design-by-Contract ( DbC ) excites me in the geekiest of ways, which is probably why I was so disappointed to discover that there was a real problem with my intended article: it assumes that Code Contracts are being used. They aren’t. So now I am writing a slightly...
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To Source, or Not to Source...

You’re looking at outsourcing to another country. You figure that you can save lots of money, get a higher return on your investment for the dollar, and increase productivity because you have more employees for the dollar answering phones, writing code, or enabling your business. It all sounds great, but they always say, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” What this means is...
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Data Integration with REST

Datatables is a jQuery plugin I've used on a number of projects that provides a full featured table/grid control, complete with paging, filtering, and sorting. Although it can work with an existing HTML table, it can also work with a server side data source for larger datasets. However, integrating Datatables with a Spring MVC Controller always involved a significant amount of work. ...
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sdg Employees Donate Backpacks

sdg employees and sdg collected and donated more than 100 new backpacks to  Companies to Classrooms !  Companies to Classrooms is a local non-profit focused on providing school supplies to teachers and their classrooms.  Many students struggle with acquiring the basic school supplies needed in the classroom.  Teachers are often spending their own money to meet their...
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