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  • Why you should use async tasks in .NET 4.5 and Entity Framework 6

    Posted February 18, 2014 - 9:00 am

    Building a web application using non blocking calls to the data layer is a great way to increase the scalability of your system. Performing a task asynchronously frees up the worker thread to accept another request while work is being done in the background. Until recently, designing your system this way was significantly more complicated. With the .NET framework 4.5 and Entity Framework 6, the task has become trivial.
  • 3 reasons to use code first design with Entity Framework

    Posted February 14, 2014 - 9:00 am

    The .NET Entity Framework has come a long way since its early beginnings as an NHibernate alternative and the successor to LinqToSQL. Currently in version 6.0, the ORM is stable and mature but you still have an important decision to make when you start a new project. Which of the four design workflows will you use? Here are 3 reasons why you might use the code first approach.
  • White Paper

    Patient Portals: A Platform for Connecting Communities of Care

    Posted December 16, 2013 - 2:15 pm

    Connecting patient health data across the care continuum is essential to achieve improved care, increased access to personal health records and lowered costs.
  • White Paper

    3 Ways Clinicians Can Leverage a Patient Portal to Craft a Healthcare Community

    Posted December 16, 2013 - 2:15 pm

    With a bevy of vendors offering patient portal solutions, it can be challenging for a hospital to know where to start. Fortunately, YourCareCommunity helps ease the decision-making process.
  • Review

    Dropbox for business can be a lifesaver

    Posted December 13, 2013 - 9:00 am

    Our team relies heavily on Dropbox for all of our projects. A major limitation to the free edition of Dropbox is that multiple users can’t synchronize the same files unless they all use the same credentials. Also it’s limited to 2GB of storage. That’s where Dropbox Pro and Dropbox for Business come in.
  • Windows Azure update extravaganza

    Posted November 5, 2013 - 1:00 am

    The folks at Redmond have been cranking out updates, new features, and expanded functionality in rapid succession over the past few months. This time around it’s the often overlooked cloud platform Azure that is benefiting from a fresh set of improvements.
  • Serve more sites faster with ASP.NET App Suspend

    Posted October 16, 2013 - 8:00 am

    Anyone who has hosted websites on a Windows Server using IIS knows how painfully slow the response time is on the first request to a site. With the latest version of the .NET Framework 4.5.1, a new feature called App Suspend aims to correct that issue and boost hosting density at the same time.
  • Software AG acquires JackBe for mashup tooling, real-time analytics

    Posted August 22, 2013 - 8:47 am

    Software AG is adding mashup and real-time analytic capabilities to its lineup with the acquisition of JackBe. Terms of the deal, which was announced Thursday, were not disclosed.
  • How to build a WordPress plugin for beginners

    Posted July 18, 2013 - 8:00 am

    WordPress is the most popular blogging and CMS platform out there today. Part of what has made it so successful is its ability to be extended via plugins to perform any function you desire. Developing a plugin framework is really difficult, but WordPress has one of the best solutions I’ve seen to date. So how do you go about taking advantage of it and building your own plugin?
  • ESB Persists As Application Integration Tool

    Posted May 16, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    The tried-and-true enterprise service bus--long the foundation of now-dated service oriented architecture deployments--is back in style thanks to the increasing need to integrate disparate applications. The secret to ESB's future success, some say, is a close tie to API management tools.
  • Step by Step photo guide to setting up twitter widget pro for wordpress

    Posted March 7, 2013 - 9:00 am

    You were warned that it was coming and it has come. Blackouts of the Twitter API v1 have begun and sites are starting to be affected. This transition is comparable to airport security pre and post 9/11. Welcome to the new normal.
  • White Paper

    Turning Financial Mainframe Applications into SOA Building Blocks

    Posted February 22, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    This paper discusses the benefits and challenges of implementing SOA in financial service organizations such as banks or insurance companies.
  • Webcast

    Government Agency Webifies Outdated COBOL Applications

    Posted February 22, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    Let this CTO tell you how his agency converted 1980s-era green screens into an e-filing portal for the 100,000 cases handled each year by a county department.
  • The death of the Twitter API or a new beginning?

    Posted February 21, 2013 - 9:00 am

    If you asked me what Twitter’s greatest strength was, I would say it was its ubiquity. Anyone could integrate Twitter into practically anything with minimal effort. With the upcoming retirement of the Twitter API v1 in March 2013, that ubiquity may be gone.
  • How to process and accept credit cards on your website

    Posted January 24, 2013 - 9:00 am

    There are a lot of misconceptions around how credit cards are processed on the web. The reality is that it is fairly complicated to set up the first time if you have no guidance, and it's probably more costly than you'd like.
  • White Paper

    Service-Enabling Your Mainframe

    Posted January 7, 2013 - 5:30 pm

    There are a wide variety of strategies that can be used to service-enable mainframe assets. This paper looks at pros and cons of each and explains them in greater detail.
  • White Paper

    The Role of Governance in Ensuring SOA Success

    Posted January 7, 2013 - 5:30 pm

    The 6 key steps for SOA governance outlined in this paper address organizational, lifecycle and operational governance and will help ensure that SOA management challenges do not outweigh its benefits or cost savings.
  • White Paper

    Your SOA Could Be DOA Without MDM

    Posted January 7, 2013 - 5:30 pm

    Integrating master data management (MDM) as part of an enterprise SOA strategy can eliminate issues with data inconsistency, align data assets, help disseminate accurate information and ensure that SOA initiatives deliver their full potential.
  • White Paper

    Deriving value from SOA with data grids

    Posted December 6, 2012 - 10:30 am

    This white paper demonstrates that a data grid infrastructure, built with clustered cahing, can help you avoid "weak link" vulnerabilities that can sabotage SOA strategies.
  • White Paper

    Avoiding the Accidental SOA Cloud Architecture

    Posted December 6, 2012 - 10:30 am

    In this new release of SOA Suite (11g), Oracle continues to emphasize on simplification of the development, management and monitoring of SOAs, while delivering the extreme performance & scalability required for mission-critical environments.
  • Webcast

    Delivering Secure, Fast Websites is not an Oxymoron

    Posted November 19, 2012 - 3:45 pm

    Few vendors admit that adding a web application security solution can also be kryptonite for websites by adding latency to users' interaction.
  • When to use cloud platforms vs. dedicated servers

    Posted November 9, 2012 - 9:00 am

    A decent dedicated server can take you well beyond an initial launch for most companies but a small cloud instance may be cheaper in the short term. Here are some Pros and Cons to each to help with the decision.
  • ASP.NET Fall 2012 Update: The most useful new features

    Posted November 6, 2012 - 9:00 am

    A few days ago, Microsoft released a preview of the ASP.NET Fall 2012 update to Visual Studio 2012. This update adds some really useful new features to MVC and Web API projects (along with some minor updates to Web Forms) that should save .NET developers a lot of time.
  • White Paper

    Safe and Economical Reuse of Legacy Applications

    Posted October 2, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    See if web enablement is a good fit for your IT organization.
  • White Paper

    Service Enablement & Beyond

    Posted October 2, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    Learn the four practical steps to rapid service enablement.
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