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  • How to Pick the Best Browser for Your Enterprise

    By John Brandon | 09 December, 2014 03:16

    Knowing which browser to deploy in a large company is no easy task. The default option is Internet Explorer, but many users balk at this older, more cumbersome browser that seems to attract the most malware. Google Chrome gets most of the attention these days (as proven by a growing market share) and Mozilla Firefox offers good compatibility and speed. To determine which browser is the best for business, it's important to keep tabs of the latest improvements. Here's a look at the Big 3 with an eye on the enterprise.

  • 10 more do's and don'ts for faster SQL queries

    By Sean McCown | 17 September, 2014 23:31

    Everyone wants faster database queries, and both SQL developers and DBAs can turn to many time-tested methods to achieve that goal. Unfortunately, no single method is foolproof or ironclad. But even if there is no right answer to tuning every query, there are plenty of proven do's and don'ts to help light the way. While some are RDBMS-specific, most of these tips apply to any relational database.

  • How to Expedite Continuous Testing

    By Matthew Heusser, Jared Short | 14 August, 2014 23:59

    The prescription for continuous testing is deceptively simple: Automated unit tests, version control and a continuous integration server. We wanted to first get past the buzzwords and talk about how to actually do it, by getting started with Ruby and GitHub.

  • How to Install Git, Ruby and Jenkins on Windows

    By Matthew Heusser, Jared Short | 14 August, 2014 23:59

    This article provides supplemental instructions to the piece How to Expedite Continuous Testing. Specifically, it explains how to install Git, Ruby and Jenkins on Windows (as opposed to a Mac or Linux environment).

  • How to Protect Personal, Corporate Information When You Travel

    By Jen A. Miller | 29 July, 2014 22:58

    Before flying from Rome to Philadelphia earlier this summer, I stopped in the hotel lobby to print my boarding pass. The hotel had one computer dedicated solely to this task. It was the only public computer available to guests. I could access only airline websites and input my name and confirmation number for the ticket. That was it.

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  • Is Your Security Software Sitting Unused on the Shelf?

    By Jen A. Miller | 28 February, 2015 06:48

    When a company invests thousands of dollars in security software, you'd expected the product to be used to protect the company.

  • GitHub for the rest of us

    By Jon Udell | 25 February, 2015 02:07

    There's a reason why software developers live at the leading edges of an unevenly distributed future: Their work products have always been digital artifacts, and since the dawn of networks, their work processes have been connected.

  • How machine learning ate Microsoft

    By Mary Branscombe | 20 February, 2015 02:27

    At the Strata big data conference yesterday, Microsoft let the world know its Azure Machine Learning offering was generally available to developers. This may come as a surprise. Microsoft? Isn't machine learning the province of Google or Facebook or innumerable hot startups?

  • The never-ending quest to dethrone email

    By Serdar Yegulalp | 21 January, 2015 01:47

    Build a better mousetrap, as the cliché has it, and the world will beat a path to your door. That line of thinking has even been applied to the most rudimentary corners of the technology world: standards and protocols that have stuck around for decades, yet viewed as creaky and badly in need of replacement. But few old-guard standards have seen as many pretenders to the throne as the SMTP/POP3/IMAP email triumvirate has. If only someone could come up with an alternative that did everything email did but better, more securely, and with less hassle, wouldn't it be worth it?

  • TypeScript: Industrial-strength JavaScript

    By Jon Udell | 19 January, 2015 22:06

    Historians who reflect on JavaScript's emergence as a dominant programming language in the 21st century may find themselves quoting Donald Rumsfeld: "You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might wish to have."

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