Do you Scrum?

I have never called myself a project manager.  While over the course of my career has required a certain degree of project management, I have always just tried to learn enough to get by.  In college, the main project management style that we were taught in our senior software engineering class was waterfall (not that […]

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New CircularSoft Website

Since going full-time with CircularSoft earlier this spring, I have wanted to revamp the company website to look more modern as well as better reflect what the company does (www.circularsoft.net).  The original site was created a couple of years ago as a quick web presence that I could direct people towards.  The original site had […]

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Building an Online Chat Application – ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, and AJAX

For this month’s IndyNDA ASP.NET SIG, I showcased an example web app that shows off the AJAX power of jQuery and the AJAX-response goodness built into ASP.NET MVC. The basic premise is that we want to have a website that has a live chat on the homepage.  Users can log in and then post new […]

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IndyNDA Wrap-up for August 2010 – OData

This month at IndyNDA we heard from Dan Rigsby (@DanRigsby) regarding OData.  OData is a web protocol that allows for the querying of data as a service.  OData is built upon REST principle of web services.  REST is a move away from the complicated SOAP protocols that were popular in the 1990’s.  Unfortunately SOAP is […]

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Quick Website Prototyping

At this last IndyNDA’s ASP.NET special interest group, we discussed a way to quickly prototype a website. This is one step past creating a quick sketch of a website on paper. This will let you layout and give basic style to a website design. We will utilize openly available web tools to help us. I assume you have some basic web design skills with both HTML and CSS.

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IndyNDA Wrap-up: MongoDB presented by Dennis Burton

At IndyNDA last night we heard Dennis Burton speak on MongoDB.  Personally, I have never dived into any other data store other than relational databases (i.e. SQL Server, MySQL…)  Dennis did a great job laying out the pluses and minuses of using a document-oriented databases. Document-oriented databases are a viable solution for web applications that […]

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Developers – Take a Step Towards Designers

As web developers we love to create awesome applications (if only awesome in our own minds or two a few people.) We live in a world of code and data. But we often miss an increasingly important aspect of the design of a website or web application.

To grow as better developers we need to take a step towards a design brothers/sisters so as to better understand their world. Just as we live in a world of code, they live in a world of color. But we do not have to live in the dark or think we are mutually exclusive. Below are a couple of suggestions on getting started understanding the design-side of web development.

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