CodeMash 2013: a Review

Posted by Content Maestro

February 18, 2013 | 11:00 AM

CodeMash is a developer's dream.

Held in a warm weather biodome and laden with bacon, CodeMash is "...a unique event that will educate developers on current practices, methodologies and technology trends in a variety of platforms and development languages such as Java, .Net, Ruby, Python and PHP. " - CodeMash
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Topics: Technology, Events

A Middle-Aged Dog, a few New Tricks

Posted by Content Maestro

September 28, 2012 | 3:00 PM

As far as social media marketing goes, I don't think that anyone could truly be considered an old, old dog; Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin have only been available to the general public since 2006, 2006 and 2003, respectively, and up until recently blogs weren't really commonplace either. Some organizations are still reluctant to blog, citing too low of a return, time consumption and lack of the ability to continually generate quality content. Brendan Egan has more on why every company should have a blog.

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Topics: Technology, Interactive Marketing

jQuery: Set Scroll Bar to Center on Element-UPDATED

Posted by Content Maestro

July 3, 2012 | 11:00 AM

If you have a horizontal (or vertical) scroll container and want to set the scroll to center a specific element in the container, you can use the following super simple technique. I'm going to show you how it was derived, because it's important to know why, not simply how.

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Topics: Technology

Ten Year Anniversary

Posted by Content Maestro

April 25, 2012 | 2:00 PM

Briteskies Congratulates, Thanks Nathan Giri

As a Senior iSeries Consultant, Nathan is an integral member of the Briteskies team. We recently reached out to one of our clients hoping they might share a word or two about working with Nathan; their response, though not surprising, was overwhelmingly positive.

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Topics: Announcements, Technology, Employee Spotlight

Enterprise PHP – Caching Part 1

Posted by Content Maestro

April 4, 2012 | 11:00 AM

Elephants Never Forget and Neither Does Caching

You may have found that creating a working web application is much easier than getting it to scale well. If we’re speaking in terms of the LAMP stack, it’s probably more of a love-hate relationship; most will agree that PHP’s simplicity is an incredible pro when developing, but a con in regards to scalability. I believe there exists a preconceived notion that because, by default, the LAMP stack does not provide the enterprise features you would find in the J2EE space, that PHP simply cannot perform like a heavy-weight Java application. Caching, bytecode in particular, dispels that idea. Bytecode caching is one of the easiest and most common ways to greatly improve the performance and scalability of PHP applications.
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Topics: Technology

Exporting Your Photoshop Design for Web Development

Posted by Content Maestro

April 4, 2012 | 10:21 AM

Image Optimization Best Practices:

So, your client just signed off on your design and your Photoshop file is ready to be developed into a website; now, you simply need to press the “make it into a website” button, right? (If only it were that simple). In exporting your image files from Photoshop to a format to be used on the web, I’ve found that there are a few steps you can take to ensure your design retains its professional quality, while not sacrificing the website’s load time. These include being familiar with different file types, keeping your assets organized, getting a second and third opinion on your final draft, keeping within the bounds of the standard RGB mode and having a few cheat sheets on layout and style. Stick to these guidelines of ever-evolving best practices and you’ll be well on your way towards a successful website development career.
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Topics: Technology, Design

Accessibility Best Practices for eCommerce Sites

Posted by Gian Genovesi

April 3, 2012 | 11:00 AM

With an infinite number of moving pieces involved in implementing, configuring and running an eCommerce website, it’s not at all uncommon for something to fall through the cracks. Building an easily accessible website is frequently thrown to the wayside when, in all reality, putting in the extra effort on the front end will certainly save headache later. Very easily maintained standards can drastically improve the user experience of disabled users, increase SEO and mitigate the risk involved with a site not adhering to accessibility standards; first a little background…

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Topics: eCommerce, Technology

Consider the Alternative: Hyper-V

Posted by Derrik Nyomo

December 30, 2011 | 11:00 AM

...I've never tried anything new; if it ain't broke, don't fix it..."
That Old Stubborn Guy Who Missed out on Something Really Great simply Because
Despite the availability of alternatives, brand loyalty often times governs the decision making processes of individuals who associate a name with quality.  As a result, there are those who ignore other viable products.
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Topics: Technology

What's In A Name

Posted by Kevin McCarthy, Sr.

October 4, 2011 | 1:00 PM

In a midsummer night’s blog, I waxed historic about my career-long association with the “AS/400”.

Little did I dream of the tempest it would create by referring to my old friend by its common name.  While I can understand the need in our community to call the machine by its most current name: “IBM i on Power Systems” or is it “IBM i for Power Systems” or simply(?) “IBM Power Systems” ~ all roll off the tongue like Silly Sally’s seashells.

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Topics: Technology, IBM i

Enterprise PHP - Caching

Posted by Content Maestro

August 29, 2011 | 11:00 AM

Work Smarter, Not Harder - Or Not At All

I’d like to delve into the process of output caching. Often the goal of PHP is to produce an HTML page, such as a blog post or a shopping cart, which will be rendered in a browser. As an example, when you opened this blog post PHP loaded a number of source files and executed them; these source files connected to a database and extracted the data necessary to produce the HTML page. Then, the data and code were smashed together and the information presents itself as a bland article on caching. Instead, imagine it resulted in an awesome article on kittens!
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Topics: Technology

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