How to deal with MS SQL language portability issue in ASP.NET - Part 1

Apr 10, 2014 by Alexandra

Let's say that you have a legacy project, or a project for which you want to upgrade the specifications of the environment on which it is deployed (and that the project relies on a Microsoft SQL Server database - MS SQL). Also, the previous MS SQL implementation used the "French" language, while the current one requires an English version of the database server. ... read more


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Romanian students sweep the awards at the NASA Space Settlement Contest

Apr 02, 2014 by Oana

The NASA Space Settlement Contest is an annual contest held by the NASA Ames and the National Space Society (NSS) for students around the world up to the 12th grade. According to the official contest webpage, this year was the 21st edition of the contest, and students (individually or in teams) had to turn in papers about conceptual space settlement designs and related materials. ... read more


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Microsoft Office 365 Message Encryption: send encrypted emails, regardless of the destination - Part 2

Mar 31, 2014 by BogdanZ

In the first part of the article we've noted that Microsoft Office 365 Message Encryption comes as an improvement to EHE (Exchange Hosted Encryption) in terms of security, and that it offers more business plans (depending on the size of the company), so now it's high time that we've talked about how this tool works ... read more


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Microsoft Office 365 Message Encryption: send encrypted emails, regardless of the destination - Part 1

Mar 13, 2014 by BogdanZ

In November 2013, Microsoft announced Office 365 Message Encryption, a new easy-to-set-and-use email service that allows sending encrypted mails. Microsoft Office 365 Message Encryption was released in the first quarter of this year (February 19) and it has brought a lot of security benefits, especially for companies, where this type of encryption not only that is essential for daily activity, but also it's a must for protecting the internal and customer data. ... read more


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SQL vs NoSQL

Mar 05, 2014 by Adrian

Simply put, a database is an organized collection of data. The first database appeared in the 60s by the name of Navigational DBMS (database management system), and later, in the 70s, a new type of database was created by Edgar Codd, an IBM employee. This new system was known as the "Relational database management system", or simply: RDBMS (as you probably know it :) - and it's still popular today ... read more


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How to integrate a CKEditor in ASP.Net application

Feb 27, 2014 by Alexandra

Most applications available require a small amount of user interaction, such as username and password input, however there are some applications that expect more than two simple texts from the user. For example, if you are in the process of developing a website that expects the visitors to create, let's say - a simple message template which could contain Bold text ... read more


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KitKat - The latest delicacy from Android

Feb 17, 2014 by Adrian

The battle for the best mobile operating system (OS) between Apple and Google is not going to end soon, in spite of Microsoft's attempts to catch up with them, as both Apple and Google seem to have infinite development resources. Right now, Google is ready to take on iOS 7 with its new mobile OS, Android 4.4 – codenamed KitKat. ... read more


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What's new in Visual Studio 2013

Feb 10, 2014 by Adrian

Microsoft seems to be following a new trend of shorter time frames between its product releases, so only 1 year after the release of Visual Studio 2012, we now have the next version of this popular Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

So what's new in Visual Studio 2013? you may ask, well, keep on reading, as we're going to tell you all :) ... read more


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iOS SDK: insights - Part 2

Jan 21, 2014 by Adrian

I'm back and ready to discuss the Core Services Layer, the Core OS Layer and Xcode.

The Core Services and Core OS layers are more fundamental and closer to the hardware than the previous 2 layers, discussed in Part1. Although not all the developers are going to use the frameworks from these layers, they are very important because the higher level frameworks interact with the hardware of the device through the low level frameworks found in Core Services and Core OS. ... read more


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iOS SDK: insights - Part 1

Jan 14, 2014 by Adrian

As of October 22, 2013, the App Store reached the 1 million apps milestone, which is quite an impressive achievement. Most of these apps have been developed with the help of the iOS SDK, the software development kit developed by Apple Inc., which provides the necessary tools and frameworks for developers. More precisely:

The iOS SDK was launched in March 6, 2008 (known as iPhone SDK), and contains the tools and resources for developing native iOS apps, by using the Objective-C programming language. ... read more


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CSS Measurement Values

Jan 03, 2014 by Adrian

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) was first released in 1996, and it's a style sheet language that helps web developers to create websites using HTML, XHTML and other languages. Its main purpose is to separate document content such as layout, colors and fonts in order to provide web developers with more flexibility, accessibility and more control. ... read more


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IPv6 and Romania

Dec 23, 2013 by BogdanD

Before I elaborate on the implementation of IPv6 in Romania, I'd like to briefly explain what Internet Protocol version 6 is and why its implementation is necessary. Most computer users are aware of the notion of IP, but surprisingly few people know exactly what an IP is. The Internet Protocol designates addresses to machines connected to a network, and uses them for all connections, just like a telephone company assigns phone numbers to its customers, to generate connections between clients. ... read more


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Programming languages: how it all started - Part 2

Dec 16, 2013 by Adrian

After seeing (in Part 1) how programming languages have started, in Part 2 I will present a series of "vintage" programming languages, that helped develop modern programming. [...] Programming languages evolved from low level languages (the syntax is assembly language) into high level languages (the syntax contains natural language elements), providing programmers faster ways of writing code, while increasing performance by using Just-in-time compilation (Just-in-time, or JIT compilers are compiling the code after the program has started).

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One of the most influential teens of 2013 is a Romanian

Dec 11, 2013 by Oana

Last month, Time magazine has made a top of The 16 Most Influential Teens of 2013, and among Malia Obama (the daughter of president Obama) and Nick D’Aloisio (programming whiz kid who sold his app to Yahoo for $30 mil), on the 9th place is Ionut Budisteanu, a 19-year-old scientist whose project for a self-driving car has won first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for high school students (back in May). ... read more


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Romanian pupils win big in Balkan informatics competitions

Dec 02, 2013 by Oana

Last week, at Shumen, Bulgaria, Romanian pupils have won a total of 9 medals in 2 regional Informatics competitions addressed to both juniors and senior, as follows [...] So congratulations to: Costin Andrei Oncescu, Smaranda-Monica Dicu, Darius Marian, Andrei-Cristian Stanciu, George Chichirim, Vlad Rochian, Andrei Popa, Mihai Gheorghe, Daniel Constantin, who have showed Europe that Romania has a great potential in IT, and that Romanian pupils are diligent, ambitious and enthusiastic when it comes to programming, mathematics, and technology in general. ... read more


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Programming languages: how it all started - Part 1

Nov 26, 2013 by Adrian

No one can deny that programming and computers have revolutionized our society: the way we work, the way we communicate, and the way we envision the future - but how did it all start? So in this set of articles I will try to present a brief history of programming languages: when did it all start, and where are we headed. ... read more


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Windows Phone 8 - enterprise goes mobile, the Microsoft way

Nov 18, 2013 by Adrian

It's no secret that Microsoft has lost in the past the mobile battle against Apple and Google, and not only in the consumer market, but also in the enterprise market. However, things have started to (slowly) change when Windows Phone 7 came on the scene [...] With the arrival of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft started to be attractive for both businessmen and casual users, offering enough reasons to be a viable option to Android and iOS. ... read more


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9 years of outsourcing

Nov 08, 2013 by Oana

The software outsourcing market is regarded as a dynamic & shifting market, so if you do not rapidly adapt to the customer's requirements, not only you can lose customers, but also you can lose your position on the market. Outsourcing can be a successful business, if it's implemented the right way. However, when your customers are located thousands of miles away, an important milestone is to gain their trust. So how do you gain the trust of a foreign customer when you are an outsourcing company from Romania? ... read more


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Top 3 e-learning tools: Adobe Captivate, Camtasia, CamStudio - Part 3

Nov 04, 2013 by BogdanD

While CamStudio gives us the basics functionalities for creating presentations for free, and Camtasia provides users with a more complete package of features for creating professional e-learning materials (having limited, or no prior experience with the software), Adobe's Captivate gives users the tools to share all their knowledge with the world. ... read more


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Top 3 e-learning tools: Adobe Captivate, Camtasia, CamStudio - Part 2

Oct 28, 2013 by BogdanD

Aside from the basic editing tools, Camtasia provides its users with a more professional approach to content development at the price of $299. As an example, the e-learning software gives its users the option to import and edit multiple audio and video tracks simultaneously. ... read more


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