With the Christmas season fast approaching, I bet that you're over your head with shopping, cooking and maybe planning a great celebration, with your family and friends... and while you gather all your decorations, in order to bring festive cheer into your home, what about your own website / blog? It's not too late to consider a "cool" decoration for it, right?.. read more
If in Part 1 of the interview we've seen how it all started, now it's time to talk about adoption rate, mobile devices and future plans. o what do you say, shall we start?.. read more
A few weeks back we wrote about a Romanian team of developers from Cluj-Napoca, namely RogentOS, who decided to give something back to the community by developing GNU licensed OS-es for home and public administration use.
Given their goal, we decided to talk to Stefan Brindusa (their Lead Developer and Main OS Designer) for a little Q&A on the team's goals and products... read more
Imagine for a moment that: there is no such thing as the Windows operating system; Mac OS X... no one heard of it; we don’t have any Linux distributions to play around with - while Android and iOS are nowhere to be seen.
Now let's travel to the famous Bell Laboratories: it’s 1969 and we witness the birth of something which will forever change the way people interact with computers... read more
Last month we took a look at how to integrate PayPal's Express Checkout control into our C# application. At that point we were only able to send data to PayPal'a API to generate transaction tokens for future use, but now it's time to finalize the transaction and request payment from the PayPal API... read more
Last time we spoke, we took a look at the general purchase flow via PayPal. Today, we'll look at Point B from our check-list, namely how to actually insert a PayPal button in a C# application, along with the necessary steps for a successful call to the API.
To this end, we'll use the code from a small sample project, containing the bare minimum that is needed to illustrate the process. To keep things simple, the data appended to the NVP string is hardcoded... read more
The purpose of this post is to provide a crash course in PayPal integration. Simply put, if your web application is close to being released to the public and you're looking for a fast-and-safe way to provide your customers with an option for purchasing your services, then this blog post might be what you need... read more
I know that currently the entire IT world talks about Windows 10 and Microsoft, but how about the first Romanian-built operating system? Yeah, you heard me right, 2 operatins systems made in Romania have seen the light of day this August, at the University of Babes-Bolyai in Cluj-Napoca. Curious?.. read more
This year, the International Mathematical Olympiad was held in the exotic Thailand, between July 4 - July 15. This was the 56th edition of the event, and has accommodated 577 high-school students from 104 countries. [...]
The Romanian high-school students - Simona Diaconu, Theodor Andrei Andronache, Marius Ioan Bocanu, Ciprian Mircea Bonciocat, Stefan Spataru, Andrei Bogdan Puiu - have won this year 6 medals [...]... read more
The Google search engine, Gmail, Android or Chrome... this is what immediately comes into our minds when we think about Google - and for good reason, because these products "call the shots" in their field. However, if we look closely, behind these successful products we see the projects that Google really wants to bury, a “graveyard” of failed products.
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We live in an Internet era and no one wants to have a website that is vulnerable to web attacks - as this means losing money, time and credibility. Web security wasn't regarded as a "big problem" before the year 2000, however social networking websites and an increase in the adoption rate of the Web, as a means for business, have changed all this, and now more and more hackers are trying to compromise the WWW security for personal gain... and some even for fame and fun... read more
So far it looks like that Google and Apple see 2015 as the year of wearable devices, Amazon shows us that flying drones represent the future, and a company named Oculus VR tries to bring to life the unfulfilled dream of the last generation, Virtual Reality... read more
Crucial to many people in their work, disliked by some, Microsoft Excel is one of the best software solutions, which hides many, many productivity secrets. Although I'm sure that many of you are acquainted with some of the "magic" that this software is capable of, becoming more proficient should be our target, that's why I think it's necessary to enhance our skills with some new Microsoft Excel tricks... read more
On March 5-6 our company has attended to the 2015 LSAC Job Fair, held at the "College of Automatic Control and Computers", at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest (aka "UPB"). We went there to present our company's story, we saw and talked to a lot of students and we won them over with our enthusiasm :).. read more
I hope you enjoyed the first post from this series, so now I will continue presenting another 3 web development trends, which you have surely met while surfing the Internet:.. read more
Imagine going to sleep in year 2005 and waking up in 2015... you refresh your websites and suddenly you get the feeling that something is terribly wrong. The whole website looks strangely flat, the elements arrange themselves when resizing the browser, and it seems to you that one of the websites has only 1 page. Also, what's up with that big image in the background?.. read more
In the first part of this post I've described some of Swift's advantages and why Apple decided that it's time to move away from Objective-C. As shown in the previous article, Swift is a reimagined Objective-C, so (without entering into details about the latter) let's see what does Swift has to offer... read more
Apple has been using Objective-C as their main programming language for many years, but the company from Cupertino decided that it's high time they underwent some "swift" changes in the way iOS and OS X developers are building apps for Apple’s operating systems. As a result, at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has introduced a new programming language: Swift, which had been under development since 2010. [...] Swift is a multi-paradigm programming language, purposely developed by Apple for the iOS and OS X operating systems... read more
The world is mobile. No surprise there. Ever since Nokia introduced Snake on the 3310 model, people have been glued to their mobiles. While the rise of smart device usage is clearly visible around us, statistics show the bigger picture in better colors... read more
Display resolutions, through their commercial impact and their diversity, have an important role in software development. Applications and websites must be adapted to work (ideally) on all the available display resolutions (on a certain device model, or across multiple devices). This significantly increases development and testing time, leading to complex projects and infrastructure.. read more