Alternatives for NPAPI

Oct 20, 2014 by Alin

As presented in my previous post about NPAPI, this architecture is slowly being phased out by browsers, such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, so more developers have started looking for alternatives. In this article I'll try to make up a list of the available options in terms of technologies ... read more


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The legacy of NPAPI

Oct 15, 2014 by Alin

"Netscape plug-in Application Programming Interface" (NPAPI) is a cross-browser plug-in architecture. In its early days, it was used by the Netscape browser (you might not remember, but Netscape was one of the first browsers, popular back in the 1990s), and then it has been adopted by the modern browsers. Nowadays, all major browsers (such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Safari) are supporting NPAPI, even though some of them started to phase it out. ... read more


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Romanian-born scientist receives the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Oct 08, 2014 by Oana

Today, in Romania, one name is on everyone's lips: Stefan W. Hell. The German biochemist of Romanian origin, Stefan W. Hell, together with his 2 American colleagues Eric Betzig and William E. Moerner, has won the Nobel prize in Chemistry for the "the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy". ... read more


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Web development tools - Part 2

Sep 26, 2014 by AdrianC

The World Wide Web has reached 1 billion web pages in September 2014 (awesome, right?!), but for this to happen web developers had to work hard and meet the increasing demands of web development. This would have been impossible without proper web development tools, some of which will be presented in this second part of the article ... read more


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Web development tools - Part 1

Sep 18, 2014 by AdrianC

Creating faster and better looking web applications, and at the same time providing a smooth user experience on all platforms (desktop and mobile) - this is the struggle of today’s web developers. This is due to the fact that there are a plethora of devices on the market, and also to the fact that users nowadays are expecting high quality products.
The good news for every web developer is that there are plenty of web development tools from which they can choose. ... read more


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The lost art of Assembly Programming

Sep 08, 2014 by AdrianC

Assembly is a low-level programming language for a computer or any other programmable device, which has a very strong (generally one-to-one) correspondence with the machine language instructions (basically, the programmer speaks with the device by using the device’s language). Each assembly language is specific to a particular computer architecture, in contrast to most high-level programming languages, which are generally portable across multiple architectures. ... read more


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Should everyone learn how to code?

Aug 25, 2014 by BogdanD

Simply put, programming, or "coding", is one's ability to issue specific commands to a computer, from the most basic functions that the machine's hardware can perform to implementing complex problem solving algorithms. No industry can prosper without evolving, therefore integrating complex computing solutions is just as necessary as high quality, productive equipment. ... read more


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Battle of data formats: JSON vs XML

Aug 05, 2014 by Alin

Before comparing JSON and XML formats, let's start with a brief history lesson about the former data formats (more precisely, the ancestors of XML):

* Generalized Markup Language (GML) was developed in the early 1970 by IBM, and is a set of macros that implemented markup tags for SCRIPT ... read more


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Outsourcing the right way: company or freelancer?

Jul 23, 2014 by Alin

Software outsourcing comes with a series of advantages for the customer (company or individual) - but once you decide to outsource a project, or part of a project, what options do you have? Currently you have 2 main options: outsourcing to a company or outsourcing to a freelancer developer. ... read more


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Technological advancements in Romania

Jul 17, 2014 by BogdanD

From the dial-up modem to the age of fiber optics, internet connections have come a long way. Gone are the days when you'd get disconnected because someone was trying to dial out a phone call or send out a fax. These days, few of us actually stop to appreciate the quality of the services that we take for granted. According to the statistics released by Eurostat for the European countries in 2013, 79% of households in the EU space have access to internet and 76% of households have a broadband connection. ... read more


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Brazil: a competitive software outsourcing destination

Jul 08, 2014 by Oana

FIFA World Cup is approaching the grand finale, and the entire world can't take their eyes off the beautiful country of Brazil. For those of you who are football fans, this is definitely an exciting time for you :) However, you should know that apart from football, coffee and samba, Brazil is also a well-known destination for software outsourcing and information technology services. Regarded as an alternative to India (in terms of software outsourcing), Brazil has managed in less than a decade to promote itself as a powerful player on the South American outsourcing market, thanks to its notable advantages, such as ... read more


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Facebook and Google plan to provide Internet access all around the world

Jun 24, 2014 by BogdanZ

It's summer time in the Northern Hemisphere :), and we're getting ready for the holidays. So imagine that you have reached your dream destination (isolated island?), and at some point you take your phone out of your pocket and, guess what, you have Internet access. This seems to be the dream of Larry Page, CEO of Google, and Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. ... read more


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Romanian coding girls: closing the gender gap one code line at a time

Jun 18, 2014 by Alexandra

Recent studies have once again confirmed that, although the software development industry is one of the fastest growing industries at global level, the number of women involved in software projects is significantly lower than that of men. In 2013, for example, only 27% of all students attending the courses of the Computer Science department (at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest) have been girls. It seems that the main reason why girls tend to avoid such a challenging field as IT and software development, according to Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes is the "impostor syndrome". ... read more


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Outsourcing the right way

Jun 12, 2014 by Oana

When you decide to outsource the development of a software product towards an outsourcing company it’s important to get off on the right foot. This means that your requirements and expectations (look and feel of the software) need to be conveyed as clearly as possible to the outsourcing team. ... read more


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Inside the world of software outsourcing services

Jun 03, 2014 by Oana

It's common knowledge by now that outsourcing means to externalize a part of your processes (or an entire activity) towards a specialized company. When it comes to software outsourcing, this means an entire suite of services. So if you are a customer who is searching for an outsourcing company (to which you can externalize part of your internal activities), or a programmer in search of a job, here's what you need to know about the services typically provided by a software outsourcing company ... read more


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The "other" products of the Microsoft Office Suite - Part 3

May 27, 2014 by BogdanZ

Another Microsoft strategy for keeping competition behind was to extend on Macintosh. Even if most people consider that Microsoft and Apple are archenemies, from time to time they join hands in the battle with another competitor: Google. So in this case, the Microsoft and Apple rivalry was left behind and the two companies started to collaborate. Some years ago, Microsoft invested $150 million dollars in Apple ... read more


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The "other" products of the Microsoft Office Suite - Part 2

May 20, 2014 by BogdanZ

Yammer was launched in 2008 as a freemium enterprise social network service and it was sold to Microsoft in 2012 for $1.2 billion dollars. Before it got sold, in 2010, the service was used by more than three million users and 80,000 companies worldwide. During this period, Yammer 2.0 was launched and it was quickly described as a "Facebook for business" by most users. ... read more


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The "other" products of the Microsoft Office Suite - Part 1

May 15, 2014 by BogdanZ

The Microsoft Office Suite continues to be the most popular choice for business and domestic users, when it comes to creating PowerPoint presentations, documents, spreadsheets etc., even if it has a lot of competitors out there: Apache OpenOffice, Libre Office, SSuite Office, Kingsoft Office, SoftMaker FreeOffice etc. And that's not all - all these competitor applications come for free. ... read more


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A new trend in software release cycles

May 02, 2014 by Adrian

Until recent years, the software companies have accustomed us with longer cycles between software updates (we’ve waited 5 years for Windows Server 2008, remember?!), but nowadays a new trend has emerged - faster software release cycles. To a user this translates into more application updates than he was used to in the past. However, for companies a new software update brings inevitably a series of consequences, which aren't always pleasant. ... read more


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How to deal with MSSQL language portability issue in ASP.NET - Part 2

Apr 15, 2014 by Alexandra

If in Part 1 we've detailed what exactly generated a MS SQL Server language portability issue, now I'll detail the solution. [...] The fastest workaround for the MS SQL Server language portability issue (but still, not a perfect solution; for building a proper code, please see the "Best practices" detailed below) is to [...] ... read more


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