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Video: Developing with DevContainers

Quickly Create a Development Environment with DevContainers The goal behind DevContainers is not to solve the “works on my machine” problem. Rather, it allows developers to create a consistent development environment for projects. It’s important to note that these environments can be reused or shared with other team members. Check out the full video from […]

C# 9 VIDEO: Improvements and Features

C# 9 released in November of 2020 and is packed with features to improve your development experience. The new record types of C# 9 greatly simplify creating simple classes and bring first-class support for immutable types. The release also improves the language through additions to the pattern matching syntax, allowing for more flexible matching expressions. […]

Power BI’s Data Compression: Large Data Imports in Power BI

Optimization of Power BI to Maximize Advantages of Encoding Methods This guide explores data compression regarding Power BI, specifically relating to xVelocity engine functionality and data importation limitations.  In this discussion, I focus on 10 GB uncompressed data and 1 GB compressed data.  Limitations of 10 GB Uncompressed Data  Likely error encountered by our client: “The amount of uncompressed data on the gateway client has exceeded the […]

A Guide to Practical Unit Testing – Shift Left

Testing Early to Reduce the Cost of Bugs  Testing is a topic that has been written about in-depth. It is well understood that bugs in software are very costly. Cost can be measured in many ways, but the key metric we will look at in this blog is time (developer time, testing time, support time, etc.). Over the years, many people have attempted to quantify the exact time-cost of a […]

Fully-managed Passwordless Authentication for Azure SQL Database

Six Steps to Eliminate Password Storage Managing the server administrator passwords for your Azure SQL Databases can be cumbersome and insecure. To that end, password authentication to a database is difficult to audit and represents a single point of failure in your company’s security posture, especially when it comes to production databases. The allow-list-based firewall […]

PowerShell Video: Desired State Configuration (DSC)

Learn to configure computers using PowerShell but with better syntax, less effort, and fewer errors. When configuring remote systems using PowerShell, it often can involve lots of hands-on time settings up environments, spinning up cloud instances, and running various scripts. This is not the only option! You can automate PowerShell processes. IntelliTect senior software engineer, […]

Mastering Virtual Greenscreen with OBS and Microsoft Teams

Crafting the perfect stream through OBS using creative backgrounds  As exciting as it is to stream or record your content with OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), it can be even better with other participants in the video stream which can be done by using a greenscreen. In my last blog post, I talked about ways to share your content through OBS using a virtual camera. […]

Advanced Screen Sharing Techniques for Online Presentations

Refine Your Streaming Skills on Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio for the Best Presentation Possible Updated: simplified the process to no longer need FFmpeg Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio is one of the most popular software solutions for streamers. With the significant rise in online presentations and virtual meetings, many have begun using OBS coupled with FFmpeg for […]

Power BI: A Detailed Examination of Data Importation

Clarifying the Use of Queries and Methods for Data Importation with Power BI Power BI is an industry leader in self-service analytics. This service delivers large-scale business intelligence into the hands of the end user by leveraging familiar tools found in Excel and Analysis Services into a single streamlined application. Power BI takes advantage of […]

Demystifying Economic Stereotypes with Factfulness

How Accurate is My Perceived Worldview? While traveling overseas before COVID-19, I had my family read Hans Rosling’s book, Factfulness, Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think. Before we began reading, each of us took the Factfulness Quiz – an activity I highly recommend. Consider taking […]