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The IT Consultant's Guide to Hiring and Managing Subcontractors
By Matthew Moran
Jun 19, 2014
As your consulting business grows, you may want or need to hire subcontractors. Here is guidance to help you hire and effectively manage your subcontractors.
Increasing Storage Space on Boot/System SSDs for Mobile Devices
By Ed Tittel, Kim Lindros
Jun 18, 2014
Kim Lindros and Ed Tittel show you how to use the graphical disk analyzers WinDirStat and SpaceSniffer to free up space on disks, especially on SSDs where disk space is usually at a premium.
Interface Lessons from "A Dark Room"
By Erica Sadun
Jun 18, 2014
"A Dark Room" is an enormous mess, visually. And yet, despite this it works with perhaps more appeal than if it had presented a gorgeous UI. There are lessons to be learned from this.
Preface to The Incremental Commitment Spiral Model: Principles and Practices for Successful Systems and Software
By Barry Boehm, Supannika Koolmanojwong, Jo Ann Lane, Richard Turner
Jun 18, 2014
Do your projects overrun their budgets and schedule or have a lot of late rework or technical debt? Are your delivered systems hard to maintain? Do your systems need to succeed in situations involving rapid change, emergent requirements, high levels of assurance, or some combination of those? If so, then this might be the right book for you.
Working with OneDrive in Windows 8.1
By Katherine Murray
Jun 18, 2014
Working in the cloud may sound strange at first, but you’ll quickly learn to love accessing your files from any device, anytime. This is an introduction to OneDrive and shows you how to start working with your files in the cloud.
Getting Started with Google Apps
By Patrice-Anne Rutledge, Sherry Kinkoph Gunter
Jun 17, 2014
This chapter describes and explains the various Google Apps and shows how to signup for an account.
Developing Scalable Web Applications with Play
By Steven Haines
Jun 16, 2014
After reading Part 1 of this series, "Introduction to Play 2 with Java," you can now build a full Play web application using Play’s Scala Templates and Play’s domain-driven development as described in this article.
Kicking the Tires of Xcode 5
By Fritz Anderson
Jun 13, 2014
In this chapter, Fritz Anderson provides a first look at Xcode.
Working with XML Data in R
By Tobi Bosede
Jun 13, 2014
Tobi Bosede's step-by-step example shows how easily you can mine XML data from APIs by using R. Simple analysis and even multi-level reporting and output are possible with just a few lines of code.
Introduction to "The Java Language Specification, Java SE 8 Edition"
By James Gosling, Gilad Bracha, Alex Buckley, Bill Joy, Guy L. Steele
Jun 12, 2014
The authors of The Java Language Specification, Java SE 8 Edition introduce the book and the specs of Java SE 8.
Why Big Data and Analytics?
By Brenda L. Dietrich, Maureen F. Norton, Emily C. Plachy
Jun 12, 2014
Get the inside story of how analytics is being used across the IBM enterprise in this introduction to Analytics Across the Enterprise: How IBM Realizes Business Value from Big Data and Analytics.
Building Blocks into AVFoundation Movies in Objective-C
By Erica Sadun
Jun 11, 2014
Do you like AVFoundation? Do you like blocks? They're two great technologies that taste great together. Learn how to blend these two to create flexible frame compositions for your custom movies.
Foreword to The Rails 4 Way
By Obie Fernandez, Kevin Faustino
Jun 11, 2014
Steve Klabnik shares his thoughts on the newest edition of The Rails Way book. Forewords by David Heinemeier Hansson and Yehuda Katz from earlier editions are also included.
Reducing the Amount of Storage Space Required for Windows Driver Store
By Ed Tittel, Kim Lindros
Jun 11, 2014
Learn about the Refresh Your PC feature in Windows 8.1 by using the Windows RecImg command to make a custom recovery image of a computer's disk and an alternative: the Slimware Utilities' RecImg Manager application.
Governed Utilization of the Features and Functionality in SharePoint 2013/Office 365
By Errin O'Connor
Jun 10, 2014
This chapter covers the core strategies for implementing some of the most high-profile features of SharePoint 2013, such as sites, site collections, and the social computing while ensuring that the implementation is done in a governed, best practices manner.
Ten Tips to Realize Value from Big Data and Analytics
By Brenda L. Dietrich, Maureen F. Norton, Emily C. Plachy
Jun 10, 2014
What does it really take to derive value from Big Data and Analytics? Co-authors of Analytics Across the Enterprise: How IBM Realizes Business Value from Big Data and Analytics, Brenda Dietrich, Emily Plachy and Maureen Norton, identify 10 top tips based on their years of experience at IBM “eating their own cooking.” Interviews with more than 70 executives, managers and analytic practitioners across IBM yielded 31 case studies across 9 different business functions which show the breadth challenges, outcomes, analytics techniques, and lessons learned to make your analytics journey to realize business value successful.
15 Rules for Writing Quality Code
By Diomidis Spinellis
Jun 9, 2014
Diomidis Spinellis, author of Code Quality: The Open Source Perspective, lists the 15 most important rules for writing sparkling code. Follow them, and your code will look professional, live long, grow smoothly, and earn your colleagues’ love (rather than swearing).
Introduction to Play 2 for Java
By Steven Haines
Jun 9, 2014
Learn about when you might want to use Play Framework to help you set up a development environment, and walk through building your first Hello, Play application.
That One Thing: Reduce Coupling for More Scalable and Sustainable Software
By Stephen Vance
Jun 9, 2014
Stephen Vance, author of Quality Code: Software Testing Principles, Practices, and Patterns, explains how loosening the coupling in your tests will make your tests easier to write and less brittle to maintain. The same principles will improve the design of your software and hopefully extend its useful and maintainable life.
The IT Consultant’s Guide to Writing a Winning Proposal
By Matthew Moran
Jun 9, 2014
An effective proposal is one of the most important tools in a consultant’s toolkit. This article describes an effective strategies to turn your proposals into projects.

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