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John  Traenkenschuh

Is Windows 10 Enough: The Mobile Fails, Part III

By John TraenkenschuhToday

I have several types of mobile devices, both low-cost Android tablets and iPads and smartphones of all types and vendors. Maybe you've discovered problems similar to these I list?

John  Traenkenschuh

Windows 10: Is It Enough?

By John TraenkenschuhAug 10, 2015

Windows 8 was envisioned as a desktop OS capable of fighting the consumers' fling with Tablets. Now that the war is against Tablets AND PC's, can Windows 10 draw consumers to it?

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Time to Start Looking...

By John TraenkenschuhMay 24, 2015

Traenk returns to some true love work--teaching and learning and VB...

Brad Yale

The Best Programming Question and Answer Sites

By Brad YaleApr 2, 2015

I spend a lot of time online looking for answers. I spend a lot of time online crowd sourcing various communities for those answers. I spend a lot of time online sifting through the best online community based forums to find how-to tutorials and quick fixes. In this spirit, I present the best question/answer sites for developers, programmers, mobile devs and web hosting professionals.  

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GDC 2015: The Current State of Cloud Gaming or Why Azure has Sony Whipped

By Brad YaleMar 12, 2015

Last week, I had the distinct pleasure to represent InformIT.com/Pearson Education at GDC 2015. While at the game developers conference, I gained further perspective into a growing line of thought which has been growing in my mind for a while. As a Playstation guy through and through, this saddens me to say, yet: even though Sony Playstation has made excellent leaps forward in terms of providing the PS4 market with cloud gaming, the Microsoft XBox One has the competition whipped.

My contention going into GDC 2015: The Microsoft XBox One is a cloud computing platform in the form of a console while the Sony PS4 is a console reaching into the cloud gaming space.

My contention leaving GDC 2015: Not only is the Microsoft Xbox One way ahead of the Sony PS4 in terms of cloud gaming, the Azure cloud platform is flat out, incredible.

Here's why.

Brad Yale

How the Internet Works: Platform As A Service

By Brad YaleFeb 26, 2015

In an ongoing effort to shed light on basic concepts within the Internet, this article is going to touch on a underlying principle of cloud based solutions, PaaS. This article will aim to answer the following questions:


  1. What is PaaS?
  2. How does PaaS Work?
  3. How is PaaS Different than Traditional App Development?
  4. What are the Major Benefits of PaaS?
  5. Who Should Utilize PaaS?

  6. If you need a refresher on how the cloud works, check out "How the Internet Works: The Layers of the Cloud"

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Well Played, Microsoft, Well Played

By John TraenkenschuhNov 23, 2014

Microsoft has always found support for its platforms by providing an excellent development IDE.  Now, that IDE is free, in most circumstances.

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Free Visual Studio?

By John TraenkenschuhNov 20, 2014

Just got notice that Microsoft is making a full-featured version of Visual Studio available--for free.  Traenk is happy.

Brad Yale

Why Open Source Matters: Musings from All Things Open 2014

By Brad YaleOct 23, 2014

A few months back I wrote a post titled "Why Open Source Matters: Musings from OSCON 2014". The post covered five reasons why Open Source matters. Those reasons were/are:


  1. Code, Glitches and Open Source Security
  2. Open Source Software
  3. GitHub
  4. The Stringent Control of Proprietary Software
  5. The Endless Ability to Test, Play and Alter

While those reasons still ring true, I want to use this space to center in on another topic speaking to why Open Source and OSS matters more than ever: project management and time constraints.

Brad Yale

Google On Air Live Hangout with the Father of C++ Bjarne Stroustrup

By Brad YaleSep 12, 2014

On August 20th, the father of C++, Bjarne Stroustrup led a Google On-Air Live Hangout event in which he talked about everything C++. The event was sponsored by InformIT, Pearson Education and the Google + C Plus Plus Community. 

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InformIT Labor Day Programming Event

By Brad YaleAug 28, 2014

Welcome to the InformIT Labor Day Event.

From August 28th - September 3rd,  the following deals apply to all ebooks, books, video learning lessons, interactive learning lessons, software and practice tests:

- Purchase three or more titles. Save 55%. 

- Purchase two titles. Save 45%. 

- Purchase one title. Save 35%.

**Free Shipping to all locations in the United States*

*30 Day Trial to Safari Books Online**

Coupon code (Case Sensitive):  LABORDAY

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Full Programming Life Cycle Learning with Pearson Learning Labs

By Brad YaleAug 25, 2014

Here's the thing: I work for Pearson Education and InformIT. As such, I already know anything I say, do or mention that promotes Pearson Education and InformIT products will be looked at as a nod to staying employed. I get that. I do.

But in all honesty, what I am about to endorse is not a product of wanting to stay employed or a product of a forced corporate hand. No. What I am about to endorse is a product which I have used, compared to similar services and have come away impressed.

Code Academy is one avenue. The Flat Iron School is another. All in though, Pearson Education Learning Labs trumps them both in terms of overall programming learning lessons.

Here's why.

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