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What Ever Happened to Enhanced Computing?

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It is hard to believe, but it has been 11 years since my first book,Building Intelligent .NET Applications: Agents, Data Mining, Rule-Based Systems, and Speech Processing was released. In that book I introduced the term “Enhanced Computing”, to identify software programs that utilize AI-based technologies to improve and extend traditional line of business applications. This was actually the whole premise of my book. Unfortunately, the term Enhanced Computing never really […]

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Gotchas with using SLDSX Components

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The new Salesforce Lightning collection includes a set of open-source user interface design components that were developed by Salesforce Labs. And why would you want to use these? (you might be thinking). Well, they are built to use the SLDS (Salesforce Design System) which I blogged about in the last post. It is like Bootstrap for Salesforce. Except, that it just provides the CSS and in order to implement the components you also need […]

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SLDS is Bootstrap for Salesforce

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I have been immersing myself in the new world of Lightning and one (note the word “one”, because there is more than one) of the most impressive parts about it is the new SLDS or Salesforce Lightning Design System. You can just think of it as Bootstrap for Salesforce since it works very much the same as Bootstrap does for regular HTML-based apps. It just incorporates all the best Salesforce […]

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Updates to the Force.com Toolkit for .NET

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Almost two years ago, DeveloperForce released a REST-based toolkit that offered an easy way for .NET developers to connect with the Force.com & Chatter REST API’s. Since then, the toolkits creator has unfortunately left Salesforce, but lucky for us all, that has not stopped development. Thankfully, the newly formed alliance between Salesforce and Microsoft (along with some great pull requests made by the open source community) has allowed the update […]

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What’s hot in tech? Reviewing the latest ThoughtWorks Radar

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Originally posted on Richard Seroter's Architecture Musings:
I don’t know how you all keep up with technology nowadays. Has there ever been such a rapid rate of change in fundamental areas? To stay current, one can attend the occasional conference, stay glued to Twitter, or voraciously follow tech sites like The New Stack, InfoQ, and ReadWrite. If you’re overwhelmed with all that’s happening and don’t know what to do,…

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Step Four: Create External Data Source and Define Relationships in Salesforce (4 of 4)

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This post will be the last of a 4 part series in which I will step you through what is necessary to expose and access a multi-table SQL Server Azure database with built-in relationships. These steps were covered at a high-level in my talk , but in this series, I will go through each step in greater detail. The steps will consist of the following: 1.) Create a SQL Server Azure […]

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Who-hoo – The new Apex Interactive Debugger is finally here!!!

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Any Salesforce developer that has migrated from another language (especially .NET) knows that the debugging capabilities in Force.com are…ummm, how shall I put it? They suck! Yeah, that’s it. Well, guess what? As of Winter 16, Salesforce is offering a new Apex Interactive Debugger that will finally make developers of other platforms feel right at home. I am talking about an interactive debugger that allows you to set, remove and […]

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Step Three: Publish Web Application to Windows Azure (3 of 4)

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This post will be part 3 of a 4 part series in which I will step you through what is necessary to expose and access a multi-table SQL Server Azure database with built-in relationships. These steps were covered at a high-level in my talk , but in this series, I will go through each step in greater detail. The steps will consist of the following: 1.) Create a SQL Server Azure Database […]

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Step Two: Create ASP.NET Application to Expose Data as oData (2 of 4)

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This post will be part 2 of a 4 part series in which I will step you through what is necessary to expose and access a multi-table SQL Server Azure database with built-in relationships. These steps were covered at a high-level in my talk , but in this series, I will go through each step in greater detail. The steps will consist of the following: 1.) Create a SQL Server Azure Database […]

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