UX is for humans and not for cyborgs

Have you heard the term “UX” before? I assume that you have. It’s a word that is sprouting up and being sprinkled in lots of places and conversations that have anything to do with product design, be it a web site, a mobile phone app or even some new electronic gadget. UX is not a…

Breaking Radio Silence

My coworkers at Wintellect have reminded me that it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted an entry to my weblog. About two and a half years actually. That’s a long time, and if you happened to be one of my readers you might have wondered what happened to me? Did Keith take another…

What is the difference between JavaScript null and undefined?

  Primitives Let me begin by asking if you knew that there were only 3 primitives or primary types in JavaScript that can hold a value. That’s right, only 3. No more. No less. They are number, string and boolean. These are not objects. I know your dad said everything in JavaScript is an Object…

Deleting Entities In Windows Azure Table Storage

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’m doing some work to bring the usage model of mongoose to .NET. As part of this I’m exploring implementation details of various NoSQL libraries in order to map CRUD-style semantics of each implementation onto a common higher-order model. I’m starting first with Azure Table Storage. Each…

Enterprise Adoption of NoSQL

For all of its obvious success, I still think that NoSQL is underutilized (or, at least, misunderstood) in the enterprise. Some of this can be explained by inertia… the classic relational model has ruled the roost for decades, and certainly isn’t going away anytime soon. Enterprises have significant skillset and infrastructure investments in the care…

Use Zone to Trigger Angular Digest Loop for External Functions

To continue my series on the power of Zone, I examine yet another powerful and useful way you can use zones to improve your application. If this is your first time learning about Zone, read my introduction to Zone titled Taming Asynchronous Tasks in JavaScript with Zone.js. Anyone familiar with Angular apps has run into…

Instrumenting Angular with Zone

In my last post I described an open source tool from the Angular team called Zone that allows you to execute a JavaScript workflow within an execution context. I demonstrated how to instrument a sequence of asynchronous events using Zone. This is a short post to follow-up and illustrate how to do the same thing…

Taming Asynchronous Tasks in JavaScript with Zone.js

I recently learned about a new project by the Angular team called Zone. This project is one of those rare gems that is only a few lines of code but is so groundbreaking it literally takes time to wrap your mind around it. The easiest way to get started with Zone is to watch the…

Video: Angular and the .NET World

While I was at the Angular ng-conf I had the opportunity to sit down with .NET luminaries Ward Bell, John Papa, and Dan Wahlin to discuss why Angular is so important to .NET developers with Ian Smith. We cover lots of ground, including real world benefits we’ve received by integrating Angular into projects and how…

WintellectNOW Author Blog Round-Up January

It’s time for this month’s blog round-up! Check out what our authors have been creating over the past month!    If you P2V (physical-to-virtual) Windows, you may be asked to re-activate Windows due to a hardware change.  Check out Bret Fisher’s blog post entitled P2V of Windows Server 2003 using OEM License to learn how…

WintellectNOW Authors on the Road Jan-June 2014

Now that 2014 is in full-swing we wanted to update you all on where you could find your favorite authors the first part of this year. You will find them speaking or exhibiting…or maybe a little of both!   South Florida Code Camp Feb. 22, Fort Lauderdale, FL CodePaLOUsa Feb. 24-27, Louisville, KY Orlando Code…

WintellectRAW: Tim Huckaby

Welcome to WintellectRAW – featurettes about your favorite authors.  Each month we’ll give you a quick glimpse into the life of a WintellectNOW author – how they got their start, some of their hobbies, their favorite projects, and more!   This month we feature Tim Huckaby, a Microsoft Regional Director, MVP, and one of the…