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  • What does MinimaList do? MinimaList is an intuitive to-do app for managing lists of all your daily tasks and to-dos. Designed for touch, MinimaList takes full advantage of the Windows 8, touch friendly interface, making it the easiest list management productivity app in the Windows Store. Windows Store App Link Features Design – MinimaList is streamlined for easy management of to-do lists and nothing more Touch – MinimaList’s us…
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  • Making Colorado

    April 04, 2013

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    Mapleton Hill Media is proud to be working with Made Movement on the new MakingColorado.gov initiative. The brandCOLORADO team was created in Fall 2012 to lead the Making Colorado process. The team is led by Aaron Kennedy, who was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper in August 2012 as the Chief Marketing Officer of the State of Colorado. Aaron has a background in consumer marketing for brands such as Pepsi and Kraft. As the founder of Noodles &a…
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  • Thus far in this series, The Art of Accurate Software Estimation, I have presented a wide breadth of the complexities and challenges that we face in presenting a software estimate. In this post, I am anxious to discuss the subject of how choosing software frameworks and estimating with those frameworks in mind can help simplify estimation. I am using a wide application of the term software framework and am generally including anything from small libr…
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  • This post is a continuation of the series, The Art of Accurate Software Estimation. Thus far in the series, we have been setting the organizational and business context in which an estimate is presented. In this post, we’ll see how formalizing a Definition of Done will help improve estimates, increase transparency regarding the cost of software and establish the expectations of what successful completion of a feature really means. Start wit…
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  • In part one of this series, The Art of Accurate Software Estimation, I introduced my goal of understanding and minimizing the challenges of software estimation. I also presented some of the context considerations that the business environment influences. In this post, we continue this endless quest of an accurate estimate with consideration for other contextual perspective regarding some of the things that are often neglected when attempting t…
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  • In this fast paced, information saturated age of technological advancements, it is impossible to deny the impacts that software has had on the way we do business, the structure of our economics, and the way we interact on a personal and social level. One of the primary challenges that arises from this undeniable and profitable industry is the endless quest of an accurate estimation of what software projects will cost and how quickly they can be deliver…
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  • Hooray, it’s that magical day that only comes every four years! And guess what, a bunch of date-dependent code just broke because someone didn’t account for this special day. In a project that I’m working on, there’s some validation code that goes like this: This code is used to validate birthdate and whether we have to treat the user as a child. You should already see the problem: 13 years ago, there was no 2/29. Instead, you sh…
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  • Striving For Pixel Perfection Imagine if your MacBook’s trackpad wasn’t centered, but “good enough”? Or if Ferrari just made their lug nuts from steel instead of titanium. These are products that have been honed and crafted by someone with a clear passion for what they do. Attention to detail can separate a good product from something truly great. You might not be an industrial designer in Cupertino or a mechanical engineer in Modena, but web…
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  • Rather than bashing rival technologies, come learn and participate in the Tech Throwdown We’re going to look at a variety of NoSQL options such as Cassandra, Hadoop, and Mongodb and how they compare to each other as well as relational databases. Presenters: Kevin Cawley Cassandra and Hadoop Chris Merz: Chris has roots in the web industry going back to the early 90′s.  Before starting with MapMyFitness in late 2010 as their Data Stor…
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  • Recently, we were looking for lightweight reporting tools for integration into one of our Asp.Net projects, that would make things easy to pull html and pdf versions of the report. There is no shortage of enterprise reporting frameworks each with their own daunting learning curve, custom integration points, installation processes, and export features. Of course, the word enterprise immediately throws us off track, and if we needed an earth mover…
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