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A brief look at infinite loops
A brief look at infinite loops

Most programmer's will encounter an infinite loop or two at some point in their careers. Whether it is intentional or not is entirely different story and can lead to two very different situations. They can either be incredibly efficient for helping you run your business, or they can eat up resources much like a black hole would without making a peep. And that's where much of the fun lies. So a quick definition of an infinite loop before anything else.

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Why I'm switching to Firefox this year
Why I'm switching to Firefox this year

It finally happened. After years and years of service, I have decided to say adios to Google Chrome (maybe just for now) and say hello to Firefox once again. Firefox was the first browser that I ever used heavily back in the day and at some point after Chrome caught my eye, I left it in the dust sitting in some version which is no longer supported.

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First Impressions of Microsoft SQL Operations Studio
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First Impressions of Microsoft SQL Operations Studio

Microsoft recently unveiled their new Microsoft SQL Operations Studio (in preview) application for Windows, Linux, and Mac. SQL Operations Studio is a lightweight and free management software for SQL Server much like SQL Server Management Studio. Nowadays, any full-stack developer will spend about half of their dev time in the database. Whether it be updating sprocs or generating reports or removing unused data, a solid database management system is key to perform well and to not waste too much time.

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Spending The Day With Opera Neon
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Spending The Day With Opera Neon

While not dominant in the world of web browsing, Opera hasn't given up hope just yet. It is still around and it looks like they are trying to step up their game with their newest Neon browser. And one thing is for certain. This is indeed a beautiful looking browser. Opera is marketing it as the future of web surfing. It features a very minimalistic look and feel and it essentially acts like its own self-sustained desktop. Desktop "icons" litter your home screen with your favorite websites. A screenshot of the site itself becomes the icon if no other icon is found, making for a clean searching experience.

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Setting Up Git Remotely In Visual Studio
Setting Up Git Remotely In Visual Studio

When working with a team on a programming task, source control becomes a necessity and Git is the dominating force in this area. So today I'll be covering how to set up your remote Git repo to work with your Visual Studio projects. It's a relatively straightforward process that requires some knowledge of how the Git commands transfer over to Visual Studio menu's and options and dialogs and such.

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Designing Web Pages With The Google Web Designer
Designing Web Pages With The Google Web Designer

It's fair to say that Google is pretty good at this whole website thing. Which is why I was surprised at their latest non-web application, the Google Web Designer. The Web Designer is an IDE for, you guessed it, designing web pages. It's designed to get responsive web pages up and running very quickly and the same goes for making ads. Actually, that goes double for making ads as it has a ton of features for ad design and publishing built in. I'll mainly be going over the web page development features in this post however, and covering ad creation in another post. However, I will note that many of the features related to the Web Designer are catered towards rich media ad design, including linking ads directly with the various Google ad networks right from the designer.

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Taking Visual Studio Code For A Spin
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Taking Visual Studio Code For A Spin

If there's one thing that's for certain about Microsoft, it is that their IDE's are some of the best in the industry. And for any developer, this is a huge part of their programming life. Sure you can make and edit a website using just notepad and the old noggin'. But having a trusty aid by your side making sure you do it correctly is definitely beneficial. Visual Studio Code is one of Microsoft's latest creations that debuted a few months ago and that over 1 million people have downloaded already, and I'm finally taking it for a spin.

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Windows 10 May Be My New Favorite OS
Windows 10 May Be My New Favorite OS

Windows 10 is finally here and after reading reviews on pretty much every single technology blog known to man, I was anxious to get mine. And so I waited and waited..and waited. But I never got this magical notification that is suppose to pop up to gift me with the Windows of 10. Little did I know that I could just simply head on over to the Windows download pages and grab a copy myself. Live and learn. So here is yet another review/write-up/first impressions post about Windows 10 for your reading pleasure and hopefully I'll cover something that someone hasn't yet.

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What's New With Windows 10 Technical Preview
What's New With Windows 10 Technical Preview

Windows 10 is soon approaching its release day and I've been keeping up to date with it so far in the technical preview. I'm not running it as my primary OS, as that would be foolish, but I have it running on a virtual machine. And if you would like to know how to do that yourself, feel free to check out my post here. Windows 10 is the follow up to the somewhat beloved Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. I say "somewhat" because I'll be honest, I'm still running Windows 7 on my primary machine, because it is awesome, and it works just fine.

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Getting Started With Windows Powershell
Getting Started With Windows Powershell

If you like Windows scripting, then you're in for a treat. If you hate scripting, then maybe Windows Powershell can help change your mind. Windows Powershell is a automation and configuration management framework made by Microsoft that comes installed with Windows 7+ and can help with many of your automation tasks. If you're familiar with the Windows Command Line Interface, then you'll be familiar with Powershell. It is essentially the same thing, but taken up several notches. It gives users full access to COM and WMI components allowing you to perform administrative tasks on local and/or remote computers.

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Walter G. is a software engineer with over 10 years of professional experience. When he isn't blogging or being a CTO he enjoys coding randomly complex things that he hopes many people will get a chance to use one day.
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