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Deadlines, the Programming Student, and the 3 Factor Assignment Risks
I know that deadlines drive us all. As I have often heard and said, “Deadlines are your friend.” The problem with these scheduled milestones is when you underestimate the task at hand. While I teach a programming class, let's consider a 5-page paper assignm...

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NKU BIS 305 Students the Norse Tech Bar Says Don't Wait
Per a tweet from the Northern Kentucky University Tech Bar:  We are open this week if you have computer questions or want to use the lab. Stop by before semester rush! — Norse Tech Bar (@nkutechbar) January 4, 2017 I agree...don't wait!  :-)

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Setting up the VMWare Client for Northern Kentucky University on Linux (Ubuntu 14.04 & 16.04)
As I am teaching the Advanced Business Programming (BIS 305) class at NKU this Fall semester and only have one Windows system, I thought it good to get the VMWare client setup on my Linux systems so that I can access the College of Informatics Lab VM and us...

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Setting up VMWare Client on Linux Ubuntu (14.04 & 16.04)
As I am teaching the Advanced Business Programming (BIS 305) class at NKU this Fall semester and only have one Windows system, I thought it good to get the VMWare client setup on my Linux systems so that I can access the College of Informatics Lab VM and us...

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Editing Websphere Generic JVM argument Settings without Websphere Running
I was working with Websphere 8.5.5 locally on my system as I am in the process of developing a web service that will be deployed to a production Websphere server. In short, I switched the Java SDK to an IBM implementation for both code compilation as well a...

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How to add a Custom JAR to a Maven Project
I know that this is old for many but it is new for me and so I am posting it. :-) When working with custom JARs and Maven you will need to install them into Maven to reference them from the Project Object Model ( POM ) file Here is what you do at the comman...

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A Positive Approach to the Status Meeting Second Question
We have all attended them.  You know... those meetings where we have to give status updates for the current progress on the project on which we are working. The typical scenario is the project manager going around the room asking everyone one by one about t...

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Free MeteorJS hosting is dead...long live free MeteorJS hosting.
Just got an email yesterday from meteor.com that read, "We know many of you have enjoyed the Meteor.com free hosting service. In
a perfect world with infinite resources, we’d invest to keep this
separate legacy infrastructure up and running. Unfortunately...

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When estimating...keep this in mind.

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What Code Should You Learn?
​ I have been teaching a Visual Basic.Net class at a local university, Northern Kentucky University , both last and this semester. I just posted this announcement to the students:   I got an email this morning that contained a link to an infographic that I ...
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