Human Extract, Transform, and Load

HETL (Human Extract, Transform, and Load) Definition:  When an employee in the field captures data with a pen or pencil & paper, drives back to the office at the end of the workday, and manually transcribes the data into a back-end computer system. You’re probably thinking this is an antiquated phenomenon that disappeared decades ago with the advent of … Read more Human Extract, Transform, and Load

Trentatre Rosso is the Best Wine Value in the World

Trentatre Rosso

Trentatre is a beautiful, dry red wine from the Apulia region of Southern Italy on the Adriatic Sea. The name “Trentatre” means “Thirtythree” in Italian.  This represents a wine made up of 3 equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Montepulciano.  In other words, 33% each, give or take. I’ve been buying this wine from Trader Joe’s since the … Read more Trentatre Rosso is the Best Wine Value in the World

Where are we now with HTML5?

HTML5

HTML5 has made a lot of progress in the mobile space over the last few years. Take a look at the latest report from the French analyst house faberNovel, on HTML5 and how to rethink web strategy: Sharing my knowledge and helping others never stops, so connect with me on my blog at https://robtiffany.com , follow me on Twitter … Read more Where are we now with HTML5?

SQL Server Compact 3.5 Service Pack 2 Cumulative Update Package 7 RTW

SQL Server Compact

Hey folks, just wanted to let you know that cumulative update package 7 for SQL Server Compact 3.5 Service Pack 2 has been released to the web. You can download the new bits over at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2665342. This is a hotfix for an incorrect sort order for a subscriber in SQL Server Compact 3.5 SP2 that synchronizes with … Read more SQL Server Compact 3.5 Service Pack 2 Cumulative Update Package 7 RTW

Windows Mobile Provisioner

Mobile Provisioner: Data Connections

In the Spring of 2006, I created a Mobile Device Management (MDM) package for Microsoft called Windows Mobile Provisioner.  It was used by Microsoft IT (MSIT) to rapidly provision and manage Windows Mobile devices / smartphones for our employees in the years before we developed and shipped System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008.  I drew on my … Read more Windows Mobile Provisioner

Windows Phone 8 Emerges

Windows Phone 8 Tiles

The first glimpse of Windows Phone 8 emerged in San Francisco today. Joe Belfiore, Terry Myerson, and Kevin Gallo took the world on a tour of Microsoft’s next smartphone.  I’m confident that Windows Phone 8 will leapfrog our smartphone competitors so dramatically that they’ll never catch up.  Before diving into the highlights of today’s Windows Phone Summit, … Read more Windows Phone 8 Emerges

Microsoft Surface

Surface

Microsoft Surface is coming… We’ll have versions of our new tablet for both Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro. Yes, the Surface comes with an integrated kickstand. The Touch Cover keyboard connects to the Surface magnetically. Specs for the Windows RT version: Weight: 676 g | Thin: 9.3 mm | Display: 10.6″ ClearType HD | Storage: 32, … Read more Microsoft Surface

ASP.NET Web API: The New Mobile Web Services

aspnet

Those of you who know me or have attended one of my presentations know that I’m a total RESTafarian when it comes to the software architectural style I prefer for web services. I started using REST in the early 2000s to create a high-speed, human-readable, server API to trade financial instruments between brokerages and counterparties. … Read more ASP.NET Web API: The New Mobile Web Services

Simple Mobile Sync with SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server Compact: Episode III

SQL Server Compact

Back in my first article, I showed you where to find Microsoft’s latest updates to the SQLCE and RDA technologies so you can begin synchronizing data with the new SQL Server 2012 (Denali) database. Just imagine, you now have mobile sync components that give you the flexibility to to work with SQL Server 7, 2000, … Read more Simple Mobile Sync with SQL Server 2012 and SQL Server Compact: Episode III