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Tech Stack Modernization

Tech Stack Modernization, Volume 1

How do you know when you need to take the considerable effort of choosing a new tech stack? There can be a number of signs: Finding new developers willing to work on your stack is getting harder. Newer stacks promise (and hopefully deliver) better performance, faster development or better user experience. You current stack is preventing you from implementing the features or performance your users expect. You need to freshen your … [Read more...]

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DICE reports 40% of the tech workforce is going to be interviewing in 2017

The DICE Tech Salary Survey was released late in March. I've been behind on my reading, so it wasn't until recently that I got a chance to dig into it. One of the most surprising data points in it was: "Overall technology salaries in the U.S. were essentially flat year-over-year (-1%), at $92,081 annually from $93,328^ in 2015, with some areas across the country and specific skills areas seeing increases." Downward pressure on tech wages? … [Read more...]

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DevOps–the New Hotness, but Is It Here to Stay?

The term DevOps is moving into our vocabularies in much the same way the word cloud did—creeping in slowly and quietly until suddenly it surrounds you. So what is DevOps, really? Unlike a new programming language or a new framework, DevOps is as much a concept as it is a thing. There is consensus that the word DevOps is coined from development and operations. But what does that really mean? Consider this: in most organizations, the … [Read more...]

Creating PDFs from ASP.NET MVC Applications with Rotativa

Creating PDFs from ASP.NET MVC Applications with Rotativa

As much as the business world has shifted toward a paperless environment, business applications still frequently need to produce paper documents. This often presents a challenge, as printing documents directly from a Web browser cedes control regarding the layout and output to the end users and their preferred browsers. PDF generation libraries are available, but they are often costly. Those costs aren’t just in terms of purchase price. The costs … [Read more...]

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Stout Supports Agile Professionals at the 2016 Agile and Beyond Conference

On May 5-6, over 700 agile practitioners convened at the Eagle Crest Conference Center and Resort in Ypsilanti, Michigan for the 2016 Agile and Beyond conference. This two-day conference, which was once again a complete sell-out, featured over 75 local, national and international speakers. One of those speakers was Edward Kim, Stout’s own Business Analysis and Agility Practice Lead. During a very well-attended session, Edward spoke on the … [Read more...]