Technical

Building FOTS solutions for your business

Building FOTS solutions which integrate with operations has direct influence on your profits. If you need a quick reminder of what FOTS or Feet on the Street is, you can start here. What solution works best for your business and where to start?   Approaching a build can be challenging but having built numerous solutions here are the major considerations …

Parent-child, one to many and foreign keys in databases

Parent-child relationships, one to many relationships and foreign keys are the basics of databases.  What are they and how are they useful? Technically those names all represent the same thing yet why so many names?   This article looks from a business perspective at the power of this concept and how it can be harnessed. Whilst a very early concept …

Standard measures and the problems they pose

Standard measures are internationally approved amounts and counts to help countries inter-operate.  Yet for programmers they pose massive challenges. This article looks at some of the most common measures and how they pose challenges when internationally used. Based on over a decade of writing systems for international use here are some of the primary challenges I’ve encountered and how I …

Autopostbacks and the challenges of saving in real time

Autopostbacks are a great idea for ensuring information saves in real time until you get poor Internet connectivity.  How, why and where should they be used? The Internet is a blessing and a curse for programmers.  Autopostbacks address an operational challenge faced by web developers. However the reality of poor global connectivity and mobile connectivity introduces further challenges. This article …

IP addresses, white listing, blacklisting, locking and blocking

IP addresses are your phone number on the Internet.  Like phone calls you get good calls and bad calls.  So how do you manage your number online? This backbone concept of the Internet of having unique phone numbers has been around since the dawn of the Internet. Security management relies a lot on these numbers and this article looks at …

RSS feeds and how you feed your information out

RSS feeds (Really Simple Syndication) are a very powerful tool available to numerous businesses but often overlooked.  How does your business handle RSS? Whilst many business understand that social media provides a way to contact the masses, not all businesses recognise the power of tools which led to the birth of social media. RSS feeds are numerous and very much …

Breadcrumb trails and why they’re important to users

Breadcrumb trails are a key part of user interface design yet are frequently overlooked.  How do they impact your system and affect your users? This article is about an aspect of user interface design and considering how your users experience your system. Being lost and a feeling of nervousness can be mitigated with proper use of breadcrumb trails. Yet why …

Designing dashboards and what data scientists look at

Designing dashboards is a blend of art, science and creativity.  Being able to communicate the most effective message in the most limited visual space. This article begins by considering the position of the data scientist and some background on what works and doesn’t work from a science point of view. The play’s the thing… A scientific approach Working an example …