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Posted on Jan 21, 2015 by

Exploring the Play Framework: Testing

This is the first in a series of posts in which we will explore building applications with the Play Framework. Today we will focus on creating a very simple barebones application and applying some tests to it. Starting A Skeleton Application Complete sample code for this article can be found at play-samples/minimal. The only prerequisite […]

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Posted on Dec 24, 2014 by

Five Key Technologies for 2015

While we keep our eye on all kinds of emerging technologies, here are five in particular we'll be paying attention to in 2015: 1. The Containerization of the Data Center We don't typically get involved in the server management side of things, but of course it makes a difference in how we deploy our applications. […]

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Posted on Dec 23, 2014 by

Technologies we’re watching for early 2015

A group of Charioteers sat down last week to discuss some of the technologies and tools we have been and will be watching in 2015. Some of these are beginning to establish themselves in the enterprise and some are still in early stages of adoption. Many of these topics will be covered at the upcoming […]

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Posted on Dec 01, 2014 by

My $scope Is Not Your Dumping Ground

This little problem came up in my recent AngularJS/Ionic app. It all started with an innocent modal dialog. There are several, but for the sake of simplicity, let's look at the login dialog: The generic dialog plumbing is a div with a surrounding overlay that dims out the rest of the screen. You can click […]

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Posted on Nov 18, 2014 by

Has Microsoft turned over a new leaf?

For the last twelve years, when someone asks what technologies we work with, the short answer has been "non-Microsoft." Sure, some of our clients run Windows servers or use SQL Server, but we've never built .NET applications. Faced with Windows, we'd run a Java stack, or occasionally Ruby, and more recently perhaps Scala. Why is […]

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Posted on Nov 12, 2014 by

AngularJS & Ionic: CSS Library Selection

Recently I kicked off the redesign of a desktop/tablet Web application. It's too big for a phone, but ought to work equally well for the other two. (Brace yourself for the content: it's for designing futuristic cars-with-guns. :) The first step was selecting a JavaScript application framework. I chose AngularJS for the usual reason -- […]

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Posted on Nov 12, 2014 by

JavaScript Apps – To Bower or not to Bower

We've seen a little internal debate on the best way to start up and lay out new JavaScript-based apps. To Bower There is no real 'build-and-deliver' safety net that Java apps have in Maven with the central repo. CDNs and library locations can go down (the npm central registry has gone down like GitHub has). […]

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Posted on Nov 10, 2014 by

JavaScript’s Odd Parts – Configurable Functions as a DSL

As some of you may be moving from Java to JavaScript, you'll find there are a number of ways to program - using objects, functions, or a hybrid approach. A common style of API you'll see in the wild lends itself to expressive object definitions, while at the same time being easy to use to […]

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Posted on Nov 04, 2014 by

AngularJS 2.0 – Bold new step into typed JS and ES 6 – not without concerns…

A summary of the concerns around the recent AngularJS 2.0 announcements at ng-europe 2014, with links to source material, projects and articles. Is there real cause for concern here or is the team just a step ahead of everyone else? Read on to find out.

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Posted on Oct 15, 2014 by

At Chariot Solutions, Engagement Requires an “Inspirational Environment”

It always gets our attention when we receive a press release from a company touting its commitment to employee engagement, so we followed up on a recent release from Chariot Solutions to find out why

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