Section 508 Standards and Testing

Have you been given the task of running a 508 audit against a site? Or perhaps you’re building a site that needs to be 508 compliant and want to know what that even means? Then this guide is for you! It will give you a great starting point that will explain exactly what Section 508 Standards are and walk you through how to check if a site is compliant with these standards using free tools.

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Built-In and Custom AngularJS Filters

Now that you knowBuilt-In_and_Custom_AngularJS_Filters_Kayla_Funke_Easy_Dynamics.png how to write custom AngularJS directives and how AngularJS helps validate forms, let’s move on to the next great feature. AngularJS filters make it easy to display a subset of items from a collection. They are used with directives like ng-options and ng-repeat. Read this guide to learn how to decipher their syntax and even write your own. 

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4 Tips on How to Best Utilize Your Mentor-Mentee Relationship

This blog post is written for peopleAl_Mentor_Post_Graphic.png who hear that having a mentor can be very helpful for their career, but don’t know why or what to expect. I’ve been asked to mentor many people in the past, from people just starting their career to first line managers, and have found that many people approach the process wrong. People seeking a mentor often start their first meetings with a mentor by just talking about how things are going in their lives at home or in the workplace. While this may be a pleasant conversation, it really doesn’t let the mentor and mentee discuss anything in a meaningful way. Here are four tips to anyone who is either being assigned to work with a mentor or is thinking about asking somebody to be their mentor:

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Improving Vendor-Provided Visio Stencils that are Less than Great

As an IT professional, I’ve had occasion to use Microsoft Visio perhaps two or three thousand times. Given that it has been the de facto standard in creating visual representations of complex architectures and other technological concepts for close to two decades, it’s likely you’ve encountered the tool yourself.

Generally speaking, it’s all well and good to open the application, choose applicable stencils for your project (bundled or those you’ve downloaded from a third party), and start dragging shapes onto the page. A few labels and some strategically placed lines, and you’ve got yourself a passable diagram ready to share with your colleagues… yay. There are sometimes, however, when one of these third parties make available a well-intended, but ultimately awful, set of stencils that they invite you to use to document their nifty widgets and doodads… thus was my experience recently when I downloaded Amazon’s AWS Visio stencils, and this blog post details what I did about it.

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AWS Certification – Solutions Architect Training Insights

AWS Certification Solutions Architect - Associate Level by Buddy Brooks at Easy Dynamics

Amazon Web Services offers certification testing for IT professionals interested in advancing their careers in the Amazon realm.

In September 2015, I completed the certification exam for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. It is by far one of the most difficult certification exams I have ever taken. The exam is designed to measure your “technical expertise in desinging and deploying scalable, highly available, and fault tolerant systems on AWS.”  Continue reading “AWS Certification – Solutions Architect Training Insights”

How to Install Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (Part 1)

If you would like to become a System Administrator, you want to become familiar with any Operation Systems that manage your organization. The Windows Server 2012 R2 is one of the most common servers (provided by Microsoft) one should know. When you first time install any of the software or OS, you may be frustrated with all of the steps but I am here to demonstrate how easy the process of the Windows Server 2012 R2 installation can be. If you follow along, you will succeed in your first time installation.

I’m writing my series in the following order to ensure a smooth process for a first-time user. Read along and you’ll find it much easier than you thought it would initially going in:

  1. Installing Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (the current post)
  2. Installing Domain Controller
  3. Join the Domain

Today, in Part 1, I will demonstrate how to install Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard. Let’s get started!

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How to Add a Custom Action to the Grid When Using bootstrapTable

Say you’re a web applications developer. Say you have a requirement for a grid. Say you’ve decided, like so many others, that you are not an idiot and have therefore chosen to use the “bootstrapTable” package instead of committing slow painful suicide by trying to code it all yourself. Good move!

But there are of course downsides to using packages, and a big one is that no matter how friendly the creator is, and how much customizing he offers, there’s always that one requirement you need to implement that just isn’t available.  This post is about adding action buttons above the grid itself, to accompany the “Columns” and “Refresh” buttons provided. Continue reading “How to Add a Custom Action to the Grid When Using bootstrapTable”

Syncing Options For SharePoint User Profiles

It seems no matter the number of SharePoint farms I’ve installed and configured, I never seem to breeze through the setup of User Profile Service like I hope. I am the type of person who believes in going for the latest and greatest, which is why I naturally tend towards the FIM-based User Profile Sync Service for connecting UPS to Sync SharePoint User Profiles graphic quote Jeff Woltz at Easy DynamicsActive Directory. If you go into the User Profile Service Application configuration page, you will notice that option is available along side the good old AD Import method.   Continue reading “Syncing Options For SharePoint User Profiles”

Form and Field Validation Best Practices

Have you ever gotten that feeling where you go to a website and can easily fill out all the information needed without any issues? A website where you actually enjoy how organized, smooth, and clean everything looks and feels? A website where you know exactly what to do, how to input the data, and the page flows and you can fill it out without moving your hands from the keyboard or touching the mouse? Websites like that are hard to find because there is a tremendous amount of work going on behind the scenes to make that user experience happen.

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Effective Monitoring of Burndown and Velocity

This blog is a continuation of the blog that I wrote about the importance of difficulty based estimations in the sprint process. In that blog, we covered how I feel it is important to distance the team from thinking in terms of time and to think of difficulty instead. Naturally, the next question to answer is: “How do I use those metrics to measure the burndown, and to a greater extent, the velocity of the team?“

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