Pouring KL&A’s passion and knowledge of technology, business and fancy coffee into a blog.
Pouring KL&A’s passion and knowledge of technology, business and fancy coffee into a blog.
COTS vs Custom Software – Which One is Worth the Investment?

COTS vs Custom Software – Which One is Worth the Investment?

Blog Barista: Jessica Davis | April 24, 2019 | Web Development | Brew time: 5 min
Purchasing new software systems can be a daunting task. Should you buy a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product or contract a vendor to build a customized solution? Both options have advantages, drawbacks, and risks that must be carefully weighed to select the best option…

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For the Aspiring User Experience Pro

For the Aspiring User Experience Pro

Everything I Wish I Knew When Becoming a UX Designer
Blog Barista: Tommy Truong | Apr 17, 2019 | Career Hacks | Brew time: 9 min
Recently, I had the honor of being invited to speak at the Michigan State University Experience Architecture (XA) Club about my experiences as a User Experience (UX) professional. As I prepared for this talk, I realized there’s a lot I wish I knew…

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A Tour of Blazor

A Tour of Blazor

The Experimental Framework Everyone is Talking About
Blog Barista: Anthony Wolf | April 10, 2019 | Web Development | Brew time: 6 min
As a web developer, who started out only a few years ago with ASP.NET MVC 3 and Javascript / jQuery, I’ve often daydreamed about what life might be like if I could get the level of compile-time control over front end code…

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Behind Every Successful Person Is Someone Who Cares

Behind Every Successful Person Is Someone Who Cares

What It Means to Be a Clapper
Blog Barista: John Leigh | Apr 4, 2019 | Culture | Brew time: 5 min
I’m a strong supporter in what well-known actor and comedian George Burns said, “behind every successful person there is a clapper.” Successful people are supported by others who encourage them to seek their dreams…

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7 Things to Consider Before You Refactor Your Code

7 Things to Consider Before You Refactor Your Code

Everything You Should Think About Before Rewriting
Blog Barista: Sam Nadarajan | Mar 27, 2019 | Development Practices | Brew time: 5 min
As a developer, have you ever been in a situation where you needed to add a feature to an existing part of an application and then realized that the existing code could have been better designed and/or written?…

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“Where Are You Sitting These Days?”

“Where Are You Sitting These Days?”

The Pros and Cons of On-Site Consulting
Blog Barista: Dana Graham | Mar 13, 2019 | Project Management | Brew time: 5 min
Most consulting practices have their staff work at the client’s site, which allows for close interaction and improved services among consultants. But that means, as a consultant, you don’t always have the same routine or a standard…

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Command Your Arduino from Anywhere, Part 1 – Port Forwarding

Command Your Arduino from Anywhere, Part 1 – Port Forwarding

Blog Barista: Greg Antrim | Feb 27, 2019 | Internet of Things | Brew time: 7 min
In my previous post I showed you how to wire an ESP8266 module to your Arduino and connect it to your local Wi-Fi network. This allowed you to send web requests from your Arduino to the internet and send HTTP requests to your Arduino while on your local network…

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Building Applications Using Firebase, Part 6: Cloud Storage

Building Applications Using Firebase, Part 6: Cloud Storage

Blog Barista: Michael O’Keefe | Feb 20, 2019 | Web Development | Brew time: 9 min
It’s here! It’s here! Welcome back friends, you have arrived at the last part of the Firebase Series. Today we’ll be building out the user profile page to allow a user to view, edit and delete reviews as well as upload…

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Building Applications Using Firebase, Part 5: Cloud Functions

Building Applications Using Firebase, Part 5: Cloud Functions

Blog Barista: Michael O’Keefe | Feb 14, 2019 | Web Development | Brew time: 11 min
Welcome to Part 5 of my Firebase series, you’re getting close to the end! At this point, we have a public facing application leveraging HTTPS and Google Clouds extensive CDN. In this part, we will be focusing on using Cloud Functions…

read more
COTS vs Custom Software – Which One is Worth the Investment?

COTS vs Custom Software – Which One is Worth the Investment?

Blog Barista: Jessica Davis | April 24, 2019 | Web Development | Brew time: 5 min
Purchasing new software systems can be a daunting task. Should you buy a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product or contract a vendor to build a customized solution? Both options have advantages, drawbacks, and risks that must be carefully weighed to select the best option…

For the Aspiring User Experience Pro

For the Aspiring User Experience Pro

Everything I Wish I Knew When Becoming a UX Designer
Blog Barista: Tommy Truong | Apr 17, 2019 | Career Hacks | Brew time: 9 min
Recently, I had the honor of being invited to speak at the Michigan State University Experience Architecture (XA) Club about my experiences as a User Experience (UX) professional. As I prepared for this talk, I realized there’s a lot I wish I knew…

A Tour of Blazor

A Tour of Blazor

The Experimental Framework Everyone is Talking About
Blog Barista: Anthony Wolf | April 10, 2019 | Web Development | Brew time: 6 min
As a web developer, who started out only a few years ago with ASP.NET MVC 3 and Javascript / jQuery, I’ve often daydreamed about what life might be like if I could get the level of compile-time control over front end code…

Behind Every Successful Person Is Someone Who Cares

Behind Every Successful Person Is Someone Who Cares

What It Means to Be a Clapper
Blog Barista: John Leigh | Apr 4, 2019 | Culture | Brew time: 5 min
I’m a strong supporter in what well-known actor and comedian George Burns said, “behind every successful person there is a clapper.” Successful people are supported by others who encourage them to seek their dreams…

7 Things to Consider Before You Refactor Your Code

7 Things to Consider Before You Refactor Your Code

Everything You Should Think About Before Rewriting
Blog Barista: Sam Nadarajan | Mar 27, 2019 | Development Practices | Brew time: 5 min
As a developer, have you ever been in a situation where you needed to add a feature to an existing part of an application and then realized that the existing code could have been better designed and/or written?…

“Where Are You Sitting These Days?”

“Where Are You Sitting These Days?”

The Pros and Cons of On-Site Consulting
Blog Barista: Dana Graham | Mar 13, 2019 | Project Management | Brew time: 5 min
Most consulting practices have their staff work at the client’s site, which allows for close interaction and improved services among consultants. But that means, as a consultant, you don’t always have the same routine or a standard…

Command Your Arduino from Anywhere, Part 2 – Ngrok + Middleman Server

Command Your Arduino from Anywhere, Part 2 – Ngrok + Middleman Server

Blog Barista: Greg Antrim | March 6, 2019 | Internet of Things | Brew time: 12 min
Welcome to Part 2 of the Command Your Arduino from Anywhere. In case you missed it, we covered port forwarding in Part 1. While that method was easy to implement, it had a few limitations. Today’s post offers an alternative method…

Command Your Arduino from Anywhere, Part 1 – Port Forwarding

Command Your Arduino from Anywhere, Part 1 – Port Forwarding

Blog Barista: Greg Antrim | Feb 27, 2019 | Internet of Things | Brew time: 7 min
In my previous post I showed you how to wire an ESP8266 module to your Arduino and connect it to your local Wi-Fi network. This allowed you to send web requests from your Arduino to the internet and send HTTP requests to your Arduino while on your local network…

Building Applications Using Firebase, Part 6: Cloud Storage

Building Applications Using Firebase, Part 6: Cloud Storage

Blog Barista: Michael O’Keefe | Feb 20, 2019 | Web Development | Brew time: 9 min
It’s here! It’s here! Welcome back friends, you have arrived at the last part of the Firebase Series. Today we’ll be building out the user profile page to allow a user to view, edit and delete reviews as well as upload…

Building Applications Using Firebase, Part 5: Cloud Functions

Building Applications Using Firebase, Part 5: Cloud Functions

Blog Barista: Michael O’Keefe | Feb 14, 2019 | Web Development | Brew time: 11 min
Welcome to Part 5 of my Firebase series, you’re getting close to the end! At this point, we have a public facing application leveraging HTTPS and Google Clouds extensive CDN. In this part, we will be focusing on using Cloud Functions…

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