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A Culture of Philanthropy

Gabriel Gomez

Here at Tallan, we take great pride in nurturing a culture that offers many opportunities for our employees to volunteer in philanthropic efforts. From golf tournaments to 5K marathons, our employees are always eager to participate in events that help give back to our local communities and charities.
As we approach the halfway point of the 2016 year, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight some of our philanthropic efforts so far, and the exciting opportunities we have planned in the near future.
The O’Hartford 5K
This year, we were lucky enough to have a great, and very green group of staffers participate in the O’Hartford 5K on March 20th. The event was the culmination to Hartford’s weekend of St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
The event benefitted the Foodshare of Greater Hartford foundation, whose mission is to end hunger in Greater Hartford, as…

Tallan’s Dynamic Culture Recognized for High Employee Satisfaction and Retention

Gabriel Gomez

Here at Tallan, we are excited to announce our recognition as one of Hartford Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in Connecticut!
While the award is a new one for us, we have been celebrating our uniqueness for many years. Our focus on talent has been a leading driver of innovation and year over year growth, but has also lead to increased employee retention and satisfaction in the process. We are committed to bringing out the best in our team, giving them the tools and guidance to deliver innovative software applications and expand their career.

 
With an eye on expansion to Dallas/Ft. Worth this year, Tallan will continue its accelerated growth, bringing on 45 new team members this year in various regions.
“We have been lucky enough to recruit and retain truly talented technologists and business leaders over the past 30 years,” says…

Global Windows Azure Bootcamp — Tampa

Dan Fluet

Dan Fluet from Tallan will be presenting at the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp – Tampa on March 29th.
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About the event
Global Windows Azure Bootcamp
In April of 2013 we held the first Global Windows Azure Bootcamp at more than 90 locations around the globe! This year we want to again offer up a one day deep dive class to help thousands of people get up to speed on developing Cloud Computing Applications for Windows Azure. In addition to this great learning opportunity the hands on labs will feature pooling a huge global compute farm to perform diabetes research!

Analysis of a Winner!

James Curran

The Tallan CodeOff is an annual (*) event here at Tallan to challenge the development staff.  At the start of the contest, a simple programming task is emailed out to the participants, who then have an hour to complete it.  In the past, the winner was the first person to submit a correct entry.  This year, however, the contestants could take the full hour, and the winner would be whoever’s ran the fastest.
The task for this year’s contest was to take a directory full of HTML files, and strip out all unnecessary whitespace from them.  Per the HTML standard, on runs of contiguous spaces, only the first one is significant – the rest are ignored by the browser, so by removing those spaces beforehand saves disk space and shortens download time without having any effect on the appearance of the…

Getting Started with Metro Style Apps book is available for Early Release

Ben Dewey

As many of my friends know I’ve been working hard on a new book for O’Reilly called Getting Started with Metro Style Apps. This book is written for existing .NET developers who are interested in the changes introduced with the release of Windows 8. This book is intended to be a guide to developing complete Metro style apps end-to-end. If you have an idea or you are just curious about the platform, this is the place to start.
In addition to announcing my cover art (an alligator, yay), I’m happy to announce that the first few chapters are now available for download via the O’Reilly Early Release program at http://shop.oreilly.com/category/early-release.do. You can also see the work in progress and provide feedback via the O’Reilly Open Feedback Publishing System at http://ofps.oreilly.com/titles/9781449320553/

Leonard Lobel Awarded Microsoft MVP for SQL Server!

milyevsky

This month, Microsoft awarded 143 exceptional technical community leaders with the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) title and re-awarded 764 MVPs worldwide. Tallan is thrilled to announce that Lenni Lobel has been recognized as an MVP in SQL Server!
According to the Microsoft MVP Award Program Blog, there are more than 100 million social and technical community members, but only a small portion are selected to be recognized as MVPs. Members of this highly select group of experts are not Microsoft employees; they voluntarily share their passion and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others.
In addition to his role as Principal Consultant, Lenni is currently working on the new edition of Tallan’s SQL Server book, “Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2012″ (O’Reilly Media) and speaks regularly at industry conferences and user groups around the country.
Thank you and congratulations to Lenni for his commitment…

What’s New in ASP.NET MVC 3

I did a tech talk (an internal presentation for Tallan) on 11/30 with the intent to do a quick demonstration of the new features of ASP.NET MVC3.  Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), there’s are just too many new features to cover in a 45 minute presentation.
I’m writing a series of blog posts to get a bit more in-depth on the new features of MVC 3.  I’m going to divide this topic into a number of posts to allow you to pick and choose what to learn about, and to attempt to keep your attention.  All of this in one blog post would be very lengthy and could get boring rather quickly.
In this post, I’ll keep it to a quick summary of the new features and a quick description of each.  We’ll get into more depth…

Modularizing .NET Training Part 1

Craig Vallee

A challenge we have at Tallan is keeping our training up-to-date with the latest and greatest of technologies. We are constantly re-evaluating our lessons to keep up with ever changing technologies. In recent months, we have seen a shift in our client work from using traditional ASP.NET to using ASP.NET MVC 2. This has challenged our .NET developers to learn and create MVC best practices and ensure high quality deliverables. As you may know, MVC to a .NET developer can take time to understand and learn.
As an organization, we approach training from a mentor/mentee concept. This allows our trainees to have a dedicated training partner to guide him/her through the module and it allows for the mentor to learn communication and management skills. We have begun reviewing our training process, in particular our .Net training modules. With this in mind…

EF4 and WCF Data Services presentation materials from Hartford Code Camp 3

Max Weber

As some of you know, I presented on Entity Framework 4 and WCF Data Services 4 at Hartford Code Camp back on June 19th. I have posted the material from the code camp here.

ASP.NET MVC Primer – Presentation Materials

Here are the links to the material from the ASP.NET MVC 2 Primer presentation given at the 3rd Annual Hartford Code Camp on Saturday, June 19, 2010:
Powerpoint Slides: Primer.pptx
Source Code: PrimerDemoSource.zip
Disclaimer:
I have done some Very Bad Things™ in this code in order to speed up the presentation that are always considered bad practice.   The most egregious violation of best practices is the inclusion of the data access code in the controller’s action methods.  Please do not use this code as a basis for your application design, especially when it comes to best practices.  My next post will include the information covered in the advanced section along with a lot of material we never got to.  This will be a much better demonstration of proper design.
Also, look for upcoming screencasts on ASP.NET MVC2 and other development topics posted here and/or on…

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