Edit Excel 2010 charts in record time

Editing an Excel chart was never an easy process prior to Excel 2010. For instance, if you wanted to edit a data series, you had to click on it to select it, right-click on it, and then choose Format Data Series from the shortcut menu in order to finally get to the Format Data Series…

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A Python-like alternative to JavaScript

Several programming languages have become popular that seek greater conciseness compared to languages with traditional C-based syntax. For example, in Python, code blocks are defined using indentation rather than braces, and many other common language conventions are shortened or eliminated as well. To extend this philosophy to front-end code, a new language called CoffeeScript was…

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Open source framework sophistication with Kendo UI Core

While you’re likely used to free, open source JavaScript frameworks, some popular frameworks are proprietary. For example, until the spring of2014, much of Telerik’s Kendo UI framework existed only in the commercial version. The open source “Kendo UI Web” version lacked many of the main features of the “Kendo UI Complete” version and was released…

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A handy site to test your domain’s SSL security

After the heartbleed bug was announced, a number of sites cropped up to tell you if your domain appears to be vulnerable. However, even if your site doesn’t contain this OpenSSL bug, that doesn’t mean your SSL is secure. There are a number of other common SSL security flaws, such as supporting the obsolete SSL…

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Three cloud-based alternatives to Microsoft Office

Many organizations are moving to cloud-based applications to help escape the cost of maintaining servers, supporting applications installed on multiple machines, and allowing highly mobile users to be more productive by being able to access their documents from multiple locations and machines. One of the considerations when adopting a cloud-based model is whether to use…

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How to avoid an intermediary when using remote desktop

If your servers are set up so you can RDP to one server to gain entry into the network and then RDP to a second server from there, you may wonder why not allow remote desktop connections directly to the server you want, without the intermediary step. It’s possible to make a computer directly accessible…

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Four basics to get .NET unit tests working in Visual Studio

Microsoft Visual Studio has built-in unit-testing features, which allow you to write procedures to call various parts of your .NET code and check that the results are what you expect. Typically, the testing procedures make use of the Assert object; if an assertion fails, then the test fails; otherwise, the test succeeds as long as…

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Avoid this easy mistake when troubleshooting CSS code

One of the most common ways of troubleshooting code is to comment out certain parts to see how the application would behave without them. This technique is also highly useful with CSS, since you may want to test how a site would look with certain CSS selectors or property assignments removed. However, commenting sections out…

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Trick to handling broken CDN references for libraries

Calling CDNs (content distribution networks) for commonly used libraries can help performance by taking advantage of the browser’s cache to save on loading time. However, one big downside is that a CDN may not be always be available. This is especially true if your content can be accessed offline or through an intranet. Unfortunately, when…

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