Just as a reminder, my first book, Microsoft Access for Beginners, is still available as a free download in PDF format from Scribd.com. This book covers versions of Access through 2010 and I’m not planning on updating it further at this time but much of the information is still applicable to the current version of Access. If you’ve been wanting to get an introduction to Microsoft’s desktop database software, this is a great place to start. You’ll learn the principles of organizing data into tables, writing queries on those tables and creating the forms and reports to work with your data as needed. If you’re interested general database principles in addition to Access, please see my other book, Your First Guide to Database Design which is available from both Amazon.com (Kindle edition) and Scribd.com (PDF).
The Professional Networking Group is holding a Retooling and Refueling Workshop for Professionals transitioning back into the workforce or making a career change on April 27-29, 2015 at the College of Central Florida. Attendance is free but registration is required. Visit the Job Seeker Center’s Specialty Programs at CareerSourceCLM.com or call Robyne Fraize at 352-873-7939 ext. 1141
I admit it’s a little bit of a geek thing but I’m in the habit of wiping and reloading my computer systems at least once a year to keep everything working right. I find that, even as careful as I am about what I install, I still work with some major software and Windows systems start to slow down and get a little flaky after awhile with random hiccups that take time to track down. Sometimes, it’s easier just to take a day, back everything up and re-install Windows from scratch.
As part of my latest project, I decided to try out WampServer, the Windows development environment for developing web applications with Apache web server, MySQL database and PHP scripting (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP – WAMP). Packages like WampServer and EasyPHP are simplified ways to create a testing environment on your PC without spending a lot of time downloading, installing and configuring the individual components. The package also includes utilities such as PHPMyAdmin and SQLBuddy for managing your MySQL databases and writing SQL queries. The software is available in 32- and 64-bit versions and the installation is pretty straightforward.
If you’ve been wanting to learn how to design websites with ASP.NET, here’s your chance! Check out my latest three-part series on OcalaITPros.com where I explain the basics of Microsoft’s ASP.NET framework and how it’s used to create dynamic websites. This series will guide you through creating and publishing a sample application completely from scratch. The series is based on my speaking notes from a recent meeting of the Ocala I.T. Professionals.
Part I – What is ASP.NET?
Learn about the difference between static and dynamic websites and how ASP.NET is used to serve dynamic content.
Part II – Getting Started with Visual Studio and ASP.NET
Installing Visual Studio 2013 Community and starting your first ASP.NET project.
Part III – Building and Publishing Your ASP.NET Application
Completing your ASP.NET project, testing it on on your local machine and publishing it to a hosting service.
The College of Central Florida Simulation & Automation Program is holding an Open House on Thursday, February 19, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Klein Center at 3001 S.W. College Road in Ocala. See the poster below and call (352)873-5855 or e-mail XCEL-IT@cf.edu for more information.
CareerSource for Citrus / Levy / Marion Counties is sponsoring a hiring event for Childhood Development Services on February 19, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at their Lecanto, FL location. See the poster below for more information.
One of the hard questions for someone starting their own service or consulting business is “How much should I charge per hour?”. You need to charge enough to cover your expenses and make the business profitable but you don’t want to charge so much that prospective clients never call back.
After you’ve bought your new laptop computer, taken it out of the box and set it up, your next thought might naturally be “What am I going to carry this in?”. That laptop you just spent hundreds of dollars for is sitting there on your desk and looks naked and unprotected without one of those fancy laptop bags that will protect your new computer when you take it on trips or to the coffee shop. They’re also great for carrying cords and extra gear as well as a few papers now and then.
When writing programs, it’s often necessary to perform repeating operations on collections of items such as customer orders or invoices. Often, you can just iterate through the collection or count the items to determine how many times to perform the operation. When working with a hierarchy of items such as a directory structure where you have an unknown and varying number of levels under each branch, it’s a different story. For this, the typical method is to use recursive programming, often just called recursion. This is a method in which one routine is designed to analyze the items on one level of the hierarchy, look for any sublevels and then call itself to analyze each sublevel. Each time the routine calls itself, it creates another instance of itself that works independently until it’s finished and then returns to the instance that called it.