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Your First Day on the Job at BizStream

By Blair Compston on June 12, 2017

I don’t know about you but I have had some less than stellar first days on the job, where the day is full of paperwork and downtime sitting around waiting on managers or others to “get around to me.” It sort of makes sense right? You’re new, you don’t really understand the nuances of the company, your position, or...
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My Road to Finding Success

By Ian TeGrootenhuis on May 23, 2017

As a young developer I recognize that one of my main weakness is my inexperience. In Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success, chapter 2 really stood out to me. In this chapter, Gladwell explains the 10,000 hour rule. 10,000 hours is the number of hours it takes to master a skill. In striving for that goal there is one big hurdle...
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Five Reasons to Challenge Yourself

By Josh Rubino on May 09, 2017

On June 3rd, 2017, nine members of team BizStream will be electrocuted. Each team member will run through a 50 ft stretch of dangling live wires that will send 10,000 volts of electricity coursing through their bodies. Now before you call the silent observer and report mistreatment in the workplace, you should know that everyone on this team...
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How to Improve Your SQL Server Database Performance with Indexing

By Ryan Zuwala on March 23, 2017

Many developers believe that database performance tuning is entirely the responsibility of a database administrator (DBA). After all, a DBA’s job is to administer database servers, right? And shouldn’t that responsibility encompass the smooth, efficient operation of the database? Well, yes, strictly speaking. But it’s important...
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Customer Support - How We keep Our Clients Happy

By Albert Hovingh on March 14, 2017

At BizStream, we pride ourselves on keeping our clients happy. One way do that is through our support process.  Right now, our support process is lightning fast. The vast majority of our cases are looked at and responded to within one hour of a request. We even have automation that, in some cases, lets us see problems that arise in the...
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4 Entity Framework EDMX Tips to Help You Out of a Jam

By Cory VandenBout on February 14, 2017

Have you ever tried to change the structure of your database, or include a new table in your database-first EDMX, only to find that when you go to rebuild your solution you get about 1,837 new errors? “How can this be?!”, you might ask. “The database is setup right! The code worked fine 2 minutes ago! I just added a new table...
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How I Spent 5 Days In Dark Theme, And Lived To Tell About It

By Budd Wright on December 20, 2016

Around BizStream, I’m one of the older developers, and while that means I’m smarter wiser than everyone else, it also typically means I’m set in some of my ways with how I go about doing things. One of those things is the fact that I still use the basic, default Light Theme that Microsoft automatically sets for you during the...
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How to Get Paged XML Data From SQL 

By Albert Hovingh on December 07, 2016

Originally when I started a project to export my SQL data over to a web service with XML, I imagined it would be a pretty standard thing, right? Quite a few web services rely on XML, and any large amount of data would have to be paged if you are sending it across different servers. Unable to find a tutorial on this topic I decided to fill in the...
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How I Climbed a Mountain Using Exploratory Software Testing

By Josh Trench on November 22, 2016

Whew, what a trip it was! Above 9,000 ft and lifelong dreams being fulfilled with, of all things, a sprinkling of software testing thrown in there. I had the amazing opportunity to climb  Mt. Shuksan, a 9,127’ mountain in Washington State. Before the trip took place there was a fair amount of “you are going to do what?!?&rdquo...
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Dynamic Site Options in Kentico

By Chris Hamm on November 17, 2016

If you’ve been following our BlogStream you’ve probably saw a previous post about some modularization work we did for a client so they could easily update color themes on their regional mini-sites. All of these regional sites live within the same content tree, utilize the same templates and page types, and point to the same physical...
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