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  • Computational Information Design

    Last night, Atalasoft and Snowtide Informatics sponsored a meeting of the Western Mass Developers Group, which featured Ben Fry speaking about Computational Information Design and the Processing programming language. O’Reilly also pitched in by giving us a few copies of Ben’s book, Visualizing Data, to give away. The talk was a fascinating ...
    Posted to Lou Franco's Software Business Blog (Weblog) by loufranco on May 6, 2009
  • Roses are Red, Technical Support doesn't have to be Blue

    Before picking up the phone to call a software company's technical support, how many of these questions cross your mind? They wont talk to me until I show them the money I'll be on hold forever, just to leave a voicemail that goes unanswered I'm going to be directed to someone in India I'm going to be speaking to someone who knows less about ...
    Posted to Bill Bither's Insights (Weblog) by Bill Bither on April 18, 2008
  • Designing for Intellisense

    Atalasoft was at DevConnections this week, and I went to a some of the sessions including one on a deep dive of Linq, where I learned why Linq looks like this: from ord in orders select ord.id, ord.amount Instead of this: select ord.id, ord.amount from ord in orders The first example enables intellisense in the IDE to help you once you are ...
    Posted to Lou Franco's Software Business Blog (Weblog) by loufranco on November 9, 2007
  • Multi-Core Processor Dilemma

    Let's face it.  CPU's just aren't getting any faster anymore.  CPU's have hit a ceiling in terms of processor speed, and that ceiling seems to be at about 3Ghz.  The new thing now is packaging multiple processors in a single CPU known as multi-core processors.  Now that the cheapest of PC's include dual core's applications, ...
    Posted to Bill Bither's Insights (Weblog) by Bill Bither on February 6, 2007
  • Seven Tips for More Effective GUI Tests

    One of the things I did for our new 4.0 release was write some GUI tests with AutomatedQA's TestComplete for our new and improved AJAX Image Viewer and Thumbnail Viewer. Along the way I learned a lot about how to write and maintain automated GUI scripts that I'd like to share. This is not a review of TestComplete -- I'm sure these tips would be ...
    Posted to Lou Franco's Software Business Blog (Weblog) by loufranco on July 31, 2006
  • Atalasoft in 3D

    Part of what I'm doing puts me knee-deep in Atalasoft ImageCommands.  I was staring at some results of TintGrayscale and wondered how easy it would be to make the kind of 3D images that are a combined red and blue images with Atalasoft dotImage. Turns out, it's really easy.Here is what you need to do:1. Take two pictures of a subject with ...
    Posted to Lou Franco's Software Business Blog (Weblog) by loufranco on May 10, 2006