Case Studies



Software Application Documentation in the 21st Century

By Eric Layne on October 16th, 2014 // No Comments


Introduction With the rise of agile methodologies over the past decade, one of the lingering questions for many development shops is how to approach documentation.  The goal with agile development is to move quickly and only do enough documentation to get everyone on the same page.  While this works great during the project when everyone has the shared knowledge acquired through various conversations and whiteboard sessions, after the project is over and the application enters a maintenance p...

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Top Five Reasons to Rewrite Those Legacy Applications

By Eric Layne on August 14th, 2014 // No Comments

pad and pen

Many companies make use of custom developed applications that address specific business needs in unique ways.  These applications can be large or small; some are home-grown, department-level applications that automate some kind of internal process, while others drive the entire business and provide a competitive advantage.  If your organization has been around for more than 10 years and makes use of custom developed applications, there is a good chance that some of your apps fall into the “l...

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Mobile Application Development with jQuery Mobile

By Eric Layne on May 15th, 2012 // No Comments


Following up on my recent post about mobile application development, I thought I would share my experience using the jQuery Mobile framework. The jQuery Mobile framework is a set of user interface components (buttons, lists, toggles, etc.) that work well on the smaller displays of mobile devices. Where a standard HTML checkbox control might be too small to effectively use on a small screen, the jQuery Mobile replacement is more “finger friendly.” In addition to the usability aspects, the jQu...

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Leveraging Web Development Skills to Build Mobile Apps.

By Eric Layne on May 1st, 2012 // No Comments

developing a mobile app to display photos

I recently had the opportunity to build my first mobile application.  It is a simple data collection application based on a form.  It’s the kind of app that has been written thousands of times to support myriad business processes.   The cool new wrinkle is that by putting it on a phone, the support staff in the field now has the ability to feed data directly into the back end system, instead of phoning a call center and dictating the details to an operator who fills out the form while seate...

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Fun with SharePoint security trimmed UI

By Eric Layne on July 13th, 2007 // No Comments

I recently had a need to add a custom web part page to my SharePoint 2007 site. Following the various examples that I found, I ended up with something like this in my elements.xml.WebPartPage.aspx is a source file included in my feature project under the PageTemplates folder. This worked fine.I then added a link to this page in my Quick Launch bar and all was good.I soon realized that the webparts that I put on this page accessed a SharePoint list that not everyone had access to. The webparts wo...

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