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27 Jul 2017

Squeezing Every Drop of Value Out of Office 365

Many people feel that learning to use software such as Microsoft Office is kind of like learning to ride a bike. Once you’ve learned you never forget. What they’re not taking into account is that, unlike a bicycle, Microsoft Office has never remained the same for a moment. In fact, as the suite has advanced to become a component of a much larger solution suite, Office 365, the analogy has changed. Today, it’s more like learning to ride a bike, then taking off the training wheels, then it...
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13 Jul 2017

Embrace a new way to paste in place (Illustrator CS4/CS5/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017)

Some programs offer a precise Past in Place option. Illustrator has a Paste in Front and Paste in Back, which is a great feature. But there is yet another lesser known way to paste an object in place Illustrator: Use the Rotate tool! First, choose the Selection tool from the Tools panel and then click on the object to select it. Double-click on the Rotate tool in the Tools panel to open the Rotate dialog box. Simply set the angle at 0 degrees and click Copy. Illustrator closes the dialog box...
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13 Jul 2017

Avoid this easy mistake when troubleshooting CSS code (Cascading Style Sheets)

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 using “/*” and “*/” can have unintended effects if code comments (such as descriptions of each set of related selectors) already exist within the section you’re trying...
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13 Jul 2017

Use SharePoint Search to extract survey data (SharePoint)

Analyzing trends in data is why we use surveys in the first place. If you run a survey and get questionable data results, the whole thing is pointless. Fortunately, Sharepoint Search helps to make your job a little easier— and the results can easily be exported into a report. When creating your survey, ask a question and then follow it with a multi-line text box so that respondents can a long-form answer. This way, you get hard data and unique comments. Once you have all your results, input...
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13 Jul 2017

Avoid headaches: Eliminate transitive dependency in your database design (SQL Server)

Left unchecked, transitive dependency easily causes bugs and data loss. Basically, your logic for vital information and how it’s stored is incorrectly dependent on other information. This is okay as long as nothing is ever changed, but as soon as something is added, deleted, or moved, you may unintentionally trigger a domino effect on relying data. Example: You have four columns—A, B, C and D—that store data for a restaurant: Column A contains a list of dishes the chefs can prepare, column B...
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