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‘Busy’ Is Not a Badge of Honour.

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Filed under Corporate Culture, Developing Teams, Growth & Development

When people ask you how work is, do you reflexively respond ‘work is busy’?  While you likely have many outstanding tasks on your plate and projects that need your diligent attention, ask yourself these two questions:

1) Is ‘being busy’ part of your self identity?

2) Does ‘being busy’ mean that you are also productive?

Paul Andrew, a blogger with theLeadershipCoach.com, suggests that if being busy = part of your self concept, then something is amiss.

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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates People

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Filed under Corporate Culture, Developing Teams

By Daniel H. Pink

Original Source: The RSA Animate: ‘DRIVE – The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us’

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Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11

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Filed under .NET, Productivity, Usability

As a developer, have you worked with a company that refuses to migrate from Internet Explorer 8 to a newer version Internet Explorer due to compatibility issues? Microsoft has done a ton of work to improve Internet Explorer between version 8 and 11:

  • Web apps load twice as fast
  • Redesigned script engine
  • Redesigned layout engine
  • Hardware accelerated graphics

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It is a shame that many companies are not using Internet Explorer 11 because of compatibility issues.

Enter Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11. Enterprise Mode provides compatibility benefits for sites designed for Internet Explorer 8 and even Internet Explorer 7. Enterprise Mode will fix many common issues, but not all compatibility issues. Areas addressed by Enterprise Mode include:

  • Changes to user agent string
  • ActiveX controls and other binaries
  • Deprecated functionality
  • Pre-caching and pre-rendering

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robp

SharePoint 2013 – Document Set/Welcome Page Issue

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Filed under SharePoint

In a recent SharePoint 2013 project, I created a custom document set content type deployed as a feature and after I added this content type to a document library I customized the document set Welcome Page by adding some web parts to it. Later in the project, I needed to add some new columns to this document set content type. I added the columns as site columns and then added the columns to the site content type and set “Update all content types inheriting from this type?” equal to “Yes”.

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Do You Suffer from the Dunning-Kruger Effect?

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Filed under Corporate Culture, Developing Teams

Arrogance is not inspiring. But why is arrogance common on I.T. project teams? Why do self-proclaimed experts abound, even though we know this is poisonous on a high-knowledge project? Jeffrey Way has an explanation …
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The Danger of Reactive Communications as a Management Approach

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Filed under Corporate Culture, Developing Teams, Growth & Development

Reactive communications is the opposite of transparency; it is when management withholds information until every possible detail is known, and the event itself has finally occurred. The employees are not informed before the event, nor are employees engaged as part of the input and analysis process.

Reactive communications are impersonal, crafted, spun, and often written or recorded as opposed to spoken face-to-face. Most of all: reactive communications are delivered well after employees have a chance to provide input. Business authors Jo Ann Sweeney and Roger D’Aprix explain more about reactive communications, and how this is becoming a tragic trend of distrust in modern corporations…

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SharePoint 2013 – Get Item ID in Search Display Template for Document Library

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My use case was to customize the SharePoint 2013 search results (in a search results web part) for a document to include a link to a custom edit page for the metadata associated with the document. I decided to use a copy of the Item_Default.html search display template as a starting point. Looking at the JavaScript in this page and debugging in it a browser I was able to determine (to my surprise) that the list item ID I need to pass in with the URL I am adding is not already available in the ctx.CurrentItem object. Thanks SharePoint!

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Marc-Julien Objois

Why WPF? Presentation (It’s In The Name)

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Filed under .NET

In my previous post about WPF data binding, I outlined the first of two reasons I like WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation), especially having been wary of Windows Forms programming in the past.

The second reason I like WPF is that the visual elements are completely decoupled from the way they are displayed. A button is a button because it is an area of the screen that you click on, that changes in appearance when clicked, and performs an action if you let go of your mouse cursor or finger while still pressing that object. A button isn’t a button because it is a grey rectangle that displays text and performs an action when clicked.
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