How to run an Angular Application on a local development server


After we've created an Angular App and have it open in our text editor we will want to see what the app looks like so we can test it.  To do that, we need to run the Angular app on our machine and we can't do that without a server.  Luckily, when we created the app, it came with a local development server already built-in. Once we are ready to view the app all we need to do is make sure, in our command prompt, that we are currently located inside of the app's folder like so:       And [...]

How to run an Angular Application on a local development server2019-09-05T14:26:42-04:00

How to download and install the Angular Command Line Interface (CLI)


Angular is becoming a very popular JavaScript framework that allows you to create single-page applications (SPAs).  It's backed/created by Google and it's not too hard to get an app up and running.  This post will discuss what you need to install and what you need to do to get the Angular command-line interface (CLI) working so you can begin developing Angular apps. The first thing you'll need to do is go to nodejs.org Once you're there, download and install the "current version".  During the installation, keep all the default settings, you don't need to change anything.           [...]

How to download and install the Angular Command Line Interface (CLI)2019-09-05T14:30:18-04:00

How to create a placeholder on a select dropdown in HTML


In HTML there's this nifty attribute called the placeholder.  If you were to create an input text box like this: <input type="text" placeholder="Type Here"> It would create a text box with a placeholder in it which you can see below:     The text "Type Here" will disappear when you start to type anything into the box and it will re-appear when you delete it.  It's a useful way to prompt the user to do what you want and not lose any space by doing so.  But what about drop-down menus like this?       This is the HTML code [...]

How to create a placeholder on a select dropdown in HTML2019-09-05T14:52:03-04:00

The Difference Between Double and Single Quotes in PHP


In PHP, the difference between using double or single quotes is quite large unlike other languages like JavaScript.  The main difference, that I believe is most important, is you can use variables inside of double quotes in wherein single quote statements you cannot.  For example, if I have a variable set like so: $age = 22; And I wanted to use it in an echo statement I could do this with single quotes: echo 'I am ' . $age . ' years old'; That would work fine, it would print out to the page "I am 22 years old" just like [...]

The Difference Between Double and Single Quotes in PHP2019-09-05T14:56:35-04:00

How To Use The Ternary Operator in JavaScript


In JavaScript, there is a thing called the ternary operator.  It's a fancy term for a shorthand way to write an if statement.  To compare and contrast let's take a look at the long way of creating an if statement: if(x==1){ alert("There is " + x + " apple"); }else{ alert("There are " + x + " apples"); } This example is checking the value of x and if it's 1 it will alert "There is 1 apple".  If it's not 1, it will alert, "There are 3 apples" or whatever the number is that was put in there.  Well, there's [...]

How To Use The Ternary Operator in JavaScript2019-09-05T15:03:53-04:00

How to Loop Through an Array in JavaScript


Video version of this post: In JavaScript, there's a helpful way to access every item that's in an Array and it's called a for in loop.  It has the functionality, by default to go through and only run however many times there are items in the array.  To take a look at this we can set up an array like so: var ninjaTurtles = ["Leo", "Ralph", "Don", "Mikey"]; Now we could use a for loop and go through it like so: for(i=0;i<ninjaTurtles.length;i++){ document.write(ninjaTurtles[i]+"<br>"); } This works and it would print out all their names to the page, but this way requires [...]

How to Loop Through an Array in JavaScript2019-09-05T15:09:28-04:00

How to autoplay a video using HTML 5 in Chrome


Chrome is a great browser but sometimes it has a lot of security features that end up conflicting with your code and what you're trying to do.  For example, they added a feature that won't play a video on a website if the sound is enabled.  It will block it because it doesn't want the user hearing an unwanted video.  Using the HTML5 video tag, if I were to add a video to a page that has the controls visible, autoplays, and loops the code would look like this: <video controls autoplay loop> <source src="movie.mp4" type="video/mp4"> </video> The issue with this is Chrome [...]

How to autoplay a video using HTML 5 in Chrome2019-09-05T15:16:49-04:00

How to fade in content using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript


Sometimes we want our content to make a cool entrance on a webpage.  Luckily, using CSS and HTML, we can do just that by easily fading something onto the page.  First thing we'll need to do is create a HTML page like so: <!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Select Tag</title </head> <body> <div id="fademe">Fade me in!</div> </body> </html> This is your typical HTML page that has a div with an id of fademe.  We will be fading the div in later with the text "Fade me in!".  The first thing we'll need to do is create the CSS inside the [...]

How to fade in content using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript2019-09-05T15:22:19-04:00

QlikView – Formatting Expressions in List Boxes


When adding an expression to a list box, one of the common complaints is that the numbers displayed are devoid of any number formatting.  This is especially frustrating when displaying large numbers without commas to ease readability. What most beginning report developers try is to format the values with the Number tools in the list box’s properties. […]

QlikView – Formatting Expressions in List Boxes2016-01-15T15:35:00-05:00

Paragraph Shading in Adobe InDesign CC 2015


Select only the paragraphs you want shaded. Having a background color for a paragraph in InDesign has always been possible. Just use the selection tool and set the fill color to the background color of your choice. If there were several paragraphs in the text frame, use the rectangle tool to draw a rectangle the size of the paragraph you wanted shaded. Set the fill color to the appropriate shade and then place it behind the paragraph. Just remember to group the rectangle with the text frame, otherwise moving one will not necessarily move the other. Do this a dozen or [...]

Paragraph Shading in Adobe InDesign CC 20152015-12-31T21:52:08-05:00

Google AdBirds : April Fool’s!


If your company uses Google AdWords to advertise your services or products and you logged in to your Google AdWords account today, you might have noticed a new option. With a tongue-in-cheek message "Let your ads take flight with AdBirds..." a link will take you to the following page, which promises to take your campaign to "new heights by placing ads on real birds."  Guess we'll have to add that topic to our Google AdWords Training Course! Funny stuff Google!  

Google AdBirds : April Fool’s!2014-04-08T12:03:25-04:00

PowerPivot vs. Tableau


With the increasing importance on business intelligence tools in today's business environment, it's important to know the difference between products. Especially because many product vary widely in price, but can sometimes offer similar functionality. For instance, two popular BI tools, Tableau and PowerPivot (from Microsoft) have many comparable features but one (depending on the version and functionality you need) is free (that would be PowerPivot.) While the other, Tableau can cost in the thousands of dollars - again, depending on the version and functionality you need. Luckily, there are several great sites that have compared PowerPivot and Tableau and provide a [...]

PowerPivot vs. Tableau2013-10-07T15:28:54-04:00

Download Free Copy of SAP Crystal Presentation Design (formerly Xcelsius Present)


Until December 31, 2010, you can download a fully licensed version of SAP Crystal Presentation Design (formerly known as Xcelsius Present) for FREE! This is value of $195.00! With SAP Crystal Presentation Design you can quickly and easily create dashboards, graphs and interactive gauges from data in a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. The tool requires no programming knowledge: simply point and click to create your interactive dashboards and then share your results with other people in your organization. Your intended audience doesn’t even need to have SAP Crystal Presentation Design installed to take full advantage of all of the dashboard features – [...]

Download Free Copy of SAP Crystal Presentation Design (formerly Xcelsius Present)2013-06-21T22:30:05-04:00

.NET Entity Framework 4.0 Reference


Getting confused with all of the different data access technologies that are currently in play when it comes to .NET? LINQ, ADO.NET, the Entity Framework. For an excellent overview of all of them, and a deep dive into the Entity Framework 4.0 see this great article on dotnetcurry.com. And check out our ASP.NET MVC training course to gain hands-on experience with the Entity Framework.

.NET Entity Framework 4.0 Reference2013-06-21T22:34:11-04:00