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Mike Prestwood
1. ANSI ANSI is an acronym for American National Standards Institute.
Posted to KB Topic: DBA & Data
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2. API documentation - documenting the program code

Overview and tips for documenting an Application Programming Interface (API).

Posted to KB Topic: Technical Writing
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3. API Documentation Survey Results

In a perfect world, API documentation would contain clear, complete instructions on everything that developers need to know to use your platform. In reality, organizations have limited time and budget to create API documentation, and so organizations need to prioritize to create documentation that is most useful to the people who will use it.

SDK Bridge set out to find out what is most important to the people who use APIs by sending out a survey and asking them. We found, not surprisingly, that many thought that documentation could be better. When asked to rate quantitatively, people rated overviews, sample code, and API references the highest, followed closely by tutorials. When asked for open-ended comments, a large percentage mentioned working sample code as helpful, and an equally high percentage mentioned how important it is that documentation be complete and accurate. Two other important factors that were mentioned by several respondants are (1) it is very helpful to explain why you would use something in addition to how you use it and (2) completeness and accuracy are critical.

Posted to KB Topic: Technical Writing
6 years ago, and updated 6 years ago

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4. ASCII ASCII is an acronym for American Standard Code for Information Interchange. The ASCII set consists of 7-bit codes that represent 128 standard characters, including letters, numbers, and symbols. The first 128 characters in the ASCII set, the extended ASCII set, and the ANSI set are the same.
Posted to KB Topic: DBA & Data
14 years ago, and updated 10 years ago

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5. BDE BDE is an acronym for Borland Database Engine (previously referred to as IDAPI and before that it was ODAPI).
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6. Business Analyst: Entities and Attributes Should the analyst be responsible for collecting domain entities and attributes?
Posted to KB Topic: Analysis & UML
9 years ago

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7. Common Table Structures Reference of common table structures
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Ramesh R
8. Conceptual Thinking

Conceptual thinking deals with conceptualization theory and helps in assessing or dealing with complex situations. This is very important especially while working with user documentation projects or while performing writing of content.

Posted to KB Topic: Technical Writing
5 years ago

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Jeffrey K. Tyzzer
9. Corporate Database Administration Corporate database admin standard first published by Prestwood Software in 1996.
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15 years ago, and updated 10 years ago

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10. Crash, Bomb, Hang, and Deadlock This article explores and defines the following terms: crash, bomb, hang, deadlock, exception, fatal error, and blue screen of death.
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Peter Gruenbaum
11. Crowd-Sourcing API Documentation

Crowd-sourcing (that is, using Web-based technology to gather API documentation content from your users) has the potential to lower documentation costs and make your documentation more relevant. However, relying solely your developer community to provide documentation will result in uneven quality and coverage. I recommend a hybrid approach, where professional programmer/writers write parts of the documentation, as well as rewrite and polish content from the community. Several tools are available that enable communities to contribute documentation content. 

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Jeffrey K. Tyzzer
12. Data Element Naming Standard This paper articulates the standard for naming data elements (entity attributes).
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15 years ago, and updated 10 years ago
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Joshua Delahunty
13. Data Migration, Paradox to SQL Server

some tips for data migration, especially with bitfield, or "logical" field types.

Posted to KB Topic: DBA & Data
11 years ago, and updated 7 years ago

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14. Data Normalization - The Normal Forms

by Jeffrey K. Tyzzer. In 1970, Dr. E.F. Codd's seminal paper "A Relational Model for Large Shared Databanks" was published in Communications of the ACM. This paper introduced the topic of data normalization, so-named because, at the time, President Nixon was normalizing relations with China.

Data normalization is a technique used during logical data modeling to ensure that there is only one way to know a fact, by removing all structures that provide more than one way to know the same fact as represented in a database relation (table). The goal of normalization is to control and eliminate redundancy, and mitigate the effects of modification anomalies -- which are generally insertion and deletion anomalies. (Insertion anomalies occur when the storage of information about one attribute requires additional information about a second attribute. Deletion anomalies occur when the deletion of one fact results in the loss of a second fact).

Normalization
There are six generally recognized normal forms of a relation: first normal form, second normal form, third normal form, Boyce/Codd normal form, fourth normal form, and fifth normal form, also called projection/join normal form. Other normal forms (e.g., Domain/Key) exist but will not be discussed here. The normal forms are hierarchical, i.e., each normal form builds upon its predecessor. Although many people consider a relation to be normalized only when it is in third normal form, technically speaking, a relation in only first normal form can be considered...

Posted to KB Topic: DBA & Data
15 years ago, and updated 9 years ago

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16. Databases: Which are Best? Which databases Prestwood Software prefers - and why.
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11 years ago, and updated 9 years ago
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18. DBMonster.com http://www.dbmonster.com/
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19. ElevateDb - The New Kid on the DB Block For years, Elevate Software has provided the elegant, fast, and stable DBISAM database. They're recently released ElevateDB, an amazing follow-up.
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Peter Gruenbaum
20. Guidelines for Good Sample Code

Sample code often provides the quickest, clearest way to learn how an SDK works. If you have software engineering experience, then you should already know many principles for writing good code. However, what you may not realize is that some of the good practices that you learned for writing good production code do not apply to writing good sample code. Some techniques, such as comments and clear variable names, apply to both production code and sample code. However, there are good reasons to use hard-coded values in sample code, which should be avoided in production code, and there are good reasons to avoid object-oriented designs when writing sample code.

Posted to KB Topic: Technical Writing
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Mike Prestwood
21. Have Client Sign Requirements When youre finishing an application for a client, nothing is more frustrating than the client telling you that the application is all wrong. Do yourself a favor: During or shortly after the planning stage, be sure to echo to the client what you heard him or her say. Also consider putting your general plan in writing and have both you and your client sign it. This approach makes you a more professional consultant.
Posted to KB Topic: PSDP & Process
10 years ago, and updated 9 years ago

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Mike Prestwood
22. Learn the Three Normal Forms in One Sentence The three normal forms can be summed up in the following phrase: All the fields of a table should relate to the key, the whole key, and nothing but the key.
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23. Master Table A master table in a multitable relationship is the primary table. For every record in the master table, there can be many records in the detail table. If you are only dealing with one table, then it is the master table. A detail table in a multitable relationship is the table whose records are subordinate to those of the master table. A detail table is also called a slave table, a child table, or a many table.
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24. Naming Fields: Choose a Context Name When naming fields/columns in a table, use ONE name for the data in the field. For example, although states are called provinces and other names in other coutries, use one or the other in the database but not both. Use CompanyState, avoid CompanyStateProvince. Use labels in your website or program to switch context.
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Wes Peterson
25. ODBMS or RDBS? For several years now, Object Relational databases have intrigued many developers, myself included. Most of us also rely on more traditional RDBMS systems. Well, a debate is raging, and you're invited to join.
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26. Official UML Home Page http://www.uml.org/
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Mike Prestwood
27. Optimistic Locking A locking mechanism that allows other users to edit a record that is currently being edited. Essentially, last in wins or edits are discarded usually with an error.
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pande.dhiraj
28. ORA-00900: invalid SQL statement

The ORA-00900 error displays automatically when erp is running properly but may be caused by a constraint violation.

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10 years ago, and updated 7 years ago

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29. Oracle Berkely DB XML http://www.oracle.com/database/berkeley-db/xml/index.html
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30. oracle silent mode installation using response file You can automate the installation and configuration of Oracle software, either fully or partially, by specifying a response file when you start the Oracle Universal Installer.
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31. Pessimistic Locking A locking mechanism that prevents other users from entering edit mode on a record that is currently locked.
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32. PSDP Items A task, requirement item, design item, test script, or defect. Generically you could refer to items in PSDP as software artifacts (especially requirement items, design items, and test scripts). A PSDP Artifact is a feature that links to together a task, requirement item, design item, and test script.
Posted to KB Topic: PSDP & Process
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33. PSDP Online Linked Item Features Linked items now show up in lists, more...
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34. QC versus QA What is the difference between quality control and quality assurance?
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35. QC: PSDP Change Management Procedure

This change management procedure is specific to Prestwood Software Development Process (PSDP).  PSDP is our free process we maintain and distribute as well as use with our own clients. Althought this is specific to PSDP, you can read it with an eye toward your own change management procedure. Do you use version control software? Do you use promotion groups?

Posted to KB Topic: PSDP & Process
10 years ago, and updated 7 years ago
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36. Quality Assurance The process of comparing the features of the delivered software product with the documented requirements with the goal of verifying the product meets the original requirements.
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37. Quality Control A process employed to ensure a certain level of quality in each deliverable such as a requirements specification, a design specification, the final delivered software, etc.
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38. RAD Studio 2010 Tour! See Delphi 2010!

Embarcadero TechnologiesSee What's New in RAD Studio 2010 at a Free Seminar
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Technology is moving fast. Learn the secrets to getting the most out of RAD Studio 2010 and new Windows technologies by attending the RAD Studio 2010 Tour in a city near you. These free two-hour technical seminars, led by noted experts David Intersimone, Anders Ohlsson, Nick Hodges, or Mike Rozlog, will give you a firsthand look at new capabilities that will make you more productive and successful with Delphi--, C++Builder--, Delphi Prism-- and Embarcadero-- RAD Studio 2010.

Touch the future with Delphi, C++Builder, and Delphi Prism!

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39. Rated by MSNBC.

Technical writing is an in-demand field and rated one of the top five high-paying, low stress jobs by MSNBC.

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40. Software Artifact Any nugget discovered and developed and used during software development and maintenance. Examples are requirement items, design items, diagrams, test script, and even code itself. In PSDP, a PSDP Artifact is a specific implementation of the generic software artifact. A PSDP Artifact is used to work with a software feature from inception through testing. It links together a task, requirement item, design item, and test script. You can edit a PSDP artifact as a whole or expand any of the four linked items to include more details.
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41. SQL Server 2005 Database Diagram caveat Tip about renaming tables in SQL Server 2005
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42. SQL Server 2005 Database Diagram tool Tips on use of SQL Server 2005 Database Diagramming Tool
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43. SQL Server Express Tips on setup of SQL Server Express
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44. Standard Delimited Format (SDF) SDF is an acronym for standard delimited format. An SDF is a text file formatted in a particular style. Each field is enclosed in quotation marks and separated by a comma. Each line ends with a carriage return and a linefeed.
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45. Survey on SDK Documentation

A survey was sent to software developers and other software professionals to ask what was important in SDK documentation and where they would like to see improvement. The results indicated that the current state of typical SDK documentation is "Fair", which was the middle choice of five ("Excellent" to "Unusable"). The answers to multiple choice questions indicated that overviews, API references, sample code, and tutorials were all considered high importance, whereas blogs and forums were considered less important. When asked to write what they considered important, sample code was mentioned in 61% of the responses and overviews were mentioned in 30% of the responses. Also mentioned as important were help getting started, explanations of why something should be used, accuracy of information, and the ability to find information easily.

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46. Tab-delimited format (TDF) In a Tab-delimited format (TDF) file, each field is delimited by a tab character. Each record is delimited with a carriage return and line feed. TDF has the advantages of being immune to commas and quotation marks within the data itself.
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47. Technical Writing Domains

A large set of technical writing work have grown up and it has started spanning across several domains. Documentation is strictly a requirement by most of the companies when we look at information management techniques as a whole. Over a period of time, the documentation changes need to be tracked and verified including the release changes and changes in development/API. Technical writing is not just limited to software or hardware or products as such. It is existing across several domains. Let us try to understand the various domains in which technical writing offers it role.

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48. Using Real World Scenarios in Conceptual Documentation

Using real world scenarios when you write conceptual documentation for Software Development Kits (SDKs) is a way to give your readers ideas as to how the SDK can be used and to guide them as to what APIs are needed for commonly expected scenarios. This article guides you through how to gather information about scenarios, how to simplify them in order to make good examples, and how to lead developers through which APIs to use.

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49. Waterfall Process With the waterfall approach to developing software, one phase of the development cycle follows the other and the user is involved only at the beginning during the requirements gathering phase and at the end during the acceptance phase. The requirements gathering in the waterfall approach is critical and unless it is 100 percent perfect, the project will fall short. Other processes, including PSDP, involve the end user throughout the process ensuring a better outcome.
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50. Web API Documentation

The number of Web APIs is growing rapidly, especially with the increasing popularity of Software as a Service. Because Web APIs are still fairly new, the quality and format of their documentation varies a great deal. Good documentation is important for Web APIs because experimentation is more difficult than with local APIs. Because Web APIs are language-neutral, you may need to write sample code in a variety of different languages. Be sure to cover authentication, error handling, and HTTP information.

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51. Web, Desktop, or Hybrid: Which is the best choice?

The web has "grown up" to the point that many people now feel that it is THE way to deploy virtually everything. However, it is still primarily a document-based interface. Others believe that desktop applications are superior because they can utilize all the power of an operating system. This needn't be a debate because understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each can make it quite simple to identify the ideal deployment technology. There is also "a third way": utilize a web service to serve up data for your desktop application.

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52. Which Development Tool would YOU use?

Maybe I'm cynical, but as a developer meeting with a prospective client to gather requirements, I always wait for that one "gotcha" that turns a simple, straightforward project into a potential daymare. 

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53. Wink Software -- Author Animated Tutorials As developers, we can often help our clients (or our marketing efforts) by creating "screen cast" demos or tutorials. Here is a great tool for doing that - and it's free.
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54. You Can Help Defeat Disease An exciting, new grid computing project is underway to discover potential cures for several of the world's most devastating diseases: AIDS, West Nile Virus, and Alzheimer's disease. With virtually no trouble at all, you can be a part of it.
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