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Intellectual Property! Patents! Copyrights! Trade Secrets! Trademarks! Oh My!

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Intellectual Property! Patents! Copyrights! Trade Secrets! Trademarks! Oh My!

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net These five terms are often used interchangeably while they each possess very different meanings.  This post will define what each of these terms mean and provide an overview how they can be utilized in the software consulting world.  Since this article is written by a lawyer, a couple of disclaimers are in order:

Required Reading 4: Assessing Accessibility

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Required Reading 4: Assessing Accessibility

Recently for a client, I was asked to lead the 508 accessibility testing efforts for multiple sites.  When working on a government client engagement, 508 compliance is essential for any site deployment, software, web application, and hardware applications (computers, networks, peripherals, etc.)   The legislation was put into place with the belief that if Federal agencies

On meetings and coming together

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On meetings and coming together

It is hard to justify calling a meeting. Do all five of these people need to be here for the next hour? Are we brainstorming? Is something unclear? Brainstorming during a meeting is not always a good use of time. When is the last time that, when called upon, you were able to summon all

Then One Day It Happens…

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Then One Day It Happens…

Image: nokhoog_buchachon / FreeDigitalPhotos.net You’ve joined an elite team of engineers and administrators tasked to oversee your company’s technological needs.  As your company’s ambitious marketing teams generate more and more buzz, you find that with each day your job circles increasingly around growing your business’s capacity.  Months go by filled with unhindered efforts in project

Is that Email Address Valid?

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Is that Email Address Valid?

One thing that is important with today’s web-based applications is input validation – making sure that what the user typed in a field is a value that you expect and allow. Making “first name” required, checking that a product’s price is not negative, or that a bonus percentage isn’t more than 50% – things like

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