The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus in the recent times is being considered as the phone next door. The remarkably designed phone has been with a nearly bezel less screen which is maximized by the infinite display and a reasonable dimension for a big phone. The display has been enhanced with a water resistant stellar IP68 rating. Samsung has been immaculate once again to present to the users with a borderless and gently curved screen or what they call “Infinite Display”. The dimensions of the phone are 159.5mm x 73.4mm x 8.1mm and weighs 173g. Everything about the design of the Samsung phone indicates towards an amazing star gadget. The phone has been provided with an AMOLED Display screen and that does a really good job in appealing the enthusiasts. The screen has been modified to a ratio from 16:9 to 18.5:9.
As this sounds great, some of the recent phones have also started to include this advantage to their display designs. The resolution of the screen comes as 2960 x 1440 pixels, hence making the user interface a bedazzled experience while watching movies, sports etc. After a detailed discussion about its magnificent display, the hardware also needs to be discussed. The processor of the Samsung Galaxy S8 is extremely responsive and will run pretty fast irrespective of the processor – be it Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 (depending upon the region).
The battery life of a 3500 Li-ion nonremovable battery is considerably more due to the efficient execution of the processor which prevents lagging. The phone comes with storage of 4GB RAM and internal storage of 64BG which can be expandable up to 256GB via the microSD card. The CPU runs on a 4x2.35 GHz Kryo and 4x1.9GHz Kryo with a GPU of Adreno 540.
Human Centred Technology Improves Performance
- The phone offers with a sleek and attractive design which offers with 6.2 inch bezel less AMOLED display screen with a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels which comes equivalent to an HDR TV.
- The phone has been manufactured with a Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 (depending upon the region) regardless of which it will run faster and smoother with an extremely responsive user interface.
- The CPU runs on a 4x2.35 GHz Kryo and 4x1.9GHz Kryo with a GPU of Adreno 540. The phone comes with a 4GB RAM and an internal memory of 64GB which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.
- The user interface of the Samsung Galaxy S8 has been optimized with new settings as additional features like it always on feature- which shows notifications and the date and time even when the phone is asleep.
- The user interface can be customised by changing the theme which lacks the Bixby functionality with voice.
- The camera of the phone comes with a superb 12 megapixel camera sensor with a f/1.7 aperture teamed with dual pixels. Since the software and the sensor have been upgraded, the phone takes way better pictures than its predecessor. The multi frame shots taken every time the shutter is clicked upon, takes 3 shots at a time. The dual pixel autofocus is extremely fast and also has an effective stabilization mode. The camera is adaptable to both well-lit and less lit areas and still takes great photos. Selfie camera comes with an 8 megapixel which also has an aperture of f/1.7.
- The phone has an advantage of being water resistant and the user interface uses a haptic technology which also detects accidental touches.
- The battery comes with a 3500mAh battery which powers a 6.2 inch phone effectively. Since the software and the processor of the phone works immaculately, the battery life is a more and charges into a full battery within 1.5 hours.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus- The head turning facts
- Attractive Display Screen. The display screen has taken their slogan seriously “the next best thing” and has taken it to another level. The appearance and the resolution of the phone are stunning.
- Responsive and Extremely Fast. The processor teamed with the OS makes the phone run fast and also responsive to actions easily. It tends to work efficiently and has a huge impact on the battery life.
- Great Camera. The camera comes in a superb form of 12 mega pixel on the primary front with an aperture of f/1.7. The camera is said to take multiple frame shots, 3 shots per shutter press. The front camera offers the users with a vivid picture taking 8 megapixel cameras.
Great overall performance.
100% Efficiency Is A Myth
Bixby Feature. Bixby feature basically is a theme store which enables a voice assistant as well a vision analyser. At present the Bixby Voice Assistant is unavailable. The application also has some glitches due to which it might not work properly sometimes. The position of the fingerprint scanner is located in a bad position.
The features and functionalities of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is not only mind blowing but also keep by its slogan. It takes the display and hardware to a next level with almost zero complaints. Other than the Bixby feature which might slow down the system, there isn’t any other phone which can compete against this marvellous sleek monster!
So, you have a great idea for an app. You think there is an audience out there, and you are hell bent on developing it so that you can get it to market as soon as possible. Yes, it will be a costly project; yes, it will require hours upon hours of wireframing and development.
It’s time to take a step back and just breathe for a minute. Before you launch headlong into a complex and costly app development, make the smart choice to do the research, determine the need, and then develop an MVP that will “test the waters.”
Developing a minimum viable product is not something new, nor should it be considered a “negative.” It’s normal to want to develop the entire product from the “get-go,” but it is not wise. Consider this: Google and Dropbox both created MVP’s before they moved forward. And look where they are today.
If you have never developed an MVP before, it can seem a bit scary. How do you actually do it? Here is your simple guide to MVP development - five steps that will take you from conception to the creation of a product that can be tested and marketed before you develop full functionality.
Define the “WHY?”
If you are developing an app because you think it is cool, then you may be sorely disappointed. Every app, even a game, is built to solve a consumer problem, not your need. So, do the research. Who is your target demographic and what do they want? Creating a customer persona is a major and critical first step. From that persona, you can then identify individual consumers who are willing to participate in user acceptance testing.
Blue-Sky It – the “WHAT” – The Product Requirements Document
This is the step during which you will develop your product requirements list. It the “What” of your app.
Begin by developing a workflow diagram of exactly how your app will work. You need two columns. On the left, identify the input and on the right, the output. From this diagram, you will be able to identify the product features and create that PRD.
Your Product Requirements Document will describe in detail all of the features, relative to the design and user experience. It will become the “bible” for developers. And those developers must be “in” on these discussions, for they will determine the software architecture that will be necessary, the projected time and cost involved in each feature development, etc.
Features should also be ranked – otherwise there is no way to determine the “what” of an MVP.
Another critical piece of the product requirements document will be the criteria for release. At what point will the MVP be ready for testing by your audience? This part of your document may indeed have to wait until you have completed Step 3.
From the workflow diagram that you have crafted, it is now time to start eliminating features and functions. There is one question that you must continually ask as you move through this process – “What is the least important function of those that remain?”
As you eliminate, of course, you will want to keep a listing of what you removed and in what order. Because, once the MVP is released, tested, and proven to be successful, you will want to add those functions in the reverse order in which you took them out. Your engineers must have this list as well, so that they may what functions will be developed next and in what order.
Once you are down to the minimum viable product, you and your developers(s) can craft that section of the product requirements document that includes the criteria for release:
Are all the mandatory functions in place?
Is the app, in its current MVP state, intuitive and user-friendly?
Does performance provide a great user experience?
Short Development Sprints
Divide the development process into short chunks. As working code is developed and tested in-house, pause to ensure that each chunk is still compatible with the “why” of your product development. Sometimes, the nature of software development means that the scope of a function may change. New ideas may emerge. While these may not be on your plate right now, keep track of them for future scaling.
If a new idea is added, what will you take out? Remember, this is an MVP.
What are You Doing About a Business Plan?
If you are a first-time entrepreneur, and our app is your startup, what have you done about a plan to acquire the funding you may need to fully develop? It is time at this point to look for business plan writers, especially if your strength is in tech and not in marketing/writing. Do not wait until your MVP is finished and tested to do this. That plan must be ready to present to potential investors. At this stage in the process, you have the information you need to craft that plan, and you want it polished and ready.
The Beta Testing
Once the minimum functions are in place and once the criteria for release have been met, it is time for actual user testing. For this step in the process, you and the developer(s) must create a list of tasks you want your testers to perform.
During the testing phase, performance of tasks must be closely monitored. Where are there issues with navigation, speed, etc.? Are there “fails” that must be fixed? What bugs must be worked out?
The other key component of beta testing is tester feedback. Is their experience enjoyable? And, most important, does this product provide a solution to the problem or gap you originally identified? User feedback may also generate ideas that will cause you to re-think the additional functions you originally envisioned – all the better! Remember – it’s all about the user, not you.
Your final development revisions and “fixes” will be based upon actual user testing.
Get Your MVP and that Business Plan Out There
You may not love the idea of marketing and investment-seeking, but it is a reality you must face. There are places to start, obviously. App reviewers abound, and you can offer incentives to reviewers to perform this function for you. You may need some professional help or, at the very least, to conduct some research on your own about marketing options.
There are also an amazing number of funding resources today, so check them out and find the best options for your product.
Ecommerce. Even brick and mortar retailers also now sport a website for online shoppers. In fact, shoppers can go to an online big box retailer, purchase an item, and then pick it up at their local store. Then, of course, are the small retailers who only have an online shop. Add to that all of the newer concepts in online ecommerce, such as subscription-based product purchases (coffee-of-the-month; razor blades, diapers, etc.), and you have perhaps the most major disruption of any industry.
Successful Ecommerce Requires an Amazing Website
Given the fact that today’s consumer has the attention span of a goldfish, an ecommerce retailer has only a few seconds to engage a visitor, provide an exceptional user experience, and keep that consumer entertained, inspired, and motivated to keep looking at products/services on display.
All of this means that an ecommerce website must be exquisitely designed and developed. It must load fast; navigation must be speedy and easy; the cart and checkout process must be smooth and seamless.
How does this get accomplished?
The Early Days Vs. Now
In the beginning were a few programming languages and coders. Every part of a website had to be coded, line by line – an arduous task and one which was assumed by “gurus” of coding that accomplished mysterious miracles that no one else could understand.
But technology has a way of simplifying things. And that is just what has happened with ecommerce technology stack architecture. The components of a technology stack (called microservices) are generally created by different developers who work independently. So, in building an entire platform, there are many choices for microservices. And for those looking for the easiest solution, there are entire platforms, composed of microservices which are already configured, such as Shopify, Etsy, PayPal, or Instacart.
In essence, you will have an operating system, a web service, a database and a programming language, each with components that must be chosen based upon your current and future business goals. Choosing microservices, each one focused on a small task, will all have to support what it is you envision. But because all of those components are standalone microservices that can be easily incorporated into a platform technology stack, it is now a matter of choosing the right stack components, customizing them if and when it becomes necessary. And that is what developers do today.
The job of the ecommerce retailer is to decide what the website must have on the front-end architecture, for seamless user experience, to ensure that products are available to his customers, either through his own inventory or that of drop-shipping suppliers. Oberlo can perfectly help you with the latter. You will also need to ensure that the technology is there for product displays and descriptions, for shopping convenience, and for a perfect checkout process.
Important Considerations for the Technology Stack
Traditionally, ecommerce platforms have been built on Java/.Net/PHP and so forth. They use long-standing application servers, supported by Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). The issues crop up when a retailer needs to scale, either through expansion of product lines and/or an increase in customer base. At that point, the goal is not to sacrifice speed or responsiveness.
Typically, when scaling is necessary, there will be the requirements for increasing number of servers, load balancing, hardware, and such. And a decision must be made whether to scale horizontally (add more machines) or vertically (add more power to existing machines). Horizontal is often preferred because it utilizes less system resources and can handle larger amounts of traffic.
As an ecommerce business considers microservices architecture, they must think about the following:
They want ease of scalability and resilience
They want to modify, expand, replace, and scale without downtime or negatively impacting the system, even if only for a short time.
The following services will be mandatory
Product/Product Catalogue Search
Shopping Cart/Shopping Cart Recovery
Product Detail Page(s)
Here is an example of the microservices that could be chosen for an ecommerce enterprise that is horizontally scalable, non-blocking, and responsive.
MONGODB: This allows a document-oriented data store – products can be stored as documents and in categories – example: OpenSky.com
MONGOOSE: This is the object-modeling for NODEJS
ELASTIC: This is a search server – used by such companies as EBay
EXPRESS: Node.js web framework. Provides middlewares, error handling, and templating
MONGODB – ELASTIC CONNECTOR
PASSPORT: Node.Js authentication network. Separates web application from authentication.
WINSTON: Provides for machine-readable logs.
MYSQL: Transactional Database. Open source, scalable, flexible – stores transactions (orders, returns, etc.)
To make ecommerce site building even easier, a number of “big players” have published their technology stacks on StackShare, a site that focuses on all things “stack-related.” There are detailed listings of the stacks used by such companies as Best Buy, Airbnb, Dropbox, Medium, Vine, Shopify, and many more. StackShare also provides the latest news on tools and trends on stack architecture.
The featured stacks include microservices in application and data, utilities, DevOps, and business tools and provide lots of options for ecommerce startups and existing retailers to consider.
Is There an Ideal ECommerce Technology Stack?
The short answer is “no.” Anyone who studies the stacks on Stack Share can clearly see that even the “big boys” use a variety of microservices that are not in common.
An ecommerce retailer is just that – a retailer. S/he is not an expert on technology stacks. And so, the wise move is to do the following:
Determine what it is that the site should be and do
Look at the goals for scaling in the future
Present the requirements and specifications to professional back-end and front-end developers
Rely on those developers who have the reputation and the experience to put together the ideal technology stack for those individual business needs.
Learning the tricks of any trade will take time and dedication. However, IBM offers developers a way to connect, learn, and grow with six different types of developer events including hackathons, workshops, meet-ups, web casts, conferences, and premium events.
Hackathons are unique to the developer community. Although the name sounds bit sinister, hackathons are actually a legitimate way to grow as a developer. During these events, developers have the chance to build innovative apps, typically based on a theme or challenge presented at the hackathon.
The events are competitive, and participants are often encouraged to use IBM Blue-mix for their applications so that they can build, scale, and extend their applications quickly.
A hackathon is currently scheduled for Oct. 20-22, 2017 at Galvanize, located at 315 Hudson St., New York, N.Y. During this hackathon, developers can learn how to take blockchain ideas from concept to creation in just a week. The event will be hosted by IBM.
Possibly the most versatile of training types, workshops come in many formats and styles, ranging from smaller coding sessions or panels to more hands-on activities. The events are held around the world both in person and virtually and cover themes such as Big Data and Analytic, Mobile, Watson and Internet of Things.
The events give developers the opportunity to learn more about developing apps quickly and E efficiently with Blue-mix, IBM's Cloud-based platform for building and managing apps of all kinds.
Don't have time for a workshop? Meet-ups are probably the best option. A more condensed version of a workshop, participants meet in an informal environment to take turn their ideas into real projects while networking with fellow developers.
Virtually learn all there is to know about developing by attending webcasts. During these webcasts, developer professionals discuss the ins and outs of several different aspects of developing, including security, the Cloud, data and analytics, and more.
Conferences are great ways to immerse fully into the world of developing. Usually spanning multiple days, conferences are events containing keynote speakers, demos, workshops, and specialty tracks designed for all levels of developers.
The developer Works Premium events are accessed through an annual membership. The membership gives developers access to the tools and resources they need to grow their skills and complete a project they can really be proud of.
Developers with the developer Works Premium membership can receive up to 50 percent off developer event registration fees. Discounts are limited and are first-come, first-serve.
We generate a huge amount of health related data; from our fitness tracker mobiles apps to electronic medical records. The average person is likely to generate more than one million gigabytes of health related data in their lifetime which is enormous. Clinical trials and researches also add up a huge amount of data. The medical industry is unable to keep up with the tremendous rate at which the information are produced. Here comes the IBM Watson Health cloud.
As modern medicine improves it also gets more complicated. Hundreds of thousands of medical articles are published every year. New discoveries are constantly being made and more powerful technologies create better tools for diagnosis prevention and understanding of illness and disease. The huge amount of personal data could unlock insights to longer and healthier life. So the question is how can the healthcare professionals keep up? And the answer is IBM Watson Health.
The IBM Watson Health cloud brings together a vast amounts of medical data into one centralized thinking hub on the cloud, combining traditional analytics with the advanced cognitive capabilities of Watson. . So, we can say that cloud brings together individual clinical research and social data from a diverse range of health sources creating a secure cloud-based data sharing hub. The ability to learn and overtime refine its analysis based on what it is learning to turn this huge pile of data into knowledge. With the help of IBM Watson, we will be able to do even more to make the data about our health work for us. This Watson Heath value-based offerings delivers more efficient care, engages patients and consumers and optimizes business performance. IBM Watson Health will help redefine paths to better help by putting data to work for all of us.
In spite of these advantages, numerous doctors report challenges fusing shared basic leadership innovation into their immediate patient interactions. The new solution could be intended to address these challenges by incorporating inside the doctor's work process in the electronic health record system. It could summarize key cognitive insights about a patient's health status, assemble a de-identified cohort of people similar to the individual, and describe the results of those individuals under different treatment alternatives.
Imagine if you had a rare, un-diagnosed disease that’s any doctor is not being able to tell of. What if there were a single secure database which could read your symptoms of that disease and run through thousands of clinical studies, similar patient records to determine the disease? Just after one year of its launch, IBM Watson Health is already starting to make this unimaginable impossible task to reality. And its all because of its powerful cognitive computing platform and a wide-reaching partnership strategy.
For instance, say a patient has an uncommon,, genetically linked form of lung cancer. A generalized cancer doctor likely hasn’t had the time to keep up with the latest in specific lung cancer treatments. In the most recent year alone, there have been no less than seven new lung malignancy drugs approved by the FDA. . That doctor may not be aware of how best to use those drugs or even if they apply to this patient.
Meanwhile IBM Watson Health has been fed previous case studies on patients like this by lung cancer specialists. So IBM Watson Health understands the threat and list out a potential treatment for the doctors, with a percentage rank of certitude and risk next to each option. The doctor then reviews the decision and consult the patient about his treatments.
That’s how Watson Health Imaging and Merge are working together to deliver cognitive medical imaging solutions for radiologists, cardiologists and healthcare providers who treat a wide variety of diseases around the world in 2017 and beyond.
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Electronic health records are the modernized way of healthcare services. It electronically stores a patient’s information and his medical history. EHRs includes medical history, demographics, immunization status, radiology images, medication and allergies, laboratory test results, vital signs, personal statistics and billing information. These data can be shared across many health care units in a digital format. EHR (electronic health record) and EMR (electronic medical record) are two similar but very different concepts. EHR is a collection of a patient’s health information whereas EMR is a data source for EHR. EHRs are a smarter, easier and effective way of providing medical and healthcare facilities to the population.
Compared to paper-based record in hospitals, Electronic Health Record proves to be a smarter and more accurate choice. EHRs are easily legible compared to handwritten prescriptions and medical records. They are easy to update from time to time and the data are easily transferable between various EHR systems and can be used for quality improvement, resource management, and public health communicable disease surveillance. But there have also been many disputable points against this. Various surveys depict EHRs to be more time consuming and easily accessible for theft.
How Useful Are Those?
Electronic health records are very useful during Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The ambulances with EHR systems are more efficient because they include benefits like better pre-hospital care, patient data sharing, better training for paramedics, data-based outcome improvement, review of clinical standards, clinical decision support and much more. Automated handwriting recognition has also been a success. The handwritten medical forms and prescriptions can be easily converted to digital format and then can be operated on. EHRs improve the quality of care and improve coordination for better health care procedures. It eliminates the guessing histories of patients, seeing multiple specialists, easy transition between care facilities, and allows better service in emergency cases. Apart from improving the quality of healthcare, EHRs also saves a lot of time which otherwise would have been taken for identification of patients and their medical data. It also helps in long time preservation of stored records and also in synchronizing the stored data among different EHR systems.
However, they are not cost friendly. Not only do the health care institutions have to spend for its installation and maintenance but also need to hire IT officials for its working. Hospitals and physicians who opted for EHRs were found to be facing more loss than the gains from the machine, therefore putting them in a financial crisis. This makes EHRs suitable only for large and wealthy institutions and not for office physicians.
The Main Objective
The objective of creating the EHR was to improve the quality of healthcare services, better efficiency, reduce health disparities and ensure adequate privacy and security protections. It is useful in cases such as e-prescriptions, for the electronic exchange of health information, to submit clinical quality, inaccurate and efficient dealings in finance, diet of a patient, distribution of medical aid, improved monitoring of drug usage, enhance information integrity, reduce transcription errors, and reduce duplication of information data.
According to the Health and Human Services, the Security Rule set up a security structure for small as well as large establishments. All institutions must have a security plan including administrative safeguards, physical safeguards, and technical safeguards. But however, many healthcare and medical institutions have undergone many security breaches resulting in the loss of the confidential records in the past years. For the installation of Electronic Health Records in all institutions and practices, the centralization of all the health records is of utmost importance. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) limit the number of persons that can view your health records. But however, the estimate of the number of people that can come across your details, as part of any medical procedures or operations, is not accurately decidable. The personal data breach notification informs an individual in the case of a breach of information. This helps the individual to take the necessary actions to limit the undesired effects due to the breach as well as encourages the institutions to increase and strengthen their security.
The EHR systems help in one-to-one or one-to-many exchanges between different institutions. So the customization of the EHR systems is very important in order to fit the needs of the patient, to standardize the records, and to overcome the language barriers between different nation for the procedures of healthcare to function smoothly and efficiently. The European Commission is trying to allow the cross-border exchange of information and data through the e-health systems and to remove the potential legal hurdles. This may lead to the practice of teleradiology, which would allow radiologists to serve various care facilities around the globe. But the legalization of these practices in many countries provides a big challenge.
The smart use of Electronic Health Records can not only be confounded in human care but also for animal care. The veterinary experts are promoting the use of EHRs into their practices to allow a global workflow. The veterinary medical records are being used to study and treat various animal diseases worldwide.
Electronic Health Records are no doubt a smarter and efficient way of healthcare. The legal clarity, costs, and customization of the system is a major problem now but many commissions and corporations are struggling to remove these potential hurdles and take the healthcare system to a new and improved level. Nevertheless, the market for e-health is increasing rapidly.
In today’s age of technology, there has been a substantial growth in the number of educational activities for kids. Kids growing nowadays usually see their older siblings and parents on the laptop. Hence, their interest is likely to peak about also making use of the device. They will want to get on there and also play games as grown-ups do. However, it’s best that you pick educational activities so that the time spent on entertainment will likewise facilitate learning without the children knowing it.
As parents, you can find educational activities and games on the Internet for children of all ages. Moreover, you can also find several educational related games. If you are looking for arithmetic, there are plenty of websites that offer fun things for kids to do that deal with concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc. Studying is also enjoyed by participating in fun activities. Some sites read stories to kids while they follow along with the words on the screen.
There’s no doubt that technological advancement has brought important changes to humanity. It has also influenced the way kids experience entertainment and learning. Mobile gadgets such as tablets, laptops, computers, and smartphones are the source of entertainment for several kids. Tablets, along with other gadgets can have both negative and positive effects on the overall mental development of kids, but as parents, you can turn these mobile tablets into an educational tool for your kids. Using the best tablet for kids, your child can have a more entertaining and safe learning experience.
Tablets like these come with several essential features that set them apart from regular tablets. For one, the overall design of the tablet is nice-looking, child-friendly and durable, and offers several brain-boosting benefits. Though, for kids to get the maximum benefits, it is necessary to choose one with the right features.
Apart from allowing kids to use educational gadgets, parents must also allow their kids to indulge in outdoor activities and explore the real world. The open-air environment provides experiences that can facilitate the improvement and enhance the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual skills of kids. One great way for your kid to explore the outdoors is with the use of an electric dirt bike that specially designed for kids.
Electric dirt bikes allow kids play outside of their homes, providing them with a perfect opportunity to explore many things around them. An early daybreak biking activity to your much-loved biking trail or even around the neighborhood will allow kids to observe individuals, animals, plants and so many other things that will spark their interest. However, not any electric bike will do. You will have to choose the best electric dirt bike of kids that’s safe, fun and exciting.
In a nutshell, educational activities are great. They develop the kids’ interest and enhance learning. At the end of every session, they learn something new that helps them become smarter, more patient, and allow them to have a better understanding of the world.
Not all startups are high tech, although it would almost seem so these days. Even if you are producing the next best gardening tools, however, you will need technology. And as your business grows, the tech needs do too. Consider just the minimum your business will need, even if it is operated from a home office at first.
Hardware – computers, printers, modem, phone system, mobile devices
Software – These needs may vary, but could include everything from customer databases and management/service, to project management, to accounting, to security, to marketing tools and beyond.
IT Support is Not Optional
Startups, especially low-tech ones, will not have an IT expert on their teams. That’s a huge cost and one that really need not be. The current “wisdom” is that in-house tech support makes sense when a team grows to 25-50.
Yet, when things go wrong, there needs to be quick fix, and planning ahead to get that “fix” will be an essential part of your operational strategy.
There are two operational IT functions that must be considered – support for hardware, networking and security, and support for software that you are using.
Fortunately, as you purchase SaaS packages, there is support built in. It is a matter of contacting the tech support people and getting issues resolved as quickly as possible. This support function comes with your purchase or subscription.
It is when other things go wrong – things with networking, with hardware, with security breaches, with system crashes, with disaster recovery, etc. - that an IT professional is necessary.
So, what are your options? Actually, there are many, depending upon your budget and your unique needs.
Best Practices for Getting the IT Support You Need
As a small startup, your best option is to outsource your IT support. Before you sign on the dotted line, however, you need to do your own homework.
Define what you need. Do you need setup functions, or do you need methods for back up and security of what you have already set up?
Get these needs in writing, so that when you discuss options with potential vendors, you have your “list.”
Will you need an “on call” tech support service, 24 hours a day, or will you go for an “as needs” contract, which could result in some down-time.
Can you handle remote support or do you want someone local who will physically appear to resolve your issues?
Is the support vendor able to handle your support needs as your business grows and the level of support needs expands? It makes no sense to bring in an individual who is only good for initial setup. You will be out looking for someone else soon.
Free IT Support
There are a number of free IT support resources online, many of them run by volunteer geeks who have a passion for solving tech issues. In fact, your tech issue may be one that has already been addressed by the resource, and the “fix” may be simple. All of this, of course, takes time and the assumption that you will fully understand the fix that is being presented. Using free resources can be a cost savings but can also be inefficient.
With purchased software and services, there is always free IT support, so long as you have the contact information you need. How many of us have had our Wi-Fi go out and then find ourselves scrambling for the tech support number we need? If you have a reliance on a lot of utility and tech vendors, it may make sense to subscribe to a service that provides customer support numbers for everything from your electric utility to your Wi-Fi provider. Most of these services have a mobile app for download, so you have access to the number from anywhere.
Contracted IT Support – Remote or Local
If you want efficiency and minimum downtime for tech support, your best practice is to contract with a service. You may find them quite reasonable, and, after all, how much does your “downtime” cost?
This is one of the best ways to keep support costs down. When you contract with a remote service, you simply contact a support technician who then accesses your system from anywhere and fixes your issues without the need to come on-site.
You may want to see your IT support guy/gal face-to-face. While this is more expensive, it is an option that many small businesses choose, because it allows a relationship to be built over time, and the consistency of having the same individual who understands the history of your tech issues. If you go this route, be certain that you have checked many references before signing any contract. Usually, contracts can be designed for a “pay as you go” hourly rate, or a retainer option with a set annual fee.
Combination Remote and Local
There are vendors, such as the Geek Squad, that provide both remote and on-sites services. This group offer a huge support network, 24/7, and provides ongoing maintenance as well as troubleshooting when needed. There are usually several contractual options which allow you to add services as you grow. This IT support is owned by Best Buy, a retailer that is likely to be around for many years, so there is the security of knowing that your contract will be honored.
Other Important Considerations
Now that you understand the necessity of tech support and the options you have for getting what you need within your budget constraints, here are the other guidelines for a successful relationship with any vendor you choose.
Make sure that any individual or vendor operation you choose has people with the education and certifications to back up what they claim to be able to do. You want someone who understands how IT fits into your business and who can make suggestions and recommendations that are state-of-the-art. Security is a good example. Hackers target small businesses because their layers of security are much softer. Nothing could be worse than for your customers’ personal and financial information to be stolen.
This may seem like a “touch-feely” non-essential, but it is not. You want tech support people that can feel your pain when things go wrong and are able to see issues from your perspective.
Choose the simplest solution for you, not what any individual or company vendor thinks you should have. IT support should make things run smoothly for you with minimal stress or frustration on your part.
IT support people need to accept accountability for their services. Follow-up on their part is important. And if a specific provided service has not fixed every issue, then they need to return and make it right. Dump any provider who falters on accountability.
This information should be helpful as you look to find the IT support you will need today and that will evolve as your startup grows. But your job is to be proactive – looking at your needs, knowing what you can do yourself and what you cannot, and planning for support over the long-term – will mean that you will minimize downtime and your own frustration.
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In a layman's language, Ransomware means kidnapping of data and demand for a sum of money to set the data free. It is a spiteful software that was designed to block the access to the computer system until the ransom was paid. There are essentially two types of ransomware - crypters and blockers. Blocker simply blocks the operating device from accessing data or carrying out operations. But the second type that is crypters , they encrypt the files so that it becomes inaccessible to the user. To decrypt the file a unique key is required and in exchange of this key, the ransom is being asked for.
Sources of Ransomware
The most common method of spreading this by spamming the email inbox. It might be in the form of an attachment or a link, and once you open it your system may get infected. Another source can be directly through rogue websites. Sometimes there are chances of getting infected even by a reputed website. It might be hidden is some software or applications. This attack is vulnerable to all kind of devices and not only Windows PC, this can affect iOS as well and Android devices also. You might not even know that you are under attack and the user will get a hint of the attack once he is not able to access his data.
How can you know if your system is infected?
If it seems like that your computer is blocked and the operating system is not loading then this might be a symptom that your system is infected by malicious malware. If it is a blocker then a system boot from a removable drive can prevent further attack. But cracking the crypters is a bit harder so it better that you don't try to remove the ransomware yourself, rather consult an expert because it may spread eventually causing more damage. Generally, most of the business accounts or websites are infected by ransomware. There are some of the precautions that you can take which include installing a proper antivirus and creating a backup of your data. Further, if you have and business and want to prevent this kind of malware then there are many cyber security agencies that help you and your data to get affected by these attacks.
Monster Cloud is one such company that provides cybersecurity to protect your business from any cyber theft. Many times it can be personally cracked but there are chances that you might end up doing it the wrong way and the malware were not properly removed so it insisted that you don't try to remove the ransomware yourself and consult people who have a deep knowledge of this.
Method to prevent Ransomware
Regardless of how high level of safety being used there are chances that a malware attack can take place. This will eventually put your PC at risk and may hinder your data. You should always backup your critical files to a USB stick or any external hard drive. Another way is to keep your system up to date so that automatically detects if any issues are there and try to fix it. If your system gets locked down and you cannot find a way to get into you computer then you should probably try consulting security companies like Monster Cloud which has developed a way to crack even the most powerful ransomware. These companies have a team that is continuously functioning to detect new malware and developing a way to decrypt the attacks.
If you are facing any problems regarding ransomware then you probably to search the web for a solution and if the problem still exists then try consulting Monster Cloud.
If you have a business profile the having a security company on your back is always helpful and can avoid accidents of data theft, system shutdown etc. If you are looking for any cyber security company for your business then try having a look at Monster Cloud as it is one of the leading companies in its domain. One of the best solutions till now that you can personally adopt is to keep creating a backup of your data frequently.
PRINCE2 is a structured project management methodology which was developed in the UK. While it was initially used exclusively within UK government projects, its use soon became widespread across the UK and eventually managed to reach international organisations as well. Many now consider a PRINCE2 certification to be a necessity for a project management role, but some may still question whether becoming qualified in PRINCE2 is worth the investment.
If employability is the only factor to consider, then the answer is absolutely yes; too many companies simply will not hire a PM without them having at least some experience in working with the PRINCE2 methodology. On the other hand, it’s important to manage expectations and consider what it is about a PRINCE2 certification that is worth the cost.
PRINCE2 Can Get Your Foot in The Door
If you look through project management job listings, you will likely see PRINCE2 as a prerequisite quite frequently. For some people, that may be reason enough to bite the bullet and get certified. Just make sure to keep things in perspective and don’t jump the gun. A five day class isn’t going to teach you some of the nitty-gritty details of project management that you only learn from experience. For example, while PRINCE2 will teach you how break down complex tasks and allocate responsibilities, it won’t teach you how to effectively assign these tasks within your team to fully utilise your pool of talent. This is something you can only learn by getting to know your team and examining independently which tasks are relevant to which skillset.
It’s also important to note that many organisations that ask for you to have a PRINCE2 qualification may not fully implement the methodology within their organisation. Because the methodology is comprised of a set of general principles and techniques for project managers, organisations may pick and choose which elements of the methodology they implement according to which are relevant to their method of working. Not all projects are the same and while PRINCE2 is a useful tool, your suitability for a project management role and your success within it depends on your ability to adapt the methodology and think independently, so potential employers will often ask for project management experience in addition to a PRINCE2 certification.
PRINCE2 May Not be Necessary For Project Support Roles
If you don’t want to be a project manager, but are interested in other roles on a project team, it may not be necessary for you to become a PRINCE2 Practitioner. However, there are many features of the course that you can utilize in your own work and if PRINCE2 is implemented in your place of work, then it will help if you familiarize yourself with the methodology, even informally. Risk management, for example, plays an important role in PRINCE2 and by learning the methods of preparing for and managing risks within a project, you may find errors in your work being reduced as well as time spent recovering from mistakes. In which case, you may want to learn the basics of PRINCE2 Foundation rather than completing the course in full and becoming a Practitioner, or you can purchase the PRINCE2 guidance and study some of the information in your own time.
Being a PRINCE2 Practitioner Can Help You Secure A Project Management Role
If your ultimate goal is to work as a project manager, PRINCE2 is a highly beneficial certification to have on your CV: this is true if you already have project experience and can be doubly true if you are coming from a different career background. As a practical matter, investing in PRINCE2 training courses is simply a necessity if you are looking to enter into a project management role without any prior experience. It will teach you enough for you to understand the basic principles and responsibilities of your position and it will also make you a stronger candidate for employment than if you had applied for a project management position with no experience or understanding of what the job would entail.
Just be aware that you may not be enamored with the methodology initially. Many project teams find PRINCE2 too inflexible for their types of projects. However, becoming qualified in PRINCE2 makes available possibilities to expand on your knowledge and make the methodology more relevant to your industry and projects. For example, PRINCE2 Agile is a qualification that is an extension of the PRINCE2 Practitioner course which mixes together elements of PRINCE2 and the highly flexible methodology Agile PM. For some project managers, paying for two or three certifications to learn the relevant methodology may not seem like a worthwhile investment, which is something you would need to think about before you consider enrolling.
PRINCE2 Does Not Make up For Lack of Experience
A good project manager has done more than master a particular project methodology. They have learned to communicate effectively, make time estimates, use resources, manage project scope, resolve conflict, and deal with inevitable catastrophes.
While a project management methodology like PRINCE2 might teach you the importance of these skills and the basic principles, much of what you will use within your team will come from experience. PRINCE2 does not supply you with a rulebook that you can refer to, so you will need to learn these skills through successes and failures and by collecting experience as a project manager.
PRINCE2 Methodologies Can be Applied in Multiple Industries
While there are some methodologies that only work well in particular industries, PRINCE2 can be applied virtually anywhere. In fact, it’s been said that PRINCE2 can even be used to plan parties or other personal life events. What this means to you, as a fledgling project manager, is that the skills you learn in PRINCE2 can be applied to any industry you are interested in working in. For example, your PRINCE2 skills used in an IT company can be fairly easily translated into skills that are useful at a manufacturing plant or marketing firm. This means you have a fairly wide variety of industries in which you can seek employment.
PRINCE2 is Not Widely Used in The United States
If you plan to seek out project management positions solely in the United States or within firms that do business primarily with American firms, the PRINCE2 Practitioner designation may not be quite as lucrative for you as it would be for a UK professional. This is because, in spite of its popularity in many other countries, PRINCE2 simply hasn’t gained traction in the United States.
While the PRINCE2 certification may be useful to professionals working with multinational companies, or for projects executed by US firms overseas, you might consider learning other methodologies that you may find more useful within the United States. Agile, CPM, Scrum, Kanban, and others are some of the more popular project management methodologies used by American companies.
It may be helpful to think of PRINCE2 certification as getting your high school diploma rather than being the one and only methodology you learn. It is one of the oldest project management methodologies still being used today, and so contains many elements from which most other methodologies were derived. While it is useful for many professionals, it may not supply you with the complete knowledge that you will need in order to excel in a project management position and not always will it be relevant to the industry or organisation you enter into.
If you are going to seek work as a PM in countries such as the UK or India where this methodology is highly popular, it will definitely benefit you. However, it cannot replace project management experience and while it can give your career a boost, it cannot be relied upon entirely to ensure your success as a PM. Think carefully about the requirements of your current role or the role you are aiming for when you consider whether a PRINCE2 certification is worth the cost and learn what you can about the methodology and others before you decide which you would benefit from the most.
Cybercrime is a very serious issue in today’s digital world.
With just the click of a mouse or tap of a key, thousands of pieces of personal or business-related information can be obtained and used without the permission of the owner. Sometimes this includes addresses, phone numbers, names, and even credit card information.
One growing trend is music piracy which the company has fought against for nearly 20 years. As people continue to pirate music, emerging artists begin to suffer and some bigger record companies tend to get angry.
But thanks to IBM, that shouldn’t be a problem for much longer.
A system developed by IBM is authorizing and processing transactions in a manner similar to the way banks authorize financial transactions online. Music can be downloaded and transferred to any recordable digital medium that complies with copy control policies.
The process is safe and legal.
Not only is IBM making waves in the world of music, it is also becoming a major networking tool for developers. In any profession, having a strong community of like-minded people really helps develop a worker’s skill. On IBM.com, developers can connect with developer communities such as Blockchain, Cloud Data Services, developerWorks Open, Watson Developer Cloud, IBM Cloud for Financial Services, and more.
To aid emerging and professional developers, the website features tutorials such as “The essentials of throttling in your application architecture,” “Java 8 idioms: In praise of helpful coding,” and more. There are also video tutorials on subjects ranging from “diving into analytics and the data lake” to “Introducing the Istio open source micro services mesh.”
There are also trials and downloads available for the learning developer. There is an IBM Watson Analytics trial where developers can analyze their data in minutes on their own without a software download. The other trial is Bluemix where developers can rapidly prototype, build, and deploy web and mobile apps in the cloud.
Developers can collaborate on IBM code by solving specific problems quickly with architecture diagrams, one-click deployment git repos, and pointers to essential documents. There are also quick start guides like the one for Blockchain.
Developers looking for a specific trial or download can browse available trials and downloads. With more than 50 trials or downloads available, developers can tap into this wealth of information with just the click of their mouse.
IBM is an American multinational technology company headquartered in New York. The company operates in more than 170 countries. Originating in 1911 as a computing, tabulating, and recording company called CTR, the company was renamed International Business Machines in 1924.
Currently, IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware, middleware, software and offers hosting and consulting services for everything from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. In fact, IBM prospered for decades as the top supplier of mainframe computers. But, over the years, the company shifted its focus from hardware to mostly software and services. For even more information on IBM, visit the company online.
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SEO as we know it is ‘the future’ of the internet. SEO has played a great role in the searches in order to provide the query searchers, us the best answer to our searches. Well, it seems to a people oriented phenomenon but it isn't. The rankings which are accompanied by SEO is what many people be it creators or suppliers or distributors et cetera be it any other person who is on the internet running a website sorts wants to capitalize the situation. SEO is an way to make your website flaunt on the top of the search engine result pages (SERPs). It the best way to invite the much awaited traffic to your website. But this is not enjoyed by all. How many websites are present on the first page of any search engine result pages? Hardly ten and how many people bother to click ‘Next Page’ approximately none.
Above reasons make the SEOs so important. SEO based ranking makes a huge load of difference to a website owner, managers et cetera as the last thing they want is the traffic for their pages, which many intend to transform into a monetary liquidity as per their needs. Many reading would obviously know what is SEO but for those who just fell on to this article out of nowhere, thanks to SEO seems it's doing pretty well, let's discuss what is SEO to start from.
What is a SEO ?
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It's totally understandable from its elaborated from what it actually does still for those who didn’t, if split up it would form two parts. Search Engine which means any search engine of your choice be it from known web or dark web it does follow search engine optimization and the word Optimization would mean what it has meant in the Oxford Dictionary, simply put to make it as good as possible. Combining both it says making a search engine as good as possible using some set of instructions or code of conduct.
Technically SEO is defined as ‘ a process to increase quality and quantity of traffic on website through organic search engine results.’ Again splitting it up where quantity implies to almost every internet user who would pay a visit to the said website while quality means the right traffic that is the people who care about the website's content which extends to stringent followers to people who transform their visit into a monetary gain either by donation or simply by visiting sponsored website. The term organic traffic means all those people who visit the website but weren't drawn to the website due to a paid sponsorship or a paid advert that is they are the visitors who may be constant followers or may have discovered the site but not due to any monetary involvement, again thanks to SEO.
Now with this said and all the basic knowledge required gathered what we move forward is towards some statistics about search engine optimizations (SEO) gathered from various trusted sources who are deeply into such sorts are and are totally dependable and not fake. These statistics are supported by the said websites individually based on their studies which were carried on over a particular period. Here are some search engine optimization statistics.
Content is King
The phrase ‘Content is King’ has long wandered the internet while it has also caused conspiracies over its legitimacy. With so many copy paste blogs and stolen content issues also copyright infringements which add fuel to fire to this phrase, conspiracies are not so wrong. But reports shut these debate once for all. As reported quality content is among the factors of ranking while it is also said to increase the rank of such content carrying websites.
Longer the Content, Higher the Rank, More of the Hope
Yes! Longer content helps. In a study, it was found that all the pages with its content of more than thousand words were found to rank higher than the fellow competitors who lacked a quality and a lengthy content. Such pages were supposedly ranked 1.5 points higher.
Images or No Images? Maybe just an Image!
Coming directly to the point, a page with one single image ranks higher than pages with no image study states. It is obvious as images actually enrich the content of the page thus it does increase the content’s quality at least by a bit. With this said it doesn't mean that more images make the webpage of a website rank more higher, study awaits.
Old is Gold! Only if it shines
A study suggested working on old posts again does work. Updating the old blog posts and republishing them on the same website will help your website gain higher ranks due to search engine optimization. It was seen an enormous rise of about 111 percent in organic visitors to the site. The study cautions constant republishing of old blogs. So it’s good but not too good.
Organic or Paid?
Get ready to cough up a fair sum of green stash if you want to see that traffic you are starving for. Hunger for website traffic can only be dealt with cash as there was a drastic fall of four percent for the year 2016 in organic traffic to seven percent which held almost eleven percent in the year 2015. Now presently it doesn't even hold a double-digit share. Surely SEO has helped many advert companies mount in loads of bucks.
So these were some facts that should be known before you design a website and want It to be SEO friendly, also helps if you have already designed it so maybe just some fun facts. Adiós.
It’s been almost a year since that fateful vote on Brexit. There were two quite diametrically opposed assumptions of the consequences. Those who supported the move saw great economic growth for the UK, now that it was unshackled from the “chains” of the EU. Those who opposed it predicted an economic crash.
None of these has actually occurred. In fact, Brits have awakened every day since June 23, 2016 to “business as usual.” The Pound did take a hit, of course, and that is, as with any economy, a two-edged sword. Consumers pay more for imported goods, and tech startups will pay more for such things as Amazon S3. But outside investors find it much cheaper to do business in London.
The Bureaucracy Moves Slowly
The biggest reason for the continued “business as usual” is, of course, the fact that two years of negotiations with the EU on the details of Brexit have just begun. And the “biggies,” such as trade, exchange rates, immigration visas, etc. have yet to be hammered out.
What This Means for the Startup Climate in London
Thus far, Brexit has had little impact on the startup scene. In fact, during the first quarter of 2017, UK startups attracted $1.4 billion in VC. While it is a bit less than the same quarter of 2016, it is more than quarters 2-4 of last year. The primary reason, of course, is that with the devaluation of the British currency, foreign investors get more “bang for their bucks.”
The number of new startups, as demonstrated by the still-hot demand for office space in Shoreditch, indicates that founders are betting that the Brexit negotiations will leave the UK in a good position in the long run.
While there is a shortage of techies in the UK, and while this shortage has always been easily filled by the immigration policies of the EU, founders believe that #10 Downing Street is practical and realistic and understands the need for IT skills, no matter where those skills might come from. To slam the door too hard on immigration would be a mistake, forcing startups and even more established tech firms to pull up stakes.
Already, there is some talk that Dublin could become a new tech center, if UK immigration policies make it too expensive or prohibitive to attract and secure continued tech expertise needs.
What to Watch For
One thing is for certain – no one knows what Brexit will ultimately mean for startups or investors. A recent survey, conducted by TechCrunch, polled both founders and investors of some of the largest startups and investors in Europe.
Here’s what founders said: Over the next two years, they are very high on Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Stockholm, Berlin, Helsinki, Paris, and even New York City (where the local government is revamping many of its commercial incentives), as opposed to London. Founders express uncertainty until the Brexit negotiations are complete, and “things” settle down. It appears that London will be losing its status as the startup capital of Europe, at least in the short-term. Founder cite as their concerns exactly those that have already been mentioned – staffing with uncertain visa/travel restrictions, and the ability to raise money in such a climate.
On the bright side, founders also cited the weaker GBP with its consequent ability to raise funds, along with the hope for governmental tax incentives and somewhat cheaper real estate.
Here’s what investors said: They see great opportunity in the same cities as the surveyed founders, but over the next two years, they will be closely watching the negotiations of Brexit. Right now, they are happy to have the devalued Pound and do continue to invest in UK startups, but remain cautious.
One of the challenges, investors believe, will be in FinTech, especially because of “passporting issues” for European banking licenses. Overall, however, investors believe that, once the uncertainty has dissipated, London will again be a highly attractive investment opportunity. They have more faith in the government’s pragmatism than founders do.
Some Other Positive Signs
A few of the tech “big boys” have recently announced expansion plans in the UK, and this can cause renewed confidence in an air of uncertainty.
In February, Amazon announced that it will hire an additional 5,000 in the UK during 2017. While most of this employment will be in fulfillment centers, 10% will be in research and development centers. – centers that are developing technology for such things as Alexa, Prime Video, and drones.
Late last year, Google announced that it would add 3,000 to its London office over the next several years. And Facebook is increasing its staffing by 50%. Adding to this positive news, Apple purchased a 500,000-sq. foot space for expansion.
Facing the Future
Whatever the Pound does, it seems the larger issue for the UK is the shortage of native STEM skills. The tech sector is now 16% of the UK economy, and if skilled expertise is not to be found “in-country,” immigration restrictions will be a serious blow.
According to the Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec), an organization that represents digital and tech startups, the UK will need an extra two million techies by 2020. They are not producing these people, and they will certainly not be coming from outer space. The recommendation is that the UK offer a special visa for those with this expertise, allowing the tech startup sector to continue to flourish in the UK.
“Brexit means Brexit” is a common saying among the supporters of this referendum. But for startups and investors, the meaning if still unclear. Again, the government of the UK, conservative or liberal, has always been highly pragmatic, and it is unlikely that it will let 16% of its current economy falter.
Five years ago, it seemed that PHP was on “life support.” Then quite surprisingly, new frameworks began to emerge, and PHP became “Lazarus.”
One of those frameworks was Laravel, developed by Taylor Otwell, and because of its simple yet elegant syntax, building apps with PHP suddenly became fun and popular. In terms of general benefits of Laravel, it is worth mentioning the following:
- Free and Open Source
Modular Packaging System – Dedicated Dependency Manager (Composer)
Utilities for App deployment and Maintenance
Suitable for Beginning-Advanced Programmers
The largest Community Size (40K) of the Four Most Popular PHP Frameworks
A Documentation Website (Laravel.com) and Great Video Tutorials (Laracasts.com).
But the popularity of Laravel for developers really lies in the fact that all of the common tasks (repeated across projects) can be solved easily, so that they can move onto the creative tasks of writing custom functions faster. Of course, this means that delivery time is shorter and more cost-effective for the client.
Features and Benefits That Developers Will Love
Authentication and Authorization Systems
On the list of web owners’ important concerns is ensuring that all users are verified and that no unauthorized users gain access to resources (secured/paid). Laravel makes authentication easy and fast, because everything is already configured. And what’s more, Laravel offers a simple method of organizing authorization logic and controlling user access to resources.
Mail Service Integration
Laravel has a simple and very clean API over SwiftMailer library. It also offers drivers for Amazon SES, Mailgun, Mandrill, SMTP, and others, allowing sending mail through local or cloud based services. There is also support for sending notifications via multiple delivery channels, such as SMS and Slack.
Laravel handles security within its framework, by using hashed and salted passwords – passwords will never save as plain text in the database. It includes a Bcrypt algorithm for encryption and, as well, protects against SQL injection via prepared SQL statements.
Kostyantyn Bondar, CEO of DarinX, a web and mobile app development agency, specializing in innovative software products notes that:
“When developing any application, security is paramount. The biggest threats are SQL injection, cross-site scripting, and cross-site request forgery. Laravel is certainly secure. The codebase is exceptionally guarded – code that has been vetted by a number of people. We can say firsthand that having these security features up front is critical. Trying to fix vulnerabilities after the deployment can cost as much as 30X more.”
Developers interact with the Laravel framework by using a command line that will handle the project environment. Laravel has a command line tool – Artisan. This is what allows developers to perform most of those tedious and repetitive tasks, rather than having to perform them all manually.
Artisan can be used to create skeleton code along with the database architecture, build migrations. Developers can create their own commands, and perform tests through Artisan.
Error and Exception Handling
User satisfaction can be impacted by how an app deals with errors. If, for example, a user enters information in a form and then clicks a submit button, only for that function not to work, there is frustration. Most often, the error is the user’s fault, having failed to fill in a form field correctly. When this happens, an error message must be provided to the user explaining what needs to be corrected. Often, developers have to code these functions manually. Not with Laravel, however. Exception and error handling is already configured. Further, it is integrated with Monolog library – there is thus support of solid log handlers.
Speed is critical for user experience. One of the ways to enhance speed is through integration with the backend caching. Laravel supports several cache backends, including Redis and Memcached. This support is built in, so no manual integration has to be coded.
Unit testing must occur throughout any app development, and Laravel makes this easy and it is often far better than manual testing. Support for testing (PHPUnit) is included and an .xml file is already set up. There are simple methods for developers to mimic user behavior and test everything from requests to filling out forms and more.
Within an app, users will click links and assume they will be taken (routed) to what they want – perhaps a product description, or a subscription form. Effective URL routing is critical for any app, Laravel routes are all defined in the automatically loaded app/Http/routes.php file, and developers can easily define app routes.
Business Logic Code and Presentation Code Already Separated
The great thing about this is that layout designers can change a web page appearance without having to go to the developer. Because it is an MVC framework, the separation already exists.
Message Queue System
High traffic means more requests. If an app has not been configured for these events there is the risk that the web server will shut down. Data will be lost. To prevent this, many developers us a message queue system as a part of load balancing. Thus, the system will automatically delay, for example, a scheduled email for a later time, if too many requests are coming in. Laravel provides for this through a unified API that crosses multiple queue backends.
Configuration and Management of Task Schedules
Many tasks may need to be scheduled – a mass email, a cleanup of database tables, etc. Traditionally, developers have had to generate a Cron entry for each scheduled task. No longer. With Laravel’s command scheduler, only a single Cron entry is required.
These are easily installed through Composer.
These are only 12 features of Laravel that simplify a developer’s life. Once a developer really gets into using it, s/he will discover many more benefits that will make building an app easy and fast. Clients are happier in this environment.
The big plusses of Laravel include its large collaborative community, it documentation website, and tutorials. Probably most attractive, though, is the fact that basic tasks common to all projects are already configured, leaving developers to focus on custom functions of individual clients.
Third graders are learning to code; high school students are creating game apps; and business owners are using DIY tools to create their own websites, with easy-to-install plugins for any functions they want. All of these activities used to be part of the skill set of a developer – that person who sits at a computer and writes that indecipherable language called code.
The “mystery” of coding is gradually falling away. With online courses and plenty of books, people can teach themselves to code. Still, when the demands are complex and the projects have lots of breadth and depth, we look for skilled developers/development teams to create what we want. And what we want is more than mere coding expertise.
We want that amazing developer who isn’t just skilled in languages – those can be verified. We want that developer who has a host of other skills and talents to bring to the table.
Staying on Top of the Technology
This almost need not be mentioned. And yet, developers, like any other career professionals, can become complacent and “rest on the laurels” of their current knowledge. Further, if they operate within an enterprise culture that restricts, they can be discouraged from pursuing innovations. This is a bad recipe. Consider just a few disruptive sectors, for example – fintech, healthcare, and media/entertainment. Everything from big data gathering and analysis, to AI, to IoT require an ever-expanding skillset from developers. Amazing developers are “hungry.” They are passionate about learning everything new in their industry. They need to be “reckless” to a point – to be willing to try new stuff, even if it is an epic fail.
Giving Advice and Counsel
Businesses, especially entrepreneurial startups, certainly have general ideas about what they want their websites to look like and “do.” The “look” is largely a design issue. But when it comes to functions and elements, it is the developer who makes it “do,” with both backend and frontend programming. It is the developer who determines the technology stack to best meet the specifications of the business owner. In this capacity, the developer must play a role of “advisor,” providing options and making suggestions on the technology that will best achieve the desired results.
With this in mind, amazing developers will also need some solid understanding of what constitutes state-of-the-art user experiences and interfaces along with marketing best practices. This understanding is clearly outside the realm of coding, and some self-education is in order. A great “crash course” might be something like Vincent Piana’s, “The Website Formula to Success,” offered through FuzzBooster.com.
Creative Problem-Solving in a “Team” Environment
“No man is an island” is an appropriate adage for the web developer. Whether working as a full-time IT employee for a mid to large-sized or as a consultant, the developer cannot isolate himself in a room with his coding tasks. Interaction with designers, marketers, sales, managers, and executives will be required. More and more developers are pulled into critical meetings when businesses are scaling and/or innovating.
Understanding the business mission, goals and operations is how an amazing developer ultimately creates what that business and, ultimately, its users and/or customers want.
Non-techies do not understand the development environment. They will not understand such terminology as “backend stack,” Angular.js, etc. What they do want to understand is how the coding will result in the app, program, website doing what they want it to do.
In these cases, communication can be a challenge. The developer cannot just present a listing of the languages s/he will use to accomplish the task. People want to understand.
It becomes the developer’s task, then, to use visuals to educate. Drawing a picture of the backend stack, for example, will help non-techies understand the relationship between server, database, and API’s. Using visuals to demonstrate how a user will place an inquiry and get a response and how that response will provide a good experience will go a long way in endearing the developer to the client. Doctors draw pictures for their patients – so should developers.
Staying Motivated and Enthusiastic
Amazing developers are problem-solvers. And they stay positive and enthusiastic, even after 6-8 hours of moving links around or finding the “culprit” as they de-bug some function. Amazing developers see these tasks not as drudgery but as exciting challenges that they want to attack and over which they want to be victorious. And they love the battle as much as the victory. A good developer goes through the process; an amazing developer loves every bit of it.
Designers and developers, especially those that are outside contractors, occasionally get a reputation for being somewhat untrustworthy – they may not be as responsive as they should be; they may not keep their clients in the loop as often as they should; and they may miss a meeting or a deadline. These things do not inspire much confidence on the part of a client. While a developer may indeed be working very hard and very consistently on a client’s project, meeting deadlines and attending meetings, even if virtual, are critical components for a client to say, in the end, “My developer is amazing” and to recommend that developer to others.
The developer’s role is certainly changing. From an early “vision” of a nerd sitting in an isolated room creating code to the much more dynamic individual that a developer must be today, there are clearly skills and talents that go far beyond coding. The amazing developer will recognize this and take the steps to develop those hard and soft skills that are now required.