Start using Unit Testing today

Published on March 26, 2012
- in Blog, Projects & Know-How

Unit testing is a very debatable subject. Is unit testing necessary ? Is the extra time needed to implement unit testing in a project really paying off in the end ? Well… let’s see; one of the developers in Qubiz will tell us his perspective on unit testing.

Unit testing is the way through which a developer checks if the logic of his code behaves as it is intended to. For each piece of code a developer wants to test, he will write a test method.

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5 questions and answers about REST

Published on March 16, 2012
- in Blog, Projects & Know-How
One of the senior developers from Qubiz has accepted the invitation to talk about RESTful service. We have started to use RESTful services for a while and our customers are very happy with the results.

What is REST?

Representational State Transfer (REST) is a derivation of World Wide Web’s architectural style. REST is a style, not a standard. There is neither a REST RFC, nor a REST protocol specification. But REST defines how to use the existing Web standards in a better way by trying ”to minimize latency and network communication, while at the same time maximizing the independence and scalability of component implementations” (Roy Fielding, in his dissertation about REST).More specific, REST is an architectural style for building client-server applications by implementing services based on HTTP protocol. Domain-specific data (resources) are transmitted over HTTP without an additional messaging layer such as SOAP or session tracking via HTTP cookies.

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What to know about QlikView

Published on February 28, 2012
- in Blog, Projects & Know-How

The need for Business Intelligence is growing by the day thus solution providers compete in bringing the best suited solution for each client. Qlikview is a BI solution that competes, among others, with Microsoft BI, Oracle BI, IBM Cognos and BO from SAP.

Everytime one wants to use a solution to help him in his work, a analysis should be conducted before, to see which one is most suited for his needs. Taking this into consideration I think it is important to know some of the things that would convince someone to use Qlikview as his BI tool. The resons mentioned from this point onward are the result of our own analysis after researching, installing and using Qlikview in non-commercial projects.

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Imagine Cup internship in Qubiz

Published on February 6, 2012
- in Blog, Qubiz Academy

As many of you might know, Microsoft has been organizing over the past several years a software development contest called Imagine Cup. Students from all over the world get the chance to compete against each other at developing the most interesting software application related to each year’s theme.

Students can either form teams or compete by themselves and are given the chance to be mentored by faculty members or private held companies. This year such a company is Qubiz – we want to mentor and help teams or individual students from Oradea to get involved in this competition and hopefully win.

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SharePoint 2010 People Refinement Panel

Published on November 15, 2011
- in Blog, Projects & Know-How

As you may know the Refinement Panels in SharePoint help you refine the search results in a page. They are a great tool because they allow you to customize the refinement categories which can also be categories created by the user. On the fore mentioned subject there is a great set of articles that you can find here.

What I want to talk about in this article is the ‘People Refinement Panel’ which, from my findings, with the help of a more experienced SharePoint developer, is a little bit special. Unfortunately information about this precise particularity of this web part I could not find anywhere on the web, so I though I should share it with you.

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Qubiz Connect 29th Nov 2011 in Nijkerk

Published on November 8, 2011
- in Blog, Events

“Qubiz Connect” event is aiming to bring together people that can be its partners and members of the Qubiz team. Partnerships are a valuable asset for Qubiz due to its belief that they make the parties stronger and help them meet the clients’ needs better. The event took place on the 29th of November 2011 in Nijkerk at Ampt van Nijkerk Hotel.

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Looking back for the summer: .NET & Mobile Internship in Qubiz

Published on September 30, 2011
- in Blog, Qubiz Academy

Autumn has arrived and it is time to have an overview of this summer. It was a long one for Qubiz, with many projects and activities.

One of the most important projects was the internship program the company offered on the subject of Mobile & .NET development. In fact it was for the first time we had an internship with these technologies. We targeted the students from University of Oradea, especially those who study Engineering, Computer Science and Information.

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New features in SilverLight 5

Published on September 20, 2011
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As we already know, Microsoft Silverlight is a powerful tool used to create Rich Internet Applications (RIA) and media experiences on the web.

Silverlight 5 builds on the foundation of Silverlight 4 for building business applications and premium media experiences. In general, companies use Silverlight to build interactive applications and deliver flawless streaming media to audiences on all types of media – web and phone.

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Visual Studio LightSwitch: a new development tool from Microsoft

Published on September 16, 2011
- in Blog, Projects & Know-How

Microsoft has developed a new tool. This new product is called Visual Studio LightSwitch https://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/lightswitch, a Rapid Application Development (RAD) tool for developing line-of-business (LOB) applications easier through pre-built templates and custom business data types. It is a quick way to develop business applications (including Azure, ie Cloud support), based on using pre-existing templates (ie SilverLight Controls).

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Sweet memories from our Summer Camp 2011

Published on September 2, 2011
- in Blog, Events, The Qubiz Culture

Between 16-18th of July, the Qubiz team and their guests participated in the second Summer Camp, which was actually a 3 day brainstorming, fun and relaxing time.

Summer Camp 2011’s destination was Fantanele, a Romanian resort, located at 1050 m altitude, in the village of Rasca from Cluj County, between Vladeasa and Gilau mountains, on the shores of Fantanele Lake. The resort is sought mainly for rest and relaxation.

During these days, activities such as: paintball, team-building games, kayaking, biking and sumo were on our to-do list. We also did some hiking enjoying the good weather and the fact that we were all together.

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