Confluence

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One of the recent endeavors here at Liberty Fox was to create a knowledge base and wiki with the goal of creating a single, well-maintained, and central location for everything Liberty Fox does. Confluence, an Atlassian product, provides the tools necessary to accomplish this goal. At its core, Confluence is software that allows anyone to build and maintain a wiki, whether for internal uses, for customers, or for a mixture of both.

In the fast-paced world of agile development, thorough documentation ...

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Google Analytics

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One of the fundamental aspects of running a website is understanding your user base. A solid understanding of who comes to your website, what they look at and for how long, when they come back and in what intervals is crucial to understanding your users. Google Analytics is a free web service that makes all of this streamlined and efficient and offers site administrators tools to review the data collected by Google.  Capturing data for your website is as simple ...

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Grammarly

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Effective communication is a key to success in any walk of life. Here at Liberty Fox, all of our team members interact with clients on a daily basis, making it vital to have clear, concise, and cogent communications. Grammarly is a tool that makes cleaning up emails, documentation, work logs, and notes, a simple and streamlined process. Far more than a standard spell checker, Grammarly evaluates every aspect of what we write to provide suggestions and corrections. From checking grammar ...

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Entity Framework and Jenkins working together

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While working on <PROJECT_NAME_HERE>, I began to run into an issue on the UAT server. Several test cases were failing while running under Jenkins, all with the same cryptic error message. You may have seen this error in your own tests as well. It states:
System.InvalidOperationException:

The Entity Framework provider type ‘System.Data.Entity.SqlServer.SqlProviderServices,EntityFramework.SqlServer, Version=6.0.0.0,Culture=neutral,PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089’ for the ‘System.Data.SqlClient’ ADO.NET provider could not be loaded.

Make sure the provider assembly is available to the running application.

This is rather confusing because the app was clearly using ...

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Stop annoying gmail calendar alerts without disabling them.

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Have you ever been deeply involved writing an email or replying to comments and then all of a sudden everything stops working? Or worse, have you ever looked up after writing a long chunk of code and see that none of your code was recorded?  Do you have a moment of instant rage trying to figure out what happened?

Then you realize that Gmail Calendar alerted you about an upcoming event and chrome has taken over because of this alert!
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Making the Case for Custom Development

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Making the Case for Custom Development

  • “I could get this done so much faster if I had an export tool.”
  • “Whenever I need to do an update my timesheet, I have to get an Admin to correct it because the webportal is difficult to use.”
  • “I can’t find anything on our poorly-organized document manager.”
  • “Our website looks terrible on a mobile device.”

At some point every company runs into issues like these – internal issues that reduce productivity, negatively impact client relationships, or hamstring employees ...

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Software Tools Your Small Business Needs

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Technology continues to change the way we conduct business today. If you are running a small business, there are efficient, innovative software tools that can simplify your processes and save you time, money, and frustration. Many of the tools offer free or basic subscriptions with the option to upgrade to a premium version as your business grows.

Grasshopper

This virtual phone system allows you to forward calls from your business line straight to your cellphone so employees and important clients can reach ...

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Branded Apps: How To Get It Right

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Each year, businesses must evaluate their budget to include yet another leg of technology as innovation fuels new opportunities for expansion. Creating a branded mobile application can be expensive and time-consuming, but the rewards can easily outweigh the costs. Here’s how your business can get it right:

Offer Value

We all know there is only so much space on our smartphones for downloaded apps – and even less space on the main screen where we keep our favorites. While we might love ...

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How to Use Technology to Give your Small Business a Competitive Edge

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Technology touches nearly every aspect of our lives today, from our morning alarm to the way we work and play. Businesses large and small must keep up with new technologies in order to gain an advantage over their competitors. The options the internet and IT solutions bring us are endless, and even small businesses can go to battle with big brands and win.

Know Your Needs

Above all else, you must constantly strive to understand the needs of both your business and ...

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How a Software-minded Approach Can Propel Your Business

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Technology continues to change the way companies of all kinds conduct business – opening doors to opportunities and advancements that were once not possible, even a short time ago. Today, software plays a prominent role in the success of every business, and not just in the way of ecommerce.

Software goes beyond the ability to keep track of your expenses and cash out your customers. In the digital age, software programs can do everything from tracking your website traffic to predicting ...

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