Time Cockpit Blog - Rainer Stropek

If you want to play with a web api like the one from time cockpit, you need a tool to build and run web requests. You could use rather low-level tools like curl or Fiddler. Postman is an alternative with a much nicer UI and the possibility to store requests for later use.

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Each year, Gartner publishes their view on top technology trends for the upcoming year. Recently, the trends for 2015 have been published. It turned out that time cockpit is positioned really well. In this blog article we want to describe how our strategy for time cockpit relates to certain trends that Gartner recognized for 2015.

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When we did our yearly strategy meeting at the beginning of 2014, we decided to dedicate this year primarily to moving time cockpit to HTML and JavaScript. This decision had huge consequences on important cornerstones of time cockpit's internal structure. The proprietary communication protocols we used in Silverlight are not appropriate for a purely browser-based solution. So we decided to move to platform- and vendor-neutral standards communication standards. Today, we present the next step down that road: Time Cockpit's brand new OpenID Connect endpoint for authentication.

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We believe that modern commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions like time cockpit have to develop at different speeds at the same time. There are layers where change has to be very carefully planned and executed slowly. On the other hand there are layers that are constantly moving and change has to happen literally overnight. Architects call this the sheering layers concept. In this article I would like you to introduce you to this idea, provide some tips how you can benefit from it, and finally describe how time cockpit follows this principle.

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AngularJS samples written in TypeScript are not that common on the internet. I get frequently asked how to write an AngularJS provider in TypeScript. Here is a "Hello World" sample.

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Comboboxes that depend on each other are a common requirement in time cockpit. Example: Once a customer is selected, the project combobox should only contain the selected customer's projects. Configuring dependent comboboxes isn't complex. This blog article describes how you can do it in custom forms and lists.

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Recently I did a WiX (Windows Installer XML) and MSI training at a customer in Germany. One of the questions I got asked was how to deliver large MSI installers efficiently to customers via web. The goal was to minimize download time. In this blog article I describe a possible approach.

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This week I will do another one of my Windows Installer XML (WiX) trainings in Germany. In this blog article I summarize the prerequisites that participants need in order to follow along the samples.

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Time cockpit has had support for time sheet templates for years. For this version we have completely redesigned this concept and added support for scripts. That enables fascinating new possibilities for integrating time cockpit with external systems.

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Last week I was speaker at a large conference in Germany. Although I mainly covered technical topics concerning software development, the most asked questions weren’t around programming. Instead, people complained that their bosses prevent innovation by not allowing them to invest time and money in promising new technologies or methods. Stop complaining, start making the problem transparent and measurable instead.

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Rainer Stropek

Rainer Stropek

Co-founder, architect, developer

Bio

I am co-founder and CEO of the company software architects and have been serving this role since 2008. At software architects my team and I are developing the award-winning SaaS solution time cockpit. Previously, I founded and led IT consulting firms that worked in the area of developing software solutions based on the Microsoft technology stack.

In my work I focus on .NET development and software architecture. I have written some books and articles on C#, database development, Windows Azure, Windows 8 development, WPF, and Silverlight. Regularly I speak at conferences, do workshops and conduct trainings in Europe and the US. Since 2010 I have been MVP for Windows Azure.

I graduated the Higher Technical School Leonding (AT) for MIS with honors and hold a BSc (Hons) Computer Studies of the University of Derby (UK).

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