Updates To Visual Studio 2017

Posted on: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced an updated version of Visual Studio. For those of you unfamiliar with the platform, Visual Studio allows users to create apps for different operating systems, including the cloud. Personalized extensions and code can be added into the Studio as well. There are 10 big changes that have been released in this update.

First, some of the new app building features include the following: live architectural validation, code navigation, and refactoring. These will allow users to access the system more easily and make changes when needed.

Second, Visual Studio has improved their debugging testing for more immediate results.

Next, the platform is now compatible to connect with the cloud, meaning information can be accessed across different applications.

Visual Studio has also made it easier to work in team settings. Now, managers can type in any group code to access what’s going on within a specific team in their division.

Fifth, the actual process of building apps in Studio has become more sophisticated and advanced. A wider variety of tools are now available to users.

Sixth, more programming languages have been added. The platform even supports third-party languages, as well as the more common C#, C++, and F#.

There have been many more performance enhancements added since the last update as well. This includes items such as better startup time, lower amount of battery power and memory used, and the system being more responsive to a user’s commands.

Eighth, the Integrated Development Environment boasts various enhancements that include conflict resolution, generating overrides, creating new arguments, and removing unused variables.

The customized software can be sent to any platform of the user’s choice. It also allows you to tests apps on almost any physical platform before making them live.

Finally, the new update provides users with free training and software programs from partners. These will be available to both Enterprise and Professional clients.

To learn more, check out: https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/whatsnew/ and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/visualstudio/ide/whats-new-in-visual-studio

Understanding Data Analytics

Posted on: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

With so much of a company’s marketing and customer base accessing them through online sources, data analytics are a major trend that has been picking up speed for quite some time. Now, where do we even start with the phenomenon that is data analytics? Let us first define what it is. Data analytics is the process of extracting, manipulating, and categorizing data in order to determine trends and patterns that will hopefully enable a business to increase productivity and overall business strategies. One of the most common examples of data analytics is a business using their social media website to track the flow of clicks, likes, views, and comments on their posts, etc. With the data, the business is better equipped to understand it’s website traffic, and therefore can make better decisions regarding their post content, times, etc.

Sometimes, it is all too easy for companies (especially up and coming ones) to want to gather a massive amount of data so they have absolutely all angles and sources to work with when the analysis is to be completed. What many businesses are not doing is a pre-data analytics analysis – meaning they do not actually know what they waant to get out of the analysis, or what aspects they want to analyze.

You may have heard before that planning is one of the most crucial functions in any business, and this is no exception. A company must come up with what criteria and standards it wants to measure. If this is not done, the opportunity cost of gathering the data may be more than the overall results of the analytics. How so? Well, if they amount of time and money put into creating the analytics is greater than the value of the output result, then the entire process may not have been worthwhile.

When planning is done successfully, companies can benefit from product improvements, lower costs, and higher quality decision making processes.

Why Should Your Website Be Mobile Friendly?

Posted on: Thursday, October 6, 2016

With the constantly evolving world of technology, more and more people have been using their mobile devices for business use. This trend is only rising, so if your website isn’t mobile friendly yet, you should definitely consider making the change.

Personally, I find it super irritating when I have to use my fingers to zoom in and look around a webpage, especially when I am trying to click on something. A responsive web design means that your website is optimized to be used and viewed on various mobile devices without any additional actions on the part of the viewer to see or interact with the page. Take a look at our website for example; the picture above is what someone viewing on their phone will see, and on the below is the view from a computer.



In addition to looking better and providing easier usability, there are some other reasons why you should consider making your website mobile friendly if it isn’t already which are provided below.


The Psychology of Colour in Web Design

Posted on: Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Your website design is a way to creatively showcase your business. Thus, you want to make sure the colours you use are portraying the image you wish to express to your audience, as colours can create a certain impression on a website. If your website gives off the proper impression, it will show that your company is trustworthy and professional. Below is a list of some commonly used colours in web design, and what they mean psychologically.


Red: excitement, bold, power

Orange: friendly, cheerful, confidence

Yellow: optimism, warmth, energy

Green: peaceful, health, growth

Blue: trust, strength, dependable

Purple: creative, wise, sophistication

Grey: balance, calm, neutral

Black: power, elegance, wealth

White: innocence, cleanliness, purity


There are different types of colour schemes you can use for your website design. It it typical to stick to 2-4 main colours, as when there are too many colours the image you are trying to portray will get lost. Whether you want completely contrasting colours, or a set of similar colours, you can use these colour schemes to make sure you choose the proper complementary/contrasting colours.


There are many online tools that can assist you with creating the perfect colour scheme, such as Adobe Color CC. Remember that colour has the power to improve conversions by grabbing the attention of potential customers and influencing certain emotions which can result in sales. Time to get creative and choose the right colour scheme for your brand!


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