My two cents about software development on the web


SQL Server versions

How to determine the version and edition of SQL Server and its components


Mongo Import type information

source: MongoDB Manual 2.6.4

JSON can only represent a subset of the types supported by BSON. To preserve type information, mongoimport accepts strict mode representation for certain types.

For example, to preserve type information for BSON types data_date and data_numberlong during mongoimport, the data should be in strict mode representation, as in the following:

{ "_id" : 1, "volume" : { "$numberLong" : "2980000" }, "date" : { "$date" : "2014-03-13T13:47:42.483-0400" } }

For the data_numberlong type, mongoimport converts into a float during the import.


The laws of simplicity

I’m reading this book and I find it very inspirational.

The Ten Laws

  1. REDUCE – The simplest way to achieve simplicity is through thoughtful reduction.
  2. ORGANIZE – Organization makes a system of many appear fewer.
  3. TIME – Savings in time feel like simplicity.
  4. LEARN – Knowledge makes everything simpler.
  5. DIFFERENCES – Simplicity and complexity need each other.
  6. CONTEXT – What lies in the periphery of simplicity is definitely not peripheral.
  7. EMOTION – More emotions are better than less.
  8. TRUST – In simplicity we trust.
  9. FAILURE – Some things can never be made simple.
  10. THE ONE – Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 The laws of simplicity / John Maeda



The top responsive web design problems … and how to avoid them!

James Young recently surveyed his fellow designers about the biggest problems they face on responsive sites. Here, he reports on the results – and offers his solutions.

I recently created a survey asking fellow designers about the problems they faced when creating fully responsive sites. This article will list the most common problems they reported and offer possible solutions, along with suggestions to consider on your next projects.

  1. Explaining RWD to clients
  2. The lack of a static design phase
  3. Navigation
  4. Images
  5. Tables
  6. Converting old fixed-width sites
  7. What to serve users of old versions of IE
  8. Testing time and cost


source: The top responsive web design problems … and how to avoid them!