Archives for App Development

Exploring the Potential of Bots and AI on the Modern Organization

Webinar Overview: Join Avtex as we explore the potential impact the use of bots and artificial intelligence can have on your organization and your Customer Experience efforts. During the 30-minute webinar, we’ll review potential use cases for bots, including: Using bots to support chat Q&A on your website Using bots to gather and feed information into Microsoft Dynamics Using bots to support a knowledge base back end Using bots to begin a conversation and route to appropriate representatives
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Creating a Better Experience for the Provider and the Patient

Join Avtex for a hands-on look at our comprehensive behavioral healthcare management tool, Diagnostic Evaluation Center (DEC). DEC provides a uniform process for documentation in an easy modernized way, which will reduce liability, increase efficiency, reduce cost, and enhance patient safety. Our demonstration will show you how DEC advances care coordination capabilities, leading to a better provider and patient experience.
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Remove default text styles from SharePoint 2010 dropdowns

In my article on custom rich-text-editor (RTE) styles in SharePoint 2010, I noted that while it’s easy to add styles, or to wipe out all the default styles and replace them with your own, it’s not easy to modify the list of default styles — Remove a few but keep most of them. Indeed, the simplest way to do that is to copy all of the default styles into your custom RTE stylesheet, assign them a new prefix, and then delete the ones you don’t want. This is both time-consuming in development and code-heavy on the client side — nearly
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Customize a WordPress RSS feed

Several versions of WordPress ago, the platform had an annoying problem. While it was great at producing RSS feeds, it was lousy at parsing them. Developers had to rely on third-party RSS feed software or roll their own. Now, though, WordPress has a built in feed-grabbing function that makes it easy to customize the display of any RSS feed. It’s based on SimplePie, a truly awesome feed-parser. Couple that with WordPress’s excellent feed-delivery system, and you have a way to deliver customized dynamic content throughout your site using feeds. In this post I’ll provide a quick overview of WordPress feeds,
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CSS: Weird inline-block behavior

In CSS, inline-block is an odd animal — neither inline, nor block. Further, it comes with its own set of rendering rules that can sometimes lead to unexpected results. Take the following example: http://jsfiddle.net/aSzaE/ We have three nearly identical rows. Each consists of two inline-block divs sitting next to each other. Both have fixed widths and heights. One is 30 pixels deep; the other is 150 pixels deep. The only difference between the lines is the content of the bigger div: In the first row, it has no tag; In the second row, it’s wrapped in a <span> tag; In
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SQL 2012 is here

There’s big news afoot in the tech industry this week.  It’s not just the announcement of the next IPad today that’s newsworthy.  Microsoft is enabling some pretty awesome database muscle with the official launch of SQL 2012 yesterday. What’s it mean for the average business user?  Here are my top 3 new features: 1) The new ColumnStore Index should boost star join and similar query performance behind the scenes by up to 100x! 2) SQL Azure Data Sync – a cloud service that will allow bi-directional data synchronization between on premises databases and cloud databases, opening up all kinds of hybrid possibilities
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Opened web FTW! How I used opened web APIs and standards to build a beautiful HTML5 web app

Summary: It’s a great time to be a web developer. HTML5, KnockoutJS, MVC3, RavenDB, and opened web APIs and services like Google Docs, IfThisThenThat, and RSS are combined to build a beautiful, useful web app. The opened web is coming to fruition. I recently released MessianicChords.com, an HTML 5 site for finding lyrics and guitar chords to Messianic Jewish religious music. Using opened web APIs to build this thing proved effective. Do web developers know these APIs exist? They should; these opened web APIs and standards are powerful tools that will make your app shine. The raison d’etra of MessianicChords
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