White Paper Published: Blockchain for the Enterprise

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The Keyhole team is proud to announce the publishing of a new white paper: Blockchain For The Enterprise. 

While Bitcoin is on the minds of the general public worldwide, blockchain is on the minds of information technology professionals. It is the underpinning technology of the powerful and popular cryptocurrency. What exactly is blockchain and how will it help my business? That is what this white paper seeks to answer.

In the most simple terms, a blockchain is a distributed data system for keeping a ledger of immutable data transactions. We will explore additional complexities through this document, but the simplest way to think of it is a highly distributed transaction log. If you happen to be a developer and you are using Git for source code control, you are already using some of the distributed blockchain elements.

In this white paper, we discuss a number of topics related to blockchain with a particular emphasis on the enterprise. This document will be in three major parts. Part one will include a brief overview and history of blockchain, part two will include a deep technical dive, and the third part is written with the intent to aid managers and executives in their decision making in regards to blockchain…

Taking on the Azure Developer Certification (70-532) Exam

Vince Pendergrass .NET, Azure, Opinion, Service Fabric 6 Comments

Many of the companies that we work with use various cloud providers (such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft) for IT Service Delivery. This has created a great need for those who assist these companies to possess the technical skills required for proper and effective implementation of such services.

An excellent way to make yourself stand apart from the crowd in this space (and your company for that matter), is to obtain a developer/architect certification, such as the Microsoft Azure Developer Certification. Plus, if your company is focusing on becoming a Microsoft partner, it may be necessary to have a few developers on your team spend some time working to become certified. Fortunately, my awesome company Keyhole Software presented me with this opportunity.

In this blog, I share what I did to prepare for the Azure developer certification, specifically the 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions Certification exam. I’ll include a couple of prep tools that helped me significantly, as well as a few unexpected “gotchas” I encountered when taking the exam…

Azure Functions Breakfast Boost Scheduled

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We are excited to announce the next free public Keyhole Software educational event: Building Your Evil(?) Empire with Azure Functions.

This Breakfast Boost event is a live learning opportunity that is open to the public. The presentation is geared to benefit software developers who are interested in implementing Azure Functions or building Cloud Solutions using JavaScript and .NET technologies.

For this educational talk, Keyhole will bring in guest speaker Bryan Soltis of Kentico, a Microsoft Azure MVP and Technical Evangelist.

This free presentation will be held at the Keyhole Software office in Leawood, Kansas on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 8-10 a.m. Space is limited. To get more information and reserve your free tickets, please visit this link to Eventbrite.com or https://azurefunctionswithkeyhole.eventbrite.com…

Explosive Tutorial With Unity3D and VRTK

Robert Rice .NET, Technology Snapshot, Tutorial Leave a Comment

Opinions on the emerging Virtual Reality market vary. One one end, there are those who say it’s just a gimmick and will pass shortly. On the other end, there are those who herald it as the birth pangs of a paradigm shift in how we interact with technology.

I sit somewhere in the middle. I own an HTC Vive and it is pretty dang awesome. The experience is not perfect, of course, but with interest growing and prices coming down, it’s just going to get better.

One expression of VR’s growing popularity is that Unity3D supports VR programming. And, with the free VRTK (Virtual Reality Tool Kit) framework, it’s becoming much easier to get started programming for VR. VRTK implements many basic components, such as various movement implementations, object interaction, and projectiles.

Working on a fun little side project, I noticed one implementation it did not have: a virtual reality bomb. So, I set upon to create one myself. This post details the process I went through for creating a timed, throwable, explosive object for virtual reality using Unity3D & VRTK.

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Quick Introduction To SQL Server Profiler

Brian Clay .NET, Databases, Technology Snapshot, Tutorial Leave a Comment

When working with SQL Server, you might run across a situation where it is just not running fast enough. While there could be many reasons for this, there are tools that can help you track down just what is going on behind the scenes. SQL Server Management Studio’s SQL Server Profiler or just (Profiler) is a tool that can be used to monitor queries run on your database.

In this blog post I’ll give a brief demonstration of the SQL Server Profiler tool. I’ll show you how to keep an eye on all the queries that are being run against your database, as well as how to use a filter to narrow your search to just slower-running queries…