Tags: | Categories: General Posted by Mateusz Jazdzewski on 7/7/2011 3:30 PM | Comments (0)

Recently I came across quite an interesting question. A friend of mine asked me what software is. I thought that this was a very valid question, as not many people can produce a definition on the spot. After some short research I came across a brilliant definition on Wikipedia:

Software is a collection of computer programs and related data that provide a computer with instructions on what to do and how to do it.

I think it is a very adequate definition. Not every computer program is software. Software is a collection of programs which coupled with data allows the computer to perform certain tasks.

Ok, so how is the software made? Well this is usually a long process which involves writing loads of lines of code. The code (or the computer program syntax) can be written in a number of computer languages by computer programmers or software developers. They usually use some development tools like IDE (integrated development environment). The most popular IDE on the market is Visual Studio.

Visual Studio allows developers to create computer programs using a number of computer languages. Most popular computer languages used in Visual Studio are C++, C# and VB.NET.

A long time ago developers noticed that they spend most of their time writing the same code over and over again. They then created a theory of object oriented programming. This theory allows developers to create short computer programs called objects which can be reused multiple times in building their future programs.

There are also commercially available components on the market which make writing computer programs quicker and easier. Two of the main publishers of such components are ComponentOne and Telerik.

Once you create your application you will need packaging software which will take care of the installation process. There are two leading software packaging products on the market: InstallShield and Wise Package Studio. These packages will allow you to create an easy installation process for your customers to follow in order to correctly install your applications on their computers.

Good luck with your first project! Let us know how it went.



Tags: , , , | Categories: General Posted by Mateusz Jazdzewski on 12/16/2010 3:27 PM | Comments (0)

Windows Live Writer 2011 is a blog publishing application which is probably the easiest way to publish your latest blog post. Developed by Onfolio shortly before its acquisition by Microsoft, it is a great tool for every blogger out there and is included for free with Windows Live Essentials 2011. It’s compatible with RSD (Really Simple Discoverability) which in means it will work with… well pretty much any blog platform out there. I am happy to report that Blogengine.net, QBS’ blog platform of choice is supported too. If you are regularly updating your computer you will find it installed on your Windows 7 machine as Microsoft decided to release Windows Live Essentials 2011 via Microsoft Update a couple of weeks ago.

Great, so let’s start. If you haven’t done so you need to download and run Windows Live Essentials 2011 first.

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Choose Install all of the Windows Live Essentials (recommended) option.

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You will need to wait few minutes for the installation to finish

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When the installation is complete, we are ready for the first launch

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First you will be presented with the welcome screen. Click Next

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Select which blog platform you are using. For Blogengine.net we need to select Other services:

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You then need to provide the URL of your blog and the credentials for the account you are using to log in:

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Now you are asked if you would like to download the theme from the blog. If you have an existing theme and you are happy with it, select Yes. Otherwise you can use Writer later on to create a theme.

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It will then connect to your blog and configure Windows Live Writer 2011.

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You will now be asked for your nickname. Please note that your login for the blog rather than this nickname will be used for the author field in the blog post.

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And we are finally done:

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In the next blog post I will go through cool features of Writer 2011 and share with you a few tips so make sure you subscribe to our RSS feed, because otherwise you might miss it.

If you have any questions or comments please make sure you use the comments field. 

Tags: | Categories: General Posted by Mateusz Jazdzewski on 12/8/2010 1:41 PM | Comments (0)
 

Passionate about software is a very new blog. We don’t claim to be first in the blogosphere. There are so many blogs out there that it’s easy to become a victim of a widely spreading disease called communication overload. So why should you care? Well, blog posts are an invitation for discussion. They let you learn from the author and this will help you in your day to day experiences. Below I have compiled a list of blogs belonging to the publishers with which we have close relationships.

If you purchased their software from QBS, make sure you visit those blogs regularly. My favourite method of “staying in touch” is RSS subscription; it allows me to choose the right time to catch up without exposing my inbox to additional emails.

Here is my list of 15 software blogs worth visiting regularly:

1. GFI bloghttp://www.gfi.com/blog/ is a great place to visit if you are an IT professional. It’s well written and offers wide range of posts centred on system administration. It gives great insight into GFI products. Well done GFI. I am really impressed.

2. Kerio bloghttp://www.kerio.com/blog - is a place you can’t miss if you are fan of their technology.

3. GlobalSCAPE bloghttp://blog.globalscape.com/ offers insights into ways to securely exchange confidential information.

4. Sophos bloghttp://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/ has been voted “Best IT Security Blog” by Computer Weekly in November 2010. The blog offers news, opinions and advice on computer security issues and the latest internet threats.

5. Flexera bloghttp://blogs.flexerasoftware.com/InstallTalk/ discusses the best practices and trends in software Installation Development. It’s one of the three blogs Flexera runs, the other two being on Enterprise License Optimization http://blogs.flexerasoftware.com/ELO/ and on Entitlement & Compliance Management http://blogs.flexerasoftware.com/ECM/

6. Paessler blog – Dirk Paessler’s Network Monitoring Insights http://www.paessler.com/blog  is written by Paessler CEO and will be useful for many PRTG fans out there.

7. Techsmith blog – The Visual Lounge http://visuallounge.techsmith.com/  is a unique place full of screencasts and videos posted by Techsmith customers. It’s also a great place to meet people “responsible” for Camtasia and SnagIt.

8. The Webspy blog http://www.webspy.com/blogs/ is written for all Webspy users out there. A place where they can discover all the little tricks on how to use this great product.

9. Microsoft blogs – yes that’s right, the software giant from Redmond is also blogging. Actually Microsoft employees run so many blogs that it would be impossible to mention all of them here. For more information visit: http://www.microsoft.com/communities/blogs/portalhome.mspx
The two worthy of particular attention are:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/  - for all Microsoft Developers and
http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/ - for Exchange Administrators

10. Intel blogs can be found here http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/ and are an important source of the latest information about Intel software product range.

11. Embarcadero blogs – a list of 38 blogs talking about embarcadero tools can be found here: http://blogs.embarcadero.com/. I am sure you can find some interesting information about their software there.

12. Quest blog - http://blogs.inside.quest.com/provision/ is the official blog of the Quest Desktop Virtualization Group, the group within Quest that builds Quest vWorkspace.

13. Bluebeam blog – The PDF Insider http://pdfinsider.com/ is a place where Bluebeam publishes the latest news and information about PDF Revu.

14. The Wolfram blog, http://blog.wolfram.com/, will give you access to the latest news and ideas from the Wolfram Research team.

15. ESET blog - http://blog.eset.com/ provides the latest information about internet threats as well as opinions from the ESET team.

What are the blogs you subscribe to? Please leave a comment and let me know.

 

Tags: , | Categories: General Posted by Mateusz Jazdzewski on 11/30/2010 10:30 AM | Comments (1)
 

We recently had a heated discussion in the office - can software constitute a good gift? So many our relatives spends hours in front of computer screens everyday enjoying their hobbies, catching up with friends via social media and enjoying a bloody adventure in virtual reality via the latest First Person Shooter game. Can they possibly enjoy software as a gift? Why not? I am sure that everyone can find someone for whom software will make their free time more enjoyable

Let me give you few ideas for a software gift. For example every blogger will appreciate Camtasia Studio, the easiest way to add some video content to otherwise static blogs. These videos will get your blog fame and popularity thanks to YouTube and will help to promote your blog. As another option, if you know any aspiring film maker, Adobe Premiere Elements will help them convert their shots into virtually Oscar-nominated productions worth showing publicly. If you know any proud iPhone owners they will definitely appreciate the iPhone Software Suite from Xilisoft. This will allow them to convert that film that they didn't find time to watch at home and allow them to watch it during their morning commute. Just think of all those jealous co-commuters which have to rely on the free newspapers. And don’t forget your older relatives discovering “new technology”. Make sure they are running a decent anti-virus and firewall. It will save you time on 'support' issues in the future. These are only a few ideas off the top of my head. I am sure you will have thousands of better ideas. If you can think of a better software gift make sure to leave a comment.

The arguments against were that it is a very functional present, as opposed to a 'gift', which I tend to agree with. Let's be honest, it's not something that you would buy for your wife or girlfriend. I know of many people who would enjoy software as a gift though. Just make sure that you spend time thinking about them and less about what you would enjoy. If you have given software as a gift in the past and would like to share your story with us, you are also encouraged to leave a comment. The argument was not resolved so we decided to leave it to you. Tell us what you think. Take part in our poll.