Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Reasons Why You Need to Develop Your Technical Skills

In designing, it is not just one’s design skills that matters. It is also important for a designer to have good listening skills, organizational skills and also technical skills. These are just some skills that a designer can develop but of course, each of them needs to be improved from time to time. These days, the demand for skilled designers are getting higher because clients prefer those who have better know-how to make sure that they will be given a great output. There are clients who no longer consider the rate of the designer as long as he can give what he wants.
One of those skills that a client may look into is the technical skills. Technical skills are the most fundamental type of skills that one must achieve in designing. You won’t be able to work well with your computer and other equipments if you do not have good technical skills. Hence, you need to develop your technical skills, upgrade it from time to time and be sure that you are updated with the trend. You are working in an environment where technology plays a vital role. So, develop your technical skills well. There are a dozen reasons why you need to develop your technical skills. Find it out on our list below:

1. Allows you to work smarter.

Allows you to work smarter
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It would be a great feeling when you are very skilled and knowledgeable on a certain field. You will be able to work smarter rather than harder. You will also have the ability to do multitasking. Also, you will no longer envy those who are good on technical stuff for you already know it.

2. You become more confident.

You become more confident
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Developing your technical skills can also make you feel more confident. You will surely be empowered that you posses something that you can be proud of and you can also use. Learning stuffs about technology would certainly be helpful for you as a designer. You can also find it a lot easier to work and understand clients who are techie.

3. You’ll receive higher pays.

You’ll receive higher pays
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This would be the advantage that you will surely love. If you have good technical skills, you will be paid higher. Clients want to work with people who have strong technical skills for they are sure to have a perfect result afterwards. So, develop your technical skills so that you can also receive a higher pay.

4. Gives you more savings.

Gives you more savings
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How can technical skills help you save money? It can happen because instead of hiring someone else to do the work for you, you can do all the job. This way, you can surely save a lot of money and you are also developing yourself at the same time.

5. You can prevent upcoming problems.

You can prevent upcoming problems
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Since you already have a know-how on technical stuff, you can prevent problems from occurring because you can maintain your computers. You can even upgrade your stuff whenever you need to. You can also have some protective measures to make sure that your technology items will not be destroyed.

6. Allows you to save time.

Allows you to save time
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Having apt technical skills can surely help you save a lot of time. You can easily fix things and solve problems. You do not have to spend time looking for someone else to do the job for you. Everything can easily be solved.

7. Have increased productivity.

Have increased productivity
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When you are equipped with technical skills, you become more productive. You will be able to work faster and finish a lot of tasks. Because of this, you can hit deadlines and you will be able to move on to other projects and tasks that you need to do.

8. Increased worth to a company.

Increased worth to a company
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Once you have more knowledge and skills, a company will surely value you more. Your technical skills have saved the company from spending much on trainings. Hence, the company will surely keep you and you will be well rewarded for your skills.

9. Helps lessen stress.

Helps lessen stress
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Having technical skills can also lessen stress for you can make your work a lot easier. If you have knowledge on some software and applications to be used, you can surely make it easier to organize your stuff and be more productive. Lessening and eliminating stress can help you attain better work outputs.

10. You can gain access to information.

You can gain access to information
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It would be a great advantage if you can get all the information you need for your project. You can even research additional info which your client wasn’t able to provide. It is easy to get information online but you should be intelligent enough in order to get the right info.

11. You can earn money online.

You can earn money online
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With the technical skills you have, you can surely do some wonders with it. You can of course create and design your own website. You can also do other online jobs like freelance designing and many others. You can surely earn a lot from your technical skills.

12. You’ll get the right choice of technology purchases.

You’ll get the right choice of technology purchases
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You will not waste your money if you will get the right computer and other gadgets that you need. You can only get the ones that is right for you if you know things about it. Technical knowledge can surely aid you to get the right technology purchases.

It’s Your Turn Now

It is really a great advantage for designers to have better technical skills. This is part of your design career. Without this, you are just half a designer. So, make sure that you have enough knowledge on the techie stuff because your clients know a lot about this. Also, clients trust those who really know more on the technical aspect. If you want to add something to our list, feel free to do so. It is now your turn to speak up.


While working with database we need to store our information time to time. and for that purpose we take the backup for that database. Backing up a database provide many solutions for us. The main thing is if we lost our database from SQL Server then we can restore our database from our computer. Also when we perform changes in our database the backup database automatically update the changes to the backup file. In this article we are going to create a backup file of Database. The backup file always contain the extension (.bak). Also we are going to learn how to restore the database later in the article.
Backup Database:
Step 1: Right click on the Database Name-> choose Tasks -> click on back up.
Step 2:  Click on Add button to create a database file.
Step 3:  Choose the Location where do you want to save your backup file.
Step 4:  After inserting a name of your backup file click on ok. You will get the following message box.
Restore Database:
Step 1:  Right click on Database -> select Restore Database.
Step 2: Choose the Radio button “From device”. then click on the button to get the database backup file.
Step 3:  Click on the ‘Add’ Button to get the database backup file.
Step 4:  Choose the database backup file that you want to restore.
Step 5:  After selecting you click on ‘Ok’ button. Then you need to check the ‘Restore’ button. Then click on ok.
Step 6:  You can see the following window.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Barbecue Pork Shoulder

  • ingredients

      2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons hot chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco), or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped (with seeds)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 3 strips bacon, chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes including juice
  • 1 bay leaf

  • Special equipment: Slow cooker
  • Accompaniment: 8 to 10 sandwich rolls


In small bowl, whisk together sugar, tomato paste, mustard, vinegar, chile powder, hot pepper sauce, and salt. Set aside.
In heavy, medium skillet over moderately high heat, heat oil until hot but not smoking. Add onion, pepper, jalapeño, and garlic, and sauté until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Scrape into slow cooker.
Add pork cubes, bacon, tomatoes and their juices, and bay leaf and stir to combine. Pour sauce over mixture. Cover and cook on low until meat is very tender, 8 to 10 hours. Remove bay leaf and use fork to break up meat before serving on rolls.

Step by Step Guide on Publishing InfoPath Forms to SharePoint Site.

1. Creating and Configuring Forms Library in SharePoint.
2. Configuring InfoPath Form 2007. 3. Configure Form Submit Options.
4. Publishing InfoPath Form to SharePoint 2007.
5. Adding the Published form as Content type to the Forms Library.

Note: There are 2 types of InfoPath Forms.
a) User Form:- Only fields to be entered, where there is no Active code or programming added to the Form. These forms can be directly published to SharePoint Site. To Publish this Form, the user should be an Owner or Administrator of the Site Collection.
b) Admin Form:- These Forms have .net coding or Programming with the code which should run in the background once the Form is submitted. These Forms should be uploaded on the Central Administration and Activated for the Web Application to be used with. To publish this Form, the user should be a Farm Administrator.
Creating and Configuring Forms Library in SharePoint.
1. Browse to the SharePoint site you need to create the Forms Library.
2. Click in Site Actions -> Create -> Select “Form Library” under Libraries Section.
3. Enter the Name and the Description for the Form, Click on “Create
4. Once the Form Library is created -> Select Settings -> Form Library Settings
5. Select “Advanced Settings” .
6. Select “Yes” for Allow Management of Content Types.
7. For “Browse-enabled Documents” -> Select “Display as Web Page”. This option is beneficial when users do not have InfoPath 2007 installed on their local machine. The Form will open in the browse if this option is selected.
8. Click Ok.

Configuring InfoPath Form 2007
1. Once the Form is Designed and Created, we have to perform some pre-requisite tasks to be able to successfully publish to the SharePoint Site.
2. From the Tasks pane -> Select “Design Checker

3. Select “Change Compatibility Settings”. Enter the data as in below screenshot.
Note:- The URL to be entered should be of the “Site Collection”. Not of a Subsite or Form Library URL. The user publishing this Form should be the Owner/Administrator of the Site Collection URL specified.

Note:- If you select “Backward Compatibility” option for Office 2003, some of the controls that are not support in InfoPath 2003 will not function as expected. Select it at your own risk. If you have configured the Form Library to open the Form as a Web Page, this option will not be required to be selected.
4. Click Ok.

Configuring Form Submit Options
1. Select “Tools” Menu -> “Submit Options”. You will get the below dialog box.
2. After entering the details as required, click “Add” button for “Choose a data connection for Submit
3. You will get “Data Connection Wizard” -> Copy the Form Library URL Link (created during 1st step) and paste it.
4. When you click on “fx” button you will get the “Insert Formula” dialog box. Click on “Insert Field or Group” button you will get “Select a Field or Group” dialog box.
5. Select the Field, whose data should be taken as the file name, once the Form is submitted.
6. Select “Allow overwrite if file exists” as per your requirement and the data you will be entering in the Form. If you select this option you can also Enable Versioning on the library.
7. Click “Next”. Enter a Friendly name for the Data Connection. Click “Finish”. It will again come back to the Submit Options dialog box, Click OK.

Publishing InfoPath Form to SharePoint 2007.
1. Click File Menu -> Publish. Publishing Wizard will open up.
2. Select the option to publish to SharePoint server and click on “Next
3. Now again enter the URL of the “Site Collection” and click on “Next
4. Make sure that the Check box is selected as the screen shot. It is recommended to select “ Site Content Type (advanced)” to avoid manual creation of the content type. Click on “Next”.
Note:- The 3rd option “Administrator-approved Form Template (advanced)” is to be selected when the Form has Active code or any .net Programming added to the form.
5. Select “Create a new Content Type”, so that we don’t overwrite the default content type of SharePoint. Click on “Next
6. Enter a Friendly Name and Description for the Content Type. Click on “Next
7. You will need the URL of a Document Library. You can copy the shortcut as shown in the screen shot. Then paste it in the Publishing Wizard and click on “Next

8. Add Columns to your Form Library. Click on “Next
9. At the end it will give the summary of the options selected and Click on “Publish” button. Once you get the Message “Your Form template was Published Successfully” Click on the “Close” button.

Adding the Published form as Content type to the Forms Library.
1. Browse to the Forms Library -> Select Settings -> Form Library Settings. You will Content Types as below. “Form” is the default content type. We have to add the new InfoPath Content type that got created while publishing the InfoPath form.
2. Click on “Add from existing site content Types”. From the drop down list select “Microsoft Office InfoPath”. Add the “Content Type”. Click on OK.
3. You will now see 2 Content types, the default (Form) and the one you just added. You can delete the default content type if required.

Now you can go ahead and create a New Form, the published Form should open up in Web browser.