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Keyhole is a midwest-based consulting firm with a tight-knit technical team. We work primarily with Java, JavaScript and .NET technologies, specializing in application development. We love the challenge that comes in consulting and blog often regarding some of the technical situations and technologies we face.

Making Cultural Shift Happen

Let me paint a picture and see if it sounds familiar to you: You’re two weeks past the delivery date of the project you’ve been assigned to. So far, you’ve heard around the watercooler talk of staging yet another “coup” because your fellow developers feel that management has once again “dropped the ball” by letting the offshore team take the ...

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Pack It Up, Pack It In

Let me begin with a list of usual suspects up to no good in the browser: CoffeeScript (or TypeScript) Less (or Sass/Scss) Jade (or Handlebars, Mustache) I mean, because, you know, writing in HTML/JS/CSS is so 2000-late. All this 74 72 61 6e s p i l a t i o n. A typical layout. Something like this: You’re using ...

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Introduction to the Backbone Query API

As a relatively “new” user of Backbone.js, I looked at different JSON querying tools that existed. At the time I was still struggling with using JSON as the data source and wrapping my head around the process for querying the data set that was contained in a large string. Coming from a Java and strong PL/SQL background in Oracle, I ...

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Real-Time Website Data Using SignalR

When I was tasked with using SignalR to implement the real-time updating of data on a project I was working on, I was excited. Namely because it is a newer technology and I have always welcomed learning new technologies – especially when there is an immediate need to implement it, as opposed to reading about the technology and then never ...

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Improve Node.js Performance by Turning It into a Clusterfork

One of the big reasons people are drawn to Node.js for running web servers is the simplicity you gain from a single-threaded paradigm, versus having to deal with the challenges of threaded programming – race conditions, deadlocks, etc. However, one drawback of running a web server on a single thread means it also runs on a single core. With nearly ...

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Scripting with Python and AutoHotkey

After I began programming, I started noticing that some of the things I was doing on my computer at home were repetitive and could be automated to save time and effort. Unfortunately my first language was C++, which doesn’t exactly lend itself well to that kind of work. I discovered that certain scripting languages could help me fill that need ...

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Node.js Meets .NET – Edge.js

With so much JavaScript development on the client side, it only makes sense that developers and organizations would want to develop server side applications using JavaScript as well.  Node.js has become a popular choice for building server side applications using JavaScript because of its asynchronous event-driven model and many libraries and extensions that are available. But sometimes JavaScript is not ...

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